Fire insurance claims: When to tell your home insurance provider + MORE Sep 12th

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“You don’t have to file a home insurance claim if you have a house fire,” is not something you would expect to hear from insurance experts. But in the wake of the increasing fire-related fatality numbers from the Ontario Fire Marshal, we couldn’t help but ask.
First, the numbers. Between January 1 and May 4, 2020, there were 51 fire-related fatalities in Ontario—a 65% increase in comparison to the same timeframe last year. However, insurance specialists in the province aren’t reporting a surge in claims.
Now, if house-fire fatalities are up and residential fires in general are a growing concern during the pandemic, it’s reasonable to consider that some Canadians aren’t making insurance claims after a house fire—presumably because they want to avoid a potential rate increase.
Should you make an insurance claim for a house fire? Well, it depends
When an injury or fatality occurs, it’s critical that all relevant reports are made. However, if a house fire results in property damage only, you may consider handling the repairs privately…

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Credit cards have become ubiquitous, used to pay for everything from gas to travel to home delivery. Managed properly, they’re also essential financial tools, allowing cardholders to build credit, earn cash back or travel points, and gain valuable perks, like insurance or purchase protection. Carrying a balance, however, changes everything. “Credit card debt is very high-interest debt, typically in the neighbourhood of 20% or more,” says Scott Hannah, president and CEO of Credit Counselling Society. At that rate, even a modest balance can spiral quickly out of control. 
If you’re holding a balance on your credit card, paying it off is task number one, so you can once again enjoy its benefits. Here are 10 solid tips to help you get to a $0 balance, faster.
1. Examine your spending habits 
It might seem obvious, but you can’t improve on something if you don’t understand it.  “Typically, when someone comes to us looking for help, our first goal is to look at their expenditures and balance their budget,” says Hannah…

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