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Kia is recalling nearly 380,000 vehicles due to fire risk

Marie Rossiter  |  March 11, 2021

Car manufacturer Kia just announced a recall for two of its vehicles due to a fire risk from a potential electrical shortage. A report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated Kia is recalling all 2017-2019 Kia Cadenzas…

Stimulus check calculator estimates how much you’ll receive

Kate Streit  |  March 11, 2021

Wondering how much money you can expect with the next stimulus check? The American Rescue Plan Act will provide $1,400 direct payments to individuals making up to $75,000 per year and expands the child tax credit up to $3,600 per…

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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…

American Express is giving $1 million in grants to historic small restaurants

Margeaux Baulch Klein  |  March 3, 2021

From neighborhood coffee shops to hole-in-the-wall eateries, small restaurants have been among the businesses hardest hit by Covid-19. It’s been estimated that, as of December 2020, 17% of all U.S. restaurants have permanently shut down.  Although restrictions on the food…

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Walmart is raising wages for 425,000 US employees

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 26, 2021

Walmart has announced it will be raising wages for about a third of its workforce following a hectic year in the industry due to the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning March 13, 425,000 of Walmart’s nearly 1.5 million employees will receive a…

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Some farmworkers now eligible for extra pay as frontline workers

Tricia Goss  |  February 24, 2021

California’s Coachella Valley is one of the state’s largest crop-growing regions, known for producing bell peppers, citrus, dates and grapes. In early February, when the Coachella City Council passed an emergency ordinance to provide an additional $4 per hour to…

Student loan interest freeze: Check if your loan is eligible

Tricia Goss  |  February 23, 2021

Recent data shows that 44.7 million Americans carry $1.71 trillion in total U.S. student loan debt. For the time being, payments on those loans can wait, and interest will not accrue. On Jan. 20, the White House posted the following…

Toro recalls snowblower due to amputation risk

Tricia Goss  |  February 22, 2021

If you have recently had several inches of snow, wait before you head to the garage to start your snowblower. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that the Toro brand has voluntarily recalled one of its snowblower models…

Dating app co-founder just became youngest self-made female billionaire

Tricia Goss  |  February 15, 2021

Dating app Bumble became a publicly-traded company on Feb. 11. Shares of the company immediately soared, and by day’s end, CEO and founder Whitney Wolfe Herd had become the world’s youngest self-made woman billionaire. Wolfe Herd, who is 31, tweeted…

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Target is giving workers paid time off and free transportation to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Marie Rossiter  |  February 12, 2021

Target announced they’ll give hourly employees paid time off to get their COVID-19 vaccinations and will even pay for their transportation to get the shots. The company made the announcement in a post on its corporate website on Feb. 10…

Tesla bought $1.5 billion in Bitcoin, causing the cryptocurrency’s price to reach a record high

Anna Weaver  |  February 9, 2021

After Tesla bought $1.5 billion in Bitcoin and said it planned to accept the cryptocurrency as a form of payment for Tesla products, the price of Bitcoin has skyrocketed. Tesla founder Elon Musk’s mention of the digital currency in January…

Cici’s Pizza filed for bankruptcy

Marie Rossiter  |  February 3, 2021

Buffet pizza chain Cici’s Pizza filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on Jan. 25, unable to remain viable amid the pandemic’s in-person dining restrictions and food-delivery boom. Cici’s Holdings Inc.’s filing came with a plan to sell to lender D&G Investors,…

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Best Valentine’s Day Gifts For Her

Danielle Smyth  |  February 2, 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.Valentine’s Day…

Target is giving post-holiday bonuses to employees

Brittany Anas  |  January 28, 2021

After a double-digit increase in holiday season sales, Target announced it will be distributing $500 bonuses to its hourly team members. This marks the fifth round of bonuses that the mega-retailer has announced since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.…

Godiva is closing all shops in North America

Kate Streit  |  January 26, 2021

Many businesses have been forced to close amid the coronavirus pandemic. The latest casualty is chocolatier Godiva, which will be permanently closing all 128 of its locations in North America. All stores, including 11 in Canada, will be closed or…

Tesla CEO Elon Musk donated $5 million to education group Khan Academy

Brittany Anas  |  January 25, 2021

Through his foundation, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has donated $5 million to Khan Academy, a non-profit educational platform that provides free video tutorials and that has exploded in popularity during the global pandemic. Worldwide, the Kahn Academy has 120 million…

