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These 8 U.S. universities produced the most multi-millionaires

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 17, 2023

If you have hopes of landing a career that will make you a millionaire one day, a new report shows which universities you may want to consider when filling out applications. According to a new wealth report by London-based consultancy Henley & Partners, just eight U.S. universities educated 35% off the country’s “centi-millionaires” — someone …

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Busch Light will pay one fan $2 million if Kevin Harvick wins Daytona 500

Marie Rossiter  |  February 17, 2023

NASCAR fans would probably tell you few things are better than experiencing a race with a cold beer in their hand. When it’s the Daytona 500, one of the world’s most famous events, it’s a must-watch event. This year’s Daytona 500, though, includes an added incentive to attract fans. Busch Light, the sponsor for legendary …

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Early IRS data show returns are smaller this tax season

Scripps News  |  February 17, 2023

Internal Revenue Service data of returns filed by Feb. 3 indicate refunds are smaller this year than last tax season. The data mean of the 8 million refunds processed in the early weeks of tax season, the average refund was $1,963, a $238 decrease from this time a year ago. But among early filers, taxpayers were …

Tesla recalls more than 300K vehicles due to self-driving software issues

Scripps News  |  February 16, 2023

Tesla is recalling more than 300,000 vehicles that are equipped with Full Self-Driving Beta software. The recall includes certain 2016-2023 Model S and Model X vehicles as well as 2017-2023 Model 3 and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles. According to documents filed with the National Transporation Safety Board, the beta system “may allow the vehicle to …

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U.S. cities where housing markets are growing fastest

Brittany Anas  |  February 16, 2023

When you think of red-hot real estate markets, you probably think of the giants — like New York City, San Francisco and Boston. Some other cities that have been garnering some buzz lately, like Denver and Austin, may also come to mind. But as it turns out, the metro areas that are seeing the largest …

Ikea recalls swivel chairs after users reportedly fell

Scripps News  |  February 15, 2023

Ikea has recalled Odger swivel chairs in the anthracite color after consumers reported the chairs’ legs can break, causing users to fall, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced. There have been four reported instances of the legs breaking, resulting in two injuries. “The name and date stamp of the product can be found underneath the …

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Microsoft has permanently disabled Internet Explorer

Marie Rossiter  |  February 15, 2023

Microsoft announced it was permanently disabling Internet Explorer, one of the first web browsers available to the public, via a software update on Feb. 14. “The out-of-support Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application was permanently disabled on certain versions of Windows 10 on February 14, 2023, through a Microsoft Edge update,” the company said in …

How to do Valentine’s Day on a budget—without looking cheap

John Matarese  |  February 14, 2023

Tuesday is Valentine’s day, and if you haven’t ordered flowers yet, it is going to be very expensive. But the good news is that there are many last-minute gifts that show your love without breaking the bank. A classic that almost everyone loves: chocolate. Tracy Oenbrink is a chocolate shop manager at Aglamesis Brothers Gourmet …

IRS delivers ruling on whether state stimulus checks are taxable

Scripps News  |  February 13, 2023

Taxpayers in 21 states can move forward with filing their tax returns after the Internal Revenue Service ruled that state stimulus checks are not taxable. As tax season got underway, the IRS urged those in states where stimulus checks were offered to wait. Residents in these states will not be required to include such payments …

How to Save Money on Valentine’s Day Flowers Amid High Prices

John Matarese  |  February 13, 2023

Flowers are a go-to gift for Valentine’s Day, but if you wait too long this year, the prices might just break your heart. A dozen roses can cost $50, $60 or $70 at many florists these days as inflation takes its toll. When factoring in delivery costs, roses can now cost over $100. But other …

How to Save Money on Your Super Bowl Party

John Matarese  |  February 11, 2023

Even if your favorite team isn’t playing this Super Bowl Sunday, there’s always something to look forward to, like a gathering with friends and all that party food. But, prices on Super Bowl snacks will add up this year, thanks to grocery inflation. So we found some ways to save on food and party supplies. …

Beware of sports merchandise scams before the Super Bowl and March Madness

John Matarese  |  February 10, 2023

The Super Bowl is just days away, and March Madness is right around the corner. And no matter if your team is in the big game or not, fans are always up for some new gear. But before you buy — whether it’s gear worn in the Super Bowl, items signed by your favorite players …

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Bed Bath & Beyond releases list of stores due to close

