Nat Geo Explorer ship in icy sea with kayakers

Passengers under 22 can sail for free with this cruise company

Tricia Goss  |  March 28, 2023

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is offering select visitors a free experience to explore beautiful remote locations.

How to avoid a getting scammed after a storm

John Matarese  |  March 28, 2023

Spring brings extra sunshine and warmer weather, but also a higher risk of tornadoes, rain, wind and flooding in much of the country. Those severe weather events often lead to roof damage, downed trees and flooding. All those events tend…

RV driving in Canyonlands

Is now finally the right time to buy an RV or camper?

John Matarese  |  March 27, 2023

With the cost of airfares and hotels sky-high this year, many people wonder if this might be the summer to hit the road with a camper or RV. Millie Weaver and her son Owen were checking out RVs, thinking this…

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Philadelphia plans to offer guaranteed monthly income to 250 new moms

Scripps News  |  March 24, 2023

The women in the program will receive $1,000 monthly payments during pregnancy and through the first year of the child's life.

Tax form 1040 for US income taxes

IRS lays out which HSA expenses are tax deductible

Scripps News  |  March 24, 2023

HSA plans allow you to use your account for a variety of things, but not all of these expenses are tax-deductible.

1040 form for filing taxes

IRS: If you ever resell an item online, keep your receipt

Scripps News  |  March 23, 2023

The IRS is advising taxpayers to hang onto original receipts of items they resell online, as profit may be taxable.

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This Google Flights hack can help you find cheaper airfare

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 23, 2023

If you're flexible about dates, destinations and which airlines you fly on, you can find the cheapest fares with this Google Flights tip.

These are the top internet scams, according to a recent FBI report

Tricia Goss  |  March 20, 2023

Here's what you need to know about the most common Internet scams out there and how to protect yourself — and your money.

Home for sale sign in front of house

How to compete with all-cash offers when buying a home

John Matarese  |  March 20, 2023

Hopeful home buyers entering the housing market this year are getting hit by headwinds on all sides: near-record high home prices, along with brutal mortgage rates that are double what they were two years ago. But there’s another trend making…

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When to book to get the best price on an international flight

Emily O'Brien  |  March 18, 2023

Use our handy guide to figure out the best month and day of the week to score the cheapest flights to Asia, Europe and more.

Autotrader is giving away free gas for a year to 11 lucky winners

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 17, 2023

The sweepstakes is giving a cash prize for a year's worth of gas, as well as the cost of charging for owners of electric vehicles.

Screen shots of Dollar Tree Gumbo from TikTok

This woman’s viral TikToks create cheap but tasty meals using food from Dollar Tree

Marie Rossiter  |  March 15, 2023

Rebecca Chobat started her channel, Dollar Tree Dinners, to show how to create meals on a budget as inflation caused grocery prices to soar.

This credit card has one of the longest 0% interest periods

Tricia Goss  |  March 15, 2023

The Wells Fargo Reflect Card is a solid option for those individuals who have good credit and need some extra time to pay off their balance.

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Money can buy happiness, according to scientists—but it’s complicated

Tricia Goss  |  March 13, 2023

Studies suggest that cash can positively influence emotional well-being, particularly if its used on joy-inducing experiences and activities.

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States where homeowners spend the most—and least—on basic utilities

Emily O'Brien  |  March 10, 2023

Research from Angi shows that basic utility costs can vary based on several factors, including proximity to water and other resources.

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Instacart shoppers are buying items for themselves, customers say

Scripps News  |  March 10, 2023

Instacart customers have noticed their shoppers adding items to orders that the customer did not request or receive.

When is the best time to pay your credit card balance?

Tricia Goss  |  March 8, 2023

Timing your payments for the right moment in the billing cycle can give your credit score a boost. But paying too often isn't always better.

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This 4-piece outdoor sofa set is more than half off right now

Emily O'Brien  |  March 8, 2023

The furniture set includes a couch and a glass-top table, making it perfect for entertaining and gathering family and friends.

Restaurants with subscriptions you’ll want to get if you’re a frequent customer

Tricia Goss  |  March 7, 2023

National restaurant chains and local hot-spots are offering subscriptions to keep customers loyal—and diners can benefit from the discount.

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You can watch ‘Ted Lasso’ and other shows for free with this Apple TV+ deal

Bridget Sharkey  |  March 2, 2023

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.On March…

Is Venmo Safe? Here’s what you need to know about the mobile payment service

Brittany Anas  |  February 28, 2023

It wasn’t too long ago that we were scribbling mathematical equations on the back of restaurant checks before handing over a stack of credit cards for a server to process. Or, remember swinging by an ATM to get cash for…

How to save money on car insurance

John Matarese  |  February 28, 2023

Even though the inflation rate is finally starting to come down, that’s not the case for your auto insurance. That’s because of higher medical costs if you’re in an accident, along with the rising cost of car parts and auto…

Best Birthday Candles For Kids

13 stores that will give you free things on your birthday

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 22, 2023

Did you know there are ways to get free birthday goodies without having to dine-in or spend any money?

