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Consumer Recall: Jeni's Ice Cream

Another company is taking their product off the shelves due to Listeria concerns. Consumer Expert Amy Davis has more.

Chipotle begins delivery service, Mucinex cold medicine recalls and more

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.

Chipotle begins delivery service, Mucinex cold medicine recalls and more

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.

Freebie Friday: Fun events for the whole family

Whether families want to get out and explore, or stay inside and learn, there’s plenty of fun this weekend.

Freebie Friday: Fun events for the whole family

Whether families want to get out and explore or stay inside and learn, there’s plenty of fun this weekend.

Inspectors find live roaches in restaurants around town

The burglar bars outside the Frenchy's on at 4403 East Freeway at Waco and the bullet proof glass on the inside may deter crooks, but health inspectors say cockroaches have free reign. 

Inspectors find live roaches in restaurants around town

The burglar bars outside the Frenchy's on at 4403 East Freeway at Waco and the bullet proof glass on the inside may deter crooks, but health inspectors say cockroaches have free reign. Amy Davis reports. 

Houston now bustling with new delivery options for products on demand

Delivery services are all the rage right now from groceries to prescriptions, even alcohol. Just say the word and you can have whatever you desire delivered to your doorstep.

Local Facebook users create alternative to Craigslist

Julia Goodman loves to get a good deal. She knows sometimes the best way to get one is to buy and sell used items.

New delivery services can bring almost anything to your door step

Delivery services are all the rage right now from groceries to prescriptions, even alcohol. Just say the word and you can have whatever you desire delivered to your doorstep.

Moe's Southwest Grill giving away free burritos for grand opening in Katy

Moe's Southwest Grill giving away free burritos for grand opening in Katy

Local Facebook users create alternative to Craigslist

Julia Goodman loves to get a good deal. She knows sometimes the best way to get one is to buy and sell used items.

Moe's Southwest Grill giving away free burritos for grand opening in Katy

Moe’s Southwest Grill is giving away free burritos for a year to its first 100 customers at its new location in Katy.

Save with do-it-yourself home alarm systems

Some homeowners are saving up to $700 a year with do-it-yourself security systems.

As Seen On TV Tuesday: The Chop Magic

On TV, the creators of Chop Magic say it can replace a cutting board for slicing and dicing, but does it work?

As Seen On TV Tuesday: The Chop Magic

On TV, the creators of Chop Magic say it can replace a cutting board for slicing and dicing, but does it work?

Smartphone apps for unlimited talk and text

More and more people are cutting their landline phones and relying on cellphones to make calls, which means talk and text minutes can add up fast.

Freebie Friday: What's happening in Houston this weekend

Freebie Friday:  What's happening in Houston this weekend.  Consumer Expert Amy Davis has more.

Roaches found in restaurant kitchens around Houston

At Jersey Mike’s Subs at 5393 Westheimer Road, inspectors saw dead gnats and roaches. But the roaches were alive at Don Luis Mexican Restaurant at 7606 Irvington. The inspector said one was climbing on a wall near the hot holding area in the kitchen.

Consumer Expert: Guide to buying a new car

What should you look for when you are buying a new car?  Consumer Expert Amy Davis has more.

FDA deems Kind bars not healthy enough

The Food and Drug Administration say those popular Kind bars aren't healthy enough for the "healthy" tag.

'As Seen on TV' device can help you cut cable

The average American pays about $123 a month for cable TV. With new streaming services announced almost daily, many consumers are cutting or considering cutting cable. Rabbit TV, today's "As Seen on TV" device, might be the least expensive way to do it.

Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry's

We love ice cream and we know you do too.  It's Free Cond Day at Ben and Jerry's!  Consumer Expert Amy Davis tells you more.

Cash4iPhones accused of giving customers less money than promised

A website that offers customers money in exchange for old cellphones is getting a lot of negative attention.

'As Seen on TV' device can help you cut cable

The average American pays about $123 a month for cable TV. With new streaming services announced almost daily, many consumers are cutting or considering cutting cable. Rabbit TV, today's "As Seen on TV" device, might be the least expensive way to do it.

