Stop Shopping Debt From Ruining Your Life

Do your credit card bills just keep growing? Shopping on credit is a major contribution to rising household debt levels. Every time you carry a credit card balance, it costs you more money.

Using a credit card is not always a bad idea, but it can encourage you to overspend. Shopping with a credit card can help you build a credit rating or keep track of your purchases at the end of the month, but only if you pay the full amount when it comes due. Carrying a balance is a quick way to make your Black Friday bargains more expensive.

Take this example: you find a deluxe, 4K Smart TV that’s 50% off for only $1,000 – except you’ve already spent your holiday budget, so it’s all going on credit for now. You make the minimum $30 payment on your first bill, but by the next bill, you’ve generated $16 in interest. Now you have to pay that plus your minimum payment on the principal. At that rate, it will take you years to pay for the TV, and interest will double the cost.

Keeping up with interest payments eats away at your ability to save for the future. Add mortgage payments, car payments, and emergency expenses, and you can find yourself drowning in debt. That’s when it’s time to get help from David Sklar & Associates.

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Before you start holiday shopping, make a budget using the money you already have, not money you plan to have in the future. But what do you do if you’ve already overspent in the past? It may be time to ask, what is a consumer proposal and how can it provide debt relief. When you’re not sure how to stop the cycle of debt, a bankruptcy trustee, now known as a Licensed Insolvency Trustee, can help.

As bankruptcy trustees, we file consumer proposals and bankruptcies. In Canada, there’s usually no need to involve a lawyer. A consumer proposal provides debt relief to people who are insolvent. When you’re unable to pay your existing debt, an appointment with a bankruptcy trustee at David Sklar & Associates is an opportunity to have your questions answered.

At your first, no-charge appointment, a bankruptcy trustee will help you find out:

  • Whether or not you are insolvent and qualify for a bankruptcy or a consumer proposal.
  • How a bankruptcy vs consumer proposal fits your financial situation.
  • How much you might be able to reduce your debt in either a bankruptcy or a consumer proposal.
  • How the consumer proposal process or a bankruptcy will affect your credit score in the future.
  • How you can afford to pay off your debt.

Shopping debt can quickly spiral out of control. Once they’re debt-free, many people do things like avoiding the mall completely. Smart financial planning and trimming your expenses (such as going to more affordable grocery stores) can all help reduce shopping debt. When it’s too much to find a way out, contact a bankruptcy trustee.

Take Your First Step Towards A Debt Free Life

If you are overwhelmed by debt and live in the Toronto area, call us at 416-498-9200 to book a FREE, confidential appointment. We will review your financial situation in detail and discuss all of your options with you. Alternatively, you can fill out the form below and our team will reach out to you. 

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I cannot emphasize enough how thankful I am for Jackie Stanley's help with filing for bankruptcy.All of us dread being put in this position and we have a million questions about the process but trust me Jackie makes it so easy for you that you don't have to do anything yourself!She is very kind and friendly and puts you at ease right away. She emphasizes with you and let's you know it's not your fault.Most importantly when you leave that first meeting you will not believe the load that is taken off your shoulders. You can actually feel it!You are a godsend Jackie and I can't thank you enough!!I hope you are highly valued there as much as you are by me!
Sue Murray
18:45 05 Dec 21
Putting together and executing a Consumer Proposal can be daunting, that is unless you work with Cori Naron at David Sklar & Associates Inc. Cori's advice and support has been instrumental over the past five years. Thank you Cori!!
Barry Kuntz
20:37 01 Dec 21
I’m very happy with the services I received for Jackie Stanley who helped me get my finances in order. It was a quick and easy process & all of my questions were answered.
Amanda Frappier
01:18 19 Nov 21
I have had the privilege of being supported by Jackie at David Sklar Associate. She was very helpful, very professional and very friendly. She gave me the help I need. Thank you Jackie for your help.
Alex Taylor
22:03 17 Nov 21
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arny raposo
17:02 11 Nov 21
Jackie at Daivid Sklar and Associates is such a pleasure to work with. She explained everything in great detail and is always there when I have a question or concern. She really cares about her clients.
Steve Medica
09:33 10 Nov 21
I filed a proposal with another group, which came in as a referral from one of my brokers. My experience went from ok to bad to worse, due to lack of communication and education on the process I was to embark on. I worked with Cori Naron in the past, and I came to her now for help on literally doing the work that the other group should have done. Cori stepped in, educated me, advised on rights, responsibilities, how the process works and what potential outcomes may happen. I do not have enough words of recognition and gratitude for what she did - she alleviated stress, anxiety, dead-end thoughts and she made me live again. Congrats to DSklar for hiring her and retaining such talent.
Giani Kokolakis
18:45 25 Oct 21
Very professional service. Before contacting David Sklar & Associates i contacted bunch of other firms they seemed fishy. After I spoke with Jason Sklar at Hamilton Office I discovered professionalism with hope. I was explained every step of my situation with solution professionally. Thank you David Sklar & Associates.
Wajay Awan
07:29 12 Oct 21
I met David a few months ago and i am glad I did. He has helped me all the way through my bankruptcy with good advice and explained every step of the process. David is a very down to earth and very professional. Anytime I've had a question I was able to reach out to David by phone or email and he always got back to me. If your struggling with your bills and need a way to get help, I strongly recommend David Sklar &Associates to help you. My experience with them on 1-5scale would be a 5;; My life is so much better now, thanks to David Sklar.
Bruce Locke
16:13 08 Oct 21
I have had the privilege of being supported by Jackie S, at David Sklar n Associate.She was helpful, professional and friendly. I was able to get the help I needed at a difficult time in my life. I would recommend anyone who needs support with working out their debts to ask for Jackie, she will be waiting to assist however she can to help you through your debts. She works with a team who is always ready and responsive.Thank you Jackie and your team:)
Denise Simpson
15:17 09 Sep 21
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