Stores that won’t be reopening after the pandemic

John Matarese  |  June 1, 2020

After a two-month COVID-19 lockdown, stores all across the country are starting to reopen. But local malls may never look the same, because some stores that closed may never come back. Kelly Stevens runs an independent toy store. She plans to reopen in June, and hopes that shoppers come back quickly. “It’s a very tough …

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 …

Tuesday Morning is filing for bankruptcy and closing 230 stores

Marie Rossiter  |  May 28, 2020

Tuesday Morning is the latest retail company to feel the negative impact of prolonged closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Following similar announcements from JCPenney and Pier 1 Imports earlier this month, the discount home goods seller has also filed motions for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. The company’s formal announcement came in a press release …

FedEx is offering $5,000 grants to small businesses

Kate Streit  |  May 28, 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.Many small businesses have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. To help ease their burden, FedEx …

Magic Johnson is loaning $100 million to minority- and women-owned small businesses

Kate Streit  |  May 27, 2020

NBA legend Magic Johnson announced his insurance company will provide $100 million for loans for minority and women business owners who are struggling in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The former Los Angeles Lakers superstar made the announcement during an appearance on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton” on May 17. The funds will be …

Krispy Kreme is giving away free doughnuts for 5 days

Marie Rossiter  |  May 27, 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.Every year on June 5, doughnut fans around the country get to celebrate their favorite snack thanks …

Share a photo of the challenges you’re facing during the pandemic and you could win personalized prizes worth up to $10,000

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 26, 2020

Regardless of what your exact experience has been during the COVID-19 pandemic, it goes without saying that all of our lives have been disrupted. Perhaps you’ve been lucky and your only issues have been keeping your kids occupied or your hair getting a bit shaggy. For others, larger problems like affording groceries or needing a …

The IRS wants people to return stimulus funds accidentally sent to dead people

John Matarese  |  May 24, 2020

Bruce Bachlor is coping with a lot these days after his beloved wife recently died from an illness. With money tight, Bachlor was looking forward to receiving a $1,200 stimulus check. “I was expecting a stimulus check to help with the bills,” Bachlor said. So he was thrilled to discover a deposit in his bank …

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What you need to know about the meat shortage

John Matarese  |  May 23, 2020

First, it was hand sanitizer. Then toilet paper and cleaning products. Now, some of the biggest staples of American dinner tables — beef, pork and chicken — are suddenly in short supply. Shoppers say they have found meat coolers more empty in recent days, despite signs limiting customers to two packs of meat or chicken …

Entenmann’s is giving free doughnuts and cash to healthcare workers

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 23, 2020

While it may feel impossible to show enough appreciation for our healthcare workers right now, Entenmann’s is launching a sweepstakes that aims to celebrate these heroes on the front lines of the pandemic with money and, of course, free doughnuts. Now through June 18, you can nominate a healthcare worker for the Standing Doughnation Sweepstakes. …

$1 flip-flops are back for Old Navy cardholders

Kate Streit  |  May 22, 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.Flip-flops from Old Navy are a summer wardrobe staple that will never go out of style. The …

Victoria’s Secret is permanently closing 250 stores

Bridget Sharkey  |  May 22, 2020

Since its first location opened in 1977, Victoria’s Secret has been an iconic part of the shopping mall landscape. However, like many businesses, the lingerie franchise has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and now 250 brick-and-mortar Victoria’s Secret locations will be permanently closed. There is no word yet on which locations will close …

Pier 1 filed for bankruptcy and is closing all stores

Marie Rossiter  |  May 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.Pier 1 Imports will soon be closing all 541 of its store locations, according to a company …

JCPenney is closing 240 stores after filing for bankruptcy

Marie Rossiter  |  May 19, 2020

JCPenney announced it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week, despite the company’s efforts to transform itself back into a retail leader. As a result, the company will be closing more than 200 stores around the country. The company was already struggling to keep stores open and pay off its nearly $4 billion in …

All essential workers—not just those in healthcare—can now get free Crocs

Anna Weaver  |  May 18, 2020

If you’re an essential worker in any industry, you can now enter to win a free pair of Crocs. Since March 25, the shoe company has teamed up with other sponsoring companies to give away upwards of 10,000 free pairs of Crocs every weekday to healthcare workers through its “A Free Pair for Healthcare” program. …

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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 …

