Dunkin’ to permanently close 450 Speedway stores by the end of 2020

Marie Rossiter  |  July 9, 2020

Grabbing a quick cup of coffee and a donut from Dunkin’ might be a little more challenging for people soon and it has nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic. Dunkin’ recently announced the company will close 450 locations around the U.S. by the end of 2020. The closures come as a result of the …

Goldman Sachs study says national mask mandate could have a big impact on the US economy

Kate Streit  |  July 6, 2020

The novel coronavirus pandemic has drastically altered our way of life and has also had a huge impact on the economy. A new study conducted by Goldman Sachs suggests that a national mask mandate in the United States could help mitigate further damage to the economy by preventing a 5% loss ($1 trillion) of the …

Costco is not currently selling half sheet cakes

Tricia Goss  |  July 2, 2020

Costco half-sheet cakes have been wildly popular for decades. It’s easy to see why, when you factor in the generous size, affordable price (under $20) and delicious taste of the bakery confections. Sadly, though, the warehouse chain has announced it will cease selling the party-size rectangular cakes. In this recent Facebook post for 10-inch round …

Brands are pulling their Facebook ads, citing the platform’s failure to monitor hate speech

Tricia Goss  |  June 24, 2020

If it seems as though many familiar brands’ ads are no longer popping up on your Facebook feed, you may be right. Several major brands are answering the call of the NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League and other civil rights groups to avoid working with Facebook unless and until “meaningful action” has been taken. Stop Hate …

The Children’s Place is closing 300 stores

Marie Rossiter  |  June 16, 2020

Children’s clothing company The Children’s Place announced it will close 300 stores as a result of changes in consumer needs. In the company’s quarterly financial report, The Children’s Place announced operating losses of $173.1 million in the three months that ended on May 2.  Net sales were down 38% to $255.2 million in the same …

Victoria’s Secret is permanently closing 250 stores

Bridget Sharkey  |  May 22, 2020

Since its first location opened in 1977, Victoria’s Secret has been an iconic part of the shopping mall landscape. However, like many businesses, the lingerie franchise has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and now 250 brick-and-mortar Victoria’s Secret locations will be permanently closed. There is no word yet on which locations will close …

JCPenney is closing 240 stores after filing for bankruptcy

Marie Rossiter  |  May 19, 2020

JCPenney announced it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week, despite the company’s efforts to transform itself back into a retail leader. As a result, the company will be closing more than 200 stores around the country. The company was already struggling to keep stores open and pay off its nearly $4 billion in …

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Don’t be scammed into buying fake ‘coronavirus treatments’

John Matarese  |  May 16, 2020

While standing in long lines at grocery stores in recent weeks, shoppers may have seen the National Enquirer headline shouting, “Coronavirus Cures Finally Found!” If that’s true, why is everyone fighting over toilet paper and staying home? The reality is that doctors say there is no known cure for COVID-19 yet. Dr. Carl Fichtenbaum, infectious …

TJ Maxx reopened its site for online shopping

Kate Emswiler  |  May 13, 2020

How are all you Maxxinistas holding up while staying at home to curb the spread of COVID-19? If you’ve been itching to score some steals and deals from beloved discount retailer TJ Maxx, we have some exciting news: The TJ Maxx website is open for business again! Well, it’s mostly open for business. As with …

Twitter employees can now work from home ‘forever,’ CEO says

Jenn Fields  |  May 13, 2020

Employees of Twitter will now be able to work from home “forever,” the company’s CEO said in an email on May 12. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, dropped the news that people could work from home permanently in an email to all employees that included an update on reopening the company’s offices as well as corporate …

If you had to postpone your wedding because of coronavirus, you could win $5,000 from Hotels.com for your future honeymoon

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 12, 2020

Seniors missing out on graduation and prom have been in the spotlight during the coronavirus pandemic — but for some couples, another big life event has been affected: their wedding. Many engaged couples have chosen to hold virtual weddings instead, but others are either rescheduling and hoping for the best — or canceling the biggest …

Costco limiting customer meat purchases amid potential supply shortages

Tricia Goss  |  May 8, 2020

You finally have enough toilet paper, and you happily spy cleaning products, hand soap and other necessities when picking up groceries and household goods for your family. But you might want to make sure your freezer is nicely stocked with protein before letting down your guard. That’s because the specter of meat supply shortages in …

Walmart is rolling out two-hour delivery

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 7, 2020

In the times we’re living in, something as simple as going to the grocery store can be a pretty stressful experience. For those who can’t do their own shopping because they’re homebound or are in the high-risk category for COVID-19, it’s even more difficult. To help, Walmart has quietly been rolling out a new delivery …

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Taco Bell is now offering at-home taco bars for pickup or delivery

