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On Your Side: Build your own pension plan

Updated: 03/16/2009 - With many employers cutting company-backed retirement programs, for many of you, the time is now to create your own pension plan. But taking the reins of your retirement doesn't have to be as hard as it might sound.

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On Your Side: Avoiding Cyber Scams

Updated: 03/13/2009 - Websites like Ebay and CraigsList are popular places to buy and sell all kinds of things. But they can also be filled with scammers. But there are some things you can do to keep from being ripped off in these cyber marketplaces.

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Changes to payday loans could come for South Carolina

Updated: 03/13/2009 - For some people short on cash the only place to turn is a payday lender. But if some lawmakers have their way - it is going to be tougher for many to borrow no matter what situation they're in.

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FTC releases spoof videos with serious message

Updated: 03/10/2009 - Despite the musical claims of some TV commercials, the only authorized source to get your free annual credit report under federal law is AnnualCreditReport.com.

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On Your Side: Get dental work done for a big discount

Updated: 03/09/2009 - Without dental insurance, going to the dentist can get pretty pricey. But there is a place in town where you can get dental work at a 30% or 40% discount, if you can spare a little time.

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Roofer possibly to blame for fire

Updated: 03/09/2009 - A roofer could be to blame for a fire tonight that shut down a North Augusta Street. It happened on the 100 block of Alta Vista.

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Free or reduced health care increasing as people lose coverage

Updated: 03/04/2009 - Since the recession began roughly 6 million Americans have either lost or dropped their health insurance. A new report crunches the numbers -- that come out to 14,000 people losing coverage every day. News 12 is on your side with one clinic you can go if you find yourself in need of a doctor.

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On Your Side: Get your taxes filed for free

Updated: 03/04/2009 - When you think tax time, you usually think about money leaving your pocketbook. But one organization can help you think about actually saving money.

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Internet scam alert: Buyers and sellers beware!

Updated: 03/04/2009 - Jamie and Cliff Cole got their first experience on the website Craigslist when they tried to sell their TV for $600. But instead of a buyer, they got a potential scammer trying to pull a fast one.

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Chicken recall - Chile Lime Chicken Burgers

Posted: 03/02/2009 - 16-ounce packages of "Trader Joe's, Chile Lime Chicken Burgers," with the date code "3158" embossed on the side of the box are being recalled.

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SCE&G customers targeted by phone scam

Updated: 02/27/2009 - This week, several SCE&G customers in Charleston and Aiken received a phone call from a man who identified himself as an SCE&G employee.

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Only on 12: Dent's closes; what's next for services you paid for?

Updated: 02/27/2009 - In two days federal bankruptcy court has ordered Dent's Undertaking Establishment to close for good. That means if you've paid Dent's to handle a funeral for you or your family , you must act fast and still there are no guarantees.

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FTC releases list of top consumer complaints in 2008

Posted: 02/26/2009 - The list, contained in the publication “Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January-December 2008,” showed that for the ninth year in a row, identity theft was the number one consumer complaint category.

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On Your Side: Are you renting a foreclosed home?

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Across the country, people are being evicted from homes, even though they are up-to-date on their monthly payments. They are renting property that is being foreclosed. It's happening right here in Augusta too.

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On Your Side: Getting paid to carpool

Updated: 02/24/2009 - Going green is all the rage these days and some folks are getting paid to do it. And you can earn a little extra money by helping the environment too just by joining in.

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