The FIRE movement aims for early retirement through deep frugality

Tricia Goss  |  May 17, 2022

The FIRE movement refers to the acronym for Financial Independence Retire Early. While it has been trending recently, the idea has been around for several decades. In 1992, Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez published “Your Money or Your Life.” Dominguez retired from his Wall Street career at 31, and the duo created the New Roots …

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Job listings can reveal red flags about the job or employer—here’s what to look for

Anna Weaver  |  May 16, 2022

A basic job posting site will list a title, job description, requirements, salary and benefits for every open position. But if you’ve ever scanned job listings online, you’ve probably noticed the repetition of many similar phrases within the text. Look carefully, because you may miss some wording or content in a job listing that should …

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Airbnb’s jobs page visited 800,000 times after work-from-anywhere news

Tricia Goss  |  May 6, 2022

After two years of working remotely throughout the pandemic, many companies have begun requiring employees to return to the workplace. However, a considerable amount of those workers have expressed unhappiness about the move. According to a recent report from Apollo Technical, an information technology and engineering agency, 72% of employees prefer a hybrid remote-office model, …

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Verizon Raising Minimum Wage To $20 An Hour For U.S. Employees

Newsy  |  April 20, 2022

About Newsy: Newsy is the nation’s only free 24/7 national news network. You can find Newsy using your TV’s digital antenna or stream for free. See all the ways you can watch Newsy here: https://bit.ly/3pg9eur Verizon announced April 18 in a statement that the company is raising the minimum wage for all U.S. employees. The largest wireless company announced …

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Walmart offering truck drivers up to $110,000 per year

Scripps National Desk  |  April 8, 2022

Walmart is trying to entice truckers by paying them as much as $110,000 during their first year of work. In a statement, Walmart leaders wrote that drivers who already work for the company “can earn even more, based on factors like tenure and location.” The starting range would begin at $95,000, which is still a jump …

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Walmart plans to hire 50,000 new employees by the end of April

Newsy  |  March 17, 2022

About Newsy: Newsy is the nation’s only free 24/7 national news network. You can find Newsy using your TV’s digital antenna or stream for free. See all the ways you can watch Newsy here: https://bit.ly/3pg9eur Walmart on March 16 announced plans to hire about 50,000 more employees nationwide by the end of April. The majority of those workers …

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Billionaire GameStop investor sends Bed Bath & Beyond stock soaring

Brittany Anas  |  March 8, 2022

The billionaire investor who revealed a 10% stake in GameStop last year, helping set into motion one of the strangest stock frenzies Wall Street has ever witnessed, is now looking to shake things again with another popular — but totally different — retailer. Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. rose earlier this week by …

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Target raising hourly wage to $24 for some workers

WXYZ News  |  March 1, 2022

Target is set to raise its hourly wage to $24 an hour. In a press release, the retailer said they plan to implement a new starting wage range from $15 to $24, which will apply to hourly team members working in Target stores, supply chain facilities and headquarters locations. The company added that the exact hourly …

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Taco Bell opened a business school

Kathleen St. John  |  January 31, 2022

Fast food jobs can get a bad rap as a temporary gig, not the start of a possible career path. Taco Bell and its parent company, Yum! Brands, are trying to change that perception with a new program for employees. In January, the company announced the Yum! Center for Global Franchise Excellence, a partnership with …

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Costco is opening up to 28 stores this year

Tricia Goss  |  January 15, 2022

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 don’t have a Costco close to home and feel like you’re missing out on the …

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Just 207,000 Americans filed for unemployment in the last week of December

Tricia Goss  |  January 7, 2022

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reported that approximately 207,000 people filed for first-time unemployment benefits in the week ending January 1, 2022. Unemployment claims remain near a 52-year low, holding below pre-pandemic levels. About 198,000 people filed for unemployment insurance benefits in the previous week, a low not seen since October 1969. The number …

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These states will raise the minimum wage in 2022

Tricia Goss  |  January 4, 2022

The federal minimum wage has not changed since the federal government raised it to $7.25 in 2009. However, states, counties and cities can establish their own minimum wage, and beginning in January 2022, the minimum wage will increase for several states and regions across the nation. Workers in 20 states received a raise on Jan, …

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Get paid $500 to watch and rate all the Spider-Man movies

Kaitlin Gates  |  December 28, 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.Calling all Spider-Man fans! If the web-slinging superhero tops your list of favorite movie stars, there’s a …