Brittany Anas  |  May 4, 2020

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo (which just so happens to sync up with Taco Tuesday this year!), Taco Bell has unveiled an at-home taco kit that’s available for pick-up or delivery. That “At Home Taco Bar” can feed up to six people for $25. The taco kit comes with all the fixings you …

Nominate your favorite local diner to receive a $2,000 grant from Heinz

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 30, 2020

There’s no denying the coronavirus pandemic has hit many businesses pretty hard, with retail stores, salons, gyms and local restaurants losing customers and money. If you’re missing heading out to your favorite local diner — the ones that know your name and order before you even sit down — or are worried about their financial …

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Ticketmaster is offering refunds for all events postponed due to coronavirus

Brittany Anas  |  April 28, 2020

Ticketmaster says it plans to reimburse customers who purchased tickets to concerts or events that have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement came after the ticket sales company was reprimanded by Democratic Reps. Katie Porter of California and Bill Pascrell of New Jersey for refusing to issue refunds to customers for events …

Busch is giving a year of beer to couples whose weddings were canceled due to coronavirus

Marie Rossiter  |  April 21, 2020

Wedding planning is usually one of the happiest times in a couple’s lives. But, many couples who had weddings planned for the spring and early summer of 2020 have encountered an unimaginable roadblock. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many couples to rethink their big day in big ways. While some have decided to scale down …

How to know which streaming service is right for you

Brittany Anas  |  April 20, 2020

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.Let’s rewind to the early 2000s. If you were an early subscriber to Netflix back then, you’ll …

You can get a pineapple plant from Home Depot and they’ll deliver it to your door

Brittany Anas  |  April 14, 2020

As it turns out, you don’t have to live in the tropics to grow a pineapple. Home Depot sells a plant for $24 that sprouts a mini pineapple and that can fare well indoors no matter where you live — as long as you provide it with some sunshine throughout the day. This pineapple plant …

How to remove gel nail polish at home

Brittany Anas  |  April 10, 2020

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.Gel manicures have their perks: They last longer than regular manis and don’t chip as easily. But …

Fitness products to help you stay in shape at home

Kate Streit  |  April 9, 2020

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 people across the nation are under stay-at-home orders, we’re all learning to adapt our daily routines. …

Friendly’s has make-your-own sundae kits for pickup or delivery

Helen Lee  |  April 9, 2020

Need a delicious pick-me-up during this time of social distancing? if so, and if you have a Friendly’s restaurant nearby, you’re in luck. The chain is offering at-home sundae kits either for pickup or delivery to perk up your day. The Family Ice Cream Sundae Kit costs $24, and comes with your choice of ice …

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People are calling for doctors’ and nurses’ student loans to be forgiven to thank them for their work battling coronavirus

Kate Streit  |  April 8, 2020

Doctors, nurses and other professionals in the medical industry are risking their own lives every day as they care for patients stricken with the coronavirus. Grateful citizens everywhere have been showing their appreciation in both big and small ways for these essential workers’ heroic work during this difficult time. Residents of New York City, Atlanta …

Hair color at home: How to cover your gray hair at home

Tricia Goss  |  April 6, 2020

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.Although silver tresses can be strikingly stylish, unwanted gray hair may not be your thing. Fortunately, with …

Target, Costco and other stores closing on Easter Sunday

Tricia Goss  |  April 6, 2020

The businesses that remain operational during stay-at-home and shelter-in-place mandates due to the coronavirus pandemic have been overwhelmingly busy. However, there’s a holiday coming up, and several retailers will shut down for Easter Sunday to give employees a well-deserved day to rest and spend time with their families. While local retailers and smaller chains may …

These comfortable slip-on sneakers have over 3,500 reviews on Amazon

Marie Rossiter  |  April 3, 2020

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 a pair of shoes that brings together the all-day comfort of slippers while still allowing you …

Kohl’s now has free curbside pick-up

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 2, 2020

While many non-essential stores remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company’s that have the ability to ship online orders are still doing so. Kohl’s is now going a step even further than that, offering curbside pick-up for online orders. This option is perfect for people who would rather not wait a few days …

These bestselling $15 sunglasses have over 9,000 reviews on Amazon

Kate Streit  |  April 1, 2020

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.A good pair of shades is an essential wardrobe staple — even while we remain socially isolated …

Jimmy John’s is launching a bread on-demand service

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 1, 2020

If you’ve been to a grocery store lately, chances are you’ve noticed many items are out of stock — or at least running pretty low — due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some items may even have limits on them, like bread, meat, eggs and, of course, toilet paper. If you’ve been unable to find bread …

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Starbucks is paying all employees for 30 days, even if they stay home

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 30, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues and many businesses remain closed, some restaurants and stores are offering pay to their employees, even if they’re not working. Though some Starbucks cafes are closed right now, those with a drive-thru window are open, as are Starbucks in or near hospitals and healthcare centers. And on March 20, Starbucks …