IRS falls behind on processing tax returns

The Internal Revenue Service is running behind on processing tax returns.

The IRS falls behind on processing tax returns

Consumer Expert Amy Davis talks IRS falling behind on processing tax returns, Sprint delivering phones, and self-driving cars.

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Get 15,000 FREE airline miles today

Want to get away without going broke? Spirit Airlines is giving away 15,000 miles to the first 2,000 people who show up at these Houston locations.

Tax Day Freebies

Channel 2 Consumer Expert Amy Davis reports.

Tax Day Freebies

Taxes are due on Wednesday and even if you're not getting money back this year, you can score other benefits this week.

Freebie Friday: A complimentary froyo and free airline miles

Houstonians shouldn't let the rain chances scare them away from the free weekend fun.

Inspectors find slime in ice machines in restaurants across Houston

A rainbow of colors is how you could describe the slime that inspectors found in the ice machines in restaurants across Houston. 

New app makes saving on grocery bills a snap

A new app can help busy shoppers who forget to clip coupons before they go to the grocery store.

New app makes saving on grocery bills a snap

A new app can help busy shoppers who forget to clip coupons before they go to the grocery store.

Tips to weed out fake online reviews

A lot of people read online reviews to help them decide whether to buy a certain product or use a specific business, but deciphering which reviews are the real deal and which are planted can be tricky.

As Seen On TV Tuesday: The Eggstractor

The Eggstractor claims to make peeling hard-boiled eggs a breeze in its TV commercials, but does it actually work? Channel 2 is putting the odd, accordion-like device to the test.

As Seen On TV Tuesday: The Eggstractor

The Eggstractor claims to make peeling hard-boiled eggs a breeze in its TV commercials, but does it actually work? Channel 2 is putting the odd, accordion-like device to the test.

As Seen on TV! Eggstractor Outtakes: Does it really work?

Take a look behind the scenes as Consumer Expert Amy Davis puts the Eggstractor to the test in KPRC's Lauren Freeman's kitchen. Watch Lauren's sons give some worthy feedback on the device.

Taking the family to an Astros game on a budget

Going to an Astros game doesn't have to break the bank.

Taking the family to an Astros game on a budget

Taking the family out to a ball game doesn’t have to break the bank.

Consumer reports rate top 10 grocery chains, bleach aftermath and more

Consumer Expert, Amy Davis, talks reports rating top 10 grocery chains, the use of bleach aftermath, professional movie watchers and more.

Amy shares details on new credit card studies, milestone celebrations and more

Consumer expert Amy Davis talks Astrodome Celebrates 50 years, "Elite" credit card fraud studies, Walmart wants partners to lay off ads, and more.

Digital tipping causes some shoppers to spend more

New technology, like digital payment systems and Apple Pay, is making some shoppers pay more at stores and restaurants.

Freebie Friday to ring in Easter

After all the cooking and egg dying you'll be doing this weekend, you may be ready to get out and let someone else do the entertaining.

Inspectors close down restaurant so workers can clean roaches from floor

Rodent droppings, insects crawling in the food, and meat at unsafe temperatures that could make you sick. KPRC 2 tells you about these violations each week in the restaurant report card to keep you and your family safe. 

Keeping personal information off the internet

Have you ever Googled your name and didn't like what you saw? Consumer expert, Amy Davis, teaches you how to keep personal information off the internet.

Keeping personal information off the internet

Consumer expert, Amy Davis, teaches you how to keep personal information off the internet.

Big companies launch phony products for April Fools' Day

Big companies really cranked up the production on some elaborate new but phony products, all for a good laugh on April Fools’ Day. Amy Davis reports.

Don't buy all organic: Keep grocery bill low by reducing toxins, pesticides

Buying all organic foods versus regular traditional food can double your grocery bill.

New car repair service connects drivers to mechanics

Drivers no longer have to wait for a mechanic to figure out why their car’s check engine light is on.

Don't buy all organic: Keep grocery bill low by reducing toxins, pesticides

Buying all organic foods versus regular traditional food can double your grocery bill.

