Best matching Christmas pajamas 2020

Kaitlin Gates  |  November 24, 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.One of the coziest family traditions for the holidays is wearing matching Christmas pajamas. Whether you’re all …

Best Christmas Gifts 2020

Marie Rossiter  |  November 24, 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.While it’s the thought that counts, taking the time to find the best Christmas gifts for friends …

Walmart will deliver your Christmas tree and hang holiday lights on your house

Kaitlin Gates  |  November 24, 2020

It goes without saying that this holiday season will be different than usual in many ways, but putting up a fresh Christmas tree is one tradition you won’t have to skip this year. Now throughout the holiday season, Walmart will deliver a live Christmas tree right to your doorstep, meaning you can stay safe and …

Bath & Body Works Black Friday deals are here

Kaitlin Gates  |  November 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.Black Friday used to be reserved for just one day, but this year, many stores launched their …

What you need to know about the tax implications of working from home

John Matarese  |  November 22, 2020

So you’ve gotten used to working from home … and you’d like to keep doing that even if the pandemic ends next spring? Watch out: cities and states are looking at new ways to tax home-based workers. Working from home means more time with family, and less time commuting. In many cases, you are now …

Thanksgiving deals announced in Walmart’s Black Friday ad

John Matarese  |  November 21, 2020

This unusual 2020 Black Friday season reaches its climax on Thanksgiving evening, with Walmart’s third and final Black Friday sale. Walmart just released its final Black Friday ad, and it includes the kind of steals that people line up hours to get each year. But during the pandemic, there will be no Thursday lines. To …

Online learning threats all parents should know about

John Matarese  |  November 21, 2020

Millions of American children are spending this fall semester taking at least some of their classes online, through Zoom, Google Meet and other platforms. And while many of the bugs, glitches and surprise Zoom “bombings” of this past spring have been fixed, experts say many threats remain. Arneesha Collins, parent of an elementary-aged boy, worries …

This scary scam claims your son or daughter is kidnapped

John Matarese  |  November 16, 2020

Police are warning about a terrifying phone scam where the person on the other end of the phone says they are holding a family member for ransom. One woman said she received one of these calls and it was the most frightening call she ever received. Natalie Bruser was heading home from work when her …

Costco is dropping medical exemptions and requiring all customers to wear masks or face shields

Marie Rossiter  |  November 14, 2020

Costco is doubling down on its face mask policy in the fight against COVID-19. Starting Nov. 16, Costco will require everyone to wear a face mask or face shield at all Costco locations, according to a statement released by the company. “Entry to Costco will only be granted to those wearing a face mask or …

Veterans and gold star families now get free admission to national parks for life

Brittany Anas  |  November 13, 2020

United States military veterans and the families of service members who were killed in action can now receive free lifetime passes to national parks and other federal recreation areas, including wildlife refuges and forests. The new program is a way to thank America’s veterans and gold star families for their contributions to the country. The …

CDC brief says face masks could reduce US economic losses by $1 trillion

Brittany Anas  |  November 12, 2020

Wearing a face mask is one of the most effective ways to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to health officials. But widespread mask-wearing could also help shield the U.S. economy from $1 trillion in losses, according to a scientific brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new brief from …

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9 things still in short supply as the holidays approach

John Matarese  |  November 11, 2020

It was back in March when cleaning items started disappearing from grocery stores, in the initial pandemic panic. Remember the runs on toilet paper? For three months, you couldn’t find any. But here we are, six months later, and many items are still in short supply. “Sometimes bleach, and paper towels,” one grocery shopper told …

What to know about this year’s Black Friday sales

John Matarese  |  November 10, 2020

Black Friday sales will take place all throughout November 2020 to protect holiday shoppers from the COVID-19 risk of crowded stores on Thanksgiving night. It’s safer than the usual way, but it’s also more confusing. When, exactly, does each sale start? We teamed up with Jimmy Rhoades of the Scripps show The List TV to …

Lowe’s is hiring 20,000 employees for the holiday season

Brittany Anas  |  November 9, 2020

Lowe’s will be hiring an additional 20,000 associates for its U.S. stores and regional distribution centers, becoming the latest mega-retailer to announce a hiring spree amid an unprecedented holiday season. In addition to hiring seasonal workers, Lowe’s is also filling permanent, full-time and part-time roles at its stores and adding 2,500 team members at regional …

Kohl’s dropping Black Friday deals throughout whole month

Kaitlin Gates  |  November 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.Kohl’s has just released their Black Friday ad, and this year, they’re offering up sales all month …

Target is offering Black Friday deals all month long

Kaitlin Gates  |  November 5, 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.Just as everything has this year, Black Friday shopping will also look a bit different at many …

Debt collectors will be allowed to contact you via social media due to new rule

Tricia Goss  |  November 4, 2020

Consumer debt in the U.S. totaled $14.3 trillion in March 2020. With thousands of businesses shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic and a great deal of them permanently closing, many households are struggling to make ends meet. Millions of Americans have had to skip payments on everything from their mortgages and utilities to auto …

Free Starbucks for military members and their spouses this Veterans Day

Kaitlin Gates  |  November 4, 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 a veteran, active duty service member or a military spouse, Starbucks will be offering you …

Starbucks is closing 100 more locations across the U.S.

