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$1.7 billion in student debt canceled for 66,000 borrowers in Navient settlement

Tricia Goss  |  April 14, 2022

In January, 39 state attorney general offices announced that one of the nation’s largest student loan servicers would resolve allegations of widespread unfair, deceptive and abusive practices. Lawsuits claimed that Navient improperly drove some federal student loan borrowers into forbearance…

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Your kids can bowl free all summer long

Tricia Goss  |  March 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.Keeping kids…

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Apple announces new affordable iPhone SE and iPad

Tricia Goss  |  March 9, 2022

At Apple’s first product event for 2022, the company introduced a handful of new items and special prices. In an hour-long Peek Performance event on March 8, Apple announced a slate of new products and other upgrades, including a new,…

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5 Ways To Get Around Amazon Prime’s Annual Fee

Clint Davis  |  February 16, 2022

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Frontier is buying Spirit Airlines to create a major budget carrier

Tricia Goss  |  February 7, 2022

Frontier Airlines announced on Monday that it would purchase Spirit Airlines for $2.9 billion in cash and stock, saying that it will combine the two to create America’s most competitive low-fare airline. According to the Wall Street Journal, Frontier will…

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Amazon raising prices for Prime membership

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 4, 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 it…

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US Treasury is offering 7.12% interest rate on Series I savings bonds

Tricia Goss  |  January 28, 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.U.S. savings…

These banks are eliminating overdraft fees

Tricia Goss  |  January 5, 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…

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You can now buy one Subway footlong sandwich and get the second one free

Marie Rossiter  |  January 4, 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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Paramount Plus has free subscription offers for a limited time

Marie Rossiter  |  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.Have you…

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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…

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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 travel bug is biting hard these days. Nearly two years of pandemic stress has many folks itching to hit the road, holidays or no. If you’ve got several U.S. sites to check off your travel bucket list, check out…

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Student debt could be wiped out at one of the largest US state schools

Marie Rossiter  |  November 24, 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.A college…

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Dollar Tree won’t have $1 items any more

Tricia Goss  |  November 23, 2021

Change is coming to your local Dollar Tree store, literally and figuratively. The days of “Everything’s $1.00” are soon to be over, as the discount retailer has announced it will increase prices from $1 to $1.25 on the majority of…

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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…

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Here’s how much McDonald’s raised menu prices this year

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 28, 2021

Despite wage increases for workers, higher production costs and a hike in menu prices, McDonald’s yearly earnings actually beat analysts’ estimates. On a call with investors, Kevin M. Ozan, the fast-food giant’s chief financial officer and executive vice president, said…

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Dollar Tree raising prices amid rising shipping costs

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 30, 2021

The days of buying everything for just $1 at the Dollar Tree may soon be a thing of the past. The retailer recently announced it will begin adding items that cost $3 and $5 at all its Combo and Dollar…

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Get free coffee at Starbucks when you bring your own reusable cup

Bridget Sharkey  |  September 28, 2021

OK, Starbucks fans, ‘fess up: How much money do you spend on your caffeine fix each year? One study found that the average person spends $1,100 per year on coffee. That’s about $92 a month on bean water. But no…

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

WXYZ News  |  July 27, 2021

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McDonald’s is rolling out a new rewards program and customers can get free food

Marie Rossiter  |  June 18, 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.McDonald’s has…

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Best Lawn Weed Killer

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…

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USDA predicts grocery prices will continue to rise in 2021

Kaitlin Gates  |  June 10, 2021

If you’ve been to a grocery store lately, filled up your gas tank or tried to buy lumber for a project, you’re well aware that a lot of things are more expensive since the calendar flipped from 2020 to 2021.…

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.…

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5 best portable grills for grilling on the go

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…

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Best battery-powered cordless screwdriver

Danielle Smyth  |  June 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.Having the…

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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,…

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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…

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…

How to get a free Febreze Plug-In

Marie Rossiter  |  April 6, 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…

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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…

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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…

Hobby Lobby is getting rid of its 40% off coupons

Marie Rossiter  |  January 28, 2021

Hobby Lobby shoppers know how to save some money. Over the years, we’ve highlighted the craft retailer’s big sales and its ever-popular promotional discounts, including the 40% off coupon that shoppers always look forward to. Unfortunately, the days of that…

How to protect yourself from odometer fraud when buying a car

Tricia Goss  |  January 14, 2021

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),  more than 450,000 vehicles are sold each year with false odometer readings. Odometer fraud costs Americans $1.056 million every year. Learning what to watch for can help you avoid becoming a…

Get 50% off an Amazon Prime membership with your EBT or Medicaid card

Kaitlin Gates  |  January 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.Having an…

Get a triple bunk bed for just $200 on Walmart.com

Brittany Anas  |  December 31, 2020

The Anniston Triple Bunk Bed, originally $500, is currently available for just $200 at Walmart.com.

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Best Nativity Sets

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…

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

Tricia Goss  |  November 4, 2020

A new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule will let collectors send debtors unlimited texts, emails and private social media posts.

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…

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…

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,…

You can basically join Sam’s Club for free right now with this deal

Marie Rossiter  |  August 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.Have you…

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…

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…

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…

Nikon is offering free online photography classes

Brittany Anas  |  April 10, 2020

With social distancing in full effect, many people are staying busy (and sane) by trying out new at-home hobbies. Everything from doing virtual puzzles with friends to channeling your inner barista and perfecting trendy whipped coffee recipes have become popular…

DOT warns airlines to issue refunds instead of vouchers for flights cancelled due to coronavirus

Marie Rossiter  |  April 7, 2020

After numerous complaints to the federal government by angry air travelers, the U.S. Department of Transportation warned airlines on April 3 that they have to issue refunds to passengers whose flights have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But…

Healthcare workers can get discounted gas at BP

Anna Weaver  |  April 6, 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.BP is…

There’s a new scam involving coronavirus stimulus checks, Treasury warns

Marie Rossiter  |  April 3, 2020

As if COVID-19 wasn’t bad enough, some people are taking advantage of the current economic turmoil caused by the disease and using it to scam people. The federal government recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities (CARES) Act…

These bestselling $15 sunglasses have over 9,000 reviews on Amazon

Kate Streit  |  April 1, 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.A good…

This bestselling $97 air purifier uses UV light to help kill airborne viruses

Tricia Goss  |  March 13, 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.Millions of…

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