Click here to close now.

SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Bart Copeland, Andreas Grabner, Liz McMillan, Dana Gardner, Elizabeth White

News Feed Item

Majority of Canadians are cheating on their wallets, survey reveals

This Credit Education Week, Capital One Canada and Credit Canada Debt Solutions encourage Canadians to make financial resolutions before the holiday madness

TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - A new year brings new year's resolutions, and Canadians are great at resolving to be better money managers in the upcoming year.  What we're not so great at is the follow-through. While four out of five Canadians report making financial resolutions, four out of five also admit to cheating on their financial resolutions, according to a recent survey commissioned by Capital One Canada and Credit Canada Debt Solutions. In fact, while men and women both admit to this, women (85%) are slightly more likely to cheat than men (76%).

With the holiday spending spree fast approaching, Canadians need to make financial resolutions in November, not in January, after all the gift-giving is done. Financial freedom is about creating a plan and keeping to it.  The sixth-annual Credit Education Week, November 12-16, is dedicated to promoting sound personal money management through money resolutions.

"We weren't surprised to learn so many Canadians fail to keep their money resolutions, because more than half of them are not using available tools to help achieve their goals," said Laurie Campbell, CEO, Credit Canada Debt Solutions. "Credit Education Week is about empowering people with the tools to make financial goals, and the resolve to keep them."

While most Canadians resolve to spend more wisely come the new year, Capital One Canada and Credit Canada Debt Solutions are urging Canadians to make their financial resolutions now, before the annual holiday spending spree. The survey showed that Canadians make resolutions to deal with their financial obligations (53%), to spend less on specific things (48%) and budget more wisely (47%). Excessive spending is driven by - among other things - the social pressure to consume.

"A rear view mirror is a poor financial planning tool, so we're encouraging Canadians to look ahead, consider their holiday purchasing and spending, and choose wisely," says Rob Livingston, President of Capital One Canada. "The pressure to buy things outside our budget can lead to stress and fights with your family or spouse.

That's why it's so important to ignore the Joneses, to find the best deal and, most importantly, to make a good spending plan and stick to it. That's true financial freedom."

According to the survey, Canadians who want to rein in their financial obligations have faced push-back from the closest quarters:

  • As a result of attempting to keep a money resolution, 51 per cent of Canadians have felt guilty, had fights, or felt left out of plans with friends and family
  • While two thirds of married/common-law Canadians involve their spouse/partner in helping them to achieve their money resolutions, 22 per cent report that an overspending partner is a barrier to achieving their money resolutions
  • 23 per cent of married/common-law Canadians report that their money resolution has led to more fighting with their spouse/partner about money, and 25 per cent report that their money resolutions have led to feelings of guilt for not providing well enough for their families

To help Canadians with their November resolutions, Capital One Canada and Credit Canada Debt Solutions are helping Canadians set uncomplicated goals.   The best resolutions are simple:

  • "I will ignore the Joneses." Your neighbours went beyond their means buying a brand new SUV. That doesn't mean that you have to.
  • "I will shop around before I buy." Controlling costs means finding the best deal, every time. Save money by spending less!
  • "I will not make resolutions based on spending regret." We've all experienced buyer's remorse. But financial freedom means that you make a plan before you spend - and then stick to it.

"Money problems can be stressful and overwhelming," concludes Livingston. "But four in ten Canadians know the truth: With a lifestyle change and a few simple tools, anyone can achieve financial freedom. So get a financial planning smartphone app, create an affordable budget, and stick to it. And let the Joneses take care of themselves."

To help Canadians make their New Year's resolutions during Credit Education Week, Capital One Canada and Credit Canada Debt Solutions will be hosting a celebration, complete with ball-drop and subject experts. Celebrate early and drop by to make your resolution:

WHAT:   Credit Education Week Celebration Event
WHO: Laurie Campbell, CEO, Credit Canada Debt Solutions
  Nancy Icely, Vice-President, Capital One Canada
WHERE:  Yonge -Dundas Square (Southeast corner of Yonge St. & Dundas St.)
WHEN:  Wednesday, November 14 at 12:00 pm
WHY:     To help Canadians make their money resolutions before the holiday season
   

To learn more about financial freedom, visit www.cewc.ca today.

About the survey

In September 2012, Credit Canada Debt Solutions and Capital One Canada commissioned a survey of 822 Canadians who have made a resolution regarding their spending behaviours. The survey respondents were equally distributed across the 4 major regions of Canada (West, Ontario, Quebec and East) and the margin of error is +/- 3.4%, 19 times out of 20.

About Credit Canada Debt Solutions

Credit Canada Debt Solutions is a non-profit charitable service that has assisted thousands of people with credit counseling and debt management programs since 1966. Credit Canada is a member of the Ontario Association of Credit Counseling Services and a Charter Member of Canadian Association of Credit Counseling Services.

About Capital One

With offices in Toronto and Montreal, Capital One has offered Canadian consumers a range of competitive MasterCard credit cards since 1996, when the company first introduced the Platinum MasterCard in Canada. Capital One Canada is a division of Capital One Bank, a subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation of McLean, Virginia (NYSE: COF). Capital One believes in empowering Canadians to take control of their finances through programs and resources like Understanding-Credit.ca, Credit Education Week Canada, and the Capital One Financial Education Challenge.


