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26 Signs You’re Actually a Cheapskate

Although there’s value in being frugal, sometimes you can take it too far — and for minimal savings at that. Whether you engage in five-finger discounts or take more than your fair share of mints from the communal bowl, at the end of the day you’re simply stealing from business owners and sullying your image. Make sure you understand when you’re acting thrifty — and when you’re just being cheap.

Last updated: Jan. 28, 2020

The Hotel Heist

Toiletries are among the many free luxuries that frequent travelers enjoy. But frugal folks sometimes cross the line by stealing extra soaps and shampoo bottles to take home.

If you have a habit of hitting up the housekeeper’s cart for extra bars of soap, you’re not only scamming the hotel, but you’re also wasting your time. After all, the savings on a sliver of soap are hardly worth writing home about.

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U.S. Xpress’ Mix Means Steady Freight Volumes, Even As It Posts A Loss

In an earnings season full of trucking and transport companies declaring they’ve seen a sharp falloff in volumes this month, carrying over from a late March collapse, truckload carrier U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: USX) is an outlier. 

Given the mix of its freight, CEO Eric Fuller said April volumes have held largely steady even as some other trucking firms are reporting year-on-year declines of 20%. 

“U.S. Xpress has a strong customer mix of grocery, e-commerce, consumer products, discount retail, and home improvement, with little exposure to automotive, manufacturing and restaurants,” the company said on Thursday, April 30, in announcing its first quarter earnings. “The company has not seen a drop in total load volume to date through April.”

In the company’s conference call with analysts, Fuller noted that the heavy mix of grocery, home improvement and discount store operations in the USX customer base meant that after the

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Best Mother’s Day gift sales and May sales to shop for in 2020

While you may not be able to walk into your favorite store to browse the aisles, you can still shop online to find shoes, accessories, apparel and more. Better yet, retailers across the web are offering major discounts throughout the month of May and for Mother’s Day.

With new deals popping up daily, it’s worth asking yourself what sales are worth exploring. We talked with Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst from DealNews.com, to cover everything you need to know about May shopping. We also highlighted some standout deals from Nordstrom, Wayfair, Best Buy and Overstock.

In this article

  1. What to shop during May — and what can wait
  2. Best May 2020 sales from various retailers
  3. Best deals from Nordstrom
  4. Best deals from Wayfair
  5. Best deals from Best Buy
  6. Best deals from Overstock
  7. Other May sales to consider

What to shop during May

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NASA Astronaut Talks Surviving Isolation, Daily Life in Space, and Earth’s Beauty

No one knows long-term isolation like astronauts. Confined in space for months on end, they orbit thousands of miles above their homes, their loved ones, and anything remotely familiar about human life. For veteran astronaut Michael López-Alegría, some elements of life during the coronavirus pandemic are not so different from life in space, where he’s completed four NASA space flights—one aboard the International Space Station and three aboard the Space Shuttle. He also holds the NASA record for the most spacewalks (10 spacewalks, totaling 67 hours of cumulative time), and his longest spaceflight of 215 days is the third-longest spaceflight of any American astronaut. In 2012, López-Alegría retired from NASA; he now consults with space companies, and sits on several advisory boards and committees for space travel organizations both public and private.

This year, López-Alegría was honored as one of three inductees into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame,

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Lowe’s is the latest retailer requiring workers to wear masks during coronavirus

Lowe’s Home Improvement joins a growing list of retailers requiring its workers to wear masks amid the novel coronavirus crisis.

Lowe’s announced Monday it immediately will require all associates to wear a face mask or approved face covering while working in a store or at a customer’s home. Masks and gloves will be made available to workers, the Mooresville.-based company said in a press release.

The company also will “continue to evaluate and adjust our operations to meet the evolving guidelines from the CDC and local officials around customer and associate safety,” said Marvin Ellison, Lowe’s CEO and president.

Masks or face coverings are not required by North Carolina or Mecklenburg County government officials.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, along with following social distancing measure, to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus

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Nature in the Days of the Coronavirus

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As many of us are spending more time at home in the era of coronavirus, our backyards have become our havens, our places to stand in the sun or dig in the dirt. And green spaces go beyond the yard—a balcony, a window over a park across the street, or some houseplants in a corner. Any of these can put us a bit closer to nature. 

Here you’ll find what some of us at CR and some of you are up to in our “backyards,” along with tips and inspiration on new ways to enjoy your space. Just click on any of the photos or videos. Share your backyard activities on Instagram with the hashtag #BackyardOasis and tag @consumerreports and we might include your post here.

Grilling

Grills are getting a whole lot more use as “going out

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