With life’s busy schedule, it’s hard for most of us to dig through all the information thrown our way. Each week we scour the media universe to find the most interesting and helpful articles, so you don’t have to. Take a look at what we’re reading this week.
Fancy groceries on a milder budget
Find out how one Chicago mom can shop at the likes of Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods and yet can still manage to feed a family of five for a week on $920. Hint: Most of the action happens on Saturday. (PureWow)
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Beta testing started this week for a new feature on Instagram that allows users to buy stuff directly on the mobile app. Zara, H&M, Outdoor Voices and Uniqlo are among the 20-plus brands taking part. (BuzzFeed)
Elizabeth Warren, personal finance guru
Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren may be better known for her political battles, but she’s got a little Dave Ramsey in her too, it turns out. Check out the Massachusetts lawmaker’s personal finance book, co-written with her daughter, for some wallet-fattening tips. (Lifehacker)
Why rental car companies aren’t so keen on debit cards
It seems like most merchants would rather take cash or debit rather than credit cards — certainly, a debit card will get you a better deal at some gas stations. But when it comes to renting a car, the situation is just the opposite. Here’s why. (The Balance)
How to save money in the kitchen, the British way
While British terms like “gormless,” “knackered” and “scrummy” might not mean much to most Americans, saving money on your food budget is something that makes sense on both sides of the Atlantic. With this in mind, here’s a guide to dining deals and discounts from the cast of “The Great British Bake Off.” (Money)
The reality of parenthood, in tweets
“If I had enough money to bribe my kids’ way into college, it probably means I didn’t have kids in the first place.” Read this and other observations on raising children in the 2010s, as posted on Twitter. (HuffPost)
This is how much (or how little) teachers get paid in each state
It’s a fact: New York elementary school teachers pull in about twice as much salary as those in Oklahoma. If you’re a teacher — or even if you’re not — check out this cross-country comparison of educator salaries. (MoneyTalksNews)
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