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Alicia Smith

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Recent articles by Alicia:

Many companies already hiring seasonal workers ahead of holiday season

Retailers are already ramping up for the rush both in-store or online, and they're offering some great opportunities for temporary workers. → Read More

BBB warns of predatory loan companies and debt collection scammers

If you've been receiving annoying phone calls about debut you know you do not owe, you're not alone. → Read More

Parents & students weigh the cost of a 4-year degree over technical certifications

If you're the parent of a high school senior weighing whether or not a four-year degree is worth it, you're not alone. → Read More

Tens of thousands of Michiganders may qualify for more federal student loan forgiveness

Tens of thousands of people across Michigan may qualify for student loan forgiveness, and may not even know it. → Read More

The top 5 ways to save on back to school supplies

We're continuing to get you and your kids ready to head back to school, and we know there's a lot to buy. → Read More

BBB seeing increase in scams involving lotteries & sweepstakes in Michigan

Sweepstakes and lottery scams are nothing new, but sometimes, there's an influx in cases that prompts a warning. That's the situation right now in metro Detroit. → Read More

'They're going fast!' New and used boats still in high demand despite soaring prices

As Memorial Day approaches, more and more people want to get out on the water. Last year, new and used boats were barely in stock, and this year, it seems like boats are still in high demand. → Read More

Rental scam costs Oakland County woman nearly $1K; here's what to look for

We've reported on the rise in rental prices, but now, many people are seeing rises in rental scams. → Read More

Here's 7 tax deductions you might not know about

Monday, April 18th is "Tax Day." That's just a little over four weeks away. But you might not know about some deductions. → Read More

Warning issued after reports of scammers pretending to be banks, BBB

When your phone rings and the person on the other end of the line claims they want to help you because you've been hacked – beware. → Read More

Booking a spring break trip? Here's what you need to know

Spring break is right around the corner for many people, and if you're looking to book a trip, you better hop to it. → Read More

Michigan man to present his fitness invention on Shark Tank Friday night

ROCHESTER, MI (WXYZ) — A Rochester man is taking his mobile gym idea to ABC's Shark Tank! Nezar Akeel will be featured on the reality show's 13th season, pitching his innovative fitness product MAXPRO. The former automotive engineer worked on the device for five years developing a unique dial that gives users of the portable cable fitness machine up to 300-pounds of resistance. "We have now over… → Read More

7 tips to avoid online shopping scams over the holidays

The holiday shopping season is already underway, and many retailers have rolled out their sales earlier than usual. → Read More

Is there a turkey shortage in the U.S.? Here's what we found

Properly thawing out your frozen turkey may not be your biggest challenge this Thanksgiving – it may be finding the turkey, or forking out more money for it. → Read More

People encouraged to shop early amid predicted toy shortage for some hot items

We've been warning of a possible toy shortage for months now due to pandemic-related shipping delays. → Read More

With so many streaming services, these are the best ways to save money

If you have Hulu, get ready to pay more per month. Beginning on Oct. 8, Hulu will raise the price for both its on-demand plans by $1. That might not seem like a lot, but it can all add up. With so many streaming plans, we set out to figure out the best way to prioritize it all without blowing your budget. Here are the 7 best ways to save on streaming: BUNDLE SERVICES The first way is to find… → Read More

Pros and cons of increasing your credit limit

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) — Many of our mailboxes are inundated with credit card offers. Some of them from your current credit cards are about raising your credit limit. “The whole idea of increasing your credit limit. Do you like that?” Alicia Smith asked Kavina Walker of Flint. “Yeah, yeah. It’s an awesome thing. Yeah,” replied Walker. “I got Bank of America, and they’ve been increasing… → Read More

Major parts shortage hits heating and cooling industry as A/C units start kicking into high gear

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) — If you have an air conditioner issue, get ready to cool your heels. The owner of a Southfield-based heating and cooling business told 7 Action News’ Alicia Smith that customers will need to “pack their patience” due to a major parts shortage in the industry. And some customers have been waiting for relief for weeks. “It gets hot in here,” said Gary Wozniak of the… → Read More

Massive boat shortage finds people waiting 3-6 months to get one, used boat prices rising

Michigan has always had a robust boating business, but the pandemic has shifted it to full throttle with more people wanting to get outside. → Read More

14-year-old Cal would like 'a home that's comfortable, feeling safe'

Cal has been in foster care waiting to be adopted since April of 2018. → Read More