Walmart is carrying tween clothing line Justice

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 19, 2021

Nearly a year after Ascena Retail Group closed 600 of their 800 Justice stores, Walmart is now carrying the tween clothing brand. While there has been no formal announcement, browsing Walmart’s website shows a variety of Justice-brand items. The majority of items appear to be online-only, but some are eligible for free store pickup. While …

Get 3 free greeting cards from Hallmark

Tricia Goss  |  April 19, 2021

Sure, you can send a text or DM someone on social media to let them know you are thinking of them. But there is nothing quite as meaningful as receiving an old-fashioned greeting card in your mailbox. As part of its Cards Do More campaign, Hallmark is giving away one million greeting cards, three cards …

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Get a free flower seed packet just in time for spring

Jenn Fields  |  April 13, 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.Spring has sprung in many places around the country, and even if you haven’t planted any seeds …

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Amtrak tickets are buy one, get one free right now

Marie Rossiter  |  April 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.After a year of COVID-19 lockdowns, a lot of people are itching to travel. The Centers for …

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Get paid $2,400 to watch 24 hours of true crime TV

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 11, 2021

Are you a fan of true crime? I mean, really a fan, as in, can you easily fall asleep to documentaries about serial killers without having nightmares? If your answer is yes, MagellanTV has an opportunity you won’t want to pass up. The company is paying someone $2,400 ($100 an hour!) to binge watch 24 …

Tax refund for unemployment: Why you may get more money back this year

John Matarese  |  April 9, 2021

If you received unemployment benefits last year, you probably have a bigger tax refund coming your way. That’s great news for the tens of millions of people who were out of work due to the pandemic in 2020 and who could now get an additional $1,000 to $5,000 tax refund later this spring. Under the …

LG is shutting down its smartphone business

Anna Weaver  |  April 6, 2021

The third-largest manufacturer of mobile phones in North America has decided to focus on other areas of its business, from robotics and artificial intelligence to electric vehicle components. LG Electronics announced on April 5 that it will be ending its production of cellphones and smartphones. Apple and Samsung, who are ahead of LG in terms …

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 use plug-in air fresheners? With spring cleaning mode in high gear, finding great deals on …

Amazon phone scam: What you need to know

John Matarese  |  April 2, 2021

Many of us have been ordering dozens of items from Amazon during the pandemic. Sometimes you don’t remember what you ordered, which makes it easy to fall for the latest phone scam, which involves a very slick call telling you of a problem with your Amazon account. Kimberly Moore was at her health administrator job …

What you need to know about the eBay Motors car scam

John Matarese  |  March 31, 2021

It’s the start of the car-buying season. But if you are buying a used car, buyer beware. Fake car ads, advertising inexpensive used cars that don’t really exist, are everywhere, as one woman found out. Heather Wolff wanted to purchase a used car this spring, so she checked Facebook Marketplace and found a gorgeous yellow …

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Applebee’s is debuting 2 new fruity tequila cocktails for $5 each

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 31, 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.Spring is officially here, which means it’s time to trade in the spiked hot chocolate for something …

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Disney is closing 38 US retail stores this year

Marie Rossiter  |  March 25, 2021

Disney has closed 38 of its retail stores around the U.S. as the company adjusts to consumers’ changing shopping habits amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This wave of closings is only the beginning of Disney stores disappearing from malls and shopping centers. On March 3, Disney announced it plans to shutter at least 60 brick-and-mortar locations …

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Get a free Krispy Kreme doughnut with vaccination card

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 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.As more and more people become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine across the country, Krispy Kreme …

5 reasons why your tax refund may be delayed

John Matarese  |  March 20, 2021

It’s a new year, but many of the same old problems remain when it comes to tax filing. A month after the IRS started processing returns, complaints are already coming in about late refunds. Heather Niehaus is a busy mom of a 2-year-old girl, and every dollar counts at her home. So she filed her …

Lego is hiring its first-ever Kid Creative Director

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 17, 2021

It goes without saying that the past year has been hard on everyone — including kids. Whether they had school at home or in-person, chances are most children spent more time at home than usual, likely away from their friends. Inspired by the at-home creativity they saw during the last year, Lego is now conducting …

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Utility companies in several states have resumed shutoffs

John Matarese  |  March 15, 2021

Most states passed emergency laws banning evictions and utility shutoffs during the pandemic. Those moratoriums are running out, and thousands of unemployed people — plus others still battling COVID-19 — are running out of options. Mashelle Fields is one of them, living off batteries and borrowed power in her apartment. She said Duke workers shut …

What the status of stimulus checks?

