Savings Guide

Planning to start a family

There’s no end to the baby gear companies want you to buy when you’re expecting! Unfortunately, there is an end to your budget!

  Local shops enjoy influx of customers on Small Business Saturday

Boozy business boom: local bottle shops see business soar at Thanksgiving

  Ways to avoid holiday fights over money

  AAA says more Virginians staying home for Thanksgiving to curb pandemic

  Get your gift giving list ready

  Tips before you go Black Friday shopping

Continued Coverage

Virginia’s unemployment rate fell to 5.3% in October

DMV encourages Virginians to use 2-year renewal for ID, driver’s license

Mailing holiday gifts? USPS has some tips

Virginia farmers ‘mostly unaffected’ this Thanksgiving

  Extended benefits program for unemployment assistance deactivates in Virginia today

  Shopping online versus in the stores

  Debt Lingers: How to avoid holiday debt staying with you into 2021

Are you still paying off last year’s holiday debt? You are not alone. According to a survey by our partners at the financial website nerdwallet-- 33% of Americans are still paying off Christmas 2019.

  Covid-19 along with Holiday spending

Two in five holiday shoppers says they plan to spend less this year because of the pandemic.

  Pipeline opponents react to injunction targeting tree sitters

It was quiet Friday afternoon on Yellow Finch Lane, as it has been for most of the past two years.

Walmart will start limiting the number of people in stores nationwide on Saturday to combat the spread of COVID-19

Walmarts nationwide will be “metering” in order to limit the number of customers inside a single store at one time.

  Don’t let your pet put you into debt

  Watch out for credit card fees

  Sins of a bargain hunter

USPS reminds customers to follow guidelines on holiday packages

  Figure out how much you can spend for holidays

  Ways to save money on your energy bill

  RetailMeNot Day: Inside the 2-day shopping event

A look at RetailMeNot's 2 day shopping event on November 5th and 6th

  Debt consolidation vs debt management

All week long we are looking at ways to help you eliminate debt

CarMax hiring for 350 positions in Richmond

CarMax is looking to fill more than 350 positions in the Richmond area by the end of 2020.

  A look at the debt avalanche method

All this week- we are going over ways to pay off those credit cards.

  Use a credit card for online purchases instead of debit card

There’s one key thing you should be doing when you shop if you want to avoid online fraud: use a credit card for all online purchases.

  Need to cut down on debt? We look at the debt snowball method

All this week we are going over strategies for getting out of debt. Today we dive into the debt snowball idea

Kroger filling 140 Richmond positions during virtual event

Kroger is filling more than 100 positions during a virtual hiring event on Thursday.

I-81 Advisory Committee discusses improvement program for corridor

Even though the number of vehicles on I-81 decreased during the pandemic, truck traffic is on the rise again. Now, 56 projects are being considered for the improvement program.

  Open enrollment for Medicare deadline is approaching

It’s open enrollment time for Medicare. You have from now until December 7th to sign up.

Central VA agencies holding ‘Crush the Crisis’ Drug Take-Back Day

Several area law enforcement and health systems are participating in drug take back events on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Live 5 Scambusters: A boss in need of a favor may be a scammer in disguise

An email or text from your boss probably warrants an immediate response but if your boss asks a favor you may want to pause for a second.

Virginia Career Works hosts virtual career and resource fair

Virginia Career Works is partnering with several agencies to host a free virtual career and resource fair on Thursday.

  Could personal loans work for you? Do your research.

Personal loans are spiking in popularity right now, and not just for projects around the house. A lot of people are using them to pay off debt.

  Hired from Home: Tips for getting hired from a virtual interview

Millions of newly out of work Americans are now faced with the task of finding a new job from their own home.

  Ways to find out if a store price matches

The next time you head to the store make sure you know if that retailer price matches. As Rachel DePompa points out in this On Your Side Savings Guide, it can really save you money.

Virginia budget negotiators preserve adult Medicaid dental benefit

Virginia’s pared-down state spending plan retained one major priority for health advocates — a dental benefit for adult Medicaid patients.

Macy’s to hold holiday hiring event, filling over 700 positions in Va.

Macy’s is holding a national hiring event this week that includes job opportunities in Virginia.

Virginia’s 1st medical cannabis processor opens in Bristol

Virginia’s first medical cannabis processor has officially opened to patients.

Hanover Co. hosting 2 household waste recycling events

Hanover County is hosting two events for residences to recycle old technology, paper, hazardous chemicals and more.

James River Water Authority scouting alternative locations for water pump after facing opposition

James River Water Authority is looking for alternative locations for a water pump after the original location landed on a historic Monacan Indian Nation capital.

  Ways to protect your child’s online identity and credit history

Identity theft can happen to anyone at any age. Which is why in this On Your Side Savings Guide-- Rachel DePompa goes over why it’s important to check your child’s credit report.

