Surge protectors are supposed to protect electronic devices from electrical spikes, but consumer expert Amy Davis has a warning about one type of surge protector homeowners said is actually starting fires instead of preventing them.
We are halfway through National Child Passenger Safety Week. It's a good time for parents and caregivers to brush up on laws and recommendations from safety advocates about keeping your kids safe on the road. There are five mistakes most parents make with car seats.
Parents get roped into buying a lot of products our kids see on TV. The commercials are strategically placed in cartoons and popular kid's shows. Consumer expert Amy Davis is putting Wonki Wands to the test for "As Seen on TV Tuesday."
Forget apples! What today's hard working teachers need to get their day going is caffeine! It's why every manic Monday in September, McDonald's is treating teachers to a free McCafe hot or iced premium roast coffee.
With all the papers and forms your child is bringing home this week, it's easy to just sign your name without actually reading all of the fine print. But if you're concerned about protecting your child's personal information, there is one form you want to make sure you read and sign.
From clothes and electronics to traditional school supplies, back-to-school shopping can get expensive. The National Retail Federation says the average family with kids in grades K through 12th will spend about $630.36 getting ready for the first bell. But local teachers say you can save some of…
How often do check your phone every day? Between email, Facebook and games, an increasing number of people admit they could be addicted to their smart phones. Now there are some new apps designed to help you stay off your phone.
Extended auto warranties, fake debt collectors or credit card services... whatever the pre-recorded call is about, when you didn't give a company permission to call you, those robocalls are annoying and illegal.
In the world of retail, the American flag and what it stands for is about more than patriotism. A recent study shows more than 80 percent of American consumers are willing to pay more for products that are made in the USA. But can you believe those labels?
When your credit card company bungles your bill or your lender makes a mistake on your mortgage loan, it feels like no one will listen. Consumer expert Amy Davis offers a new resource to help resolve financial problems.
School is out for the summer; so how are you keeping your kids occupied? Consumer expert Amy Davis teamed up with Houston on the Cheap to bring you free events to keep your family on the go all summer long.
If you are one of the thousands of people whose car stalled out in high water this week, you are probably now facing some hefty towing and storage fees. You should know these costs are regulated by the City of Houston and the state of Texas, so drivers don't get gouged.
Memorial day is a day to pause and think about all of the sacrifices our men and women in the military have made for us. Houston businesses are thanking them and their families by offering some great deals.
According to the CDC, listeriosis is the third leading cause of death from food poisoning. The FDA signed regulations into law in 2011 that would require stricter testing and reporting of listeria presence in ready-to-eat food manufacturing facilities that have still not been put into place.
Texas health officials finalized with Blue Bell Creameries the steps the company must take before selling ice cream from its Brenham plant following the discovery of Listeria in certain ice cream products. The company agreed to the terms with the state early Thursday.
Flights in and out of Houston airports are expected to get a whole lot lower thanks to major airlines adding new options for travelers; but the new flights may look a little different than what you're used to. It could mean sticker shock once you get to the airport to set off on your vacation.
The door-to-door burrito is now a reality, thanks to a new service from Chipotle, Mucinex is recalling some of their products, and some prescription drug prices are on the rise. Consumer Expert Amy Davis has more.
It was a huge homebuilder that shut its doors, leaving entire neighborhoods unfinished and promises unkept. Creditors forced the company into bankruptcy, but not before executives padded their own accounts with millions of dollars.
Spring break is just a couple weeks away, so if your mind is already drifting toward thoughts of a warm family getaway, you can score free and cheap vacations by maximizing the purchases you already make.
Ladies: what's in your makeup bag? Beauty products can be pricey. Add up the cost of all those moisturizers, toners, masks and cleaners: and you can easily spend a small fortune. But consumer expert Amy Davis got some Houston beauty experts to share their skincare hacks.
Local 2 asked the creative director at one of Houston's hottest bars, Sanctuari Bar at Triniti to show us how to mix up some of their fancy cocktails in our own kitchen. All you really need is three main ingredients.
Amercans spend billions on beer, wine and liquor every year. Even if you don't typically indulge, you may raise your glass to ring in the new year this week. Consumer expert Amy Davis shows how to save our budgets from a bender with some frugal finds at the liquor store.
Credit cards got a big workout on Black Friday. Just because that plastic is in your wallet doesn't mean you're safe from identity thieves. Criminals are finding resourceful ways to get your personal information in their hands.
With so many choices on the shelves, even Santa Claus has trouble sometimes picking out the perfect toys. Local 2’s Ruben Galvan and Consumer Expert Amy Davis teamed up to find the toys that young children love, at unbeatable prices.
Most pet owners will do anything for their four-legged family members, but when animals get injured or sick the price tag can be overwhelming. That's why more pet owners are now turning to wellness plans or health insurance for their pets.
More than 47 million cars have been recalled this year. It's a staggering number. Even more troubling, one in six cars on Houston roadways have an outstanding safety recall. Now an app is helping you find out if yours is one of them.
There are sales all over the place, so it's easy to just grab a few bags of candy where ever you happen to be shopping. But if you do, you'll be wasting money and possibly depriving little ghosts and goblins of treats if you don't get the most sweet stuff for the least green stuff.
When you're planning a vacation, you want decadence without having to declare bankruptcy... a hotel with frills without spending a fortune. It's exactly what a new name-your-own-price website promises.
Cutting coupons isn't as easy as it sounds. There's the clipping, the sorting... and then you have to remember to bring them to the store. But with new money saving apps, all you really need is your smart phone.
Harris County is suing a downtown nightclub that was raided last Friday night. County leaders held a news conference Tuesday to announce the suit, and they say they want to force the owners of the nightclub Kryptonite to obey the law.
A Houston-area woman says she made a disturbing and dangerous discovery in her takeout dinner from a local restaurant. Brooklyn Weathers said she found maggots in her soup, and she has the video for proof.
You saw him first on Local 2 -- a convenience store clerk who turned the table on a pair of robbers. Now his story has gone viral. Local 2's Amy Davis talked to the clerk-turned-hero about his newfound fame.
Keeping your air conditioning unit in shape can cost a lot of money. So Local 2 is taking a closer look at extended service agreements to see if they're worth the cash and if they actually pay off for homeowners.
After four days of increasing complaints from citizens across Houston and a Local 2 News report, the city's Public Works Department finally released some answers about why the tap water recently tastes and smells foul.
You shop. You buy. You eat. Chances are you may not pay attention to where all that food comes from. But now, some experts say not knowing the origins of your food could be putting your health at risk.
The Federal Communications Commission Thursday decided to move forward with a proposal to allow cell phone calls during airline flights. Meanwhile, the list of opponents to this controversial move is also growing.