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Target has already decided to close for Thanksgiving 2021

Marie Rossiter  |  January 14, 2021

It’s mid-January and many people are just finally taking the last of their holiday decorations down. But, it’s not too soon for Target to make its first major announcement about the 2021 holiday season. Last year, Target decided to close all of its stores on Thanksgiving, primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shoppers hoping to …

How to protect yourself from odometer fraud when buying a car

Tricia Goss  |  January 14, 2021

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),  more than 450,000 vehicles are sold each year with false odometer readings. Odometer fraud costs Americans $1.056 million every year. Learning what to watch for can help you avoid becoming a victim when buying a used car. And if you are concerned that it has already …

Dollar General, Trader Joe’s and Aldi will pay employees to get COVID-19 vaccine

Tricia Goss  |  January 14, 2021

According to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC), an employer can require sick workers to stay home and provide a doctor’s note before returning. They can direct testing for illnesses such as COVID-19. And although employers can also insist that employees receive vaccines, there are limitations to how much they can enforce this, and they …

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Costco permanently closing all photo centers next month

Marie Rossiter  |  January 13, 2021

Costco will be permanently closing its photo centers next month at all of its locations. A letter was sent to Costco photo department employees informing them of the upcoming closure, on Feb. 14. “Since the introduction of camera phones and social media, the need for printing photos has steeply declined, even though the number of …

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Get $2 off some Starbucks’ breakfast sandwiches this month

Marie Rossiter  |  January 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.Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to dip your toe into a vegetarian diet? If you’re …

Conservative social media platform Parler is down after Amazon cut off web-hosting services

Tricia Goss  |  January 12, 2021

In 2018, conservative computer programmers John Matze and Jared Thomson developed a social media platform called Parler. The app had financial backing from the daughter of a co-founder of Cambridge Analytica, a British consulting firm involved in a Facebook data breach the same year. The Twitter-style social media platform didn’t really take off until the fall …

Every job lost in December belonged to a woman

Bridget Sharkey  |  January 12, 2021

Job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have wreaked havoc on millions of Americans and their families. At least 22 million people have found themselves out of work due to the pandemic, with many experts comparing the economic devastation from these job losses to the Great Depression. Research has shown that the people facing the …

What you need to know about puppy scams

John Matarese  |  January 8, 2021

Tens of thousands of children around the country will be getting a holiday puppy this year, but others will end up empty-handed and disappointed, ripped off by a puppy scam that has only gotten worse during the pandemic. So before you start looking for one, we have the warning signs a cute pup you find …

TurboTax, H&R Block customers are fuming over missing stimulus checks

John Matarese  |  January 8, 2021

By now, millions of Americans have received their new $600 stimulus. But thousands of frustrated taxpayers, looking forward to that money, are discovering their money went into a bank account that isn’t theirs. If you are among the 22% of people who received last year’s stimulus check by mail, you figure it will take a …

Amazon just bought an airplane fleet in effort to speed up deliveries

Tricia Goss  |  January 7, 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.What started as an online bookstore in the ’90s has become the name in e-commerce. Amazon just …

Target is recalling almost half a million kids’ swimsuits and rompers for potential choking hazards

Marie Rossiter  |  January 7, 2021

If you purchased children’s clothing at Target within the past year or so, then you need to know about two recalls recently announced by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. And if you do own any of the recalled items, immediately stop using the product on your child and return it to your nearest …

Get two free theme park days with Disney World’s four-night room package

Marie Rossiter  |  January 7, 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 that saw Disney World shut down for an extended period of time, you may …

In a rare move for the tech industry, Google employees have formed a union

Tricia Goss  |  January 6, 2021

A few hundred Google employees announced this week that they were starting a union — an unusual move in big tech. Alphabet, Inc., the parent company of Google and subsidiaries such as Sidewalk Labs, Waymo and YouTube, has more than 120,000 full-time employees and 130,000 contractors, The Verge reported. On Jan. 4, 226 of Google’s …

