When someone you don't know sends an email about your federal tax information, it's understandable that you'd be cautious. It's equally understandable that you'd question an unsolicited letter from lawyers talking about trustee changes at your mortgage company. KOMO viewers contacted the Problem Solvers- with questions about both.
Northwest wildfires are ruining a lot of vacations and burning budgets for many families who paid in advance for a vacation rental. Some establishments offer full refunds, but when you lose lodging due to a wildfire or any other natural disaster, there's no such thing as an automatic refund guarantee.
Want to help your kids save money on their car insurance? You might want to consider keeping them on your family policy.
The recent New Yorker magazine article "The REALLY Big One" has a lot of people asking about earthquake insurance. Remember the basic homeowner’s policy does not provide earthquake coverage. You have to buy a separate policy for that.
Avocados are rich in antioxidants and a good source of potassium, folate and other B vitamins. Plus they're loaded with fiber.
When it comes to long-term investing, putting that money to work for you for 10 years or more, a lot of people still prefer cash, according to a new study by Bankrate.com.
Military families often pay a financial price for their service to the country – dealing with more credit card debt and owning fewer assets than civilians, according to a new report.
When you're on a limited budget, you've got to be very creative with the meals you prepare. A new cookbook show you how to stretch those food dollars.
Federal officials have hit several Southern California distributors with tens of millions of dollars in fines for falsely advertising a dietary supplement's ability to restore memory loss and improve brain function.
The local Better Business Bureau reports scammers are using the name of a legit local company to trick people into thinking they've been hired as work-at-home employees.
Here’s some good news for anyone who needs a federal student loan to go to college. On July 1, the fixed rates for new federal loans – Stafford and PLUS loans – will adjust. And those rates are going down.
A local woman says all she wanted was a free sample of face cream. But the free sample morphed into unwanted products and more than $400 on her credit card.
We don't hear all that much about it, but financial elder abuse is a serious and growing crime in this country. It's estimated that seniors lose more than $3 billion each year to financial exploitation.
More than a third of the adults in this country (35 percent) have never checked any of their credit reports. And that's not good.
Need a small loan right away? You might be tempted to borrow from your credit card company. It's called a “cash advance” and it's really convenient. It's also very costly.
The promise of free internet and mobile service sounded great to a local woman trying to save money. So she signed up with a California company called FreedomPop. The high-tech startup offers free voice, text and data as a gateway to it's many fee-based wireless and data plans and it's catching on. In fact, FreedomPop recently announced plans to expand to the UK. But Leslie Maxwell wonders if it's getting too big too quickly.
From flooded rivers in Texas to used car lots in your community- rusting wrecks are headed our way. It happens every time major flooding leaves large quantities of water-soaked vehicles.
You can buy all sorts of products to deal with bad smells in your house. But most of them seem to involve a lot of chemicals or fragrances that only mask the smell. The Fresh Pod by Fresh Wave promises natural and safe odor control for up to 60 days. But how well does it really work?
Anyone can fall for a prize scam, but con artists tend to target seniors because they’re more likely to fall for their pitch.
Fed up with annoying robocalls- a local man just joined a nationwide brigade aimed at fighting back. When Consumers Union asked for volunteers to test different robocall blocking devices on the market, he jumped at the opportunity.
If you have an RCA 7 inch tablet that was purchased last year- keep an eye on the internal lithium battery. There are reports of the battery suddenly puffing up like a pillow inside the case, putting children in harm's way.
A 44 week survey of some well-known national stores suggests many items touted as being on sale, are actually on sale virtually all the time and rarely, if ever, sold at the so-called "regular" price.
It's not uncommon for people to have a tough time standing up and moving around as they grow older. And this lack of mobility can limit a person's sense of independence and their quality of life
Traditional nail polish is rapidly being replaced by high-gloss, longer lasting gel formulas. Gel manicures are popular because they can last as long as 3 weeks. The polish is hardened onto the nail with ultra violet light. But gel polish at the salon is pricey- ranging from $25 - $35. So more and more manufacturers are offering gel polishes you can buy at the store. They give you the same high gloss finish for a fraction of the cost- without the ultra violet exposure you get at the salon.
Do you have a gasoline credit card in your wallet? Millions of people use them to earn cash back when they fill up. But a new study finds that the rewards you get may not be as good as you could get from other rewards cards.
Frustrated that cars recalled for serious safety defects aren't getting fixed quickly enough, the nation's auto safety chief will host a gathering of automakers Tuesday to search for solutions.
There are lots of factors to consider when you choose a vet for your pet. Price is important. So is reputation. And location. But there's something else to consider: The feeling you get when you visit the place.
Yep, it's time to start mowing the lawn again. Is your lawnmower ready?