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How much to tip this year at salons, restaurants, for deliveries and more

Tricia Goss  |  December 17, 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.Tipping is a decidedly American practice that is not without controversy. Still, offering a gift of money …

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You can take a trip around the entire U.S. by train for just $1,000

Kathleen St. John  |  December 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.The travel bug is biting hard these days. Nearly two years of pandemic stress has many folks …

Kool-Aid powdered beverages, Country Time Lemonade recalled

Scripps National Desk  |  November 17, 2021

The Kraft Heinz Company is recalling Country Time Lemonade and some Kool-Aid powdered beverages, according to CBS News. The recall is for certain Country Time and Kool-Aid products sold in 19 oz. plastic packages, 82.5 oz. canisters. It also involves Country Time Lemonade On the Go Sticks. The powdered drinks could reportedly contain tiny pieces …

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Man pays off student loans by surviving on Six Flags meals for 7 years

Kathleen St. John  |  November 8, 2021

We’ve seen a lot of interesting ways to save money, but this one might be the most extreme — and potentially nauseating, from a certain point of view. A man named Dylan, an electrical engineer in Southern California, devised an ingenious scheme to pay down his student loans as quickly as possible: He signed up …

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How to save money on your electric bill this winter

Marie Rossiter  |  November 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.As the season changes, so do our needs in keeping our homes comfortable and cozy. But the …

DNR auctioning off nearly 100 properties, including waterfront land along Lake Michigan

WXYZ News  |  July 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 Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is auctioning off nearly 100 properties of land in several …

Amazon Prime Day: Other stores are having big sales, too

Kaitlin Gates  |  June 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.Amazon Prime Day 2021 has officially begun and just like in previous years, other retailers are also …

Southwest has roundtrip flights to Hawaii for as low as $200

Marie Rossiter  |  June 16, 2021

After a long year of lockdown, you might be ready to plan the next big family vacation, and Southwest Airlines is here to help. The company currently has a sale that will have you dreaming of autumn travels to far-flung locales. For its 50th anniversary, the airline is slashing many ticket prices by 50% — …

Why used car prices are so high right now

NewsChannel5  |  June 15, 2021

The chip shortage impacting new vehicles is causing used car prices to soar across the country, as well. Tom Seyfried, the owner of Genesis Auto Brokers in Brentwood, Tenn., said during the pandemic factories closed so they didn’t need chips. As people return to work, the demand for them is back. “Even if they’re making …

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Best Lawn Weed Killer 2021

Danielle Smyth  |  June 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.With warmer weather comes weeds. They sprout up in lawns, garden beds and in between paver and …

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Best portable grill 2021

Danielle Smyth  |  June 8, 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.Do you really need a massive grill decked out with special features to cook the perfect burger? …

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How to pick the best antenna to watch free over-the-air TV

Brittany Anas  |  May 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.Watching free, over-the-air TV with an antenna is simpler than you may think. In many cases, you …

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Companies are raising prices on consumer goods due to inflation

Marie Rossiter  |  May 26, 2021

Have you noticed your budget isn’t stretching as far lately? You’re not alone, and you’re not imagining those higher expenses coming out of your pocket. Over the past few months, companies have pushed prices higher across the board on everything from groceries to toilet paper, and some companies have announced they’ll be increasing prices later …

What affects your credit score and what doesn’t?

Tricia Goss  |  April 28, 2021

Several factors determine what your credit score looks like when you access your credit report, but you might be surprised to learn that a number of difficulties and mishaps don’t have any impact on those digits. Learning about what affects your credit score — along with some things that surprisingly don’t have any effect on …

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Salary negotiations: 6 phrases to avoid

Marie Rossiter  |  March 16, 2021

The process of finding a new job can be brutal. When you finally land that all-important job interview, you’ll want to make the best impression possible with your potential employer so you can reach the next stage of negotiating a salary. This salary conversation can be a delicate dance, often requiring a careful give-and-take between …

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 …

The FDA is recalling yogurt for mold concerns

Eat This Not That  |  January 19, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a recall of Lavva Blueberry Dairy Free Pili Nut Yogurt because of possible mold contamination. The recall covers 5. 3-ounce blue containers that also have green leaves, an aluminum foil lid, and an expiration date of 2/21/21. They were distributed to grocery retailers nationwide like Whole Foods, Sprouts, Kroger and more. …

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Best Nativity 2020

Anna Weaver  |  November 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.For those who celebrate, nothing says Christmas like displaying the scene of baby Jesus’ birth. A nativity …

