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IRS lays out which HSA expenses are tax deductible

Scripps News  |  March 24, 2023

HSA plans allow you to use your account for a variety of things, but not all of these expenses are tax-deductible.

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IRS: If you ever resell an item online, keep your receipt

Scripps News  |  March 23, 2023

The IRS is advising taxpayers to hang onto original receipts of items they resell online, as profit may be taxable.

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This Google Flights hack can help you find cheaper airfare

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 23, 2023

If you're flexible about dates, destinations and which airlines you fly on, you can find the cheapest fares with this Google Flights tip.

You can get this Monopoly-themed inflatable water park for $200 off

Emily O'Brien  |  March 23, 2023

Believe it or not, it's time to think about occupying your kids for the summer. This inflatable water park offers classic Monopoly game fun.

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Finland is offering a free ‘masterclass of happiness’ to 10 participants

Tricia Goss  |  March 23, 2023

Finland is offering 10 lucky people the chance to take a Masterclass of Happiness at a resort in the Lakeland region this summer.

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Americans are being denied social security benefits because of a job list from 1938

Scripps News  |  March 23, 2023

Americans' social security applications could be denied based on whether they could work in a job market unlike the one we have today.

Breakfast cereal prices are rising

John Matarese  |  March 22, 2023

We are all familiar with soaring egg prices in the past year. But there’s another grocery aisle that is now making breakfast more expensive: the cereal aisle. Shopper Kate Swearengin has cut back on the amount of breakfast cereal she…

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Foot Locker closing more than 400 stores in malls

Tricia Goss  |  March 21, 2023

Though the retailer said it planned to shutter stores in malls by 2026, it also announced plans to open hundreds of new concept stores.

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Will you soon have to pay to use Facebook? Meta Verified, explained

John Matarese  |  March 21, 2023

If you’re stumped by recent messages claiming you may soon have to pay for Facebook, you are not alone. Rumors like this have circulated for a decade. But, in recent weeks, Meta’s plans for a new paid subscription service make…

Google urges Android phone users to switch off Wi-Fi calling

Scripps News  |  March 20, 2023

Samsung is aware of the issue and is currently working on a fix, but until a solution is found, here's how users can protect themselves.

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The Cure’s Robert Smith gets Ticketmaster to give fans partial refunds on fees

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 20, 2023

Smith sought an explanation from Ticketmaster after a fan's receipt showed that the fees exceeded the concert ticket price.

These are the top internet scams, according to a recent FBI report

Tricia Goss  |  March 20, 2023

Here's what you need to know about the most common Internet scams out there and how to protect yourself — and your money.

A free fix should finally end Hyundai and Kia thefts

John Matarese  |  March 19, 2023

There is good news for owners of tens of thousands of Hyundai vehicles and Kias as the cars continue to be at a high risk of theft. A free solution is now on its way that the manufacturers say should…

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Time change ruining your sleep? Simple ways to fall asleep faster

John Matarese  |  March 18, 2023

As the clocks spring forward, many people will lose sleep due to the adjustment. If you’re worried about getting enough shut-eye, there are simple adjustments you can make. Sure, a new mattress or pillows can be great for improving your…

Bill to make 4-day workweek the national standard reintroduced

Scripps News  |  March 14, 2023

The legislation aims to reduce the standard workweek from five days to four days with no change to employee pay.

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Money can buy happiness, according to scientists—but it’s complicated

Tricia Goss  |  March 13, 2023

Studies suggest that cash can positively influence emotional well-being, particularly if its used on joy-inducing experiences and activities.

More than 59,000 child car seats recalled for anchor failure

Tricia Goss  |  March 10, 2023

Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling specific Safety 1st car seats that have lower seat anchors that could fail, letting the base detatch.

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Instacart shoppers are buying items for themselves, customers say

Scripps News  |  March 10, 2023

Instacart customers have noticed their shoppers adding items to orders that the customer did not request or receive.

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A popular Girl Scout cookie flavor is going for $100 a box on eBay

Tricia Goss  |  March 9, 2023

The Girl Scouts' new Raspberry Rally cookies sold out quickly, prompting people to resell this popular flavor online for top dollar.

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Your old $2 bills could be worth more than you think

Emily O'Brien  |  March 8, 2023

Most $2 bills created between 1862 and 1918 are highly collectible, and they can fetch at least $50 — or $500, if it's in mint condition.

Restaurants with subscriptions you’ll want to get if you’re a frequent customer

Tricia Goss  |  March 7, 2023

National restaurant chains and local hot-spots are offering subscriptions to keep customers loyal—and diners can benefit from the discount.

