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Marie Rossiter  |  April 14, 2021

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.Pool season may be the best time of year. Few things are better than getting outside, soaking …

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Get a free flower seed packet just in time for spring

Jenn Fields  |  April 13, 2021

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.Spring has sprung in many places around the country, and even if you haven’t planted any seeds …

LG is shutting down its smartphone business

Anna Weaver  |  April 6, 2021

The third-largest manufacturer of mobile phones in North America has decided to focus on other areas of its business, from robotics and artificial intelligence to electric vehicle components. LG Electronics announced on April 5 that it will be ending its production of cellphones and smartphones. Apple and Samsung, who are ahead of LG in terms …

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Best portable battery generators

Tricia Goss  |  April 5, 2021

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.Having a source of battery power can help to keep you entertained and safe during a power …

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Tricia Goss  |  March 25, 2021

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.As we round the corner toward spring and summer, the temperatures are rising and the sunshine is …

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Disney is closing 38 US retail stores this year

Marie Rossiter  |  March 25, 2021

Disney has closed 38 of its retail stores around the U.S. as the company adjusts to consumers’ changing shopping habits amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This wave of closings is only the beginning of Disney stores disappearing from malls and shopping centers. On March 3, Disney announced it plans to shutter at least 60 brick-and-mortar locations …

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Best pellet smoker grills 2021

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 22, 2021

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.If part of your summer includes family barbecues and grilling your favorite foods, you’ll want to have …

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How to become a notary to make extra money on the side

Tricia Goss  |  March 20, 2021

A notary public is a person appointed by a state government as an official of integrity. A notary public can earn money in their spare time by ensuring that people signing important documents are who they claim to be, or declaring that information in a document is true and correct. Becoming a notary can also …

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Best Gas Patio Heater 2021

Marie Rossiter  |  March 19, 2021

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.Gas patio heaters can help transform your outdoor area into practically a year-round living space. The heat …

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Brittany Anas  |  March 15, 2021

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.Having a set of heavy duty straps can come in handy in a number of scenarios, from …

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Status of stimulus check: How to find out when you’ll get yours

Tricia Goss  |  March 15, 2021

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.On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law. …

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Kia is recalling nearly 380,000 vehicles due to fire risk

Marie Rossiter  |  March 11, 2021

Car manufacturer Kia just announced a recall for two of its vehicles due to a fire risk from a potential electrical shortage. A report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated Kia is recalling all 2017-2019 Kia Cadenzas and 2017-2021 Kia Sportage vehicles. Neither class of vehicles included Smart Cruise Control features, according …

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Kate Streit  |  March 11, 2021

Wondering how much money you can expect with the next stimulus check? The American Rescue Plan Act will provide $1,400 direct payments to individuals making up to $75,000 per year and expands the child tax credit up to $3,600 per child. It also extends a weekly $300 federal unemployment benefit through August. In addition to …

City gave low-income residents $500 per month for 2 years and here are the results of the experiment

Marie Rossiter  |  March 5, 2021

Two years ago, the city of Stockton, California, launched a financial experiment that leaders hoped would help break the poverty cycle for their citizens. The city launched a donation-funded basic universal income program over a two-year period. Now, the results from the program’s first year are in, and the analysis offers some insights into the …

American Express is giving $1 million in grants to historic small restaurants

Margeaux Baulch Klein  |  March 3, 2021

From neighborhood coffee shops to hole-in-the-wall eateries, small restaurants have been among the businesses hardest hit by Covid-19. It’s been estimated that, as of December 2020, 17% of all U.S. restaurants have permanently shut down.  Although restrictions on the food industry have eased in some states, many independently-owned restaurants remain on the brink of closure …

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Best Sunglasses For Men 2021

Brittany Anas  |  March 3, 2021

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.Not only are sunglasses a stylish accessory, but they’re also important for protecting your eyes from ultraviolet …

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Best Grass Fertilizer With Weed Killer 2021

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 1, 2021

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.If you have a problem with weeds in your yard, it’s important to find the best grass …

Free car seats are available to some parents — here’s how to know if you qualify for one

Claire Gillespie  |  March 1, 2021

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.From even before they’re born, kids are expensive. They need all the new baby basics, including a …

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Walmart is raising wages for 425,000 US employees

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 26, 2021

Walmart has announced it will be raising wages for about a third of its workforce following a hectic year in the industry due to the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning March 13, 425,000 of Walmart’s nearly 1.5 million employees will receive a raise, with starting rates moving to $13-$19 per hour, based on the store’s location and …