 

SOURCE Capital One

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that GENBAND, a leading developer of real time communications software solutions, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's WebRTC Summit, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. The GENBAND team will be on hand to demonstrate their newest product, Kandy. Kandy is a communications Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that enables companies to seamlessly integrate more human communications into their Web and mobile applicatio...
VictorOps is making on-call suck less with the only collaborative alert management platform on the market. With easy on-call scheduling management, a real-time incident timeline that gives you contextual relevance around your alerts and powerful reporting features that make post-mortems more effective, VictorOps helps your IT/DevOps team solve problems faster.
Skeuomorphism usually means retaining existing design cues in something new that doesn’t actually need them. However, the concept of skeuomorphism can be thought of as relating more broadly to applying existing patterns to new technologies that, in fact, cry out for new approaches. In his session at DevOps Summit, Gordon Haff, Senior Cloud Strategy Marketing and Evangelism Manager at Red Hat, will discuss why containers should be paired with new architectural practices such as microservices ra...
Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, had reached 30,000 page views on his home page - http://RobertoMedrano.SYS-CON.com/ - on the SYS-CON family of online magazines, which includes Cloud Computing Journal, Internet of Things Journal, Big Data Journal, and SOA World Magazine. He is a recognized executive in the information technology fields of SOA, internet security, governance, and compliance. He has extensive experience with both start-ups and large companies, having been ...
Companies today struggle to manage the types and volume of data their customers and employees generate and use every day. With billions of requests daily, operational consistency can be elusive. In his session at Big Data Expo, Dave McCrory, CTO at Basho Technologies, will explore how a distributed systems solution, such as NoSQL, can give organizations the consistency and availability necessary to succeed with on-demand data, offering high availability at massive scale.
From telemedicine to smart cars, digital homes and industrial monitoring, the explosive growth of IoT has created exciting new business opportunities for real time calls and messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ivelin Ivanov, CEO and Co-Founder of Telestax, shared some of the new revenue sources that IoT created for Restcomm – the open source telephony platform from Telestax. Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, de...
The industrial software market has treated data with the mentality of “collect everything now, worry about how to use it later.” We now find ourselves buried in data, with the pervasive connectivity of the (Industrial) Internet of Things only piling on more numbers. There’s too much data and not enough information. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Bob Gates, Global Marketing Director, GE’s Intelligent Platforms business, to discuss how realizing the power of IoT, software developers are now focu...
Security can create serious friction for DevOps processes. We've come up with an approach to alleviate the friction and provide security value to DevOps teams. In her session at DevOps Summit, Shannon Lietz, Senior Manager of DevSecOps at Intuit, will discuss how DevSecOps got started and how it has evolved. Shannon Lietz has over two decades of experience pursuing next generation security solutions. She is currently the DevSecOps Leader for Intuit where she is responsible for setting and driv...
Operational Hadoop and the Lambda Architecture for Streaming Data Apache Hadoop is emerging as a distributed platform for handling large and fast incoming streams of data. Predictive maintenance, supply chain optimization, and Internet-of-Things analysis are examples where Hadoop provides the scalable storage, processing, and analytics platform to gain meaningful insights from granular data that is typically only valuable from a large-scale, aggregate view. One architecture useful for capturing...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Vitria Technology, Inc. will exhibit at SYS-CON’s @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Vitria will showcase the company’s new IoT Analytics Platform through live demonstrations at booth #330. Vitria’s IoT Analytics Platform, fully integrated and powered by an operational intelligence engine, enables customers to rapidly build and operationalize advanced analytics to deliver timely business outcomes ...
DevOps is about increasing efficiency, but nothing is more inefficient than building the same application twice. However, this is a routine occurrence with enterprise applications that need both a rich desktop web interface and strong mobile support. With recent technological advances from Isomorphic Software and others, it is now feasible to create a rich desktop and tuned mobile experience with a single codebase, without compromising performance or usability.
Thanks to Docker, it becomes very easy to leverage containers to build, ship, and run any Linux application on any kind of infrastructure. Docker is particularly helpful for microservice architectures because their successful implementation relies on a fast, efficient deployment mechanism – which is precisely one of the features of Docker. Microservice architectures are therefore becoming more popular, and are increasingly seen as an interesting option even for smaller projects, instead of bein...
SYS-CON Events announced today Arista Networks will exhibit at SYS-CON's DevOps Summit 2015 New York, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Arista Networks was founded to deliver software-driven cloud networking solutions for large data center and computing environments. Arista’s award-winning 10/40/100GbE switches redefine scalability, robustness, and price-performance, with over 3,000 customers and more than three million cloud networking ports depl...
Application metrics, logs, and business KPIs are a goldmine. It’s easy to get started with the ELK stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana) – you can see lots of people coming up with impressive dashboards, in less than a day, with no previous experience. Going from proof-of-concept to production tends to be a bit more difficult, unfortunately, and it tends to gobble up our attention, time, and money. In his session at DevOps Summit, Otis Gospodnetić, co-author of Lucene in Action and founder...
The speed of software changes in growing and large scale rapid-paced DevOps environments presents a challenge for continuous testing. Many organizations struggle to get this right. Practices that work for small scale continuous testing may not be sufficient as the requirements grow. In his session at DevOps Summit, Marc Hornbeek, Sr. Solutions Architect of DevOps continuous test solutions at Spirent Communications, will explain the best practices of continuous testing at high scale, which is r...