Savings Guide

  Documents to gather today in case of a disaster or emergency

We’re in the midst of a pretty active hurricane season, and whether it’s the threat of a hurricane, tornado or even flooding, you should have a disaster plan.

Children’s Hospital educating families for Child Passenger Safety Week

Cybercrime spikes during pandemic

  Try to avoid high interest loans

  Is refinancing really a good option?

  Student loan scams to watch out for

  Needs vs Wants: How to save as the pandemic rolls on

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  Money-saving apps you need to know

Wawa offering any-size free coffee to teachers, school administrators

  Teaching your child to save money

Virginia-made cider cask whisky hits ABC store shelves

John Tyler Community College to hold virtual job, internship fair

DOJ warns of phone scam targeting elderly

Food Lion changes policy after NC employee resigns over patriotic face mask

Food Lion updates corporate uniform policy following the resignation of one NC employee

Walmart reveals hottest toys for 2020 holiday season

From Disney princesses to Hot Wheels to high-tech, these 36 toys are top-rated by kids.

  Teaching kids about finances through games

Your kids may be learn about money and budgeting in school-- but they learn best-- the real life lessons you can teach them as a parent.

  New text messaging scam includes recipient’s name and potentially dangerous link

A new text messaging scam has emerged where hackers use the recipient’s real name and direct the recipient to a potentially dangerous link.

  Tips to save money buying a used car

Monday is the ‘ultimate’ deadline for Chesterfield property taxes

Delinquent Danville power customers could face disconnection

Virginians watching more TV, exercising 27% less during COVID-19 lockdowns, study finds

FEMA announces Lost Wages Assistance Program for Virginia

Richmond to hold E-Cycle Day with curbside pickup

  Does paying off your credit cards hurt your credit score?

Simple ways to boost your credit score.

Dog food sold nationwide recalled over salmonella concern

The recall affects Nature’s Menu Super Premium Dog Food with a Blend of Real Chicken and Quail.

Crash causes Comcast outage throughout Hopewell

Comcast customers in the city of Hopewell are experiencing an outage Wednesday morning.

  It may be time to cash out those credit card rewards

If you're coming up short at the end of the month, you might have some funds available to tap into: Your credit card rewards.

  Ways to beef up your savings account in the Pandemic

The pandemic has many people relying on their savings accounts to get through, which makes it more important than ever to keep adding to a savings account.

BJ’s Wholesale Club launches contactless, curbside pickup

BJ’s Wholesale club announced the company’s launch of contactless and curbside pickup services.

  Things that are cheaper in the pandemic

The prices haven't risen on everything this pandemic. In fact-- there's a lot of things that have gotten much cheaper.

  Tips on managing money in a pandemic

80% of millennials and gen z say their household income's taken a hit during the pandemic. That's according to a nerdwallet survey.

DMV reopening more locations, driving tests centers next week

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is reopening additional customer service and driving test locations on Aug. 24.

Richmond projected to end fiscal year with $4.7M net surplus

The City of Richmond is projecting a $4.7 million net surplus at the end of the fiscal year, based on financial data as of June 30.

Henrico offering well water testing

Henrico residents using well or spring water can test their water quality in September.

  Be sure to get in the habit of opening your 401K statements

If you tend to stash your 401-K statements in a file without reading them, you might want to stop doing that and open the envelopes.

Dominion Energy adds $1 million to bill assistance program

Small businesses and Virginia residents can receive support on their energy bills through Dominion Energy’s EnergyShare program.

Rolls-Royce closing Virginia jet parts plant where 280 work

Rolls-Royce says it will close its aircraft parts factory in central Virginia by the middle of next year, throwing 280 people out of work.

  Summer sales to watch out for in August

Here’s a list of what to watch out for, with help for the shopping site RetailMeNot.

  Curbside pick-up is the latest shopping trend to offer savings

You’ve probably bought online and picked up an item inside a store, but have you tried curbside pickup?

  Tips on paying bills now that the $600 weekly relief benefits are gone

Now that the $600 weekly federal relief benefits have ended, bills are coming due. And if you’ve run out of extra benefits or you are still looking for work there are some emergency steps you can take now.

  Back to Learning: Online back-to-school shopping

Back-to-school shopping is going to look a little different this year.

  Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday starts today and runs through midnight Sunday

Get your shopping list in order! Virginia Sales tax holiday starts today and runs all weekend.

  Goodwill offering affordable prices on back-to-school items

Goodwill announced that the company will be offering affordable prices for back-to-school items during Virginia’s tax-free weekend.

Virginia’s tax-free weekend starts today! Here’s what you need to know

Here’s some details you need to know if you plan to purchase items during the commonwealth’s tax-free weekend.

Short Pump Town Center hosting giveaways for summer

Short Pump Town Center will be hosting summer giveaways.

  Back to Learning: Some parents are still planning to spend money on supplies

Whether or not you’re looking to buy a new computer or tablet or some noise cancelling headphones, so you can work while the kids are home—the summer deals are starting to heat up. Rachel DePompa is on your side with the back to learning sales on the horizon.

  Back to Learning: Buying school supplies can wait

Many of our school districts will be learning virtually for at least 9 weeks meaning parents can save some money holding off on certain school supplies.

Local company searching for ‘passionate’ caregivers during Chesterfield job fair

Care Advantage, a local company based in Chesterfield County, is looking to hire for a variety of positions in personal care services.

