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Did you know that the average Canadian spends a whopping $191 per month on a landline, the internet, and cable or satellite? That’s $2,292 per year or $11,460 over five years. With costs like that, it’s not surprising that Canadians are cutting their landline and cable lines left and right, and opting for a lighter entertainment package that doesn’t cost as much as a car payment.
Personally, I said goodbye to cable in 2009 when I was a poor university student without the means to shell out hundreds of dollars per month on entertainment, and I cut my landline in 2011 once I realized I could link my apartment buzzer to my cell phone.
Today the average Canadian stands to save $53 per month if they cut their cable or satellite subscription out of their budget. That is a nice chunk of savings you could route towards debt or savings. For example, if you opted to invest that $53 per month at a 5% return, you’d have $44,367. While that’s not enough to retire on, it’s a great start!
If you’re nervous about cutting the cord, you aren’t alone. In fact, as more and more Canadians opt for less expensive and more versatile alternatives to cable, a whole industry has sprung up with the purpose of helping technically challenged people to go cable free. For those who want to take the do it yourself approach, there have never been more options for alternative entertainment. Back when I got rid of my cable subscription in 2007, Netflix was still a DVD subscription service, and YouTube hadn’t yet reached its peak.
Today, there are several options for entertainment that don’t involve spending hundreds of dollars a year. Let’s have at two of the most popular (and legal) options below.
Netflix is probably the first alternative to cable that comes to mind because it has become a staple in so many Canadian homes. Netflix is an inexpensive alternative to cable. At just $7.99 per month it gives you access to hundreds of movies and popular television shows. You do need the internet to stream Netflix, and a smart TV, computer, or another gaming system to host the app.
One of the biggest drawbacks of most online streaming services is that you don’t get access to live news from CBC, Global or CTV. Not having access to these channels means you’ll miss out on live events like the Olympics and the Oscars. Fortunately, there is an option to have those channels without paying the high prices of cable, or even the slightly lower prices of the new “skinny” cable packages that many companies are obligated to provide.
Remember those old-timey rabbit ears that provided snowy or ghostly access to key channels? Now that most channels are broadcasting in high definition there is a new, much more reliable way to access them: a digital antenna. With a digital antenna, you can pick up reliable high definition signals to up to 35 Canadian and US channels – for free! There are different versions of digital antennas that pick up a different number of channels. Some can be mounted in a nearby window to pick up a few channels while you must mount others on the roof to pick up dozens of channels.
How much you spend is up to you, but the upside is that it’s a one-time cost so you can strike that cable cost from your monthly budget forever.
Unfortunately, other popular digital streaming services like Hulu and Amazon Prime aren’t yet available in Canada, although that doesn’t mean you can’t gain access to them. With a little clever Googling Hulu and Amazon Prime are within your reach as well.
There is one thing to keep in mind when you switch to streaming services over cable: you’ll consume much more data on your internet service than before. So if you have a cap on the amount of data you can consume, keep a close eye on it to ensure you don’t incur any overage charges. Alternatively, you can switch to a plan with no cap.
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easyfinancial offers a variety of financial services including personal loans, and mortgages. easyfinancial is a division of goeasy Ltd., the leading full service provider of goods and alternative financial services that improve the lives of everyday Canadians. goeasy Ltd. is listed on the TSE under the symbol 'GSY'.
* easyfinancial offers secured personal loans in all provinces, excluding British Columbia, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon.
CREDIT SCORE IMPACT
While having a loan and honouring its obligations can help build credit, too many loans may be seen by potential creditors as an increased risk, and failure to meet repayment obligations will result in a negative report to the credit bureaus, which would reduce your credit score. Please borrow responsibly.
Loans from easyfinancial do not automatically renew. Customers have the option to request an increase to their loan after paying down a percentage of their current loan amount and maintaining good payment history. Such a request would be subject to the company's standard underwriting rules.
easyfinancial offers personal loans from $500 to $25,000 with terms from 9 to 120 months. The APR is between 19.99%-46.96%. Secured personal loans may be subject to provincial fees upon funding. NSF (non-sufficient funds) payments will be assessed a $50 fee in addition to fees charged by the customer's financial institution.
easyfinancial contacts customers in arrears as soon as possible through various means including, but not limited to telephone, email, postal mail and SMS. easyfinancial may work with third parties to assist in collections activities.
LOAN PROTECTION PLAN
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ABIC and ABLAC carry on business in Canada under the trade name of Assurant®.
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The complete terms, eligibility, benefits, limitations and exclusions are contained in the Certificate of Insurance.
Purposes for Which goeasy Handles Personal Information
goeasy collects and uses personal information for purposes limited to those which are related to its businesses, which include providing financial services and leasing household furnishings, appliances, and home electronic products to its customers under lease agreements. We collect personal information primarily from you, for instance through applications and supporting documentation you provide. We may also collect personal information about you through your ongoing interactions with us, from references, employers and other financial institutions you have identified in your application as well as credit bureaus and other third party sources. For example, we may collect personal information from credit bureaus for the purpose of locating you to collect outstanding debts. In connection with loan agreements, we may also collect personal information from credit bureaus in order to verify your current and ongoing creditworthiness and other information you may provide to us.
