Savings Guide

  Don’t carry cash? Here’s some mobile payment safety tips

Move over credit cards. More people, especially the younger generation, are splitting up their bills and paying with apps like Venmo and Zelle. In this On Your Side Savings Guide-- Rachel DePompa has the secrets using mobile payment apps responsibly.

  How to avoid overspending to prepare for spring, summer

Tax Day deals and freebies

  Watching Your Wallet: Experts give advice on reining in your tax refund

  How to get your unclaimed tax refund

  Financial scams targeting older Americans quadrupled in 4 years

  Study: Many large companies avoid lawsuits with arbitration agreements

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GasBuddy: These are the best, worst days of week to buy gas and avoid lines

  Phone scams to watch out for

  Good ways to start money conversations while avoiding arguments

Target to offer coupon towards new car seat in exchange for your child’s old one

  ‘Unhackable’ alarm systems for cars may not be so smart after all

Warning issued to parents for Fisher-Price baby product after reports of infant deaths

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price have issued a warning about the Rock 'n Play infant swing due to several reported deaths.

  How to keep prom costs down

The average teen now spends about $1,000 on prom, including an average of $325 on the “promposal.”

PetSmart offers free Easter photos for pets

Pet parents can bring their fur babies into participating stores across the U.S.

  Know your money triggers: what makes you spend too much?

Understanding why we buy what we do can help us make better decisions in the future.

Airbnb issues scam warning for UVA fans

  Study: People spend more using mobile payment apps

  Are credit card rewards worth it?

  The financial burden of emergencies

22,000 baby socks recalled due to ornaments detaching, choking hazard

  Debate over what is considered milk and how to label it heats up

  Why paying attention to sale cycles is important

Simply paying attention to the sale cycles at your grocery store could save you serious money.

Two male enhancement supplements recalled due to presence of sildenafil

The active ingredients in both supplements may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.

  Watch out for home buying scams

A new report finds digital photo manipulation - or so called "virtual staging" is now widespread - likely because it’s much cheaper than real renovations or home staging.

Sausage recalled due to possible metal contamination

Over 2,500 pounds have been recalled.

Recall Roundup: Here’s everything recalled this past week

It seems as though just about every day there is a new recall causing you to sift through your pantry, fridge, medicine cabinet or your child’s toy chest.

  Shaquille O’Neal named new Papa John’s spokesman

The pizza giant issued a statement Friday morning announcing that the four-time NBA champion will join the company’s board of directors, invest in nine stores in the Atlanta area and “be an ambassador for the Papa John’s brand.”

Children’s globe recalled due to fire and burn hazards

About 3,000 globes have been recalled.

  Teaching a toddler about money promotes future financial success

Simple concepts can teach children the idea of savings at a young age.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition expands recall of dog food due to toxic levels of vitamin D

Hill’s initial recall involved 675,000 cases—or 13.5 million cans—and led to an unknown number of pet illnesses and deaths.

Baby cough syrup recalled due to bacteria contamination

Those at risk for more severe forms of the illness include infants, young children and those with weakened immune systems.

Zero turn mowers recalled due to fire hazard

The mower’s throttle cable can make contact with internal electric wiring.

Electric bike recalled due to crash and injury hazard

The bicycle stem can break, posing crash and injury hazards.

Riding saddles recalled due to fall hazard

Around 1,600 saddles have been recalled.

  Best time to sell your home is May

A new study from Zillow shows homes that hit the market in May sell for more.

Another hypertension tablet recalled due to impurity

This is the eighth recall.

Virginia Tech Helmet Lab releases youth football helmet ratings

The ratings allow consumers to see which helmets best help to reduce concussions.

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

43 lots in total have been recalled.

  Research shows lack of savings could lead to poverty by retirement

A lot of people now in their 30s or 4s0 will still barely be scraping by in what they’d hoped would be their “golden years.”

Mystery charges? It could be from a new game kids are playing

Apex Legends has only been out a few weeks, but it’s already blowing Fortnite records out of the water.

  Health care costs causing majority of bankruptcies

The report says that 44 percent of American families faced an unexpected medical expense last year

  Children’s sports impact parents’ savings

A survey says 34 percent of parents were confident their child would make it to the Olympics or turn pro in a sport, but statistics show only about 2 percent of elite athletes win college scholarships.

78,500 HP batteries recalled due to fire and burn hazards

One minor injury has been reported with property damage totaling $1,000.

Lumber Liquidators to pay $33 million for securities fraud

Lumber Liquidators knowingly filed a false statement to investors broadly denying the allegations featured in a March 2015 episode of 60 Minutes.

Pillsbury flour recalled for possible salmonella contamination

Winn-Dixie announced a voluntary recall for for two codes of its Pillbury all-purpose flour for possible contamination of Salmonella.

Harley-Davidson is looking to attract younger customers with electric bikes

These vehicles max out at roughly 10 mph and cost between $649 and $699.

