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Home maintenance projects you should tackle this spring

John Matarese  |  May 14, 2022

With inflation raging these days, none of us want to spend more than we have to on home repair. That’s why it’s more important than ever to do some spring home maintenance, to keep minor problems from becoming big ones.…

Why so many people are falling for Zelle scams—and how to protect yourself

John Matarese  |  May 12, 2022

The free payment app Zelle is making headlines these days, but for all the wrong reasons. Every week, it seems, comes a new report of someone scammed out of thousands of dollars. And now Congress is starting to ask questions.…

Wide leg romper on sale on Amazon

Prepare for tons of compliments when you wear this $42 wide-leg romper to summer parties

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 12, 2022

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 weather…

Man loses $93,000 after check is stolen and ‘washed’

John Matarese  |  May 9, 2022

The checks are in the mail and, unfortunately thieves these days are well aware of that. Reports of mail theft are soaring nationwide, as criminal rings now steal, “wash” and rewrite personal checks. Joe Duffy wants to know what he…

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Hybrid and electric car owners furious about new taxes

John Matarese  |  May 8, 2022

Gas prices are on the rise, so you may be thinking an electric car or hybrid may be the answer. But what many drivers don’t know is that, in many states, you may have to pay an extra tax on…

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Mother’s Day 2022 may be the most expensive one yet—here’s how to save

John Matarese  |  May 6, 2022

From flowers to brunch to jewelry: Inflation is boosting prices on almost all things Mother’s Day. The National Retail Federation estimates the average family will spend $245 on Mother’s Day this year, including gifts and dinner. So how do you…

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Airbnb’s jobs page visited 800,000 times after work-from-anywhere news

Tricia Goss  |  May 6, 2022

After two years of working remotely throughout the pandemic, many companies have begun requiring employees to return to the workplace. However, a considerable amount of those workers have expressed unhappiness about the move. According to a recent report from Apollo…

Mom and daughter look at photo album

Get a free 8-by-10-inch photo print from Walgreen’s for Mother’s Day

Tricia Goss  |  May 4, 2022

What can you get the mom or grandma who has everything for Mother’s Day? You want something she’ll love that won’t add clutter to her home and is easy on your budget. How about a new family photo? You can…

Shark ion robot is an Amazon fan-favorite for picking up pet hair and fine dust

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 3, 2022

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How to make your home appliances last longer

John Matarese  |  May 3, 2022

Supply chain problems mean it can take months to get a new washing machine or dishwasher these days. So keeping your appliances running as long as possible is more important than ever. Reece Dorsey, manager of a store called The…

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Warning signs a side hustle job may be a scam

John Matarese  |  May 2, 2022

After last year’s “great resignation,” many people who don’t want to return to the office are looking for part-time work. But, scammers are now lurking everywhere, targeting all those people hoping to find a side hustle. Whether it’s driving people…

Home Depot has free kids’ workshop kits every month

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 28, 2022

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.Looking for…

Chipotle is giving nurses and doctors free burritos for a year

Scripps News  |  April 28, 2022

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.Restaurant chain…

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Delta to begin paying flight attendants during boarding

Scripps News  |  April 27, 2022

Delta Air Lines will start paying flight attendants during the time that passengers are boarding. That’s a first for a major U.S. airline. Flight attendants in the U.S. generally don’t begin getting paid until the doors close after boarding. Delta…

Raw ground beef

More than 120,000 pounds of ground beef recalled for possible contamination

Scripps News  |  April 27, 2022

More than 120,000 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli are under recall. Lakeside Refrigerated Services, based in New Jersey, produced the ground beef products between Feb. 1, 2022 and April 8, 2022. The beef…

Amazon joggers in 6 colors and patterns

These joggers have 61,000 5-star Amazon reviews—and they’re on sale for $16

Tricia Goss  |  April 26, 2022

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.Joggers are…

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Get up to 55% off at Great Wolf Lodge, including water parks

Bridget Sharkey  |  April 26, 2022

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.Planning your…

Bride and groom at their $500 wedding

This thrifty bride put together her wedding for $500—here’s how

Tricia Goss  |  April 21, 2022

According to The Knot, the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. in 2021 was $28,000. But one bride was determined to have her dream ceremony on a highly affordable budget. Kiara (nee Draper) and Joel Brokenbrough, married in…

Netflix is shown on a laptop.

