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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 …

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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 …

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 …

Past due medical bills on folder

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 …

Amtrak train

Amtrak’s USA Rail Pass is just $299 right now

Bridget Sharkey  |  January 12, 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’ve always wanted to explore the country while traveling by train, now is a great time …

Home for sale with 'sold' sign.

How to calculate your debt-to-income ratio for a mortgage

Scripps News  |  January 12, 2023

Purchasing a home — especially for the first time — can be a confusing and stressful experience, but one thing that can make the process easier is knowing your debt-to-income ratio. As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau explains, your debt-to-income ratio is how much you owe (your monthly debt) divided by how much money you …

New report shows the price of goods purchased online has dropped

Scripps News  |  January 11, 2023

December marked the fourth consecutive month that items purchased online cost less, according to data released by Adobe Analytics.  According to Adobe Analytics, prices for goods purchased online in December were 1.6% cheaper than in 2021. While groceries continue to see steep cost increases, purchasing electronics, toys and appliances was cheaper. The data indicated that the …

Social Security card and statements

How to spot common Social security scams—and keep your money safe

Scripps News  |  January 9, 2023

If you or a loved one are at the age to be thinking about Social Security, you also need to make sure you’re aware of Social Security scams. Social Security scams are unfortunately common. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received more than 27,000 reports of Social Security scams in 2022, resulting in $75 million in …

Giving girl nasal swab for COVID rapid test.

How to order free at-home COVID tests ahead of the holidays

Newsy  |  December 19, 2022

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.Experts are warning that there will be a surge of COVID-19 cases after the holidays. If you’re …

Happy young couple walking together in the city after shopping.

Here’s why separate bank accounts makes sense in some marriages

Emily O'Brien  |  December 16, 2022

When you’re married, you share many things by default—a home, vacations, cars and sometimes children. But just because you’ve made a vow to be wed, doesn’t mean you have to share everything. There’s a case to be made that having separate bank accounts might be a key factor to living happily ever after. Despite what …

Apple iPhones

You can save hundreds of dollars on Apple devices when you buy from their certified refurbished program

Tricia Goss  |  December 14, 2022

If you love Apple devices, you’re not alone. Millions of consumers purchase Apple products every year. For example, 230 million iPhones, 71 million iPads. 20 million Mac and MacBook units, 110 million AirPods and 43 million Apple Watches were sold in 2020 alone. But collecting Apple devices and upgrading them frequently can easily cost thousands …

Delivery driver gives customer package

Amazon is giving delivery drivers $5 if you tell Alexa to thank your driver

Newsy  |  December 9, 2022

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 holiday season can be grueling for mail carriers and delivery drivers. With millions of packages to …

Money in envelope for retirement

How to become a millionaire by the time you retire

Newsy  |  December 6, 2022

Many retirement experts recommend saving 10 times your current salary before retirement, and then planning to live on 80% of your current income upon retirement. So by this math, if you make $100,000 a year, you should try to save $1 million. But who knows how to become a millionaire by age 65? Socking away …

3-Wick Candles Are Just $9.95 at Bath & Body Works’ Candle Day

Kaitlin Gates  |  December 1, 2022

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.Bath & Body Works’ Candle Day is officially here, and that means it’s the best time of …

Healthy lunch at office workplace

Save money with these 4 tips for packing your own lunch

Emily O'Brien  |  December 1, 2022

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 eating out with co-workers is a great way to bond, daily lunches out can take a …

McDonald's arches

You can win a Gold Card to get free McDonald’s for life

Newsy  |  November 30, 2022

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.Inflation has impacted the price of everything, even Big Macs. The cost of eating out has increased …

Family outside home for rent

10 things you should rent rather than buy

Newsy  |  November 30, 2022

Renting vs. buying is a common debate when it comes to home and car ownership. For many years, financial experts insisted that ownership through direct purchase is the best option for people looking to build their credit and financial stability. In recent years, though, a movement toward renting is gaining traction, especially for high-ticket items. …

Sales person hands over car keys to buyer

Here’s how long you should expect a used car to last

Newsy  |  November 29, 2022

Although they’re often considered assets as they have financial value, most experts don’t view cars as investments because they depreciate over time. Instead, many money gurus say purchasing a used car is better than buying a brand-new one. The moment you drive a new car off the dealer’s lot, it starts losing value. By the …

This best-selling retinol moisturizer is just $14 today

Marie Rossiter  |  November 28, 2022

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.Good skin care is always important. But, as the season changes to winter, it’s essential to have …

Hoover vacuum on sale at Walmart

This Hoover vacuum is on sale today for $59 at Walmart’s Cyber Monday

Marie Rossiter  |  November 28, 2022

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.Cyber Monday deals keep on coming, and Walmart has a deal on a Hoover vacuum that may …

Inflatable hot tub is on sale for less than $300 today

Marie Rossiter  |  November 25, 2022

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.We all know the holidays are a crazy and chaotic time. Everyone is busy with holiday shopping, …

New Balance shoes are on sale for less than $40 today on Amazon

Marie Rossiter  |  November 25, 2022

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 deals just keep on coming on Black Friday! Among the hundreds of deals on everything from …

Male mechanic refilling car oil in service center.

