Savings Guide

  BBB Warning: Puppy scams are rampant

It may be one of the best gifts to ever get under the Christmas tree-- a little four legged friend. But the Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia says this is the time of year to watch out for puppy scams.

  Richmond FBI: Watching out for those pop up ads while shopping online

CDC investigating E. Coli outbreak linked to salad kits

  Apps for your young adult may really like for figuring out finances

  The trick to teaching your kids to save

  The one step you need to take now to make your social media accounts more secure

T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods sold recalled products following recall announcements

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Virginia Department of Health warns consumers of possible scams

New Kent County warns consumers about email scam

  Make sure you college student understands their student debt

Need to return something? Here’s how.

Police warn of rise in thefts of packages delivered to homes

How to get your Christmas shopping organized

Stores open on Thanksgiving for early Black Friday deals

Hours can also vary by location and there may be limited to doorbuster deals

Don’t fall for secret gift card scam

New Kent Sheriff’s Office shares warning

Virginia museum selling new holiday ornament

The official ornament features a magnolia wreath with iconic symbols of Virginia’s history

Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals in Virginia

Holiday deals and packages will be offered throughout different locations around Virginia.

  Three tips to save money on a new phone

Plan your Thanksgiving meal around these recalls in your kitchen

  Tips for securing those 2019 hot holiday toys

Volunteers, hospital workers stitch sleeping bags for the homeless

Top 5 deep-frying turkey safety tips

Colonial Williamsburg offering holiday cyber deals starting Nov. 25

‘The holidays can be stressful’: Dominion says scammers target customers during holiday season

Dominion Energy is offering tips during Utility Scam Awareness Week to help customers recognize the signs of utility imposters for the holiday season.

  How to ‘hack’ that holiday trip and save money

Be flexible with your travel dates and times, particularly departure dates and times or even the airport you fly out of.

  ‘A warrior’: Cancer survivor hopes more women get genetic tests

A new recommendation could help women fighting breast cancer and help make sure their children know their risks.

Survey: Average price of Thanksgiving meal in Virginia is $64.24

The Virginia Farm Bureau's survey found the average Thanksgiving meal for 10 people will cost $64.24.

Salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart and other stores recalled for possible E.coli contamination

A New Jersey company is recalling about 97,271 pounds of salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart, Target and other stores throughout Ohio because they may be contaminated with E. coli, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Don’t feed pets these Thanksgiving foods

Some dishes may be tasty for humans, but not healthy for pets

  How to spot a good deal while shopping

This time of year, especially, retailers pull out all the stops to try to get your business and beat the competition.

Operation Santa: Adopt a child’s letter to Old Saint Nick

Individuals and organizations can adopt a letter and sent a gift in Santa’s place.

  Apps to help with your holiday shopping

The busiest shopping season of the year is almost here! Are you ready? Make sure your smart phones are loaded with the best shopping APPS.

  Your Black Friday shopping outlook for 2019

You may have noticed the Black Friday sales are already well underway-- and we're still two weeks away.

  Time for a financial checkup. Are you ready for 2020?

It's that time of year where you need to financial checkup before we head into 2020.

Thanksgiving air travelers will spend nearly a thousand dollars in November

60 million adults plan to travel for the holidays. But a warning, those flights and hotel stays could be adding to your debt.

  Stores that offer military discounts year-round

Many stores are offering special discounts for veteran's day, but did you know some places offer military discounts year round.

  How to spend less on glasses

Wear glasses? Have a child who needs them? Want to spend less?

  Killing the urge to overspend

With the click of a button on your phone or computer, shopping is dangerously easy.

Kroger shoppers now being charged for debit-card withdrawals

Those using debit cards to pay their grocery bills have long been offered an opportunity to withdraw cash upon completion of their transactions.

Nestle announces cookie dough recall

Nestle has announced a voluntary recall on ready-to-bake cookie dough because the product could contain rubber pieces.

  How to save on holiday and children’s birthday party

From holiday parties to birthday parties-- this is the time of year a lot of us like to play host or hostess. So, how do you plan a party without breaking your budget?

  Trick yourself into saving money

With Halloween this week- we thought it time to scare your finances into order.

  Warning about Facebook Messenger scams

A scammer will use a name you’re familiar with to trick you into opening something up.

Lyft program offers free rides to job interviews and first three weeks of employment

Lyft has started a new program offering free rides to and from job interviews.

Dominion warns of phone scammers who claim bills are unpaid

Dominion Energy has issued a warning about scammers calling people in Virginia and claiming they owe money on their electric bill.

  Sometimes chasing credit card rewards is a mistake

We all want to get cash back and not spend as much, but as Rachel DePompa tells us in this On Your Side Savings Guide, you’ve got to be really careful about “chasing” those cash back rewards.

Anxiety, panic disorder medication recalled over potential foreign substance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public about a recall of one lot of Alprazolam Tablets. The medication is being recalled due to the potential presence of a foreign substance.

