Savings Guide

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.

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

Thanksgiving air travelers will spend nearly a thousand dollars in November

  Stores that offer military discounts year-round

  How to spend less on glasses

  Killing the urge to overspend

Kroger shoppers now being charged for debit-card withdrawals

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Nestle announces cookie dough recall

  How to save on holiday and children’s birthday party

  Trick yourself into saving money

  Warning about Facebook Messenger scams

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

Dominion warns of phone scammers who claim bills are unpaid

  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

  State investigates possible contaminated gas in Chesterfield

  Judge tosses marijuana charge for man who legally purchased CBD product

Dunkin’ Donuts launching meatless breakfast sandwich nationwide in November

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

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

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.

  How to spend less at the grocery store

Here are a few tips on shopping at the grocery store.

Taco Bell says adios to fan favorites on menu

Taco Bell is going taco bye.

  Scammers target college students as fall semester begins

41% of students report losing money when they encounter a scam artist compared to only 28% of non-students.

  Best deals and steals this Labor Day

The beginning of the end of summer is just around the corner! Labor Day often has really good sales for savvy shoppers.

Live 5 Scambusters: The importance of reporting every scam

As federal investigators track down scam artists, consumer scam reports could provide a key piece of evidence to solve a case.

  Americans are getting financial advice from Google

We google celebrities, recipes, videos, even illnesses, but did you know 30% of us rely on google for financial advice?

5.7M kids water bottles recalled due to choking hazard

The recalled water bottles have a black spout base and a black spout cover. They were sold from April 2018 through June 2019.

KFC testing plant-based fried ‘chicken’

KFC is getting into the alternative-meat game.

Starbucks starts fall early, debuts new pumpkin spice drink

The coffee chain has declared August 27 the first day of fall. That’s nearly a full month ahead of time.

Blue Bell releases a new fall flavor, Salted Caramel Cookie

Fall is in the air and Blue Bell is starting the season off right with their first release of a brand new flavor for fall.

  Watching Your Wallet: You can save money on school supplies before and after the first day

Whether your kids are going to college or kindergarten, there are ways to save on school supplies. Experts give tips on when to buy and how to comparison shop.

  Bankruptcy filers often have student debt

It's one of the most difficult debts to get rid of, and 44 million Americans are currently stuck with it.

  Is paperless billing hurting your finances?

The push is on by companies to stop sending paper and send you all your bills and statements electronically.

  Long lines at Richmond Popeyes stores as crowds want to try new sandwich

People are waiting in long lines to try Popeyes new spicy chicken sandwich.

  Are you middle class?: A few questions to ask yourself to help find the answer

More and more Americans, if you ask, will tell you they consider themselves “middle class.”

  4 ways to build your credit score

Credit Cards can be scary, and not everyone qualifies or feels comfortable using one.

Tyson recalling nearly 40,000 lbs. of chicken patties due to foreign matter contamination

The USDA classifies the health risk as "high."

  Back-to-school savings on laptops

As if you don't have enough to buy your kids as they head back to school, some students are now required to have a laptop.

  When to buy back-to-school items

The deepest discounts on back to school items are actually in the last week of August and early September.

  Back-to-school savings hacks for parents

All week we have the savings hacks you need for your back-to-school shopping!

‘It’s the gas’: Woman fills up, stalls out after filling up; investigation underway

State officials are investigating the possible contamination of gas at a Matoaca gas station.

  Majority of parents admit to spending too much on back-to-school shopping

Parents are feeling the pressure to spend this time of year, and it's only getting worse according to a new survey by NerdWallet.

Job Seekers Can Attend Hiring Fair in Petersburg

Alsco Linen and Uniform Services is hiring for several positions

  Scammers ‘spoofing’ bank phone numbers to send out phony alerts

Banks offer all types of fraud alerts and protection for your accounts, but scam artists are trying to use that security against you.

  Ways to save on back-to-school shopping

Summer's in its final stretch and it's time to start thinking about heading back-to-school.

  Law enforcement offer safe exchange zones for online purchases

Always meet up in public. In a well-lighted area.

  One expense you must budget

Allocate savings alongside other expenses. It’s often the most overlooked step.

  State regulatory agency may tackle surprise medical bills

A state regulatory agency may step in to stop the surprise billing of hospital patients, and time is running out for you to weigh in on this potential change.

Wegmans wheels in new shopping carts for families with special needs

The Firefly GoTo Shopping cart is made for children ages 2 – 8 (or up to 77 pounds) who need extra upper-body and head support.

  Box Tops program goes digital

If you still like to cut out the traditional Box Tops clips, the program will continue to honor those clips until they hit their expiration dates.

  Tax-Free Weekend: Shopping for your kids on a budget

Tax-free weekend in Virginia can be the perfect time to get your children’s back-to-school essentials. Richmond fashion expert Shanna Battle says it is important to plan and budget.

  Tax-free weekend starts today

Starting today through August 4, it’s a tax-free weekend in Virginia.