How to change your car’s oil yourself

Emily O'Brien  |  November 21, 2022

Changing your car’s oil is a necessary part of your vehicle’s maintenance. The liquid lubricates the engine and ensures that the combustion process continues to function. Throughout time and use, the oil degrades and becomes contaminated with dirt and metal particles, rendering it less effective. With the right tools and a little know-how, you can …

Shopper uses mobile phone at grocery store

These apps will help you save money on groceries

The List  |  November 18, 2022

The USDA predicts all food prices will increase 9% to 10% this year and continue to increase above historical average rates in 2023. You can’t stop food shopping, and you can only cut so many corners while continuing to keep your family healthy. Fortunately, grocery apps can put a significant dent in your food shopping bill. …

Squishmallow slippers

You can get Squishmallow Slippers for less than $10 right now at Walgreens

Tricia Goss  |  November 14, 2022

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.Squishmallows are soft, snuggly and super collectible. The pillowy plush toys are perfect for cuddling, but what …

woman serving the detox juice

How to Make Delicious Smoothies and Frozen Coffee Drinks at Home

Emily O'Brien  |  November 14, 2022

Blended frozen concoctions can act as a nutritious meal replacement or snack packed with healthy fats and vitamins, or serve as quick jolts of caffeine. Their popularity has been picking up steam across the nation, which is why we’re not surprised that smoothies and frozen coffee drinks, whether left in their original containers or poured …

Department of Education stops accepting student loan forgiveness applications following ruling

Scripps National Desk  |  November 11, 2022

The Department of Education has stopped allowing federal student loan borrowers to apply for forgiveness after a federal judge ruled last night that the administration overstepped its authority. While before the ruling, a judge issued a stay on executing the plan, the administration continued accepting applications because the stay was considered “temporary.” The ruling will …

Man cuts Christmas tree in White Mountain National Forest

You can get a fresh Christmas tree for as little as $5 with a forest service permit

Newsy  |  November 11, 2022

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 you looking for a live Christmas tree without going to a tree lot to buy it …

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These 7 hacks for air travel will save you time, money and hassle

Newsy  |  November 11, 2022

According to a survey from Insuranks, 79% of Americans feel that flying is too expensive this year. Of those who did fly in 2022, nearly one in 10 lost an average of $243 due to delays and cancellations. And although airfare prices dropped during the fall, they are expected to rise again for the holidays. …

Woman using liquid soap dispenser in kitchen.

Why you should invest in a refillable soap dispenser

Emily O'Brien  |  November 10, 2022

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.Whether you prefer it to be foamy or thick and creamy, hand soap is a staple in …

Venmo and Amazon on screens

You can get a $10 Amazon credit when you add Venmo to your account

Marie Rossiter  |  November 9, 2022

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 started your holiday shopping? If you’re ready to jump on all the amazing holiday deals …

Watch TV for free with $99 antenna bundle

Marie Rossiter  |  November 9, 2022

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 adding an over-the-air antenna to your TV lineup but aren’t sure about everything …

Serious woman sitting at a table

Follow these scripts to ask your boss for a raise

Newsy  |  November 9, 2022

Inflation is spiking the cost of nearly everything this year, with the latest Consumer Price Index showing an 8.2% increase in the all items index over 12 months. To compensate for the range of increased expenses a household has to handle, from higher-priced groceries to climbing medical and transportation costs, a pay raise may be a …

A Goodwill sign is seen at the store in downtown Sunnyvale, California.

Goodwill’s new shopping site finally brings its thrifting treasures online

Newsy  |  November 3, 2022

One of the best parts of shopping at thrift stores is finding a gem of an item at a low price. And while bargain hunting is part of the thrill, you might not always have time to comb racks and search through shelves at the stores in your area. Retail treasure hunting has been online …

Family takes photo for Christmas

Get a free set of 6 premium photo cards from Walgreens for a limited time

Marie Rossiter  |  October 25, 2022

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.Our smartphones are filled with thousands of photos of holidays, vacations, pets and cherished memories. It’s nice …

A hand turns a thermostat down with the word "Save" displayed on the readout.