Netflix exploring cheaper subscription package with ads

Marie Rossiter  |  April 20, 2022

Streaming TV viewers may start to see something they never expected on Netflix: commercials. But, it looks like desperate economic times have called for desperate measures the company has resisted for years. The shift in attitude toward ads on Netflix…

Woman shops for meat at grocery store

10 ways to spend less on meat for family meals

Tricia Goss  |  April 20, 2022

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, consumers spent around 8.6% of their income on food in 2020. In addition, the USDA predicts that the amount people spend on eating at home will increase between 3-4% in 2022, exceeding historical averages…

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California could become the first state with a 32-hour workweek

Tricia Goss  |  April 14, 2022

California’s state government is considering a bill that likely wouldn’t meet much resistance from many full-time workers. Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, of Bell Gardens, and Assemblymember Evan Low, of San Jose, both Democrats, have introduced legislation meant to improve the work-life…

'Student loans' on post-it note cut by scissors

$1.7 billion in student debt canceled for 66,000 borrowers in Navient settlement

Tricia Goss  |  April 14, 2022

In January, 39 state attorney general offices announced that one of the nation’s largest student loan servicers would resolve allegations of widespread unfair, deceptive and abusive practices. Lawsuits claimed that Navient improperly drove some federal student loan borrowers into forbearance…

Planting spring flowers

Why you should buy your spring plants and flowers online

John Matarese  |  April 13, 2022

First, it was books and movies, then cars and furniture. Now you can buy plants, mulch and flowers online without leaving your home. More and more homeowners are doing just that, as opposed to running back to garden centers all…

Krispy Kreme storefront

Get a dozen glazed doughnuts at Krispy Kreme for the average price of gas

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 12, 2022

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 the…

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Planning a home improvement project? Expect to wait

John Matarese  |  April 12, 2022

Many of us are planning our spring and summer home projects, such as replacing some appliances or redoing a bath or kitchen. But, beware because that home project or repair could run into all sorts of delays this year and,…

These tummy-control leggings are on sale for $8.33 each

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 11, 2022

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Walmart offering truck drivers up to $110,000 per year

Scripps News  |  April 8, 2022

Walmart is trying to entice truckers by paying them as much as $110,000 during their first year of work. In a statement, Walmart leaders wrote that drivers who already work for the company “can earn even more, based on factors like…

Stamps

The price of stamps could increase every 6 months beginning in July 2022

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 7, 2022

If you haven’t purchased some Forever stamps in a while, you might want to stock up. The U.S. Postal Service is looking to increase the price of stamps by 2 cents every six months beginning July 10, 2022. The USPS…

Greenhouse in garden

Get this sturdy backyard greenhouse on sale for less than $80 right now

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 6, 2022

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…

Do air purifiers really work to combat spring allergies in your home?

John Matarese  |  April 4, 2022

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.It’s allergy…

Mrs. Potato Head and Mr. Potato Head toys are being played with by kids.

