We know this is a stressful time. We’ve got some tools, support and information to help you understand your credit options and manage your finances through this difficult period. As always, sign up for free to check and monitor your credit score, anytime.
Get an understanding of money coming in, and going out for the next 3 months. Gather all your statements (bank and credit cards) and list all your expenses. Divide them into ‘needs’ (ie. rent/mortgage, minimum loan payments), and ‘wants’ (ie. gym, entertainment) - prioritize in order of importance then compare the total to expected income. If you foresee a shortfall, start with 'wants' and explore reducing, freezing accounts or eliminating.
Creditors and lenders are aware that COVID-19 is going to impact people’s lives. Governments, companies and institutions are all adjusting and offering different forms of forgiveness, grace periods or payment schedules. Check official websites and/or get in touch with customer support to see what solutions are available.
You may need some extra help to cover a potential shortfall, or you could want to look at a safety net. Planning ahead is key to getting as many options as possible and preventing high-interest loans in the future. Make sure to explore all your options (like adjusting your budget and calling your creditors) before you take on additional debt. Everyone's situation is different. Become a Borrowell member and find the options that match your credit profile and likelihood of approval - it's completely free.
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Governments and institutions are announcing new ways to help support Canadians through this challenging time. We recommend checking government and official sites for the most up-to-date information. However, we know it can be overwhelming, so we’ve made a list to help you understand some of the options both federally and provincially during COVID-19.
The Borrowell Team
Apr 01, 2020
The current situation might be making it difficult to pay your regular bills on time. However, this can be a big problem as payment history makes up 35% of your credit score. As a way to provide extra support during this time, some institutions, lenders and companies are offering payment deferrals.
Mar 26, 2020
Is the COVID-19 situation causing you to feel stressed about your finances? If so, you’re not alone, 74% of our members are feeling anxious right now according to our recent survey. Taking the time to plan ahead is the best way to keep your options open and feel more in control of the situation. We know that putting together a budget isn’t always pleasant, but we’re here to help you through this.
The Borrowell Team
Mar 25, 2020
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