Marie Rossiter  |  November 4, 2020

Starbucks is planning to close an additional 100 stores around the U.S. as the coffee company adjusts to changing consumer habits. News of the closures came on an earnings call in the last week of October when the company announced it would be closing 100 U.S. stores as well as 100 stores in Canada in …

Netflix just increased its prices again

Brittany Anas  |  November 3, 2020

Netflix is raising its prices again, with the cost of its most popular Standard plan increasing a buck from $12.99 to $13.99 a month. The streaming service giant had already raised the cost for new subscribers signing up for its Standard and Premium plans. But for existing subscribers, the increased monthly cost is looming. Netflix …

Target offering 10% for veterans and military members

Brittany Anas  |  November 2, 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.In honor of Veterans Day, Target is extending a 10% discount to active-duty military members, veterans and …

Uber and Lyft are offering discounted rides to the polls on Election Day

Brittany Anas  |  November 2, 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.Nearly half of all eligible voters didn’t vote in the last presidential election and, for many, it …

Is the iPhone 12 really worth $800?

John Matarese  |  November 1, 2020

Apple’s big announcement about the iPhone 12 is generating more buzz than other recent models since it will be the first iPhone with 5G capability. But is it worth buying? Or should you stick with an older model? Despite the lack of a flashy roll-out in stores, Apple is expected to sell tens of millions …

How to stop political calls and text messages

John Matarese  |  October 30, 2020

First, it was unwanted calls, then emails. Now, unsolicited political text messages are driving voters crazy this election year. The good news is that there are easy ways to stop them. You might be receiving political messages at all hours of the day, urging you to help turn the country red or blue and to …

These are all the best deals from Best Buy’s 2020 Black Friday ad

John Matarese  |  October 30, 2020

Best Buy is joining Walmart and Target this pandemic year and spreading its Black Friday sales through the entire month of November. The electronics retailer has just released its Black Friday ad and plans to get a jump on the competition by starting some of its big sales immediately, before the young ones have even gone …

KitchenAid stand mixer is just $199 on BestBuy.com right now

Brittany Anas  |  October 30, 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.In a surprise move, BestBuy.com just announced some early Black Friday deals — and among the markdowns …

Get free baked goods at McDonald’s every day for a week

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 29, 2020

If you haven’t had a chance to try McDonald’s three new bakery items yet, now is your chance, because the fast-food chain is giving them away for free! McDonald’s new apple fritters, blueberry muffins and cinnamon rolls just rolled out to restaurants on Oct. 28, so to make sure everyone tries their new treats, the …

Great Clips is giving free haircuts to veterans and military service members this Veterans Day

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 29, 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 the eighth year in a row, Great Clips is again showing its appreciation for active and …

How to get a fresh Christmas tree delivered right to your door this year

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 29, 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.While Christmas is still nearly two months away, it’s probably safe to say you’ve already thought about …

New listeria outbreak linked to deli meat

Brittany Anas  |  October 28, 2020

Ten people have been infected with a strain of listeria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and epidemiologic evidence shows that deli meat is the likely source of this serious outbreak. All 10 ill people were hospitalized, and one individual has died. The listeria infections were reported in Florida, Massachusetts and New …

Wendy’s has a new chicken sandwich and you can get 2 for free

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 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.If chicken sandwiches top your list of favorite fast food treats, Wendy’s just made your dinner plans …

Huge Pillsbury cookie dough variety pack is just $5.98

Brittany Anas  |  October 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.Coinciding with cookie baking season, Sam’s Club has an amazing deal on ready-to-bake treats: For under $6, …

Target is giving its frontline workers a bonus ahead of the holiday season

Brittany Anas  |  October 22, 2020

As a thank-you to employees who have been working amid the coronavirus pandemic, Target announced it will be giving $200 bonuses to its hourly team members. The round of bonuses, which will be distributed in early November, comes ahead of the busy holiday season and is the fourth round of bonuses that the mega-retailer has …

Kids can get a free Mr. Mummy pancake from IHOP

Tricia Goss  |  October 21, 2020

Halloween might look different this year, but kids can still get in on some yummy, spooky treats. As part of its seasonal pancake lineup, IHOP is serving up a fun and tasty Mr. Mummy pancake on its kids’ menu. Better still, it is free for a limited time. From Oct. 26 through 30, kids 12 …