Status of stimulus check: How to find out when you’ll get yours

Tricia Goss  |  March 15, 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.On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law. …

Why your DoorDash, Grubhub or Uber Eats order may be late

John Matarese  |  March 12, 2021

A growing number of people are complaining about food delivery arriving as much as two hours late. It turns out that the way you place your order may be the reason for those late deliveries in many cases. Hana Chu is the co-owner of an Asian restaurant, KungFood Chu. She says more and more customers …

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Frontier has one-way flights for $15 to some major destinations

Marie Rossiter  |  March 11, 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.Thinking about spring or summer travel? With COVID-19 vaccines becoming more available each week, many people are …

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Kia is recalling nearly 380,000 vehicles due to fire risk

Marie Rossiter  |  March 11, 2021

Car manufacturer Kia just announced a recall for two of its vehicles due to a fire risk from a potential electrical shortage. A report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated Kia is recalling all 2017-2019 Kia Cadenzas and 2017-2021 Kia Sportage vehicles. Neither class of vehicles included Smart Cruise Control features, according …

Stimulus check calculator estimates how much you’ll receive

Kate Streit  |  March 11, 2021

Wondering how much money you can expect with the next stimulus check? The American Rescue Plan Act will provide $1,400 direct payments to individuals making up to $75,000 per year and expands the child tax credit up to $3,600 per child. It also extends a weekly $300 federal unemployment benefit through August. In addition to …

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 from the program’s first year are in, and the analysis offers some insights into the …

American Express is giving $1 million in grants to historic small restaurants

Margeaux Baulch Klein  |  March 3, 2021

From neighborhood coffee shops to hole-in-the-wall eateries, small restaurants have been among the businesses hardest hit by Covid-19. It’s been estimated that, as of December 2020, 17% of all U.S. restaurants have permanently shut down.  Although restrictions on the food industry have eased in some states, many independently-owned restaurants remain on the brink of closure …

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Costco raising minimum wage for employees

Tricia Goss  |  March 1, 2021

Costco will raise its minimum starting wage to $16 an hour starting in the first week of March, CEO W. Craig Jelinek revealed during a Senate panel hearing on Feb. 25. “I want to note this isn’t altruism,” Jelinek told the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. “At Costco, we know that paying employees good wages … …

Free repairs are running out for rusting Toyota frames

John Matarese  |  February 28, 2021

Owners of some popular Toyota pickup trucks are riding on frames that are rusting away — and those who have not visited a dealer lately may not know about it. What’s worse, though, is that a special warranty extension to replace those frames is running out, leaving owners with little time to take action before …

How to slash your streaming TV bill to under $40 a month

John Matarese  |  February 26, 2021

Remember when cutting the cord and streaming was a great way to slash that cable bill? That’s so 2010. Jennifer Taylor says her streaming bill is now out of control. “It keeps getting more and more expensive,” she said, “paying for Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and having cable, so it’s really expensive now.” She’s right. Have …

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Walmart is raising wages for 425,000 US employees

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 26, 2021

Walmart has announced it will be raising wages for about a third of its workforce following a hectic year in the industry due to the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning March 13, 425,000 of Walmart’s nearly 1.5 million employees will receive a raise, with starting rates moving to $13-$19 per hour, based on the store’s location and …

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Some farmworkers now eligible for extra pay as frontline workers

Tricia Goss  |  February 24, 2021

California’s Coachella Valley is one of the state’s largest crop-growing regions, known for producing bell peppers, citrus, dates and grapes. In early February, when the Coachella City Council passed an emergency ordinance to provide an additional $4 per hour to essential workers such as employees of grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants, they opted to include …

Student loan interest freeze: Check if your loan is eligible

Tricia Goss  |  February 23, 2021

Recent data shows that 44.7 million Americans carry $1.71 trillion in total U.S. student loan debt. For the time being, payments on those loans can wait, and interest will not accrue. On Jan. 20, the White House posted the following statement: “At the request of President Biden, the Acting Secretary of Education will extend the …

Toro recalls snowblower due to amputation risk

Tricia Goss  |  February 22, 2021

If you have recently had several inches of snow, wait before you head to the garage to start your snowblower. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that the Toro brand has voluntarily recalled one of its snowblower models due to an amputation hazard. Recall Details The Model Year 2021 Toro Power Max 826 …

Lands’ End winter outwear is on sale from $7.99

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 19, 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 for some new warm weather gear to get you through the rest of this …

Dating app co-founder just became youngest self-made female billionaire

Tricia Goss  |  February 15, 2021

Dating app Bumble became a publicly-traded company on Feb. 11. Shares of the company immediately soared, and by day’s end, CEO and founder Whitney Wolfe Herd had become the world’s youngest self-made woman billionaire. Wolfe Herd, who is 31, tweeted about the company going public and credited much of Bumble’s success to its female customers …

Mysterious 1099 tax form could be a sign of identity theft

John Matarese  |  February 13, 2021

This is W-2 and 1099 season when companies send you tax statements for what you earned last year. But check those statements carefully. Some people are receiving 1099 forms saying they earned unemployment benefits when they never filed for unemployment. Joe McFarland is struggling to understand what’s been showing up in his family’s mail. His …

