Category: Personal Finance

Is It Worth Paying Your Property Taxes by Credit Card?

Posted July 3, 2014 by CCC Staff in ,

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While Calgary may be shunning credit cards, Winnipeg is embracing them – at least partially. Although homeowners won’t be able to pay their property taxes directly to the City of Winnipeg by credit card, they can now use Plastiq, a third party service provider, to pay by credit card. This is similar to the service offered by Canada Revenue Agency to taxpayers, allowing them to pay their balance owing by credit card.

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Keeping Your Personal Information Safe Online

Posted June 3, 2014 by CCC Staff in

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While the Internet has made daily tasks like banking and reading the news easier and more convenient, cybersecurity remains a major concern. IT specialists and computer hackers seem to be caught in an endless game of cat and mouse. Despite advancements in security online, there are still major security breaches that grab headlines every day.

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Should You Use Your Credit Card for Small Purchases?

Posted May 22, 2014 by CCC Staff in ,

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“Do you Smallenfreuden?” It’s already been a year since this phrase was introduced to our vocabulary during last year’s NHL playoffs. Visa ran a viral marketing campaign with the hashtag #smallenfreuden – it wasn’t until a few months later, when we discovered its true meaning. “Smallenfreuden” is a made up English/German word that roughly translates to “the joy of small.” The advertisements encouraged consumers to use their credit card for small purchases.

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Introducing the Credit Card Education Centre

Posted May 13, 2014 by CCC Staff in , ,

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Have you visited the Credit Card Education Centre lately? Well you should – the halls of knowledge have recently been revamped with the information you need to boost your financial knowledge to get the most out of your credit card (while avoiding the not-so-nice pitfalls).

With great power comes great responsibility – a credit card can be a powerful financial tool, when used responsibly. Our goal is to empower cardholders everywhere with the information they need to use credit responsibly, without the burdens of excessive debt. We achieve this through our Education Centre.

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Avoiding the Dangers of a Cashless Society

Posted May 8, 2014 by CCC Staff in

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Card cards offer a convenient way to make purchases and earn rewards points – as long as they’re used responsibly. That means paying off your credit card balance in full each month.

Credit cards have been steadily growing in popularity for years in Canada. When it comes to paying for goods and services with plastic, we rank among the highest in the world. In 2012, cashless transactions totaled just over 9.9 billion – with credit cards making up 32% of those transactions and debit cards at 44%. (Source: CPSS – Red Book Dec 2013) This is compared to an average of 40 per cent for all card use worldwide in 2009.

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The New Rules on Prepaid Cards: What You Need to Know

Posted May 6, 2014 by CCC Staff in ,

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Prepaid cards have exploded in popularity in recent years as a substitute for cash. In 2011, the market was worth $850 million; in 2012, the market grew to an astonishing $3.3 billion. These convenient cards have taken off as an alternative to traditional credit cards – they’re perfect as a gift for travelling abroad or for your son or daughter going away to university. Unlike traditional credit cards, there’s no credit check required, and there aren’t any interest charges; they come pre-loaded with funds to make purchases and withdraw cash from ATMs.

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