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Knowing is Not Owing – 5 Debt Myths Dispelled

Oct 17, 2019
When it comes to debt, what you don’t know can hurt you financially. Vancouver-based Licensed Insolvency Trustee and Vice-President of Sands & Associates Blair Mantin helps people with debt solutions every day and is no stranger to giving advice and...Read more

4 Financial Professionals Everyone Should Know

May 28, 2019
Blair Mantin, Senior Vice-President of Sands & Associates and Vancouver Licensed Insolvency Trustee meets with people every day who are looking for debt help and financial expertise. He knows better than most that there are times and situations in life...Read more

4 Tips for a Stress-Free Tax Time

Mar 13, 2019
Tax season can be the best of times (if you’re getting a refund), or the worst of times (if you procrastinate filing or know you owe money). Like it or not, tax time is here! Vice-President at Sands & Associates and Vancouver Licensed Insolvency...Read more

The Cost of Being Single…

Apr 9, 2018
For the first time ever, one-person households are the most common type of living arrangement in Canada.  Because expenses are not being shared, singles are typically forced to spend more of their income on basic necessities like food and housing.  In a...Read more

CTV News at Noon: “Tips for Tax Time”

Mar 20, 2017
Vice-President of Sands & Associates and Licensed Insolvency Trustee Blair Mantin was a guest on CTV Vancouver’s ‘News at Noon’ today.  While tax time can seem intimidating to many filers (especially if you owe money), the season for tax returns is...Read more

CTV News at Noon: “Relationships & Debt”

Feb 7, 2017
Vice-President of Sands & Associates and Licensed Insolvency Trustee Blair Mantin was a guest on CTV Vancouver’s ‘News at Noon’ today.  Although finances don’t often play a part in couples Valentine’s Day plans, one in three couples do say that...Read more

Tips to Avoid a Financial Bah, Humbug!

Dec 12, 2016
Our latest holiday infographic, with seasonal spending stats and tips to keep your finances festive - well into the new year! Click the infographic to enlarge. To meet with a representative for a free, confidential consultation in one of our 17 BC...Read more

How (and Why) to Check Your Credit Report

Sep 26, 2016
Even though it’s generally recommended to check your credit report about once a year, this is a financial chore that often falls by the wayside, even for the most financially-savvy of us.  Because an un-kempt credit history can be hiding a lot of hassle...Read more

Back-to-School Budget Hacks

Aug 29, 2016
Read our top 7 back-to-school budget tips to help prepare your kids for the classroom, without feeling the financial pinch! Click the infographic to enlarge. To meet with a representative for a free, confidential consultation in one of our local BC...Read more

5 Easy Ways to Avoid Spending Money

Aug 8, 2016
Whether or not you can afford it, sometimes spending can get out of hand. Spending issues don’t tend to go away on their own and left unattended can create big problems with debt. If you find that avoiding the urge to spend money is a particularly difficult...Read more

Why your Credit Score Doesn’t Really Matter

Jul 11, 2016
Overall, we tend to worry a lot about what other think of us – and there’s no exception when it comes to finances.  We often hear from people in serious financial crisis who are more concerned with what the bank thinks about them (via a credit score)...Read more

How to Have a Stress-Free Tax Season

Mar 7, 2016
One of the two certainties of life is an annual event that can leave more than a few people feeling stressed.  Read on for our tips on how to navigate through this year's tax season. Pre-filing - Keys to Minimize Tax Stress Keeping a list of documents...Read more