Personal Finance

Internal Revenue Service tax forms.

Why you can expect a smaller IRS tax refund this year

Changes to tax rules for charitable contributions and the end of pandemic-related stimulus and credits could mean less money for you.

 | John Matarese

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Travel expert shares how to get a refund on a canceled flight

Travel Girl magazine founding editor-in-chief Stephanie Oswald shares tips for anyone struggling to get a refund after a canceled flight.

 | Scripps News Staff

AgeTech Collaborative from AARP sign.

CES works with AARP to establish new Age Technology category

New data from an AARP study shows people over 50 spent an average of $912 on personal tech last year, up almost $100 from the year before.

 | Maritsa Georgiou

A Colorado Earth building block is shown.

A Safer, Cheaper, More Sustainable Way To Rebuild After Disaster

A company turning dirt into building material could help rebuild neighborhoods that have been hit by fires, tornadoes, floods and more.

 | Scripps News Staff

A woman takes a survey on her phone.

Yes, You Can Get Paid To Take Surveys, But Beware Of Scams

Scammers are finding new ways to get personal information from potential victims, including through "surveys."

 | Scripps News Staff

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Why are some reconsidering where to retire?

Some Americans are now looking for the best places to retire for climate change. This would rule out Florida, the most popular state for retirees.

 | Scripps News Staff

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How To Spot Common Social Security Scams — And Keep Your Money Safe

Knowing a few key things about how scammers operate will help you protect yourself.

 | Kaitlin Gates

Person inserts a debit card into an ATM.

Ways To Decrease Economic Anxiety

While you might be concerned about the economy in the short term, experts say not to lose sight of long-term goals.

 | Justin Boggs

A lottery ticket vending machine.

Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs To $940M After No Winner

It's the fourth-largest jackpot in the history of the Mega Millions game and the sixth-largest jackpot in U.S. history.

 | AP

U.S. currency and credit cards.

Tips To Help You Achieve Financial New Year's Resolutions

From canceling rarely used subscriptions, to paying down credit card debt, here are some tips to help you get ahead financially in 2023.

 | John Matarese and WXYZ-TV

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$785M Mega Millions Prize Is 6th Largest In U.S. History

There have been 22 straight drawings without a big winner, allowing the Mega Millions prize to roll over and keep growing.

 | AP

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Social Security Reform Set For Debate In New Congress

More lawmakers are sounding the alarm about the Social Security program's financial stability.

 | Joe St. George

A convenience store employee sells lottery tickets to a customer.

Great Last-Minute Gifts At Your Local Convenience Store

Sometimes you can find unique gifts in the most unexpected places.

 | John Matarese

People walk into a Best Buy store.

An Inflation Measure Watched By The Fed Eases To 5.5%

Inflation still remains well above the 2% year-over-year growth the Fed wants to see.

 | AP

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Stocks Waver On Wall Street After Mixed Data On The Economy

Investors reviewed mixed news on the economy as markets head for a long weekend. Markets will be closed Monday for the Christmas holiday.

 | AP

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Hospital Childbirth Costs Soar Despite Transparency Rule

Childbirth costs have been rising since the early 2000s, and experts point to a lack of price transparency as the key reason.

 | Bianca Facchinei

A man shovels snow.

9 Ways To Protect Your Home And Car From The Bitter Cold

Even if there's not much snow, there are some inexpensive things you should do to protect your home as temperatures drop below freezing.

 | John Matarese

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New Chatbot Can Haggle With The Cable Company To Lower Your Bill

The DoNotPay ChatGPT bot can also help you fight speeding tickets, claim rebates, and end subscriptions.

 | Bridget Sharkey

A person shops for vegetables at a grocery store.

Why Vegetable Prices Are So High In The U.S.

A number of factors are to blame for the extra-high price tags on vegetables lately.

 | Tricia Goss

A man holds a sign during a news conference on the Child Tax Credit

Decision On Long-Shot Push For Revised Child Tax Credit Expected Soon

Some lawmakers are trying to sneak a version of the expanded child tax credit back into law by including it in the federal budget.

 | Joe St. George

A couple hikes the new extension of the San Francisco Bay Trail.

Infla-Dating: Dating On A Budget During Inflation

What is "infla-dating," and are people actually overextending themselves financially on the dating scene?

 | Lea Herring

A person shops at a grocery store.

Save Money On Your Holiday Feast Despite Skyrocketing Grocery Prices

While saving money will be tougher this year, experts say there are still ways people can reduce their grocery bills.

 | John Matarese

People holiday shopping at small business.

Americans Cut Back On Spending This Holiday Season

High inflation isn’t stopping people from shopping. But families are being mindful, and for some, that might mean buying less this year.

 | Stephanie Sandoval

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How To Avoid A Gift Card Scam That Could Ruin The Holidays

Scammers are draining gift cards before recipients can use them. Here's how to identify signs of gift card tampering.

 | John Matarese

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.

Fed Raises Key Rate By Half-Point And Signals More To Come

Policymakers forecast that their key short-term rate will reach a range of 5% to 5.25% by the end of 2023.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A customer is handed Powerball tickets purchased at Lichine's Liquor & Deli in Sacramento.

Why Does The Lottery Exist?

In 2021, Americans spent over $100 billion on lottery games.

 | Lauren Magarino

Woman shopping for produce at a grocery store.

Fed Set To Extend Inflation Fight With 7th Rate Hike Of 2022

The Federal Reserve is expected to impose more rate hikes next year than it had previously forecast to combat the worst inflation in 40 years.

 | AP

People shop for groceries at a produce market.

U.S. Inflation Drops To 7.1% Over Past 12 Months

November consumer prices dropped sharply from 7.7% in October, but grocery prices remained a troubled spot last month, rising 0.5%.

 | AP

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Feds Warn Of Dangers Of Buy Now, Pay Later

Buy now, pay later companies are giving people extra credit, but the government warns there are some downsides — fees, charges and data harvesting.

 | Cat Sandoval

A "for sale" sign outside of a home.

Average Long-Term Mortgage Rate Falls A Fourth Straight Week

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average on the benchmark 30-year rate dipped to 6.33%. A year ago the average rate was 3.1%.

 | AP