It’s Financial Literacy Month.
Financial Literacy is something that I think is very important. It’s something that if you don’t know enough about can lead to years of struggle. I’ll be honest, growing up; I didn’t know much about saving money or making wise financial decisions.
I made the mistake to get two credit cards when I was 18 and though I promised I would only spend what I made, soon enough, I had maxed them both out. It was only until I put my batteries on and worked hard to pay them off completely. That is when I truly learned the real value of a dollar and the importance of planning to be successful in your personal finances.
In fact, it’s something that I have gotten a lot better at but am always learning more about. Once I became a Mom, it gave me that extra push to want to know more! I don’t want my kids to run into financial problems and I can only help them if I teach them young.
How Does Your Credit Card Fare?
One thing is for certain, you can’t go at it alone. Luckily, there is RateSupermarket.ca to help you become savvier and more financially fit to manage your personal finances. With their comparison services, you’ll be on your way in no time.
In my adulthood, I’ve learned a lot more about credit cards and since we travel often, we wanted to see if we can have a credit card that would reward us.
You get to thinking, what offers the best value: a mile, a point, or cash back? Are annual fees worth it? How can a promotional interest rate help pay off a lingering balance?
I know I am not alone with these thoughts, these are some of the most common questions posed by Canadian credit card shoppers – but when it comes to choosing a card, it’s not always clear which are top performers.
RateSupermarket.ca, Canada’s comprehensive financial rates comparison site, has taken the guesswork out of picking your plastic with the 2015 Best of Finance Awards, a ranking of the hardest-working credit cards and banking products in Canada. Consumers can use RateSupermarket.ca’s Credit Card Rewards Calculator to help them choose and apply for THE perfect card for them.
How Did My Plastic Rank?
Well, after I added all the required information and my carrier, it turns out that I have the best credit card for the rewards that I want to collect. In fact, it’s an award winner. When we chose our card, we wanted the best card that would give us travel rewards. It also had a sign-up bonus and a lot of travel perks that would make our adventures easier and much more rewarding.
Finding the credit card that suits your needs best is kind of like finding THE one. After all, it is a long-term relationship that needs to be give and take.
The Best of Finance Awards have spoken and here are the results:
WINNER: Scotia Momentum® VISA Infinite* Card
2nd Place: MBNA Smart Cash MasterCard® Credit Card
3rd Place: SimplyCash Card from American Express
Travel Rewards – With Fee
WINNER: Scotiabank®* Gold American Express® Card
2nd Place: BMO® World Elite™ MasterCard®*
3rd Place: RBC Royal Bank® Visa Infinite‡ Avion®
Travel Rewards – No Fee
WINNER: Blue Sky Credit Card
2nd Place: Capital One® Aspire Travel™ Platinum MasterCard®
3rd Place: Shell AIR MILES®† MasterCard®* from BMO
Travel Rewards Loyalty Program
WINNER: TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card
WINNER: President’s Choice Financial® MasterCard®
WINNER: MBNA Smart Cash MasterCard® Credit Card
2nd Place: Shell AIR MILES®† MasterCard®* from BMO
3rd Place: Shell CashBack MasterCard®* from BMO
WINNER: MBNA TrueLine® MasterCard Credit Card
2nd Place: National Bank Syncro MasterCard®
3rd Place: Desjardins Visa Gold Modulo
Low Balance Transfer
WINNER: Platinum Plus® MasterCard® credit card
2nd Place: President’s Choice Financial® MasterCard®
3rd Place: Scotiabank Value® VISA* card
WINNER: National Bank MC1 MasterCard®
2nd Place: Home Trust Secured Visa Card
3rd Place: Capital One® Guaranteed MasterCard® (both secured and unsecured)
WINNER: TIE – Scotiabank L’earn® VISA* card
WINNER: TIE – StudentAwards MBNA Rewards MasterCard® credit card
2nd Place: BMO® SPC®‡ CashBack MasterCard®*
Special Mention: Scotiabank SCENE® VISA* card
Over 7 million people have used RateSupermarket.ca to compare their personal finance products and have saved. If the average Canadian switched their credit cards, they can save up to $400 a year! We ran our numbers and compared our mortgage and it turns out we have a great rate as well. It’s great to know that there is a service you can count on to help you make wiser decisions or some assurance in knowing you’ve made the right ones!
You Can Save Too!
In just 3 easy steps, you can be on your way to savings too. RateSupermarket.ca compares credit cards, mortgages rates, chequing accounts and GIC rates. You enter your information and your goals and through comparison, you’ll be able to see through hidden fees and get the best rates available to you!
Like they say, the more you know.
So, how does your credit card fare?
Do you have the perfect one for you or will you be applying for THE one?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.