Your old ceramic Christmas tree could be worth hundreds of dollars

Bridget Sharkey  |  October 22, 2021

If you remember celebrating Christmas in the glorious 1970s, you probably remember ceramic Christmas trees. These small, decorative figures were a common sight on many people’s mantles, and it just didn’t feel like the holidays until your family’s own ceramic Christmas tree made its annual appearance. And now, like old VHS tapes before them, ceramic …

Get paid about $7,000 to binge watch ‘The Simpsons’

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 18, 2021

If you’re a fan of “The Simpsons,” you have an opportunity to get paid for your love for the long-running animated show. Die-hard fans are likely well aware of the theory that the show, which is now in its 33rd season, has predicted some major world events, like Donald Trump’s presidency, the winner of the …

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers Restaurant Exterior, Logo

Amid labor shortage, Raising Cane’s is asking corporate staff to work in restaurants

Tricia Goss  |  October 7, 2021

Raising Cane’s has come up with a creative approach to keeping its restaurants running during the ongoing labor shortage. The fast food chain, which has more than 500 locations and employs 40,000 workers nationwide, believes the solution starts at the top. Beginning this week, 50% of the chain’s corporate team will begin assisting short-staffed restaurants. …

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Kellogg’s employees on strike at all U.S. cereal plants

Tricia Goss  |  October 7, 2021

More than a thousand members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) are currently on strike against the Kellogg Company after failed contract negotiations. The previous contract expired on Oct. 4. The strike, which started Oct. 5, has halted operations at Kellogg’s plants in Battle Creek, Michigan; Omaha, Nebraska; Lancaster, …

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You could get paid $2,400 to watch paranormal documentaries for 24 hours

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 30, 2021

It’s officially the season of horror movies, ghost-hunting shows and paranormal documentaries. If you’re anything like me, however, you don’t need it to be October to watch some spooky TV. I binge all things ghostly year-round, and if you’re obsessed with it all as much as me, there’s now a chance for you to earn …

Pizza Hut to hire 40,000 new workers by end of 2021

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 28, 2021

If you’re looking for a job, Pizza Hut wants to hire around 40,000 new employees for permanent positions nationwide before the end of the year. While positions are available at both corporate and franchised restaurants at multiple levels, Pizza Hut says they are seeing high demand through contactless delivery, so the majority of job openings …

Target storefront in Danvers, Mass.

Target is hiring fewer holiday workers, offering current employees more hours instead

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 27, 2021

While Target still plans to hire some seasonal workers this holiday season, the retailer has announced they will scale back how many people they hire this year, instead offering their current workforce more hours and more flexible schedules through the holidays. Target says the company will offer current store team members a total of 5 …

Amazon sign on building in Santa Clara, Calif.

Amazon is raising average starting pay to $18 per hour in bid to attract 125,000 new hires

Tricia Goss  |  September 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.As a nationwide labor shortage continues, e-commerce giant Amazon has announced it is seeking tens of thousands …

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This company will pay you $1,300 to watch 13 horror movies

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 13, 2021

If you’re a horror movie fan, and I mean really a fan, there’s an opportunity to take your fandom to the next level and actually get paid to watch some scary flicks. FinanceBuzz is looking for someone willing to watch and rate 13 scary movies to see if a movie’s budget impacts how scary a …

This company will pay you $2,000 to drink beer

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 8, 2021

If you consider yourself a beer aficionado and love trying new brews, there’s a chance you can now get paid to drink your way through one of the country’s best cities for beer. is looking for someone who can help them decide which of the beer capitals of the U.S. deserves the title most. The …

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Vermont is paying people to move and work there

Tricia Goss  |  September 7, 2021

While it’s not unheard of for an employer to offer relocation packages to desirable candidates, it is a little more unusual for a state to offer this type of incentive. This is especially true when many of the eligible positions could be considered entry-level. However, that is precisely what Vermont is doing to fill much-needed …

Walgreens in Manhattan Beach, California

Walgreen’s raising starting wage to $15 per hour

Tricia Goss  |  September 2, 2021

This year, many states have increased the minimum wage, and numerous stores and restaurants are offering higher pay to attract new employees.  Now Walgreens, the second-largest pharmacy store chain in the U.S., has also committed to raising its starting wage for employees. On Aug. 31, Walgreens Boots Alliance, which also owns Duane Reade stores, announced it …

This company will pay you $1,000 to binge watch every episode of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Kaitlin Gates  |  August 9, 2021

If you’re a superfan of “Grey’s Anatomy,” you now have a chance to get paid just for binge-watching the popular medical drama. Company NiceRX is looking for someone who is willing to watch every episode and keep track of how many patients’ lives were saved — and which doctor saved them. In return, they’ll pay …

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Target will pay tuition for business courses for all employees

Kaitlin Gates  |  August 5, 2021

Target employees are about to get a nice perk. The company has just announced it will pay tuition for business courses for everyone who works for the retailer. All U.S.-based Target employees will be eligible for debt-free select undergraduate degrees, certificates, certifications, free textbooks and more under the new initiative. The offer includes 250 business-aligned …

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Plant cuttings: How to make money selling them

