The Clark Howard Podcast

By Clark Howard

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 Apr 20, 2021

Benny
 Feb 16, 2021
I always learn something new and Clark's take is straightforward, friendly and helpful.


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 Apr 24, 2019
Never miss an episode, as Clark Howard always seems to have something helpful to share.


 Nov 18, 2018

Description

Save more and spend less is more than just a motto for money expert Clark Howard; it’s a way of life. Clark and his crew — Team Clark — are on a mission to empower people to take control of their personal finances by providing money-saving tips, consumer advice, hot deals and economic news to help everyone achieve financial freedom. Clark is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and a consumer reporter for television stations around the country. His podcast, The Clark Howard Show, receives more than one million downloads each month and is a hub for listeners to get valuable advice on-demand any time. Clark answers questions on the most popular business and consumer topics including; how to buy a cars, financing a home, retirement planning, shopping for insurance and getting the most out of your savings. Join the conversation and submit your question to www.clark.com/askclark . Clark spearheads two free resources — Clark.com and ClarkDeals.com — to encourage consumers to save more, spend less and avoid ripoffs.

Episode Date
10.22.21 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Black Friday deals are already here!
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / The Holiday shopping season has morphed to spread out the sales calendar for greater efficiency. The pandemic has accelerated that process. Now pre-Halloween, sales are underway. Clark points to a few so you can SAVE MORE. The biggest deals will come before December. Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: Costco Auto Program: New & Used Car Buying Service / ALLIANT Your everyday cashback credit card / Travel Insurance / Best Travel Credit Cards: Top Rewards Picks for 2021 / What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? / Is 65 the Best Age To Retire? / Will I Still Get the 5.9% Increase if I Wait To Collect Social Security? Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2021
10.21.21 The Exodus from California / Simplify Retirement Savings.
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There are 2 major factors that inform why people choose to move from one state to another. California and Texas are a case in point. // Clark shares an idea that may shift the way you think about retirement savings - at any age.  Ask Clark topics include: What Is a 403(b) and How Does It Work? / How to Buy a Used Car in 7 Steps / Best and Worst Auto Insurance Companies / Best and Worst Home Insurance Companies / Ask Clark: What Is a Backdoor Roth IRA? / What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
10.20.21 For the Win: Investing Trends / Disney’s New Genie Park Planner App.
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The investing price wars continue, giving you more choice in the marketplace. You’ll end up with 50% more money for retirement being with a low cost provider. A full commission stock broker is pitching something that may sound like a good idea. Clark’s not buying it, and neither should you. // Disney uses dynamic demand pricing which can help regulate crowd size. Now they have a new planning app called Genie. What it does, and what it costs. Ask Clark topics include: Fiduciary Financial Advisors / Find a Financial Advisor / Best Financial Advisors in 2021 / Roth IRA for Kids - Fidelity / SIM Card Swapping / Business Insurance / How to Buy Term Life Insurance / These Credit Cards Offer Car Rental Insurance Benefits \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2021
10.19.21 SAVE on Rx: 2 Excellent Drug Discount Programs / Best Buy’s New Membership Program - Totaltech.
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$40 vs $330 for the same Rx?! GREAT news on a couple of subscription programs that can save you big bucks. // Why Wall Street loves Best Buy’s new membership program for tech support and the value of membership. Ask Clark topics include: 10 Ways To Save on Prescription Drugs / Canadian International Pharmacy Association / How to Buy a Used Car in 7 Steps / Cell Phones & Smartphones for sale | eBay / OnePlus Nord - OnePlus (United States) - OnePlus Nord Series / Tempted by timeshares? Heed Clark's advice \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2021
10.18.21 Restaurants and the Labor Shortage / Privacy vs Telematics Tracking Drivers.
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Restaurants and the service industries overall are enduring severe labor shortages for all to see. This is creating high anxiety. Patience is a virtue. / 16 years into telematics, only 2% of drivers allow themselves to be tracked. Do you want your every move tracked while driving? How one major insurer is pushing for it, plus, a tale of Tesla’s driver-assist testing. Ask Clark topics include: Why You Should Never Use a Debit Card To Pay for Anything - Clark / Submit a complaint | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau / 6 Best Ways To Send Money Online / Term Life vs. Whole Life Insurance / The Best Term Life Insurance Companies / MyChart | Powered by Epic / How To Prevent, Report and Repair Identity Theft \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2021
10.15.21 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Operational Difficulties: Southwest Airlines
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Why Clark loves our largest domestic airline - Southwest, what’s going on with the recent meltdowns, and Clark smart advice for travelers. Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: Social Security / CREDIT CARDS - Clark.com / 5 Steps To Getting a Good Deal on a Hotel Room / Wawa Launches “Tap, Pay & Save 15 Cents Per Gallon” with the Wawa App through Oct. 31 \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2021
10.14.21 Challenges of Going Cashless / Bottled Water: $ Down the Drain.
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The disappearance of cash brings new ways to tip - and challenges teaching kids about money. // The average bottled water drinker spends $1400 a year on bottled water - which may not be as safe as tap water! And bottled water IS overwhelmingly tap water! Clark explains - and suggests a WAY cheaper middle ground solution. Ask Clark topics include: What Is a Backdoor Roth IRA? / MTurk Review: How to Make Money Online With Amazon Mechanical Turk - Survey Junkie Review: 3 Things to Know Before You Sign Up / Trust Definition - Investopedia / Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2021 - Clark Howard \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2021
10.13.21 Device Addiction vs. Being In The Moment / Beware Stalkerware.
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How many times do you pick up your smartphone each day? Surprising statistics about how much we’re engrossed in these devices, and something else to think about. // Both Androids & iPhones are being invaded by various types of malicious apps. 10 million got hit with fake charges on their cell phone bills. Learn the number 1 way to know a rogue app is lurking & how to protect yourself from this growing type of spyware. Ask Clark topics include: What Is a 403(b) / Umbrella Insurance / 401(k) Rollover / How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor / How to Protect Your Phone Against a SIM Swap Attack | WIRED / CDARS® has been renamed IntraFi Network Deposits. / Clark Deals 2021 Sweepstakes Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2021
10.12.21 Credit Card Rewards / Don’t Pay for FREE Credit Info.
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If you’re willing to pivot for credit card perks in the marketplace, it’s a win. Learn about new Amex and Navy Federal offerings. / $500 a year for a credit score subscription!? No. DO NOT allow anyone to rip you off for credit monitoring, reports or scores. Clark reveals secrets about the business, including how you can get all that info for FREE. Ask Clark topics include: 6 Tips for Hiring a Contractor - Cnet - Working with contractors: How to hire a qualified pro / MDsave.com Shopping online for healthcare has arrived. / Clark Deals 2021 Sweepstakes / Best Cell Phone Plans and Deals in 2021 / Save up to $20 with a new Costco membership \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
10.11.21 High Tech Comes to Insurance Claims / Rideshare Costs & Alternatives.
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Learn how insurers are using AI, drones and robots to assess auto and property claims. This brings up concerns you need to know about. // Uber & Lyft costs are up by 1/3rd on average. Surge pricing makes these rideshare costs unpredictable. You’re not a sitting duck. Clark mentions several alternatives. Ask Clark topics include: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Road Test - Consumer Reports / The 3 Truths of Wealth Creation - It's OK to splurge on things important to you, even when saving for retirement - Clark’s addendum: CORE & KEY: Live on less than what you make. Investment savings need to stay on target for retirement. / The Clark.com editorial process. \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2021
10.08.21 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Early Bird Holiday Shopping a Must This Year.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Holiday shopping - in October? Several factors make that a good idea this year, including current deals. Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: The Free Account Everyone Needs To Set Up Before Retirement / Read This Before You Sign Up for Health Insurance at Work / How to decide if medical tourism is a viable option for you / The 14 Cheapest and Best Grocery Stores / Report: The #1 Supermarket for Customer Satisfaction - Automatic Bill Pay: How It Works and How to Do It Safely \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2021
10.07.21 Hope for a Promise Long Denied: Public Service Loan Forgiveness / New Rules: Flood Insurance.
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The promise of public service student loan forgiveness made 14 years ago has been grossly mismanaged, cheating compliant service workers. That injustice is being overturned with new federal regulations going into effect. Stand By! Clark’s guide is forthcoming involving an October deadline. // More Americans are living at or near a coast. Learn how the Federal Flood Insurance Program has worked, and how it will change moving forward. New rates are being implemented and you should know how they will affect you, depending on risks. Ask Clark topics include: Why Airlines Can’t Stop Rewriting the Rules for Fliers / BANKS & Banking - Clark.com / What changes at Credit Karma Tax now that we are a Cash App product? / Where Is My Passport? / This Decision Could Increase Your Social Security Benefit by 8% Each Year / Clark Deals 2021 Sweepstakes \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2021
10.06.21 Pandemic Impact: Increased Elder Fraud / Transportation Innovation Arrives.
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Elder fraud comes in many forms. The numbers are astounding. AARP reports 5 million elderly Americans have money stolen each year. Average amount: $120,000. They can’t recover from that kind of loss. How we all can do a better job of communicating with and protecting aging family & friends. // Flying electric taxis for regional transportation are being adopted in São Paulo, Brazil. These helio-plane hybrids are an affordable, quiet, efficient solution. Air taxis! How soon will we see such progress? - A Clark Prediction. Ask Clark topics include: Extended Car Warranties / Term Life Insurance / National Foundation for Credit Counseling / The 3 Best Ways to Consolidate Credit Card Debt – And 2 Ways to Avoid It \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2021
10.05.21 Escalating Gas & Energy Prices - Your Defense / Protect Your Social Security Account at Age 30.
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Both oil and natural gas are in short supply, with prices going up. How to save on gasoline and home energy. // Social Security has an embedded base of support, so it will continue in some form, based on your highest 35 year earnings. Clark shares why and how you should monitor this future source of income starting at age 30 - a simple but very important task. Ask Clark topics include: Energy Sage: SRECs: understanding solar renewable energy credits / Best Generator Buying Guide - Consumer Reports / Financial Advisors / When Is the Best Time to Take Social Security? - Maximize My Social Security \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2021
10.04.21 Empty Shelves & Product Shortages - Flex / Open Enrollment Needs Your Attention This Year.
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We’re used to everything always being available. Clark explains we’re back to historical patterns, supply chain disruption and distribution tendencies for the duration. No need to panic buy, just flex. // It’s open enrollment time for many company health insurance plans. What you should know about HSA high-deductible health plans, how to decide which plan is best for you AND - disability insurance. Ask Clark topics include: Diamonds - buy used - 7 Places to Get the Best Deals on Lab-Created Diamonds / Consumer Reports - Guide to Cars With Advanced Safety Systems / Password Protect Your Phone - How To Create a Safe Password / T-Mobile Home Internet Service - Verizon 5G Home Internet - Cheap Internet Service \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2021
10.01.21 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Women Entrepreneurs Skyrocket.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Pandemic burnout has prompted many to re-evaluate their life and careers. Close to half of new business owners now are women. The economics of this development and the opportunities it presents. Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: Hearing Aids / What Is a 403(b) and How Does It Work? / File complaints with your State Consumer Affairs Department (if your state has an active one) / How to Spot and Avoid Scams on Facebook and Instagram / IRS - Coronavirus-related relief for retirement plans and IRAs questions and answers \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2021
09.30.21 Help For Homebuyers in the Bidding Wars / Bye Passwords Hello Biometrics.
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1 in 4 houses are being bought cash only. Sellers want certainty. Clark shares a new way some companies are helping home buyers win the bidding wars. // Microsoft is eliminating passwords. Amazon is experimenting with biometrics for concert entry. Biometrics are here to stay and passwords will be a thing of the past. Ask Clark topics include: These Airlines Are Extending Credits Into 2022 / Cemetery Plot Buying and Selling / Charles Schwab Bank Debit Card \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2021
09.29.21 There are 2 Types of 529 Plans. One is a Ripoff / Jobs of the Future.
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529 Plans are getting better overall. But there are 2 types: direct sold, and rip offs.. Due to massive fees, you can end up with less than you put in. Know the only kind to buy: Best 529 College Savings Plans By State // 70% of the jobs of 20 years from now do not exist today. The market never stops transforming. Clark shares which careers make sense for the future. If you’re in an industry in decline, consider how to use your skills another way. Ask Clark topics include: Apple Pay / Zelle fraud emergency kit and FAQ - BobSullivan.net / 5 Things To Know Before You Buy a Refurbished Phone / SIPC - Securities Investor Protection Corporation / IRS IRA Contribution Limits / Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2021
09.28.21 Extreme Weather & Home Insurance / 13 Billion Robocalls for Car Warranties.
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Due to extreme weather patterns, homeowners insurance is becoming a more difficult purchase. Underwriting can vary greatly from one insurer to another. New considerations for home buyers & why shopping home insurance is more important now than ever. Plus, 3D printed homes are weatherproof, cheaper & quicker to build. // Sick of getting junk robocalls about your extended warranty expiring? You are not alone! What you need to know about this ongoing, widespread scheme. Ask Clark topics include: When Should You File a Claim on Your Homeowners Insurance? / Federal Agencies Release Interim Final Rule to Implement the No Surprises Act / Should You Buy an Extended Warranty on Your Car? / 403(b)s / Google Flights - Hopper - Skyscanner \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2021
09.27.21 A Used Car Market Warning / Market Swings & Investor Fears.
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An important warning for those in the market for a used vehicle, and how buyers must protect themselves. Also, there will be new e-vehicles in the marketplace, sold direct. What that means for buyers. // Recent wide swings in the stock market have sparked fears among investors. Various factors have created a “wall of worry”. The problem with getting out of the market, and the right questions to ask yourself to be in the game - prepared. Ask Clark topics include: How does HomeAdvisor work for contractors? / What is an UGMA or UTMA account? - Best 529 College Savings Plans By State / Trust & Estate Planning / What Is a Financial Advisor and Do I Need One? - How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor / SPLITWISE: Less stress when sharing expenses / BBB-File a Complaint \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2021
09.24.21 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / NEVER NEVER NEVER Accept the Expensive Free Dinner Invite.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / You may be tempted to accept an exclusive invitation to a financial seminar that includes something fancy like a free steak dinner. Clark tells you why you need to cook at home that night instead. Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: What Is Your Flood Risk on a Scale of 1–10? / Clark’s App Warning for iPhone and Android Users / Should I Convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA? / 7 Things to Know Before You Buy Travel Insurance / Elon Musk says Starlink internet will exit beta status next month / T-Mobile Expanding 5G Network To Offer New Home Internet Service \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2021
