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Best Gadgets 2020

Alicia Bodine  |  December 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.What would we do without gadgets? The best gadgets improve upon a particular task by making it …

Best Stocking Stuffers 2020

Anna Weaver  |  November 19, 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.Figuring out the best stocking stuffers to give out during the holidays can be a real head-scratcher. …

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Best Nativity 2020

Anna Weaver  |  November 18, 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 those who celebrate, nothing says Christmas like displaying the scene of baby Jesus’ birth. A nativity …

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Best Cyber Monday Deals 2020

Brittany Anas  |  November 17, 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 are not one to join the crowds at the stores on Black Friday, you can …

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Best Black Friday Deals 2020

Tricia Goss  |  November 17, 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.This holiday season, you can find the best Black Friday deals online, which is welcome news for …

Best Early Black Friday Deals 2020

Marie Rossiter  |  November 12, 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.Savvy shoppers won’t want to miss the best early Black Friday deals. Historically, Black Friday used to …

Debt collectors will be allowed to contact you via social media due to new rule

Tricia Goss  |  November 4, 2020

Consumer debt in the U.S. totaled $14.3 trillion in March 2020. With thousands of businesses shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic and a great deal of them permanently closing, many households are struggling to make ends meet. Millions of Americans have had to skip payments on everything from their mortgages and utilities to auto …

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What to buy and what to skip in November

The List  |  November 3, 2020

DontWasteYourMoney.com‘s own John Matarese shares his list of what to buy in November, and what to hold off on. Black Friday First up, you’ll want to adjust your plans this year because Black Friday is spreading out. “Walmart is actually throwing three Black Friday sales,” says Matarese. “It starts on November 4, where they’re going …

Watch out for these fake DMV and BMV websites

John Matarese  |  October 16, 2020

Need to renew your license plates, driver’s license or registration soon, but don’t want stand in a long line with other drivers during this pandemic? Millions of drivers this year have decided to renew online. But beware. Facing long lines when DMV and BMV offices reopened this summer, many drivers decided to opt for online …

What To Buy In October—And What To Skip

The List  |  October 9, 2020

Even in the time of COVID, there are deals to be had! Don’t Waste Your Money’s own John Matarese of shares everything you should buy in October, and what you should hold off on. Clothes The first thing to add to your shopping list is clothing. “October is a great time to buy fall clothing …

A new cable or satellite TV upgrade scam is making the rounds

John Matarese  |  October 4, 2020

If your cable or satellite bill is pushing $200 or more a month, you’ll probably be interested in any way to lower it. That’s why many are perking up after getting calls this month about lowering their cable or satellite TV bill. The only problem: in most cases, it is not a legitimate offer. For …

Christmas trees are 40% off at Hobby Lobby right now

Marie Rossiter  |  September 16, 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.It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . at Hobby Lobby! Sure, it may …

What to know about the federal payroll tax deferral and what to do if you can’t opt out

Marie Rossiter  |  September 15, 2020

The temporary payroll tax deferral went into effect on Sept. 1, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to see more money in your paychecks this month. Some companies are opting out of the deferral because they’re worried employees will be burdened with footing double the tax bill after the first of the year to …

These 7 records in your collection could be worth a fortune

Tricia Goss  |  September 12, 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 bored at home and have a dusty box filled with old LPs stashed in the …

Walmart’s holiday layaway program kicks off this month

Marie Rossiter  |  August 18, 2020

The holiday shopping season will be here before you know it and Walmart is helping customers get a jump-start on those lists. The retail giant will once again open its layaway program by the end of August in select stores, so you can start budgeting for some of those big-ticket items. Between Aug. 28 and …

You can basically join Sam’s Club for free right now with this deal

Marie Rossiter  |  August 17, 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.Have you been considering signing up for a Sam’s Club membership, but haven’t yet made the leap? …

Grocery shopping is more expensive due to COVID-19

Marie Rossiter  |  August 8, 2020

Grocery shopping has never been a favorite pastime of mine. It’s time-consuming and I usually try to keep to a strict budget. Over the past few months, I noticed our grocery bills were going up and I thought I was overreacting when I started to complain to my family about our eating habits. It turns …

Bath & Body Works’ semi-annual sale is on now

Kate Streit  |  July 28, 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.Now is the time to stock up on all your favorite Bath & Body Works products. The …

5-packs of Hanes face masks are now just $7.50 each at Walmart

Kaitlin Gates  |  July 17, 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.With more and more states and cities — and even retailers, including Walmart — mandating face masks …

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Beware these boat and camper scams during pandemic

John Matarese  |  June 27, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are looking for ways to avoid crowds. So buying a boat or camper might sound like a great option to keep your family safe on vacation — as long as you avoid getting scammed. Tracey Beers is a single mom and watercolor artist who wanted a way to spend …

