Best Stocking Stuffers 2020

Anna Weaver  |  November 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.Figuring out the best stocking stuffers to give out during the holidays can be a real head-scratcher. …

Costco is dropping medical exemptions and requiring all customers to wear masks or face shields

Marie Rossiter  |  November 14, 2020

Costco is doubling down on its face mask policy in the fight against COVID-19. Starting Nov. 16, Costco will require everyone to wear a face mask or face shield at all Costco locations, according to a statement released by the company. “Entry to Costco will only be granted to those wearing a face mask or …

Debt collectors will be allowed to contact you via social media due to new rule

Tricia Goss  |  November 4, 2020

Consumer debt in the U.S. totaled $14.3 trillion in March 2020. With thousands of businesses shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic and a great deal of them permanently closing, many households are struggling to make ends meet. Millions of Americans have had to skip payments on everything from their mortgages and utilities to auto …

Starbucks is closing 100 more locations across the U.S.

Marie Rossiter  |  November 4, 2020

Starbucks is planning to close an additional 100 stores around the U.S. as the coffee company adjusts to changing consumer habits. News of the closures came on an earnings call in the last week of October when the company announced it would be closing 100 U.S. stores as well as 100 stores in Canada in …

Netflix just increased its prices again

Brittany Anas  |  November 3, 2020

Netflix is raising its prices again, with the cost of its most popular Standard plan increasing a buck from $12.99 to $13.99 a month. The streaming service giant had already raised the cost for new subscribers signing up for its Standard and Premium plans. But for existing subscribers, the increased monthly cost is looming. Netflix …

Almost 1 million married women left the workforce last month in first ‘female recession’

Brittany Anas  |  October 12, 2020

In the month of September, and coinciding with an unprecedented back-to-school season amid the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 1 million married women left the job market, a statistic from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that economists and labor advocates fear propels a “female recession.” The coronavirus pandemic has upended work and home life, with parents …

Disney is laying off 28,000 employees

Marie Rossiter  |  October 1, 2020

Correction Oct. 2, 2020: A previous version of this article misstated Disney’s revenue losses in the most recent quarter. We regret the error. Disney announced it plans to lay off 28,000 employees in the United States. That equals approximately one-quarter of its American workforce. The job cuts will mostly come from the company’s theme parks. …

What you need to know about the iPhone 12 scam that’s going around

Brittany Anas  |  October 1, 2020

Be aware, Apple isn’t asking people over text messages to test out the forthcoming iPhone 12 for free. If you’ve received one of these illegitimate text messages, know this: It’s a scam, and providing information to this fake “Apple” chatbot could give cyber crooks the access they need to drain your bank account. Security company …

$4 Amazon item makes any face mask more comfortable

Anna Weaver  |  September 28, 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.You might be able to breathe a little easier with a cheap face mask accessory you can …

Census worker or scammer: How to know the difference

DWYM Staff  |  September 27, 2020

The census workers are on the streets and may be coming to your home. After a 4-month pandemic delay, U.S. Census takers are now going door to door, canvassing neighborhoods and visiting homes that have not responded to their mailings. But these days, when consumers are targeted by so many scams, it is understandable that …

Laptop shortage leads to online rip-offs

DWYM Staff  |  September 26, 2020

The latest item in short supply during the pandemic is laptop computers. Millions of American children need laptops for online learning this fall, and that’s leaving store shelves thin. If your child needs a basic laptop or Chromebook for school, or you just need one for work and home, you may need to shop online …

What to know about the federal payroll tax deferral and what to do if you can’t opt out

Marie Rossiter  |  September 15, 2020

The temporary payroll tax deferral went into effect on Sept. 1, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to see more money in your paychecks this month. Some companies are opting out of the deferral because they’re worried employees will be burdened with footing double the tax bill after the first of the year to …

Buy a Baby Yoda stand for your Echo Dot

Marie Rossiter  |  September 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.If you or someone you know is a fan of the Disney+ streaming series “The Mandalorian,” we’ve …

Pier1 is relaunching under new ownership

Brittany Anas  |  September 5, 2020

After filing for bankruptcy earlier this year and announcing the closure and liquidation of its brick-and-mortar stores in May, home goods store Pier 1 Imports is now relaunching online under new ownership. Going forward, Pier 1 will be an online-only store, selling everything from furniture to wall art to decorative throw pillows on its website. …

Study participants will get $1,400 per month so researchers can see how guaranteed income affects people’s lives

Marie Rossiter  |  August 27, 2020

How could life be different if everyone was provided a base salary from the government each month? That is the central question German researchers will be looking at over the next three years with a revolutionary study starting this week. Known as the Basic Income Pilot Project, the study will look at 120 subjects who …

Submit your own ‘Fully Loaded’ food creation to win a chat with Guy Fieri

Kaitlin Gates  |  August 27, 2020

If you spent some of your extra time at home this year coming up with new snacks and meals to keep busy, your efforts in the kitchen may be about to be rewarded. Restaurateur, chef, author and TV personality Guy Fieri and Heluva Good! Dips are looking for someone who loves coming up with new …

