Laura Hutchinson, WTNH News 8

Laura Hutchinson

WTNH News 8

Bellingham, MA, United States

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Past articles by Laura:

Stretch Your Dollar: Applying for federal student loan forgiveness

(WTNH) — The website to apply for federal student loan forgiveness is officially live. This website has had 43 million Americans at the edges of their seats for months now. The site will help people apply for federal student loan forgiveness, and President Biden said nearly eight million borrowers took advantage of the ‘soft launch’ […] → Read More

Stretch Your Dollar: Early holiday shopping

(WTNH) — You can get a head start on the holidays as Thursday marks the beginning of deals at one major retailer. Overall, price wars are starting early this year. It’s Christmas in October this year. Consumers and retailers are looking for a big win as we head into the holiday season. Big box retailers […] → Read More

Stretch Your Dollar: Tips for applying to college

Start early! It's a complicated process and you have to assume there will be corrections to make or gaps to fill. So leave yourself time to get it right. → Read More

Freebie Friday: Yard Goats tickets, hot apple sundaes

(WTNH) — It’s the first full weekend of spring and there are some free events to keep your kids busy if you’re looking for something fun to do! The first is for Friday, March 25. The CT Historical Society invites you to a “movie under the stars” event for the family at 6 p.m., although […] → Read More

Stretch your dollar: Spring Deals

(WTNH) – We’re helping you look for deals in the right places! The seasonal change offers a great time to save on anything you may need for winter, including new winter sports gear to rack up some savings for next year. Spring is a popular time to plan for vacations as well. Katherine Bola’s Image […] → Read More

Stretch Your Dollar: AARP money tools

(WTNH) — We’re all seeing life get more expensive, whether at the grocery store, at the pump, or the bills we’re paying each month. It’s enough to have everyone looking for ways to save, but especially older Americans who may find themselves wrapped-up in a troubling trend. News 8 talked to Mary Liz Burns, the […] → Read More

Stretch Your Dollar: Is now a good time to buy a home?

If you’re in the market for a new home, then you’ve been tracking rising mortgage rates. We are stretching your dollar with a look at whether now is a good time to buy. → Read More

Freebie Friday: NCAA tournament deals

(WTNH) — The NCAA tournament has begun and with the tournament comes all kinds of deals. We’re stretching your dollar with how you can find a quick bite for less while you’re watching the match-ups! The first is a $1 burger from Wendy’s – offered all month long when you order through the app. That’s […] → Read More

Stretch Your Dollar: How to get a tax refund sooner

(WTNH) — The deadline for filing your taxes is just a few weeks away, and just like last year, taxpayers can expect more delays from the IRS this year. Finance expert Fanoosh Torabi said that the IRS “is still working to file and process last year’s returns.” “So they’ve got work from last year as […] → Read More

Stretch your dollar: Impact of inflation on car insurance

From inflation to the conflict in Ukraine it seems we’re paying more for just about everything right now and experts say the cost to keep a vehicle on the road may be on the way up this year too. → Read More

Freebie Friday: ‘Pi Day’ deals at 7-Eleven, Whole Foods

Conn. (WTNH) — We may be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, but Monday is a big day for deals. We are stretching your dollar this Freebie Friday with the perks you can find for national “Pi” Day. According to, 7-Eleven is bringing back its Pi Day deal, which means on Monday, rewards members […] → Read More

Stretch Your Dollar: How to avoid falling victim to scams

Conn. (WTNH) — It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of calls we get every day from someone trying to sell you something you didn’t ask for, or promising something that sounds too good to be true.We are stretching your dollar with how to avoid being a victim of a scam. 2021 was a […] → Read More

Freebie Friday includes offers at Dunkin, Taco Bell

(WTNH) — This Freebie Friday, look out for deals at Dunkin and Taco Bell. We start with a free sweet treat at Dunkin; the shop is bleeding blue to support UConn Huskies basketball by offering fans a free donut on Fridays in March. It starts today, and rewards members get a free classic donut with […] → Read More

Stretch Your Dollar: Freebie Friday deals on pancakes, wings

(WTNH) — From food deals to a chance to walk off those calories — we are stretching your dollar this Freebie Friday with a look at a few deals heading into the weekend. First, keep next Tuesday, March 1 on your calendar. It’s National Pancake Day, and once again this year, IHOP will give you […] → Read More

Stretch Your Dollar: Preventing car theft

(WTNH) — From gas stations to driveways, or in this case in West Hartford just this week outside an auto repair shop, car thefts are on the rise. Experts want you to know there are steps you can take to prevent becoming a target. The first tip from consumer reports is to practice safe parking. […] → Read More

Stretch Your Dollar: Spring cleaning your spending

(WTNH) — You may think of Spring cleaning your home or garden when the weather starts to break, but experts say it’s smart to give your money some attention too. Financial consultant John Caserta says our expenses become a “financial junk drawer” that we can easily forget about. “Think about all the things that money […] → Read More

Freebie Friday: N-95 masks, symphony orchestra tickets

Conn. (WTNH) — There’s nothing like heading into the weekend with some deals to look forward to. We are Stretching Your Dollar this Freebie Friday with a look at what’s ahead. First, if you’re grocery shopping at Big Y this weekend, you’ll also be able to pick up a N-95 mask for free. Big Y […] → Read More

Stretch Your Dollar: Black students carrying the weight of college debt

Conn. (WTNH) — While many college students are forced to take out loans to afford higher education, a recent study shows that Black students carry more college debt than their white peers. On average, Black students pay around $25,000 more than white students, with Black women in particular carrying the most debt. Dr. Shamell Bell, […] → Read More

Stretch Your Dollar: How inflation affects your food budget

Conn. (WTNH) — We are stretching your dollar with a look at a recent ABC report, highlighting the sneaky ways inflation is eating into your budget. Sticker shock is right in your face when you pay, but shrinkflation, charging the same price for fewer items, can be trickier according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics […] → Read More

Stretch Your Dollar: Filing taxes as newlyweds

(WTNH) — It’s so exciting to be a newlywed, but one of the least romantic changes is filing taxes. If the wedding was in January, June, or on December 31st, the IRS considers you married for the entire year. Tax practitioner Isaac Mcrae of the National Association of Enrolled Agents said couples should research how […] → Read More