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Richmond, VA, United States

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Past articles by Rachel:

Tax tips as filing deadline approaches

The deadline to file your taxes is quickly approaching. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has expert advice for those of you who haven’t filed yet. → Read More

Expert: Don’t just pay the minimum on your credit card bill

If you’re on a tight budget it can be tempting to make the minimum payment on your credit card bill. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa finds out why that could cost you in the long run. → Read More

Tips to financially prepare to buy a home

Saving for your down payment is a critical step in getting into a new home. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks to a financial coach from the Virginia Credit Union about ways to save for your future home. → Read More

Preparation, confidence top expert’s list for successful negotiations

You’re ready to make that big buy and now it’s time to negotiate the final price. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks to a negotiation expert from Shapiro Negotiations Institute about what to watch for when haggling over a price or service. → Read More

Daycare Dilemma: How parents navigate unlicensed and licensed child care systems across the country

According to a ChildCare Aware study, in 2021 the national average price of child care in the U.S. was more than $10,000 annually. Availability has also become an issue post-pandemic as childcare providers struggle to meet staffing needs. These factors both play a role when it comes to parents choosing the best option for their kids, with some turning to in-home daycares to fill in the gap.… → Read More

Saying ‘I love you’ on Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to break the bank

It’s a special day when you’re supposed to lead with your heart, but sometimes the price tag can get in the way. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has a few ways for you to save on Valentine’s Day. → Read More

Expert advice for managing recurring subscriptions

Subscriptions for movies, music, even food. Do you know how much you’re spending every month? Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has apps to help you track your spending and ways you can cut back and save some money. → Read More

Study: American personal debt tops $16 trillion, average debt load reaches $165K per household

Americans are going further into to debt according to a new study from NerdWallet. The average US household owes more than $165K in debt, an increase of 8% over last year. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa shares expert tips to help pay down your debt. → Read More

Zombie Debt: Settled and unearned debts haunt consumer credit reports for years

Imagine paying your debt and having it disappear from your credit report, only to see it resurrected years later haunting your credit score. It’s called “zombie debt”, and while it may sound like a term out of a horror film, Jesse James shares his personal story dealing with this issue that plagues consumers, even forcing some to take legal action against collection agencies for debts they’ve… → Read More

Experts: Housing market still tough for first-time buyers

The housing market is still very difficult for first time homebuyers because of high interest rates and high prices. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks with an expert from NerdWallet on strategies for first time buyers. → Read More

Experts say salary not the only item up for negotiation when it comes to your job

If you are on the hunt for a new job your paycheck might not be the only thing you should consider. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks to an expert negotiator for tips on how to get a great overall package. → 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

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

43 million Americans set to restart student loan payments in January

Federal student loan payments are set to resume in January and the Student Debt Crisis Center estimates almost 9 in 10 borrowers are not financially prepared for payments to return. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has expert advice on how to adjust your budget for the restart. → Read More

With current car insurance rate increases, it may be time to double-check your coverage

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported a 10.3% increase in motor vehicle insurance in the last year. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa explains why and what you need to do now to make sure your policy has you covered. → 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

Communication is key to staying on budget for a wedding

The average cost of a wedding in the U.S, is $22,500 according to WeddingWire. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks to a financial expert on saving money as you plan the perfect wedding. → Read More

Common credit questions people search on Google

Understanding your credit score can be a challenge, and when people have questions, they often turn to Google. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa looks at some of the top questions and gets some answers in this Watching Your Wallet. → Read More

New survey shows most Americans not saving enough for retirement

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. → Read More

Large majority of travelers experienced problems during trips this year

79% of travelers have experienced problems during a trip this year, according to a new survey from Bankrate. → Read More