Disney World

Nonstop flight from Disneyland to Disney World is just $69

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 20, 2023

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’ve…

How to avoid paying annoying and expensive bank fees

John Matarese  |  February 20, 2023

With prices as high as they are on so many things this year, no one wants to throw away money on unnecessary fees. But have you ever gotten money from an ATM and wondered why you have to pay money…

How to file your taxes for free with the IRS Free File program

Tricia Goss  |  February 15, 2023

Filing taxes can feel daunting, especially when you don’t have the funds to hire an accountant. But did you know that you can file your taxes for free? The IRS Free File program is an invaluable resource. The program allows…

IRS delivers ruling on whether state stimulus checks are taxable

Scripps News  |  February 13, 2023

Taxpayers in 21 states can move forward with filing their tax returns after the Internal Revenue Service ruled that state stimulus checks are not taxable. As tax season got underway, the IRS urged those in states where stimulus checks were…

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8 affordable ways to make your house less drafty

Margeaux Baulch Klein  |  February 8, 2023

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.Cold weather…

Cash money on money counter

Take the Frugal February challenge and rebuild your savings after the holidays

John Matarese  |  February 7, 2023

Many people just wrapped up Dry January as a way to cut back on drinking this year. Rachel Vogel is among those who avoided alcohol during the last month. “I drank lots of water, lots of lemonade, lots of Diet…

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Amazon launches $5-a-month unlimited prescriptions for Prime members

Scripps News  |  January 25, 2023

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 average…

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Wells Fargo might owe you money following $3.7 billion settlement

Kaitlin Gates  |  January 23, 2023

If you had a Wells Fargo account anytime between 2011 and 2022, you may be owed some money. The financial services company reached a $3.7 billion settlement late last year with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after the agency took…

Americans lost $40B to phishing scams in 2022, report finds

Scripps News  |  January 22, 2023

We’re getting our first look at just how much money Americans lost to phishing scams—those phony texts or calls or even Internet ads that try to get money or information out of you. A report by TrueCaller, an app that…

Unused 529 college savings can be rolled into a Roth IRA starting next year

Scripps News  |  January 19, 2023

A 529 plan is an education savings plan designed to encourage saving for future college costs. It is sponsored by states, state agencies or educational institutions and offers tax advantages and potentially other incentives to make it easier for families…

Past due medical bills on folder

Changes to medical debt reporting could improve your credit score

Scripps News  |  January 17, 2023

According to a 2022 Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of Census Bureau data, 23 million people — nearly 1 in 10 adults — carry significant medical debt. In addition, a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) showed that as…

Amtrak train

Amtrak’s USA Rail Pass is just $299 right now

Bridget Sharkey  |  January 12, 2023

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’ve…

Home for sale with 'sold' sign.

How to calculate your debt-to-income ratio for a mortgage

Scripps News  |  January 12, 2023

Purchasing a home — especially for the first time — can be a confusing and stressful experience, but one thing that can make the process easier is knowing your debt-to-income ratio. As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau explains, your debt-to-income…

New report shows the price of goods purchased online has dropped

Scripps News  |  January 11, 2023

December marked the fourth consecutive month that items purchased online cost less, according to data released by Adobe Analytics.  According to Adobe Analytics, prices for goods purchased online in December were 1.6% cheaper than in 2021. While groceries continue to see…

Social Security card and statements

How to spot common Social security scams—and keep your money safe

Scripps News  |  January 9, 2023

If you or a loved one are at the age to be thinking about Social Security, you also need to make sure you’re aware of Social Security scams. Social Security scams are unfortunately common. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received…

How to achieve your financial New Year’s resolutions

John Matarese  |  January 7, 2023

Whether you’re hoping to pay down some debt or save for retirement, most of us have some money goals in mind heading into a new year. But how can you make those money resolutions stick? It’s easy to plan them,…

How safe are mobile wallets?

John Matarese  |  January 3, 2023

Your GPS, your music, your camera and your friends’ phone numbers all live on your smartphone these days. But, there’s another feature not everyone is taking advantage of: your mobile wallet. It has now become standard on iPhones and most…

Giving girl nasal swab for COVID rapid test.

How to order free at-home COVID tests ahead of the holidays

Scripps News  |  December 19, 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.Experts are…

Happy young couple walking together in the city after shopping.

Here’s why separate bank accounts makes sense in some marriages

Emily O'Brien  |  December 16, 2022

When you’re married, you share many things by default—a home, vacations, cars and sometimes children. But just because you’ve made a vow to be wed, doesn’t mean you have to share everything. There’s a case to be made that having…

hands hold two blue Apple iPhones new in their boxes

You can save hundreds of dollars on Apple devices when you buy from their certified refurbished program

Tricia Goss  |  December 14, 2022

If you love Apple devices, you’re not alone. Millions of consumers purchase Apple products every year. For example, 230 million iPhones, 71 million iPads. 20 million Mac and MacBook units, 110 million AirPods and 43 million Apple Watches were sold…

Delivery driver gives customer package

Amazon is giving delivery drivers $5 if you tell Alexa to thank your driver

Scripps News  |  December 9, 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.The holiday…

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These 10 cars have the longest lifespan, and 6 are from the same maker

Scripps News  |  December 7, 2022

Both new and used car prices have increased significantly over the past two years due to an ongoing chip shortage and higher raw material costs. For example, in September 2022, average prices for used vehicles were up 42.5% compared to…

Money in envelope for retirement

How to become a millionaire by the time you retire

Scripps News  |  December 6, 2022

Many retirement experts recommend saving 10 times your current salary before retirement, and then planning to live on 80% of your current income upon retirement. So by this math, if you make $100,000 a year, you should try to save…

Healthy lunch at office workplace

Save money with these 4 tips for packing your own lunch

Emily O'Brien  |  December 1, 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.While eating…

McDonald's arches

You can win a Gold Card to get free McDonald’s for life

Scripps News  |  November 30, 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.Inflation has…

Family outside home for rent

10 things you should rent rather than buy

Marie Rossiter  |  November 30, 2022

Renting vs. buying is a common debate when it comes to home and car ownership. For many years, financial experts insisted that ownership through direct purchase is the best option for people looking to build their credit and financial stability.…

Sales person hands over car keys to buyer

Here’s how long you should expect a used car to last

Scripps News  |  November 29, 2022

Although they’re often considered assets as they have financial value, most experts don’t view cars as investments because they depreciate over time. Instead, many money gurus say purchasing a used car is better than buying a brand-new one. The moment…

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