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Retail Tales

Just in the last month, MEXX, Smart Set and Futureshop have folded abruptly. I guess the pair of red cargo pants I bought at MEXX in 2005 are now a collector's item.

Splurges Vs. Steals

I stopped splurging on sandals a long time ago. I have tried all the major brands, from store-brand shoes to big names in footwear such as like Clarks, Sketchers and Nike. I have spent as little as...

Allegory of the Shopping Mall

Malls open early and close late. They are well lit, well heated and provide clean restrooms. Okay, this short description makes it sound like I am homeless. I am not. But I have a toddler in tow—same...

So, Are Babies That Expensive?

When I first learned I was pregnant, my first thought was “me, a mother, seriously?” It was quickly followed by “oh my God, I’m going to have to sell my body on Ottawa’s coldest streets to pay for...

Baby Money and Social Benefits

“Finally, we get something out of that kid!” I joke while opening the brown envelop from the Canada Revenue Agency. I already know what’s inside: a cheque for $300—the exact amount for three...

Being a Canadian Consumer

It took me a while to start behaving as a consumer in Canada. At first, I marveled at how accommodating businesses were: customers could exchange merchandise, ask for refunds, demand to speak to a...

10 Ways to Not Become Poor in Canada

Christmas shopping is underway in most parts of North America and a lot of consumers took advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. So, how to not become poor in Canada? How to manage your...

How to… Report Scams

So, you got scammed and now it’s too late. You feel angry and embarrassed and you wish you had trusted that gut feeling. What can you do now? Two words: report it. The steps you need to take mostly...

How to Avoid… Phone Scams

How many times a day does this scenario happen to you? The phone rings and you drop whatever you were doing to pick it up, only to hear a familiar pause, and then a mechanical voice reeling off a...