09.23.21 UPDATE: SBA Loan Programs / Important Plan Documents: 401(k) Fees.
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Good news for small business owners about the SBA loan program, including applying for PPP loan forgiveness. // 401(k)s have 2 different kinds of fees, one of which most participants are unaware of - the cost for the investments plus administration fees, which can be high. Who pays? Ask Clark topics include: Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2021 / Why Vacation Clubs are worse than timeshares / Should You Manage Your Own Investment Portfolio? - The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing / The #1 thing you need to do if you use PayPal, Venmo or Zelle for payments / Credit Karma Review: Free Credit Score and More at Your Fingertips - How To Monitor Your Credit \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2021
09.22.21 Quality of New Cars / CORE Investing: Clark’s Hot Tip Advice.
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We know cars are overpriced and hard to get right now - allowing time to research your next buy for when the market improves. Clark looks into the initial quality of new cars - and the types of both cars and appliances that are generally most reliable. // The yen to invest is taking hold with advice coming from everywhere. Why this is both great and terrible. Many are basing investment decisions on social media influencers’ advice. Pause with Clark to reflect on this…. Ask Clark topics include: How Much Is My Used Car Worth Right Now? / TRAVEL CLArchives / Best Buy Tech Support / Kids and Teen Savings Account | USAA \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2021
09.21.21 Wearable health trackers / The Buy Now, Pay Later Effect - Not Good.
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Health trackers are approaching the mainstream for general health monitoring. Clark talks about his devices and what’s on the horizon. // Almost half of Americans have used buy now, pay later services. What could possibly go wrong? Ask Clark topics include: The #1 thing you need to do if you use PayPal, Venmo or Zelle for payments / Loyalty fraud is on the rise — here’s what happens when your points are stolen / Is a Cash-Out Refinance Right for You? / Home equity loans & lines of credit / A factory-built home as a means to affordable housing / The 4 Insurance Policies You Actually Need / Term Life vs. Whole Life Insurance - EvaluateLifeInsurance.org \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2021
09.20.21 Why Crypto Isn’t Ready For Prime Time / Are wallets becoming obsolete?
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Crypto is taking all shapes and forms now, including being used for risky borrowing and lending. This is in the pioneering phase. // The cell phone is potentially replacing the wallet. Pros & cons. Ask Clark topics include: What you can’t pay for with a 529 plan / How and Why to Refinance Your Mortgage / The 403(b) / Fidelity Investments Review 2021 / Life Insurance / Sam’s Club Mastercard Review: Earn 5% Back on Gas Purchases - Best Rewards Credit Cards: Top Picks for 2021 / Authorized User vs. Joint Account Holder \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
09.17.21 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Find Lost or Missing Retirement Accounts.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / For those who’ve worked various jobs over decades, there may be lost retirement accounts or a small pension you’ve lost track of. There are 25 million unclaimed 401(k)s out there containing $1.35 Trillion. Also - what to do when you change jobs. Clark.com - How To Find Missing or Lost Retirement Accounts Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: Automatic Bill Pay: How It Works and How to Do It Safely / Wait times at Disneyland and Universal Studios are way down. Here’s why / Best 529 College Savings Plans By State / 5 Things to Know Before You Use Zelle / Suing in Small Claims Court \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2021
09.16.21 Stocking Up For Emergencies / COVID Rebates & Saving On Auto Insurance
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Should you stock up on essential supplies? Clark has a different angle on deciding what to buy. // Were you expecting a refund on your auto insurance during the pandemic that never came or was less than expected? If you’re the 1 in 3 people driving less, you’re subsidizing other drivers. Clark has a suggestion to help you save on auto insurance.  Ask Clark topics include: Consumer Reports Generator Ratings / Should We Buy a Truck With eBay Gift Cards? Or Is This a Scam? / CarRentals.com / Mint Mobile Review - Visible / Equitable Distribution Definition - Investopedia / Long-Term Care Insurance / What can I do if I believe my credit file has been mixed with someone else's? \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2021
09.15.21 Amazon’s New TVs / SpaceX Starlink Satellite Internet Delay.
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TVs have gone up in price, as much as double since last November. The market effect of Amazon’s entry and Clark’s best advice for TV buyers. // SpaceX’s Starlink internet service is on hold. Clark’s excitement over the supposed imminent availability of high speed rural internet was well-placed, but premature. What we have here is a failure to serve customers. Ask Clark topics include: Rules for Using Credit Cards / 6 of the Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts in 2021 / How to Keep Student Loan Forbearance From Hurting Your Credit / Fidelity vs. Vanguard vs. Schwab: Which Brokerage Is Best? / Dollar Cost Averaging Makes You a Fortune Over Time / How To Open a Roth IRA / Warning: 3 Big Problems With Visa Gift Cards / File a Complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2021
09.14.21 JOBS: Understanding Total Compensation / Heads Up: Employers Spying on At-Home Workers.
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When looking at job opportunities, there are many considerations beyond pay alone. // Do you know if your company or boss is using spyware to monitor you? Be aware of new ways your company may be tracking you as you work from home. Ask Clark topics include: 9 Ways To Pay for College Without Student Loans - The Top 5 Benefits of Community College / Is Investing in Dividend Stocks a Good Strategy? / File a Complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau / Carvana Vehicle Value - Also get vehicle value from dealer / How to Buy a New Car in 5 Steps \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2021
09.13.21 The Apple Antitrust Case and Your Money / College Decisions & New Ways to Avoid College Debt.
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Clark discusses the Apple & Google “toll gates” and the potential advantage of signing up for subscriptions from service websites vs from in-phone apps. Also, expect heavy subsidies on the new Apple iPhones depending on your carrier. // A rethink of college relevance and new information and insights around college & skills training decision making. Also, employer subsidized education opportunities, income share agreements, and working while in school. Ask Clark topics include: Experian New Debt Collection Rule Allows Contact on Social Media / Roth IRA / Best Online Banks - Bankrate: The best online banks of 2021 / Debt Collectors May Soon Contact You By Text and Social Media. Here’s What You Should Know - Your rights when dealing with debt collectors / Deadline Extended: Check Your Credit Report Every Week for Free / Could-Based Phone Systems \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2021
09.10.21 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Farewell Locast: Local Channel Alternatives.
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Clark's 9/11 Remembrance / Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Clark explains why Locast is no more, and alternative ideas for watching local channels, whether you were a Locast customer or not. Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: 6 Steps to Eliminate Credit Card Debt in 3 Years or Less / Ford Will Build Your Next Car to Your Custom Order / 4 Things To Know Before You Buy a Digital TV Antenna / 4 Things To Know Before You Sign Up for Sling TV / Amazon agrees to pay shoppers up to $1,000 for defective goods after facing high-profile liability cases \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2021
09.09.21 Protecting Privacy With Simple Burner Tech / Supply Shortages Have Changed the Nature of DEALS
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New privacy ideas based on burner tech may lessen your privacy concerns. Clark offers several ways to do business via email and phone, without them getting into your business. // Shopping online used to be a great way to save money. Supply shortages have led to a reverse movement among retailers. Seeing is believing when it comes to deals now. Clark explains the trend to help you spend - less! Ask Clark topics include: Where to Buy the Best Cheap Printer / Umbrella Insurance / How to Freeze Your Credit / Credit Karma Review / Term Life vs. Whole Life Insurance / Index Funds / 7 Best Ways to Save for Retirement in Your 50s \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2021
09.08.21 Education: Is College Worth It? / The Worker Shortage & A Partial Solution
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Clark talks about decision making around education and skilled-trade training, costs, and the debate over the value of college.  // Many industries are experiencing worker shortages and we’re feeling the effects. We’re millions of workers short in the U.S. with an aging population. Clark’s controversial solution. Ask Clark topics include: Easy Disney World Planning / The current state of state-sponsored retirement programs / Health Insurance / Tracfone Wireless / How and When to Cancel a Credit Card / 5 Things to Know Before You Use Zelle / 5 Ways To Improve Your Credit Score // Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2021
09.07.21 Open Enrollment: A New Employer Benefit / Emergency Funds & End of Life Planning
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What you need to know about new savings incentives you may see within your employee benefits during open enrollment.  // Clark smart steps to keep your loved ones safe and to protect you in case of an emergency. Ask Clark topics include: Rent is about to go up again—here’s why / 6 Best Ways To Send Money Online / Topic No. 607 Adoption Credit and Adoption Assistance / 6 of the Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts in 2021 - Yotta - Start Saving. Start Winning / Should You Buy an Extended Warranty on Your Car? / How To Open a Roth IRA / Target Date Funds vs. Index Funds: Which Are Better for You? \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2021
09.03.21 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / A Clark Job Warning: Non-compete Agreements.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Around 1 in 5 U.S. workers are in covenants not to compete, outlawed in California. A Clark warning for job hunters. Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: Deep discounters like Dollar Tree get hit, as they juggle supply chain costs and price-sensitive customers / What Is a 403(b) and How Does It Work? / Retirees fearing financial disaster wait for pension rescue - Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation / Investment Guide: Advanced investors / Residential Solar: Compare the same size systems between 5 companies in your area with a payback cycle of 9 years or less. / How to Sell Your Stuff on Facebook Marketplace Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2021
09.02.21 Clark Rage - Wells Fargo and Alternative Banking / Investment Warning: Broken Promissory Notes.
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Wells Fargo has engaged in fraud against customers. Now new sanctions are coming because they have not complied with settlements. Why you should ditch your big bank. // Looking to earn more on savings, people are susceptible to con artists pitching “safe investments”. A Clark warning about promises of higher interest rates. How to spot a Ponzi scheme. Ask Clark topics include: Should I Be Concerned About T-Mobile’s Data Breach? / If you have traditional health insurance, avoid student health insurance - Health Insurance Guide / How and Why to Refinance Your Mortgage: A Step-By-Step Guide / Insuring a home-based business / Automatic Bill Pay: How It Works and How to Do It Safely \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2021
09.01.21 Hospitals: A Rogue Industry and a Clark Cure / Road Trip! A Great Tip for Highway Travel.
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There’s great support on price transparency on hospital charges on all fronts EXCEPT from hospitals and insurance companies. The reason is Clarkrageous. And Clark’s got the punishment to make them comply. // It’s crazy we don’t have a nationwide toll system. But there’s some progress there. Ask Clark topics include:  14+ Senior Discounts People Age 50 and Older Should Know About! / Best 529 College Savings Plans By State / How To Open a Roth IRA / Clark Howard: Here’s My Experience Selling a Home With an iBuyer / Don’t fall for this car wrapping scam \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2021
08.31.21 The Nurse Shortage is Critical / The Value of a Dollar Store.
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The nursing shortage is severe and demand is pushing up pay rates. If you have a love of science and medicine, there’s opportunity to make a difference. // While some areas see dollar store proliferation as a problem, these retailers are currently booming with a diverse customer base (including Clark)  trying to offset inflation and stretch every dollar. Ask Clark topics include: Can a Patient Advocate Help With Your Medical Bills? / WSJ - Paying With a Credit Card? That’s Going to Cost You. / How to Build Credit / How a 19 year old got a credit score of 820 / Best 529 College Savings Plans By State \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2021
08.30.21 Renting Can Help You Buy a Home / Retirement Savings Can Make You a Millionaire.
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There are private services that allow your rent payments to be tracked for credit, and now Fannie Mae has a new lending guideline that allows renters to qualify for a mortgage based on their rent payment history. Clark explains how this will work to assist in achieving home ownership, in keeping with how credit scoring is changing overall. / Worried about having enough to retire one day? Over time if you regularly contribute to a good retirement plan, well, watch what happens! Why money you’re saving for your long-term future must be invested - and how to invest properly.  Ask Clark topics include: The biggest mistake you can make with your 401(k) / Read this before you sign up for a ‘risk-free’ trial / 401(k) Contribution Limits for 2021 / How to Sell a Vehicle - eBay Motors - How to Sell Your Car in 5 Steps / Tips for Buying and Selling Safely on Marketplace - Facebook \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2021
08.27.21 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Travel Outlook This Pandemic Fall.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Once again, the pandemic has thrown travel plans into the unknown. But there’s good news if you feel comfortable taking off this year. Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: 6 Things To Know Before You Sign Up for Visible / File Complaint with BBB / Is LifeLock Worth the Cost? / Here Are the Insurance Policies Homeowners Need To Get and the Ones To Skip / Keep solid proof forever when you’ve paid off student loans. / Credit Lock vs. Credit Freeze: What’s the Difference? / Acorns Review / How to Start Saving Money in 5 Easy Steps \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2021
08.26.21 The T-Mobile Breach and Quick Measures to Protect Your Phone & Money / TWI - Trading While Under the Influence: Really?
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Hackers have successfully invaded T-Mobile's data base and have info on 40 million users. 3 quick measures T-Mobile customers can take - and 1 task for AT&T and Verizon customers - to help prevent SIM hijacking and the subsequent looting of your accounts. // 1 in 3 U.S. investors admits they have traded while under the influence - dangerous for your wallet. Don’t drink & trade. For Clark, investing is not a sport. He explains his philosophy. Ask Clark topics include: How To Prevent, Report and Repair Identity Theft / How and Why to Refinance Your Mortgage: A Step-By-Step Guide Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2021
08..25.21 LOGJAM: Ordering Delays are Here to Stay / Financial Checklist - Who Needs Umbrella Insurance?