10 ways to make your house warmer without touching the thermostat

Newsy  |  October 23, 2022

Winter lurks around the corner, and that can mean higher energy bills dropped into your mailbox each month. No one wants to watch their money fly out the window just because they want to stay warm. If you’ve been struggling to resist cranking up the thermostat during the nippy days of early autumn, then we have …

IRS made inflation adjustments for 2023 that could mean lower tax rates for many

Scripps National Desk  |  October 19, 2022

Historic inflation rates in the U.S. have spurred some changes that will reduce many people’s tax bill next year. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced dozens of adjustments due to inflation that affect individual tax income brackets for the 2023 tax year, including standard deductions and credits. As a result, tax filers who haven’t seen …

Man adjusts smart thermostat

6 ways to save on energy costs this winter

WKBW  |  October 19, 2022

With an arctic cold front impacting much of the country this week, many Americans are already thinking about their heating bills weeks before the official start of winter. The arrival of bitter cold temperatures is only making the jobs of people like Sam Impink even more challenging as heating costs continue to rise. “We’re just …

'Student loans' on post-it note cut by scissors

Student loan forgiveness application site opens for beta testing

Scripps National Desk  |  October 17, 2022

The U.S. Department of Education launched a beta site for its student loan forgiveness plan on Friday. The site could be temporarily paused for assessments, but student loan borrowers will be able to submit applications via the site, which will be reviewed for approval once the site is out of its beta testing phase. An …

Noel, Matt, Paul and Prue of "The Great British Baking Show," which airs in America on Netflix.

Netflix is launching a $7 ad-supported plan in November

Helen Lee  |  October 14, 2022

The rising price of a Netflix subscription over the past few years has led to complaints and even lawsuits from customers — and a loss in growth for the popular streaming service. Back in April, the company announced a remedy: an ad-supported subscription tier, similar to those offered by competitors like Hulu, HBO Max and …

Minnie and Mickey Mouse stand in front of the Disney Wish cruise ship.

Disney Cruise Line has a buy 2 tickets, get 2 free deal for Disney+ subscribers right now

Tricia Goss  |  October 11, 2022

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 the wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep is to take your family on a …

Woman holds credit card

5 Ways to Keep Your Credit Card Safe

Emily O'Brien  |  September 30, 2022

If you’ve ever noticed a strange purchase on your credit card bill, you already know that sinking feeling that occurs in the pit of your stomach. Unfortunately, this problem is all too common. According to the Federal Trade Commission, losses due to credit fraud reached a staggering $149 million in 2020. Credit card fraud is …

A white bathroom with a framed mirror and patterned shower curtain.

8 ways to refresh your bathroom on a budget

Marie Rossiter  |  September 28, 2022

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.You want your bathroom to go from meh to magnificent. But your budget may not have the …

Woman paying bills

Five ways the Federal Reserve’s rate hike will affect your finances

Scripps National Desk  |  September 22, 2022

The Federal Reserve has raised rates for the third time in a series of “supersize” rate hikes that Fed Chair Jerome Powell says is expected to continue to try to reduce inflation aggressively. The Fed is waging a historic campaign to try and push borrowing costs high enough to lower a 40-year high for inflation …

Princeton University campus

Princeton will offer a full ride to students whose families make up to $100,000

Tricia Goss  |  September 12, 2022

Princeton University announced that it would financially support more undergraduates and their families to attract talented students from diverse backgrounds. The Ivy League school will begin offering a full ride to most undergraduates from families earning up to $100,000 a year in the fall of 2023. Previously, Princeton provided the same financial assistance to students …

Driver in cabin of truck on highway

Gas station chain offering discounts amid spike in diesel fuel prices

Scripps National Desk  |  September 7, 2022

While Sheetz gas and convenience stores might be mostly clustered in areas around the eastern coast of the U.S., drivers of diesel vehicles going long distances could be pleasantly surprised at the discounts the brand is offering for Truck Driver Appreciation Week. The Pennsylvania-based gas station name is offering diesel fuel at $4.49 per gallon …

These first college apartment essentials will make the transition so much smoother

Tricia Goss  |  August 31, 2022

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.Moving into a first apartment is a big deal for everyone, but when you’re preparing to live …

Professional works on student loan info

How to apply for student loan forgiveness

Kaitlin Gates  |  August 25, 2022

On Oct. 17, the Department of Education officially launched the student debt forgiveness program application process following the successful launch of its beta site over the weekend. The Biden Administration first announced it will be forgiving student loan debt for some borrowers in August. According to U.S. Department of Education data, an estimated 27 million borrowers …

Walmart+ members will soon get Paramount+ streaming service as part of the package

Scripps National Desk  |  August 16, 2022

U.S. retail giant Walmart has made a deal with Paramount Global to offer streaming content from the company’s Paramount+ service to members of Walmart+, the company announced on Aug. 15. Walmart’s membership program subscribers will get access to the “Essential Plan” for the Paramount+ streaming service. According to Paramount’s website, that subscription tier is valued at …