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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...

Group Coupons: a Bitter or Sweet Deal?

Unless you spent the last few years in a cave, you probably noted the emergence of dozens of “group coupon” websites: Groupon, LivingSocial, Koopon, DealFind and many other are probably already...

How to Avoid… Banking Scams

Who doesn’t have a bank account these days? A checking account and a credit card are often essential to everyday life but unfortunately, banking comes with a number of scams. I strongly encourage...

How to Avoid.. Consumer Scams

Unlike in France, the customer is king in North America. This means that businesses take customer service seriously and everything is made to make your life easier: long opening hours, generous...

Free Stuff in Ottawa… and in Canada!

Who doesn’t like free stuff? Free activities, free services, free goodies... it’s always good to take! Canadians are pretty generous, there are tons of free stuff out there -- you just have to find...

A Very French Taboo

If you really want to offend a French man, don’t ask him if you can see his wife naked – there is always the risk you will end up in one of Paris’ seedy swinging clubs. Instead, just ask him how much...

Money, Get Away

This is my last week of work at school, and I'm facing what is perhaps my most tricky mission so far. I arrived Monday morning wondering how to deal with the whole situation. How much French could I...

A Nation Under Debt

I'm a small-time player. Or so said the last telemarketer who called to offer me a $10,000 Amex credit card. I gasped when I heard the figure. "But I don't make that much money", I naively admitted...