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The way we get goods and what’s available, has come full circle. We’ve become conditioned to the wide availability of goods. Yeah we’re going to have to get over that. One result is a win win if it catches on: Ford is trying to change how we buy new vehicles in the U.S. Clark explains. . // Do you have proper coverage? If you’ve got assets, don’t ignore what Clark calls the “success tax” - one of the most overlooked forms of insurance. Ask Clark topics include: How To Improve Your Credit Score by 100 Points in 30 Days / Fidelity Investments Review 2021: Pros & Cons / Lemonade Insurance Review: How It Works, Coverage Options / Automatic Bill Pay: How It Works and How to Do It Safely \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2021
08.24.21 A Simple Way to Protect Your Phone from Hackers / The Life Insurance Industry’s Dirty Secret.
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A simple tip from the NSA can help keep fraudsters out of your cell phone. // Unfortunately, many don’t leave important financial information when they pass away. How to find out if a loved one had life insurance you didn't know about.  Ask Clark topics include: Credit Lock vs. Credit Freeze: What’s the Difference? / What Is a SEP IRA and Who Is Eligible? / AUTO Insurance \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2021
08.23.21 Out of Adversity > Innovation: Productivity & New Job Opportunity / Protect Yourself on 401(k) Rollovers.
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Employers are offering more to get and retain workers. Shop your skills for better pay and benefits. The labor shortage is actually an advantage to the overall economy. Clark describes how business innovation increases efficiency, productivity & profitability which in turn, creates more wealth for citizens. // Clark gets questions all the time from people changing employers and moving their 401(k) accounts. Rip Off Alert and a Clark Smart NEVER NEVER Rule. Ask Clark topics include: Save on Prescription Drugs - 10 Things To Know Before You Use GoodRx / Troubleshooters warning about Cash App debit card scam / How to Find and Claim Missing Money in Your Name / Life Insurance - How to Buy Term Life Insurance in 7 Easy Steps / How To Open a Roth IRA \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2021
08.20.21 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / What You Don’t Know About Distracted Driving.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Clark has a new teen driver, and there are some important things to know that will keep us all safer. Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: How to spot and avoid fake product reviews on Amazon / Debit Cards / Rebtel.com: Cheap International Calls and Unlimited Calling / ABLE accounts: A tax-free way for parents of disabled kids to save for the future - Special Needs Trust / Why co-signing a loan can be bad on almost every financial level / How to Build Credit / How and Why to Refinance Your Mortgage: A Step-By-Step Guide \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2021
08.19.21 Autopilot Systems & Autonomous Driving / Save on Prescription Eyeglasses & Contacts
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Clark addresses the investigation into the Tesla autopilot system and his experiences with autonomous driving. // Clark shares his  favorite places to save money on prescription eyeglasses & contacts. 3 discount sellers get the highest satisfaction ratings. Ask Clark topics include: Should You Buy an Extended Warranty on Your Car? / Wells Fargo Active Cash Card Review / How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor / How to Freeze Your Credit / Best 529 College Savings Plans By State \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2021
08.18.21 Best Cell Phone Plans and Deals in 2021 / Choose Better Banking.
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Based on your particular needs for calling, network & data, choose the best cell plan & provider using Clark’s new cell phone guide, which makes it clear to see the best plan for you, at the best price. // New competition is changing the banking industry, which at its core, is about extracting fees from you. Now you have choice: Credit Unions, online banks & fintechs do things differently. Ask Clark topics include: 5 Things to Know Before You Use Zelle / The #1 thing you need to do if you use PayPal, Venmo or Zelle for payments / Mile Auto | Pay-Per-Mile Car Insurance / How to Buy a Used Car in 7 Steps / How to Buy a New Car in 5 Steps \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2021
08.17.21 Moving? A Clark Warning / Remote Work Considerations.
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Organized crime has had a hand in moving scams for decades and now it’s gotten more severe. Clark describes how the scam happens, so you can steer clear. // The pandemic has upended the office imperative, allowing more people to live and work anywhere in the country or abroad. But working remotely is not without downsides. Some Clark smart employment direction.  Ask Clark topics include: How Do Student Loans Work? 7 Things to Know / Biden Administration Extends Student Loan Pause Until January 31, 2022 / How to Save Money on Car Insurance / How to handle money when you’re traveling overseas / Stock Options - Not recommended / How To Spot, Avoid, and Report Fake Check Scams | FTC \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2021
08.16.21 Beware ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ / Warning: 2 Problems With Rogue Third Party Online Sellers
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In stores and online, the ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ option is proliferating. What’s the catch? / If you are an Amazon user, there are disturbing things going on with certain sellers you need to know about involving negative review backlash and dangerous merchandise. Ask Clark topics include: Rules and Qualifications for Claiming a Tax Dependent / Donor-Advised Funds: The Benefits and Drawbacks / Why You Should Never Use a Debit Card To Pay for Anything / Chase Sapphire Preferred Review: Travel Card / Best 529 College Savings Plans By State / Frequently Asked Questions on Gift Taxes \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2021
08.13.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / Housing Market Update.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / There’s evidence the frenzy in the home selling market is cooling off.  Have we hit the point of price resistance? What home buyers and sellers should know. Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: The #1 thing you need to do if you use PayPal, Venmo or Zelle / Is a Safe Deposit Box Really Safe? / Smartphone deals: The best bargains on unlocked smartphones under $200 / 9 Ways To Pay for College Without Student Loans / Airbnb Resolution Center / How to Switch Banks in 4 Simple Steps / How to Find a Free ATM Near You: Allpoint, MoneyPass, CO-OP Financial Services and More \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2021
08.12.21 Employment and Covid mandates / A new opportunity to create affordable housing.
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Businesses have a lot to figure out right now -- vaccines, lack of workers, and wages. Employer vaccine mandates are expanding among medium to large companies. Clark explains the visceral fear of economic slowdown, in an environment of great job opportunity. // An inventive idea to solve housing shortages in cities. Ask Clark topics include: Amazon Scam Warning: Beware of Deliveries You Didn’t Order / How to spot and avoid fake product reviews on Amazon / The Best Time and Place to Buy a Mattress - Best Mattresses of 2021 / Humble Dollar -Losing It All - 5 Ways To Protect Your Retirement Accounts From Being Hacked \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2021
08.11.21 How to Save for Retirement When Your Work for Yourself / Health Insurance for College Students
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If you’re an entrepreneur or have a side gig, what you need to know to save for your future. // College students are headed back to campus. A special warning about campus health insurance, and what your options are.  Ask Clark topics include: eBay Motors - Car and Truck Inspections / File Complaint with the Better Business Bureau / Roth vs. Traditional 401(k) / Petal Card Review - What Is a Credit Union? / The Best Places to Sell Your Cell Phone \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2021
08.10.21 Big delivery problems meet small delivery solutions / 2 Current Scam Warnings.
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The package delivery industry is beset with problems that affect small business the worst. Who is filling the niche? // Word is out about some scams that are dominant now. Warnings for individual car sellers & sellers of anything, and what can happen if you lend out your phone. Ask Clark topics include: Is a Cash-Out Refinance Right for You? / Virtual Credit Cards: An Online Security Measure Worth Taking? / What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? / The #1 Way To Protect Yourself From Skimmers if You Use a Debit Card at the Gas Station \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2021
08.09.21 The credit score game has changed / Privacy update: QR codes.
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Different lenders assess you differently. Larger lenders use their own proprietary evaluations - and evaluate your patterns & their risk levels to make decisions about your credit. 80% of car buyers obtain a loan the wrong way. How to obtain the best credit terms. // QR codes have proliferated during the pandemic and are here to stay, but there are some privacy red flags going up around them. Plus, Apple privacy &  Amazon privacy invasion. Ask Clark topics include: Where Do We Get a Homeowners Warranty on Appliances? / The #1 thing you need to do if you use PayPal, Venmo or Zelle for payments / How to Save Money on Utilities \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2021
08.06.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / Money down the drain: SAVE on doing laundry.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Tips for saving money when doing laundry. Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: Locast / 80+ great deals and discounts for military members and veterans - Military and Veterans Guide / 7 Things You Need to Know Before You Fly Southwest Airlines / Long-Term Care Insurance / Costco Travel / 401(k) Guide / Fidelity Investments Review 2021 \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2021
08.05.21 Current Travel Pitfalls / Danger: Buying Stocks on Margin.
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Clark preps you for the current state of travel, including passport delays, how to book to protect your wallet, hotel cleaning policies and rental cars. / Clark is alarmed by a new statistic about people borrowing money to play the stock market on what is called “Margin”. How this practice works and the risk involved. Ask Clark topics include: What Is a Credit Union? / How and Why to Refinance Your Mortgage: A Step-By-Step Guide / 5 Things To Know Before You Sign Up for Verizon Prepaid / What Is a 403(b) and How Does It Work? \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2021
08.04.21 Clark’s updated 529 Plan Guide helps you save for college / Walmart’s excellent new employee benefit.
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Clark explains how 529 plans work to help families save for college, how to set one up, and which ones make Clark’s Dean’s List of most cost-efficient plans in his newly updated 529 Guide. But - Quiz: what comes in your financial life BEFORE you set up a 529 plan? / Employers are starting to offer incredible incentives and benefits to employees, and Walmart just announced a big one. Employer subsidized college isn’t new - let’s hope it’s returning broadly. Ask Clark topics include: Gift Tax Definition - Investopedia / Term Life vs. Whole Life Insurance: Understanding the Difference / What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2021
08.03.21 It’s a Great Time to Refi! / Protect Your Catalytic Converter.
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Due to the ongoing pandemic, interest rates have fallen back down and with them, mortgage refinance rates. How refinances and mortgages differ, and how to go about taking advantage of these historic low rates. / The number of thefts of catalytic converters has risen 10 fold in the past year. It’ll cost ya big. How you can help prevent this theft problem. Ask Clark topics include: Turo: 5 Things To Know About the Cheap Car Rental Service / How to Find the Best Deal on Cheap Internet Service / Streaming TV / How to develop an independent value for your vehicle after an accident / Clark Deals - Cell Phones & Smartphones - Get a FREE iPhone 12 mini with trade-in when you switch to Metro by T-Mobile \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2021
08.02.21 Electronics: Your Right To Repair / Time Has Come Today for TIAA.
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Clark explains the ongoing “right to repair” debate and what’s hopefully changing to your advantage. / 403(beware): Clark Rage Alert! Clark lets loose on how he REALLY feels about TIAA’s abuses and lame response. Ask Clark topics include: CO-OP Financial Services SHARED BRANCH / Turo: 5 Things To Know About the Cheap Car Rental Service / Best Online Will Maker: 5 Free or Cheap Options - Wills & Funerals / Experian Boost Review: How 3 Bills Helped Raise My Credit Score 14 Points / Are You Following Clark’s Maximum Auto Loan Length Rule? / How Retirees Can Combat Inflation \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2021
07.30.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / Hear-ye Hear-ye: By Executive Order - The hearing aid cartel and its high prices are going DOWN.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / The era of $6K hearing aids is coming to a close. Clark describes ongoing industry cartel price-fixing, and why a WIN for consumers is sounding. Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: Best 529 College Savings Plans By State / Fidelity Rewards Credit Card Review: Invest with 2% Cash Back / Liquid Biopsy: Using DNA in Blood to Detect, Track, and Treat Cancer / How to Find a Free ATM Near You / Term Life Insurance / Your C.L.U.E. Report / Lease buyout: 5 tips on buying your leased car / ABLE accounts: A tax-free way for parents of disabled kids to save for the future - 529 ABLE Accounts - IRC Section 529A - Saving for College \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2021
07.29.21 Internet Access Expansion / State Sponsored Retirement Plans
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Great internet access has become essential, and there are so many Americans without it. Clark talks about satellite-based internet service and when and where it will be available. / Often those who work for small companies don’t have access to retirement plans. Many states have an offering that can turn the intention to save, into action. Ask Clark topics include: How to File a Complaint with the Dept. of Labor / Gas & water line insurance - Maintenance fund generally recommended instead / How to Build Credit / How to Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate / Car rental company membership programs may offer perks and discounts / File a Complaint with the Better Business Bureau \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2021
07.28.21 A Generational Divide Around Email / Generous to a Fault: Parental Giving.
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Could we be witnessing the end of email? America’s youth prefer other platforms for communication. Is email becoming irrelevant? / One thing parents are often trying to balance is how much to give their children and how much kids should cover on their own. Clark discusses what a new study on parental giving to adult children reveals. Hint: Train Wreck City. Hear the findings. Ask Clark topics include: 7 Things to Know Before You Buy Travel Insurance / Shared Appreciation Mortgage (SAM) - Investopedia / Clark Howard’s Guide to Saving Money on Your Wedding / Credit Karma Review: Free Credit Score and More at Your Fingertips / Dollar Cost Averaging Makes You a Fortune Over Time / How To Find a Good Moving Company \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2021
07.27.21 Revisiting the FIRE movement / New battery tech expands to local mobility, and saves money.
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Clark explores the Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) movement, now several years on, and the lifelong advantages of living on less than what you make. / With car prices skyrocketing, many are looking for alternative methods of transportation. Great news if you are one of them. Clark describes how new battery tech for golf carts, scooters and e-bikes is providing cheaper transportation for some metro dwellers. Ask Clark topics include: INSURANCE / Is a safe deposit box really safe? / How To Monitor Your Credit / Does Selecting ‘Credit’ When Using a Debit Card Increase Purchase Protection? \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2021
07.26.21 NFL Covid Policy + The Live Nation-T-Mobile concert sale / New Venmo Protections.
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Clark loves football! Get the latest on the NFL’s tough new Covid policy. Plus, the concert industry reopens with a fabulous concert ticket deal from Live Nation with an advantage for T-Mobile customers - starting tomorrow. / Cash App, Zelle and Venmo are free, convenient pay apps but come with risks. Venmo ends a bizarre practice and offers new security. Ask Clark topics include: How To Watch Football Without Cable: Stream NFL and College Football / The tricky timing of 529 savings account withdrawals / CFPB- File a Complaint / Use these security keys to lock down your computer and protect your personal info / What Are Index Funds? / Fidelity Investments Review 2021: Pros & Cons \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2021
07.23.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / 2 ways to beat price inflation at the supermarket.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Rising food costs, why grocery stores are actually happy about that, and how you can save at the supermarket.  Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include:  Health care sharing ministries surge in popularity, Magnify Money analysis shows / Target Date Funds: Clark’s Favorite Retirement Investment / Lightbox Jewelry / Latest Scams and Rip-Offs \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2021
07.22.21 A money saving app warning for Android & iPhone users alike. / Welfare vs. Workfare - Free college that works.
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Both Apple and Google are being sued over how they run their app stores. Clark explains the toll and the workaround. / Free college sounds great, especially with the outrageous price of higher education and the student loan burden so many carry.  But is it a good idea? Clark points out where this has been successful, and why it can be good for citizen, state and country when it’s skills based, for the marketplace. Ask Clark topics include: How Much to Tip During the Coronavirus Pandemic / Can a Patient Advocate Help With Your Medical Bills? / How to Find and Claim Missing Money in Your Name / Authorized User vs. Joint Account Holder: Understanding the Difference for Credit Cards / 401(k) Guide: What Is a 401(k) Plan and How Does It Work? \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2021
07.21.21 Outsmart The Temptation to Borrow / SPECIAL WARNING: What’s behind ads for high interest certificates, CDs & notes.
