Too much debt? You are not alone. With the passing of the holidays, many in Acadiana find themselves with destroyed budgets, low bank balances and increased credit card debt that will take months from which to dig out.
The kindness and generosity toward family and friends during the holidays often results in financial hardship during the beginning of the new year.
It does not have to be this way. Better Business Bureau Serving Acadiana reminds consumers that planning during the year can make financial hardships a thing of the past.
This all starts with making a budget, prioritizing spending and sticking to a solid financial plan that will allow people the extra money they need for special things such as large purchases, the holidays or the unexpected such as automotive breakdowns or the failure of a major appliance.
Why pay $6 for a cup of coffee at a coffee shop when you can make it at home for a fraction of the price? Doing this just once a week can add up to $288 over the course of a year. The same goes for eating out and other frivolities that serve as budget busters over time.
BBB offers the following tips to help avoid future financial difficulties:
“Look for the Seal” and Start with Trust®. BBB Serving Acadiana is a private non-profit organization that strives for a trustworthy marketplace by maintaining standards for truthful advertising, investigating and exposing fraud against consumers and businesses.
Please contact Better Business Bureau at (337) 981-3497 24 or bbb.org 24 hours a day for information on businesses throughout North America. Consumers can also sign up for our free BBB “Scoop” eNewsletter by visiting bbb.org and clicking on the “Programs & Services” tab.
BBB Serving Acadiana services the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry and Vermilion.