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How to protect yourself from ‘smishing’ scams

Brittany Anas  |  January 4, 2024

Smishing, or text-based phishing scams, are on the rise. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself, and how to report a scam.

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The best things to buy in January to save money

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  January 4, 2024

January is a great time to save on workout gear, kitchen appliances, beauty and skin care products and winter clothing for kids and adults.

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How to exercise on a budget in 2024

John Matarese  |  January 3, 2024

Getting into shape can be costly, with many gyms charging upwards of $100 a month. So, we found some of the best ways to exercise on a budget.

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Return season is here: Watch for shorter return windows, shipping fees

John Matarese  |  December 27, 2023

Returning a Christmas gift? Return policies have changed, but these tips will help you get the most money back for your return.

20% of couples now ask for down payment on a house on their wedding registry

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  December 21, 2023

If you are planning a wedding, what will you put on your gift registry? An air fryer? Some fine china? Or how about some cash to pay for a house? That last option might sound unusual, but it’s becoming increasingly…

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How to protect your home from burglars this holiday season

John Matarese  |  December 19, 2023

Even the dumbest burglars, like the crooks from "Home Alone," know many people will be out of town from now through New Year's Day.

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5 ways your slow cooker can save you hundreds of dollars each year

Marie Rossiter  |  December 18, 2023

Planning your meals with a slow cooker can help you save on your next trip to the grocery store and even your energy bill. Here's how.

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How to use Chrome’s new shopping features to find the best deals

Kathleen St. John  |  December 18, 2023

Google launched new shopping features in November that could make finding the best deal for what you want a lot easier.

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How to save big bucks on books as prices keep rising

John Matarese  |  December 18, 2023

Even paperback and e-books are expensive nowadays, but apps like Libby offer great ways to read more for free.

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Milk glass from your grandma could be worth more than you think

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  December 13, 2023

Milk glass is a uniquely made type of glass featuring a milky hue, and it's now considered to be an antique collectible.

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Holiday shoppers warned against buying counterfeit luxury goods

John Matarese  |  December 12, 2023

As you grab those last minute gifts, watch out for counterfeit Apple products, Nike products and more.

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Frequent flyer programs are changing, frustrating many customers

John Matarese  |  December 8, 2023

Frontier Airlines recently changed its frequent flier program, but savvy travelers can be smart with their airline miles and hotel points.

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Which dollar store is the best?

Marie Rossiter  |  November 30, 2023

Our writer compared prices and quality at Dollar Tree, Dollar General and Family Dollar and found a clear winner!

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The best things to buy in December to save money

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  November 29, 2023

December is a great month to buy thanks to the gifting season, year-end sales, fall inventory clear-outs and one holiday everyone loves.

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How to save money shopping online with Honey

Marie Rossiter  |  November 28, 2023

If you're looking for the best prices as you shop online, check out this app that takes the work out of comparison shopping.

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EVs are more affordable than ever: is now the time to buy?

John Matarese  |  November 15, 2023

Tax incentives for both new and used EVs are helping to make them less expensive, but there are other money-saving considerations as well.

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Lower your heating bill by up to 15% by reversing your ceiling fans

Marie Rossiter  |  November 13, 2023

Just as ceiling fans make practical and energy-efficient solutions in the summertime, they can make a room feel warmer in the cooler months.

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The 6 best door draft stoppers to keep out the cold

Brittany Nims  |  November 9, 2023

These stoppers can be used to block out cold air, loud noises, unwanted smoke and even pesky bugs on French doors, double doors, windows and more.

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Should you set up a 529 college savings plan instead of a baby registry?

Bridget Sharkey  |  November 8, 2023

College costs have become prohibitively expensive for some families. A 529 account can help, but should you ask others help fund it?

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How to save money on your heating bill this winter

Marie Rossiter  |  November 3, 2023

These tips can help you keep your home comfortable and your gas and electric bills a little bit lower all winter long.

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With 8% mortgage rates hitting the housing market, what should buyers do?

John Matarese  |  November 2, 2023

Record home prices and 30-year mortgage rates that have just touched 8% are slowing the market, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't buy.

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7 easy ways to save money on your streaming services

Marie Rossiter  |  October 31, 2023

Are you spending a lot on your streaming services? If so, these tips may help you reduce the load a bit as prices start to increase.

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Aldi and Walmart are lowering prices on Thanksgiving groceries

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 26, 2023

Both grocers are reducing prices starting Nov. 1 on favorite traditional holiday foods and charcuterie items in advance of Thanksgiving.

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Avoid these hidden fees that you might not have to pay for

John Matarese  |  October 26, 2023

Consumers' Checklist came out with a list of 65 fees that you can probably skip paying for, if you know how.

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This is the best time to buy Apple products

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  October 24, 2023

If you want to save cash on your next Apple purchase, wait until these specific times of year to score a good deal.