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Taco Bell is raising its average minimum wage to $15 by 2024 at company-owned restaurants

Tricia Goss  |  December 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.The U.S. is in the throes of the Great Resignation, leading businesses of all kinds to look …

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T-Mobile is raising its minimum wage to $20 an hour

Kaitlin Gates  |  December 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.T-Mobile has announced their employees are getting a pay bump, moving their minimum pay for all employees …

Restaurant owner who takes staff on vacation has hired easily during labor shortage

Tricia Goss  |  December 11, 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.While many businesses are struggling to hire and keep new employees, others have established practices to maintain …

Kat Norton, aka "Miss Excel," makes training videos

Meet the woman who has made millions turning Excel tutorials into viral videos

Tricia Goss  |  December 10, 2021

If you have been on TikTok for any length of time, you know that the social media platform is more than trending dances, pranks and recipes. But you might not be aware that it could be an excellent resource for improving your marketable skills or that making brief videos could net you some serious cash. …

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You can get paid $1,234 to watch nostalgia-inducing movies

Kaitlin Gates  |  December 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.While there are some exceptions, everyone knows film remakes are usually not as good as originals. If …

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City asks retirees, stay-at-home parents, students to work during labor shortage

Tricia Goss  |  November 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.Businesses in Folsom, California, lamented about a lack of workers to local Chamber of Commerce. So Sarah …

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Macy’s raises minimum wage to $15 an hour as labor shortage continues

Kathleen St. John  |  November 10, 2021

Macy’s department stores announced a new minimum wage and other employee perks on Nov. 8 in an effort to attract workers during the ongoing labor shortage. The company’s new starting wage will be $15 an hour. New benefits include a “debt-free education program” and one additional flexible paid holiday, Macy’s announced in a press release. …

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You could get paid $1,000 to celebrate Betty White’s 100th birthday

Kaitlin Gates  |  November 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.The iconic Betty White is turning 100 next year, and in honor of the milestone, you have …

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You could get paid $1,000 to watch iconic ’90s rom-coms

Kaitlin Gates  |  November 4, 2021

If you’ve ever felt a twinge of guilt about your laziness when a streaming app asks if you’re still watching, take note: there’s a new opportunity that could allow you to earn money for your binge-watching habits. Jewelry website Shane Co. is looking to pay someone $1,000 to binge iconic ’90s romantic comedies.  The perfect …

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IRS: 430,000 Americans to receive additional tax refund

WKBW  |  November 3, 2021

The IRS is sending out another round of tax refunds to Americans who overpaid on their taxes this year. About 430,000 taxpayers can expect to receive a check for $1,189 in the mail in the coming days. The payments will be going out to certain Americans who received unemployment benefits last year. As part of …

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This company will pay you $1,031 to face your irrational fears

Kaitlin Gates  |  November 2, 2021

Do you have a fear that you consider irrational and you wish you didn’t have it? Fear, as an emotion, is a normal part of life, protecting humans from potentially dangerous situations. Some fears are rational, unless they’re taken to extremes. Other fears, like the fear of spiders, dolls and clowns (while creepy), are less …

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Starbucks is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour

Marie Rossiter  |  October 28, 2021

Starbucks announced it will meet its goal to raise its pay rates for its U.S. employees to at least $15 an hour starting in 2022. In an Oct. 27 letter to employees, the Seattle-based coffee giant said the minimum wage increase in its U.S stores is part of a multi-level plan for Starbucks to continue …

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Costco is raising its minimum wage to $17 an hour

Tricia Goss  |  October 27, 2021

For the second time in 2021, Costco has increased starting wages for its employees. During the first week of March, the retailer raised its minimum wage from $15 — its starting wage since 2019 — to $16. This time around, the minimum hourly rate for workers at the membership-only chain will go up to $17. …

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A man applied to 60 entry-level jobs and got just 1 interview

Tricia Goss  |  October 25, 2021

After continually hearing about businesses trying to fill positions only to find themselves high and dry amidst a reported worker shortage, a Florida YouTuber named Joey Holz decided to perform an experiment. Holz, who is currently employed, applied for two jobs per day throughout September. “I chose the jobs I applied for by finding Facebook …

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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 …

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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. …

Kellogg's cereal workers on strike

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 …

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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. Move.org is looking for someone who can help them decide which of the beer capitals of the U.S. deserves the title most. The …

Welcome to Vermont state sign on road

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 …