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March 22, 2021, 5:06 p.m. EDT

7 things NOT to buy with your $1,400 stimulus check and existing-home sales fall as inventory remains a challenge for buyers

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By Elisabeth Buchwald

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Get a COVID vaccine, and get a free Krispy Kreme doughnut every single day this year

The sweet vaccination push sparked some backlash, as critics claim it promotes obesity

A quarter of Americans have recently witnessed someone blame Asian people for COVID-19

The new survey was conducted after the shooting deaths of six Asian women in the Atlanta area.

Rents are still dropping in some parts of the country — but these tenants are missing out

Nationally, the rental market is showing signs of improvement.

‘My pulse rate had shot up to 120 as I gasped my way into the ER’: Italy resumes AstraZeneca vaccine, and tightens lockdown

More than half of Italy’s regions are now in the ‘red zone,’ just one year after the country effectively shut down.

IRS: More $1,400 stimulus payments are coming — so check your mail

Another wave of $1,400 stimulus payments rolling out this week --- and this time, many are coming as paper checks or pre-paid debit cards, the Internal Revenue Service announced Monday.

Existing-home sales fall as inventory remains a challenge for buyers

Analysts say that weather-related disruptions to the economy in February likely had an impact on home sales as well.

You’re vaccinated. Can you finally take a vacation?

Many countries — including most of Western Europe— still aren’t open to U.S. tourists.

7 things NOT to buy with your $1,400 stimulus check

'It would be sad and painful to see people end up losing this money that was designed to prop up the economy and get us out of COVID-induced recession.'

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Elisabeth Buchwald is a personal finance reporter at MarketWatch. She is based in New York.

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