  Secrets of a Super Saver: Tips to save up to 29% of your yearly income

With most Americans living paycheck to paycheck, there’s the rare few out there that can really save. They’re called supersavers.

USDA warns of scams targeting SNAP recipients

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is warning people about new scams targeting SNAP recipients.

Virginia Career Works helps job seekers and businesses affected by pandemic

Virginia Career Works Piedmont Region has launched several initiatives to assist job seekers and employers during the pandemic.

Building savings during a pandemic

70%of American say their household income has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. That's according to a new survey from our partners at the financial website Nerdwallet.

  Saving on your phone bill during COVID-19

We’re all looking for little ways to save money during the pandemic, and one quick and easy idea may be to zero in on your phone bill.

A new stimulus package could be on its way; here’s what you can expect

As many of the federally funded benefits from the CARES Act are set to expire this week, millions of struggling Americans will be paying close attention to their party leaders for a solution

Virginia Lottery passes $20 million in online game prizes in less than a month

Since launching on July 1, more than $20 million dollars has been won in online Virginia Lottery prizes.

Chesterfield Board of Supervisors approves $50k in rental and mortgage relief

The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors approved $50,000 in funding assistance due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

  ‘Everything was gone': Black-owned shea butter business suffers after $70k in product stolen

Charity Dinko started her shea butter business four years ago as a way to liberate women from poverty in her home country, Ghana.

  How to raise your credit score by 100 points

Your credit score matters most these days and if yours is not so great, there are things you can do to raise it.

  Virginia unemployment funds could run out within two months; virtual career fair planned

The number of people filing for unemployment in Virginia continues to rise.

  Savings tips for single-income families

Not every family has two working parents-- especially in this crisis. Many out there have only one paycheck coming in. Which is why Rachel DePompa has money savings tips for single income families in this On Your Side Savings Guide.

  Buying a used car: Do you know the vehicles history?

If you are looking to buy a used car-- do your research. You could end up overpaying by thousands of dollars on a used car if you aren't careful.

  Help if you are undecided about college

If you're waiting until the last minute to make a decision about college, you are not alone. Even some colleges are trying to figure out what instruction will look like this fall. Rachel DePompa is on your side with 4 options to consider in this savings guide.

  What to know about leasing a car during a pandemic

If you’re in the market for a new car, financial experts say you might want to consider leasing over buying during this pandemic.

  Reminder: Contact student loan holders in August

Currently, all federal student loans have zero percent interest and payments are suspended through Sept. 30.

  Travel reward options during the pandemic

Most of us are not flying anywhere for the next few months, but eventually we'll all have somewhere we want to go. Rachel DePompa has some advice if you want to save significantly on that future trip.

Charleston County man sues hair dye company, claims it causes burns, rashes

A Charleston County man says the company that creates Just For Men hair dye failed to warn customers of potential risks, according to court documents.

Application portal open for Virginia emergency unemployment benefits due to pandemic

Thousands of Virginians have been waiting months for this unemployment benefits extension program provided by the federal CARES Act.

  Apps to help with your nest egg

Are you growing your nest egg for retirement, but want to save even more? There are a number of apps that can easily help you store money down the road. Rachel DePompa goes over some helpful ones in this On Your Side Savings Guide.

  Ways to go about getting your medical records from Allison Breast Center

Women across central Virginia worried about the mammograms done by a Henrico doctor whose license is now suspended.

  Allison Breast Center patients having trouble getting records | Here’s what you can do

Another woman filed a complaint this month with the Virginia Board of Medicine about a Henrico doctor.

  Virginia Medical Board suspends license of Henrico doctor accused of misreading mammograms

Dr. Michael John Bigg, a radiologist and owner of the Allison Breast Center on Forest Avenue, is accused by the Virginia Board of Medicine of misreading the mammograms at least 18 women - telling them they were fine when they really had cancer.

  How to handle private student loans during the pandemic

All loans owned by the Department of Education have zero percent interest until Sept. 30 of this year.

  ’They had a duty to fulfill and they didn’t do that’: Family upset after cemetery mishap

A family is upset after they went to the cemetery to bury a loved one only to find the wrong plot was dug up.

Virginia housing market to make rebound in summer of 2020

According to Virginia Realtors, the Virginia housing market is set to make a comeback in the summer of 2020 after a significant decrease in sales during the spring.

New state and local tax laws go into effect July 1

Beginning on July 1, new state and local tax laws go into effect in Virginia.

  A look inside how refinancing your home works

In early June, the Federal Reserve left interest rates alone making it more affordable than ever to borrow money. With rates hovering around 3.5 percent, many homeowners are in a position to refinance and lower their monthly costs.

  Last-minute Father’s Day deals

Here's your reminder to scramble if you haven't already started. SUNDAY is Father's Day! But don't worry. Rachel DePompa is here with an On Your Side Savings Guide full of ideas.

  Ways to find hidden deals on Amazon

Amazon doesn't always post its best deals on its home page. Which is why we have a list of where to find the hidden deals in this On Your Side Savings Guide.

Making credit cards work for you

Credit cards can be dangerous if you don’t have discipline. But if you are diligent and careful you can make credit cards work for you.

  New Richmond based company launches in the rental experience space

A new Richmond company, we first told you about in December, is up and running. The Shed is sort of like the Facebook marketplace but delivered right to your front door.

  How to get help with student loans

If you've lost your job or been furloughed, repaying those student loans has probably been difficult. Rachel DePompa looks at what kind of help is out there in this on your side savings guide.