How to get a free pink lemonade slushie at McDonald’s

Marie Rossiter  |  May 14, 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.Now that we are firmly into the springtime and racing towards summer, Minute Maid slushies are making …

TJ Maxx reopened its site for online shopping

Kate Emswiler  |  May 13, 2020

How are all you Maxxinistas holding up while staying at home to curb the spread of COVID-19? If you’ve been itching to score some steals and deals from beloved discount retailer TJ Maxx, we have some exciting news: The TJ Maxx website is open for business again! Well, it’s mostly open for business. As with …

Twitter employees can now work from home ‘forever,’ CEO says

Jenn Fields  |  May 13, 2020

Employees of Twitter will now be able to work from home “forever,” the company’s CEO said in an email on May 12. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, dropped the news that people could work from home permanently in an email to all employees that included an update on reopening the company’s offices as well as corporate …

Graduates who go to Krispy Kreme in their caps and gowns can get a dozen free doughnuts

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 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.The novel coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone in different ways. For high school and college seniors, it …

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 …

Steak ‘n Shake permanently closes 57 restaurants as company suffers during pandemic

RTV6  |  May 12, 2020

Steak ‘n Shake permanently closed 57 of its restaurants nationwide during the first quarter of 2020 as its parent company attributed major financial losses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Biglari Holdings Inc. announced in its first-quarter report that Steak ‘n Shake’s revenue plunged by $59 million compared to the same time period in 2019 as its restaurants were …

If you had to postpone your wedding because of coronavirus, you could win $5,000 from Hotels.com for your future honeymoon

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 12, 2020

Seniors missing out on graduation and prom have been in the spotlight during the coronavirus pandemic — but for some couples, another big life event has been affected: their wedding. Many engaged couples have chosen to hold virtual weddings instead, but others are either rescheduling and hoping for the best — or canceling the biggest …

Get an appetizer, entree and drink for just $10 at Chili’s

Kate Streit  |  May 11, 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.Right now for a limited time at Chili’s, take advantage of their “3 for $10” deal. Start …

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How to avoid being duped into buying fake Charmin toilet paper

John Matarese  |  May 8, 2020

If you are struggling to find hand sanitizer, face masks or toilet paper, ads on Facebook and Instagram can be very tempting during the COVID-19 pandemic. But one man has a cautionary tale. Ben Hart thought it was his lucky day when he spotted a pop-up Facebook ad for 30 rolls of Charmin for $40. …

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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 …

Costco limiting customer meat purchases amid potential supply shortages

Tricia Goss  |  May 8, 2020

You finally have enough toilet paper, and you happily spy cleaning products, hand soap and other necessities when picking up groceries and household goods for your family. But you might want to make sure your freezer is nicely stocked with protein before letting down your guard. That’s because the specter of meat supply shortages in …

Come up with a new beer flavor and you could land a $40/hour internship with Natty Light

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 8, 2020

While COVID-19 has affected pretty much every part of our lives, it’s even more stressful for anyone looking for an internship or summer job. If you’re currently trying to find employment during the pandemic, Natural Light has a work-from-home opportunity that will not only help you pay your bills, but also sounds pretty fun! The …

Walmart is rolling out two-hour delivery

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 7, 2020

In the times we’re living in, something as simple as going to the grocery store can be a pretty stressful experience. For those who can’t do their own shopping because they’re homebound or are in the high-risk category for COVID-19, it’s even more difficult. To help, Walmart has quietly been rolling out a new delivery …

Create a sweet Mother’s Day surprise with this decorate-it-yourself cake kit

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 7, 2020

Just like Easter and any other special occasions you’ve celebrated since March, Mother’s Day is going to look a bit different this year. Brunch at a restaurant will likely be out of the question, but if you have some time before May 10, you may want to add a trip to Sam’s Club to your …

What to do if you can’t pay your bills because of the coronavirus pandemic

John Matarese  |  May 6, 2020

For many of us, rent, mortgage, car payment and other bills are coming due again. But what about those who are out of work amid the coronavirus pandemic and can’t pay those bills? Many families have yet to receive their stimulus check or have not yet received an unemployment check, leaving their bank accounts on …

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 …

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Taco Bell is now offering at-home taco bars for pickup or delivery

Brittany Anas  |  May 4, 2020

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo (which just so happens to sync up with Taco Tuesday this year!), Taco Bell has unveiled an at-home taco kit that’s available for pick-up or delivery. That “At Home Taco Bar” can feed up to six people for $25. The taco kit comes with all the fixings you …

