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10 Important Tasks to Start the New Year Right

10 Important Tasks to Start the New Year Right


By: Jackie

10 Important Tasks to Start the New Year Right

If you haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions yet, perhaps you will consider completing these 10 tasks instead. They will help you be more proactive about protecting your personal and financial information.

  1. Register for the state and national Do Not Call Lists
  1. Get your free credit report annually
  1. Review your phone bill and credit card bill carefully each month

see article about cramming

  1. Put your “stop contacting me” request in writing

unsolicited national advertising mail you receive

  1. Memorize your social security and bank account numbers & put passwords on your credit card, bank, and phone accounts
  2. Report questionable offers or fraudulent activity
  1. Ask questions and verify
  1. Read the fine print
  1. Run a questionable offer by a friend or family member in addition to calling your BBB at 812.473.0202
  2. Thank a business that has done right by you

Too often we are quick to complain and we forget to report our good experiences with a business. Your BBB has a way for consumers to compliment a business. Go to, type in the name of the business in the Search box. When the name of the company comes up, click on the “Submit a Customer Review” link to write your positive review.

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Jackie is the Operations and Education Foundation Assistant with the BBB. She assists consumers with business inquiries, and does presentations to senior groups and high school students. She is a regular contributor to the blog.