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This week: Candidates and college costs, cutting food waste, how to make $40 an hour being a mom, how losing weight saves money, and things not to do during a job interview.

1. The Presidential Candidates Are Spinning Their Wheels on College Costs

[Credit.com] “Debt-free college. Tuition-free college. These concepts are garnering a lot of attention on the presidential campaign trail.

This article will give you a glimpse into how candidates from both parties are approaching the cost of college and student loan debt. It then goes on to propose what the author suggests is a better alternative than any of those suggested by the recent crop of political hopefuls.

2. Cut Food Waste With These Few Simple Changes

[The Dollar Stretcher] “Estimates vary widely, but most say that between 20 and 30 percent of the food produced never gets from the farm to your stomach. The U.S. Department of Agriculture study puts food waste at 27 percent. That’s food that could be going to nourish your family, but instead bloats your grocery budget and ends up in a landfill.”

We recently did a very similar story with some of the same tips: See “13 Easy Ways to Cut Food Waste and Save Money.” This article suggests planning meals, storing food properly, using leftovers and avoiding waste when cooking. Check it out for the details.

3. This Woman Makes $40 an Hour as a Mom to Millennials

[The Penny Hoarder] “Do you offer sage advice? Want to lend a listening ear to millennials? Bake a killer pecan pie? Are you great at helping people shop for family members? If you meet any of these qualifications, you might want to consider working as a “rent a mom.”

This story describes a woman who makes money by doing “momly” tasks. What it doesn’t explain in much detail, however, is exactly how, other than a website, she gets her customers. Still, it goes to show that where there’s a will, the Internet can provide the way. Check out the post for more information and ideas.

4. Can I Save Money Losing Weight?

[Debt.com] “Saving money with weight loss isn’t my ultimate goal, of course, but it gives me a bit more incentive and another angle to write about that readers may learn from.”

This article was written by someone who is trying to lose 50 pounds over the next year. How can losing weight make you richer? Ideas include fewer doctor visits, less dining out, lower cost life insurance and being more presentable to potential employers.

5. 10 Things You Should Never Do During a Job Interview

[Wise Bread] “If you’ve managed to land an interview, congratulations — you’re doing something right. Build on that success by avoiding common interview blunders.”

The tips in this article are mostly common sense, but they still bear repeating. They include things like not sitting until invited, maintaining good posture, not mumbling, being prepared, being on time and turning off your cellphone. Got an interview in your future? Then click on the link above and read the rest.

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