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New reports indicate borrowing is roaring back after the pandemic slowdown. Lengthy car loans and credit card debt can be dangerous. Credit card offers are everywhere now. How to take advantage of that, without being taken advantage of by creating more debt.  / If those CD rates you’re seeing advertised seem too good to be true… you are correct! Two current pitches, what’s the catch, and how to avoid game over for your wallet. Ask Clark topics include: What Is an Amortization Schedule? Use This Chart To Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster / How To Watch Football Without Cable: Stream NFL and College Football / Best and Worst Home Insurance Companies - Best and Worst Auto Insurance Companies / How To Save and Invest the Clark Howard Way \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2021
07.20.21 Weighing the work from home option & the 4 day work week / PLEASE don’t make this home buying mistake.
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If you’ve been given the choice, what are the pros & cons of working from home vs. returning to the office you should consider?  Plus, what research reveals about the 4 day work week. / Would you buy a house you’ve never been to?  Clark’s take on this practice and what home buyers should know about buying houses online. Ask Clark topics include: YouTube TV vs. Hulu Live: Which Streaming Service Is Better? - Live TV Streaming Channel Tool / 6 Steps to Eliminate Credit Card Debt in 3 Years or Less / Should You Buy Out Your Leased Car?  \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2021
07.19.21 HACKS: How to protect your investment accounts / TRAVEL Updates
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Congress has never passed consumer protections against hacks of investment accounts. 3 Clark smart rules for protecting your retirement accounts. / TRAVEL NEWS: Passports, canceled flights, rental cars, high fees & more. Ask Clark topics include: 5 Sneaky Ways to Improve Your Credit Score / These Credit Cards Earn 2% Cash Back on Purchases / How To Sell, Cancel or Get Rid of Your Timeshare / How I Saved Nearly 50% on a Rental Car - Car Rental Shortage: Here’s What You Need To Know / 7 Things to Know Before You Buy Travel Insurance / Booking a Cruise? Here Are 3 Tips on How to Do It for Less / How to Plan a Trip: Clark’s Best Travel Tips to Save Money \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2021
07.16.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / What you need to know about the Child Tax Credit.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Why are people opting out of the monthly child tax credit? Clark answers this and other questions about the now active Child Tax Credit. Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: How to Teach Young Kids About Money / We Still Haven’t Received Our Federal Tax Refund. What Should We Do? / 4 Things To Know About Series I Savings Bonds / Wells Fargo Is Closing All Personal Lines of Credit / Biden Moves To Restrict Noncompete Agreements, Saying They're Bad For Workers \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2021
07.15.21 Save for a home by paying rent a new way / The Beginning of The END of Legalized Loan Sharking.
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There’s a new way renters can save for a down payment on a home. Clark shares the pros & cons, and how to make this method work best for you. / A law eliminating oversight of predatory lenders has been overturned. Clark explains the ruling, the state-level significance, and the danger of payday loans. Ask Clark topics include: What Is a 403(b) and How Does It Work? / What Is a Virtual Card Number and How Does It Work? - Sign up for a free trial offer with a stored-value card to avoid unwanted subscriptions. / Shrinkflation:  Warning: Watch Out for This Retailer Pricing Trick / How to Choose the Best Charities for Your Donations - For small charities, search the name of the organization + “IRS filings” / How to Reach a Real Person at AT&T, Xfinity, Cox and More - How to Find the Best Deal on Cheap Internet Service - Cnet - Elon Musk says Starlink will be available worldwide in August / Should You Take Your Pension in a Lump Sum or Monthly Payments? / Gap insurance: What is it and do you need it? \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2021
07.14.21 Where the Smart Money Goes for a Mortgage or Refinance / Yesterday is Today: Your Digital Footprint & A Social Media Warning.
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Big banks are no longer the mortgage lenders of choice. Today banks account for only around 30% of mortgages issued because they’re usually a ripoff. Clark tells you the best places to look for a mortgage or refinance. // There’s been a lot of debate about our digital histories coming back to bite us years or decades later. One woman’s story is a lesson for all. Caution your kids about this in ongoing conversations. Ask Clark topics include: How and Why to Refinance Your Mortgage: A Step-By-Step Guide / Best and Worst Home Insurance Companies / Best and Worst Auto Insurance Companies / Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection vs. Progrexion Marketing, Inc - How to Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion / GoodSam Roadside Assistance  -  AAA Membership - Consumer Reports: Buying a Roadside Assistance Plan / Food Delivery Is More Expensive Than It Used to Be - NYTimes: A Pandemic Lifeline for Restaurants, Delivery Is ‘Here to Stay’ \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2021
07.13.21 Vehicle Pricing Madness - Word to Buyers & Sellers / Supplements & Herbal Remedies - A Warning.
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Used car prices have gone through the roof! Clark’s personal car selling story and an important warning for shopping used cars.  / 3/4s of us take some form of herbal remedy and/or supplements. The FDA reports weight loss, muscle building, and sexual aid products pose the greatest risk. What certifications to look for when buying supplements. Ask Clark topics include: 5 Ways to Recognize Fraud and Scams | FEMA.gov / How to sell your house by owner \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2021
7.12.21 IRS delays / Promising news on Rx costs
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Still waiting on your IRS refund? You’re not alone! The IRS Taxpayer Advocate has announced 35 million tax returns have not been processed. They’re severely short-staffed and refunds are delayed. Clark’s tax filing strategy to save you some trouble. / Promising news on the price of prescription medicine: A new program for prescription insulin has the potential to shake up the entire prescription marketplace! Clark discusses industry factors that affect the cost of meds, and reform initiatives. Ask Clark topics include: What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? / 529 Plans / Why You Should Never Use a Debit Card To Pay for Anything / What Is a Roth 401(k) and How Does It Work? - How To Open a Roth IRA / Roth IRA vs. Traditional IRA: What’s the Difference? / Homeowners Insurance \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2021
07.09.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / Robinhood goes public & the Clark Smart approach to Investing
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Some people swear by Robinhood. Others swear at it. How free trading has evolved, and news on the controversial app, as they begin direct selling their stock. Get the Clark smart approach to investing.  Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: 6 reasons to think twice about co-signing a loan / Young Investors Society / PenFed Power Cash Rewards Review: Up to 2% Unlimited Cash Back - Best Rewards Credit Cards: Top Picks for 2021 / 7 Things You Need to Know Before You Fly Southwest Airlines - Delta, Southwest top J.D. Power airline ranking for 2021 / Peacock Review: NBC’s TV Streaming Service Has Something for Everyone - YouTube TV vs. Hulu Live: Which Streaming Service Is Better? / Fidelity Investments Review 2021: Pros & Cons - How To Open a Roth IRA / SBA's PPP loan forgiveness deadline is fast approaching. Don't be left on the hook \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2021
07.08.21 Clark Cruise Report / Summer Gas Prices - What to Expect.
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Clark just returned from the first cruise to sail out of a US Port since the pandemic began. His full Royal Caribbean Celebrity Edge cruising report, including ports of call & vaccine policy. / Oil prices are the highest since 2015 and normal patterns don’t apply this year. Clark explains what factors are behind the price of gas and how long the pricing pain is likely to last. Ask Clark topics include: How to Make the Best Use of Your Delta SkyMiles / Electric Scooter Reviews | E-Scooter Tests - Consumer Reports / T-Mobile Expanding 5G Network - Offers New Home Internet Service \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2021
07.07.21 What People Power Can Do: Making a Difference by Volunteering / PPP Loan Forgiveness Update.
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Near & dear to Clark’s heart: Volunteering. Clark’s service to others has been a lifelong endeavor, including Habitat for Humanity, Christmas Kids for foster children - and founding the Consumer Action Center in 1993 - still going strong offering free advice and accepting volunteers. / Did your business take out a PPP loan? The topic of forgiveness is a great source of frustration. Clark has the latest, plus advice on what to do if your PPP loan forgiveness is denied by the SBA or by your lender. Ask Clark topics include: 5 Steps to Getting a Good Deal on a Hotel Room - HotelTonight: Last Minute Hotel Deals at Great Hotels / Column: He hasn’t smoked in decades. But Hertz is hitting him with a $400 smoking fee - File Complaint with BBB / 5 Things to Know Before You Use Zelle \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2021
07.06.21 Best first credit cards for building credit / There's a war going on in the diamond industry and you’re the winner.
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Clark smart recommendations for credit card first-timers and how to build credit. / The fight between the natural and lab-grown diamond industries is heating up. After years of escalating prices, the diamond industry is facing a real threat, and they’re fighting back. Lab-created diamonds are identical chemically to dug diamonds for a fraction of the price. And the industry is terrified … Ask Clark topics include: 6 Things To Know Before You Sign Up for Visible / What Are Index Funds? / Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2021 / Fidelity Investments Review 2021: Pros & Cons / What Is a 403(b) and How Does It Work? / What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2021
07.02.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / A new auto insurance company with a big difference.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Is your car spying on you for your insurance company? Good news for consumers around that controversial topic. Telematics has been a privacy issue and has become more invasive and sophisticated over time. Meanwhile, you can save big if you drive less than 10,000 miles per year. A new small competitor - available in 4 states and growing - charges by the mile without spying. Clark explains. Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: How Retirees Can Combat Inflation / Apple Credit Card Review: Earn Cash Back on Tech Purchases / Submit a complaint | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau / Small Business Help from SCORE / How to Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2021
07.01.21 A glaring problem with night driving & a safety tip / Online shopping: Who are you REALLY buying from?
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Many headlights now, especially aftermarket brands, are blinding to oncoming drivers. This can make night driving perilous. Clark has a safety tip and welcomes yours. We need enforced standards for headlight intensity as a safety issue. / Think you’re shopping at your favorite store online? Think again - Many major retail sites of all types are now offering their platform to third party merchants. You can select the host merchant only. Overwhelmingly the items on Amazon are from other sellers. This is true of Walmart, Target, and other retailers increasingly. Be clear WHO you’re buying from and their rules.  Ask Clark topics include: How To Start An Investment Club (And Other Alternatives) / American Association of Individual Investors / 22 Ways to Save Money on Gas / VA IRRRLstreamline refinance option - Navy Federal Mortgage Refinancing / How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor / Vanguard Personal Advisor Services Review / Why Clark Howard Wants You to Set Up a ‘Financial Chromebook’ - For a Chromebook that’s no longer supported, set up a new Gmail address and cease financials on that device. \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2021
06.30.21 Working Teens & Roth IRAs / How much should you spend on your wedding?
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Clark believes it’s essential that teenagers work starting at 15. Every dollar they DON’T spend, they can put into a Roth IRA (with a parental match if possible). Teaching deferred gratification gets youths in the habit of saving money to build for the future. / The summer is prime wedding season, and with so much pent-up demand, weddings are back - in a different form. Why Clark loves this trend. Ask Clark topics include: Discover it Secured Review: Earn 2% Cash Back While Building Credit / Ask Clark: How should I handle cell phone calls when I travel overseas? / How to handle money when you’re traveling overseas / Schwab - 5 Ways to Save Money When Traveling Abroad / Mint Mobile Review: T-Mobile’s Network for Only $15/Month \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2021
06.29.21 The deeper roots of worker shortages / Too sick to fly? Airlines don’t care...
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We’re seeing worker shortages all over the country. The reasons may not be what you think. The problem pre-dates the pandemic. There’s a demographic angle. How businesses will need to adapt. / Have you ever had to cancel or delay a trip because you were ill? The airlines need to find a better way to treat people to protect us all. Taxpayer-funded corporate welfare saved the nation’s airlines. Each airline has a responsibility to the nation. If safety is the highest priority, why must they penalize illness? Ask Clark topics include: File a Consumer Complaint | US Department of Transportation / Uber and Lyft Surges: What to Know - The New York Times] - NEVER pay Uber or Lyft with Venmo - The #1 thing you need to do if you use PayPal, Venmo or Zelle for payments / BBB File a Complaint / Submit a complaint | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2021
06.28.21 Subscriptionitis and the Clark Cure / WARNING & the workaround: Fake Fraud Alerts.
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Subscriptions went way up in the pandemic year - many may no longer be relevant. Free Trials are a plague on people’s wallets. Anytime they need a form of payment, it’s not a FREE trial. People forget to cancel and keep paying. Many free trials obligate you for a term. A Clark Assignment around free trial offers & subscriptions. / Fraud Alerts are routine and many fraudsters have invaded this space. How these fake alerts work and your defense. There’s an easy workaround to protect yourself. Ask Clark topics include: Franchise ownership: Is it right for you? / Arctic Air Review: Can This ‘As Seen on TV’ Product Lower Your AC Bill? / Report: The Best Smartphones for Customer Satisfaction / CareCredit - Be certain you can pay it ALL off on time / How to Sell Your Car in 5 Steps \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2021
06.25.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / WARNING: Rental Car Scams.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Rental car scams are booming. An urgent warning about searching for deals online and the kind of payment requested.  Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: Report: The Best Smartphones for Customer Satisfaction / Best Free Password Managers: 7 Top Picks / 7 Places to Get the Best Deals on Lab-Created Diamonds / Megabus | Low cost bus tickets from $1 / When Should I Refinance With a No Closing Cost Mortgage? - Mortgage Refinance Calculator / Why co-signing a loan can be bad on almost every financial level / Does a Credit Increase Request Create a Hard Pull on Your Credit Score? \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2021
06.24.21 PRIMARY CARE ACCESS: Improving U.S. Healthcare / Avoid overpaying on Amazon.
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Clark discusses what’s needed to improve healthcare in the U.S. Expanded primary care access including NP and PA providers, and new subscription services are key. // Amazon loyalists get convenience but should consider that fake reviews, return problems, labor issues, and higher prices are all factors with Amazon and its mostly third-party merchants. Also, If you have Amazon devices in your home, under new terms of service, they utilize your internet connection unless you change your settings. Ask Clark topics include: Clark Howard: My 7 Rules for Using Credit Cards / What is a Promissory Note \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2021
06.23.21 Student loan forgiveness for victims of fraudulent for-profit schools / The only safe way to buy event tickets.
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The law is finally being enforced against fraudulent for-profit student loan mills. Swindled students in debt can now receive loan forgiveness. Clark explains the role of colleges in excessive lending that impoverishes many parents, grandparents and graduates. // So many concert/sports tickets are bought through third-party brokers or ticket outlets. During Covid cancellations, many got little to no refunds. Beware buying this way. Buying legit can have huge markups. Clark tells you the only safe way to buy an event ticket.  Ask Clark topics include: ConsumerFinance.gov - Submit a complaint / Target RedCard Credit Card Review: Earn 5% Back on Purchases / Wills & Funerals / How and Why to Refinance Your Mortgage: A Step-By-Step Guide / How to Build Credit / What Is a 403(b) and How Does It Work? / Fidelity Investments Review 2021: Pros & Cons \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2021
06.22.21 The Incredible Shrinking Package / New Rules of Travel + using your miles & points.
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“Shrinkflation” is real - Clark offers 2 ways to counteract less product in packaging, and tells you what “New and Improved!” really means. Also Clark’s outlook on inflation. / Clark smart TRAVEL - Do you have frequent flyer miles in your account?. Airline miles and hotel points belong to the issuers and they can devalue them at any time. Some mileage programs are 3rd party - much better. Plus, new rules from the EU -The vaccine is going to be key to international travel. Ask Clark topics include: How To Open a Roth IRA / Get An Identity Protection PIN | Internal Revenue Service / CREDIT CARDS / Deferred maintenance - Have an inspection to prioritize repairs. / Home equity loans & lines of credit / The worst insurance in the world / How to Buy Term Life Insurance / Emergency Fund Complete Guide: How Much & Where \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2021
06.21.21 Vehicles are lasting longer - but what about safety features? / Warning: Social media - hacks - and your best practices.
