Consumer education

Information Sheet - Saving for your Child's Future (2010)

This document sets out, in chart form, programs the Government of Canada offers to help parents save for their children’s post-secondary education through a Registered Education Savings Plan. The programs are the Canada Learning Bond (CLB); the Canada Education Savings Grant – Basic (CESG – Basic); and the Canada Education Savings Grant – Additional (CESG – Additional).

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2011-06-03

Information Sheet - Savings Plans (2010)

This document explains, in chart form, three special savings plans established by the Government of Canada: the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP); the Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA); and the Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP).

For the RRSP, the authors also provide a chart that shows how much greater a return on investment someone can earn by starting to save at age 25 instead of waiting until age 30, 35, 40 or 45.

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2011-06-03

Activity Sheet - Track Your Spending (2010)

This sheet offers an activity to help the user track spending on a daily, weekly and monthly basis by keeping a money journal.

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2011-05-31

Spending Plan Worksheet (2010)

This worksheet offers a way to track monthly income and expenditures.

The authors have provided charts for listing each item and the amount spent on it each month. Expenses are divided into "basic needs" and "extra wants" categories. At the bottom of the sheet is a space for calculating how much income is left after expenses.

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2011-05-31

Financial Literacy Glossary Part Two (2010)

In this document, the authors provide definitions for common financial terms, including direct deposit, net personal income, and credit check.

They also include brief explanations of a number of government financial programs, including Canada Education Savings Grant; Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA); and Canada Learning Bond.

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2011-05-24

Financial Literacy Glossary Part One (2010)

The authors of this document have provided brief definitions for a variety of financial terms, including credit, interest and income, and for financial products like an RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan) and an RESP (Registered Education Savings Plan).

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2011-05-24

Vacation Budgeting (2009)

In this self-help guide, prepared by Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, the authors offer tips on staying within a budget while enjoying a vacation.

They have included ideas for saving money on air travel, lodging, and rental cars, as well as suggestions to help save money in advance for a planned holiday.

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2011-05-17

Surviving a Layoff: Keeping it Together When You Lose A Job (2009)

This self-help guide, prepared by Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, looks at both the practical and emotional impacts of losing a job.

The authors discuss financial strategies, including investigating eligibility for benefits and keeping up with bill payments. They also discuss strategies for finding another job and provide tips for coping with the stress of being unemployed.

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2011-05-17

Women and Money (2009)

Prepared by Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, this guide focuses on financial matters that may particularly affect women.

The authors note that statistically, women live longer than men, earn less money, and are less secure in retirement. On the other hand, women can be great budgeters, savers and entrepreneurs.

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2011-05-13

The Wedding Planner (2009)

Prepared by Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, the goal of this guide is to help couples plan a memorable wedding while, at the same time, keeping the costs within reason.

The authors include suggestions for starting to save for the wedding; discussing wedding finances with parents; setting limits on the size of the wedding; and making choices about what to spend money on.

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2011-05-13

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