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Best Cyber Monday Deals 2020

Brittany Anas  |  November 17, 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 are not one to join the crowds at the stores on Black Friday, you can …

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Best Black Friday Deals 2020

Tricia Goss  |  November 17, 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.This holiday season, you can find the best Black Friday deals online, which is welcome news for …

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Debt collectors can now contact you on social media due to new rule

Tricia Goss  |  November 4, 2020

A September 2021 Bankrate survey showed that 42% of consumers with credit card debt had increased the amounts they owe since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020. In addition, a full one-third of consumers who used “buy now, pay later” options have fallen behind on one or more payments. The third year of the …

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What to buy and what to skip in November

The List  |  November 3, 2020

DontWasteYourMoney.com‘s own John Matarese shares his list of what to buy in November, and what to hold off on. Black Friday First up, you’ll want to adjust your plans this year because Black Friday is spreading out. “Walmart is actually throwing three Black Friday sales,” says Matarese. “It starts on November 4, where they’re going …

Watch out for these fake DMV and BMV websites

John Matarese  |  October 16, 2020

Need to renew your license plates, driver’s license or registration soon, but don’t want stand in a long line with other drivers during this pandemic? Millions of drivers this year have decided to renew online. But beware. Facing long lines when DMV and BMV offices reopened this summer, many drivers decided to opt for online …

What To Buy In October—And What To Skip

The List  |  October 9, 2020

Even in the time of COVID, there are deals to be had! Don’t Waste Your Money’s own John Matarese of shares everything you should buy in October, and what you should hold off on. Clothes The first thing to add to your shopping list is clothing. “October is a great time to buy fall clothing …

A new cable or satellite TV upgrade scam is making the rounds

John Matarese  |  October 4, 2020

If your cable or satellite bill is pushing $200 or more a month, you’ll probably be interested in any way to lower it. That’s why many are perking up after getting calls this month about lowering their cable or satellite TV bill. The only problem: in most cases, it is not a legitimate offer. For …

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 …

These 7 records in your collection could be worth a fortune

Tricia Goss  |  September 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.If you’re bored at home and have a dusty box filled with old LPs stashed in the …

Walmart’s holiday layaway program kicks off this month

Marie Rossiter  |  August 18, 2020

The holiday shopping season will be here before you know it and Walmart is helping customers get a jump-start on those lists. The retail giant will once again open its layaway program by the end of August in select stores, so you can start budgeting for some of those big-ticket items. Between Aug. 28 and …

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Parents are having a hard time getting refunds for kids’ spring sports leagues

John Matarese  |  June 21, 2020

Thousands of youth sporting events were canceled this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s tough enough that kids are missing a whole season of baseball or soccer. But now, soccer moms and dads everywhere are growing frustrated. Many paid hundreds of dollars for their kids to participate in spring soccer leagues that ended up …

Sephora is letting customers turn rewards points into donations to the National Black Justice Coalition

Victoria Baker  |  June 10, 2020

 Makeup and beauty retailer Sephora will now allow for their rewards members to make donations to the National Black Justice Coalition. In honor of pride month and as an effort to support the Black community, members of the Sephora Beauty Insider Program are now able to turn their earned points into direct donations to the …

Some businesses are now adding a ‘COVID-19 surcharge’ to purchases

Marie Rossiter  |  June 1, 2020

Retail stores and restaurants are starting to re-open after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and as state officials ease restrictions on gatherings, some consumers are eager to enjoy a meal, haircut or shopping trip outside the confines of their homes. If you’re one of the people venturing out, you could find a surprise …

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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 …

You might be owed money from these 5 class-action lawsuits

Brittany Anas  |  May 12, 2020

If you’ve received unsolicited advertising text messages, noticed your Internet bill seemed too high or simply ordered a Chipotle burrito several years ago, you may be eligible for some cash or vouchers through class-action lawsuit settlements. There are dozens of open class-action lawsuits, with pools of money available to settle allegations that range from data …

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Here’s what you need to know about getting Ticketmaster concert refunds

John Matarese  |  May 8, 2020

People everywhere are looking at tickets for upcoming concerts and wondering if their favorite artist’s scheduled show will actually happen. Some tours have been canceled outright. Others have postponed to a fall date. Many music fans, looking at the hundreds of dollars they have spent on shows in limbo, would just like a refund. But …

What you need to know about getting a refund from VRBO

John Matarese  |  May 4, 2020

Millions of Americans are now canceling their spring and summer travel plans. Most are getting refunds. But if you booked through Vrbo — Vacation Rentals By Owner — it’s complicated. Kathy Saalfeld is one such frustrated renter. She spends her days now tending to her spring flowers at her home. Until COVID-19 hit, she was …

