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This map shows how much you have to earn to afford rent in every state

DWYM Staff  |  May 16, 2024

You may have heard that you shouldn’t spend more than one-third of your income on rent. Unfortunately, rising rent costs often make that unrealistic.

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Hard to believe, but some things are dropping in price

John Matarese  |  May 13, 2024

If you've been waiting on making a major purchase, you may want to check out this list.

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Aldi lowering prices on 250 items, but is there a catch?

John Matarese  |  May 10, 2024

As grocery inflation shows little sign of ending, Aldi claims it is fighting back. But what about the most popular items shoppers need?

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11 genius ways to save money at Home Depot and Lowe’s

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 6, 2024

Oops paint, scrap wood, and rebates are just a few of the ways you can save money on your next home improvement project.

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If you see these 11 items at a thrift store, you should always consider buying them

Marsha Badger  |  April 23, 2024

Want to go thrifting but don't know which items have the most value? Snatch up these 11 finds if you spot them at a secondhand store.

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You need a six-figure salary to afford a home in almost half of US states

Tod Caviness  |  April 22, 2024

A study reveals the US states where you need to earn the most and least amount of annual income to afford to buy a house.

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Wayfair’s Big Outdoor Sale has deals up to 70% off

Marie Rossiter  |  April 18, 2024

Wayfair's Big Outdoor Sale has massive deals on everything from lawn games to patio furniture, but you don't have long to shop.

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What is the best day to book flights?

Taylor Kuether  |  April 14, 2024

It's not unusual for fares to seesaw up and down from the moment a price is first published until your departure date, changing as many as 49 times.

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Do you actually need $1.46 million to retire comfortably?

Emily O'Brien  |  April 11, 2024

Americans believe they need nearly $1.5 million stashed away for a carefree retirement. But is this really the 'magic number?' Experts weigh in.

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18 college scholarships high school seniors can still apply for

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  April 5, 2024

It's not too late! College-bound students can still apply for scholarships to help pay their tuition for 2024-25.

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9 things that dropped in price this year

Brittany Anas  |  April 5, 2024

We mined Consumer Price Index data and talked to finance experts to learn what costs less this year, and there's some good news for consumers.

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These are the best countries to retire in 2024

Jenn Fields  |  April 4, 2024

Ready to retire as an expat? Check out the 2024 Annual Global Retirement Index, which ranks countries by metrics that matter in retirement.

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How does the lottery work, anyway?

Kathleen St. John  |  April 4, 2024

Everything you ever wanted to know about how the lottery works, from how the numbers are drawn to how the prize money is paid out.

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Use this interactive tool to look up your college’s return on investment

Taylor Kuether  |  April 3, 2024

This interactive tool created by Georgetown University lets users look up the return on investment for 4,500 colleges and universities.

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Target’s car seat trade-in event is coming soon

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 2, 2024

You can head to your local Target to trade in an old, expired or damaged car seat and get a coupon for 20% off a new one during the event.

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Here are the best things to buy in April

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  March 29, 2024

If you're looking to snag some good deals in April, hit the stores for deals on appliances, summer clothes, running shoes and more.

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Renting will be cheaper than buying a home for years, report finds

Scripps News  |  March 29, 2024

Average mortgage payments are currently 38% higher than average apartment rents, and the gap is expected to persist.

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How much money do you waste if you keep lights on when you leave a room?

Tod Caviness  |  March 28, 2024

Learn whether leaving the lights on causes a substantial increase in your energy bill and which lightbulbs are the most efficient.

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Dollar Tree increases maximum price of items in stores nationwide

Helen Lee  |  March 27, 2024

Dollar Tree announced recently that it would raise the maximum price of its products. Here are the items that will cost you more.

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Is Cupshe legit? Here’s what you need to know

Patricia Kaowthumrong  |  March 25, 2024

We ordered five items for just $123 from Cupshe, and here's what we thought about this affordable fashion brand.

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Need a raised garden bed this spring? Amazon’s got them on sale

Marie Rossiter  |  March 21, 2024

If you're planning to vegetable garden this spring, you can get up to 43% off raised garden beds during Amazon's Big Spring Sale.

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Free car seats are available to some parents who qualify

Claire Gillespie  |  March 21, 2024

A new car seat can be expensive, but these programs might help parents save a bundle with a free car seat for their baby or toddler.

Walmart's Spring Sale

The 21 best products from Walmart’s spring deals

Paige Cerulli  |  March 18, 2024

Walmart's spring deals feature over $400 off a patio umbrella, a deal on Apple AirPods, half off luggage and more.

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Easy ways to update your home on a budget

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  March 4, 2024

Here are some easy ways to update your home on a budget, whether you're looking to sell or just upgrading for your own comfort.

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15 free spring break activities to do with your kids

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  March 1, 2024

Spring Break is coming up soon. If you're not traveling, you might be wondering how to entertain your kids all week. Here are some ideas.

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The most and least competitive rental markets in the US may surprise you

Brittany Anas  |  March 1, 2024

Discover the easiest and most difficult places to rent an apartment in America, as well as current market trends that impact renters.