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Some farmworkers now eligible for extra pay as frontline workers

Tricia Goss  |  February 24, 2021

California’s Coachella Valley is one of the state’s largest crop-growing regions, known for producing bell peppers, citrus, dates and grapes. In early February, when the Coachella City Council passed an emergency ordinance to provide an additional $4 per hour to essential workers such as employees of grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants, they opted to include …

Student loan interest freeze: Check if your loan is eligible

Tricia Goss  |  February 23, 2021

Recent data shows that 44.7 million Americans carry $1.71 trillion in total U.S. student loan debt. For the time being, payments on those loans can wait, and interest will not accrue. On Jan. 20, the White House posted the following statement: “At the request of President Biden, the Acting Secretary of Education will extend the …

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Kaitlin Gates  |  February 22, 2021

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.Even if you enjoy the cold weather, you can probably admit that seeing springtime flowers in bloom …

Toro recalls snowblower due to amputation risk

Tricia Goss  |  February 22, 2021

If you have recently had several inches of snow, wait before you head to the garage to start your snowblower. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that the Toro brand has voluntarily recalled one of its snowblower models due to an amputation hazard. Recall Details The Model Year 2021 Toro Power Max 826 …

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Best Outdoor Floor Lamps For Your Patio 2021

Marie Rossiter  |  February 16, 2021

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.It’s never too early to start thinking of ways to spruce up your patio area. If you’re …

Dating app co-founder just became youngest self-made female billionaire

Tricia Goss  |  February 15, 2021

Dating app Bumble became a publicly-traded company on Feb. 11. Shares of the company immediately soared, and by day’s end, CEO and founder Whitney Wolfe Herd had become the world’s youngest self-made woman billionaire. Wolfe Herd, who is 31, tweeted about the company going public and credited much of Bumble’s success to its female customers …

Target is giving workers paid time off and free transportation to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Marie Rossiter  |  February 12, 2021

Target announced they’ll give hourly employees paid time off to get their COVID-19 vaccinations and will even pay for their transportation to get the shots. The company made the announcement in a post on its corporate website on Feb. 10 that outlines the details of the incentives. The free transportation for all U.S. team members …

Tesla bought $1.5 billion in Bitcoin, causing the cryptocurrency’s price to reach a record high

Anna Weaver  |  February 9, 2021

After Tesla bought $1.5 billion in Bitcoin and said it planned to accept the cryptocurrency as a form of payment for Tesla products, the price of Bitcoin has skyrocketed. Tesla founder Elon Musk’s mention of the digital currency in January temporarily raised the price of Bitcoin. He’s also mentioned Dogecoin, another form of virtual money. …

It’s February, so why is your mail still arriving late?

John Matarese  |  February 5, 2021

Almost two months after the holiday season, the U.S. Postal Service is scrambling to catch up on millions of pieces of mail that have not yet been delivered — and it could be weeks still before mail delivery is back to normal. Helen Forester is among those with late-arriving bills. “I have one that was …

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Best Valentine’s Day Cards For Kids 2021

Danielle Smyth  |  February 5, 2021

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.Gone are the days when schoolchildren exchanged just simple paper Valentine’s Day cards. Now, the best Valentine’s …

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Best Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him 2021

Danielle Smyth  |  February 4, 2021

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.Finding the best Valentine’s Day gifts for him is not always easy. Of course, you can buy …

Cici’s Pizza filed for bankruptcy

Marie Rossiter  |  February 3, 2021

Buffet pizza chain Cici’s Pizza filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on Jan. 25, unable to remain viable amid the pandemic’s in-person dining restrictions and food-delivery boom. Cici’s Holdings Inc.’s filing came with a plan to sell to lender D&G Investors, the Wall Street Journal reported. Under the plan, D&G will reorganize in an expedited bankruptcy …

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Best Valentine’s Day Gifts For Her 2021

Danielle Smyth  |  February 2, 2021

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.Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it, so if you haven’t found the best Valentine’s …

Target is giving post-holiday bonuses to employees

Brittany Anas  |  January 28, 2021

After a double-digit increase in holiday season sales, Target announced it will be distributing $500 bonuses to its hourly team members. This marks the fifth round of bonuses that the mega-retailer has announced since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. This time around, money from a $200 million bonus pool will be distributed to 375,000 …

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Best Valentine’s gift for mom from daughter 2021