CVS is offering free Mother’s Day cards you can print at home

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 1, 2020

Just like Easter and other celebrations like birthdays and anniversaries taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mother’s Day is bound to look a little different this year. That doesn’t mean, however, that mom still can’t be celebrated! To make sure you’re staying safe, but are still able to surprise the mothers in your life with …

Dunkin’ is giving free doughnuts and coffee to healthcare workers for National Nurses Day

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 30, 2020

As a way to say thank you for all the lifesaving hard work being done of the front line of the coronavirus pandemic, Dunkin’ is offering some freebies for all healthcare workers on National Nurses Day. Any healthcare worker who visits a participating Dunkin’ restaurant on May 6 will receive a free medium hot or …

Nominate a frontline worker to receive $1,000 of free baby gear

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 30, 2020

If there’s one thing the novel coronavirus pandemic has shown us, it’s that we are surrounded by everyday heroes in our own families and communities. While doctors, nurses, grocery store employees and truck drivers are just a few of the heroes working the front lines of this pandemic, everyone has had to change their lives …

Here’s how to file for coronavirus unemployment if you’re self-employed

Tricia Goss  |  April 30, 2020

Typically, if you work for yourself and lose your income, you are out of luck. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every fundamental aspect of our society, and unemployment is undoubtedly one of them. As a result, self-employed Americans now have the chance to receive unemployment benefits. Non-traditional workers are now allowed to apply …

Nominate your favorite local diner to receive a $2,000 grant from Heinz

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 30, 2020

There’s no denying the coronavirus pandemic has hit many businesses pretty hard, with retail stores, salons, gyms and local restaurants losing customers and money. If you’re missing heading out to your favorite local diner — the ones that know your name and order before you even sit down — or are worried about their financial …

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Ticketmaster is offering refunds for all events postponed due to coronavirus

Brittany Anas  |  April 28, 2020

Ticketmaster says it plans to reimburse customers who purchased tickets to concerts or events that have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement came after the ticket sales company was reprimanded by Democratic Reps. Katie Porter of California and Bill Pascrell of New Jersey for refusing to issue refunds to customers for events …

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 …

Snickers is giving free candy bars to essential workers

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 24, 2020

If you know someone who has been deemed an essential worker during the novel coronavirus pandemic, simply saying “thank you” might not seem like enough. Whether they’re a nurse, doctor, cashier, delivery driver, restaurant worker, police officer or fire fighter, those still working are what is keeping us all going during this health crisis. While …

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 …

You might notice higher prices for beef and pork during your next grocery run

John Matarese  |  April 24, 2020

Grocery store supplies remain tight, with items from Tylenol to chicken in short supply. And it appears beef and pork could soon be added to the list. But at the same time we are finding less on the shelves, prices keep creeping up and we are paying a lot more for less. Remember when eggs …

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 …

McDonald’s is giving free meals to healthcare workers and first responders

Marie Rossiter  |  April 23, 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.Our nation’s healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics have dedicated countless hours to helping meet the …

Busch is giving a year of beer to couples whose weddings were canceled due to coronavirus

Marie Rossiter  |  April 21, 2020

Wedding planning is usually one of the happiest times in a couple’s lives. But, many couples who had weddings planned for the spring and early summer of 2020 have encountered an unimaginable roadblock. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many couples to rethink their big day in big ways. While some have decided to scale down …

Company will pay you to binge watch true crime documentaries

Brittany Anas  |  April 21, 2020

Calling all fans of true crime: A streaming service will pay you $1,000 if you can binge watch 24 hours of true crime documentaries and share your experience on social media. MagellanTV, a niche streaming service for documentary fans, is taking applications from stay-at-home sleuths who can “survive 24 hours of true crime.” You technically …

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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 …

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Sam’s Club is launching ‘Hero Hours’ for frontline workers—no membership required

Kate Streit  |  April 15, 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.Beginning April 19, Sam’s Club will begin offering “Hero Hours,” in which healthcare workers and first responders …

Healthcare workers can get a free pillow from Mattress Firm

Tricia Goss  |  April 13, 2020

If anyone deserves a restful sleep, it is the doctors, nurses and other healthcare personnel working hard to care for those suffering the effects of COVID-19. To celebrate World Health Workers Week, Mattress Firm is donating 10,000 pillows to healthcare professionals who are fighting on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Practicing healthcare professionals …