Send your Valentine 50 roses for just $55

Marie Rossiter  |  January 5, 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.Have a special someone you’d like to spoil on Valentine’s Day? If you’ve always wanted to surprise …

Sportmix pet food is being recalled after deaths of at least 28 dogs

Brittany Anas  |  January 4, 2021

A pet food company is recalling several types of its Sportmix dog and cat food products after it was discovered that the pet food could potentially contain fatal levels of a toxic mold. So far, 28 dogs have died and eight more have become ill, possibly from eating the food with the high levels of …

20 states are raising the minimum wage in 2021

Tricia Goss  |  January 4, 2021

Workers in 20 states got a pay increase at the start of the year, when minimum wage increases went into effect. In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed America’s first federal minimum wage into law. At that time, it was 25 cents per hour, which would be about $4.61 today when adjusted for inflation. Just …

Home Depot recalling more than 190,000 ceiling fans after reports of blades flying off

Marie Rossiter  |  December 29, 2020

If you bought a ceiling fan at Home Depot as part of a home improvement project this year, you need to know about a product recall announced on Dec. 23. The distributor of Hampton Bay ceiling fans is recalling more than 190,000 fans that were sold at Home Depot between April and October. The U.S. …

Get a projector with a 100-inch screen on Amazon for just $69.99

Marie Rossiter  |  December 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.Missing the big-screen theater experience during the COVID-19 pandemic? Amazon has a deal from now through Dec. …

FDA says Whole Foods failed to properly label allergens

Tricia Goss  |  December 28, 2020

If you or a family member is one of the estimated 32 million Americans who have a food allergy, you know the importance of checking the ingredients of products before you purchase them. But what if those labels were inaccurate or misleading? It might be happening more than you know, and one grocery retailer has …

Asics offers 40% off shoes for healthcare workers, first responders and military

Kaitlin Gates  |  December 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.Asics offers 40% off full-priced items in its online store for medical professionals, first responders and members …

How to find a PS5 or Xbox Series X, this year’s hottest holiday gifts

John Matarese  |  December 20, 2020

The hottest gift this holiday season is a new gaming system under the tree. Microsoft’s new XBox Series X and Sony’s new PlayStation 5 are the hardest-to-find items this Christmas, quickly becoming the Furby or Hatchimal of 2020. To make it even more frustrating, some people who ordered one are ending up with nothing after …

Unilever is testing a 4-day workweek in New Zealand

Kate Streit  |  December 18, 2020

Did you ever wish that every weekend was a long weekend? Well, employees at Unilever in New Zealand are about to have that dream come true — at least temporarily. Workers will now work four days a week instead of five,  but they will still be paid for a five-day workweek. The company plans to …

Amazon founder’s ex-wife is giving away large amounts of her $60 billion fortune

Tricia Goss  |  December 17, 2020

MacKenzie Scott and Jeff Bezos met in 1992. Scott was an administrative assistant and Bezos was a vice president at the hedge fund D.E. Shaw. She asked him to lunch, and by 1993, they were married. A year later, they quit their jobs and moved from New York to Seattle, where they started Amazon while …

Get a free packet of wildflower seeds to save pollinators

Tricia Goss  |  December 16, 2020

Wildflowers are lovely to look at and can bring a smile to your face, but the sweet, colorful blossoms have numerous ecological benefits as well. Because they are native to where they bloom, wildflowers thrive better than some plants in your garden, even without fertilizer or lots of water. They can improve the health of …

We tested $2 ‘parking lot’ steaks and here’s what we discovered

John Matarese  |  December 14, 2020

Many of us love a good steak. But steak is expensive, with filet mignon selling for as much as $25 a pound in grocery stores. So, several traveling steak sales that are pulling into parking lots across the country are luring lots of budget-conscious shoppers. Their ads and signs advertise “20 ribeyes for just $40.” …

