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Clorox’s new CEO will set record for female executives in the Fortune 500

Tricia Goss  |  August 10, 2020

For the first time in history, there will soon be 38 female chief executives leading Fortune 500 companies. An experienced executive named Linda Rendle has been officially named as the CEO of The Clorox Company, thereby setting the new record. Other female CEOS on the short but growing list include Mary Barra of General Motors, …

Black Friday Shopping Begins On Thanksgiving Evening

Has COVID-19 killed Black Friday?

John Matarese  |  August 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so many aspects of American life in 2020. The latest: Holiday shopping. Frenzied Thanksgiving-night Black Friday sales, a 20-year tradition, appear to be over, at least for 2020. Stores cannot risk large crowds with the pandemic still spreading. That means they have no choice but to end the mad rush …

Why some people are receiving mysterious masks in the mail

John Matarese  |  August 8, 2020

First came reports of unwanted seeds arriving in the mail from China. Now, people are reporting that they’ve received packages containing a face mask that they did not order or want. Angela Osborne opened her mailbox the other day and found something strange inside, with her name and address on the package. “I noticed this …

Grocery shopping is more expensive thanks to COVID-19

Marie Rossiter  |  August 8, 2020

Grocery shopping has never been a favorite pastime of mine. It’s time-consuming and I usually try to keep to a strict budget. Over the past few months, I noticed our grocery bills were going up and I thought I was overreacting when I started to complain to my family about our eating habits. It turns …

Kodak is creating at least 360 new jobs

Tricia Goss  |  August 7, 2020

In 1880, a hobbyist photographer named George Eastman began manufacturing dry plates commercially. He formed the Eastman Dry Plate Company a year later with the goal of making photography as convenient as the pencil.  By 1900, the company was known as the Eastman Kodak Company. Kodak became a household name in easy-to-use cameras, allowing everyday …

Lord & Taylor is closing 19 locations as part of their bankruptcy reorganization

Marie Rossiter  |  August 6, 2020

Lord & Taylor announced the closing of 19 stores around the U.S. after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Aug. 2. Le Tote, which purchased Lord & Taylor in November 2019, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, according to a company press …

Tween clothing company Justice is closing 600 stores

Kaitlin Gates  |  August 6, 2020

Ascena Retail Group, the parent company to Loft, Ann Taylor, Justice, Lane Bryant, Cacique and Catherine’s, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July and will be closing a total of 1,600 stores, including about 600 of its more than 800 Justice stores. You can search for your local store to see if it’s on the …

Krispy Kreme is giving free coffee and doughnuts to teachers

Kaitlin Gates  |  August 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.With some schools deciding to begin the school year online and others getting ready to head back …

California Pizza Kitchen is filing for bankruptcy

Tricia Goss  |  August 5, 2020

On July 30, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) announced that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to restructure the majority of the restaurant chain’s long-term debt . Like so many other restaurants and retail stores, CPK has taken a hit during the coronavirus pandemic. But so far, the fast casual dining chain vows to remain …

Massive onion recall affects all 50 states

Tricia Goss  |  August 4, 2020

A variety of onions across the United States are currently under recall due to possible salmonella contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration, and they’ve been sold in every state. Following a joint investigation by the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and state and local partners, as well as the Public Health Agency …

USDA recalled 38,000 pounds of ground beef

Marie Rossiter  |  August 4, 2020

If you have ground beef in your refrigerator or freezer, you are going to want to check to see if it’s part of a new recall. The United States Department of Agriculture announced a Class I recall of 38,406 pounds of ground beef due to improper inspection practices. JBS Food Canada of Alberta exported the …

Microsoft is in talks to buy social media app TikTok

Marie Rossiter  |  August 4, 2020

TikTok has been in the news a lot lately, and not because of the latest viral dance craze on the popular social media platform. After TikTok came under fire last week from President Donald Trump, who said he’d considered banning it, Microsoft confirmed that it’s in talks to buy TikTok’s operations in the U.S., Canada, …

Dunkin’, McDonalds and Starbucks closing hundreds of restaurants throughout the U.S.

Kate Streit  |  August 3, 2020

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses are struggling to stay afloat. The restaurant industry has been hit particularly hard, and even the fast-food sector has struggled with faltering sales. The latest manifestation of the virus’s destruction: Dunkin’, McDonald’s and Starbucks all plan to close a combined 1,400 locations throughout the United States. Dunkin’ …

People are being scammed out of thousands of dollars using money transfer apps

John Matarese  |  August 3, 2020

Don’t want to deal with paper money and coins due to the risk of catching COVID-19? Money transfer apps like Cash, Zelle or Venmo may sound ideal, as you don’t have to handle paper cash. But scammers are preying on new users of the apps during the pandemic and it is essential that you know …

