McDonald's drive-thru

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 prices and cost pressures were a bigger focus during the last few quarters this year …

Starbucks storefront with logo

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 …

Costco wholesale storefront with sign

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. …

Walmart’s Cyber Monday and Black Friday deals start with a Keurig for $35

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 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.Just like last year, Walmart is launching a handful of Cyber Monday and Black Friday deals early …

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First responders can get free doughnuts and coffee at Krispy Kreme this week

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 26, 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.To honor police, paramedics, firefighters and other professionals who rush toward danger to help others, Krispy Kreme …

Recalled Better Homes and Gardens room spray

Walmart recalls Better Homes & Gardens aromatherapy room spray

Bridget Sharkey  |  October 26, 2021

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones is being recalled following two deaths that may be linked to the product. Walmart, which carries the Better Homes and Gardens brand, is recalling 3,900 bottles of Better Homes and Gardens-branded aromatherapy spray with gemstones. …

Cheesecake slices at Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory is giving away free slices of cheesecake this week

Tricia Goss  |  October 25, 2021

Who says kids are the only ones who get to enjoy goodies around Halloween? This time of year, The Cheesecake Factory dishes out scrumptious sweet treats with the grownups in mind. That’s right, it’s time for trick-or-treating! From Oct. 25 through Oct. 29, you can enjoy a free slice of cheesecake with your order, thanks …

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 …

Red, white and yellow onions on counter

Onions recalled due to salmonella outbreak

Brittany Anas  |  October 22, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is instructing consumers to throw away any unlabeled red, white and yellow onions due to a widespread salmonella outbreak linked to the vegetable. So far, 652 people from 37 states have reported being sick and 129 people have been hospitalized in this salmonella outbreak that began in mid-September. …

Popeyes is giving away free chicken sandwiches every Sunday through the end of the year

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 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.Before the events of 2020 began to unfold and take all of our attention, one of the …

Get an HP Chromebook for just $99 right now

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 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.If you’re in the market for a new laptop or want to get an early start on …

Tineco iFloor Cordless Wet/Dry Vacuum

You can get this $200 cordless wet/dry vacuum for $99 right now

Marie Rossiter  |  October 20, 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.If you’ve been waiting to get a new vacuum until the right price comes along, we may …

Military members and vets can get free double burgers and bottomless fries from Red Robin

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 20, 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.If you’re a veteran or active military member, Red Robin is offering a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless …

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 …

Get an accidental Venmo deposit? Beware of this scam

John Matarese  |  October 13, 2021

Do you use money transfer apps like Venmo, Zelle or Cash app? If so, the Better Business Bureau is issuing an alert about a scam it first started seeing last year and is now receiving complaints about almost daily. It has to do with an “accidental” deposit into your account – which is not accidental …

Amazon sign on building in Santa Clara, Calif.

Amazon says its corporate employees can work from home indefinitely

Marie Rossiter  |  October 12, 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.Many Amazon workers may never have to go back into the office again. The retail giant just …

Duracell copper top AA batteries in 28 pack box

Get a 28-pack of Duracell AA batteries for just $9 right now on Amazon

Bridget Sharkey  |  October 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.Batteries are notoriously expensive, but if you shop smart, you can save big on these household essentials. …

Target retail storefront in Hudson, Wisconsin

Target Deal Days start on Oct. 10, with deep discounts on electronics, appliances and more

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 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.Target Deal Days are returning this Sunday, and the retailer has just revealed some of the deals …

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers Restaurant Exterior, Logo

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, …

Wendy's storefront in St. Catharines, Ontario

Get free food or a Frosty when you buy fries at Wendy’s every Friday in November

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 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.Wendy’s recently announced some big changes to their french fries, and to celebrate, they’re giving away free …

Dollar Tree Store Sign Minnesota

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 Tree Plus stores and begin testing other price points also above $1 at select Dollar …

Young man watching scary TV at night

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 …

Applebee's restaurant front

Applebee’s is bringing back their Spooky Sips for just $5

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 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.Halloween is nearly here and if you’re looking to get a jump start on the tastes of …

Starbucks sign on store in Cambridge, Mass.

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 judgment here: Coffee is one of life’s simplest pleasures, and Starbucks has got it down …

Teachers can get free ‘Colors of the World’ Crayola crayons and other multicultural art supplies

Marie Rossiter  |  September 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.We know how much teachers invest in their students. First, there are endless hours of lesson planning …

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 …

Costco wholesale storefront with sign

Costco renting its own container ships to guard against delays caused by the global shipping crisis

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 27, 2021

In an effort to navigate the current global shipping crisis — which has resulted in product shortages and rising costs — Costco is renting its own container ships and containers to import products from Asia to the U.S. and Canada. In a recent call with analysts, Costco CFO Richard Galanti said the company had chartered …

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 …

chicken class action

If you bought chicken from 2009 to 2019, you may be eligible for a settlement payment