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Prepare to pay high prices for meat ahead of Fourth of July

John Matarese  |  June 26, 2020

Are you looking for some steaks to throw on the grill this weekend or on the Fourth of July? You may want to bring extra money — the pandemic is sending meat prices up sharply this month. High prices are starting to impact consumers, restaurants and anyone who cooks meat for their business. Tyrique Ramsey …

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Parents are having a hard time getting refunds for kids’ spring sports leagues

John Matarese  |  June 21, 2020

Thousands of youth sporting events were canceled this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s tough enough that kids are missing a whole season of baseball or soccer. But now, soccer moms and dads everywhere are growing frustrated. Many paid hundreds of dollars for their kids to participate in spring soccer leagues that ended up …

10 items that are still hard to come by because of COVID-19 pandemic

John Matarese  |  June 13, 2020

Just when stores started filling their toilet paper shelves again, other items are suddenly in short supply. Most of them have nothing to do with cleaning. You’ll recall that first, it was hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes that became impossible to find back in February — which feels like it was three years ago in …

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Amazon Prime members are complaining about delays during the pandemic

John Matarese  |  June 13, 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 are an Amazon Prime member, you may have noticed something different during the COVID pandemic. …

Sephora is letting customers turn rewards points into donations to the National Black Justice Coalition

Victoria Baker  |  June 10, 2020

 Makeup and beauty retailer Sephora will now allow for their rewards members to make donations to the National Black Justice Coalition. In honor of pride month and as an effort to support the Black community, members of the Sephora Beauty Insider Program are now able to turn their earned points into direct donations to the …

Target has storage bins on sale for as little as 90 cents

Marie Rossiter  |  June 10, 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 unexpected outcomes of staying in during the coronavirus pandemic has been getting my house …

KitchenAid stand mixers and attachments are on sale right now at Williams Sonoma

Bridget Sharkey  |  June 9, 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’ve had your eye on a KitchenAid stand mixer but have balked at the price, now is …

Some businesses are now adding a ‘COVID-19 surcharge’ to purchases

Marie Rossiter  |  June 1, 2020

Retail stores and restaurants are starting to re-open after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and as state officials ease restrictions on gatherings, some consumers are eager to enjoy a meal, haircut or shopping trip outside the confines of their homes. If you’re one of the people venturing out, you could find a surprise …

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What you need to know about the meat shortage

John Matarese  |  May 23, 2020

First, it was hand sanitizer. Then toilet paper and cleaning products. Now, some of the biggest staples of American dinner tables — beef, pork and chicken — are suddenly in short supply. Shoppers say they have found meat coolers more empty in recent days, despite signs limiting customers to two packs of meat or chicken …

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Stuck in limbo: Why some young adults and students aren’t getting stimulus checks

John Matarese  |  May 17, 2020

By now, nearly 100 million Americans have received or will soon get a stimulus check. But millions of other people who desperately need money will not be able to participate in this part of the rebound. Daniel Barnes is among them. He is doing odd jobs right now, a month after being laid off from …

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Don’t be scammed into buying fake ‘coronavirus treatments’

John Matarese  |  May 16, 2020

While standing in long lines at grocery stores in recent weeks, shoppers may have seen the National Enquirer headline shouting, “Coronavirus Cures Finally Found!” If that’s true, why is everyone fighting over toilet paper and staying home? The reality is that doctors say there is no known cure for COVID-19 yet. Dr. Carl Fichtenbaum, infectious …

You might be owed money from these 5 class-action lawsuits

Brittany Anas  |  May 12, 2020

If you’ve received unsolicited advertising text messages, noticed your Internet bill seemed too high or simply ordered a Chipotle burrito several years ago, you may be eligible for some cash or vouchers through class-action lawsuit settlements. There are dozens of open class-action lawsuits, with pools of money available to settle allegations that range from data …

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How to avoid being duped into buying fake Charmin toilet paper

John Matarese  |  May 8, 2020

If you are struggling to find hand sanitizer, face masks or toilet paper, ads on Facebook and Instagram can be very tempting during the COVID-19 pandemic. But one man has a cautionary tale. Ben Hart thought it was his lucky day when he spotted a pop-up Facebook ad for 30 rolls of Charmin for $40. …

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Here’s what you need to know about getting Ticketmaster concert refunds

John Matarese  |  May 8, 2020

People everywhere are looking at tickets for upcoming concerts and wondering if their favorite artist’s scheduled show will actually happen. Some tours have been canceled outright. Others have postponed to a fall date. Many music fans, looking at the hundreds of dollars they have spent on shows in limbo, would just like a refund. But …