Most Virginians to get credits on electric bills

The State Corporation Commission announced that Dominion Energy customers will get a one-time customer credit by July 1. Customers of Appalachian Power will get their credit by Oct. 1.

  Tax refunds: Avoid the urge to go on a shopping spree

Fight the urge to blow your tax refund on a shopping spree. It’s basic instinct to look at that money as a windfall.

Is Milk Coke a real drink? You be the judge

Some say the mixture of age-old milk and Coca-Cola can be compared to a root beer float, while others find it repulsive.

  What to buy for good deals in March

March is the month for good seasonal sales.

  Study finds those who use vacation days live longer than those who don’t

New research shows there’s a simple way to boost your odds of living longer -- use up those vacation days!

  Take steps to protect children’s identity

More than a million children were identity fraud victims in 2017. Two-thirds of those kids were under the age of 8.

  Many couples are disconnected on financial matters, study finds

Nearly half of couples who started a marriage with debt contradicted each other when asked who was responsible for paying that debt off.

  Learning from millennial saving habits

They found millennials are saving, on average, about $480 a month for retirement.

11,000 fitness mini trampolines recalled due to injury hazard

JumpSport has received nine reports of injuries involving contact with the frame, including cuts, bruises, and dental/facial injuries.

  So, just how dirty is your smartphone?

The average American checks their phone 47 times a day.

Green beans and butternut squash recalled due to Listeria concerns

Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

  Retirement reality check: What people are really spending

Even if your mortgage is paid off you’ll still have to pay for insurance, property taxes, utilities, repairs and maintenance in retirement.

  Beware of financial traps with retailers’ credit cards

Many stores push their own retail cards hard, offering lures like 20 percent off what you’re buying, if you sign up.

170,000 pounds of frozen boneless pork rib entree recalled, possible glass contamination

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them.

  Baby Savings Day leaves customers disappointed

"The demand surpassed even our expectations," Walmart said in a statement.

Tech company Yext to add 500 jobs in northern Virginia

Yext is publicly traded and deals in digital knowledge management technology, which businesses use to connect their information to platforms used by consumers.

  Tennessee senator pushes to have student loan payments automatically deducted from paychecks

Senator Lamar Alexander is now proposing that federal loan payments be automatically withheld from borrowers’ paychecks by their employers.

Texas Roadhouse raising menu prices

The restaurant said the increase is necessary because of higher labor costs and rising food costs.

  Tax refunds may be delayed due to IRS backlog

A new report from the tax payer advocate service finds there’s a huge backlog at the IRS, which is translating into paperwork delays and taxpayers’ calls for helps going unanswered.

  Mobile payments often lead to overspending, researchers say

Mobile payments are now happening at about 65% of all retail outlets in America.

Walmart hosts ‘Baby Savings Day’ this weekend

‘Baby Savings Day’ will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Here’s how to avoid an accidental 911 call from your smart device

Across the U.S., 911 call centers are fielding emergency calls from smartphones and smartwatches. And many times the owner has no idea they’ve made that call.

Vehicle safety inspection fee likely to go up in Virginia

The General Assembly has given preliminary approval to legislation that will raise the price of a yearly car inspection from $16 to $20.

  Researchers: Gender, salary can have an impact on relationships

Research shows that for couples where the woman out-earns the man, both spouses tend to fudge the earnings numbers in the man’s favor.

Nature’s Path Foods recalls more than 400,000 boxes of cereal

The voluntary recall is for more than 400,000 boxes in the EnviroKidz line – Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch and Jungle Munch.

  Research shows celebrities causing consumers to overspend

Forty percent of millennials say they’re adding debt with those purchases. And of those, 63 percent say they think social media hurts their financial well being.

  New scam hits YouTube: What to watch out for

Philip DeFranco is one of several YouTube stars who say scammers are sending out direct messages that look like they’re from their official accounts.

Law would protect elderly against financial crimes

With bipartisan support, legislation headed toward approval in the General Assembly may help protect elderly residents and other vulnerable adults against financial exploitation by giving financial institutions more tools to help prevent this crime.

  Crime ring caught selling fake cars on eBay, Craigslist

Cars are sold on eBay every 90 seconds or so. Unfortunately, for the car buyers involved in this enormous scam, the vehicles they paid for never even existed.

  Are free samples really free?

Yes, it’s fun to get free stuff in the mail. But while these programs don’t technically cost you money, you will give up time to fill out all of those surveys, and review and market those products.

  Digital agency urges people to think before posting on social media

If you're not careful, the media you post online could have unintended consequences in the future.

  Ways to save on weddings

If your wedding plans are draining your savings, or worse, require you to run up credit card debt, it’s time to scale down your celebration.

  Untested water: 99.9 percent of foreign fish goes without testing for unsafe drugs

According to government reports, there is evidence that the main oversight agency for seafood, the Food and Drug Administration, has failed to meet new mandates to increase inspections at foreign food facilities.