New car repair service connects drivers to mechanics

Drivers no longer have to wait for a mechanic to figure out why their car’s check engine light is on.

As seen on TV: The Gyro Bowl

Ella and Paige, 3-year-old twins, are undeniably adorable. But twice the cuteness also means twice the clean-up for mom, Leslie, when the girls have accidents.

One last chance to spend those RadioShack gift cards

Anyone with a RadioShack gift card lying around needs to try and spend it before the end of Tuesday.

Expert reviews DIY tax software options

If your tax profile isn't layered with sales of stocks, bonds and investment gains or losses, chances are you won't need to hire an accountant to prepare your taxes this year.

Best online tax software

March 30, 2015: If your tax profile isn’t layered with sales of stocks, bonds and investment gains or losses, chances are you won’t need to hire an accountant to prepare your taxes this year. Amy Davis reports.

Apps to help protect your privacy online

Facebook and Google are among the web giants who have a vested interest in what you're doing, what you like and what you're searching for while using your phone.

British Airways frequent-flyer program hacked, Radio Shack not selling customers'...

The viewers of television are expanding. Thanks to BabyFirstTV, little ones who are just beginning to sit up can gaze at shows designed specifically for them.

App helps deliver items right to your door

A new app that bills itself as "your personal delivery assistant" is letting people order just about anything they want and have it delivered right to their door.

Houston homeowners may see increase to property tax value

Houston homeowners: Brace for it. You're about to receive your new property tax value from the Harris County Appraisal District, and you should expect an increase.

Free family fun for a beautiful weekend

From dance-offs to kite flying, there’s plenty of free family fun around the Houston area over the weekend.

Inspectors: Off-temperature meats at several Houston restaurants

Inside the Dunkin Donuts at 2330 South Shepherd near Fairview, employees use the bathroom sink to wash their hands, but health inspectors say there was no hot water when they stopped by.

Cheap and easy dinner ideas for Houston families

What's for dinner? It's a question repeated in homes across Houston every afternoon. By late in the work week, folks may not have an answer.

Generic drugs sometimes differ from brand-name versions

Generic drugs save Americans more than $100 billion each year, but not all generic drugs are created equal.

Blue Bell recalls ice cream cups because of possible contamination

Blue Bell is recalling three 3 oz. institutional/food service ice cream cups because they could be potentially contaminated with an infectious organism.

Blue Bell recalling 3-ounce cups

March 24, 2015: Blue Bell is recalling three 3 oz. institutional/food service ice cream cups because they could be potentially contaminated with an infectious organism. Amy Davis reports.

Consumer Expert: Comcast goes social

Consumer Expert: Comcast goes social

Houston makes best and worst lists

Houston makes 2 lists, Starbucks to halt "Race Together" message campaign.

Facebook reportedly testing new phone dialer app

Facebook is reportedly testing a new app that lets users call people.

Freebie Friday to ring in spring

Spring break is wrapping up, but there’s still plenty of family-friendly fun that won’t break the bank in Houston.

Freebie Friday to ring in spring

Spring break is wrapping up, but there’s still plenty of family-friendly fun that won’t break the bank in Houston.

Inspectors find roaches at various Houston-area restaurants

Roaches can spread and transmit disease. It's why they're not just a nuisance; they are a health hazard when inspectors find them in restaurants. Inspectors said they found a lot of them in this week's restaurant report card.

Is what you're buying at the grocery store actually organic?

Organics are big business, and food giants typically known for sugar-laden snacks are taking over many of the brands you've come to know as healthy.

What recent court decision means after homebuilder shut its doors

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.

What recent court decision means after homebuilder shut its doors

March 17, 2015: Royce Homes shut its doors in 2008 and left neighborhoods unfinished. Amy Davis reports.

Over or under? Patent solves great toilet paper debate

The great toilet paper debate is finally wrapping up thanks to a newly discovered patent.

Diet Pills: Are they worth the money?

Are diet pills worth the money? Consumer Expert Amy Davis has more.

IRS scammers on the rise as tax deadline approaches

Channel 2 Investigates has been flooded with phone calls and emails in the last few days from concerned viewers who've received phone calls claiming they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service.