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The best things to buy in November to save money

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  October 24, 2023

November is a great month to save money on many items, thanks to Black Friday sales, Veterans Day sales and other seasonal events

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11 secrets that will help you save even more money at Target

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 23, 2023

From stacking coupons to clearance items to special deals, heading to Target doesn't have to be expensive.

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Is the financial advice on YouTube and TikTok safe?

John Matarese  |  October 20, 2023

It's a popular way to get tips: A recent study found 80% of Americans ages 18 to 41 have used financial advice they saw on social media.

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What is geographic arbitrage, and how can you use it to improve your finances?

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  October 20, 2023

It's not for everyone, but geoarbitrage can be a good strategy to stretch how far your money goes if you're flexible about where you live.

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Things you probably don’t need to pay for in your home

John Matarese  |  October 19, 2023

Buying a home warranty is just one thing on a recent list of things home owners probably don't need to spend their money on.

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10 less expensive swaps for luxury beauty products

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  October 19, 2023

If you don't want to shell out for expensive beauty products, you can try these cheaper yet effective dupes recommended by experts.

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When buying a car, say no to extras that aren’t worth the price

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  October 16, 2023

Some of these add-ons aren't really necessary or they have huge markups and may be much more expensive than they'd be if you bought them elsewhere.

10 eco-friendly kitchen items that can save you money

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  October 13, 2023

Buying eco-friendly products doesn't have to hurt your wallet. Depending on your personal lifestyle, it may even save you a little money.

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Lowe’s is offering $1,500 in savings to first responders this month

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 6, 2023

First responders can sign up online to receive up to $1,500 in digital coupons from Lowe's. Here's how it works.

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The Juilliard School will no longer charge tuition for graduate acting program

Kathleen St. John  |  October 5, 2023

Talented actors will now get a leg up at the Juilliard School, which is offering its masters program in acting with no tuition costs.

The best things to buy in October to save money

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  September 25, 2023

Target Circle Week and Amazon's Prime Big Deal Days are coming up this month, but it's also a good time to buy bigger-ticket items.

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10 back-to-school discounts college students will actually use

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 24, 2023

College is expensive, but these goods and services will help students save a little money on things they actually want and need.

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From now on you get your credit reports free once a week

Kathleen St. John  |  September 22, 2023

All three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, made a joint announcement about the new policy on Sept. 18.

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These travel websites will get your money back if prices drop after you book

Sarah Kuta  |  September 21, 2023

These five websites will guarantee you get the lowest price possible on your travel plans, and if you don't, will refund you the difference.

Prime members, download this Amazon app and get a $15 credit

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  September 20, 2023

Prime members can download Amazon Photos on iOS, Android or Google Play, then get a $15 credit to use during the site's Big Deal Days.

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Is Goodwill becoming more expensive?

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  September 18, 2023

Thrift-store shoppers are complaining that prices have been going up, so Don't Waste Your Money visited a Goodwill for a price check.

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How to get a 50-cent double cheeseburger from McDonald’s today

Marie Rossiter  |  September 18, 2023

For National Cheeseburger Day on Sept. 18, McDonald's is reducing the price of a cheeseburger to just 50 cents. Order through the app.

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How Amazon Household, which lets you share Prime benefits, works

Marie Rossiter  |  September 15, 2023

Amazon Household allows Prime users to share Prime benefits with another adult in their household and a select number of teens and children.

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Watch and record free over-the-air TV with Scripps’ redesigned Tablo device

Marie Rossiter  |  September 13, 2023

The new fourth-generation Tablo device is a user-friendly way to get over-the-air television with all the modern-day conveniences.

Everything you need to know about Walmart’s reorder service

Jessica Suss  |  September 13, 2023

Walmart's Easy Reorder service lists your recent purchases (made both in-store and online) and allows you to easily repurchase them.

6 expensive home renovations that aren’t worth the money

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  September 12, 2023

You won't get your money back on a new standing shower. Find out what other renovations that won't recoup their cost in resale value.

Peer-to-peer payment apps PayPal, Zelle, Venmo

If you use money transfer apps, you should know about these risks

John Matarese  |  September 7, 2023

Money transfer apps like Zelle, Venmo, and Cash App are convenient, but if you lose your money to a scam, you're unlikely to get it back.

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Earn a $5 in-store credit for getting your flu shot at Sam’s Club

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 6, 2023

Medical experts say its time to get your flu shot. If you have it done at Sam's Club, you can get a $5 credit good in the store.

Dollar Tree storefront

What to buy and what to skip on your next trip to Dollar Tree

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  September 5, 2023

Dollar stores are great for deals, but you should know which items to buy and which you should probably skip if you're going to shop at one.

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Labor Day sales you won’t want to miss

Marie Rossiter  |  August 30, 2023

Labor Day is the perfect time to score deals on otherwise expensive items.

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