Consumer education

Shopping and Banking Safely Online (2012)

This workshop presentation, updated in 2012, has been designed to help participants learn about online shopping; practise their shopping skills; and discover safe online practices.

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2012-08-27

Shopping Safely Online - Workbook (2012)

This workbook is published by Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) and accompanies the lesson plan of the same name.

Updated in 2013, the workbook covers such topics as browsing online flyers for national chain stores; searching online classified ads and auction sites; checking travel information online; and buying an item online.

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2012-08-20

Shopping Safely Online - Lesson Plan (2012)

This document, updated in 2012, provides the outline for a three-hour lesson about shopping safely online. The learning objectives include exploring online shopping and identifying safe online shopping practices.

The lesson plan includes a detailed description of specific learning tasks; an estimate of the time required for each task; and a list of necessary resources.

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2012-08-13

Opening a Personal Bank Account: Understanding Your Rights (2011)

This brochure offers important information for anyone who wants to open a personal bank account.

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2012-05-08

The Future of Financial Education: Report on the 2011 FCAC-OECD Conference on Financial Literacy (2011)

This report provides a summary of the major themes that arose during a two-day conference on financial literacy, sponsored by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The conference was held in Toronto in May 2011.

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2012-05-07

Financial Life Skills for Parents and Children (2010)

This fact-sheet offers tips to help parents teach their children money-management skills. The underlying principle is the need for both adults and children to balance income and expenses.

Tips include using a shopping list to reduce impulse purchases; tracking expenses to figure out where the money goes; and splitting income or allowance into categories of spending, giving, short-term saving, and investing.

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2012-01-24

Handbook: RESPs – Learn what you need to know quickly (2011)

This handbook guides parents through the process of setting up a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) to help pay for their children’s postsecondary education.

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2012-01-24

Handbook: The Cost of Borrowing – Learn what you need to know quickly (2011)

In this guide, the authors explain the real costs of various means of borrowing money to pay for something.

They choose an item with a price-tag of $300, then show what a consumer will eventually pay if, instead of cash, he uses a line of credit, overdraft protection, various types of credit cards, or a payday loan to purchase the item.

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2012-01-19

Financial Literacy Resources in Manitoba (2010)

Understanding What is Available

This presentation offers both an introduction to basic money issues and links to a variety of online resources that offer further information.

For instance, the authors begin by explaining that a budget is simply a plan for managing money in order to pay expenses and achieve financial goals. Then they provide links to online resource guides and interactive tools that people can use to set personal budgets.

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2012-01-10

Financial Literacy Week 2011: Take Control with Gail Vaz-Oxlade [Video - 1:06] (2011)

Tips about financial literacy

This brief video is one of a series featuring Gail Vaz-Oxlade, a financial writer and television personality, discussing a variety of money-related issues.

Here, she explains that learning about money is an ongoing process, not a one-time event. People must always be prepared to learn more through reading, asking questions, and exploring options.

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2011-11-18

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