John Matarese

John Matarese

John Matarese

Consumer Reporter

John is the “Don’t Waste Your Money” consumer reporter for Scripps, featuring money saving reports and scam alerts that are shared with more than 40 Scripps TV stations from his home base at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. He is most proud of being able to help people who have been taken advantage of unfairly, and to warn others not to fall into the same situation. Whether it is alerting viewers to fake job scams, fighting an unfair rent hike, or saving money on the weekly grocery bill, John’s goal is to help everyday people save for a better future, and avoid the thousands of cons that are trying to separate us from our hard-earned money.

Recent Work
Graduation cap standing on a pile of money.

Student loan scams surge as payments resume

The iPhone 15 Plus phone is shown during an announcement of new products on the Apple campus.

As iPhone 15 goes on sale, should you upgrade your phone or wait?

Person shops on online baby store site.

Beware of fake clearance sales on social media

A chef at a food hall cooks macaroni and cheese.

Why food halls are the hottest new dining trend in the US


Is Temu safe? What you need to know before you shop

Woman sits in front of a camera with a ring light.

Influencer scams targeting high school and college students

Children wearing Halloween costumes.

How to save big money on Halloween costumes this year

File photo shows the Apple Pay app on an iPhone in New York

Know these risks with money transfer apps

Visitors attend the Venture Miami Tech Hiring Fair at the Miami-Dade College

More businesses, even schools, moving to 4-day workweeks

Holiday travelers push their luggage inside Miami International Airport.

When to book holiday travel to get the lowest prices

Sign hangs in the window of a clothing store in a shopping center

Labor Day sales: What you should and shouldn't buy

Mechanic Ed Wuerth of Wuerth Automotive works on a car at his shop

Soaring auto repair costs jump 19% in a year

Barbie dolls line the shelves at a toy store in Torrance, Calif.

The hot 2023 holiday toys you should start buying now

A car salesman works the telephone while searching through inventory at a certified used car lot.

Why are most used cars now selling for over $20,000?

Someone typing on an iPhone.

Need help? Beware of fake customer service phone numbers

Skull with light-up eyes on a store shelf.

Should you shop now for Halloween decorations or wait?

For rent sign in front of a home.

Landlord frustrated by scammers stealing her rental listings

Used catalytic converters removed from cars at a salvage yard piled up in a carton.

Catalytic converter locks and alarms: Do they work?

For sale sign

Frustrated homebuyers being outbid again and again

Two boxes of Tide.

Tide detergent box gets smaller, but is it really shrinkflation?

A person puts laundry in a washing machine.

Hate doing laundry? Poplin is like Uber for dirty clothes

Laptops at Best Buy

Back-to-school tech items are now on sale

A line of 2022 Santa Fe SUV's sit outside a Hyundai dealership.

5 million Kias and Hyundais still need this urgent fix

Roku TV

Watch TV free with these no-charge streaming services

Family shops for backpacks in a store.

Secrets to save on back-to-school clothes and other items

People at a buffet

After a pandemic lull, buffets are seeing a rise in popularity

Sign points to estate sale

Should you pay an estate sale company to clear out your parents' home?

Woman opens curtains inside hotel room.

Hotel, Airbnb or Vrbo: Which vacation option is best?

Barbie Doll

These Barbie dolls are spiking in value, thanks to new Barbie movie

A live concert in a stadium.

Get paid to usher at concerts, among hundreds of other gig jobs