Signs that someone is trying to scam you

March 17, 2015: Consumer expert Amy Davis discovered there are some dead giveaways signaling these calls are part of a scam.

Disney hotels offering teacher discounts, airlines with best on-time flights

Disney hotels are offering teacher discounts, airlines with best on-time flights and more in today's consumer headlines.  Amy Davis has more.

As Seen On TV Tuesday: Hot Buns fall flat

Hot Buns are one of the hottest As Seen on TV products, but buyers might not get the hair-raising results they’re looking for in the product.

How to make sure you don't overpay for your home alarm system

Recent FBI statistics reveal a burglary occurs every 15 seconds. Many people are installing home alarm systems to protect their families and property. Here are some things you should do to make sure you’re hiring a legitimate company and not overpaying for the service.

Inspectors find rat feces at pizza place, slime in McDonald's ice machine

Health inspectors founds brown slime and green mold in the ice machine of a local fast-food business.

Consumer Expert: How much can memberships save you?

How much can memberships save you? Consumer Expert Amy Davis has more.

Maker of Children's Tylenol to pay $25 million over recall

The maker of Children's Tylenol agreed to plead guilty Tuesday to a federal criminal charge that it sold over-the-counter infant’s and children’s liquid medicine that contained metal particles

Consumer Expert: Using Facebook log-ins, Children's Tylenol risks

If you sign in with Facebook while surfing the Internet, you may want to stop doing it, and is Children's Tylenol dangerous?  Consumer Expert Amy Davis has details.

Website helps find lowest prices online

Searching for the lowest price on a product you want can get complicated. Channel 2 consumer expert Amy Davis shows you an easy way to make sure you're getting the best price on an online retailer, no matter what you're buying.

As Seen On TV's Potato Express put to the test

The Potato Express is a microwave potato cooker, and although it normally takes about 7 minutes to nuke your spuds, this product claims to do it in 4.

Amazon opens digital storefront, top 10 unnecessary purchases

Those small pieces of plastic you carry around on your key ring are likely more valuable than you think.

Finding designer deals online

Daylight Saving Time happens this Sunday. And as we "spring forward", it might be a good idea to start getting out clothes for the new season. And if you're looking to do some shopping, it's easier than ever to find designer items online for less.

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Health inspectors find off-temperature food at IHOP, Guadalajara Hacienda

From high dollar to quick breakfast fare, health inspectors found serious violations all over the Houston area.

Wrangling the best parking at Rodeo Houston

With rodeo season underway, just about everyone in Houston is heading down to NRG Park, which means parking is a headache.

Sign up online, receive free goodies

Want something more than just bills in your mailbox? How about free samples, coupons for laundry detergent, skincare products and candy?

More Americans using tax returns to jump-start savings

It’s the heart of tax season, which has many Americans thinking about what to do with their tax returns.

Saving money on your energy bill

Shopping for the best electric rate can be tricky, confusing and time-consuming.

Saving money on your energy bill

Channel 2 Consumer Expert Amy Davis reports.

No soap in kitchen at one restaurant, roaches in ice at another

At Thai Spice on Kelvin Drive near Rice Village, there was no soap or hand towels in the kitchen, meaning there was no way for employees to wash their hands, inspectors said. 

New smartphone apps to help plan out vacations

The cold winter weather dipping into Southeast Texas has a lot of folks daydreaming about spring break. And with the right smartphone apps, planning a vacation is easier than ever.

How to score free, cheap spring break vacation

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.

Yes! Finishing Touch put to the test

We don't want you to waste money on a product that doesn't work, so we're testing them for you. The Yes! Finishing Touch was our first product to experiment with.

Skincare hacks that could save you hundreds

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.

Half-priced Houston Rodeo Carnival tickets on sale

The deadline for half-priced tickets to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo carnival is quickly approaching.

Is discount Tide as effective as regular Tide?

When KPRC 2 noticed Tide popping up by the truckload in discount 5-gallon buckets on the side of the road at Houston flea markets and even in some grocery stores, we wondered if it was the real deal.