VEC to host ‘Helping Virginia Get Back To Work’ virtual job fair

The Virginia Employment Commission and Virginia Career Works are partnering for several virtual, regional job fairs.

Making the most of those online deals

Rachel DePompa is here with a look at this longer than normal shopping season and how you can save money.

  Amazon Prime Day is October 13th and 14th

AMAZON PRIME day is October 13th and 14th! And guess what? It could be the biggest shopping day of the holiday season.

  If you are looking at getting a credit card, experts say to focus on your credit limit.

If you’re just starting off as a young adult and you are trying to build up your credit.. listen up. Our On Your Side Savings Guide has a simple way you can do this-- and not go into a ton of debt.

  Are you still getting Amazon Prime 2-day free shipping?

When the pandemic began Amazon Prime changed it’s 2-day shipping model to prioritize important deliveries. Some are wondering-- if 2 day shipping is really back or gone for good?

Need help with rent? Here are some options for renters at risk

Renters are feeling the financial crisis created by COVID-19 more than homeowners are experiencing it. That’s according to a new study from our partners at the financial website Nerdwallet.

  Home improvement project dos and don’ts when it comes to cost

61% of American homeowners have taken on home improvement projects since the beginning of the pandemic. In this On Your Side Savings Guide, Rachel DePompa points out the costly mistakes to avoid if you are thinking of taking on a new project.

FASFA and Parents: What You Need To Know

Parents of seniors-- You’ll want to pay attention. It’s already time to start thinking about how you're paying for college next year.

  The ins and outs of smart home protection devices

Those so-called “smart home devices” are only growing in popularity! So you need to be “smart” about protecting your household as well-- from potential hackers.

  Introduce your kids to investing

It's never too early or too late to start introducing your kids to the concept of investing.

Chesterfield public schools searching for those interested in education field

Chesterfield County Public Schools is hosting a ‘career changers’ job fair for those interested in the education field.

Homespun BLM products include cookie kits, garden gnomes

Some white merchants on the craft marketplace Etsy are offering homespun products with a Black Lives Matter theme, including wine stoppers and garden gnomes.

  Are mortgage borrowers taking on too much?

Americans are drowning in debt-- and number one on the list is usually a mortgage.

  Kill the urge to splurge

We all do it, open our emails, see an amazing deal and “click” buy!

  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.

  How do you know what credit card is right for you?

We get this question a lot! How do you know which credit card is right for you?

Prince George Public Schools seeking technology specialists, transportation workers

Prince George County Public Schools is accepting applications for a handful of positions.

Children’s Hospital educating families for Child Passenger Safety Week

Team members at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond are teaching safe car seat usage in honor of Child Passenger Safety Week.

Cybercrime spikes during pandemic

There has been a spike in cybercrime attacks toward individuals and small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, but cybersecurity experts say the increase falls in line with a trend they’ve seen over the last few years.

  Try to avoid high interest loans

If an emergency happened would you be prepared financially? A car breaks down. Your A-C unit goes out? In this On Your Side Savings Guide, Rachel DePompa has ways you can break the cycle of debt once and for all

  Is refinancing really a good option?

You see the ads and probably hear the promises-- refinancing your house is a must right now! Rates are so slow. But is refinancing really a good step for you?

  Student loan scams to watch out for

Like any disaster, COVID-19 has seen its fair share of scams associated with it. Now thieves are targeting the student loan market.

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

Saving money should be your top goal right now, according to Michael Joyce with the financial firm Agili.

  Money-saving apps you need to know

Money saving apps have surged in popularity during the pandemic. Whether your shopping, finding a gig job or selling your unwanted items. Rachel DePompa has the latest apps you may want to try out in this On Your Side Savings Guide.

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

Wawa is offering any size free coffee to teachers, faculty and school administrators for their hard work and commitment to supporting students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Teaching your child to save money

As Rachel Depompa found out in this morning’s On Your Side Savings Guide, teaching your kids to save maybe their most important lesson ever.

Virginia-made cider cask whisky hits ABC store shelves

Virginia Distillery Company’s Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky has made its way to ABC stores in the commonwealth.

John Tyler Community College to hold virtual job, internship fair

John Tyler Community College is hosting a career fair for those seeking part-time employment or internships.

DOJ warns of phone scam targeting elderly

Scammers claiming to represent the Department of Justice are calling members of the public.

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

If you’re in the market for a new car, you know that buying used will certainly save you money. In this On Your Side Savings Guide Rachel DePompa shares some key details on how you can lower your price even more.

Monday is the ‘ultimate’ deadline for Chesterfield property taxes

Monday is the deadline to pay penalties and interest on personal property taxes in Chesterfield County.

Delinquent Danville power customers could face disconnection

Roughly 2,000 residential electric customers in Southside Virginia could have their power cut off this week if they don’t pay their bills.

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

Virginians watched more television and exercised less during COVID-19 lockdowns, according to a survey of 4,000 Americans.