FDA expands recall of peaches due to salmonella outbreak

Newsy  |  August 25, 2020

The FDA has expanded a recall of peaches linked to a salmonella outbreak. The recall covers loose peaches packaged by Prima Wawona that were sold between June 1 and August 3. It also covers bagged peaches sold between June 1 and August 19. The peaches have been distributed to Kroger, Wegmans, Walmart, Aldi, and many …

Google is launching a new ‘career certificate’ college alternative at a fraction of the cost

Tricia Goss  |  August 24, 2020

According to EducationData.org, there are nearly 45 million people in the United States with outstanding student loan debt. The total amount of that debt in 2020 is $1.6 trillion. Google has developed an alternative to a traditional college education that could help adults begin or advance their careers in several high-demand fields. Instead of earning …

If you filed your taxes by July 15, you could be getting an interest payment from the IRS

Tricia Goss  |  August 23, 2020

Wouldn’t it be nice to be surprised by the IRS in a good way? Depending on when you filed your 2019 tax return as well as if you received a refund, the Internal Revenue Service might just be rewarding you with some extra cash in the very near future. Interest Payment Refunds In a news …

Oregon is giving some residents a $500 second stimulus check

Marie Rossiter  |  August 22, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, many people are feeling the effect of prolonged underemployment or unemployment. The federal government’s coronavirus relief program that gave people an additional $600 each week in unemployment payments ended in July, leaving many people wondering how they are going to make ends meet without the extra funding. Even though Congress …

Apple is now the first U.S. company worth more than $2 trillion

Mandy Gambrell  |  August 22, 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.Apple has cast a big net to capture consumers, and that has helped it become the first …

Peaches recalled at Aldi and Target stores

Kate Streit  |  August 21, 2020

Due to a multistate salmonella outbreak potentially linked to fresh peaches from Wawoma Packing Co. sold at Aldi and Target, a recall of affected items is underway. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the Wawoma-brand peaches were identified as the likely source of infection. The peaches were sold at Aldi stores in multiple states from …

FDA recalled frozen cooked shrimp sold at Costco and other retailers

Tricia Goss  |  August 17, 2020

Don’t throw that shrimp on the barbie just yet! The Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall of frozen cooked shrimp due to a potential health risk. On Aug. 11, Kader Exports announced a voluntary recall of frozen shrimp due to possible salmonella contamination. The frozen, peeled, deveined, cooked shrimp being recalled was sold …

FDA just issued a recall of potatoes, lemons, limes and oranges

Tricia Goss  |  August 12, 2020

It’s time to take a quick look in your refrigerator and pantry once more. The FDA has announced a recall for several types of citrus fruits as well as potatoes sold in several states and at multiple retail stores. Freshouse II, LLC of Salisbury, North Carolina has voluntarily issued a recall of Valencia oranges, lemons, …

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Clorox’s new CEO will set record for female executives in the Fortune 500

Tricia Goss  |  August 10, 2020

For the first time in history, there will soon be 38 female chief executives leading Fortune 500 companies. An experienced executive named Linda Rendle has been officially named as the CEO of The Clorox Company, thereby setting the new record. Other female CEOS on the short but growing list include Mary Barra of General Motors, …

Tween clothing company Justice is closing 600 stores

Kaitlin Gates  |  August 6, 2020

Ascena Retail Group, the parent company to Loft, Ann Taylor, Justice, Lane Bryant, Cacique and Catherine’s, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July and will be closing a total of 1,600 stores, including about 600 of its more than 800 Justice stores. You can search for your local store to see if it’s on the …

California Pizza Kitchen is filing for bankruptcy

Tricia Goss  |  August 5, 2020

On July 30, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) announced that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to restructure the majority of the restaurant chain’s long-term debt . Like so many other restaurants and retail stores, CPK has taken a hit during the coronavirus pandemic. But so far, the fast casual dining chain vows to remain …

Massive onion recall affects all 50 states

Tricia Goss  |  August 4, 2020

A variety of onions across the United States are currently under recall due to possible salmonella contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration, and they’ve been sold in every state. Following a joint investigation by the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and state and local partners, as well as the Public Health Agency …

USDA recalled 38,000 pounds of ground beef

Marie Rossiter  |  August 4, 2020

If you have ground beef in your refrigerator or freezer, you are going to want to check to see if it’s part of a new recall. The United States Department of Agriculture announced a Class I recall of 38,406 pounds of ground beef due to improper inspection practices. JBS Food Canada of Alberta exported the …

Microsoft is in talks to buy social media app TikTok

Marie Rossiter  |  August 4, 2020

TikTok has been in the news a lot lately, and not because of the latest viral dance craze on the popular social media platform. After TikTok came under fire last week from President Donald Trump, who said he’d considered banning it, Microsoft confirmed that it’s in talks to buy TikTok’s operations in the U.S., Canada, …

These Motion-Activated Lights Will Save You From Stubbing Your Toe In The Middle Of The Night

Augusta Statz  |  July 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.We’ve all made that long, dark stumble to the bathroom in the middle of the night. So, …

A group of millionaires is asking to pay higher taxes to help with COVID-19 recovery

Marie Rossiter  |  July 13, 2020

Taxes. They’re a part of our civic (and legal) responsibility as U.S. citizens. No one particularly likes them and I think it’s safe to say that most people don’t actually want to pay higher taxes. Even people with excess wealth hire professionals to help minimize their tax burden to the government. However, there is a …

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 …