CAB experts can show how every little helps wtih sessions in Hitchin and Royston next week

PUBLISHED: 08:26 10 January 2016

Money Doctor advisers can help you get a grip on your finances

Money Doctor advisers can help you get a grip on your finances

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At this time of year finances can be a struggle for everyone - but there's expert help on hand if you're worried that money matters are getting on top of you.

Beckie Woods is a money advice expert with North Herts Citizens AdviceBeckie Woods is a money advice expert with North Herts Citizens Advice

Looking at how you spend your money and where you can trim back will help you plan a budget that meets your daily costs.

It can also help you build up savings so that you’re prepared for any sudden changes, from one-off expenses like replacing a washing machine to a change in your employment.

It’s also important to shop around so you get the best deal on your household bills.

Energy, broadband and mobile phone tariffs all vary widely, and paying over the odds for lots of bills can all add up.

Suppliers need to present the options clearly, so people can make informed choices to keep their costs down.

Not everyone is confident managing their money so it is really important people are able to access free, impartial help and support to get their finances on track.

With that in mind, Citizens Advice North Hertfordshire are offering free sessions lasting around one hour to help local people become more confident.

The Money Matters team can:

l Make you aware of the saving that can be made by switching fuel providers or negotiating with existing providers.

l Provide information about help available from energy suppliers and government for people struggling to pay their gas and electricity bills.

l Inform you about how you might save money by using less energy, and sources of advice and help around energy efficiency.

Consumers who have previously attended these sessions have found that they saved on average more than £150 per year thanks to the tips and guidance on offer from the CAB team.

There are group sessions arranged for Monday at the Hitchin office at Thomas Bellamy House in Bedford Road, next to the town’s Waitrose store, and again on Thursday, at the Royston office at the Town Hall in Melbourn Street.

If you’d like to book a place or register your interest in attending a future session then contact Beckie Woods on 01462 688008 or email woodsr@nhdcab.org.uk.

If you feel you need help with managing your finances more generally, Citizens Advice North Herts can offer one-to-one sessions to help you sort out your debts and give you the knowledge to plan your budget and achieve a more financially secure future.

You can get in touch via the website at northhertscab.org.uk or contact Beckie directly.

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