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Vehicles keep getting better. Last year the average age of vehicles rose to 12.1 years. What you spend on housing and automobiles has the biggest impact on your long-term financial health. How long should you keep your vehicles to retire 5 years sooner? Safety concerns? Hear and use Clark’s New & 10 Rule, plus his 4 & 4 Rule for used cars. / Hackers are everywhere The weakest link: employee social media accounts. Don’t be the reason your company gets hacked. Your power is privacy - How to protect yourself and others from hacks.  Ask Clark topics include: 6 things you need to know before donating your used vehicle / The Center for Auto Safety - Subaru - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration / How to Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate / How Retirement Communities Work / HVAC leasing NOT recommended. \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2021
06.18.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / True Story: Car Rental Rescue & a Primo TIP.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Christa & Clark have a harrowing car rental experience with some great advice for all - Something you should do before you show up at the rental counter can save your day. Clark Stinks & Ask Clark topics include: Here Is Clark Howard’s Bottom Line on Bitcoin / Protect Yourself and Your Family from Radon / How to Budget With a Cash Envelope System / How To Talk to Your Partner About Money Before Marriage / Apple iPhones Can Soon Hold Your ID. Privacy Experts Are On Edge / How to avoid paying $51 for a 60-cent toll / Why co-signing a loan can be bad on almost every financial level \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2021
06.17.21 Amazon Prime Days & other deals galore! / New cell phone deals from Verizon and AT&T - Worth it?
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It’s time for some major sales! Amazon Prime days are coming up, and other retailers are already putting out screaming deals to compete. A Clark smart deals roundup. / Verizon & AT&T offer deals to stop switchers. Are the new phone giveaway deals a real bargain? AT&T and Verizon compete with free phones - with a catch... - Report: The Best Smartphones for Customer Satisfaction. Ask Clark topics include: Living Will Forms (“Directive”) - search Living Will + your state or ask for forms at a medical facility. / When Should I Refinance With a No Closing Cost Mortgage? / Apple Credit Card Review: Earn Cash Back on Tech Purchases / Best Rewards Credit Cards: Top Picks for 2021 / 7 Things to Know About the New Venmo Credit Card \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2021
06.16.21 Clark Mic Check: Of audio & internet connections / Solar sales hazard
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An update on Clark’s review of T-Mobile’s home internet service. / Clark loves solar power but has a warning about the industry. What to know when installing solar for your home. Ask Clark topics include: 1031 Exchange Rules: What You Need to Know - Clark avoids this as capital gains tax rates are favorable now / Best Free Password Managers: 7 Top Picks - Consumer Reports Password Manager Ratings / What Is an Annuity, and Why Does Clark Think They Stink? / How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor / Owner’s Title Insurance / How to Deal With Medical Debt / Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2021 / Udemy Voice-Over Courses \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2021
06.15.21 YOU PAY for credit card fraud - unless…. / A look back at long-held fears of robots and technology.
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We bear the cost of credit card fraud directly. A quarter of Americans were victims of credit card fraud last year. One simple way to protect your wallet. / Are you concerned robots will take over all of our jobs? Throughout modern human history, there have been predictions of job loss due to technology. Clark smart historical perspective on automation, robots, jobs lost - and gained. Ask Clark topics include: How to Switch Banks in 4 Simple Steps / 5 common contractor scams and how to avoid them / How to roll over a 529 plan, and why it may be a good idea / INSURANCE - Amica - Six-Month Auto Policy FAQs \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2021
06.14.21 Home Upgrades: Worth it? / Getting goods for FREE - a win-win.
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Clark breaks down the true value of remodeling and the best reason to do a home upgrade. / Trading, bartering, getting stuff for free - Several ways to find goods, from clothing to furniture, for little or no money while helping to eliminate waste. Ask Clark topics include: Google Fi Review: The Best Cell Phone Provider for International Travel? / Mint Mobile Review: T-Mobile’s Network for Only $15/Month / 3 Things to Know Before Buying Owner’s Title Insurance / Home Title Lock: Is It The Same As Home Title Insurance? - Have your county notify you if there is any activity on your title. / Marriage, money and happiness: A timeline. \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2021
06.11.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / Couples, marriage and financial harmony.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Weddings are coming back in big numbers. Couples can eliminate the financial pitfalls that can poison a relationship by first thinking through what’s important to each and having an ongoing dialogue to get financial cards on the table. Hear Clark smart strategies about how to proceed from there. Clark Stinks & Ask Clark topics include: The Best Veterans and Military Charities / United Service Organizations - USO / Which restaurant tipping method is better? / Your C.L.U.E. Report / Xoom.com | Send Money Abroad Fast | Xoom, a PayPal Service / 6 Best Ways To Send Money Online / When and Where to Buy a Wireless Security System / Your Guide to DIY Home Security Systems \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2021
06.10.21 Downsizing and purging your stuff / Matching jobs with skilled workers.
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Clark recently moved and has fresh wisdom on downsizing / How do you seize the opportunities available in today’s job market? We need to be lifelong learners. The more we learn, the more we earn. Employers can’t match skilled workers to available jobs. The ladder is training. Middle skill jobs require skills based training. Clark discusses 3 approaches including workforce development programs - the win-win we need in the U.S. Ask Clark topics include: Fidelity Investments Review 2021: Pros & Cons / Pet Insurance - Pet Insurance: Should You Buy It? / Best Treadmill Reviews – Consumer Reports / 5 Ways to Create a Cheap Home Gym \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2021
06.09.21 2 Retail titans could transform healthcare / Your digital driver’s license.
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Both Walmart and Amazon are getting into healthcare to save money for their companies, and potentially for all consumers (including those insured), using both telehealth and clinics. Clark explains the offerings. These outsiders will expand outside of their own employee groups to become a threat to the medical industry, and a benefit to consumers. // In addition to having a physical DL, some states are rolling encrypted digital versions to carry in your phone. Mobile driver’s licenses are not subject to manipulation to create fake IDs. When it comes time to renew, check online to see if this convenience is available. Ask Clark topics include: Social Security Basics: | Kiplinger / For Sale By Owner (FSBO) Definition – hire a real estate lawyer to do the paperwork. / 7 Things to Know Before You Buy Travel Insurance / 9 ways to pay for college without student loans / Debit vs. credit | Pros, cons and protections for your money \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2021
06.08.21 Special Guest: Clark Howard and Jonathan Clements share personal finance wisdom
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Clark speaks with admired colleague, finance expert JONATHAN CLEMENTS - founder and editor of HumbleDollar, author of personal finance books and former personal finance columnist for The Wall Street Journal, among other accomplishments. They discuss the core attributes of financial success, working part time in retirement, prioritizing debt, marriage & money, saving late in life, paying for college, divorce - financial strategies for life's stages and rebounding from life's setbacks. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2021
06.07.21 Save on credit card interest and annual fees / Buying life insurance: Have no fear - Clark is here.
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You may be a candidate for strategies that can lower your credit card interest rate and eliminate your annual fee. / Life Insurance is an area where you can easily get ripped off. Clark guides you through the process. You’ll learn the different types, what to avoid, where to look and how much to buy. Fear not. It’s easier than it once was. Ask Clark topics include: Radon Gas / Policygenius Review: What to Know Before Getting Quotes / Haven Life Insurance Agency Review: How It Works Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2021
06.04.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / Better business banking
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / If you are an owner or involved with the finances of a business, you know the banking industry has traditionally killed you with fees. Clark lists several alternatives including something new from Square and a warning about specialty online lenders. Clark Stinks & Ask Clark topics include: How To Find Your Chromebook's End-of-Life Date - Lifehacker / 4 Things to Know Before You Sign Up for Locast / Overdraft Protection / Clark Howard’s Bottom Line on Bitcoin / Best savings accounts for June 2021 / Car Rentals / Non-Owner Car Insurance: Who Needs It? / How to Monitor Your Credit \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2021
06.03.21 Awesome: Team Clark’s new streaming tv tool / The timeshare TRAP resets.
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Banish streaming price confusion - Our new interactive tool allows you to enter your favorite channels to uncover the best options for you. Load & delete channels and find your best price per month. ~Live TV Streaming Channel Tool - Clark Howard~ / Travelers, an important warning about timeshares. Clark explains why there’s no intrinsic value. The industry expects a great year due to pent up travel demand, making people extra vulnerable to the timeshare pitch. A NEVER NEVER Clark rule on timeshares you can take to heart - and to the bank. Ask Clark topics include: Credit Cards Archives / Best Balance Transfer Credit Cards / Best 0% Intro APR Credit Cards / How To Bypass the Banks for a Loan / How To Open a Roth IRA / This Mistake at the ATM Could Be Costing You $240 a Year / Is a Home Warranty Worth the Money? / Where Do We Get a Homeowners Warranty on Appliances? / Don't let your gym give your wallet a workout / Dangers of putting monthly bills on automatic debit / Your Guide to DIY Home Security Systems / Wyze Home Monitoring \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2021
06.02.21 Travel Plans: Save on lodgings / Doctors' orders - Take your vacation.
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Airbnb is in need of hosts. The original idea was to save money. But now, 1 out of 4 stays are a month or longer due to remote work capability, driving the average cost of an Airbnb stay up 35%. How to flex with this environment and save on lodgings this summer. / Vacation & work/life balance is seriously vital to health.  A new WHO report details how excessive work is literally killing people. Many are working themselves to death. Use your vacation! You’re better at what you do when you get enough rest, mentally & physically. Ask Clark topics include: Google Flights / Customers Fight Airlines For Refunds From Pandemic Cancellations : NPR / Clark Howard: Here’s My Experience Selling a Home With an iBuyer / What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2021
06.01.21 HOME and/or OFFICE: The hybrid work debate / Danger & the Citizen app.
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Vaccines have changed the recovery equation much sooner than thought and employers are moving up reopening offices. Many bosses don’t trust employees working remotely and miss control. Many workers love the flexibility of working from home and have choices to make. Pros, cons, exceptions and company culture considerations in the hybrid work debate.  / Clark reviews the Citizen app. Will he continue past his free trial? Recently, someone was falsely accused due to the app. Citizen responded well to the now resolved incident. Ask Clark topics include: How to Teach Young Kids About Money / 5 Ways To Get Your Free Credit Score / Should You Buy an Extended Warranty on Your Car? / Fidelity Investments Review 2021: Pros & Cons / The FIRE Movement \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2021
5.28.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / Unbanked in the USA - no more.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Fintechs are bringing about enormous change. Forget banking fees, minimum balance requirements, check cashers & payday lenders. Legit services are available for all. App based and online banks, the best credit unions - are great alternatives. The DNA of traditional banking is hostile to those who don’t have big balances. Welp, you don’t need them either. Chime Review: Pros & Cons of the Bank Challenger - Clark Howard Clark Stinks & Ask Clark topics include: Rule of 752: How Small Expenses Can Destroy Your Budget / 7 Major Expenses in Retirement (and How to Reduce Them!) / Google Photos / Is It Wise To Sign My Credit Card on the Back? / How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor / Roth IRA / Roth vs. Traditional 401(k) - What Is a Roth 401(k) and How Does It Work? - Clark Howard \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2021
05.27.21 Saturday 5-29-21 is National 529 Day / The Forgotten Money & a Clark Assignment.
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National 529 Day - Millions have 529 plans to save for college with tax free growth for qualified spending. Be aware 529 Plans vary. Many states roll in a state tax deduction for contributions up to a certain limit. Clark tells you which plans to eliminate and about the recent regulatory change involving grandparent owned plans. / Would you leave a $20 bill languishing in a drawer or toss it out? Gift cards are real $$ disguised as ….. gift cards. Time to use ‘em or lose ‘em. There’s $800M in gift cards never redeemed for a single major retailer. What? Retailers love this “breakage” which is pure profit for them. A Clark smart assignment. Ask Clark topics include: Asking for a credit increase - How To Improve Your Credit Score by 100 Points in 30 Days / TURO - How to Make Extra Money / Travel Planning / EvaluateLifeInsurance.org \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2021
05.26.21 Deadline for saving on streaming / Gangster Gambler Future Money - The upshot of cryptocurrency.
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Deadline to Savings: June 8 - The video streaming world is in huge transition. Mergers signal industry consolidation. Philo - still the cheapest - is going up but Clark tells you how to avoid the price increase. See if Philo would work for you. //  Why does Clark call cryptocurrency fake? Clark describes cryptocurrency in theory vs  practice, the government restrictions and the fundamental value of electronic money. What to expect if you play in crypto today. Ask Clark topics include: The New Washington State Long-Term Care Act - Coldstream Wealth Management - WA Cares Fund  / Long-Term Care Insurance / These Credit Cards Offer Car Rental Insurance Benefits / Mortgage Refinance Calculator / SIM Card Fraud & How to Stop It / Submit a complaint | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau / CarMax Review \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2021
05.25.21 Dread shopping auto insurance? Clark breaks it down // Online shoppers face a myriad of manipulative tactics. Not cool.
