Parents of college-aged teens listen up! Enrollment for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA opens on October 1. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa breaks down what you need to know.
According to the latest federal numbers natural disasters cost the U.S. $145 billion last year and as homeowners are left to pick up the pieces experts say scammers are poised to swoop in. Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman breaks down the warning signs you need to know.
Rising prices and inflation continue to make it difficult for first time home buyers to find affordable properties, according to a new report from NerdWallet. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa finds out why not all hope is lost for those trying to get into the housing market.
Rental housing prices are still seeing significant increases from last year. According to Rent.com the monthly cost of a one-bedroom apartment is up about 25% nationally. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa explains why this might be the time to stay put.
This year Better Business Bureau has recorded a 187% increase in the amount of money lost to travel scams over 2021. Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman uncovers how much a simple mistake could cost you when booking airfare and how scammers are taking advantage of last-minute flight cancellations.
The impact of inflation now has another number. According to a new study by Nerdwallet household spending could increase by more than $11,500 this year. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa explains ways you can fight back against rising costs.
The Federal Trade Commission is warning renters against scams involving Section 8, a housing choice voucher program that assists low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled. Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman speaks with a woman who narrowly avoided a scam and identifies the red flags you need to know.
Life online is the norm for kids and teens, but are you up to speed on how to keep them safe? Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has the expert’s advice on how to make your child’s online experience safer.
If you’ve taken out a payday loan the Better Business Bureau wants you to beware. According to a new report, victims of payday loan scams have lost close to half a million dollars in 2022. In this Watching Your Wallet, Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman explains the tactics scammers use when they try to rip you off.
Billions of dollars in student loan cancellations are available, but the deadline to apply is approaching. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa explains “Public Service Loan Forgiveness” and how you might qualify.
A 529 plan is a great way to save for college, but if your child decides they don’t want to go you’ll need to need to make plans for those funds.Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa explains the rules of the 529 account and how that money must be spent.
Robotexts are skyrocketing as experts say scammers exploiting a law designed to slow robocalls. Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman has expert advice on how to spot scams and avoid getting ripped off.
2.5 million couples are expected to tie knot this year, according to Wedding Market Research. For some those new marriages mean first-time talks about money. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks to an expert about ways newlyweds can ease into financial discussions in this Watching Your Wallet.
Budgeting for big-ticket purchases can be intimidating. Whether it’s a new refrigerator, time to upgrade your TV, or an unexpected item, these big costs can take a bite out of your budget. In this Watching Your Wallet, Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa gets advice from the experts on the best times to buy.
President Biden on Wednesday extended the moratorium on student loan payments and canceled $10,000 in debt for borrowers making $125,000 a year or less. In this Watching Your Wallet, Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa finds out what experts say your next step should be if you have student loans.
Rising interest rates and a competitive marketplace have had major impacts on home sales. Now there’s a new factor: cancelled contracts. In this Watching Your Wallet, Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks to a housing expert about why more people are breaking purchase agreements and why it’s still a sellers market.
TransUnion says the average American has $5,000 in credit card debt and with rising interest rates that amount could grow. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa finds out how the recent fed rate hikes will impact your credit card rates.
In a recent energy industry survey, 85 percent of homeowners say they’ve noticed significant price increases on at least one utility bill. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa examines rising utility costs, plus gets expert advice on ways to cut back on your bill.
High temps this summer mean you need to be on high alert for scammers posing as your utility company. Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman speaks the FTC and BBB about how to stay safe from utility scammers.
A new survey shows the average American isn’t saving enough for retirement and 37% aren’t saving at all. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks to an expert who weighs in with tips and why it’s never too late to start saving.
Whether you are borrowing money for home improvements, credit card consolidation, or even just an emergency, a personal loan might be a good option. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa teams with NerdWallet to explain the steps you need to take to secure that loan in this Watching Your Wallet.
Scholarships and grants fund about 25% of educational costs every year says the non-profit research group Education Data Initiative. Scammers are taking advantage of that need for financial aid. Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman explains the tactics used to defraud students.
More consumers are leaning on credit cards to cope with inflation, but a new study from NerdWallet shows many people don't know their interest rates. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa reports on why experts say that important number can help you manage debt.
Parents are personally borrowing an average of $11,000 for their student’s college education. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks to experts about why parents may want to think twice before shouldering this burden.
If you’re just starting your new career, experts say it’s important to plan for your financial future. Rachel DePompa talks to an expert from Merrill Lynch about the four building blocks for financial success.
First year college students across the country are getting ready to start the new school year. Tuition, books, and housing costs are budgeted, but what about the hidden college costs?In this Watching Your Wallet, Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has some expert advice on how to handle the hidden costs you may not have planned for as your child heads off to campus.
70% of families have at least one child who plays video games according to the Entertainment Software Association. And whether it’s cyber bullies or hackers, experts say you need to be aware of the potential threats. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa breaks down ways to protect you and your family in this Watching Your Wallet.
Kids often look for the latest fashions as they head back to school, but the cost of new clothes can quickly add up. In this Watching Your Wallet Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has suggestions for savings as you dress your child for the upcoming school year.
It’s a $60 billion a year industry that’s a relentless target for cybercriminals. According to a recent security report, web attacks against the global video game industry grew by 340 % in 2020. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has the security advice you need before you, or your children, get hacked and it's game over.
It’s a volatile housing market and first-time home buyers are feeling the pinch according to a new study from NerdWallet citing low inventory and stagnant incomes. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa shares what experts are telling people entering the market for the first time.
Federal student loan payments are still suspended without interest until at least August 31st. This comes after several extensions by the government. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has one expert’s advice on when you should restart payments.
Nearly half of women say money issues negatively affect their mental health according to a new Bankrate survey. In this Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa breaks down the cause of women's stress and what experts say you can do during though times.
More than 25 million people relied on loans from those close to them to meet spending needs, according to the Census Bureau’s latest household pulse survey on finances. That figure is up from 19.1 million people from the same time last year.
Rising inflation has changed the way consumers save money, according to NerdWallet. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has expert advice on how you can take advantage of increasing interest rates, while staying prepared for emergencies.