How to clean your workstation to kill germs

John Matarese  |  April 26, 2020

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, doctors advised everyone to wash their hands more and try not to touch things that other people have touched. But workspaces — even home workspaces — can pose a problem. Any desk can be full of mucky items. Luckily, there are simple steps to sanitize the area around home workspaces. Diamond …

What to know about getting a haircut or color during the pandemic

John Matarese  |  April 24, 2020

Need a haircut soon? Or maybe your roots are getting dark and not looking great on all those Zoom chats? Weeks into a mandatory salon shutdown in most states, some clients are wondering if they can get a cut and color. And stylists, who are going into their fourth week with no income, are grappling …

How to check the status of your stimulus check

John Matarese  |  April 24, 2020

Still waiting for your stimulus check? If you you haven’t found the funds waiting in your bank account, you could be waiting a while for that $1,200 in stimulus money. Individuals without direct deposit of their tax refunds will have to wait for a paper check in the mail, which could take as long as …

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 …

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Beware these coronavirus face mask scams

John Matarese  |  April 17, 2020

You know how tough it is to find masks and other protective gear for sale. Stores have been sold out for months. Then why is it every time you get on your phone, ads for respirator masks and hand sanitizer pop up? The CDC is now recommending we wear masks when grocery shopping, and New …

Parents are furious that they can’t get full refunds for student trips

John Matarese  |  April 10, 2020

Sarah Hignite and her high school-aged daughter had been looking forward to a school trip to Europe. “My daughter and I had signed up with her high school, her art history class to go to Spain,” she said. The 10-day EF Tours trip was expensive but would be the trip of a lifetime. “My husband …

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Small business owners plead for more help during coronavirus shutdown

John Matarese  |  April 3, 2020

If you work for a small business or own one, these are trying times. Companies don’t want to lay off trusted workers, but many are running out of cash and say loans really aren’t enough right now. One example: an almost-new Holiday Inn Express that is still open for business. Its rooms are getting deeply …

USC is offering free college tuition to families that make less than $80,000

Tricia Goss  |  February 24, 2020

The University of Southern California is joining the ranks of schools around the country that are making college education more affordable by offering free tuition to students from lower- and middle-income families. The private university announced that tuition and fees will be free for students whose families make $80,000 a year or less. More than …

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Disneyland and Disney World are raising ticket prices again

Kate Streit  |  February 14, 2020

The “Happiest Place on Earth” and “The Most Magical Place on Earth” both just got a little more expensive to access.  Although a visit to Disneyland and Disney World has never been cheap, both resorts will be raising their park ticket prices in 2020. In 2019, Disneyland increased their park ticket prices by more than …

These Spanx faux-leather leggings are the best purchase I’ve ever made

Brooke McDonald  |  January 24, 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.Remember those dark days when there was still heated debate about whether leggings count as pants? I …

Buy this reusable bucket and you can fill it with popcorn for $4.99 at AMC Theaters for all of 2020

Brittany Anas  |  December 20, 2019

As any frequent moviegoer knows, the delicious snacks — popcorn, soda, candy! — often end up costing way more than the actual movie tickets.  But if you absolutely love a bucket of buttery, fluffy popcorn and consider it part of the movie-going experience, AMC theaters have a deal that could save you some big bucks.  …

Things you should buy used to save hundreds of dollars

DWYM Staff  |  December 11, 2019

We all love new stuff, especially around the holidays. But buying new can be costly. So when it comes to buying for yourself, we have a list of things you should consider buying used instead. A recent report from CNBC lists some things you that can save you a small fortune, if you purchase them …

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10 shopping secrets for your next trip to Marshalls

Brittany Anas  |  December 9, 2019

Deal-seeking shoppers know the thrill that comes with a great find at Marshalls. Maybe you stumble upon a pair of swoon-worthy, deeply discounted designer boots that you recently saw full-price at a department store. Or, perhaps you turn the corner and there it is: the just-right piece of art for your bedroom — and, gasp, …

Amazon and Walmart will no longer sell infant inclined sleepers

Kathleen St. John  |  December 6, 2019

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.Responding to pressure from consumer safety advocates, Walmart and Amazon won’t allow sales of infant inclined sleepers, …

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We compared the Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet to the iPad — here’s how they stack up

Marie Rossiter  |  December 2, 2019

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 special wants a new tablet for the holidays, you know finding one at …