Scripps News  |  February 10, 2023

Bed Bath & Beyond is on track to close 150 stores as it struggles financially in a crowded market for home goods. The retailer initiated a new merchandising and inventory strategy in the third quarter. However, Sue Gove, president and CEO of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., said they did not achieve their goals. The …

Chicken wing prices are down 22% ahead of Super Bowl

Scripps News  |  February 9, 2023

It’s a chicken or egg question. Why are egg prices still high while chicken wing prices are falling? Just in time for Super Bowl parties, a new consumer price report from Wells Fargo using U.S. Department of Agriculture data reveals that chicken wing costs are down. The national average weekly retail price for chicken wings …

Fabuloso cleaner recalled due to bacteria risk

Scripps News  |  February 8, 2023

Nearly 5 million bottles of Fabuloso multi-purpose cleaners are being recalled because they may contain a type of bacteria that could be harmful to people with compromised immune systems, federal officials said. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the cleaners may contain “Pseudomonas species bacteria, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Pseudomonas fluorescent.” The bacteria, which …

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Southwest credit cards’ Companion Pass welcome bonus is back

Tricia Goss  |  February 8, 2023

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 fan of Southwest Airlines but still haven’t signed up for one of their credit …

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Planning a home project? Here’s how supplies and prices will be in 2023

John Matarese  |  February 8, 2023

If you’re thinking of fixing up your home this spring or summer, you are not alone. With high home prices and mortgage rates this year, many homeowners are choosing to remodel instead of move. So you may want to know what supplies and prices are like this spring, after two years of long delays and …

AMC Theatres will base ticket cost on seat location

Tricia Goss  |  February 7, 2023

Are you looking to save a little money at the movies? Where you sit could make a difference. AMC Theatres has recently announced the introduction of Sightline, a program that provides moviegoers with multiple seating options at their theaters. With this new program, ticket prices will be adjusted based on where the seat is located …

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Take the Frugal February challenge and rebuild your savings after the holidays

John Matarese  |  February 7, 2023

Many people just wrapped up Dry January as a way to cut back on drinking this year. Rachel Vogel is among those who avoided alcohol during the last month. “I drank lots of water, lots of lemonade, lots of Diet Coke,” she said. She is now ready to try out “Frugal February.” “I think it’s …

You can get paid $1,000 to watch movies like ‘Steel Magnolias’ and ‘A League of Their Own’

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 6, 2023

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 prefer celebrating Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day, rather), with your bestie, there’s now a chance …

Scammers are luring job-hunters with fake remote jobs

John Matarese  |  February 6, 2023

Whether full-time or part-time, work-from-home job postings are still in high demand, especially as more companies ask workers to return to the office in 2023. Unfortunately, scammers are taking notice. If you are hunting on popular job sites, the Federal Trade Commission is urging caution. Tracy Bickel found her dream job a few weeks ago, …

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Banana Boat expands sunscreen recall due to carcinogen

Scripps News  |  February 3, 2023

Banana Boat is expanding its recall of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 due to the presence of benzene, which is classified as a human carcinogen. Edgewell Personal Care Company says an additional batch of the sunscreen was added to the recall announcement from July. The products all feature the same UPC …

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2.5 million pounds of canned meat products recalled

KGUN News  |  February 3, 2023

Conagra Brands, Inc. is recalling more than 2.5 million pounds of canned meat and poultry products amid contamination concerns. According to a notice from the Department of Agriculture, the recalled products have a packaging defect that may cause them to become contaminated or allow for foodborne pathogens to enter the cans. The recall includes Vienna …

Frontier airlines offers ‘all-you-can-fly’ summer pass at $399

ABC 15  |  February 2, 2023

Looking for something to do this summer? Frontier Airlines is offering an all-you-can-fly summer pass, at $399. The pass will be valid from May 2, 2023, through Sept. 30, 2023. For each flight, you’ll pay $0.01 in airfare plus applicable taxes, fees, and charges at the time of booking. The “GoWild! All-You-Can-Fly Summer Pass” includes …

Chipotle seeking to hire 15K new employees

Scripps News  |  January 31, 2023

Chipotle is looking to hire 15,000 new employees. The fast-food chain said in a statement it wants to be fully staffed for “burrito season,” the period from March to May when the company does the most business. “Our restaurant teams are the core of this organization and with a goal of more than doubling our …

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10 best cities for first-time homebuyers in 2023