Twitter founder giving mayors $15 million to fund ‘basic income’ projects in their cities

Marie Rossiter  |  December 14, 2020

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is working with a group of mayors around the United States to help guarantee income for people in nearly 30 cities. On Dec. 8, Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, an initiative to eliminate poverty and help bridge the financial gap people experience during times of financial crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic, announced …

How to avoid online pet sale scams this holiday season

KZTV  |  December 13, 2020

There are few things more gratifying than seeing a friend or family member’s expression when they realize they’re getting a pet for Christmas. But how big of a problem are scams when it comes to buying pets online? The Better Business Bureau reports they’ve received more than 330 cases just in November of this year. …

Hawaii is offering free round-trip tickets to some remote workers

Tricia Goss  |  December 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.Even before the COVID-19 pandemic led to millions of Americans working from home, Gallup found that 43% of …

What to know about Free Shipping Day 2020

Tricia Goss  |  December 10, 2020

Even with the convenience of online shopping, one reason many consumers hold off on getting it done is shipping costs. Research shows that nearly half of shoppers don’t want to pay extra to have gifts delivered. If you fall into this category and still have a lengthy gift list to check off, you might want …

If you own an iPhone 11, Apple may owe you a free screen replacement

Kaitlin Gates  |  December 7, 2020

If you own an iPhone 11 and have been having issues with the screen, you may be eligible for a free replacement. Apple has just announced that a small percentage of iPhone 11 screens may stop responding to touch and are therefore eligible for a new screen. The issue has to do with the display …

The best December sales from now until Christmas

John Matarese  |  December 6, 2020

So the seemingly endless month of Black Friday sales is finally over. But don’t worry if you haven’t found everything you need: we head into December now with more days to find deals, through Christmas Eve. Just like Black Friday stretched into a weeks of deals, Cyber Monday is now Cyber Week. And it seems …

Is new streaming service Discovery+ worth trying?

John Matarese  |  December 5, 2020

Are you a “House Hunters” addict? Or do you prefer Chip and Joanna, “Christina on the Coast” or Rachael Ray on Food Network? Your favorite HGTV and Food Network shows are going to have their own streaming service starting on Jan. 4. It’s called Discovery+ and will also feature shows from Discovery Network, TLC, Animal …

Frontline workers get free Starbucks all December long

Kaitlin Gates  |  December 2, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into the holiday season, Starbucks is offering up freebies to frontline responders and the health care community for the second time this year. Now through the end of December, frontline responders can receive a free tall brewed coffee (hot or iced) at participating Starbucks locations. Those eligible include doctors, nurses, …

Tesla is on a hiring spree, including part-time jobs

Tricia Goss  |  December 1, 2020

At the end of 2019, Tesla had just over 48,000 full-time employees. That number appears to be on the rise, as the Palo Alto, California-based electric vehicle and clean energy company is reportedly on a hiring spree. According to Electrek, Tesla hired 1,000 new people for sales and delivery positions across North America during the …

GM is recalling 7M vehicles worldwide for air bag problems

Marie Rossiter  |  November 30, 2020

General Motors is recalling 7 million pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide following an order from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA order comes as the agency recently concluded at least 17 people in the U.S. have died from injuries sustained in accidents involving faulty air bags made by Japanese company Takata. The …

Crock-Pot is recalling almost a million multi-cookers

Tricia Goss  |  November 30, 2020

If you are using your multi-cooker during the holidays, you might want to stop and check the make and model number. Crock-Pot has issued a voluntary recall of its 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cooker due to a potential safety hazard. Crock-Pot has issued the recall on this model because if the lid is not fully locked …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Debt collectors can now contact you on social media due to new rule

Tricia Goss  |  November 4, 2020

A September 2021 Bankrate survey showed that 42% of consumers with credit card debt had increased the amounts they owe since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020. In addition, a full one-third of consumers who used “buy now, pay later” options have fallen behind on one or more payments. The third year of the …

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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 …