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These are the funniest ‘dad joke’ cards for Father’s Day

Anna Weaver  |  June 5, 2024

Celebrate your dad this Father's Day by making him chuckle with these clever and groan-worthy dad joke cards.

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Dairy Queen is giving out free ice cream to celebrate the start of spring

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 15, 2024

Dairy Queen's annual Free Cone Day is returning in 2024 on the first day of spring. Here's how you can find a participating location.

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You can get a free Easter Bunny photo this spring at these stores

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 12, 2024

Get a free keepsake for Easter by taking your children to these stores for a free picture with the Easter Bunny this year.

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Here’s how you can get free wildflower seeds for your garden

Simplemost  |  March 11, 2024

We can each do our part to promote pollination and save the bees, and it all starts with a handful of wildflower seeds.

Dad and kid on bikes

15 free spring break activities to do with your kids

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  March 1, 2024

Spring Break is coming up soon. If you're not traveling, you might be wondering how to entertain your kids all week. Here are some ideas.

St Patrick's Day decor

The best things to buy in March

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  February 29, 2024

Here are some of the sales and deals you can expect in the month of March, thanks to Easter, Pi Day, St. Patrick's Day, and more.

Serwall 10ft Heavy Duty Patio Hanging Offset Cantilever Patio Umbrella W/ Base Included, Orange

This best-selling Walmart patio umbrella is $250 off

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 29, 2024

Thinking spring? Walmart has a 10-foot heavy-duty patio umbrella, with stand, on sale at a deep discount right now in seven colors.

Decorated Easter potatoes are a fun, cost-effective alternative to dyed eggs

Marie Rossiter  |  February 28, 2024

If the price of eggs this Easter has you scrambling for alternatives, you might want to consider dyeing potatoes instead.

A woman wears a creamy winter white sweater, and another woman wears a classic cream colored pea coat.

Cozy winter white clothes your closet needs

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  February 12, 2024

A clean, crisp look during winter means for classic white. If that's your vibe, check out these super-stylish winter white clothes.

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The best Groupon Valentine’s Day deals

Kaitlin Gates  |  January 31, 2024

If you want to celebrate love on a budget, these Groupon Valentine's Day are a great way to save money and showcase your love.

Harry and David meal kits

Create a DIY Valentine’s Day dinner with these easy meal kits

Kate Streit  |  January 31, 2024

Valentine's Day is coming up! Skip the crowded restaurants and opt for a special meal at home, thanks to Harry & David's DIY kits.

A heated blanket, a desktop heater, and a tea collection.

The must-have essentials for surviving winter

Brittany Anas  |  January 26, 2024

Surviving cold weather can be difficult, but if you have these must-have winter essentials, you'll be able to get back until spring comes.

Couple celebrates Valentine's Day at White Castle

White Castle launches Valentine’s Day meal kit to ease dine-in ‘Love Castles’ demand

Scripps News  |  January 24, 2024

The chain's Love Kit comes with 12 sliders, pickles and a White Castle-scented candle. Reservations for dinner are still available, too.

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Our favorite pieces from Amazon’s new cozy winter home section are all under $50

Taylor Kuether  |  January 22, 2024

We've pored over the collection and selected pieces perfect for turning your home into the cozy winter retreat of your dreams.

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Recycle your holiday cards at Staples to get 75% off your next custom card order

Kaitlin Gates  |  January 6, 2024

Staples' offer to recycle your Christmas cards at their stores through Feb. 3 includes a $10 off coupon on your next $30 purchase.

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10 ways to save on your New Year’s celebration

John Matarese  |  December 29, 2023

If you're hosting a party this New Year's Eve, these tips will help you save money and start the new year without extra credit card debt.

20 stocking stuffers under $20 that anyone will be excited to receive

Sarah Kollmorgen  |  December 24, 2023

We round up gifts under $5, $10, $15 and $20 that are sure to delight whoever you’re sharing the holidays with this season.


5 Clever Gifts for the People Who Already Have Everything

Emily O'Brien  |  December 21, 2023

Not everyone is easy to buy for these five clever gifts for people who already have everything will make gift shopping much

Winter Home with Holiday Lights

How to protect your home from burglars this holiday season

John Matarese  |  December 19, 2023

Even the dumbest burglars, like the crooks from "Home Alone," know many people will be out of town from now through New Year's Day.

Midnight Magic themed living room

Instagrammable holiday home aesthetics you can create on a budget

Anna Weaver  |  December 13, 2023

Give your home a holiday makeover with these festive decor picks that'll have you ready for your Instagram close-up.

10 of the best white elephant gifts under $25

Sarah Kollmorgen  |  December 13, 2023

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.White Elephant,…

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The best unexpected places to buy affordable Christmas gifts this year

Marie Rossiter  |  December 12, 2023

If you're tired of shopping at the same old stores, these 10 unexpected places to buy Christmas gifts will help you finish your buying.

20 of the Best Gifts for Women, From $10 to $200

20 of the best gifts for women, from $10 to $200

Sarah Kollmorgen  |  December 12, 2023

This gift guide offers curated and affordable options for thoughtful and stylish presents for moms, wives, daughters, sisters and friends.

Gifts For Teen Girls

22 cute and affordable gifts for teen girls

Laura Bradley  |  December 12, 2023

Gifts for teen girls at every budget — from $10 to over $100 — including instant cameras, beauty products and fairy lights.

Holiday photo of Santa posing with two dogs.

You can get a free photo of your pet with Santa at PetSmart

Marie Rossiter  |  December 12, 2023

PetSmart's annual Paws & Claus event is happening on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17, and you'll want to reserve a spot for this popular photo op.

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11 ideas to make magical holiday memories at home

Marie Rossiter  |  December 11, 2023

These inexpensive holiday party ideas will get guests of all ages in the festive spirit, and as a bonus, they won't break the host's bank.