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The best things to buy in March

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  February 29, 2024

Here are some of the sales and deals you can expect in the month of March, thanks to Easter, Pi Day, St. Patrick's Day, and more.

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You may qualify for a $25 payout from Walmart in a class action lawsuit

Marie Rossiter  |  February 29, 2024

Submit your claim in a class action lawsuit against Walmart to get a payout based on qualifying store purchases. No proof of purchase needed.

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Is living in an all-inclusive resort cheaper than paying rent?

Kate Streit  |  February 28, 2024

A TikTokker compared monthly living expenses in his city to a month at an all-inclusive resort and found something interesting.

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This city is the No. 1 place to retire in America with no savings

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 23, 2024

Learn the rankings of the best and worst cities in America for retirement if you don't have money in your savings account.

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14 free online movie streaming sites that are legal

DWYM Staff  |  February 22, 2024

Watch movies on your laptop, smart TV, gaming console and even your phone with these free entertainment streaming options.

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You may be receiving an IRS collection reminder soon. Here’s what to know

Kate Streit  |  February 21, 2024

Taxpayers with outstanding balances may soon be getting a letter notifying them about their debt from the IRS.

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Have SNAP benefits? You can get free and discounted tickets to over 1,200 museums

Kate Streit  |  February 21, 2024

If you're an EBT card holder, you can take advantage of free or discounted entry to over a thousand museums nationwide.

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Presidents’ Day mattress sales are offering up to 50% off

Marie Rossiter  |  February 15, 2024

If you've got back pain or just a really old mattress, these Presidents' Day mattress sales can get you a new one on a budget.

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How to share passwords for your finances with your loved ones

Kathleen St. John  |  February 15, 2024

These password manager services will streamline your efforts to have strong account passwords you can safely share with people you trust.

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Surprise! Amazon has a try-before-you-buy program

Kathleen St. John  |  February 8, 2024

If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can try on outfits before you buy them, and the process is totally easy.

Shelby Lattimore has her students pay 'rent'

This teacher makes her third graders ‘pay rent’ to learn budgeting

Marie Rossiter  |  February 3, 2024

Teacher Shelby Lattimore's viral videos show her teaching her third-grade students about financial literacy by making them pay bills.

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Costco Next is the hidden deals site you’ve never heard of

Helen Lee  |  February 1, 2024

Costco Next is a site that only Costco members can access, offering steep discounts on retailers you've seen inside the company's stores.

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Here are 4 free ways to watch the Super Bowl without cable

Clint Davis  |  January 30, 2024

Whether you're watching for the football or the love story (Taylor's version), there are a number of ways to access the Super Bowl this year.

Teachers can get free Colgate toothbrush kits for their students

Tod Caviness  |  January 30, 2024

Teachers can get free dental health kits for 24 students in their classrooms, thanks to this offer from Colgate.

Smiling woman sitting at kitchen table with baby on lap while budgeting

What is ‘loud budgeting,’ the newest Gen-Z TikTok trend?

Marie Rossiter  |  January 29, 2024

This new financial trend is the opposite of 'quiet luxury': Loud budgeting has people sharing goals to hold themselves accountable.

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Walmart vs Target vs Amazon: Where are the best prices on household staples?

Marie Rossiter  |  January 25, 2024

Household staples are necessary, but they can put a dent in your wallet. Here's how prices compare at Walmart vs. Target vs. Amazon.

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The best things to buy in February (to save money)

Jennifer Graham Kizer  |  January 23, 2024

February is often centered on Valentine's Day, but there are great deals to be had on everything from mattresses to snow blowers.

Should parents charge their young adult children rent?

Marie Rossiter  |  January 21, 2024

A viral TikTok from parents about charging their adult kids rent spurred a discussion about what the right thing to do is in this situation.

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These are the best states for working parents

DWYM Staff  |  January 12, 2024

According to a new study, where you live can have a major impact on how easily and affordably you're able to balance parenting and working.

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Is your child in 4th grade? Get a free national parks membership for your whole family

Kaitlin Gates  |  January 12, 2024

Thanks to the Every Kid Outdoors initiative, fourth graders are the VIPs who can get their whole families into national parks for free.

sam's club

Here’s why Sam’s Club and Costco check your receipts as you leave the store

Kaitlin Gates  |  January 11, 2024

Both warehouse retailers say their exit greeters aren't just there to check for theft or whether you're a member.

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You may qualify for a $25 voucher from Shutterfly’s class-action settlement

Marie Rossiter  |  January 9, 2024

Shutterfly sent emails to users who qualify for the voucher, but if you didn't get one, here's how to check whether you qualify.

Woman holds cash money

Suze Orman advises against New Year’s money resolutions, recommends this instead

John Matarese  |  January 5, 2024

When it comes to finances, many Americans feel stressed about what’s ahead. So they attempt to do too much too quickly.

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How to protect yourself from ‘smishing’ scams

Brittany Anas  |  January 4, 2024

Smishing, or text-based phishing scams, are on the rise. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself, and how to report a scam.

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