BBB: How to shop Black Friday sales

If you do decide to shop on Black Friday, the Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana has these tips to make your shopping experience productive.

  YOUR MONEY: Ways to save money while shopping Black Friday 2020

Black Friday is obviously going to look a lot different this year. In fact, many of the sales kicked off in the beginning of the month. That’s because retailers know many people will not be waiting in line outside just to jam pack the building.

Black Friday will be less crowded than previous years due to Gov. Edwards’ COVID-19 restrictions on shopping malls

This year Black Friday won’t have the huge crowds of years past due to new restrictions from Gov. John Bel Edwards.

LA Workforce Commission stops payment on more than 160K claims after spike in fraud

As a result, the LWC has stopped all payments on new claims filed on or after November 5, 2020.

  Deadline to apply for rental assistance is Friday

Eligible tenants must meet income requirements and live within the city limits.

  La. state sales tax holiday scheduled for Nov. 20 & 21

Residents of Louisiana can save about 5% on most purchases Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21.

  YOUR MONEY: BBB shares warning about scammers targeting virtual holiday shoppers

Just about every in-person event is going virtual this year due to COVID-19. Before you buy anything, make sure you know exactly where your money is going.

La. to receive $3M+ in Apple iPhone performance throttling lawsuit

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, along with more than 30 other state attorneys general, says Apple has agreed to a $113 million settlement over the company’s 2016 decision to throttle the performance of customers’ iPhones to address unexpected shutdowns in some models.

  YOUR MONEY: Debt collectors will soon be able to contact consumers through social media

Debt collectors will soon be able to contact consumers through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. That’s on top of what they can already do through phone calls, text or email.

  YOUR MONEY: Shoppers can get money back for shopping during Cash Back Day

Just in time for last-minute holiday shopping.

  BBB once again warning customers about Entergy billing scam

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of South Central Louisiana is warning customers about a billing scam sweeping the area recently.

  YOUR MONEY: Consumers will see Black Friday deals earlier this year

Due to the pandemic, shopping in packed stores just hours after eating Thanksgiving dinner will be a thing of the past. Retailers are well aware of that so they will be offering deals all throughout the month.

  YOUR MONEY: Choosing the right healthcare plan for you

Open Enrollment for Marketplace Coverage begins on Sunday, Nov. 1. Some individuals may already be in an Open Enrollment window to choose a healthcare plan through their employer. In either case, know that you have a limited amount of time to make some important choices that are going to affect you.

  Emergency SNAP benefits extended through November for La. families

DCFS announced Thursday, Oct. 29 that Louisiana families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits who do not already get the maximum amount will receive emergency allotments through November bringing them up the maximum amount.

  YOUR MONEY: Five best things to buy in October

If you missed out on Amazon Prime Day or other big deal days, there are other ways to save money while shopping in October.

  Better Business Bureau: avoid open enrollment cons and political scams

Americans are getting scam calls phishing for their Medicare numbers and other personal information.

  Build up your credit from scratch with these tips

It’s easy to think being completely debt-free is great, but financial experts say some debt is good debt.

9 low-cost ways to make virtual learning easier for kids

These items, all under $15, can help make distance learning more appealing to even the youngest learners.

  La. residents can apply for extension of unemployment benefits

Louisiana residents who are still unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic can apply to extend their benefits, according to Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Secretary Ava Dejoie.

  Tips to navigate through open enrollment season and healthcare options

If healthcare options weren’t at the top of your mind before, after this year, they probably are now. It’s open enrollment season which means it’s time to sift through healthcare plans.

Don’t get surprised with out-of-pocket costs for medical procedures; here’s how to get price estimates ahead of time

Getting shocked by a hospital or procedure bill is never fun. When your money is tight, it’s best to budget and plan ahead. Here are a few ways to get ahead of out-of-pocket hospital expenses.


  Black Friday hours for stores in Baton Rouge

BRPD responding to shooting on Pawnee

  Despite pandemic, St. Vincent de Paul delivers on annual Thanksgiving meal

COVID-19 has transformed the process, turning the dining room into an assembly line and the meal into a to-go format but virus or not— the mission remains the same.