You can get Mr. Potato Head toys for just $5 right now

Marie Rossiter  |  March 31, 2022

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…

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Warning signs a text message may be a scam

John Matarese  |  March 31, 2022

Getting random text messages from unknown senders? Are they claiming there’s an issue with a bank account? Bruce McGee has. He checked his phone the other day to discover a worrisome message. “It was a text that said my Bosch…

Shark NV360 Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum

Shark’s Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum is priced at $60 off right now

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 30, 2022

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.It’s just…

Michael Kors sunglasses on sale

These Michael Kors sunglasses are almost half price right now

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 29, 2022

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 will…

Magnetic accents on garage door

Give your garage door a major upgrade for just $15

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 29, 2022

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 your…

Now hiring sign

Fight inflation by negotiating for a higher salary

John Matarese  |  March 29, 2022

Inflation is taking a bigger and bigger bite out of paychecks, but there is a solution: Negotiate for more money. With companies desperate to hire and retain workers, employees are in the driver’s seat right now. “Entry-level is coming in…

Driver pumps gas into car

Want to get better gas mileage? Here’s what works—and what doesn’t

John Matarese  |  March 28, 2022

Everyone these days is talking about gas prices and ways to save at the pump. Bosco Engels, however, doesn’t worry too much. He says his Prius gets 50 or 60 miles per gallon — or more. Engles is a “hypermiler”…

Hotel room door open

This couple had to pay for their hotel room twice because of a booking mishap

John Matarese  |  March 27, 2022

Juanita Stevenson and her husband booked a hotel in Chicago — through Hotels.com — to celebrate their anniversary. But, when they arrived at the hotel, Stevenson said, “the clerk said ‘I don’t have a reservation for you.’ I said, ‘you…

The Netgear EX6120 Wi-Fi range extender is shown.

This Wi-Fi extender is a third off the regular price right now

Clint Davis  |  March 25, 2022

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These peel-and-stick floor tiles are 10% off right now

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 23, 2022

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…

Recalled pancake and waffle mix

Pancake and waffle mix recalled for contamination with pieces of cable

Scripps News  |  March 21, 2022

A pancake and waffle mix sold by Walmart is under recall. Continental Mills makes Great Value Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix. Cable fragments were found in a “limited amount of product,” the FDA says on its website. FDA, CNN Newsource…

Costco sign

Does buying in bulk really save money?

John Matarese  |  March 21, 2022

Buy more now and save more later. It seems like a good idea, which explains why Costco, Sam’s Club and BJ’s Wholesale are so popular. Millions of American shoppers, like Tracy Reese, like to buy in bulk to fight inflation,…

Here’s how to get $5 off at Panera in March

Tricia Goss  |  March 21, 2022

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 a…

For Rent sign in front of house

Landlords are hiking rent by as much as 30%

John Matarese  |  March 19, 2022

Soaring home prices may get all the attention right now, but rent is rising to unheard-of levels this year for many people who don’t own homes. Nurses’ aide Diamond Trimble just received a letter from her landlord informing her that…

Shopper looks at supplements at pharmacy

Airborne Gummies immunity supplements recalled for packaging issue

Scripps News  |  March 18, 2022

Nearly 4 million bottles of Airborne Gummies, an immunity supplement, are being recalled because people could get hurt when opening the containers for the first time.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in "No Time To Die"

Amazon completes deal to acquire MGM Studios

Tricia Goss  |  March 18, 2022

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 submitting…

Children bowling

Your kids can bowl free all summer long

Tricia Goss  |  March 15, 2022

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.Keeping kids…

Krispy Kreme St. Patricks Day Dozen Doughnuts

How to get a free Krispy Kreme doughnut for St. Patrick’s Day

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 11, 2022

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.Krispy Kreme…

Groom Put on Wedding Ring Bride Hand

Wedding costs are soaring—Here’s what to expect in 2022

John Matarese  |  March 10, 2022

Those planning an upcoming wedding are planning for the biggest day of their lives. But couples-to-be, their families and guests could face serious sticker shock this year, as inflation hits the wedding industry. Consultants are trying to find affordable dresses…

W4 tax form with money, calculator on desk.

Tax breaks you might accidentally overlook this year

John Matarese  |  March 10, 2022

The rush is on at Liberty Tax and other tax preparers right now. Customers like Alex Trejo — who just started his own small business — are trying to find all the tax breaks they can. “I’ve got to figure…

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