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Lowe’s is opening Petco shops inside some of its stores

Marie Rossiter  |  January 28, 2022

We all know that a family makes a house a home. For more than 70% of households, at least one pet is part of the family, according to recent study findings published by Statista. Our pets provide entertainment in the…

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Recall issued for beach chairs sold at Family Dollar

Scripps News  |  January 27, 2022

A beach chair sold at Family Dollar is being recalled amid consumer reports of it collapsing unexpectedly. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 38,000 of the Beach Loungers were recalled because they pose a risk of injuring if…

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Woman finds out she won $3 million in lottery by checking spam folder

Marie Rossiter  |  January 24, 2022

Do you ever check your spam folder? You might want to after reading this story about how one lucky woman almost missed out on a multi-million dollar lottery prize that waited for her because it got labeled as junk. Most…

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Costco is opening up to 28 stores this year

Tricia Goss  |  January 15, 2022

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CDC warns about Salmonella outbreak caused by bearded dragon contact in 25 states

Kaitlin Gates  |  January 13, 2022

If you have been around any reptilian pets lately, you may want to monitor for symptoms of Salmonella infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning after a Salmonella outbreak in 25 states was linked to…

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Bagged salad sold in 37 states is being recalled due to Listeria risk

Tricia Goss  |  January 12, 2022

If you buy bagged salad, it’s a good time to dig through the crisper and check for some Dole products that have been recalled. Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. has announced a voluntary recall for several specific salads processed at its…

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More than 28,000 pounds of ground beef recalled for E. coli contamination

Marie Rossiter  |  January 10, 2022

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How much to tip this year at salons, restaurants, for deliveries and more

Tricia Goss  |  December 17, 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.Tipping is…

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Dried apricots recalled over allergy threat

Marie Rossiter  |  December 14, 2021

If you have dried fruits on hand in your kitchen, you’ll want to take notice of a recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration recall over a potential health hazard in certain shipments of apricots. According to the FDA announcement, Bokhary…

Restaurant owner who takes staff on vacation has hired easily during labor shortage

Tricia Goss  |  December 11, 2021

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Kat Norton, aka "Miss Excel," makes training videos

Meet the woman who has made millions turning Excel tutorials into viral videos

Tricia Goss  |  December 10, 2021

If you have been on TikTok for any length of time, you know that the social media platform is more than trending dances, pranks and recipes. But you might not be aware that it could be an excellent resource for…

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GE recalls almost 145,000 ranges due to tip-over hazard

Tricia Goss  |  December 10, 2021

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Dozens of precooked ham, pepperoni products recalled over listeria concern

Bridget Sharkey  |  December 8, 2021

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Student debt could be wiped out at one of the largest US state schools

Marie Rossiter  |  November 24, 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.A college…

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Johnson & Johnson plans to split into two public companies

Tricia Goss  |  November 12, 2021

Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest health-products company by sales, will separate into two companies. It will split off its consumer division that sells Band-Aid bandages, Tylenol medicines and Johnson’s baby powder from its prescription-drug and medical-device business in 18…

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Man wins lottery 20 times after buying 20 tickets with the same number

Tricia Goss  |  November 4, 2021

How many times can a person be lucky in one day? For William Newell of Alexandria, Virginia, 20 times seems to be about right. He purchased 20 identical lottery tickets, and they were all big winners. Newell usually purchases tickets…

Dole bagged salads recalled

Dole has recalled bagged salad sold at Walmart, Kroger and other grocers

Tricia Goss  |  November 3, 2021

Check the bagged salad in your fridge. Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. has voluntarily issued a recall of some bags of garden salad due to a potential health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled garden salads were sold in grocery stores,…

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Starbucks is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour

Marie Rossiter  |  October 28, 2021

Starbucks announced it will meet its goal to raise its pay rates for its U.S. employees to at least $15 an hour starting in 2022. In an Oct. 27 letter to employees, the Seattle-based coffee giant said the minimum wage…