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Shopping auto insurance: Ideally, you need to compare to find the best deal. Clark breaks down auto insurance shopping services, highlights The Zebra, helps you navigate the lead generation aspect and understand independent vs captive insurance agents. You can do this! // There are many pitfalls with online ads and purchasing - tactics used by companies to bait you into buying services and goods you don’t want or need. Know when you’re being manipulated online. Ask Clark topics include: 7 ways small business owners can reduce their tax bill / Will a Hybrid Car Save You Money? There's An Easy Way to Find Out \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2021
05.24.21 New opportunity for skilled freelancers / New, more inclusive credit card offers
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The “side gig” economy is the real deal, and some people are making 6 figures being their own boss. It’s a great time for those with specialized skills to make money freelancing. - SideHusl - Find the Best Money Making Option for You // Americans have paid off a great deal of credit card debt. Credit card banks are getting desperate and making generous offers. Even if you have no credit score, you may be in a better position than you think. Ask Clark topics include: Use Google Navigation to avoid tolls or a multi-state toll reader / Life Insurance - EvaluateLifeInsurance.org / Fidelity Investments Review 2021: Pros & Cons / Roth vs. Traditional 401(k): What's the Difference? - Clark Howard Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2021
05.21.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / Building & rebuilding your rainy day account.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Nearly 1 in 4 Americans have 0 in their rainy day account. How to get this done after the whiplash of 2020?  Clark gives you the little steps that build life habits, including starting a savings account and Roth IRA to gradually build your savings. Clark Stinks & Ask Clark topics include: Locast / How To Watch Local Channels Without Cable / How to Make a Disposable Razor Last 12 Months / 5 Reasons Why Home Insurers Will Fire You as a Customer / What's the Deal With Dogecoin? / Your Guide to DIY Home Security Systems - Ring Security System Review - Clark Cam: Ring Security System Installation - YouTube / Fidelity’s Pitch to America’s Teens: No-Fee Brokerage Accounts - WSJ - For kids under 13 set up & monitor a credit union savings account with debit card / update this crucial beneficiary information \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2021
05.20.21 New Era: It’s employers’ turn to flex // Real Estate: A Clark Warning like it’s 1999.
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In the pandemic, many have been forced to work from home. Now that offices are starting to re-open, do you want to go back in person? Survey: Would you rather work from home or get a $30K raise? Employees say no contest... / Survey: 71% expect significant increases in the value of homes, placing real estate investing over stocks. Why this optimism may be misplaced: Reversion to mean.  Investment real estate right now doesn’t work. If you're not buying real estate for the right reason, you may very well get burned.   Ask Clark topics include: How to Buy a House in 9 Steps / 5 Sneaky Ways to Improve Your Credit Score / Insurance Policies Homeowners Need To Get and the Ones To Skip \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2021
05.19.21 Key app privacy moves to protect your $ and ID / Smart driving Memorial Weekend.
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Venmo, Tik Tok and Security: Payment App Rules - Don’t use them to pay strangers and beware hackers. Plus, PayPal has attached a social feature to Venmo. Unless you override it, people can see your payments - Why this is risky and what you can do about it. And, should you log in with social apps? / 37 Million of us are traveling  over the Memorial Day weekend. Driving tips to ease the way. Ask Clark topics include: How to Sell Your Car in 5 Steps - Clark Howard / Costco Travel / Travel Archives - Clark Howard \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2021
05.18.21 Clark smart advice if your car lease is ending / Lab diamonds are forever for less.
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The average price of a used car is up 17%; new cars are up 10% over the last year. If you’re in a car lease that’s ending, Clark has a strategy your wallet will love. / Lab created diamonds are chemically identical to diamonds dug from the earth. The price is the bigger difference. Plus, there are environmental and humanitarian advantages. But there’s something you should do before you give this gift…. Ask Clark topics include: Credit Cards / Fraudulent Unemployment Claims / Google Flights  / Scott's Cheap Flights | / What's the Deal With Dogecoin? \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2021
05.17.21 Clark Howard's Commencement Address to the Class of 2021 / DEADLINE: Free photo storage
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Clark wisdom on life-long learning, the transient nature of work, pursuing your passion and being true to yourself, staying relevant in a fulfilling vocation, your approach to money and finding satisfaction and joy in life. / There’s an important deadline you need to know about. There are just days left to take advantage of an incredible free photo storage offer. Ask Clark topics include: Replacing lost key fobs affordably / Emergency Fund Complete Guide: How Much & Where / 7 Emergency Expenses and How Much to Budget for Them / How to Switch Banks in 4 Simple Steps \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2021
05.14.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / SAVE big with Clark's new streaming comparison guide.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / An update on net neutrality. The cable monopoly is being broken piece by piece. Internet service choice is coming. Clark explains how this is comparable to cable’s monopoly over pay TV being crushed in the marketplace. Clark has a video streaming challenge for you and helps you SAVE money by comparing streaming services all in one place! Best Streaming Services: Every Option Explained - Best Live TV Streaming Services Clark Stinks & Ask Clark topics include: Cell Phones Archives / 5 Easy DIY Auto Repairs You Can Do Today / Authorized User vs. Joint Account Holder \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2021
05.13.21 TRAVEL SPECIAL - Scott Keyes Interview
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Scott Keyes, founder and chief flight expert of Scott’s Cheap Flights joins Clark to talk about myriad aspects of travel now and moving forward. Essential listening for travelers as 2 experts convene. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2021
05.12.21 Pipeline Cyberattack: “Building in redundancy” & gas prices / The deadline approacheth: Talking Taxes.
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The prevalence of cyberattacks and the nature of the east coast oil pipeline attack - A Clark smart warning and actions you can take. / You must file taxes, or at least file an extension - whether you can pay or not. 90% can prepare and file taxes for free, yet only 7% do. Clark shows the way. Also, $1.3B unclaimed 2017 tax refunds could disappear next week. Get your money.  Ask Clark topics include: GasBuddy / Do Not Get a Big Tax Refund Check / Know the Rules for Roth 401(k) Rollovers / Group Homes an Alternative for Seniors Who Can't Age in Place \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2021
05.11.21 Beware Facebook messenger scams / A Clark Howard true confession, supply, demand & gas prices.
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There’s an ongoing series of Facebook messenger scams. Facebook identities are taken over by crooks who use familiarity to commit affinity fraud. What you should out for. / Clark backs out of a long gas line in California & pays the price. What should you know about summer driving? Clark explains ‘backwardation’ in terms of where gas prices are, why, and where they’re headed. Ask Clark topics include: Homeowners Insurance / Hearing Aids / Apple Credit Card Review / Best Cash Back Credit Cards \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2021
05.10.21 Wedding plans & money talks / Clark’s ‘squeeze every penny’ savings approach.
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Money talk ain’t pillow talk but it works to save a marriage…. There’s pent up demand to throw weddings, but be prepared to take the leap by talking money before the nuptials. Clark describes one of the greatest flashpoints in the first 3 years of marriage, and the nature & importance of ongoing money & goal conversations. /  If you too like to squeeze out every last bit of toothpaste & other products, you’re on the right track. Housing and cars are our biggest expenditures. We can also attend to spending at the margins, part of the saving mentality. Clark also speaks to another part of the ‘spend less that you make” credo, to create more freedom and serenity in your life.  Ask Clark topics include: When does a 0% purchase plan make sense / How to Freeze Your Child's Credit / Credit Union National Association | CUNA / Clark’s Bottom Line on Bitcoin / When Should You File a Claim on Your Homeowners Insurance? \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2021
05.07.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / The class of 2021 enters a whole new world and job market.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / The job picture could not be more different than 1 year ago. Now employers are desperately looking for workers across many categories. For the class of 20 - this could be reset time. The key to getting good work is personal contact, not just sending out resumes. Network with people. Digital methods are a process of elimination. People hire people.  Clark Stinks & Ask Clark topics include: Costco vs. Sam's Club vs. BJ's Wholesale / Sam's Club membership deal- Clark Deals / Streaming TV / A Guide to Nondeductible IRA Contributions / Ooma / Credit Score Guide / Aldi - Clark Howard / 401(a) vs. 401(k): What's the Difference? / uShip | Shipping Made Easy / Clark's 'Ditch Your Debt' Facebook group \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 07, 2021
05.06.21 Shopper’s High: Using plastic lights up your brain / A new option for building & repairing credit.
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Hear Clark’s 30 year standard method for dealing with lifestyle debt, and how using plastic triggers a kind of euphoria while keeping you from ‘feeling the spend’.  / Better Banking - Chime has eliminated the junk fees and pain points of traditional banks. Low credit score? The Chime Credit Builder secured Visa card gives you control in a unique way. Also consider the Petal card for this purpose, or a credit union fresh start card. Ask Clark topics include: American Kennel Club / Blue Cross Blue Shield Settlement / How Much to Tip During the Coronavirus Pandemic / Which Documents Should You Keep and for How Long \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2021
05.05.21 Cell deals for single data hogs / Phasing into a later full retirement.
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MVNO Mint Mobile has a plan for individual high data users for $30 a month. Clark offers details on this deal and others. / We’re living longer and may need to rethink our retirement age. Clark describes a phase in strategy that can really change the economics of your retirement years. Ask Clark topics include: The Best Place to Order Checks Online / 15-year mortgage / These Chromebooks less than $200 / laptop deals / Hybrid Financial Advisors / Full-Service Financial Advisor vs. Hybrid Robo-Advisor \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2021
05.04.21 A timeshare scammer spills trade secrets / HELP WANTED with job training, not hand outs.
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Want to sell your timeshare? An former inside scammer reveals how they find you and get inside your wallet - No sale. / Survey says: Most Americans want government-backed job training over handouts. Lifelong training is essential to a dynamic economy wrought by ever changing technology. Ask Clark topics include: Home | Costco Travel / Digital Receipts | Paperless Receipts | CVS / Debit vs. credit | Pros, cons and $ protections / What Is a Flexible Spending Account? / 529 Plans: The Best Places to Invest Your Education Savings - Clark Howard \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2021
05.03.21 A shocking statistic about student loan forgiveness promised to our military. / 2 loopholes crooks crawl through to steal unemployment funds.
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PROMISES BROKEN: One privilege of military service is student loan forgiveness. But the U.S. Dept of Education rejected 94%, just like public service loan forgiveness was largely rejected. This must be fixed. Congress talks a good game about valuing the military. The country must fulfill its promises to those who serve. / CRACKING THE CASE: How pandemic unemployment compensation has been looted, even from people who had their credit frozen, costing taxpayers $billions. Ask Clark topics include: How to know if you qualify for student loan forgiveness / Booking a Trip For This Summer or Fall? Your Flights Will Change / How To Prevent, Report and Repair Identity Theft / 5 Sneaky Ways to Improve Your Credit Score \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2021
04.30.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / IRS delays and a Clark smart tax move.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Labor shortages and last minute code changes are forcing manual processing of 2020 taxes. Refunds are delayed. Clark’s got a suggestion for those who routinely get refunds.  Clark Stinks & Ask Clark topics include: Best Laser Printers for Your Home Office - Consumer Reports / How to Get a Mortgage in 8 Steps / 6 Things to Know About Refinancing Your Mortgage / Which Documents Should You Keep and for How Long? / Robinhood Review: Pros, Cons & Who Should Use It \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2021
04.29.21 Will the housing market crash? / HELP WANTED: A dramatically improved job market.
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The housing shortage has pushed home prices to an all time peak. Clark speaks to fears of a real estate market crash and explains how the market is likely to play out. PLUS, a key rule for home buyers today. / Uber and Lyft are good economic indicators of the employment market and there’s a labor shortage in many different categories to explore. Some employers are desperate to hire. This will be a great summer for teen employment. Ask Clark topics include: How to Find a Good Moving Company / uShip | Shipping Made Easy / Certified Professional - The Travel Institute / Payment Apps / 401(a) Plan Definition \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2021
04.28.21 Streaming Standoff: Roku vs. Google over You Tube / Auto industry game changer for car buying
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There’s a streaming standoff between Roku and YouTube. What was once a cable issue is now spilling over into the streaming world. Streaming TV Archives - Clark Howard / Auto industry game changer is set to ground 'the grind'. HUGE news in the new car buying industry is not being widely reported - something Clark believes will absolutely change the way you buy a new car in the future.  Ask Clark topics include: How to Find the Best Deal on Cheap Internet Service / Google Fi Review / T-Mobile Expanding 5G Network To Offer New Home Internet Service / Verizon 5G Home Internet Expands Service to More Cities / Cell Phones Archives - Clark Howard / How to Buy a Used Car \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2021
04.27.21 Confused about financial advisors? Clark clears the way to investing / Restaurants of the future appearing now..
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Clark clarifies the zone between full service and self service investing and describes the 3 hybrid discounters to help you choose what’s best for YOU! And - the KEY to buying financial advice. / Why now the labor shortage in restaurant industry and how tech will fill the gap. Be prepared to be greeted by a robot. New technologies being rolled out mean less interaction with servers. Ask Clark topics include: Life Insurance - Clark.com / 529 Plans / How To Prevent, Report and Repair Identity Theft / Freeze Your Credit - Clark Howard Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2021
04.26.21 The app that gamified stock trading & the tax lash / Clark’s gives props to cable companies…. What!
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Word to high frequency traders - Clark’s journey with Robinhood and its imitators has been arduous of late. The timeline and tax takeaway is news for investors… How to avoid the tax backlash. / Cable companies, previously one of your wallet’s arch enemies, are now becoming heroes in the cell phone industry. How cable companies can save you money on your cell phone bill. Ask Clark topics include: Comparing Hybrid Financial Advisors: Vanguard vs. Schwab vs. Fidelity / How to Stop Robocalls for Good / Best Landline Alternative | Ooma / Zillow's Zestimate Accury | Zillow / The #1 thing you need to do if you use PayPal, Venmo or Zelle for payments - Clark Howard \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2021
04.23.21 Clark answers his critics on 'Clark Stinks' / Guess who lost their Covid Vaccination card?
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts from the site with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / What happens if you lose your Covid vaccination card? It happened to Clark! Ideas to protect your card. Clark Stinks & Ask Clark topics include: Paying Contractors: Don’t pay big cash up front, make a progress payment agreement  /  Lazer printers can be a smart choice  /  The Best Places To Buy Eyeglasses  /  E-ZPass Group  /  Vanguard Mutual Fund Profile  /  How To Open a Roth IRA - Clark Howard \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 23, 2021
04.22.21 Travel News includes a huge airfare sale / Medical price transparency - how to advocate for your wallet.
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The full fare airlines have pivoted to leisure routes and Southwest has launched a fare sale cycle. Clark travel advice includes flight cancellation, the rental car problem and hotel prices. / The same blood test cost one cancer patient 800% more at a hospital than it did at a doctor’s office. Large hospital systems are hostile to price competition. Clark updates the battle for price transparency & explains how to handle a medical test or procedure referral. Ask Clark topics include: Using GoodRx  /  Submit a complaint | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  /  Check warehouse clubs to buy generators  /  Getting the Best Car Rental Deal  -  AutoSlash Review  /  HSA Accounts  /  Spot hidden resort fees when booking travel  \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2021