Freebie Friday: Year of the Goat edition

There’s plenty of fun happening over the weekend near China Town, as revelers celebrate the Year of the Goat.

Inspectors: Employee picks nose, continues to prep food at Montrose restaurant

More than 17 pounds of food at Snap Kitchen at 3600 Kirby near Richmond were deemed not safe for human consumption because they were off temperature, including chicken enchiladas, salmon and turkey chili, according to food inspectors. 

Smartphones give new reasons to buy a cordless phone

The same devices that rendered cordless phones obsolete are breathing new life into the old technology.

Smart doorbells, talking "Hello Barbie" doll and more

Federal laws ban companies from using autodialers to call your cellphone, they're called robocalls, but scammers still do it.

Watching for debt collection scam red flags

Harassing debt collectors are one of the top complaints for federal investigators. In many of the cases, the person on the other end of the line didn’t even owe money.

Krispy Kreme delays grand return to Houston

Krispy Kreme’s return to Houston will need a little more time in the oven.

Anthem offers free identity theft protection after security breach

Anthem Insurance Company is offering free identity theft protection to customers after hackers gained access to sensitive information for about 80 million people.

Fall in love with these Valentine's Day freebies

Looking for Valentine’s Day fun?  It won’t take Cupid’s arrow to fall in love with these free events.

Inspectors find maggots inside candy container, roaches in coffee machine

Hot water is essential for cleaning hands and utensils in restaurants. When inspectors found there wasn't any at Wendy’s at 243 Greens Road, they closed the place down.

Singles' guide to Valentine's Day in Houston

For those who are not part of a pair, Valentine's Day has been dubbed "Singles Awareness Day." Turn that frown upside down because Houston businesses have big plans for the single set.

Valentine's Day dinner deals available in Houston

There are plenty of ways to have a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner in Houston without breaking the bank.

Cheapest cities for travel in 2015, Taco Bell's "Quesalupa" being tested

Cheapest cities for travel in 2015, Taco Bell's "Quesalupa" being tested.  Amy Davis has more.

Cheapest cities for travel in 2015, Taco Bell's "Quesalupa" being tested

Hillshire Farms is so sure you'll love its new naturals line of lunch meat, the company is offering to refund your money if you don't.

Delivery flowers' staying power put to the test

Buying a flower arrangement for a loved one on Valentine’s Day can be tricky, since it’s impossible to know what it’ll look like until it shows up.

What are you really getting when you order Kobe beef?

You've probably noticed it on the menu at many local restaurants. Maybe you've even paid extra and ordered the Kobe beef. But is it worth the upcharge? And what are you really getting?

Eavesdropping? Samsung TVs can record your conversations

There is a new privacy notice included with Samsung's Smart TV's, they could eavesdrop on you.

Flower delivery services put to the test

A beautiful bouquet of flowers doesn’t have to mean a wilted wallet come Valentine’s Day.

How to win tickets to "Fifty Shades of Grey"

Channel 2 consumer expert Amy Davis breaks down everything you can do for free this weekend, including how to win tickets to the upcoming movie "Fifty Shades of Grey."

Inspectors find off-temperature meat, live roaches in restaurant kitchens

You may not be expecting healthy food when you head to a pub, but at Firkin & Phoenix at 1915 Westheimer, inspectors say some of the food was not safe for human consumption. They tossed 33 pounds of cooked chicken and hamburger meat that was off-temperature.

Is sharing your Netflix password legal?

Just about every television junkie uses a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu, but not everyone pays for their own account.

Fighting mistakes on your credit report

It’s the three-digit number that can affect how much someone pays for a car, a house, even insurance. Credit scores dictate an incredible amount in our lives, yet errors can be hard to fix.

Website helps consumers claim their settlement money

Class action lawsuit settlements happen all the time, but not everyone involved always cashes in. Now, a new website can help consumers find out if they’re owed money.

Where you buy your coffee can determine how much caffeine you get

If you count on coffee to jump start your mornings you probably want the most bang for your buck or caffeine for your cash.

New Super Bowl commercials bring the laughs

It’s not just the Super Bowl football fans are tuning in for every year. There’s also the slew of commercials that range from touching to funny to flat-out clever.