Tricia Goss  |  September 27, 2021

Depending on where you live, if you have purchased raw chicken in the past, you could have some cash coming your way. A class-action lawsuit called the Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation has resulted in a $181 million settlement of which you could potentially claim your share, pending final approval. Who Can File A Claim? Attorneys …

Boppy newborn loungers recalled

Millions of Boppy Loungers recalled after being linked to infant deaths

Tricia Goss  |  September 24, 2021

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and in conjunction with Health Canada, The Boppy Company has issued a voluntary safety recall of the Newborn Lounger to address a risk of infant suffocation. There have been eight reports of infant deaths associated with The Boppy Company Newborn Lounger and this hazard between …

Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos

Taco Bell is testing a new subscription service

Brittany Anas  |  September 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.Out of all the fast food chains, Taco Bell seems to have garnered some of the most …

iPhone 13 release: Apple reveals new features

Tricia Goss  |  September 17, 2021

During the September 2021 Apple event, the tech company introduced its latest lineup, including Apple Watch Series 7, Apple Fitness+, iPad, iPad mini and, of course, the iPhone 13. As with the iPhone 12, there are four models in the iPhone 13 release: the iPhone 13; iPhone 13 mini; iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 …

Front view of a Lowe's Store in Toronto, Canada

Register now for a free DIY kids’ take-home project from Lowe’s

Marie Rossiter  |  September 16, 2021

Looking for a fun creative project for your kids to build? We’ve got good news for families with little ones who love hands-on activities. Lowe’s has brought back their popular DIY kids’ workshops! Lowe’s DIY workshops have everything little builders-to-be need to stay busy, and they’re free! For the month of October, any child who …

Amazon sign on building in Santa Clara, Calif.

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 …

Beware of DeWalt, Milwaukee power tool scams

John Matarese  |  September 15, 2021

Many shoppers will be trying to get a head start on the holiday shopping season this year, with predictions of shortages as Christmas approaches. But if you are looking to get a jump on buying someone a tool kit, beware of the power tool scam. Not sure what to buy your dad? In many cases, …

Hallmark is giving away free greeting cards

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 14, 2021

Hallmark has a brand new line of greeting cards geared toward rewarding kids for making a difference. To celebrate the launch, they’re giving away 1 million cards from the collection for free. The new Little World Changers collection is full of an assortment of greeting cards and products that spotlight traits like kindness, courage and …

Women watch scary movie at home

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 …

Bath and Body Works storefront

Buy 2 candles, get 2 free at Bath & Body Works

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 10, 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.If you’re looking to stock up on your favorite Bath & Body Works candles for the fall …

Rental scams explode in tight housing market

John Matarese  |  September 9, 2021

With homes and apartments so tough to find this year, many renters are desperate to find anything. That’s how one woman ended falling victim to a rental scam. Mariah Dates had no luck finding a rental home until a cute two-bedroom house popped up on Facebook Marketplace for just $700 a month. “I emailed the …

Get ready for toy shortages and price hikes

John Matarese  |  September 8, 2021

We’ve seen all the price hikes in stores this year and by now, we are used to product shortages. But both problems are about to hit toys just as the shopping season starts. Why? Forbes magazine blames a pandemic-related shipping container crisis, with Chinese ports backed up and shipping fees at all-time highs. Shipping containers …

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 …

Bath and Body Works storefront

Bath & Body Works Labor Day sale includes 50% off candles, soaps and more

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 3, 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.If you’re looking to stock up on some Bath and Body Works products for holiday gifts (or …

Amazon Warehouse: What it is and how to shop it

Anna Weaver  |  September 3, 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.You already go to Amazon for good deals. But you might not know about a search option …

You’ll soon be able to turn in your gently used Ikea furniture for store credit

Tricia Goss  |  September 2, 2021

Ikea has committed to becoming a circular business by 2030. A circular business model modifies the way products and materials flow through the economy, reducing the effects on the environment from production and creation to eventual disposal. To Ikea, this means using only renewable and recycled materials, producing 100% circular products and enabling customers to …

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 …

Sam’s Club has a Nugget couch dupe that will save you $80

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 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.If you’ve been considering getting your child an in-demand Nugget couch but aren’t exactly excited about the …

Nike closed offices for a week, giving employees time off to focus on mental health

Tricia Goss  |  September 1, 2021

The pandemic has brought mental health awareness to the forefront. Recent data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that in April-June of 2020, 40% of U.S. adults experienced at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition, such as anxiety, depression or the use of substances to cope with stress …

Why you may find half-empty racks at clothing stores right now

John Matarese  |  August 31, 2021

Shoppers are ready to restock their closets for the fall and winter, but many are asking, “Where’s all the clothing?” Kristin Sterling was trying to do some school shopping at TJ Maxx. Inside, she found a much smaller selection than she has seen before. “I’ve been looking for baby items, as well as for a …