Don't judge me, but I've been known to keep closer tabs on the Kardashians than on world news and events. It's not that I don't have an interest, but real news seems much less accessible.

That's why I was glad to discover The Economist. This nearly 200-year-old news magazine features happenings from all over the globe. What I love most about it is that it doesn’t just tell me what’s going on in the world, it thoroughly and expertly explains why events are happening. It's well written and covers so many areas of interest—world news, cultural happenings, finance, economics, and business—I swear, I get smarter every time I finish a section!

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The Economist normally sells for as much as $6 per issue if you buy it from newsstands. Yikes! But now you can get a 12-week subscription to The Economist for only $1.25 per week. This is a great purchase for yourself, or it would make a great gift for a husband, dad, or new grad in your life. (Don't forget, Father's Day is coming up!)

Your subscription gives you:

  • Weekly delivery of The Economist in print
  • Full access to Economist.com and The Economist in audio
  • Full access to each issue on The Economist mobile apps
  • The Economist Espresso, a morning news brief email
  • A special issue, The World in 2016 (if your subscription is active in December 2015)

I like the fact that this deal lets me check in online to get the latest updates, but I love that I get an actual magazine delivered each week. I can throw it in my bag and get caught up whenever I have the chance. But really, the biggest benefit since reading The Economist is how my newfound knowledge gives me something to talk about when I meet someone who doesn't watch reality TV.