Red, white and yellow onions on counter

Onions recalled due to salmonella outbreak

Brittany Anas  |  October 22, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is instructing consumers to throw away any unlabeled red, white and yellow onions due to a widespread salmonella outbreak linked to the vegetable. So far, 652 people from 37 states have reported being…

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If you bought chicken from 2009 to 2019, you may be eligible for a settlement payment

Tricia Goss  |  September 27, 2021

Depending on where you live, if you have purchased raw chicken in the past, you could have some cash coming your way. A class-action lawsuit called the Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation has resulted in a $181 million settlement of which…

Boppy newborn loungers recalled

Millions of Boppy Loungers recalled after being linked to infant deaths

Tricia Goss  |  September 24, 2021

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and in conjunction with Health Canada, The Boppy Company has issued a voluntary safety recall of the Newborn Lounger to address a risk of infant suffocation. There have been eight…

Here’s the company with the most employees in every state

Clint Davis  |  September 19, 2021

Every state has certain employers that are vital to the economy. They are the companies and institutions that often have tens of thousands of people on their payroll, indirectly supporting other businesses with the cash they pay out to their…

iPhone 13 release: Apple reveals new features

Tricia Goss  |  September 17, 2021

During the September 2021 Apple event, the tech company introduced its latest lineup, including Apple Watch Series 7, Apple Fitness+, iPad, iPad mini and, of course, the iPhone 13. As with the iPhone 12, there are four models in the…

You’ll soon be able to turn in your gently used Ikea furniture for store credit

Tricia Goss  |  September 2, 2021

Ikea has committed to becoming a circular business by 2030. A circular business model modifies the way products and materials flow through the economy, reducing the effects on the environment from production and creation to eventual disposal. To Ikea, this…

Walgreens in Manhattan Beach, California

Walgreen’s raising starting wage to $15 per hour

Tricia Goss  |  September 2, 2021

This year, many states have increased the minimum wage, and numerous stores and restaurants are offering higher pay to attract new employees.  Now Walgreens, the second-largest pharmacy store chain in the U.S., has also committed to raising its starting wage for…

You can save $70 with this popular Nugget knock-off couch for kids

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 1, 2021

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Nike closed offices for a week, giving employees time off to focus on mental health

Tricia Goss  |  September 1, 2021

The pandemic has brought mental health awareness to the forefront. Recent data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that in April-June of 2020, 40% of U.S. adults experienced at least one adverse mental or behavioral…

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Disney store closing list: Here are the locations going out of business

Marie Rossiter  |  August 24, 2021

More Disney stores will be closing as the company completes the latest round of its retail store closures this September. In March, Disney announced its plans to shutter at least 60 brick-and-mortar locations in 2021 — about a third of…

Toys ‘R’ Us returning in 400 Macy’s stores nationwide

Tricia Goss  |  August 23, 2021

When Toys ‘R’ Us closed all of its U.S. stores in 2018, the nearly-70-year-old toy store chain became a nostalgic memory for millions of children and adults. However, in 2019, a glimmer of hope for fans of the retailer appeared…

Recalled Hostess hot dog buns and hamburger buns

Hostess recalling hot dog and hamburger buns over risk of salmonella, listeria

Marie Rossiter  |  August 19, 2021

If you’ve recently purchased hot dog or hamburger buns for an upcoming barbecue, then you’re going to want to check your pantry. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced the recall of Hostess hot dog and hamburger buns due…

Patient injects emergency epinephrine via EpiPen into leg.