Amazon turned its Seattle headquarters into a vaccination site

Anna Weaver  |  January 25, 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.Starting Jan.…

Returning an item to Amazon or Walmart? They might just tell you to keep it

Brittany Anas  |  January 20, 2021

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, retailers began loosening their return policies. They’ve expanded the timeframes in which you can return items, and they’re offering curbside returns to help allow for social distancing measures in stores. Now, some retailers…

Dollar General, Trader Joe’s and Aldi will pay employees to get COVID-19 vaccine

Tricia Goss  |  January 14, 2021

According to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC), an employer can require sick workers to stay home and provide a doctor’s note before returning. They can direct testing for illnesses such as COVID-19. And although employers can also insist that…

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Costco permanently closing all photo centers next month

Marie Rossiter  |  January 13, 2021

Costco will be permanently closing its photo centers next month at all of its locations. A letter was sent to Costco photo department employees informing them of the upcoming closure, on Feb. 14. “Since the introduction of camera phones and…

Every job lost in December belonged to a woman

Bridget Sharkey  |  January 12, 2021

Job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have wreaked havoc on millions of Americans and their families. At least 22 million people have found themselves out of work due to the pandemic, with many experts comparing the economic devastation from…

You could get more stimulus money with your 2020 tax refund

Brittany Anas  |  January 11, 2021

Did you know that both rounds of stimulus checks the government has issued are actually advances on a temporary 2020 tax credit? But because of the financial duress the coronavirus has caused, the federal government needed to find a way…

Amazon just bought an airplane fleet in effort to speed up deliveries

Tricia Goss  |  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.What started…

In a rare move for the tech industry, Google employees have formed a union

Tricia Goss  |  January 6, 2021

A few hundred Google employees announced this week that they were starting a union — an unusual move in big tech. Alphabet, Inc., the parent company of Google and subsidiaries such as Sidewalk Labs, Waymo and YouTube, has more than…

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Sportmix pet food is being recalled after deaths of at least 28 dogs

Brittany Anas  |  January 4, 2021

A pet food company is recalling several types of its Sportmix dog and cat food products after it was discovered that the pet food could potentially contain fatal levels of a toxic mold. So far, 28 dogs have died and…

Home Depot recalling more than 190,000 ceiling fans after reports of blades flying off

Marie Rossiter  |  December 29, 2020

If you bought a ceiling fan at Home Depot as part of a home improvement project this year, you need to know about a product recall announced on Dec. 23. The distributor of Hampton Bay ceiling fans is recalling more…

Amazon founder’s ex-wife is giving away large amounts of her $60 billion fortune

Tricia Goss  |  December 17, 2020

MacKenzie Scott and Jeff Bezos met in 1992. Scott was an administrative assistant and Bezos was a vice president at the hedge fund D.E. Shaw. She asked him to lunch, and by 1993, they were married. A year later, they…

Twitter founder giving mayors $15 million to fund ‘basic income’ projects in their cities

Marie Rossiter  |  December 14, 2020

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is working with a group of mayors around the United States to help guarantee income for people in nearly 30 cities. On Dec. 8, Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, an initiative to eliminate poverty and help bridge…

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Best Home Workout Equipment

Alicia Bodine  |  December 8, 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.When exercising,…

If you own an iPhone 11, Apple may owe you a free screen replacement

Kaitlin Gates  |  December 7, 2020

If you own an iPhone 11 and have been having issues with the screen, you may be eligible for a free replacement. Apple has just announced that a small percentage of iPhone 11 screens may stop responding to touch and…

GM is recalling 7M vehicles worldwide for air bag problems

Marie Rossiter  |  November 30, 2020

General Motors is recalling 7 million pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide following an order from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA order comes as the agency recently concluded at least 17 people in the U.S. have died…

Crock-Pot is recalling almost a million multi-cookers

Tricia Goss  |  November 30, 2020

If you are using your multi-cooker during the holidays, you might want to stop and check the make and model number. Crock-Pot has issued a voluntary recall of its 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cooker due to a potential safety hazard. Crock-Pot…

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Debt collectors can now contact you on social media due to new rule

Tricia Goss  |  November 4, 2020

A new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule will let collectors send debtors unlimited texts, emails and private social media posts.

