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Dollar Tree raising prices amid rising shipping costs

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 30, 2021

The days of buying everything for just $1 at the Dollar Tree may soon be a thing of the past. The retailer recently announced it will begin adding items that cost $3 and $5 at all its Combo and Dollar Tree Plus stores and begin testing other price points also above $1 at select Dollar …

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Get free coffee at Starbucks when you bring your own reusable cup

Bridget Sharkey  |  September 28, 2021

OK, Starbucks fans, ‘fess up: How much money do you spend on your caffeine fix each year? One study found that the average person spends $1,100 per year on coffee. That’s about $92 a month on bean water. But no judgment here: Coffee is one of life’s simplest pleasures, and Starbucks has got it down …

DNR auctioning off nearly 100 properties, including waterfront land along Lake Michigan

WXYZ News  |  July 27, 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.The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is auctioning off nearly 100 properties of land in several …

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Best digital probe grill thermometer 2021

Danielle Smyth  |  July 6, 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.Traditionally, people who were grilling or cooking indoors would poke the meat with a fork to see …

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Target’s teacher discount gives educators 15% off in 2021

Marie Rossiter  |  July 1, 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.With the hopes of students returning full-time to classrooms this year, teachers will likely need to stock …

Amazon Prime Day: Other stores are having big sales, too

Kaitlin Gates  |  June 21, 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.Amazon Prime Day 2021 has officially begun and just like in previous years, other retailers are also …

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McDonald’s is rolling out a new rewards program and customers can get free food

Marie Rossiter  |  June 18, 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.McDonald’s has been quietly testing a new rewards program in markets around the U.S. for the past …

Southwest has roundtrip flights to Hawaii for as low as $200

Marie Rossiter  |  June 16, 2021

After a long year of lockdown, you might be ready to plan the next big family vacation, and Southwest Airlines is here to help. The company currently has a sale that will have you dreaming of autumn travels to far-flung locales. For its 50th anniversary, the airline is slashing many ticket prices by 50% — …

Why used car prices are so high right now

NewsChannel5  |  June 15, 2021

The chip shortage impacting new vehicles is causing used car prices to soar across the country, as well. Tom Seyfried, the owner of Genesis Auto Brokers in Brentwood, Tenn., said during the pandemic factories closed so they didn’t need chips. As people return to work, the demand for them is back. “Even if they’re making …

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Best Lawn Weed Killer 2021

Danielle Smyth  |  June 14, 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.With warmer weather comes weeds. They sprout up in lawns, garden beds and in between paver and …

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USDA predicts grocery prices will continue to rise in 2021

Kaitlin Gates  |  June 10, 2021

If you’ve been to a grocery store lately, filled up your gas tank or tried to buy lumber for a project, you’re well aware that a lot of things are more expensive since the calendar flipped from 2020 to 2021. Even toilet paper, one of the hottest commodities people were panic buying a year ago, …

The net worth that people call ‘wealthy’ varies by generation

Tricia Goss  |  June 10, 2021

What or who determines how wealthy an individual is? According to experts, wealth is subjective. “Wealth is in the eye of the beholder,” Tiffany Welka, an accredited wealth management advisor with financial firm VFG Associates in Livonia, Michigan, told U.S. News. For instance, respondents of a 2019 YouGov survey said that earning $100,000 a year …

Get a tub of 168 Crayola crayons for just $9.97 on Walmart.com

Marie Rossiter  |  June 8, 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.Are your kids crazy for crayons? Whether your little artists use them for coloring books or to …

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Best portable grill 2021

Danielle Smyth  |  June 8, 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.Do you really need a massive grill decked out with special features to cook the perfect burger? …

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Best battery-powered cordless screwdriver 2021

Danielle Smyth  |  June 1, 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.Having the right tool for a build or repair job makes a world of difference. It can …

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Frontline workers can get 40% off Under Armour apparel right now

Marie Rossiter  |  May 31, 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.While the practice of taking time to honor workers who have helped get us through the COVID-19 …

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How to pick the best antenna to watch free over-the-air TV