We may collect and use personal information for purposes such as, but not limited to, the following:
Personal Information goeasy Collects
goeasy limits the amount and type of personal information collected to that which is necessary for our identified purposes, and we collect personal information by fair and lawful means.
Personal information that we collect includes:
Transfers and Disclosures of Personal Information
goeasy may disclose personal information in a number of circumstances, including:
In addition to the above, personal information may be shared between our affiliates or subsidiaries (including those located in the United States) for internal audit, management, billing or administrative purposes including defending and bringing legal actions.
In the course of fulfilling the purposes described above, goeasy may transfer your personal information to service providers, including affiliates or other third party organizations or individuals retained by goeasy to perform functions on its behalf, such as marketing, data processing, customer service, office, security, collections, insurance, financial and taxation services. When personal information is transferred to service providers, we use contractual or other means to ensure that a comparable level of protection is provided. Some of our service providers may be located outside Canada, including in the United States, and will be subject to applicable legal requirements in the country in which they are located, including lawful requirements to disclose personal information to government authorities in certain circumstances.
goeasy may also use and disclose personal information in connection with the proposed or actual financing, securitization, insuring, sale, assignment or other disposal of all or part of our business or assets (including your loan or lease and any agreement to which it relates), for the purposes of evaluating and/or performing the proposed transaction. Assignees or successors of our business or assets may use and disclose your personal information for similar purposes as those described in this Policy.
goeasy may disclose your personal information as necessary to meet legal, regulatory, insurance, audit, and security requirements, and as otherwise with your consent or as permitted or required by law.
goeasy uses reasonable safeguards and other security standards to protect all personal information in its custody and control against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification, regardless of the format in which the information is held. Safeguards will vary depending on the sensitivity, format, location, and storage of the personal information. Only authorized employees, agents, partners and third parties who require access to personal information to fulfill their job requirements will have access to personal information.
Access and Accuracy
goeasy may establish and maintain a file containing an individual's personal information for the purposes described above, which will be accessible at our offices. Individuals have the right to request access to or correction of their personal information that is held by goeasy. Requests must be made in writing, addressed to goeasy's Privacy Officer as per the contact information set out at the end of this Policy. We will respond to written requests within a reasonable time. Copies of records containing personal information may be subject to a fee. If this is the case, goeasy will inform the individual of the amount of the fee in advance. We will use our best efforts to ensure that personal information is as accurate, complete and up-to-date as necessary for the identified purposes. If an individual successfully demonstrates the inaccuracy or incompleteness of personal information, we will amend the information as required. If we refuse access to personal information or disagree with an assertion that information held by us is incorrect, we will provide a written explanation for such refusal and a description of our complaints procedure should an individual decide to challenge such written explanation. An individual's right to access or correct personal information is subject to applicable legal restrictions. To prevent fraudulent access to the personal information stored by goeasy, we may take reasonable steps to verify an individual's identity before granting access or making corrections.
goeasy's Websites and E-Mail Communication
goeasy does not guarantee the confidentiality of any communications made by you via e-mail or otherwise through our websites. If you wish to provide information of a confidential or sensitive nature to easyhome, please contact us directly by telephone at 1-866-823-3279 or easyfinancial at 1-888-502-3279 to arrange for delivery/transmission of such information by secure means.
In compliance with Google's advertising policies, we use Google Adwords Search Engine Marketing (Pay Per Click) and Display Advertising (Remarketing and Google Display Network). We use Google AdWords Remarketing in compliance with the Google AdWords Interest-Based Advertising Policy, which means that you may see our advertisements on Google and other third party websites on the internet after visiting our website.
We use Google Analytics for Display Advertising, including Remarketing, Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting, Google Display Network Impression Reporting and the DoubleClick Campaign Manager integration. You have the option to opt out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads. For all the currently available opt-outs, please visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
We use the data collected through Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting to better understand our website visitors in terms of demographics and interests, to improve our website content in order to cater to our audience, and to customize advertisements based on our audience's interests and demographics.
In certain circumstances, as permitted or required by law, we may collect, use or disclose personal information without the knowledge or consent of the individual. These circumstances include but are not limited to: personal information that is publicly available as defined by regulation; where collection is clearly in the interests of the individual and consent cannot be obtained in a timely way; where disclosure is made for the purposes of collecting a debt owed to us; or to comply with a subpoena, warrant or court order.
Inquiries or Further Information
Privacy Officer, goeasy Ltd.,
33 City Centre Drive, Suite 510
Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 2N5, Canada
If you are not satisfied with our response to a privacy-related matter, you may contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada at 1-800-282-1376 or at http://www.privcom.gc.ca. or in Quebec, Alberta or British Columbia, your provincial privacy regulator, as applicable.