- TD Canada Trust offers tips and advice to avoid missing payments -
TORONTO, July 15 /CNW/ - Almost one-in-five (16%) British Columbians say they would rather clean the bathroom than pay the bills. Despite their aversion to it, British Columbians are among the least likely to miss paying bills on time. This is according to the TD Canada Trust Everyday Banking Poll.
Less people in B.C. (52%) than in any other province, other than Ontario (also 52%), have missed paying their bills on time. Additionally, although they occasionally miss payments, people in B.C. don't make a habit of it. Only 4% of British Columbians miss paying more than three bills a year (versus 9% nationally).
While many British Columbians make sure to pay their bills on time, a surprising number may be overlooking the implications of missed-bill payments. Forty-three per cent of respondents think that there is no consequence if they miss a bill payment - that they just pay the overdue amount on their next bill.
"If you routinely miss your bill payments each month, it can impact your credit rating," says Carrie Russell, Senior Vice President, TD Canada Trust. "Missing payments by more than 30 days could influence your likelihood to secure a future loan or a credit card because credit-granting companies look at past performance on bill payments as an indicator of future behaviour. It is essential to pay your bills on time. Why jeopardize your ability to access credit in the future?"
Russell recommends the following five tips to avoid late bill payments:
1. Have your bills sent to you electronically. It can be easier to keep
track of than stacks of paper. And it is more environmentally-
2. Set-up pre-authorized withdrawals from your everyday bank account for
your utilities and other bills
3. Set-up an automatic transfer to pay your credit card's minimum or
total balance each month so that you can be sure to never miss a
4. Avoid the hassle and cost of finding envelopes, cheques and stamps by
paying your bills online or over the phone or at an ABM - this can
easily save you $50 a year
5. Post-date your online bill payments for a few days before the due
date to allow time for processing. Why give away your money before it
"Paying interest and late charges on missed bills, even a few times a year, is like throwing money away," says Russell. "One of the easiest ways to save money and protect your credit score, is to pay bills on time and online. Make sure you have the right everyday bank account - it should include features and services that help make it easy for you to pay your bills on time, keep your payments organized and avoid interest and late charges. If not, you should consider making a change."
How do British Columbians pay their bills?
Setting up a pre-authorized payment from their chequing account is the preferred method of paying bills in B.C. (67%), followed by online banking (63%). Nationally, online banking is the most popular method of paying bills, particularly for Canadians under the age of 50. Seventy-five per cent of those 18-to-29 pay their bills online and 78% of those 30-to-49 pay their bills online.
Other payment methods in B.C. include payment at the bank branch (42%), pre-authorized payment from a credit card (31%), and by cheque in the mail (22%).
When do British Columbians pay?
British Columbians are the savviest of Canadians when it comes to timing the payment of their bills, still, only 41% say that they pay their bills as close to the due date as possible (versus 36% nationally). Thirty-three per cent pay their bills as they come in and 22% collect all their bills each month and pay them at the same time.
Who pays the bills?
Sixty-three per cent of B.C. residents surveyed say that they are responsible for paying the household bills. Another 20% say that they share the responsibility with their partner and 14% say that their partner pays the bills. Across Canada, those Canadians 18-to-29 are most likely to say that someone else in the household pays the bills (26%), which perhaps could be a parent.
About the TD Canada Trust Everyday Banking Campaign
TD Canada Trust is offering an incentive for new customers who switch to TD Canada Trust. If new customers open a Select Service or Infinity Chequing Account, add its convenient banking services, and get approved for an eligible TD Canada Trust Credit Card by July 23, 2010, then TD Canada Trust will give the new customer a $250 Cash Bonus. For more information about the promotion visit www.tdcanadatrust.com or call 1-800-387-8550.
About the TD Canada Trust Everyday Banking Poll
The TD Canada Trust Everyday Banking Poll surveyed 1,002 adult Canadians, including 133 from British Columbia, between May 18-26, 2010. Results for this study were collected through Environics Research Group's national omnibus study.
About TD Bank Financial Group
The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Financial Group. TD Bank Financial Group is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and serves more than 18 million customers in four key businesses operating in a number of locations in key financial centres around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Canada Trust and TD Insurance; Wealth Management, including TD Waterhouse and an investment in TD Ameritrade; U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD Bank Financial Group also ranks among the world's leading online financial services firms, with more than 6 million online customers. TD Bank Financial Group had CDN$574 billion in assets on April 30, 2010. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol "TD" on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.
SOURCE TD Bank Group
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