Tricia Goss  |  August 3, 2021

You already have a few (or many) houseplants bringing life, beauty and cleaner air into your home. So why not snip some of their abundant stems to provide affordable plants to others and make some money while you do so? If you have a green thumb and are looking for a side hustle that could …

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Stores and restaurants offering higher wages and bonuses to attract workers

Clint Davis  |  July 23, 2021

As vaccination levels have risen across the United States, the strict restrictions faced by many of the businesses consumers count on every day have started falling away. That has lead to countless job openings in retail and food service. In fact, businesses are so desperate to fill openings that they are offering generous incentives to …

Spirit Halloween storefront

Spirit Halloween hiring 35,000 seasonal employees

Kaitlin Gates  |  July 23, 2021

While we’re still in the middle of summer, fall will be here soon, and that means that Halloween is also creeping up. If you’re looking for some spooky seasonal work, you might find it with Spirit Halloween, which is searching for 35,000 employees for the 2021 season. The world’s largest specialty Halloween retailer, Spirit Halloween …

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Company is hiring people to watch shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime

Kaitlin Gates  |  July 21, 2021

If you’d rather stay home all day watching your favorite shows instead of going to work (and who wouldn’t?!), there’s an opportunity you don’t want to pass up. Writing platform EduBirdie is looking to hire people to watch Netflix and Amazon Prime TV to see which series motivates them to study the most. They’re looking …

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Papa John’s is offering $400 bonuses amid labor shortage

Anna Weaver  |  July 13, 2021

Papa John’s is offering hiring, referral and appreciation bonuses to both new and current employees in an effort to hire more workers, to the tune of $2.5 million throughout 2021. Current corporate team members will get $50 for every new employee they bring in. The referred new team members also get $50. Current workers can …

The net worth that people call ‘wealthy’ varies by generation

Tricia Goss  |  June 10, 2021

What or who determines how wealthy an individual is? According to experts, wealth is subjective. “Wealth is in the eye of the beholder,” Tiffany Welka, an accredited wealth management advisor with financial firm VFG Associates in Livonia, Michigan, told U.S. News. For instance, respondents of a 2019 YouGov survey said that earning $100,000 a year …

McDonald’s raising hourly wages to $11-17 at company-owned locations

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 14, 2021

McDonald’s just announced a major change, and the wallets of thousands of employees are going to be lovin’ it. The company says it is raising hourly wages by an average of 10% for more than 36,500 workers at select company-owned restaurants nationwide. The fast-food chain announced the wage increase on May 13, saying the new …

Amazon offering average starting wage of $17 an hour plus signing bonus in bid to hire 75,000 employees

Tricia Goss  |  May 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.Amid a national labor shortage, Amazon is looking for 75,000 new employees throughout the country and is …

Chipotle is raising wages and hiring 20,000 workers

Kate Streit  |  May 12, 2021

In a bid to attract more employees, Chipotle is raising its average hourly wage to $15 per hour. The fast-casual Mexican chain plans to hire 20,000 workers and open 200 new locations this year. Chipotle will also offer a $200 referral bonus for crew members and $750 for apprentices or general managers. Starting pay ranges …

Applebee's restaurant front

Applebee’s is hiring 10,000 employees, from dishwashers to managers

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 11, 2021

Applebee’s is holding a National Hiring Day at all 1,600 of its restaurants nationwide on May 17. The restaurant chain is looking to hire 10,000 new team members, with starting positions ranging from full-time and part-time host, server, bartender, cook, dishwasher and management jobs. The chain is also offering an “Apps for Apps” deal to …

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This company will pay you $1,500 to take a nap every day for a month

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 10, 2021

Most of the time, falling asleep on the job is not exactly the way to become employee of the month. If you’re working for the website Eachnight, however, falling asleep is not only a welcome part of the job, but it’s actually required. The website, which creates guides and offers advice on how to get …

How to make money selling items with Fulfillment by Amazon

Fulfillment by Amazon: How to make money by selling stuff you don’t need on Amazon

Tricia Goss  |  April 30, 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 valuable items in good condition lying around your house or you have a knack …

This McDonald’s is paying people $50 just to come in for an interview

Kate Streit  |  April 29, 2021

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the restaurant industry is experiencing a staff shortage. To incentivize new workers, a Tampa, Florida-area McDonald’s location is offering people $50 just to come in for an interview. Blake Casper owns that location and about 60 others in the area and says that a unique combination of increased …

Correctly guess Sour Patch Kids’ new mystery flavor and you could win $50,000

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 22, 2021

Sour Patch Kids have added a new secret flavor to their bags of sour-sweet candy, and the brand is giving away $50,000 if you can figure out what it is. If you want to take a guess, you can purchase the bags that include the new limited-edition mystery flavor at retailers nationwide. Then, keep an …

Busch is offering $20,000 for a dog to taste-test dog beer

KRIS 6 News  |  April 16, 2021

Busch Beer is looking for a new right-hand man … but this taste tester will be a four-legged furry friend. The beer brand is launching a contest offering $20,000 for your dog to drink beer. Well, not exactly real beer, but the brand’s special brew for dogs. Busch first launched its Dog Brew, an alcohol-free …