Scoring the best deals on snacks for Super Bowl parties

Even for those staying home for the big game, Super Bowl festivities can get expensive.

Scoring the best deals on snacks for Super Bowl parties

Even for those staying home for the big game, Super Bowl festivities can get expensive.

Live roach found at restaurant; Pork stored at 84 degrees found at another

The fish and calamari at Ruggles Green in Town and Country were nearly 20 degrees over the allowed safe temperature, according to health inspectors. 

Live roach found at restaurant; Pork stored at 84 degrees found at another

The fish and calamari at Ruggles Green in Town and Country were nearly 20 degrees over the allowed safe temperature, according to health inspectors. Amy Davis reports. 

How to survive remodeling your home

2015 is going to be a busy year for home improvement, according to contractors in the remodeling industry. If you're thinking about doing some work to your home, consumer expert Amy Davis has some things you should consider before you hire a contractor.

How to survive remodeling your home

2015 is going to be a busy year for home improvement according to contractors in the remodeling industry. If you're thinking about doing some work to your home, consumer expert Amy Davis has some things you should consider before you hire a contractor.

Amazon lets users "Subscribe & Save"" with new feature

Amazon rolls out a new feature called "Subscribe & Save" for Amazon Prime Members.

The service allows consumers to subscribe to items they buy on a regular basis and have them shipped to their front door, all at a discounted rate.

Stores with the best return policies

Returns are nothing new. Most stores will give a refund if a customer is unsatisfied. But some retailers will do more than that. 

Planning a trip? Here are the cheapest days to fly

Whether it’s planning for a spring break getaway or summer vacation, there are easy ways to save when booking airfare.

Smartphone app "Favor" offers delivery service in Houston

A new smartphone app that has been serving customers in Austin and Dallas since 2013 is now in Houston.

Consumer News: Prices drop on TVs ahead of Super Bowl

If you can not watch the Super Bowl in person, it is still a great experience to watch it on a nice big screen right in the comfort of your own home.  And.... many are on sale.  Consumer Expert Amy Davis tells us about deals around town.

Hallmark to open mini-stores inside JCPenney locations

After a year of discussions and a pilot program, Hallmark has announced it will open mini-stores in JCPenney locations across the country.

Cutting down on credit card offers

KPRC Local 2's Consumer Expert Amy Davis shows us how to cut down on credit card offers.

Pinterest tries to attract more men, lower gas prices and more

Pinterest is trying to attract more men, lower gas prices are making people happy and JC Penney's and Hallmark are teaming up.  All of this and more in today's consumer headlines.  Amy Davis has more.

Roaches inside restaurant kitchen, mildew found on soda gun nozzle

Maybe it's the taste or a funny smell. Sometimes you don't know what it is. Something just seems off when you take a sip of your drink. At Mi Luna on University in Rice Village, inspectors say they found slime in the ice machine and black mildew on the soda gun nozzle.

Roaches inside restaurant kitchen, mildew found on soda gun nozzle

Maybe it's the taste or a funny smell. Sometimes you don't know what it is. Something just seems off when you take a sip of your drink. At Mi Luna on University in Rice Village, inspectors say they found slime in the ice machine and black mildew on the soda gun nozzle.

How to stop pre-approved credit offers

While you may be flattered by those pre-approved credit card offers you get in the mail, they are gold for identity thieves looking to open cards in your name.  If you don't want them, you can stop them before they ever get to your mailbox.

Consumer Expert: Choosing the right tax professional

Doing your taxes is kind of like going to the dentist. Most people just don't enjoy the process. But if you trust someone else to prepare your return for you, you could end up in much messier situation with the IRS.

New perk of 'Net Zero' homes

There is a new perk involving "Net Zero" homes.  Consumer Expert Amy Davis has more.

Consumer Expert: Choosing the right tax professional

Choosing the right tax professional.  Consumer Expert Amy Davis has more.

Simple ways to boost Wi-Fi performance

Whether a movie on Netflix isn’t buffering or a web page isn’t loading fast enough, there are plenty of ways to beef up Wi-Fi speed.