Bath and Body Works storefront

Get $5 Bath & Body Works body care during the annual sale

Kaitlin Gates  |  December 8, 2023

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer or want to stock up on your favorites? Get $5 Bath & Body Works body care during the annual sale.

A mother and two children sit on top of Christmas-themed bedding in a guest room.

30 items to make overnight guests feel right at home

Marie Rossiter  |  December 7, 2023

Those hosting overnight guests for the holidays will want to check out these bath, bed, and kitchen finds at JCPenney.

Get a Caboodles case filled with candy-themed makeup under $30

Marie Rossiter  |  December 6, 2023

On the hunt for gifts for teens and tweens? Walmart's Caboodles x Taste Beauty makeup kits will make shopping a lot easier.

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10 of the best train gifts for kids who love them

Marie Rossiter  |  December 5, 2023

If you have a kid who loves locomotives, these train-themed gifts are going to be their new favorite toy come Christmas day.

pot of cranberries with orange slive and cinnamon next to greenery and pine cone

This homemade cinnamon potpourri is an easy and cheap DIY gift

Helen Lee  |  December 5, 2023

This Christmas potpourri recipe is super easy to make and great to give as a gift: All the work is done on the other end!

Closeup of a group of assorted cookies. Chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, white chocolate fill the frame.

10 chains giving out free or discounted cookies for National Cookie Day 2023

Kaitlin Gates  |  December 4, 2023

Dec. 4 is National Cookie Day, and this year you can find discounts and freebies by the dozen or as a single cookie with your lunch or dinner.

Woman holds holiday card over decorated table

How to save on holiday cards without looking cheap

John Matarese  |  December 4, 2023

A box of photo cards can cost you $150 or more, but there are ways to save on your holiday greetings this year.

Many kinds of Barbie dolls

Old toys are new again for Christmas 2023

John Matarese  |  December 3, 2023

In addition to Barbie, Polly Pocket, My Little Pony and all kinds of Legos are popular gifts for kids this holiday season.

Best Christmas socks

The best Christmas socks for everyone on your ‘nice’ list

Alicia Bodine  |  December 1, 2023

There are thousands of designs to choose from when browsing the season's best Christmas socks. So we gathered up our favorite pairs for you to start with.

Earrings for people who are obsessed with Christmas

Brittany Anas  |  December 1, 2023

These earrings make great gifts or stocking stuffers for the accessory aficionados on your holiday shopping list this season.

best christmas tree stand

11 best-selling Christmas tree stands that’ll last

Tricia Goss  |  December 1, 2023

Before you head out to pick the perfect Christmas tree, make sure you have a stand ready.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 LED Color-Changing Strip Lights, Film Camera, Frigidaire Mini Portable Personal Fridge

The 9 best gifts for teen boys, from $13 to $200

Piper Louden  |  December 1, 2023

A budget-friendly gift guide with gifts for every kind of teenage boy.

The best gifts for people who are always cold

Sarah Kollmorgen  |  December 1, 2023

We all know someone who's always cold. Here’s what to get them for the holidays.

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The best things to buy in December to save money

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  November 29, 2023

December is a great month to buy thanks to the gifting season, year-end sales, fall inventory clear-outs and one holiday everyone loves.

A Michaels craft store is shown in Plattsburgh, New York.

Michaels will offer 12 days of free holiday craft workshops for kids in December

Kaitlin Gates  |  November 29, 2023

The projects that kids can build in these online classes include frames, ornaments, bracelets, and cards.

Person hangs twig wreath on door for Christmas holidays

Great ways to save money on Christmas decorations

John Matarese  |  November 29, 2023

Refreshing your holiday decorations can break your Christmas budget, but an expert on holiday decor shares some money-saving tips.

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I bought all of my holiday gifts at JCPenney for less than $500

Kaitlin Gates  |  November 28, 2023

Here are 50 gifts suitable for every member of your family, many of which are on sale right now at JCPenney.

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The best Christmas gifts for every dog on your list

Brittany Anas  |  November 28, 2023

From dog treats to pajamas, these dog Christmas presents will help you spoil your furbaby throughout the holiday season.

Frosty key tag

Get a year’s worth of Frostys for $3 with the return of Wendy’s Frosty key tags

Kaitlin Gates  |  November 28, 2023

The beloved key tag has returned for 2024. For $3, owners of the tag can get a free Jr. Frosty with purchase through next year.

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Cyber Monday deals that are still live

Brittany Nims  |  November 28, 2023

There are still Cyber Monday deals available to shop. Some are just as good — if not better — than they were on Black Friday, too. Here are the deals we recommend.

Porch pirate steals packages at home's front door

How to prevent porch pirates from ruining your Christmas

John Matarese  |  November 28, 2023

Tens of thousands of packages disappear every year, but you can take a few simple steps to make it harder to steal a package at your house.

LEGO Disney Princess The Little Mermaid Royal Clamshell 

10 Lego sets that are on sale 30% off or more for Cyber Monday

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  November 27, 2023

From the Hogwarts Express to the Marvel Infinity Gauntlet, Lego sets are on major sale for Cyber Monday, and you can get 30% off!

KitchenAid Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

The KitchenAid Deluxe 4.5-quart stand mixer is just $259 for Cyber Monday

Emily O'Brien  |  November 27, 2023

This workhorse kitchen appliance is $141 today during Walmart's Cyber Monday sale, and this deal comes just in time for your holiday baking!

Sale items at Walmart's early Black Friday sale

The 25 best deals from Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale

Marie Rossiter  |  November 27, 2023

Walmart's new Cyber Monday deals just dropped. From air fryers to AirPods, here's what we recommend buying right now.

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