Buy one Jimmy John’s sandwich and get a second at half price

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 21, 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’ve been considering grabbing some sandwiches from Jimmy John’s, you’ll want to make sure you do …

Walmart’s Black Friday deals start early this year and include a 42-inch smart TV for $88

Marie Rossiter  |  October 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.Walmart has released its Black Friday savings ad, and they’re giving shoppers a chance to grab their …

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Get an Apple Watch for monitoring your heart rate while watching horror movies

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 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.If you’re a fan of scary movies, you’ve surely noticed that sometimes your heart can get a …

Take this bank-approved quiz to see if you could spot a scam

John Matarese  |  October 16, 2020

Think you could spot a banking scam? Don’t be so sure. Thousands of people are falling for fake phone calls, texts and emails that appear to come from their bank. Now, the nation’s banks are rolling out a new tool help you spot a scam. “I got a phone call from my bank, and I …

Watch out for these fake DMV and BMV websites

John Matarese  |  October 16, 2020

Need to renew your license plates, driver’s license or registration soon, but don’t want stand in a long line with other drivers during this pandemic? Millions of drivers this year have decided to renew online. But beware. Facing long lines when DMV and BMV offices reopened this summer, many drivers decided to opt for online …

Almost 1 million married women left the workforce last month in first ‘female recession’

Brittany Anas  |  October 12, 2020

In the month of September, and coinciding with an unprecedented back-to-school season amid the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 1 million married women left the job market, a statistic from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that economists and labor advocates fear propels a “female recession.” The coronavirus pandemic has upended work and home life, with parents …

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Get paid $1,000 to watch horror movies for 24 hours straight

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 12, 2020

With Halloween no doubt looking a bit different this year, chances are at least some of your plans include staying inside and watching your favorite scary movies. If that is indeed on your to-do list this year, there is now a chance you could make some serious cash for your movie-watching marathon. CableTV.com and HighSpeedInternet.com …

Get an instant-read, touchless thermometer on Amazon for just $9.99

Tricia Goss  |  October 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.You’re probably having your temperature taken now more than ever. Fortunately, when they check you going into …

A Cash App Scam Is Making the Rounds

John Matarese  |  October 11, 2020

Money transfer apps are rapidly replacing checking accounts these days, especially for people who don’t want to handle cash during this pandemic. Unfortunately, as one woman just learned, these apps are easy targets for scammers. Corinthia, who asked that we not use her last name, just saw her rent payment and more disappear in a …

IRS extending deadline to register for a stimulus check

Brittany Anas  |  October 7, 2020

If you haven’t yet received your economic stimulus check, you now have until Nov. 21, 2020 to register for the payment. The Internal Revenue Service announced that it extended the deadline to register for the Economic Impact Payment by an additional five weeks beyond the original deadline. Most eligible taxpayers automatically received the payment, which …

Sliced fruit sold at Walmart recalled for listeria risk

Tricia Goss  |  October 7, 2020

On Oct. 1, the food manufacturer Country Fresh voluntarily recalled its watermelon sold at two retailers. Two days later, the company expanded the recall to include more products beyond just the watermelon. If you recently purchased pre-cut fruit, take a moment to check and see if you should be tossing it out. Country Fresh has …

You can buy a smart robotic vacuum for $250 off at Kohl’s—here’s when

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 5, 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.While all savvy shoppers know the best time to save money on pretty much anything is by …

A new cable or satellite TV upgrade scam is making the rounds

John Matarese  |  October 4, 2020

If your cable or satellite bill is pushing $200 or more a month, you’ll probably be interested in any way to lower it. That’s why many are perking up after getting calls this month about lowering their cable or satellite TV bill. The only problem: in most cases, it is not a legitimate offer. For …

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Appliances are the latest COVID-19 pandemic shortage

John Matarese  |  October 3, 2020

Need a washing machine or refrigerator? You might want to plan ahead if you can, because delivery dates are getting pushed further and further back this fall. It’s the latest shortage this pandemic year, which has seen everything from hand sanitizer to chicken in short supply at some point. To many homeowners, this appliance shortage …

Kohl’s is hiring 90K seasonal workers and you can interview via phone

Tricia Goss  |  October 2, 2020

Kohl’s is hiring for the upcoming holiday season and interested applicants can sign up to interview by phone. The department store retail chain is holding a one-day national hiring event with health and safety in mind on Oct. 3. Both store and distribution center positions will be available. Store positions include retail sales associates who …

Disney is laying off 28,000 employees

Marie Rossiter  |  October 1, 2020

Correction Oct. 2, 2020: A previous version of this article misstated Disney’s revenue losses in the most recent quarter. We regret the error. Disney announced it plans to lay off 28,000 employees in the United States. That equals approximately one-quarter of its American workforce. The job cuts will mostly come from the company’s theme parks. …