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Some retailers are not accepting returns on toilet paper, sanitizing wipes and other items people have been stockpiling

Kate Streit  |  March 30, 2020

Just a few short weeks ago, it was hard to imagine that toilet paper and Clorox wipes would be such hot commodities. However, the coronavirus pandemic has caused people to stock up on essential items. Everyone rushing to buy in-demand items has led to a shortage in stores, and in response, retailers are instituting new …

Elderly loved ones isolated during coronavirus? Here are some gift ideas

Kate Streit  |  March 27, 2020

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 everyone hunkers down to obey stay-at-home orders to combat the coronavirus, people are looking for ways …

15 best boredom-busting buys for kids on Amazon

Marie Rossiter  |  March 19, 2020

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.Trying to keep the kids busy during the social distancing that’s required during the coronavirus outbreak is …

Keep your car cool in style with a ‘Golden Girls’ sun shade

Brittany Anas  |  March 18, 2020

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 women of “The Golden Girls” are the absolute queens of throwing shade. So it seems fitting …

This bestselling $97 air purifier uses UV light to help kill airborne viruses

Tricia Goss  |  March 13, 2020

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.Millions of people in the United States suffer symptoms of allergic rhinitis, and this number is increasing. …

Your dog could be Keystone Light’s next mascot and you’ll get $10,000 and a year’s supply of beer

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 10, 2020

Is your four-legged friend cute enough to be a mascot? While the answer is obvious — all dogs are the cutest — if you really think your pup could shine as a brand mascot, there’s a new contest that will give you a chance to get them hired and get some bonus prizes for yourself. …

FDA approves first generic asthma inhaler

Tricia Goss  |  March 6, 2020

More than 25 million Americans live with asthma, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. That means that if you are in a room with 13 people, at least one person will likely be asthmatic. The rate is even higher among kids, with a 2017 AAFA report estimating that one in 12 children …

How to get a free doughnut from Dunkin’ every Friday in March

Helen Lee  |  March 4, 2020

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.Would a free donut on Friday make your day a bit brighter? If so, you’re going to …

Dermatologist-recommended anti-aging products you can buy on Amazon for less than $50

Tricia Goss  |  March 2, 2020

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.Protecting your skin from the effects of aging is a practical, comfortable and even enjoyable way to …

We tried 4 bestselling women’s jeans from Amazon—here’s our take

Kate Desmond  |  March 2, 2020

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.I own only two types of pants — leggings and jeans.  As a mom and a work-from-home …

You can get unlimited coffee at Panera for $9 a month

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 28, 2020

How much do you spend on coffee every week? If you make a daily stop at Starbucks, Dunkin’ or another coffee shop every weekday, you’re looking at about $2 per day at the bare minimum. That would be about $10 a week or a whopping $40 per month just to stay caffeinated. If you’re willing …

The best wireless speakers of 2020

Tod Caviness  |  February 26, 2020

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.Just a decade ago, the default image of a home speaker was a hefty, block-shaped unit that …

You could be owed up to $20 from Ocean Spray class-action lawsuit

Tricia Goss  |  February 24, 2020

If you have purchased certain flavors of Ocean Spray brand beverages, you could be entitled to receive a cash settlement. In November 2017, a plaintiff filed a class-action lawsuit against Ocean Spray claiming that the company wrongfully labeled its products. Despite being labeled as containing “no high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, or flavors,” some …

Why wine prices are dropping this year

Kate Emswiler  |  February 19, 2020

If you love wine, then 2020 will likely be a banner (and boozy) year for you. Due to an overabundance of grapes in California — where the majority of the country’s wine grapes are grown — along with a decreasing demand for wine, we’re going to see a situation in which the supply of wine …

The 5 Best Wireless Headphones For Work

Stephanie Faris  |  February 19, 2020

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.Working in an office has its share of challenges, but distractions top the list. Unless your job …

This bestselling $20 sweater has more than 1,700 reviews on Amazon—and comes in tons of colors

Kate Streit  |  February 13, 2020

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.Sometimes you want something a bit warmer than a T-shirt but not as heavy as a chunky …

Why people are willing to pay up to $99 for a jar of this special honey

Tricia Goss  |  February 12, 2020

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.Honey has many proven health benefits, from reducing allergies to suppressing coughs and more. It can also …

I wish I owned this $25 workout top from Amazon in every single color

Anna Weaver  |  February 11, 2020

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.Since I’ve started building up a gym routine in the last year or so, I’ve found it …

This bestselling shirt has nearly 4,000 reviews on Amazon

Kate Streit  |  February 11, 2020

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.Basic tees in a variety of colors are wardrobe staples that can be worn in so many …

Jewelry you can get on Amazon that looks much more expensive than it actually is

Tricia Goss  |  February 7, 2020

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.Whether you are shopping for a birthday, anniversary or a holiday, jewelry is always a welcomed gift. …