Target is giving workers paid time off and free transportation to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Marie Rossiter  |  February 12, 2021

Target announced they’ll give hourly employees paid time off to get their COVID-19 vaccinations and will even pay for their transportation to get the shots. The company made the announcement in a post on its corporate website on Feb. 10 that outlines the details of the incentives. The free transportation for all U.S. team members …

How to claim a missing stimulus check on your taxes

John Matarese  |  February 12, 2021

Many people who feel they should have received a stimulus check last year — or the second one this year — are still empty-handed. While many of us have finally received our portion of the $1,200 check and the latest $600 check, many are still waiting for at least one of them. You can try …

Tesla bought $1.5 billion in Bitcoin, causing the cryptocurrency’s price to reach a record high

Anna Weaver  |  February 9, 2021

After Tesla bought $1.5 billion in Bitcoin and said it planned to accept the cryptocurrency as a form of payment for Tesla products, the price of Bitcoin has skyrocketed. Tesla founder Elon Musk’s mention of the digital currency in January temporarily raised the price of Bitcoin. He’s also mentioned Dogecoin, another form of virtual money. …

Get 25% off online orders from Panera Bread

Brittany Anas  |  February 9, 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.Calling all broccoli cheddar soup-lovers and flatbread pizza fanatics: Panera Bread is extending a 25% off deal …

How to block annoying car warranty robocalls

John Matarese  |  February 6, 2021

With everything we are dealing with this pandemic, robocallers and scammers are still calling our cell phones. And the number one unwanted call so far in 2021 has to do with your car’s warranty, according to the Federal Trade Commission. It seems that almost every day, someone needs to reach you about your warranty expiring. …

Cici’s Pizza filed for bankruptcy

Marie Rossiter  |  February 3, 2021

Buffet pizza chain Cici’s Pizza filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on Jan. 25, unable to remain viable amid the pandemic’s in-person dining restrictions and food-delivery boom. Cici’s Holdings Inc.’s filing came with a plan to sell to lender D&G Investors, the Wall Street Journal reported. Under the plan, D&G will reorganize in an expedited bankruptcy …

Odd Super Bowl bets you can make that have nothing to do with football

Clint Davis  |  February 2, 2021

While gambling on sports is not a wise way to grow your savings, sometimes it’s fun to just take a little risk. Along with March Madness, the Super Bowl is the one event every year that encourages even the strictest penny-pinchers among us to loosen up a bit and put some cash on the line. …

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How to get 40 free boneless wings from Applebee’s on Super Bowl Sunday

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 2, 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.The biggest sporting event of the year is almost here, so if you haven’t yet, now is …

Get a family meal from Panda Express delivered for just $29

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 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.Even if you live in an area where indoor dining is permitted right now, you might still …

Americans are planning for a post-vaccination splurge

John Matarese  |  January 29, 2021

Have you given any thought as to what you are going to do once you receive your COVID-19 vaccine? A new survey says Americans should be prepared for a surge in travel and spending, at least among those who are still working. Most of us have heard of the “roaring twenties,” and the parties, drinking …

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 coveted coupon are coming to an end, according to a statement from Hobby Lobby. This …

Target is giving post-holiday bonuses to employees

Brittany Anas  |  January 28, 2021

After a double-digit increase in holiday season sales, Target announced it will be distributing $500 bonuses to its hourly team members. This marks the fifth round of bonuses that the mega-retailer has announced since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. This time around, money from a $200 million bonus pool will be distributed to 375,000 …

Godiva is closing all shops in North America

Kate Streit  |  January 26, 2021

Many businesses have been forced to close amid the coronavirus pandemic. The latest casualty is chocolatier Godiva, which will be permanently closing all 128 of its locations in North America. All stores, including 11 in Canada, will be closed or sold by the end of March 2021. Godiva’s locations throughout Europe, the Middle East and …

Tesla CEO Elon Musk donated $5 million to education group Khan Academy

Brittany Anas  |  January 25, 2021

Through his foundation, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has donated $5 million to Khan Academy, a non-profit educational platform that provides free video tutorials and that has exploded in popularity during the global pandemic. Worldwide, the Kahn Academy has 120 million registered users and a library of learning content, including interactive exercises, across a variety of …

Amazon turned its Seattle headquarters into a vaccination site

Anna Weaver  |  January 25, 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.Starting Jan. 24, Amazon is using one of its Seattle office buildings as a temporary COVID-19 vaccination …

What to know before you buy a used appliance

John Matarese  |  January 23, 2021

If you need a new refrigerator, washing machine or other appliance, you could face a long wait these days. That’s why stores selling inexpensive used appliances could be a great option. But one single mom has a cautionary tale. Mom buys used for big savings Stephanie Holley found a home for her and her children. …