Get paid $1,000 to binge watch ‘Fixer Upper,’ ‘House Hunters’ and other home improvement shows

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 14, 2021

If you enjoy watching home improvement shows — whether it’s to learn tips you can use on your own home or just for fun — there’s a chance you could get paid a cool grand to watch your favorites! The website ReviewHomeWarranties is looking to pay someone $1,000 to watch 10 episodes of three different …

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Get paid $2,400 to watch 24 hours of true crime TV

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 11, 2021

Are you a fan of true crime? I mean, really a fan, as in, can you easily fall asleep to documentaries about serial killers without having nightmares? If your answer is yes, MagellanTV has an opportunity you won’t want to pass up. The company is paying someone $2,400 ($100 an hour!) to binge watch 24 …

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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 …

Lego is hiring its first-ever Kid Creative Director

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 17, 2021

It goes without saying that the past year has been hard on everyone — including kids. Whether they had school at home or in-person, chances are most children spent more time at home than usual, likely away from their friends. Inspired by the at-home creativity they saw during the last year, Lego is now conducting …

Wine country dream job comes with free rent, 30 cases of wine and a salary of $10K per month

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 12, 2021

If you’ve ever wanted to turn your love of wine into a career, there’s a job opening in California that you’ll want to check out. The dream gig includes $10,000 a month, free rent and, of course, plenty of wine! Wine brand Murphy-Goode is looking for someone to live out their ultimate dream job in …

Get paid $1,000 to watch 5 seasons of ‘Friends’

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 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.Ask any “Friends” fanatic and they will tell you they don’t need much convincing to re-watch the …

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Costco raising minimum wage for employees

Tricia Goss  |  March 1, 2021

Costco will raise its minimum starting wage to $16 an hour starting in the first week of March, CEO W. Craig Jelinek revealed during a Senate panel hearing on Feb. 25. “I want to note this isn’t altruism,” Jelinek told the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. “At Costco, we know that paying employees good wages … …

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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 …

Farm workers picking strawberries

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 …

Odd Super Bowl bets you can make that have nothing to do with football

Clint Davis  |  February 2, 2021

While gambling on sports is not a wise way to grow your savings, sometimes it’s fun to just take a little risk. Along with March Madness, the Super Bowl is the one event every year that encourages even the strictest penny-pinchers among us to loosen up a bit and put some cash on the line. …

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 …

This company will pay you $30 an hour to eat candy

Kaitlin Gates  |  January 22, 2021

If your dream job involves something similar to working in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, get your resume ready. Canada’s largest candy distributor, Candy Funhouse, is looking for 10 official “candyologists,” also known as a candy and chocolate taste-testers! The jobs are open to anyone living in North America. Two full-time taste testers will be paid …

Companies that hire 14- and 15-year-olds

Marie Rossiter  |  January 17, 2021

If you’re a parent of a teenager, how many times have you heard this question: “Mom/Dad, can I have some money?” Those of us who are tired of feeling like an ATM with all the money withdrawal requests may find ourselves replying with this classic line: “Get a job.” But for younger teens, finding a …

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 …

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 …

20 states are raising the minimum wage in 2021

Tricia Goss  |  January 4, 2021

Workers in 20 states got a pay increase at the start of the year, when minimum wage increases went into effect. In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed America’s first federal minimum wage into law. At that time, it was 25 cents per hour, which would be about $4.61 today when adjusted for inflation. Just …

Hawaii is offering free round-trip tickets to some remote workers

Tricia Goss  |  December 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.Even before the COVID-19 pandemic led to millions of Americans working from home, Gallup found that 43% of …

Tesla is on a hiring spree, including part-time jobs

Tricia Goss  |  December 1, 2020

At the end of 2019, Tesla had just over 48,000 full-time employees. That number appears to be on the rise, as the Palo Alto, California-based electric vehicle and clean energy company is reportedly on a hiring spree. According to Electrek, Tesla hired 1,000 new people for sales and delivery positions across North America during the …

Lowe’s is hiring 20,000 employees for the holiday season

Brittany Anas  |  November 9, 2020

Lowe’s will be hiring an additional 20,000 associates for its U.S. stores and regional distribution centers, becoming the latest mega-retailer to announce a hiring spree amid an unprecedented holiday season. In addition to hiring seasonal workers, Lowe’s is also filling permanent, full-time and part-time roles at its stores and adding 2,500 team members at regional …

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Get paid $1,000 to watch horror movies for 24 hours straight

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 12, 2020

With Halloween no doubt looking a bit different this year, chances are at least some of your plans include staying inside and watching your favorite scary movies. If that is indeed on your to-do list this year, there is now a chance you could make some serious cash for your movie-watching marathon. and …

IRS extending deadline to register for a stimulus check

Brittany Anas  |  October 7, 2020

If you haven’t yet received your economic stimulus check, you now have until Nov. 21, 2020 to register for the payment. The Internal Revenue Service announced that it extended the deadline to register for the Economic Impact Payment by an additional five weeks beyond the original deadline. Most eligible taxpayers automatically received the payment, which …