Coke Announces Its Raising Soda Prices Due To Rising Costs

Why some Coca-Cola products are hard to find right now

John Matarese  |  August 2, 2020

Coca-Cola is the No. 1 selling soft drink in America. But just as with so many other items during the pandemic, some versions of Coke are getting very difficult to find. Twitter is filled with complaints from people who can’t find their favorite Coke product, according to Business Insider. Hard-to-find brands in some stores include: …

Portable kids’ air mattress with electric pump is on sale for $37

Kate Streit  |  July 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.Get this adorable portable kids’ air mattress on Amazon right now for just $37.71. Regularly priced at …

Google will let employees work from home until at least next summer

Kate Streit  |  July 30, 2020

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, more employers are adapting to allow their staff to work remotely. Google plans to let its employees work at home until at least July 2021. The majority of the company’s 200,000 staffers around the world have been allowed to work remotely since March 2020. Previously, the tech giant had told …

Chipotle is giving out free guacamole for National Avocado Day

Marie Rossiter  |  July 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.If you can’t get enough guacamole on your Chipotle burritos or bowls, but hate paying extra to …

Get BOGO wings at Applebee’s on National Chicken Wing Day

Kaitlin Gates  |  July 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.Chicken wings are by far one of the most popular Super Bowl appetizers, as they can be …

Bath & Body Works’ semi-annual sale is on now

Kate Streit  |  July 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.Now is the time to stock up on all your favorite Bath & Body Works products. The …

Back-to-school will look very different this year

DWYM Staff  |  July 25, 2020

We’re now entering peak back-to-school shopping season, but this is turning out to be a school shopping season like none ever before. In the year of the pandemic, many parents are holding off, unsure their children will even set foot in their schools this fall. In normal years, Target, Staples and other stores would be …

Why some stores are running out of change

DWYM Staff  |  July 24, 2020

The next time you go to a convenience store or fast-food restaurant, you might want to bring exact change. A nationwide coin shortage has grocery and convenience stores, as well as fast food restaurants, running out of coins. We all understood the shortage of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes during the COVID-19 pandemic, since everyone …

Free contact tracing course could help you land a job

Marie Rossiter  |  July 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.Johns Hopkins University recently launched an online class that could help you get a new job to …

Enter your email address to win $5,000 for school supplies and $20,000 for your child’s school from Clorox

Kaitlin Gates  |  July 22, 2020

It goes without saying that this school year will look different for students, teachers and parents. Some school districts around the country have decided to begin the year online, while others are putting precautions in place to safely send the children back for in-person instruction. Clorox is looking to help with school supplies, whether you’re …

Get a free breakfast sandwich from Wendy’s

Kaitlin Gates  |  July 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.If you haven’t had a chance to try Wendy’s new breakfast menu, they’re offering up a deal …

Backyard pools are hard to find during the coronavirus pandemic

John Matarese  |  July 19, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has left so many things in short supply this year, and each month brings a new shortage — from Lysol wipes to chicken breasts and even bicycles. The latest? Backyard pools. Meghan and Nick Newton are dreaming of a new backyard pool for their staycation this summer with their young children. “We’d …

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Frontier Airlines’ COVID-19 flight vouchers already expiring

John Matarese  |  July 18, 2020

If you had to cancel a flight earlier this year, chances are you have a voucher that you need to use in the next year or two. But check it carefully. Some customers of Frontier, a popular discount airline, are learning their vouchers have already expired. Eula Williams and her niece, Lanee Dailey, have been …

The IRS is open again, but millions of people still don’t have their tax refunds

John Matarese  |  July 18, 2020

Good news and bad news from the IRS this July. The good: the agency reopened for business as of July 13, which means it is now taking phone calls and processing tax filings as quickly as possible. The bad: during a year when every dime counts, the agency says as many as 4.7 million tax …

Clarisonic is going out of business and their face brushes and other products are 50% off

Kate Streit  |  July 16, 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.Established ten years ago, skincare company Clarisonic is going out of business.  The company is closing down …

Get a 96-count pack of Ticonderoga pencils for just $10

Tricia Goss  |  July 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.No. 2 pencils are on every back-to-school shopping list (and most teachers’ wish lists). Fortunately, they’re never …

Get a dozen free doughnuts from Krispy Kreme this week

Kaitlin Gates  |  July 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.What’s the next best thing to celebrating your own birthday? Celebrating the birthday of a company that’s …

Things you can’t find on store shelves because of the coronavirus pandemic

John Matarese  |  July 12, 2020

For a few months, finding disinfecting wipes, toilet paper or hand sanitizer was like striking gold because stores were sold out. But as toilet paper returns to shelves, many other items are missing. In many cases, they are less popular brands that people nevertheless love. Libby Turpin couldn’t find her favorite brand of hot dogs, …

These are the best and worst face masks to protect from COVID-19

John Matarese  |  July 11, 2020

We may not love wearing them, but Americans are masking up more and more. An increasing number of states, businesses and cities are requiring face masks to try to stop the spread of COVID-19. But are you getting the proper protection? You may have seen Instagram photos of drinking masks with a straw hole, or …

