Savings Guide

  Finding cheaper car insurance

We all do it. Get car insurance-- and then never think about it again. But in this morning's On Your Side Savings Guide-- Rachel DePompa looks at why you really should shop around.

Jenna Bush Hager coming to Richmond for national book tour

Tips to improve your credit score

Ben & Jerry’s creates new ice cream flavor

  New parent spending don’ts

  RRHA Board approves demolition of Creighton Court

  Ways to clear up that holiday debt hangover

Continued Coverage

  Best advice you can give your child for their first job

  Pitfalls of the 7-year auto loan

  Apps to help with your financial New Year’s resolutions

Group wants lawmakers to raise Va. minimum wage to $15/hr

  How to find real secret shopper programs

  Being cheap isn’t always the answer

Police are informing individuals not to abbreviate ’2020′ on documents

This advice has been shared across social media and the Harrisonburg Police Department is also reminding everyone to be cautious in order to protect themselves and prevent legal issues.

  Major leadership changes at Byrd Theatre; More could be on the way

Schall-Vess had been the general manager for 21 years but one simple vote by the board changed it.

  It’s the New Year! It’s time to check up on your 401K

It's the dream right? Retiring early, having enough money to cover your expenses until the end of life.

  A step-by-step guide on what to do if you’ve been scammed

Here’s a step by step guide on what to do if you’ve been scammed through an email or phone.

RECALL: Egg in veggie ramen may be contaminated with listeria

  What new parents really need to buy

  Fun ways to save money in the new year

Virginia ABC introduces 47 new products for 2020

The secrets to smooth gift returns

  Last-minute-shoppers hit the stores before Christmas

Gift cards are popular Christmas gifts to give, receive and scam

The National Retail Federation found the top five favorite gift cards are for restaurants, department stores, coffee shops, Visa or MasterCard, and entertainment.

  Out-of-network ATM fees reach new record high of $4.72

There are ATMs all over the place—but use the wrong one, and you could pay more than four bucks—just to access your own money.

  Camera captures thief stealing package, delivery driver tossing packages

'Tis the season for package thieves and delivery drivers in a hurry. Ring cameras captured a porch pirate targeting multiple homes near the Fan while another camera appears to show a driver did not take very good care of a recent delivery.

  Setting realistic savings goals in the New Year

2020 will be here before you know it. Which is why it's time to start making sure you have realistic savings goals for the new year.

Kohl’s now open 24 hours a day until Christmas Eve

The retailer is keeping its doors open around the clock so last-minute holiday shoppers can check off their gift lists

Wawa announces massive data breach that affected customer payment info potentially at all of their locations

Wawa CEO Chris Gheysens says on December 10, their information security team discovered malware on their processing servers.

  New Richmond based company helps you clear your garage and make money

It's time to clear out some space in the garage for all those new holiday gifts headed your way. Right? How about making some extra cash while you do it with the help of a new Richmond-based company called The Shed.

Parents warned of free child safety kit scams

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is alerting parents to a scam involving nonexistent child safety kits being offered free of charge.

  Here’s how to save $2,000 dollars in 2020

It's almost the new year, which means it's time to start those money goals for 2020. So, here's how to save up $2,000 next year.

If they ask you to pay in gift cards, it’s definitely a scam

If anyone asks you to pay for something in gift cards - it’s a scam.

  The one insurance you should have, but probably don’t

Most of us are used to having insurance for our cars and homes, but when it comes to protecting ourselves we often fall far short. We look at the pitfalls of being "under-insured"

  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.

55,000 pounds of El Monterey breakfast burritos recalled

Before you bite into that breakfast burrito, make sure it hasn’t been recalled.

  Don’t let those credit card rewards expire by the end of the year

It’s the time of year you could use some extra cash for all that holiday shopping, or money toward that plane ticket. Check up on your credit card rewards-- don't let them just go to waste and expire.

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

9 billion in sales on Cyber Monday alone according to data from Adobe Analytics. The online shopping continues this week which is why you need to have your guard up for online shopping scams

CDC investigating E. Coli outbreak linked to salad kits

Officials believe the likely source of the outbreak is the Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kit.

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

Social media already plays a big role in your high schooler's life, but did you know it's also starting to playing in part in how Gen Z looks at finances? Here are the apps your young adults may really enjoy.

  The trick to teaching your kids to save

Teaching your children about money-- could be one of the most important lessons a parent can provide. Especially in a world where millions carry debt each year for mortgages, student loans and credit cards.

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

There's a security step you need to add right now to any account that will let you. It could help to save you the hassle of dealing with fraud.

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

That deal you got while shopping may be very dangerous.

Virginia Department of Health warns consumers of possible scams

Virginia Department of Health Warns of Fake Vital Records Websites

New Kent County warns consumers about email scam

The New Kent County Sheriff’s Office is warning consumers about a phony email appearing to come from American Express.

  Make sure you college student understands their student debt

Nearly $30,000 dollars! That's the average amount of debt carried by members of the class of 2018. And a new survey says, those headed to college don't really understand how much student debt they'll be taking on.

Need to return something? Here’s how.

As shoppers are hitting the stores to do their Black Friday shopping, here are some helpful return policies from popular Black Friday stores.

Police warn of rise in thefts of packages delivered to homes

Police in Virginia are warning people to watch their home deliveries or find other ways to receive packages in the mail

How to get your Christmas shopping organized

Do you have your shopping lists ready? Have you started checking them twice? Here are some reminders to keep you from going over your budgets.

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

Electronics are always a big sale item on Black Friday. So, if a new device is on your list, make sure you don't break the bank when dialing up a new phone.

Plan your Thanksgiving meal around these recalls in your kitchen

Check your pantry and fridge for these recalled foods before planning your holiday meals.

  Tips for securing those 2019 hot holiday toys

Everyone looks to Black Friday for the sales, but that's not the only time the prices come down between now and Christmas.

Volunteers, hospital workers stitch sleeping bags for the homeless

Employees and volunteers spent a weekend day at Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) sewing together sleeping bags for homeless Petersburg residents.

Top 5 deep-frying turkey safety tips

Top 5 Deep-Frying Turkey Safety Tips.

Colonial Williamsburg offering holiday cyber deals starting Nov. 25

Colonial Williamsburg is offering several online deals to kick off the holiday season.

‘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.