Netflix just increased its prices again

Brittany Anas  |  November 3, 2020

Netflix is raising its prices again, with the cost of its most popular Standard plan increasing a buck from $12.99 to $13.99 a month. The streaming service giant had already raised the cost for new subscribers signing up for its…

Almost 1 million married women left the workforce last month in first ‘female recession’

Brittany Anas  |  October 12, 2020

In the month of September, and coinciding with an unprecedented back-to-school season amid the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 1 million married women left the job market, a statistic from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that economists and labor advocates fear…

Disney is laying off 28,000 employees

Marie Rossiter  |  October 1, 2020

Correction Oct. 2, 2020: A previous version of this article misstated Disney’s revenue losses in the most recent quarter. We regret the error. Disney announced it plans to lay off 28,000 employees in the United States. That equals approximately one-quarter…

What you need to know about the iPhone 12 scam that’s going around

Brittany Anas  |  October 1, 2020

Be aware, Apple isn’t asking people over text messages to test out the forthcoming iPhone 12 for free. If you’ve received one of these illegitimate text messages, know this: It’s a scam, and providing information to this fake “Apple” chatbot…

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…

Buy a Baby Yoda stand for your Echo Dot

Marie Rossiter  |  September 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.If you…

Pier1 is relaunching under new ownership

Brittany Anas  |  September 5, 2020

After filing for bankruptcy earlier this year and announcing the closure and liquidation of its brick-and-mortar stores in May, home goods store Pier 1 Imports is now relaunching online under new ownership. Going forward, Pier 1 will be an online-only…

Study participants will get $1,400 per month so researchers can see how guaranteed income affects people’s lives

Marie Rossiter  |  August 27, 2020

How could life be different if everyone was provided a base salary from the government each month? That is the central question German researchers will be looking at over the next three years with a revolutionary study starting this week.…

FDA expands recall of peaches due to salmonella outbreak

Scripps News  |  August 25, 2020

The FDA has expanded a recall of peaches linked to a salmonella outbreak. The recall covers loose peaches packaged by Prima Wawona that were sold between June 1 and August 3. It also covers bagged peaches sold between June 1…

Google is launching a new ‘career certificate’ college alternative at a fraction of the cost

Tricia Goss  |  August 24, 2020

According to EducationData.org, there are nearly 45 million people in the United States with outstanding student loan debt. The total amount of that debt in 2020 is $1.6 trillion. Google has developed an alternative to a traditional college education that…

If you filed your taxes by July 15, you could be getting an interest payment from the IRS

Tricia Goss  |  August 23, 2020

Wouldn’t it be nice to be surprised by the IRS in a good way? Depending on when you filed your 2019 tax return as well as if you received a refund, the Internal Revenue Service might just be rewarding you…

Oregon is giving some residents a $500 second stimulus check

Marie Rossiter  |  August 22, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, many people are feeling the effect of prolonged underemployment or unemployment. The federal government’s coronavirus relief program that gave people an additional $600 each week in unemployment payments ended in July, leaving many people wondering…

Apple is now the first U.S. company worth more than $2 trillion

Mandy Gambrell  |  August 22, 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.Apple has…

Peaches recalled at Aldi and Target stores

Kate Streit  |  August 21, 2020

Due to a multistate salmonella outbreak potentially linked to fresh peaches from Wawoma Packing Co. sold at Aldi and Target, a recall of affected items is underway. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the Wawoma-brand peaches were identified as…

FDA recalled frozen cooked shrimp sold at Costco and other retailers

Tricia Goss  |  August 17, 2020

Don’t throw that shrimp on the barbie just yet! The Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall of frozen cooked shrimp due to a potential health risk. On Aug. 11, Kader Exports announced a voluntary recall of frozen shrimp…

FDA just issued a recall of potatoes, lemons, limes and oranges

Tricia Goss  |  August 12, 2020

It’s time to take a quick look in your refrigerator and pantry once more. The FDA has announced a recall for several types of citrus fruits as well as potatoes sold in several states and at multiple retail stores. Freshouse…

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Clorox’s new CEO will set record for female executives in the Fortune 500

Tricia Goss  |  August 10, 2020

For the first time in history, there will soon be 38 female chief executives leading Fortune 500 companies. An experienced executive named Linda Rendle has been officially named as the CEO of The Clorox Company, thereby setting the new record.…

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