If you bought an EpiPen in the last 10 years, you can file a legal claim

Tricia Goss  |  August 19, 2021

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 32 million people in the U.S. have food allergies — including 5.6 million children — and another 9.2 children have skin allergies. On top of that, 10% of the…

Frozen breaded, stuffed chicken recalled due to salmonella outbreak

Tricia Goss  |  August 12, 2021

Take a minute to check your freezer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Food Safety Alert, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced a recall due to a…

Teachers can get up to $599 from Chipotle to buy school supplies

Kate Streit  |  August 10, 2021

Back-to-school time is here, which means it’s time for teachers and students to stock up on school supplies for the classroom. Did you know that many teachers buy their own school supplies? In fact, American teachers spend an average of…

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Target will pay tuition for business courses for all employees

Kaitlin Gates  |  August 5, 2021

Target employees are about to get a nice perk. The company has just announced it will pay tuition for business courses for everyone who works for the retailer. All U.S.-based Target employees will be eligible for debt-free select undergraduate degrees,…

Fresh baby carrots

Popular baby carrot brands recalled for salmonella contamination

Marie Rossiter  |  July 28, 2021

If you and your family keep carrots in your refrigerator to enjoy as a quick, healthy snack, then you need to know about a new food recall. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an announcement on July 21 about…

Netflix is adding video games to existing subscriptions

Tricia Goss  |  July 23, 2021

People might still be spending plenty of time at home watching movies and bingeing TV shows, but with so many streaming platforms available, Netflix is struggling to gain new customers. The subscription-based streaming content giant only had a net gain…

Walmart store sign

Walmart is launching a private label insulin brand

Tricia Goss  |  July 8, 2021

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 34 million Americans live with diabetes. On average, the cost of medical expenses for people with diagnosed diabetes is approximately 2.3 times higher than for people without diabetes, much of that due…

merlin bird app

Merlin bird ID app helps you identify birds by their songs

Tricia Goss  |  July 1, 2021

Birding is a popular pastime for people of all ages. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, more than 45 million people enjoy watching birds. It’s a hobby you can pick up at any time, it’s easily accessible and…

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Best Camping Journal 2021

Danielle Smyth  |  June 28, 2021

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Warren Buffett gave another $4.1 billion to charity

Tricia Goss  |  June 28, 2021

Along with a reputation for being the most successful investor of the 20th century, Warren Buffett is also known for being a generous philanthropist. In 2006, he committed to gradually give all of his Berkshire Hathaway stock to philanthropic foundations…

Best 25-Foot Garden Hose 2021

Danielle Smyth  |  June 22, 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 best…

Butcher places meat in case at Costco

Beef prices rising as grilling season heats up

WXYZ News  |  June 17, 2021

Just as grilling season kicks into high gear with summer on the way, beef prices are shooting up again. If you’re planning to buy steaks, prepare yourself to pay more. Allison Homan, the owner of Lehr’s Prime Market in Milford,…

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.…

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5 best portable grills for grilling on the go

Danielle Smyth  |  June 8, 2021

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Ikea recalling bowls, plates and mugs

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 19, 2021

If you’ve purchased any bowls, plates or mugs from Ikea within the last two years, they may be involved in a recall. Ikea is voluntarily recalling Heroisk and Talrika bowls, plates and mugs made from PLA (polylactic acid or polylactide)…

Child tax credit 2021: Here’s when parents will start receiving advance monthly payments

Anna Weaver  |  May 18, 2021

Parents who might feel they can’t catch a break since the COVID-19 pandemic will have something to look forward to on July 15. That’s the date the IRS sends the first of six monthly payments from the 2021 Child Tax…

Correctly guess Sour Patch Kids’ new mystery flavor and you could win $50,000

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 22, 2021

Sour Patch Kids have added a new secret flavor to their bags of sour-sweet candy, and the brand is giving away $50,000 if you can figure out what it is. If you want to take a guess, you can purchase…

LG is shutting down its smartphone business

Anna Weaver  |  April 6, 2021

The third-largest manufacturer of mobile phones in North America has decided to focus on other areas of its business, from robotics and artificial intelligence to electric vehicle components. LG Electronics announced on April 5 that it will be ending its…

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How to become a notary to make extra money on the side

Tricia Goss  |  March 20, 2021

A notary public is a person appointed by a state government as an official of integrity. A notary public can earn money in their spare time by ensuring that people signing important documents are who they claim to be, or…

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Status of stimulus check: How to find out when you’ll get yours

Tricia Goss  |  March 15, 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.On March…

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