04.21.21 Impending price hikes and what you can do about it / The Peloton problem and treadmill safety.
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Clark talks gas prices and other increases he didn’t see coming. What’s happening and what you can do about it to protect your wallet. / Peloton has seen huge growth during the pandemic. Now they're refusing to recall their treadmills despite a call from the CPSC to do so. Clark discusses corporate behavior and treadmill safety. Ask Clark topics include: Get started with Medicare  /  Umbrella Insurance Policy  /  Ibotta Review  / Costco extended warranty  /  Series I Savings Bonds - TreasuryDirect  -  Individual - Series I Savings Bonds \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2021
04.20.21 A partial solution to affordable housing / The job market is heating up. Clark smart opportunities.
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Dwellings are the largest expense we have and a key determinant of financial health. Clark describes obstacles to and different types of ADUs - accessory dwelling units - a win-win for landlords and renters. / The trucking industry is short of drivers and pay is going up. Many companies provide training. Also, the Federal Reserve reports small businesses have been far more resilient than anticipated and there is less dislocation than feared. Learn how the table is set for a really strong small business recovery. Ask Clark topics include: Paying cash to a contractor / Lumber costs / Guide to DIY Home Security Systems / Costco members: Ring wireless 10-piece security kit for $180 - Clark Deals / How to Freeze Your Credit / How to Buy a Used Car / Petal Card Review: A Good Option for First Credit Card? \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2021
04.19.21 Protecting your children online / The ‘liquid biopsy’ is a game changer in cancer detection.
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3 class action lawsuits found game developers and content providers violating the law, tracking and building profiles on children. We need punitive legislation and parental oversight. There are programs to help parents monitor and limit their children online. / Two years ago, as a board member of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Clark first heard of liquid biopsies, blood tests with DNA screening for cancers and potentially the Holy Grail of diagnostics. Clark updates the progress of this testing, where it is now in the marketplace and its cost history. The biggest problem remains the avoidance of medical care. Regular check ups make a big difference. Ask Clark topics include: Is silver a good investment for you? / Termite Bonds - recommended / All SCOTTeVEST Travel Jackets / How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor / Schwab automated investing with unlimited guidance | Charles Schwab \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2021
04.16.21 Clark answers his critics on 'Clark Stinks' // No health insurance? Why now is the time to apply.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts from the site with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. There are significant changes for individuals and families that buy their own compliant health insurance policies. A special enrollment period extends through August on Healthcare.gov. If you have a tight income and don’t have health insurance, Clark explains why you should apply now and double check for subsidies. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2021
04.15.21 House mania hits the nation - A revised Clark smart home buying rule / Extended service contracts - what kinds of coverage do you really need?
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Home buyers are squeezed right now, having to pay more. Clark discusses the supply problem and the logic behind his new rule on your ownership cycle.  /  Extended service contracts, insurance coverage and warranties on electronics & appliances is a key profit push for retailers. Clark explains what type of insurance you actually should have. Plus, why Clark is neutral on vehicle warranties and what he recommends. Ask Clark topics include: Going solar  /  Home remodeling  /  Replace a lost Social Security card  /  Identity theft  /  Car Insurance  // Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2021
04.14.21 Membership has its privileges (and costs) as retailers compete to sign you up. / 2 new home internet choices worth considering.
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Clark reviews the new Best Buy membership program as they compete with the bigs - Amazon Prime, Walmart+ & Costco.  Retailers are challenged to connect in new ways. CVS and Walgreens are also offering memberships.  /   Clark & Christa are testing out T-Mobile’s home internet. Hear their verdict on this flat rate alternative to traditional home internet. Simultaneously, more zip codes in the U.S. are able to get Starlink internet from SpaceX, offering high speed unlimited data, soon to blanket the nation. Ask Clark topics include: How to Open a Roth IRA  /  Index Annuities  /  Target Retirement Funds  /  How to Freeze Your Credit  /  Google Flights  // Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2021
04.13.21 Online Privacy: Clark tests out a Brave new browser / Save a ton on your vehicle loan
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We’re always being tracked online but there are browsers and extensions to help protect privacy. Clark has tested a couple and reports on ease of use. / How most of us buy a car is a giant rip off. Clark explains how the game is played and how to obtain - or refi your loan the right way. Ask Clark topics include: Deferred Compensation Definition / How to Open a Roth IRA / Investing Guide / FDIC: Deposit Insurance FAQs / Best Online Banks / Travel Insurance / Should You Buy Out Your Leased Car? / Charles Schwab Bank Debit Card Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2021
04.12.21 New strides in financial literacy / How Emperor Clark would fix the U.S. tax system.
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We’re seeing more focus on how to reach and teach young people about money. There’s collateral damage due to lack of financial education. Some high school programs exist. TikTok is now offering financial teachings of the basics of personal finance. Starting at age 6, the more parents can talk to kids and teach by example about saving and making money decisions, the better. // Tax policy in the U.S. is a ridiculous mess, and changing all the time. How we do taxes should be non-partisan. But taxes are used to settle scores to the great harm of individuals and economic growth. If Clark ruled the land, how he would make taxes more equitable and understandable. Ask Clark topics include: Guide to DIY Home Security Systems - Wyze Cam smart security camera for $20 - Clark Deals / Taxes Archives - Clark Howard / Experian Boost Review / Free Advice: Clark’s Consumer Action Center - Clark Howard // Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2021
04.09.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / A great new employee benefit goes toward education costs.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts from the site with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. A new federal law allows employers to pay toward employee student loan debt or for a portion their education, through 2025 - tax free for the recipient, deductible for the employer. Clark explains this voluntary benefit - a win-win. Clark Stinks & Ask Clark topics include: Consumer Reports- printers / Two-factor authentication with Cash App / Insurance subrogation /  Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2021
04.08.21 Great news if you're saving for your grandchild's college / What you should know and do about the Facebook data breach.
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Historically, 529 plans owned by grandparents negatively impacted the student’s financial aid profile. That changes this fall. Clark explains the new FAFSA rule, and the WRONG way to set up a 529 account. / The Facebook data breach involves more than half a billion people around the world. What info criminals have and what you need to do to protect your identity and your wallet. Freeze Your Credit. Security is not part of the principle architecture of how the internet works, leaving each website to protect its info. Advice for website owners who collect personal information. Ask Clark topics include: Student loans: start with federal borrowing /  7 Best Ways to Save for Retirement in Your 50s / Best Credit Cards for Extended Warranty / Online education / Authorized user / Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2021
04.07.21 News on eviction law and auto loans & a Clark NEVER rule / Why this decade could be a golden age for workers.
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Economic fallout from Coronavirus: Clark explains why, as we enter economic recovery, a homeless problem appears. Also, auto loan delinquencies are up. Clark's NEVER rule for car buying. / Jobs are roaring back in the U.S. - Why this decade could be a golden age for workers. Ask Clark topics include: Clark's Maximum Auto Loan Length Rule / How To Spot Financial Abuse of an Elderly Relative or Friend - Clark Howard / How to Buy a New Car / How to Buy a Used Car / How to Open a Roth IRA / Credit Freeze // Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2021
04.06.21 The best printers for home and office / Car rentals are sky high. Booking strategies.
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New reviews of affordable printers indicate great improvement. The HP business model means high prices for ink. Epson and Brother have that option, plus, more costly printers requiring very low cost ink which saves big$ over time. / Car rental prices have spiked in many areas. Clark has some workaround strategies to use until costs normalize. Ask Clark topics include: Charitable Gift Annuity /  7 Things To Know Before You Buy Gas at Costco Wholesale / How to Stop Robocalls for Good - Combating Spoofed Robocalls with Caller ID Authentication | FCC / Is a Home Warranty Worth the Money? /  Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2021
04.05.21 Know your rights with debt collectors / What is “stream creep” and are you paying the price?
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A new debt collection rule may kick in this November allowing collectors to contact consumers via email, text and direct messages on social media, with no frequency limits. Regardless, it’s essential to know your rights with debt collectors. Clark offers some key rules to help protect your credit. / As we transition from traditional pay TV to streaming, we can end up paying more if we’re not careful. Are you topping $100 a month? Do you watch every service you’re signed up for? A Clark assignment. Ask Clark topics include: How to Deal With Medical Debt / Identity Theft Guide - Clark Howard / The Best Car-Buying Services in 2021 / Disability Insurance / Companies That Buy Houses for Cash // Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2021
04.02.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / New food purchase tech and the convenience store pivot.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts and Clark responds. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks / Glorified Vending Machines: Unstaffed robotic cooking centers, sometimes seen in airports, are coming to neighborhoods - open 24/7 with reduced labor costs. Meanwhile, convenience store operators realize they can’t live by gasoline sales anymore, with gas sales declining as people migrate to electric vehicles. Chains are experimenting with affordable fresh food offerings. Clark Stinks & Ask Clark topics include: PODS for interstate moves / How Many Credit Cards Should You Have? / How to Find and Choose a Financial Advisor / Vehicle Buying Guides / Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2021
04.01.21 Clark is a prankster & NFTs are nuts. / Clark re-enters retail stores and makes some discoveries.
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Clark attempts to explain NFTs (with an assist from SNL) & blockchain and gives his take on this novel craze. Also, fully vaccinated, Clark’s back in stores and finds himself spending ...more OR less? Ask Clark topics include: ETF Guide  /  HSA - Health Savings Account  /  Amazon MTurk Review  /  Save on dental care  / Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2021
03.31.21 Pandemic effect: Forced early retirement is bad for business & the economy / Renting Storage - dynamic demand pricing & insurance.
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One effect of the pandemic has been forced early retirement for many. Only 38% of the workforce is 55 and older. Why employers are working against their own self interest and that of the U.S. economy when they discriminate against older workers. Short term thinking makes for short lived companies. Companies that stand the test of time treat workers well. / A first for Clark - renting storage. What you can learn from his process. Ask Clark topics include: Refinancing a car loan  /  Appliance purchases  / Unemployment insurance fraud  /  The Airline & Hotel Pandemic Vouchers that May Prove Worthless-WSJ  -  Be flexible /   Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2021
03.30.21 Saving for retirement - The case for automatic enrollment and target retirement funds / Who tried to scam Clark?
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The beauty of automatic enrollment into retirement plans for employees, and why Clark loves target retirement funds. /  How Clark got scammed! - Almost. Yet another reason to check your statements. Ask Clark topics include: 529 Plans / Submit a complaint | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau / Toddler Saved By Anti-Choking Device / Home insurance unjust denial - File complaint with your state insurance department. / Car rental prices escalate -Turo  -  Getaround. / Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2021
03.29.21 Hospital price disclosure is the law - NOT happening / Pay app fraud escalates. Your prevention strategy.
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Hospital systems have conspired to prevent prodcedure & surgery price comparison. Clark explains how they skirt the law, and why hospitals remain the biggest problem with the cost of healthcare. / Fraud hacks into Venmo, CashApp and Zelle have become a massive problem, with no customer service. Clark explains a way to keep your primary account from being drained by crooks. Ask Clark topics include: Custodial Roth IRA / Authorized credit card user - Petal Card / Best and Worst Home Insurance Companies / Amex Send & Split with Venmo & PayPal: Send Money and Split Purchases / Car Rental Ireland / Betterment / Military & Veterans Guide / Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2021
03.26.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / Clark's 2 cents on killing off the penny.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts and Clark responds. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks / It would be pennywise to retire the penny. Clark counts the ways. Clark Stinks & Ask Clark Topics include: T-Mobile needs a reset / Tire Rack / Your Guide to DIY Home Security Systems / National Guard and Reserve Benefits / How to Find a Good Moving Company / Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2021
03.25.21 Employment: Upcoming job rotation brings opportunity plus, hybrid working / Defrauded students can reapply for loan forgiveness.
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JOBS: Microsoft Survey Says - Over 40% of workers want to quit their jobs. This creates job rotation moving forward, and new opportunity. Also, the pros & cons of remote working as the hybrid return to work evolves. / Student loan mills feeding for-profit schools left a trail of disaster for borrowers cheated out of an education. Now these borrowers can reapply for student loan forgiveness. Check out affordable training opportunities including Google Certificates. Ask Clark topics include: How to open a Roth IRA / Monthly recurring charges - file a BBB complaint / AARP College Grants - Scholarships for Senior Citizens / How to Get a Power of Attorney From a Jail Inmate / IRS-Get An Identity Protection PIN / Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2021
03.24.21 Clark updates the pandemic economy as vaccinations take hold plus - travel news
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Clark discusses proceeding with caution after vaccination, herd immunity and economic recovery. Step by step the economy will gain strength as people get out and about more. Expect stronger economic activity as we move through 21. / Today, Royal Caribbean is taking reservations for a June cruise out of the Bahamas with no U.S. stops. It's a start for cruise travelers. But beware "phantom booking" with cruise lines - a Clark warning. Bookings are up overall in the U.S. as people prepare for summer travel. Look at travel in and near the U.S. as quarantine requirements continue. Ask Clark topics include: HSA Accounts / Index Funds / Credit Freeze / Travel Safety / Home equity loans and HELOCs / Credit Cards / Home Owner's Title Insurance / Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2021
03.23.21 How and why the gas tax will change / New furniture shortages call for a Clark smart strategy.
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With the rise of hybrids and electric vehicles, the gas tax for road maintenance has got to change. Some states are already going about mileage taxation. Clark explains what's around the bend. / An industry disrupted brings sticker shock to new furniture showrooms. Clark has a better way to feather your nest... Ask Clark topics include: Save on car insurance / Pay per mile car insurance rates / DOT.gov Consumer Complaint / 3-D Printed Homes / How to buy a used car Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2021
03.22.21 Gas prices escalate - what's ahead / A purchase & donation warning from Clark’s Consumer Action Center + New banking options
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Clark discusses the supply & demand factors affecting the price of gas and what to expect at the pump. / A purchase and donation warning from the head of Team Clark’s Consumer Action Center - Another good reason to check your bank & credit card statements monthly. / The banking sector seems culturally incapable of becoming a customer focused industry. Meet the outsiders making a difference. Ask Clark topics include: Social Security problem: file a complaint through your Office of Constituent Services. / Remote worker non-resident tax issues - Hire a CPA or Enrolled Agent. / How to open a Roth IRA - Target Retirement Funds / Roth vs. traditional 401(k) Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2021
03.19.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / Free credit reports extended- the Clark Smart way to monitor your credit
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts and Clark responds. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks / Deadline Extended: Check Your Credit Report Every Week for Free - Clark Howard Clark Stinks & Ask Clark topics include: Cell phone insurance, Airbnb Superhost, Kids & Money -Clark's daddy match, Taxes on individual stocks. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2021
03.18.21 If you were laid off, you may qualify for free COBRA insurance / News about companies you likely use spying on you.