The rise of student debt is hurting home ownership

The rise of student debt is making home ownership more of a dream than a reality.

  Looking to sell your home? Here are five things that make your home lose value

Carpeting in certain room pops up twice on the list.

Who’s listening? Amazon, Google smart speakers were vulnerable to hackers, experts say

Security Research Labs says it found third-party app developers had access to customize user voice commands, which could allow eavesdropping or password phishing.

  State investigates possible contaminated gas in Chesterfield

State inspectors are trying to figure out what caused dozens of cars to break down at the Exxon and Belmont Market gas station Sunday night.

  Judge tosses marijuana charge for man who legally purchased CBD product

A Hanover County judge tossed a marijuana case after the state lab told him it can’t tell the difference between real pot and CBD products Virginians can legally buy at gas stations.

Dunkin’ Donuts launching meatless breakfast sandwich nationwide in November

More than 9,000 Dunkin’ locations will start serving the new sandwich starting Nov. 6.

  Five things you can do now to add instant value to your home

It's the time of year many people start to look at home renovations, but if you're looking to sell sometime soon, there are 5 things that really add value to your home.

  Make sure you shop around for a mortgage when buying a home

If you're looking to buy a new home - there's one step most of us don't take. Shop around for a mortgage!

Mical Seafood, Inc. expands recall for tuna products sold in 23 states

A Florida seafood company expanded a recall for some of its tuna products because of the risk of scombroid fish poisoning.

  Selling stuff online? Here are some sites to help

Have clutter sitting around and don't feel like hosting a yard sale? Don't worry, we have the names of some great apps that can help you sell your stuff.

  Experts say it’s important to teach young kids the value of money

It's a world of credit cards. Think about it. How often do you use cash these days? And it's why many experts are sounding the alarm that we need to work harder to make sure our kids understand the value of money.

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

After several strange clues, a Michigan father questions whether his water filters are authentic. Experts say counterfeit filters are a growing problem in the United States.

  More stores begin to offer curbside pick up

Some stores are gong the extra mile and actually bring your orders out to the car.

  How to combat impulsive purchasing

The average American is blowing nearly $5,500 a year on stuff they never planned to buy.

October means 'Spooky Spirits’ discounts from Virginia ABC

A online coupon for will be available on Virginia ABC’s from Oct. 10-17for 20 percent off any purchase of $25 or more.

  Study: Most Boomers only have 30% of what’s needed for retirement

Do you have enough saved for retirement? It's an important question, especially to baby boomers. That's anyone 60 or older.

  Best items to buy at Walmart

Bankrate.com crafted a list of the five things you should only buy at Walmart to get the best deal.

Blue Bell’s ‘Spiced Pumpkin Pecan’ ice cream flavor returns

It’s officially fall and that means pumpkin spiced everything! Pumpkin spiced lattes, cookies, pie…the list goes on! If you’re a fan of the pumpkin takeover, you may want to add Blue Bell’s “Spiced Pumpkin Pecan” ice cream to your list of favorites.

  Hot, dry weather impacting Virginia crops

Some farmers are reporting smaller than usual crops this year due to dry, hot weather.

  Target launches new ‘Target Circle’ loyalty program

The company is rolling out a revamped loyalty program, Target Circle, nationwide on Oct. 6.

Whiskey ‘enhanced’ by Metallica music now at Virginia ABC

A full list of the new products can be seen on the Virginia ABC website.

  Fake Social Security claims are the most frequently used phone scam

The FTC said it received 65,000 reports of Social Security impostors just in the first five months of this year.

  What happens when you cancel a credit card?

When you cancel a card, you might be shortening your overall credit history.

  Best days of the week to grocery shop

Find out the best days to go grocery shopping!

  3 tips to getting the best loan rate

The fed recently shocked everyone and lowered rates across the board, but how do you get the best deal possible?

  Many people still borrowing from their parents

The survey also says that millennials are least likely to borrow money from siblings.

Walgreens, Google affiliate to test drone deliveries

Walgreens and a Google affiliate are testing drone deliveries that can put drugstore products on customer doorsteps minutes after being ordered

  How much house can you afford?

Experts say that one-third of your income should be budgeted for housing.

  Credit score needed to buy a new car

According to Experian, in 2018 the average credit score of people who borrowed money for a new car was 718.

  Wipe the data from old phones before you switch

If you are eager to get rid of old cell phones or laptops, flash drives and computers, be careful.

  How to get the most out of cashback rewards

Cashback rewards credit cards are so popular half of U.S. adults have one.

  ‘It’s an epidemic:’ Officials race to ban flavored e-cigarettes after hundreds sick, 6 killed

There’s a plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes within the next 30 days.

  Tips on preparing for tax season

It may only be September, but a lot of Americans are already thinking about their 2019 tax returns.

  Scam alert: Chatty Words with Friends players prey on women

Genuine players of the Scrabble-like game don’t really talk much to others. They’re busy creating words and trying to win.