How to ditch the modem fees on cable bills

Comcast raised its monthly modem rental fee by $2 this year, but there are ways to avoid the extra cost entirely.

Tax filing season begins

Guess what time it is? Tax filing season.

Planning the perfect wedding for less

Planning the perfect wedding for less.  Consumer Expert Amy Davis has more.

Planning the perfect wedding for less

With careful planning and budget savvy tricks, anyone can have a stylish wedding that doesn’t break the bank.

Best Rodeo seats up for grabs Saturday

Jan 16. 2015: January 17 is the day rodeo fans have been waiting for. Consumer Expert Amy Davis reports on how to make sure you get the seats you want.

Scoring the best deals on Rodeo Houston tickets

Tickets for Rodeo Houston go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. and this year, there are big changes with how to buy tickets, both online and in person.

Inspectors find blood cakes in standing water, rodent droppings in bakery

Pho Ga So 1 at 6796 Synott tops our restaurant report card this week because health inspectors didn’t like the way they were thawing their blood cakes.

Secret savings on gym memberships

There are plenty of options for those who vowed to get in better shape this year, but don’t want to give their wallet a workout.

Interest rates expected to rise, with big effects for most people

The federal reserve is expected to raise interest rates for the first time since 2006.

Interest rates expected to rise, with big effects for most people

The federal reserve is expected to raise interest rates for the first time since 2006. Amy Davis reports.

Don't be a victim of tax return fraud

The IRS says getting your return in early could mean the difference between you getting the money and someone else collecting it for you. Tax return fraud is one of the largest growing crimes, mostly because it is so easy.

Don't be a victim of tax return fraud

The IRS says getting your tax return in early could mean the difference of you getting the money or someone else collecting it for you. Tax return fraud is one of the largest growing crimes, mostly because it is so easy. Amy Davis reports.

Health hazards of smartphone addiction

For a lot of Americans, smartphones have become another appendage—and that might not be a good thing.

Shopping high-end at consignment stores

If you're looking to redecorate, don't forget about Houston's consignment stores.

CardHub.com ranks stores by credit card transparency

Almost every major store has one now.  A credit card that comes with a no interest offer.

Make a mess? Household items to help keep it together

Whether it’s spilled coffee on your pants in the morning or a button popping off your shirt after lunch, a day can always take a turn for the worse. But a few simple precautions can help you avoid total disaster.

Consumer Expert: FCC head says boost broadband speed standard

FCC Head: Boost Broadband Speed Standard. Amy Davis has more.

Health inspectors find off-temperature beef and bugs in rice at meat market

When customers drove up to the Sonic at 1054 Uvalde Road during a two-hour time period last week, they found it closed. Health inspectors said there was no hot water, black mold on the soda fountain nozzles, and black residue in the ice maker. Manager Keymah Robinson said the inspector who wrote…

Health inspectors find off-temperature beef and bugs in rice at meat market

When customers drove up to the Sonic at 1054 Uvalde Road during a two-hour time period last week, they found it closed. Health inspectors said there was no hot water, black mold on the soda fountain nozzles, and black residue in the ice maker. Manager Keymah Robinson said the inspector who wrote…

Store credit card rankings revealed

Almost every major store has one now: A credit card that comes with a no-interest offer. But not all of those store cards are created equal. Some of them have huge fees for missed payments. Consumer expert Amy Davis reports.

Consumer News: Wet Seal closing 338 stores

Wet Seal is closing 338 stores.  Find out details and more consumer news.  Amy Davis has more.

Secret codes can save you big at Costco

Costco is already a place you can go to save some money, but you can actually keep even more cash in your pocket if you know what to do.

Wireless thermometer patch for children, Cattle DNA tests for meet quality

If you're tired of waking up to certain songs on your phone, or that migraine-causing beeping of a traditional clock, there might be another open debuting soon. A sunrise light bulb alarm clock.

Do-it-yourself shopping tips to save at IKEA

Whether a shopper is looking for a new bookcase or a new kitchen, there are plenty of ways to save at IKEA.

