Rachel DePompa, WEAU 13 News

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WEAU 13 News

Richmond, VA, United States

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Holiday spending plan could keep your budget on track this season

Holiday shopping season is in full swing and experts say the best way to avoid spending stress is make a plan and stick to it. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has your shopping and spending strategies. → Read More

Nonprofits offer money management options to those saddled with debt

If you’re struggling to overcome the financial stress of your debt reaching out for help could be the answer. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa speaks to a woman who paid off $37,000 in just two years with the help of a nonprofit debt management company. → Read More

Largest Social Security increase in 40 years starts in January

Social Security benefits will go up in January by 8.7%, the largest cost of living increase in 40 years. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa shares how much extra money you could see, plus expert advice on how you can best manage it. → Read More

Scammers looking to exploit the Federal Student Loan Debt Relief program

As people rush to capitalize on President Biden's Federal Student Loan Debt Relief, con artists are ramping up efforts to target your money. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks to an expert who has advice on how you can avoid being ripped off. → Read More

Maximize Black Friday deals by planning ahead

Holiday Shopping Season is here and so are the Black Friday sales. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks with a financial coach about how you can avoid breaking your holiday budget in this Watching Your Wallet. → Read More

Financial advisor offers savings strategies to first-time investors

Investing is an important way to put your money to work for you and build wealth, but it can be intimidating to get started. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa shares expert advice on the five ways you can get started in building your financial future. → Read More

Combat holiday travel cost with expert savings tips

Holiday travelers are planning to spend on average more than $1,500 for flights and hotels, according to a new survey from NerdWallet. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks to an expert to find out ways you can cut travel costs this season. → Read More

Security experts urge caution when downloading your next app

There’s always “an app for that”, but your new download could be a security nightmare. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa finds out the rules you should follow before you head to the app store → Read More

Overdraft fees getting less expensive, but still used by the majority of banks

Overdraft fees are an unwelcome addition to your budget and according to a new Bankrate study most banks are still hitting customers with the charge. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has some simple ways you can avoid that extra expense. → Read More

Expert suggests using credit report as tool to manage credit card debt

Credit card balances can be scary and overwhelming at times. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa explains how pulling your credit report and closely examining your spending can help you plan your way out of debt. → Read More

Cash over credit may be key to help you fight inflation expenses

With inflation hitting its highest rate in decades, saving money is top of mind. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks to an expert who explains why cash might be the key to saving money. → Read More

As temperatures start to drop, experts say travel costs expected to rise

From flights to hotels and even trip insurance, industry experts say the cost of travel has seen a significant increase. Before you book your trip Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has a few ways for you to save. → Read More

NerdWallet study shows 60% of Americans less confident about finances

According to a new study American optimism about the economy is low, only 13%, but Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa finds out the steps you can take to strengthen your financial situation. → Read More

Five Star Fakes: Amazon targets social media brokers in attempt to crack down on fake online reviews

According to the World Economic Forum, fake online reviews cost businesses and consumers $152 billion a year. BrightLocal research found 82% of consumers have read a fake review in the last year. Now, one of the largest retailers in the world is fighting back, as Amazon is suing the administrators of more than 11,000 Facebook Groups. → Read More

As Halloween approaches, expert offers tips on cutting holiday costs

It’s a day filled with fright, but Halloween doesn’t have to scare your savings. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa finds some ways to easily save money by October 31st. → Read More

Ransomware attacks against schools on the rise

From California to Iowa and Texas, school districts across the US are facing an increase in ransomware attacks. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa explains the high-tech attacks and what parents can do to help protect their child's personal information. → Read More

Fall is the season to update your yearly budget and plan for holiday expenses

Autumn isn't just about the changing leaves. Experts say it's also the perfect time to update your budget for holiday spending. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa shares best practices in this Watching Your Wallet. → Read More

Expert advice on making your money work for you, both financially and in a socially conscious way

Looking for ways to improve your portfolio but also invest with a purpose? Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks to a financial expert about how investing around a cause could help do both. → Read More

Expert tips to help adjust your budget for inflation

With groceries likely costing you more every month because of inflation, it's probably time to re-visit your household budget. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa speaks with an expert from NerdWallet on budget changes to make now. → Read More

College student aid enrollment starts October 1

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. → Read More