Bed Bath & Beyond is closing 200 stores as sales drop 50%

Kaitlin Gates  |  July 10, 2020

Bed Bath & Beyond is looking to close around 200 stores over the next two years after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the retailer hard, resulting in a 49% loss of sales. The company announced the closures in its first-quarter investor-relations presentation, stating that the closures would affect “mostly” Bed Bath & Beyond stores, though the …

Dunkin’ to permanently close 450 Speedway stores by the end of 2020

Marie Rossiter  |  July 9, 2020

Grabbing a quick cup of coffee and a donut from Dunkin’ might be a little more challenging for people soon and it has nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic. Dunkin’ recently announced the company will close 450 locations around the U.S. by the end of 2020. The closures come as a result of the …

How to get a free gift from CVS everyday through July 18

Kaitlin Gates  |  July 7, 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 next two weeks, all CVS ExtraCare Rewards members will get a free gift every day …

Goldman Sachs study says national mask mandate could have a big impact on the US economy

Kate Streit  |  July 6, 2020

The novel coronavirus pandemic has drastically altered our way of life and has also had a huge impact on the economy. A new study conducted by Goldman Sachs suggests that a national mask mandate in the United States could help mitigate further damage to the economy by preventing a 5% loss ($1 trillion) of the …

Costco is not currently selling half sheet cakes

Tricia Goss  |  July 2, 2020

Costco half-sheet cakes have been wildly popular for decades. It’s easy to see why, when you factor in the generous size, affordable price (under $20) and delicious taste of the bakery confections. Sadly, though, the warehouse chain has announced it will cease selling the party-size rectangular cakes. In this recent Facebook post for 10-inch round …

Get 2 burgers, fries and drinks plus a slice of cheesecake for just $20 at The Cheesecake Factory

Bridget Sharkey  |  June 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.While many restaurants have started to reopen their dining rooms, The Cheesecake Factory is about to give …

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Beware these boat and camper scams during pandemic

John Matarese  |  June 27, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are looking for ways to avoid crowds. So buying a boat or camper might sound like a great option to keep your family safe on vacation — as long as you avoid getting scammed. Tracey Beers is a single mom and watercolor artist who wanted a way to spend …

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Prepare to pay high prices for meat ahead of Fourth of July

John Matarese  |  June 26, 2020

Are you looking for some steaks to throw on the grill this weekend or on the Fourth of July? You may want to bring extra money — the pandemic is sending meat prices up sharply this month. High prices are starting to impact consumers, restaurants and anyone who cooks meat for their business. Tyrique Ramsey …

Get free coffee from Panera all summer long

Kaitlin Gates  |  June 26, 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 best parts of summer, for me, is frozen margaritas and iced coffee. While I …

Save up to 75% on home decor during Hobby Lobby’s semi-annual sale

Kaitlin Gates  |  June 25, 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 looking to redecorate your house or just for a few new home decor items, you …

Brands are pulling their Facebook ads, citing the platform’s failure to monitor hate speech

Tricia Goss  |  June 24, 2020

If it seems as though many familiar brands’ ads are no longer popping up on your Facebook feed, you may be right. Several major brands are answering the call of the NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League and other civil rights groups to avoid working with Facebook unless and until “meaningful action” has been taken. Stop Hate …

Target.com has tons of Hearth & Hand with Magnolia items on sale

Kate Streit  |  June 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.Need to spruce up your home this summer? You’re in luck because right now on Target.com, you …

Get a free book with Barnes & Noble’s summer reading program

Kaitlin Gates  |  June 21, 2020

While businesses are beginning to reopen in many areas of the country, there’s no doubt this summer will still be drastically different from summers of yore. You’ll probably be spending more time at home with your family this year, which guarantees one thing: Your kids are going to be bored. If you want to squash …

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Parents are having a hard time getting refunds for kids’ spring sports leagues

John Matarese  |  June 21, 2020

Thousands of youth sporting events were canceled this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s tough enough that kids are missing a whole season of baseball or soccer. But now, soccer moms and dads everywhere are growing frustrated. Many paid hundreds of dollars for their kids to participate in spring soccer leagues that ended up …

You could buy a house in this ‘COVID-free’ Italian town for just $1

Tricia Goss  |  June 19, 2020

If a cozy villa in an Italian mountainside village seems like a pipe dream, you might want to reconsider. One community in Italy has homes available for about $1. And, by the way, this little village has allegedly remained free of COVID-19. Enticing Newcomers To Rebuild A Community Cinquefrondi, Italy translates to “five fronds” in …

Kids can earn free pizza from Pizza Hut for doing summer reading

Kaitlin Gates  |  June 19, 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.With summer break starting earlier than ever for many kids this year, it’s probably safe to say …

IZOD women’s sandals are on sale for just $12

Kate Streit  |  June 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.Summer is underway, and right now you can update your wardrobe for the season with these versatile …