Tricia Goss  |  January 31, 2023

Buying a first home is an exciting and daunting experience. But despite recent corrections, home prices remain expensive. Of the 100 largest U.S. cities, a mere three have more than 50% of homes at or below the price point achievable for an average buyer. Knowing where to start looking for potential homes is critical since …

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How to navigate Airbnb’s changes to avoid confusion

John Matarese  |  January 31, 2023

If you’re looking to rent a home or condo for spring travel, you might notice some changes on Airbnb, as well as some other home rental websites. They are designed to help travelers and hosts by making booking simpler and reducing surprise fees. Caitlin Ignatowski, who rents out a small suite in the back of …

Ford recalls nearly 400K vehicles over ‘blue screen’ camera problems

Scripps News  |  January 30, 2023

Ford is recalling nearly 400,000 vehicles because their 360-degree camera may not work properly. The recall involves 2020-2023 Explorers, Lincoln Aviators and 2020-2022 Lincoln Corsairs. Ford says the video output on the camera may fail, preventing the rearview camera image from displaying. “Loss of the rearview camera image can reduce the driver’s rear visibility, increasing …

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Your pet could earn $10,000 as PetSmart’s new ‘Chief Toy Tester’

Kaitlin Gates  |  January 26, 2023

If your four-legged family member can’t get enough toys — and isn’t shy about hopping in front of a camera — PetSmart may want to hire them for the role of a lifetime. The pet store chain is in need of one cat and one dog to be “Chief Toy Inspectors” and participate in PetSmart …

Walmart giving raises to new, current employees

Scripps News  |  January 26, 2023

Some Walmart employees may be getting a raise. In a memo to employees, John Furner, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., said the company is taking numerous steps to invest in employees, including by offering raises to current and new associates. “We expect these raises will bring our U.S. average hourly wage to more than …

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Amazon launches $5-a-month unlimited prescriptions for Prime members

Scripps News  |  January 25, 2023

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 average American spends about $1,300 a year on prescription medicines. The good news is that generic …

It’s not just eggs—other foods are also more expensive right now

John Matarese  |  January 25, 2023

You may have heard that inflation is down overall this month. So, why are groceries still so expensive? If you talk to almost any shopper at the checkout line these days, you’ll get an earful about grocery prices. “It’s really bad. [It] went up so high,” Willa Jackson said. Rich Goldman has noticed his weekly …


Price of Forever stamp rises to 63 cents

Scripps News  |  January 24, 2023

Mailing a letter will cost more in 2023. The cost of a Forever stamp jumped from 60 cents to 63 cents on Sunday. The cost of mailing a postcard also increased. It went from 44 cents to 48 cents. The Postal Service said the increased prices are meant to offset the rise in inflation. “As …

Which American cities are experiencing the most rising inflation in 2023?

Scripps News  |  January 24, 2023

Inflation is a global phenomenon affecting the cost of living worldwide. But in 2023, some U.S. cities are experiencing higher inflation rates than others. From rising food prices to increased housing costs, identifying which cities have the highest inflation is essential for those considering relocating or investing in property. WalletHub recently studied 23 major “metropolitan …

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Salvage grocery stores are booming as food prices soar

John Matarese  |  January 24, 2023

As Americans face rising prices, business is booming at salvage grocery stores. Places like Esh’s, a market in Colorado, do things differently to make groceries more affordable. Among all the items they sell, some items might be nearing their expiration date. In some cases, packages are slightly damaged. Other stores would often throw the items …

Accountant works on taxes

Tax season is here—here’s how to prepare and avoid a refund delay

John Matarese  |  January 23, 2023

Monday, Jan. 23 is the official start of the 2023 tax filing season, meaning that it is now time to get your tax information in order. Filing early is especially important these days if you don’t want a possible delay in getting your tax refund. Justus Lowe was filing his taxes for the first time, …

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Wells Fargo might owe you money following $3.7 billion settlement

Kaitlin Gates  |  January 23, 2023

If you had a Wells Fargo account anytime between 2011 and 2022, you may be owed some money. The financial services company reached a $3.7 billion settlement late last year with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after the agency took action against them, saying they broke federal consumer protection laws in regards to auto loans, …

Americans lost $40B to phishing scams in 2022, report finds

Scripps National Desk  |  January 22, 2023

We’re getting our first look at just how much money Americans lost to phishing scams—those phony texts or calls or even Internet ads that try to get money or information out of you. A report by TrueCaller, an app that blocks spam calls, estimates Americans lost $40 billion in 2022 to phishing scams. “It continues …

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DoorDash will offer Starbucks delivery in all 50 states by March

Kathleen St. John  |  January 20, 2023

Coffee lovers all over the U.S. will soon have a new option for getting their daily dose of caffeine: Starbucks delivery right to their front door. A DoorDash press release announced the news on Jan. 17, saying the new service will roll out in Northern California, Texas, Georgia and Florida first and will be available …

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Storage unit damage: Who is responsible if insects or rodents attack?