Danielle Smyth  |  January 27, 2021

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.The best Valentine’s gifts for mom from daughter are thoughtful ones, whether they’re homemade or store-bought. Mothers …

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Best Valentine’s Gifts for Kids 2021

Danielle Smyth  |  January 27, 2021

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.You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show your kids that you love them …

Godiva is closing all shops in North America

Kate Streit  |  January 26, 2021

Many businesses have been forced to close amid the coronavirus pandemic. The latest casualty is chocolatier Godiva, which will be permanently closing all 128 of its locations in North America. All stores, including 11 in Canada, will be closed or sold by the end of March 2021. Godiva’s locations throughout Europe, the Middle East and …

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Best Valentine’s Day Gifts For Kids 2021

Danielle Smyth  |  January 26, 2021

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.The best Valentine’s Day gifts for kids show your little ones that you care — and if …

Tesla CEO Elon Musk donated $5 million to education group Khan Academy

Brittany Anas  |  January 25, 2021

Through his foundation, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has donated $5 million to Khan Academy, a non-profit educational platform that provides free video tutorials and that has exploded in popularity during the global pandemic. Worldwide, the Kahn Academy has 120 million registered users and a library of learning content, including interactive exercises, across a variety of …

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Best Valentine’s Gift Baskets 2021

Danielle Smyth  |  January 25, 2021

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.This is an especially good year to send a gift basket for Valentine’s Day, while social distancing …

Amazon turned its Seattle headquarters into a vaccination site

Anna Weaver  |  January 25, 2021

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.Starting Jan. 24, Amazon is using one of its Seattle office buildings as a temporary COVID-19 vaccination …

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Best Valentine’s Chocolate For Kids 2021

Stephanie Faris  |  January 22, 2021

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.Grown-ups aren’t the only ones who love chocolate. When Valentine’s Day comes around, a box of chocolates …

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Best Valentine’s Day Candy 2021

Stephanie Faris  |  January 21, 2021

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.Valentine’s Day classics seem to have been set in stone at some point. Chocolates and flowers rule …

Returning an item to Amazon or Walmart? They might just tell you to keep it

Brittany Anas  |  January 20, 2021

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, retailers began loosening their return policies. They’ve expanded the timeframes in which you can return items, and they’re offering curbside returns to help allow for social distancing measures in stores. Now, some retailers have gone even further by letting customers keep the items they’re looking to return. The …

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Best Valentine’s Day cards for kids’ school 2021

Stephanie Faris  |  January 20, 2021

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.For Valentine’s Day, classrooms across the nation will celebrate the holiday by having students exchange cards or …

Dollar General, Trader Joe’s and Aldi will pay employees to get COVID-19 vaccine

Tricia Goss  |  January 14, 2021

According to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC), an employer can require sick workers to stay home and provide a doctor’s note before returning. They can direct testing for illnesses such as COVID-19. And although employers can also insist that employees receive vaccines, there are limitations to how much they can enforce this, and they …

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Costco permanently closing all photo centers next month

Marie Rossiter  |  January 13, 2021

Costco will be permanently closing its photo centers next month at all of its locations. A letter was sent to Costco photo department employees informing them of the upcoming closure, on Feb. 14. “Since the introduction of camera phones and social media, the need for printing photos has steeply declined, even though the number of …

Every job lost in December belonged to a woman

Bridget Sharkey  |  January 12, 2021

Job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have wreaked havoc on millions of Americans and their families. At least 22 million people have found themselves out of work due to the pandemic, with many experts comparing the economic devastation from these job losses to the Great Depression. Research has shown that the people facing the …

You could get more stimulus money with your 2020 tax refund

Brittany Anas  |  January 11, 2021

Did you know that both rounds of stimulus checks the government has issued are actually advances on a temporary 2020 tax credit? But because of the financial duress the coronavirus has caused, the federal government needed to find a way to get the payments out quickly as Americans have lost jobs, struggled to make ends …

Amazon just bought an airplane fleet in effort to speed up deliveries

Tricia Goss  |  January 7, 2021

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.What started as an online bookstore in the ’90s has become the name in e-commerce. Amazon just …

In a rare move for the tech industry, Google employees have formed a union

Tricia Goss  |  January 6, 2021

A few hundred Google employees announced this week that they were starting a union — an unusual move in big tech. Alphabet, Inc., the parent company of Google and subsidiaries such as Sidewalk Labs, Waymo and YouTube, has more than 120,000 full-time employees and 130,000 contractors, The Verge reported. On Jan. 4, 226 of Google’s …