What to do if you can’t pay your bills because of the coronavirus pandemic

John Matarese  |  May 6, 2020

For many of us, rent, mortgage, car payment and other bills are coming due again. But what about those who are out of work amid the coronavirus pandemic and can’t pay those bills? Many families have yet to receive their stimulus check or have not yet received an unemployment check, leaving their bank accounts on …

What you need to know about getting a refund from VRBO

John Matarese  |  May 4, 2020

Millions of Americans are now canceling their spring and summer travel plans. Most are getting refunds. But if you booked through Vrbo — Vacation Rentals By Owner — it’s complicated. Kathy Saalfeld is one such frustrated renter. She spends her days now tending to her spring flowers at her home. Until COVID-19 hit, she was …

How to clean your workstation to kill germs

John Matarese  |  April 26, 2020

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, doctors advised everyone to wash their hands more and try not to touch things that other people have touched. But workspaces — even home workspaces — can pose a problem. Any desk can be full of mucky items. Luckily, there are simple steps to sanitize the area around home workspaces. Diamond …

What to know about getting a haircut or color during the pandemic

John Matarese  |  April 24, 2020

Need a haircut soon? Or maybe your roots are getting dark and not looking great on all those Zoom chats? Weeks into a mandatory salon shutdown in most states, some clients are wondering if they can get a cut and color. And stylists, who are going into their fourth week with no income, are grappling …

You might notice higher prices for beef and pork during your next grocery run

John Matarese  |  April 24, 2020

Grocery store supplies remain tight, with items from Tylenol to chicken in short supply. And it appears beef and pork could soon be added to the list. But at the same time we are finding less on the shelves, prices keep creeping up and we are paying a lot more for less. Remember when eggs …

How to check the status of your stimulus check

John Matarese  |  April 24, 2020

Still waiting for your stimulus check? If you you haven’t found the funds waiting in your bank account, you could be waiting a while for that $1,200 in stimulus money. Individuals without direct deposit of their tax refunds will have to wait for a paper check in the mail, which could take as long as …

How to know which streaming service is right for you

Brittany Anas  |  April 20, 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.Let’s rewind to the early 2000s. If you were an early subscriber to Netflix back then, you’ll …

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Beware these coronavirus face mask scams

John Matarese  |  April 17, 2020

You know how tough it is to find masks and other protective gear for sale. Stores have been sold out for months. Then why is it every time you get on your phone, ads for respirator masks and hand sanitizer pop up? The CDC is now recommending we wear masks when grocery shopping, and New …

How to remove gel nail polish at home

Brittany Anas  |  April 10, 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.Gel manicures have their perks: They last longer than regular manis and don’t chip as easily. But …

Parents are furious that they can’t get full refunds for student trips

John Matarese  |  April 10, 2020

Sarah Hignite and her high school-aged daughter had been looking forward to a school trip to Europe. “My daughter and I had signed up with her high school, her art history class to go to Spain,” she said. The 10-day EF Tours trip was expensive but would be the trip of a lifetime. “My husband …

Nikon is offering free online photography classes

Brittany Anas  |  April 10, 2020

With social distancing in full effect, many people are staying busy (and sane) by trying out new at-home hobbies. Everything from doing virtual puzzles with friends to channeling your inner barista and perfecting trendy whipped coffee recipes have become popular ways to pass the hours. But if you’re an aspiring shutterbug, now may be the …

DOT warns airlines to issue refunds instead of vouchers for flights cancelled due to coronavirus

Marie Rossiter  |  April 7, 2020

After numerous complaints to the federal government by angry air travelers, the U.S. Department of Transportation warned airlines on April 3 that they have to issue refunds to passengers whose flights have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn’t mean you’re immediately going to see a refund if you had a ticket …

Healthcare workers can get discounted gas at BP

Anna Weaver  |  April 6, 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.BP is offering a discount on gas for U.S. healthcare workers during the coronavirus outbreak. All nurses, …

There’s a new scam involving coronavirus stimulus checks, Treasury warns

Marie Rossiter  |  April 3, 2020

As if COVID-19 wasn’t bad enough, some people are taking advantage of the current economic turmoil caused by the disease and using it to scam people. The federal government recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities (CARES) Act into law to help stem the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak. For individuals, the …

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Small business owners plead for more help during coronavirus shutdown

John Matarese  |  April 3, 2020

If you work for a small business or own one, these are trying times. Companies don’t want to lay off trusted workers, but many are running out of cash and say loans really aren’t enough right now. One example: an almost-new Holiday Inn Express that is still open for business. Its rooms are getting deeply …

These bestselling $15 sunglasses have over 9,000 reviews on Amazon

Kate Streit  |  April 1, 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.A good pair of shades is an essential wardrobe staple — even while we remain socially isolated …