Returning unwanted holiday gifts online

Shipping companies are expecting so many return packages this week that UPS has deemed Tuesday National Returns Day.

Technology to help keep your New Year's resolutions

There are new gadgets and smartphone apps to help consumers complete their New Year’s resolutions.

Consumer Expert: AA batteries put to the test

Households need to stock up on batteries to keep all those new gadgets and toys from Christmas up and running. But which brands work the best and last the longest?

New rules will make water heaters more energy efficient, lead to savings

New federal rules are taking effect in April that will mean changes for anyone buying or installing a new hot water heater.  The new requirements will make the appliances more energy efficient, but it's going to mean higher costs and possible some headaches for homeowners.

Freebie Friday: Flu shots, movies, arts market and more

If you've got kids, then you've probably noticed the sniffling and the sneezing, but before it gets too serious, you can get your kids protected with flu shots.  It's just one of the things you can get for free.  Consumer Expert Amy Davis has more. 

Restaurant Report Card: High marks Chick-fil-A, KFC

We've got two A+s for restaurants getting it right this week. The Chick-fil-A on Kingwood Drive near West Lake Houston Parkway had no violations. Neither did the Kentucky Fried Chicken at 6420 Westheimer Road near Hillcroft Avenue. Congratulations to both places for keeping it clean.

Restaurant Report Card: High marks Chick-fil-A, KFC

Eight pounds of toppings had to be tossed at a Little Caesar's on South Post Oak Boulevard.

Toyota will repair melting dashboards

Drivers complained that their dashes would heat up in the hot sun and humidity and get sticky.

Remodeling trends of 2015

It's still a seller's market in the Houston real estate landscape, but that could be changing in 2015. That's why a lot of homeowners will be starting major remodeling projects in the coming year. Consumer expert Amy Davis reports.

Great places where kids eat free

Kids are picky eaters; so it's hard to plunk down $7 or $8 for a restaurant meal that may be left on the table. Houston restaurants feel your pain.
It's why many of them offer free food for your little ones.

Consumer Expert: In-store pickup put to the test

More retailers are letting customers buy online and then pick up their merchandise in-store.  But is it actually faster than just going to the store and picking things out the traditional way?  Local 2's Amy Davis put it to to the test.

Restaurants where kids eat free

We all want to save a buck, especially when feeding the kiddos.  Here are a few restaurants where kids eat free.

Kroger targets casual diners with in-store eateries

Consumers looking to dine out now have additional options to consider aside from traditional restaurants; the grocery store and the mini-mart.

How to make fancy bar cocktails at home

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.

Save big on New Year's Eve: Frugal finds at liquor store

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.

The Art of Regifting

Regifting...it's an art.  Amy Davis has more.

Planning, tax tips to save you big on 2014 tax returns

The No. 1 tax strategy missed by consumers every year could save you hundreds of dollars and provide a perfect tax deduction. All you have to do is ...

Santa Claus visits go digital

If your children need a Santa fix and a trip to the mall just isn't in the cards this week, try a cyber Santa visit instead.

The worst cars to buy for teen drivers

Buying a car for a teenager is an exciting time for a parent, but finding the right model is tough.

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New survey released on least wanted gifts

For years alcohol has been a go-to gift for holiday get-togethers, but a new survey shows it is one of the least wanted gifts.

Coffee competitors fight for your freedom to brew

Keurig's new coffeemaker only brews Keurig brand "K-Cups", but now companies are creating products to trick the machine and brew cups from any coffee company.

Restaurant Report Card: Food employee working with infected hand wound

Health inspectors said the food at the Starbucks on the Southwest Freeway between Edloe and Weslayan was not safe for human consumption. The yogurt, meat salad and cheese in the store's display cooler was off temperature. Employees threw the food away; the cooler was quarantined until it was…

6 things not to buy before Christmas

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, but some products you see on sale now may actually be cheaper after Christmas.

Dentists to provide free dental work on Friday

If you or someone you know needs to see a dentist, you need to know about this event.

Krispy Kreme elaborates on sweet return to Houston

Krispy Kreme is gearing up for its sweet return to Houston.

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