According to a new report from NerdWallet, 61% of Americans plan to take measures to boost their credit score over the next 12 months. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa shares common credit myths to avoid while working to increase your score.
From 2019 to 2021 US homeowners undertook around 134 billion home improvement projects, an increase of 20% according to NerdWallet. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa shares expert advice about expert about home improvement projects.
According to a new survey from SaveonEnergy, 69% percent of homeowners are concerned about their ability to meet their monthly energy costs. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa found out what you can do to offset your rising power bill in this Watching Your Wallet.
Balancing saving for your kids college fund with your own financial future can be a tough task. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa speaks with NerdWallet about different ways to pay for higher education.
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.
Prices continue to be higher than they were a year ago with the inflation rate sitting right around 6.5%. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks to an expert about the four ways you can try to fight rising costs and keep your budget in line.
Even with an uncertain financial forecast for 2023 there are steps you can take to protect your money long-term, for yourself and future generations. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa speaks to an expert about building generational wealth.
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.
When it comes to keeping your credit safe two of the top choices are a credit monitoring service and freezing your credit. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa explores both options and gets an expert’s take on the best ways to secure your credit.
Quick fixes around the house are relatively inexpensive and could prevent significant damage from major accidents. While you can't eliminate every potential hazard in your home Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa highlights simple tasks you can tackle that could save money and keep your family safe.
It’s a hacker tactic designed to trick you into letting con artists access your personal info. Consumer investigator Rachel DePompa talks to the FBI about “spear phishing” and how you can protect yourself.
Retirement might not be top of mind, but experts say now is the time to reevaluate your future savings. Consumer Investigator Rachel De Pompa shares expert advice on why just a little, could mean a lot.
While the cost of a used car prices is finally starting to drop they are still well above where they were a year ago. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa finds out what you should know if you are looking to sell sometime soon.
Cryptocurrency and NFT's have made headlines the past few weeks with wild swings in value, but before jumping in experts say education in their markets is key. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa explains.
Whether you’re looking for holiday deals or scrambling for a last-minute gift, ‘tis the season to online shop. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa explains why the FBI says stay away from debit and stick to your credit card for those online purchases.
With seasonal parties, online shopping and holiday travel, it's tempting to splurge and blow your budget this time of year. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has a few reminders to help you keep your finances in check during the holidays.
For many Americans, a trip to the doctor is determined by the cost of the visit, instead of the medical need. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa finds out ways you can keep your appointments, while still finding ways to save.
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.
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.
According to the Consume Financial Protection Bureau Buy Now, Pay Later apps grew over 1,000% from 2019 to 2021. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa speaks to a financial expert about their pros and cons and best way to use this payment method.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Managing your credit card debt can be a tough fight, especially with high interest rates adding to the bill… Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has expert advice on how to negotiate a lower rate with your credit company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.