Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: To fight inflation, take down food expenses. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast featuring a nerdy travel diary, how to handle the benefits at your new and improved job, and how to avoid 13 of the most persistent online scams.

To Fight Inflation, Take Down Food Expenses
Rising food prices are putting pressure on household budgets, but cooking more creatively can help control costs.

Smart Money Podcast: Nerdy Travel Diaries: Weightlifting in New Mexico
A Travel Nerd shares her story about going to New Mexico for a weightlifting meet and how she saved money along the way.

You Got a Better Job. Now, How Do You Handle the Benefits?
Between 401(k)s, HSAs and ESPPs, new benefits can feel confusing. Knowing how to prioritize them can help you take full advantage of your new perks.

13 Persistent Online Scams (and How to Avoid Them)
Learn how to protect yourself from these common online scams and schemes.