OTTAWA - The House of Commons will debate an Opposition motion today to cap fees Canadians pay to use automated teller machines.
Not wanting to be overshadowed by the Conservative government's "consumer first" agenda, the NDP says consumers should not have to pay $2 or $3 to withdraw their own money from a bank machine.
It's proposing a cap on ATM withdrawal fees of 50 cents per transaction.
Here are some other events happening today around Parliament Hill:
— Transport Minister Lisa Raitt will speak at the Canadian Club about rail-safety measures the federal government has put in place in light of the Lac Megantic, Que., disaster and other rail accidents.
— Prime Minister Stephen Harper's national security adviser, Stephen Rigby, will appear before the Senate national security and defence committee to discuss activities carried out by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
— CSIS director Michel Coulombe is scheduled to appear at the same committee later in the day to discuss sovereignty and security in the Arctic.
— And Gov. Gen. David Johnston will presents a series of awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
Check out these top tips to help you save money.
Grab your thermos
Bring your own coffee or tea in a thermos instead of stopping at the coffee shop every morning.
Shop in cheaper stores
Don't be afraid to step into low-priced grocery and clothing stores. They can help you save a lot of money, especially in you buy the in-house brand, which almost always is identical to the major brands.
Work your culinary magic
Try saving some money by making more meals at home...and that includes your lunch during the work week. Not only will you get to flex your cooking muscles, but you'll also notice less drain from your bank account.
Stop going out so much
Instead of always going out to eat and have drinks with friend, try having people in more often. House parties and dinners are often more fun, as anyone will agree.
Buy in bulk
Buy in bulk the items you use a lot - hand soap, toilet paper, paper towel, etc... Bulk items are almost always cheaper and you can store these items and replace or decant them when needed.
Stop buying so many "toys"
This goes for toys for your kids, as well as grown-ups in your life. Instead of buying the latest gadget, commit to spending more time outside or with loved ones. Try going without a new flat screen television/iPad/gaming console for the next six months. At the end of that time if you still feel like you can't live without it, then perhaps it's time to buy it.
Get rid of that second car
We already know humans drive too much. Try carpooling, Car-2-Go, public transit, biking or walking. You'll save money on gas, insurance, and maintenance.
Discover the library
Instead of spending money on books all the time, try checking out your local library. They always have the latest books, as well as movies and cds.
Unplug your cable
Opt out of your cable program and try a streaming service like Netflix or Apple TV. Netflix is less than $8 per month and has plenty of great movies and television shows. Apple TV has a broad selection of movies for cheap.
Before you go out shopping, make a list of the items you need. Don't buy stuff that's not on your list, especially impulse items like snacks, flowers and magazines. (Bonus tip: Don't grocery shop on an empty stomach. You WILL end up buying stuff you don't want/need.)
Watch for major sales
Keep an eye on flyers and store fronts for major sales at your favourite stores (often toward the end of the season.) It's a great way to get a good deal on brands or items you love.
Pay your bills on time
Don't let that payment slip. Avoid late charges by paying bills promptly. Ask for email statements or direct payment if you tend to forget.
Ditch the land line
Unless you have little kids or older people in the house, a land line at this point is often a waste of money. Ditch the land line and just stick with your cellphone bill.
There's nothing wrong with second-hand shopping. Plenty of Goodwill, Value Village, WIN, Bibles For Missions and Salvation Army stores carry quality items that are lightly used. Plus you have a better chance of finding unique items at discounted prices when you shop second-hand.
Avoid ATM fees
Try to withdraw from your bank to avoid added fees from other institutions. Those $1 and $2 fees can add up quickly!
Stop buying bottled water
Not only is it brutal for the environment, bottled water can get really expensive, especially if you're buying it a few times a day. Instead, pick up a reusable water bottle and fill it up from the tap or Brita.
Turn the heat down during the day
When it's cold outside try setting your thermostat lower during the day and upping the heat when you get home from work. Sure, it will be a bit chilly when you first arrive home but you'll warm up quickly and save money on your heating bill.
Consider a homestay vacation
Instead of shelling out wads of cash for fancy hotels while on vacation, try a homestay program that allows you to stay in someone else's home. You can also try programs like Air B'n'B, which allow you to stay in someone's home who is currently not staying there at the time for a small fee.
Sign up for member rewards
Even if you shop at a store infrequently, sign up for their customer rewards program. They often offer deep discounts, coupons and other rewards to their loyal customers.
Try consigning your clothes
Lots of consignment stores will take your clothes and sell them to their customers and share the profit with you. Next time you clean out your closet, put aside some of your gently worn clothes and call your nearest consignment shop to ask them about their program.
Cook in bulk
Next time you make your favourite soup or casserole, make four times as much, portion it and freeze it. This can help you with meal prep on busy days or offers a great option for weekday work lunches.