John Matarese  |  January 20, 2023

Too often, you don’t think about needing a protection plan until it’s too late. But, if you are renting a storage unit, or considering renting one, you need to hear what happened to one woman whose items were damaged. Kara McCormick needed storage during a recent move. So she rented a unit at an Extra …

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These used cars are no longer considered affordable

John Matarese  |  January 19, 2023

Used car and truck prices are dropping, according to the latest government data. However, a new report says some popular models once considered to be “affordable” are now anything but. Robbie Marx is looking for a used van, and says one he was looking over for $16,900 will probably sell fast. “When you do find …

Unused 529 college savings can be rolled into a Roth IRA starting next year

Scripps News  |  January 19, 2023

A 529 plan is an education savings plan designed to encourage saving for future college costs. It is sponsored by states, state agencies or educational institutions and offers tax advantages and potentially other incentives to make it easier for families to save for college. Contributions are made after taxes, but all earnings are free from …

You can win Barilla heart-shaped pasta for Valentine’s Day—and a trip to Italy

Kaitlin Gates  |  January 19, 2023

Pasta brand Barilla is making Valentine’s Day extra special this year by giving away boxes of their new heart-shaped pasta and, for one very lucky fan, a once-in-lifetime vacation. The new limited-edition Barilla Love shape is inspired by one of Barilla’s 35 pasta cuts — Mezzi Rigatoni, which has ridges to improve sauce retention. It …

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Netflix has a job opening for a flight attendant on a private jet—and it pays up to $385,000

Marie Rossiter  |  January 18, 2023

Netflix, one of the entertainment industry’s leading streaming services, recently posted an unusual job opening. Someone looking for a job at Netflix might expect to find listings in programming, marketing or something similar. However, this new career opportunity will allow the winning candidate to soar into the sky as a flight attendant aboard one of …

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MacBook owners could receive up to $395 from Apple settlement

Marie Rossiter  |  January 18, 2023

If you own a MacBook computer, then you might be entitled to compensation from a class-action lawsuit. However, you must act quickly to get in on the settlement payments. In July 2022, Apple settled a class-action lawsuit that alleged the company’s butterfly keyboard technology was defective. According to a 2019 official Apple support announcement, the …

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30% of Americans say they will rely on tax refunds to make ends meet this year

Scripps News  |  January 18, 2023

About 30% of Americans are relying on their tax refund checks to make ends meet, according to a study from Credit Karma. However, a change in tax rules pertaining to charitable contributions coupled with the end of stimulus programs will likely translate to smaller refunds this year. The average refund issued to taxpayers in 2022 was …

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The $13 Aldi dress everyone is talking about

John Matarese  |  January 18, 2023

Shoppers go to discount stores like Aldi for lower prices on produce, milk and eggs. But these days, some savvy shoppers are also picking up some affordable fashion items along the way. Have you seen “the dress?” No, not Princess Diana’s famous black “revenge dress,” or J-Lo’s revealing Versace dress she wore to the Grammy’s. …

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Changes to medical debt reporting could improve your credit score

Scripps News  |  January 17, 2023

According to a 2022 Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of Census Bureau data, 23 million people — nearly 1 in 10 adults — carry significant medical debt. In addition, a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) showed that as of June 2021, approximately 43 million people had medical bills on their credit reports. While medical …

Accountant works on taxes

Why you can expect a smaller tax refund this year

John Matarese  |  January 17, 2023

When it comes to tax season, there’s really only one thing most of us look forward to: the possibility of a tax refund. But, many refunds may not be as high as last year, due to tax rule changes and the end of stimulus programs. Kim Davis, who made an annual Goodwill donation, said, “There …

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Disneyland announces more days when its cheapest ticket will be available

Scripps News  |  January 13, 2023

Disneyland and Disney World are making changes that could save visitors time and money. Disneyland is adding about two months’ worth of days that its $104 ticket will be available. That’s the lowest price for a single-day ticket. The theme park will also allow visitors to begin park hopping two hours earlier. Starting Feb. 4, …