Have you checked your receipt? Reasons why your Grocery bill may be going up

COLUMBIA , SC (WOLO)– If you think your grocery bill is higher , you may be right. According to USDA data, food prices are the highest they’ve been in nearly ten years and they could increase more. ABC Columbia’s Lindsey Goodwin has more on why we’re seeing the price hike.   One year into a crushing pandemic, and food prices…

Consumer Update: Hand Sanitizers and ’emotional support’ pet ban on Airline

Crysty Vaughan takes a look at some of the Consumer News happening this week

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)–(CNN)  The Food and Drug Administration has placed alcohol-based hand sanitizers from Mexico on a countrywide import alert. They say some of the products have been labeled as containing ethanol, but they tested positive for methanol. According to the FDA, methanol can be toxic if it is absorbed through the skin. It can also be life-threatening if ingested….

Mark your calendar: The Tax Deadline is July 15

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Mark your calendars. The Income Tax deadline is this Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The IRS postponed tax day from April 15, 2020 due to the coronavirus. People who cannot meet the deadline can file for an extension on the IRS website. States may have different deadlines for their taxes, but the South Carolina Department of Revenue says…

More than 40,000 pounds of ground beef recalled due to E-Coli concerns

WASHINGTON–Check your freezer. The U-S Department of Agriculture says about 40-thousand pounds of ground beef are being recalled due to E-coli concerns. PER THE USDA: Lakeside Refrigerated Services, a Swedesboro, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 42,922 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced…

Coronavirus Relief: Possible savings on car insurance

some car insurance companies are offering money back because we're driving less

ABC NEWS- GMA–In a much needed relief effort during the coronavirus pandemic, some car insurance companies are offering money back because we’re driving less. ABC’s Becky Worley takes a look at the possible savings. Categories: Digital Exclusives and Features Tags: consumer, Coronavirus

Shopping online for gifts? Check out these safety tips

Consumer expert tips on cyber safety

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)–If you are shopping online this season, you need to keep some safety tips in mind say consumer experts. According to the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs, one tip tip keep in mind, do not use public wi-fi when shopping. Storing credit card information on a site you frequent can be convenient, but also risky if there’s…

Consumers News at 5: Free Flu Shots and Fun Foods

Consumer and health news with Crysty Vaughan

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– This one is for all you sweet tooths out there. This month Oreo is releasing mystery Oreos. and dunking that Oreo could pay off in $50,00 in cash. The limited edition Oreo’s look like the original, but taste completely different. Each package will have one of three clues. You have a chance to win 50-thousand dollars if…

Tips to protect your information from identity thieves this tax season

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– It’s that time of year again, Tax time. It’s also time for thieves to try and take advantage of you and your personal information.  The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs is sharing  tips to help consumers protect their refund and personal information this tax season: File early. File as early as possible. Identity thieves use consumer information…