Ford files for patent to remotely repossess cars for missing payments

Scripps News  |  March 7, 2023

Ford Motor Co. has filed for a patent on technology that would make it possible to repossess cars remotely. The application for the patent details various tactics to inconvenience owners remotely for overdue bills. Market Watch reported that experts see the move as…

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You can watch ‘Ted Lasso’ and other shows for free with this Apple TV+ deal

Bridget Sharkey  |  March 2, 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.On March…

Some medical debts can now be erased from credit reports

Scripps News  |  February 27, 2023

Starting this year, the three leading credit agencies began wiping medical debt under $500 from Americans’ credit reports. To benefit from this change, you don’t have to do anything. But experts say it’s still smart to check on it. “If…

Flip phones are back—but are they worth it?

John Matarese  |  February 27, 2023

If you are in the market for a new smartphone, you have another option these days: new folding phones. Remember those flip phones from the 90s and early 2000s? Samsung is now out with foldable and “flip”-style phones that combine…

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Billions in gift cards go unused. Here’s why you should spend them now

Scripps News  |  February 26, 2023

Most Americans say they enjoy getting gift cards, but sometimes they go to waste. According to Credit Summit, nearly $21 billion in gift cards go unspent. That’s as 60% of Americans surveyed said they have at least one unused gift card. Many…

FDA expands recall of eye drop products after reports of eye infections

Scripps News  |  February 23, 2023

The Food and Drug Administration recommended expanding a recall to include additional eye drop products due to possible contamination. The FDA now encourages the public to immediately stop using Delsam Pharma’s Artificial Eye Ointment due to potential bacterial contamination after…

Jose Cuervo tequilas for margarita recipe contest

You can win $50,000 for sharing your margarita recipe with Jose Cuervo

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 22, 2023

Do you have a margarita recipe that rivals one from a bar or restaurant? Jose Cuervo’s Marg Shake-Up contest is looking for margarita lovers to share their recipe for a chance to win $50,000 and have their creation sold in…

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Watch out for these common scams when buying a used car

John Matarese  |  February 22, 2023

With used car prices out of reach for many buyers, many people are looking for cheaper cars offered on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and other sites. The problem, though, is that you may have no way of knowing where that car…

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Costco shuts down its online photo center

Scripps News  |  February 22, 2023

Costco is no longer taking orders through its online photo center. The company is now linking customers over to Shutterfly. Costco members can still get discounted pricing, but will no longer be dealing with Costco directly. Shutterfly says Costco members…

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10 class-action settlements that could get you free money

Emily O'Brien  |  February 21, 2023

People make mistakes — and so do companies. But since the errors companies may make can affect many of their customers, they can be very costly. Civil class-action lawsuits are filed all the time to allow customers to recoup losses…

A sign for the Chipotle restaurant in Pittsburgh's Market Square is pictured Feb. 8, 2016. Restaurants are beginning the new year with a recurring problem: labor shortages. Chipotle said Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, that it is looking to hire 15,000 people in North America to ensure its stores are staffed up ahead of its busy spring season.

Chipotle to launch new restaurant concept focused on healthy foods

Scripps News  |  February 21, 2023

Fast-casual restaurant chain Chipotle announced it is opening a new restaurant concept in Santa Monica, California, focused on healthy foods that include proteins, greens, grains and vegetables. Farmesa will serve a variety of bowls for between $11.95 and $16.95 each.…

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Thinking about moving? Most tax-friendly states seeing largest population gains

Scripps News  |  February 20, 2023

A new analysis by MoneyGeek indicates states that are the most tax-friendly are also ones that are growing. MoneyGeek’s data looked at total local and state tax burdens through variables like income, sales and property taxes. MoneyGeek gave each state…

Consumer Reports reveals its top cars for 2023

Scripps News  |  February 19, 2023

An increase in new car inventory is expected to lead to a rise in sales in 2023. Edmunds is forecasting that 14.8 million new cars will be sold in 2023. That’s about 1 million more than were sold in 2022.…

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Walmart plans to close ‘underperforming’ store locations

Scripps News  |  February 17, 2023

Retail giant Walmart announced that it plans to shutter at least seven stores citing profitability issues after what it called a “thorough review process.” The company recently announced that it would close five other locations including in New Mexico that…

Yale’s most popular class is available to take online for free

Tricia Goss  |  February 17, 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.Yale University’s…

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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…

Kevin Harvick

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…

Tax form 1040 for US income taxes

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,…

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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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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