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15 December 2014
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Ahh the holidays: a time to spend quality time with your loved ones and not stress out about buying the perfect gift… right?! In all seriousness, chances are many of you are purchasing gift cards for friends and family this season – here’s a reminder about what the law says about expiration dates and fees.

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Payday Lending

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08 December 2014
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Did you know that Consumer Protection BC oversees BC’s payday lending laws? One question we get from consumers is “how much does a payday loan really cost and how does it differ from other types of borrowing?”

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Tips

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01 December 2014
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The Vehicle Sales Authority of British Columbia (VSA) is reminding consumers to be on the watch for curbers (people who pose as private sellers, but really sell vehicles for profit as a business). In this post, we are sharing the VSA’s information around why dealing with a curber can be risky and how to spot signs of curber behaviour.

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Tips

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24 November 2014
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I remember back when my weekly allowance was $3.50. Each Friday, I’d wait with my hands outstretched for those crisp, $1 bills and two shiny quarters (yes, this was before the introduction of the Loonie!). My payday was contingent on me completing my weekly chores, including washing the dishes, feeding the chickens and more. So how did you learn about the value of money? Did you work for your allowance, or was it automatic? 

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Debt Collection

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17 November 2014
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About a month ago I decided to apply for a new credit card. Now being the savvy consumer I am (!), I cruised over to my computer to do a little research and entered “how to pick a credit card” in the search bar. The bad news? I got 180,000,000 results… The good news? I found a great credit card selector tool that I wanted to share with you today.

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Tips

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12 November 2014
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While combing through your Facebook newsfeed, do you ever feel a twinge of financial stress in the pit of your stomach when you see your friends posting their new homes, exotic vacations or expensive electronics? If you answered yes, you’re not alone! 

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Debt Collection

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03 November 2014
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Did you know that November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada? All month long, organizations from across the country are coming together to shine a spotlight on the importance of financial literacy and share useful information, self-help tools and tips. 

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Debt Collection

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29 October 2014
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Getting calls from a debt collector can be stressful, but we’re here to help you understand what collectors are allowed (and not allowed) to do. 

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Debt Collection

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27 October 2014
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Just in time for Financial Literacy Month, we're sharing three little-known facts about what debt collectors are (and aren’t) allowed to do when collecting debts from BC consumers. 

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Consumer Protection BC

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20 October 2014
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Did you know that we send out regular emails full of useful consumer information, tips and resources? Read on to learn more about what kind of information we share in these emails and how to sign up!

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