Spending Smarter

  Take steps now to save money past the pandemic

Many people have proven they have been able to save money despite drastic cuts to their income during COVID. These are ways to keep those money saving trends after the pandemic is over.

Ways to cut costs on rising prices at the grocery store

  Here are the best ways to teach kids about managing money

  Memorial Day sales look different during pandemic

NerdWallet: 5 money goals if you’re still employed during COVID-19

  Free resources to entertain yourself while staying home

  Resources for paying bills during COVID-19 pandemic

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Paper stimulus checks expected to arrive in mailboxes soon

Price gouging targets online shoppers during coronavirus outbreak

80 million Americans receive stimulus check

  Spending Smarter: Phone carriers waive fees amid COVID-19 pandemic

La. treasurer sends out checks for unclaimed property

  Qualifying for unemployment due to coronavirus

Ways to tell if you qualify for a stimulus check

The government will look at your adjusted gross income and your tax returns to determine if you qualify for a stimulus check.

Steps to stretch your dollar at the grocery store

An LSU AgCenter dietitian suggests several ways to stretch your dollar to put food on the table.

Free workouts offered to stay healthy with gym closures

Several fitness organizations started offering free workouts and trial options while many of the Arklatex gyms are closed due to coronavirus restrictions.

Businesses hiring during Coronavirus pandemic

Several companies announce they will be adding additional jobs due to demand from the coronavirus outbreak.

  Cutting insurance costs for Louisiana drivers

  How to get a refund for canceled trips due to Coronavirus

  Pilot program offers 9 prescription drugs for free in LA

Top gifts for her on Valentine’s Day

  Banks that pay you to open checking or savings accounts

  One simple concept to knock down debt

Things to consider when filing your taxes

There are many documents you need to consider when filing your taxes, regardless if you file yourself or with a professional.

  Four ways to save money in 2020

If your New Year's resolution is to save money in 2020 — take a look at these tips and tricks.

3 ways to cut hot water use, save on your utility bill

As the temperatures continue to drop this winter, chances are your bills will get higher and higher. If you want to save on your utility bill, cut your hot water use.

Educational toy ideas for kids

Here are some toy ideas that are fun for kids but educational which parents love.

  Practical ways to give a gift card this holiday

Here are practical ways to give a gift card that make them better than most gifts under the tree.

  These tips could help you avoid falling victim to fraud or a scam

The holidays are a time of giving. Unfortunately, it's also the time when crooks and scam artists come out in droves.

Best online deals in the final days before Christmas

Christmas is two weeks away and many shoppers are scrambling to get their shopping list finished.

  Four reasons to give on Giving Tuesday

Perhaps the perfect gift you could give your loved one could be a gift to those in need

  Gift ideas for the traveler in the family

There's hard to buy for family members on everyone's list — here are a few ideas on what to get that loved one that's a traveler.

Best gifts for dad this holiday season

Most dads seem to have everything.

Gift ideas for your hard to buy for family member

It’s Thanksgiving week and that means right behind it comes one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

  Grocery ads to help you save on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner can get expensive especially if you’re planning for dozens of family members or guests.

Three ways to maximize Black Friday savings

Here are three ways to make sure you get the most out of your money during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

  Stores, shoppers turn their attention to the holidays

While many still are nibbling on the remnants of Halloween candy, some are turning their attention toward the holidays

  Ruling could mean nearly $400 per water customer

Attorney says Shreveport still is overbilling and he’ll seek an injunction to get the city to stop that practice

Alternative to traditional health care gives patients options

That’s part of the reason for a surge in a new kind of care that could save patients hundreds of dollars — it’s called direct primary care.

Budget tool helps you save money for holidays

It’s estimated Americans will spend more than $1,000 during the holiday season.

  Taxpayers say repeat work fuels perception of waste

With so much money being spent on construction projects in Shreveport, some people are watching out for potential government waste

  Consignment sales offer discounted options for parents

Consignment shopping can be one of the best ways to stock up on fall and winter clothes.

SMILE! Low-cost dental care across the Ark-La-Tex

The ArkLaTex is home to a few low-cost or no-cost dental clinics

  Rewarding kids without using money

It’s a debate many parents consider every day — whether or not to implement a reward system for a child’s good behavior.

  Bossier Schools explain free/ reduced lunch, CEP programs

This school year, Bossier Parish Schools is stepping to help students with a free and reduced lunch program, along with the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program.

  Cutting costs on fall youth sports teams

As kids return to school — fall also marks the return of youth sports.

  Cutting costs for college students

Sending your college-aged child back to school can be three times as expensive as sending school-aged students into the classroom.

Who’s hiring across the ArkLaTex

ArkLaTex Job Alerts!

Spending Smarter: DIY Back-to-School supplies

Get the kids ready to head back to school with these easy DIY ideas.

Ways to take advantage of Texas tax free weekend

When parents think of Back to School often times the first thing on their list is supplies or clothing — but stocking up on things your child needs throughout the entire school year could save you money — if you do it now.

  Easy ways to find deals on back to school shopping

This time of year can put a strain on your pocket book with Back to School expenses.

8 ways to avoid going into debt while back-to-school shopping

Here are 10 essentials and 10 non-essentials; buy one, avoid the other

  We went school supplies shopping at 3 different stores. Here’s how they compare

We want to help you save as much money as possible so we did some comparison shopping for you.

How to spend smarter on school supplies

The National Retail Federation says parents will spend more than ever on school supplies this year than ever before.

KSLA wants to help you save money and spend smarter

"Spending Smarter,"a new initiative focused on helping viewers save money, will be led by Adria Goins.

2019 ArkLaTex back-to-school starting dates, events, school supply lists and giveaways

Bookmark this page for the latest on school supply lists and giveaways

  Junior League of Longview gears up for massive school supply drive

The Junior League of Longview is busy preparing for its complex back-to-school drive. This year marks the organization’s 26th annual School Supply Train.

  Marshall ISD holding first ever “Pack the Bus” supply drive

Their goal is to supply school supplies for every elementary student in Marshall.

Where to find deals for National Chicken Wing Day

July 29 is National Chicken Wing Day.

Arkansas offers tax-free holiday August 3-4

Mississippi and Tennessee always have their tax-free holidays the last weekend in July, but Arkansas will have theirs on August 3-4, on the first weekend of the month.

  Poultry producer adding 100+ jobs in Bienville, Lincoln

House of Raeford Farms replacing feed mill, upgrading chicken-processing plant and hatchery

  Kroger backpack boosters supplying school supplies for children

Kroger is looking for the community’s help when it comes to getting kids ready to go back to school.

Southland Steel looking to hire welders for its new facility in Louisiana

Southland Steel Fabricators Inc. is looking to hire 70 welding positions for its new manufacturing facility in Amite, Louisiana.

‘7th Annual Bossier Back-to-School Giveaway’ at Northpoint Community Church

Are you ready for back-to-school shopping? A Bossier City church is helping out with a school supply and uniform giveaway.

Fred’s closing 129 more stores, including 7 in ArkLaTex

Discount retailer will be left with 3 stores in Louisiana, none in Arkansas and Texas

What to do when businesses intentionally raise prices during storms

When you’re already at your limit preparing for potentially dangerous weather to roll into your area, seeing prices on the goods you need to get you through the storm soaring above the amount you normally pay for them can be enough to put you over the edge.

SWEPCO bills to decrease due to federal tax cuts

This tax cut will save SWEPCO’s 231,000 Louisiana customers over $24 million in a three-month period.

Target offering teachers discounts on school supplies

Teachers can get a 15% discount on school supplies at Target.