Profitable Ideas: Instagram is the New Mall, Keeping Up With the Insta-Joneses, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web.

Instagram is the new mall (The Atlantic). Another step down the path of making it easier for us to part with our money. 

A vision of the dark future of advertising (OneZero). A glimpse into our “datafied” future.

Should you ever pay off your mortgage? (Engineering Peace of Mind). The pros and cons of two approaches to managing your mortgage, but with an important conclusion: “I have yet to meet someone who regretted paying off their mortgage.”

Starry eyes and starry skies (Epsilon Theory). A thought provoking post that may challenge some of your most closely held assumptions about the value of college.

Insurance for a learning driver (Kiplinger). What to do if you’re about to have another driver in your household.

Keeping up with the insta-Joneses (Paul Jarvis). Navigating our “social arms race.”

Before deciding on a college, look closely at the financial aid letter (NY Times). The terminology can be maddeningly confusing. Here’s your interpretation guide.

Minimalism on the path to financial independence (Becoming Minimalist). One woman’s inspiring story.

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