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Wendy’s Column

Providing hope to Canadians in debt, by sharing my experience.

WendyMy name is Wendy and I completed my consumer proposal in 2013 (Wendy’s Story). At the time, despite what I thought of as good financial awareness, my bills just got ahead of me. Before long, I was using lower interest account credit cards to pay off higher ones and that type of thing, and I realized I was in trouble. I saw a Trustee and filed a consumer proposal.  It was the best decision I could have made.

My goal is to help provide hope to Canadians in debt by sharing my experience, and advice as a consumer – and also to help eliminate the stigma and embarrassment surrounding people who file a consumer proposal or bankruptcy.

Finally, if you’re looking for help, and plain old optimism just isn’t helping anymore, you should contact a Trustee. There’s no risk in seeing one.

Welcome to my column!

Most Recent ‘Wendy’s Column’ Posts

Effect of consumer proposals on families
Effect of consumer proposals on families

Families, like individuals and couples, have a wide range of expenses that draw on their financial resources. But for families with children, expenses are often larger and more varied than anticipated. Kids Can Be Expensive! Children are the proverbial “wild cards” when it comes to family spending. Parents are motivated to provide well for their […]

Tax debt - options
Tax debt - options

For individuals carrying substantial consumer debt, income tax season can be a blessing or a nightmare. Of course, it all depends on whether you are expecting a refund or a bill. I am self employed, and I experienced financial distress in 2009 and eventually filed a Consumer Proposal. Looking back, there were warning signs that […]

Looking up debt help
Looking up debt help

Andy and Cynthia are a smart young couple, but they’ve gotten into trouble with consumer credit. Like most people, they certainly didn’t see money troubles around the corner when they started their small business. They were filled with optimism! And, things went well for a couple of years. Sales were actually better than they had […]

Bankruptcy and Proposal - An Easy Way Out?
Bankruptcy and Proposal - An Easy Way Out?

Are you reading this article because you’re seeking a solution to your financial difficulties? Gathering information on Bankruptcy or Consumer Proposal? Then you already know something that few people without financial problems realize – these solutions are not “the easy way out”. It’s not that Bankruptcy and Consumer Proposal are terribly difficult (in fact, most […]

Basic Income - Pilot Program in Ontario
Basic Income - Pilot Program in Ontario

Earlier this month the Ontario Liberal government headed by Kathleen Wynne announced plans to pilot a Basic Income program, as part of its 2016 Budget. The Federal Liberal government is also expressing interest in investigating Basic Income for all Canadians. Basic Income is not a new idea, and there are several forms. In some schemes, […]

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Student loan debt
Student loan debt

Improvements to Ontario’s student aid system were unveiled in the Ontario budget this week. Lauded by all levels of Ontario’s education system and by student advocacy groups, these changes aim to make college and university more affordable for students from lower-income homes. Under the new legislation, which will begin phase-in in 2017, students from families […]

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In control of debt
In control of debt

For most who realize they are in serious financial difficulties, it’s a very rude awakening! Are you reading this because you feel this way? You are far from alone. The thing is, until we find ourselves in this situation (I filed a Consumer Proposal in 2009), we have probably believed certain fallacies. The key untruth […]

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No Money - Bankruptcy
No Money - Bankruptcy

“If I file for Bankruptcy, will I have the means to support my family?” “I’ve heard it costs money to file for Bankruptcy, and I don’t have enough as it is – how can I afford it?” It seems like a catch-22 – you have very little money, and the solution itself carries costs. These […]

Feeling ashamed
Feeling ashamed

I filed a Consumer Proposal in 2009. I remember the awful feelings I had leading up to my decision to see a Trustee (hint: I felt much better once I’d consulted with him). Since I completed the Proposal, I’ve spoken to others who have been in the same situation, and felt the same way. How […]

Credit score
Credit score

I filed a Consumer Proposal in 2009, after realizing that despite all the strategies I had been trying (including buying nothing but the essentials), I soon would not be able to pay all my bills. Like me, some debtors know they are getting into serious trouble even before they miss any bill payments. Others have […]

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