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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

Asics offers 30% off shoes for healthcare workers, first responders and military

Kaitlin Gates  |  December 21, 2020

Get all the latest details for medical, military and educational discounts at Asics.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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

Tricia Goss  |  November 4, 2020

A new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule will let collectors send debtors unlimited texts, emails and private social media posts.

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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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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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…

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

Kaitlin Gates  |  October 20, 2020

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