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Erica Alini

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Toronto, ON, Canada

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Recent articles by Erica:

Pay $4,300, get $1,750 back after 3 years. One man’s cautionary tale about ‘savings loans’

Cody O'Day says he never intended to sign up for a so-called "savings loan," which provides no cash upfront. → Read More

Is ‘showrooming’ — testing products in store to buy online — the new shopping faux pas?

The practice is having an impact on small business owners, according to a survey from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. → Read More

Black Friday 2019: 5 tips for Canadians

How to score the best deals and what to avoid. → Read More

CN strike another hit to Prairie economies

The transport disruption threatens shipments of oil, grains and potash, with Western Canada likely to feel the most pain from prolonged disruptions. → Read More

Even with fixed mortgage rates lower than variable ones, locking isn’t a slam dunk

Staying put may pay off for some variable-rate mortgage holders. → Read More

Disney Plus? Apple TV Plus? Here’s how major streaming video services in Canada compare

While the new offerings mean more variety, consumers will likely have to pay more to keep watching all their favourite shows. → Read More

5 tactics retailers will use to get you spending this holiday season

The sooner you get into the holiday spirit, the more you may be willing to spend. → Read More

Are winter tires worth it? How to put your best wheels forward in snow and ice

In most of Canada, you need winter tires. But in a few cases, all-weather tires may also be an OK option. → Read More

‘My morning coffee party’: How to co-own a home with friends or family

There are many upsides to teaming up with other buyers — and many of the downsides can be overcome, experts say. → Read More

‘Oh, you’ve had bad investments’ — when the magic of the TFSA works against you

TFSAs are wonderful for growing your savings but can also amplify the impact of bad investment decisions. → Read More

Liberal incumbent Harjit Sajjan retains his seat in Vancouver South

Sajjan managed to hold onto a riding that has historically swung between Liberals and Conservatives. → Read More

Liberals hold Nova Scotia riding of Kings-Hants

Liberal Kody Blois scored a comfortable victory, with Conservative Martha MacQuarrie finishing second. → Read More

How to tell if a side hustle is worth the hassle

The first step in determining whether a side hustle is worthwhile is figuring out what your net hourly pay actually is. → Read More

In an election focused on families, an ‘implicit tax’ on parents is under the radar

The benefits clawback faced by parents who work part-time while on leave is 'very, very, very high,' said one economist. → Read More

By the numbers: What to know about the Liberals’ new housing-incentive promise

The proposed new incentive is more attractive for buyers in expensive cities, but critics still see plenty they don't like. → Read More

Canada’s household-debt-to-income ratio down slightly in second quarter

Incomes are growing slightly faster than debt. → Read More

How quickly should you pay off your student loans? Two money experts share their stories

Sometimes, longer is better. → Read More

The bank of mom and dad will lend — and even issue mortgages

So-called family home loans are relatively common in the U.S. Canada's version of the arrangement is also becoming more popular, according to one B.C.-based credit union. → Read More

By the numbers: How to reduce your debt when you can’t repay

There are three main options: here's how they work. → Read More

Tech, bank accounts and cellphone plans: 3 tips for back-to-school savings

How to save on consumer electronics, avoid banking fees and choose the right wireless plan. → Read More