Brittany Anas  |  May 28, 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.Watching free, over-the-air TV with an antenna is simpler than you may think. In many cases, you …

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These best-selling storage shelves are 54% off on Amazon right now

Marie Rossiter  |  May 26, 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.Many of us struggle with the battle against clutter in our houses, but a tried-and-true solution to …

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Companies are raising prices on consumer goods due to inflation

Marie Rossiter  |  May 26, 2021

Have you noticed your budget isn’t stretching as far lately? You’re not alone, and you’re not imagining those higher expenses coming out of your pocket. Over the past few months, companies have pushed prices higher across the board on everything from groceries to toilet paper, and some companies have announced they’ll be increasing prices later …

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The Best Charcoal Grill

Danielle Smyth  |  May 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.Backyard barbecue purists prefer charcoal grills over gas grills for many reasons. The best charcoal grills give …

What affects your credit score and what doesn’t?

Tricia Goss  |  April 28, 2021

Several factors determine what your credit score looks like when you access your credit report, but you might be surprised to learn that a number of difficulties and mishaps don’t have any impact on those digits. Learning about what affects your credit score — along with some things that surprisingly don’t have any effect on …

How to get a free Febreze Plug-In

Marie Rossiter  |  April 6, 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.Do you use plug-in air fresheners? With spring cleaning mode in high gear, finding great deals on …

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Salary negotiations: 6 phrases to avoid

Marie Rossiter  |  March 16, 2021

The process of finding a new job can be brutal. When you finally land that all-important job interview, you’ll want to make the best impression possible with your potential employer so you can reach the next stage of negotiating a salary. This salary conversation can be a delicate dance, often requiring a careful give-and-take between …

City gave low-income residents $500 per month for 2 years and here are the results of the experiment

Marie Rossiter  |  March 5, 2021

Two years ago, the city of Stockton, California, launched a financial experiment that leaders hoped would help break the poverty cycle for their citizens. The city launched a donation-funded basic universal income program over a two-year period. Now, the results from the program’s first year are in, and the analysis offers some insights into the …

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Best Sunglasses For Men 2021

Brittany Anas  |  March 3, 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.Not only are sunglasses a stylish accessory, but they’re also important for protecting your eyes from ultraviolet …

Free car seats are available to some parents — here’s how to know if you qualify for one

Claire Gillespie  |  March 1, 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.From even before they’re born, kids are expensive. They need all the new baby basics, including a …

How to slash your streaming TV bill to under $40 a month

John Matarese  |  February 26, 2021

Remember when cutting the cord and streaming was a great way to slash that cable bill? That’s so 2010. Jennifer Taylor says her streaming bill is now out of control. “It keeps getting more and more expensive,” she said, “paying for Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and having cable, so it’s really expensive now.” She’s right. Have …

Hobby Lobby is getting rid of its 40% off coupons

Marie Rossiter  |  January 28, 2021

Hobby Lobby shoppers know how to save some money. Over the years, we’ve highlighted the craft retailer’s big sales and its ever-popular promotional discounts, including the 40% off coupon that shoppers always look forward to. Unfortunately, the days of that coveted coupon are coming to an end, according to a statement from Hobby Lobby. This …

The FDA is recalling yogurt for mold concerns

Eat This Not That  |  January 19, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a recall of Lavva Blueberry Dairy Free Pili Nut Yogurt because of possible mold contamination. The recall covers 5. 3-ounce blue containers that also have green leaves, an aluminum foil lid, and an expiration date of 2/21/21. They were distributed to grocery retailers nationwide like Whole Foods, Sprouts, Kroger and more. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Get 50% off an Amazon Prime membership with your EBT or Medicaid card

Kaitlin Gates  |  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.Having an Amazon Prime membership comes with a lot of perks, like two-day (and sometimes one-day or …

Get a triple bunk bed for just $295 on Walmart.com

Brittany Anas  |  December 31, 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.First things first: Did you even know that triple-decker bunk beds exist? Not only are they a …

Tween clothing store Justice is having a big liquidation sale

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.Having to  constantly buy new clothes for growing kids can be an expensive endeavor — especially once …

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. …

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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 …