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Clark explains who qualifies for the new 6 month COBRA healthcare subsidy and how it works. Also, with so much focus on privacy violations, how Google has become proactive when it comes to tracking you for targeted ads. And you may want to shut down permissions for cell phone carriers engaging in extreme spying. Clark argues for opting in, versus having to opt out. How To Opt Out of T-Mobile’s New Ad-Targeting Policy - Clark Howard Ask Clark topics include: Domain registration 5 & 10 year deals, Free trip to the Bahamas- a rip off since the 1980's, Spotting warehouse club clearance items, WhatsApp privacy changes, Index funds. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2021
03.17.21 The pandemic 1 year later & Covid passports / Electric vehicles are transforming the auto industry
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The pandemic 1 year in - Clark discusses the impact of vaccines on recovery and the emerging Covid passport. / Buying vehicles is in transition as electric vehicles gain range and become more affordable. Direct online versus dealer purchases are in play. Why it's riskly buying a new gas engine vehicle now. Ask clark questions include: Vaccination and Covid test form privacy concerns - Credit Freeze, Travel Insurance, Bitcoin IRA or Savings not recommnended, Zillow zestimates. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2021
03.16.21 Fake Amazon reviews are a plague - reading past the con. / Auto price sticker shock -2 sectors where deals can be found.
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Clark reveals what's led to bulk purchase of fake reviews on Amazon & how to read between the star ratings. / Almost 30% of new vehicles for sale now cost over $50K! That’s why most people buy used. 2 areas of the used sector have your best bet on price. Ask Clark topics include:  Target Date Funds,  Peacock Streaming Service Review,  Robinhood-SEC Investor Complaint Form,  Clark Howard's Special Rule for Refinancing Your Mortgage,  Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2021
03.15.21 What We Don't Know Can Harm Us: Credit report errors skyrocket. An assignment / Fraudsters morph phishing tactics & migrate their targets. Clark's key rule is your best defense.
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More than half of all consumer complaints filed with the CFPB concern credit report errors, likely related to the bureaus' waiver from CARES Act compliance. Don't wait until this affects your financial life - A Clark smart vigilance assignment - and it's easy. / Pretext phone calls, emails & texts keep coming, ever more sophisticated. Clark's strategy helps keep you 1 step ahead of criminals. Ask Clark topics include: The merchant lied -Clark didn't buy the warranty: Clark's endorsement policy, If you can't pay your credit card bill, The Best Credit Cards for Small Business Owners, Why Entrepreneurs Should Avoid Business Credit Cards, MLMs. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2021
03.12.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / Auto insurer trick drives up rates - Clark smart ways to keep premiums down.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts and Clark responds. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks / 2021 policy renewals are using 2019 mileage to set premiums. Clark explains how to handle this and how to save on car insurance overall. Clark Stinks topics include: Long Term Care Insurance, 6 Things To Know Before You Sign Up for Visible, If you use multiple pharmacies, make sure they each have a list of your meds, JOB CORPS, Spousal Roth IRA, Citi Costco Card benefits still include car rental coverage. Ask Clark topics include: Getting out of debt, Home Warranties, HVAC Freon. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 12, 2021
03.11.21 Key advice for home buyers / When should you buy a cell phone service plan?
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63% of 2020 homebuyers made an offer on a house - sight unseen. Why a virtual tour is not enough. Half of all cell phone users have never lost or broken a phone, so do you need a service plan? 3 Clark smart ways to protect your phone Question topics include: Additional fees on a used vehicle purchase / Beginner investing / Home refi decision making Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2021
03.10.21 Great new construction methods save builders and buyers big money / Make it stop! Ways to reduce spam calls
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Innovative building methods, including 3D printing, are more efficient, cut construction costs and produce highly energy efficient housing. / Sick of spam calls? Clark has some strategies to help eliminate them. Ask Clark topics include: Life Insurance and How to Buy a Used Car in 7 Steps - Clark Howard. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2021
03.09.21 Economic recovery spending warning includes buy now, pay later hazard / Word to post-pandemic entrepreneurs.
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Debt looms over intact or improved finances during recovery. Hold any gains and beware the buy now, pay later option on small purchases. 3/4 of users dropped their credit scores. / Picking up the Pieces: Rare opportunity exists to open businesses with less cost and less risk, especially in the restaurant industry. Ask Clark topics include: Car rental insurance, Internet based business phone systems - Ooma & 8x8, Trip Adviser for vacation planning, Do Not Give Your Social Security Number at These Places, Wyze Cam smart security camera for $20 - Clark Deals - Your Guide to DIY Home Security Systems - Clark Howard. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2021
03.08.21 Walmart+ tweaks to compete with Amazon Prime. A Clark smart comparison / How Zillow now brings more certainty to home selling.
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If you're convenience and price oriented, Walmart+ shines and is worth checking out. / iBuyers have brought convenience to home selling. Now Zillow brings more certainty to the process. Clark offers a smart approach to selling your home today. Ask Clark topics include: How and Why to Refinance Your Mortgage: A Step-By-Step Guide, How to Get a Mortgage in 8 Steps, Hiring a Fee-Only Financial Planner, What is a Fiduciary Financial Advisor?, ProtonMail is free, encrypted email, WhatsApp's new terms are an invasion of privacy. Alternatives include Signal. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2021
03.05.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / Why being a renter may be the smart move now into 2022.
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts and Clark responds. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / There are major disruptions in the housing and rental markets now. Several factors figure into the current housing crunch. Clark explains what to consider when making the decision to rent or to buy this and next year. Ask Clark topics include: Borrowing from your 401k, Marijuana stocks, Pet Insurance. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2021
03.04.21 Money myths can cost you / Extended warranties - Are the ever worth it?
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Just under half of people surveyed believe it's best to leave a balance on a credit card - and other money myths that don't serve you well. / Extended warranties on vehicles - when, where and IF you should ever buy one. Ask Clark topics include: What Is a Fiduciary Financial Advisor and Do I Need One?, 529 Plans. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2021
03.03.21 The 'fast furniture' trend and your wallet. / Flood Insurance changes are on the way. Vital info for homeowners and buyers.
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Urbanization and climate changes are increasing flood risks. Premium adjustments are coming from the National Flood Insurance Program as the Feds realign risk levels. It's vital for homeowners and potential buyers to know the risk level of any property. FloodFactor.com - FloodSmart.gov. // Mobile young adults are renting furniture these days - convenient but is this cost effective? Clark tells you how to get the most from your furniture dollars. Ask Clark topics include: W-4 withholding confusion, Community Property, Buying individual stock picks vs. index funds, Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2021
03.02.21 Streaming: The Paramount+ launch deal and DirecTV status / Unemployment expands eligibility- Who is included and application advice.
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Paramount+ launches this week. Check out the lineup and see if the promotion for early subscribers is right for you. Also, why you may see DirecTV prices go higher. / Unemployment Insurance has expanded eligibility by executive order. Depending on state, delays continue. Clark has application advice to facilitate the process. Ask Clark topics include: Home Internet, Best Online Banks, How much cash should you keep at home. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2021
03.01.21 Timing is Everything: An Important deadline for small business owners / Booking your next travel adventure.
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PPP - This time is different. For the next 9 days, businesses with less than 20 employees can apply exclusively. Non-banks, meaning credit unions and fintechs, play fair. This money IS available with loan forgiveness if eligible. / Clark advises on when & how to book air travel for later this year into early 22 - before prices go "sky high" with increased demand. And, should you should consider cruises? Ask Clark topics include: Resource for entrepreneurs - SCORE.org, T-Mobile Money is awesome, The Southwest Companion Pass. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2021
02.26.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / A trend in the supermarket industry that can save you up to 50% 
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts on the site with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Transformation in the supermarket industry is creating major savings opportunity for you. Clark points to your lower cost options. Ask Clark topics include: Should I Stop Paying My Student Loans Right Now? - Clark Howard / ABLE accounts: A tax-free way for parents of disabled kids to save for the future-Clark Howard Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2021
02.25.21 Privacy Protection: WhatsApp alternatives / The Kroger data breach part of something deep - your assignment
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Facebook owned WhatsApp is changing terms of service allowing them to invade privacy. Clark's warning and alternatives. Also, the Kroger data breach is part of an overall massive breach affecting many companies. Resist breach fatigue and freeze your credit if you haven't yet. Ask Clark topics include: Bill reduction services, Robocalls, Credit cards ditching car rental coverage. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2021
02.24.21 The Power of the Pivot-Knowing where your transferable skills are needed. Also, your options when your employer doesn't offer a 401K match or any retirement account.
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The Power of the Pivot: Job demand is up in some areas. Clark offers guidance on finding active job categories and transferring your skill set outside the box. Some who have pivoted have increased their incomes. Also, when your employer offers no retirement plan or match, Clark gets you started on handling your own future financial security. -How to Open a Roth IRA - Clark Howard. / Ask Clark topics include: Trekz earbuds, employer 401K security freeze, The dangers of Zelle. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2021
02.23.21 A new way to invest that doesn’t involve buying stocks hyped on Reddit. Also, a new charge is appearing on bills of all kinds. What to watch for.
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Clark recommends long-term investing and welcomes Marcus Invest from Goldman Sachs for small investors, akin to Wealthfront & Betterment. Also, PPE cost money and the charges are being passed on to you. Be aware when paying extra. Ask Clark topics include: Timeshares and Credit Cards. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2021
02.22.21 Car buyer update for new and used vehiciles / A stand out cell phone plan
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How Ford's new Blue Advantage car buying program stacks up to CarMax & Carvana and why now isn't the time to buy a new vehicle. / Verizon's discounter Visible has an improved plan that could save you major money. 6 Things to Know Before You Sign Up for Visible - Clark Howard Question topics include: Canadian savings accounts, 10 Ways to Save on Prescription Drugs - Clark Howard, the Bumped app has changed, Why You Should Never Sign Up for Overdraft Protection - Clark Howard. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2021
02.19.21 Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks / Jobs that pay a great starting salary for college grads
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts on the site with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. A poll finds many teens and young adults believe a high school education is enough to earn a decent living. Generally, more education is needed for stable employment, via state technical schools and/or colleges. Clark lists the best paying jobs out of college and explains you don't have to go into massive student loan debt to earn a college degree. Question topics include: Amazon reviews / Finding a reputable home appraiser / Credit card application denial - Credit reports Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 19, 2021
02.18.21 Renters' Rights and the Mortgage Forebearance extension / Auto theft and breakins-Prevention
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Rule changes for renters and home buyers have occurred. Renters facing eviction have rights, but must verify economic hardship and follow procedure. Clark explains what forebearance now exists for FHA, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac mortgage holders and payment strategies. Crimes stats are up. Extra measures you can take to help prevent car theft and break-ins Ask Clark topics include the virtual mailbox in the absence of a physical home address, how to protect the Schwab debit card Links mentioned: CDC form to avoid eviction for apartment renters / Hello Landlord – by SixFifty / Federal Register Notice: Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19 | CDC. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2021
02.17.21 Stock trading tax issues + index funds / Employment prospects as the economy recovers
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If you must do high-frequency stock trades, Clark gives you the tax-smart way to proceed and explains the beauty of index funds. / Surprising news and Clark smart direction on the job front. Clark answers your questions: Youth banking accounts / How to spot a car wrap scam / WYZE home security Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2021
02.16.21 Vaccine scams are proliferating- can you spot them? / A new way to save on high cost generic drugs
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The Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company offers more affordable versions of expensive generic drugs / Vaccine fraudsters are after your money and personal information. Clark explains the red flags to look out for. Clark answers your questions: Sports programming on streaming channels - check T-Mobile Tuesdays for free MLB. / Kill A Watt electricity usage monitors / Able Accounts / HSA Accounts Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2021
02.15.21 State & local revenues not terrible / Ponzi fraud is booming
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Clark explains how state and local revenues are faring so far in the pandemic. Ponzi schemes are alive and well. Know how the game is played, so you don't get played. The Ponzi Scheme Blog. Clark fields questions on 3 to 5G security system monitoring / How tax credits on electric vehicles work. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2021
2.12.21 Clark Stinks; Payment apps like Venmo and Cash App need to serve customers better!
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Christa shares the Clark Stinks posted on the web and shares with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. The CFPB has launched a probe into Venmo's debt collection practices. Clark tells you what you need to know about using these payment apps so you don't lose money. Question topics include: cable company problems and where to get a nice mattress for a reasonable price. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12, 2021
2.11.21 People are being taxed for fraudulent unemployment benefits; Foreclosure moratorium extended
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The Consumer Action Center is being inundated with calls from listeners getting a 1099G form indicating that they are being taxed on unemployment benefits even though they never signed up for unemployment! Clark tells you how to handle it if you get one of these forms in your mailbox. President Biden just extended the moratorium on foreclosures. Clark discusses what you should do if you need as a homeowner or a tenant. Question topics: buying plane tickets now, tax on stock market earnings, contributing to a target-date retirement fund. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2021
02.10.21 The high cost of chasing tech; Life insurance for younger adults in the age of Covid
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How much it would cost if you bought all Samsung or Apple have to offer? Life insurance gains relevance for those under 40. Clark discusses the best kind of life insurance and how to buy it Question topics: Pretext scam calls claiming to be from Amazon / Paying off a mortgage early / A lawyer as executor / First credit cards / Credit versus debit cards for online purchases. Mentioned Links: How to Buy Term Life Insurance in 7 Easy Steps Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2021
02.09.21 Harmful, false posts about people online; The cheapest home security system
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Google yourself to see what is out there about you. Revenge posting can be harmful to job seekers and to relationships. Clark discusses ways to minimize the damage. How self-install security systems have evolved - Wyze introduces the cheapest security system and monitoring. Clark question topics include: When to rent before buying a home and when to accept a collections resolution offer Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2021
02.08.21 Who Are the REAL bargain retailers; Protect yourself from proliferating phone scams
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To stretch your dollar further, it's important to shop in the right places. Bargain retailers: Online versus in-store when you're trying to Save More. 1 in 5 people have lost money to a phone scam in the past 12 months. Clark talks about how to protect yourself and your loved ones. Clark question topics include: Free state tax filing, printers and ink cartridges, ditching an annual fee credit card, & internet while traveling. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2021
02.05.21 Clark Stinks; February deals and the best Presidents' Day bargains
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Christa shares the Clark Stinks posted on the web and shares with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Many Presidents' Day deals are being touted. How to know what's a real deal and what's not in the month of February. Clark explains how to save on prescription medication Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2021
02.04.21 Future of the stock market; Chase credit card terms; Clark's Amazon saga update
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Clark's latest take on the GameStop and other market mania and what it means about the future of the stock market. Clark fields questions about Chase's new credit card policy, social RobinHood and security numbers, buying a new car, buying a car on eBay, charitable donations. Links mentioned in this episode: Clark.com article on Stock Trading and Investment Apps: https://clark.com/personal-finance-credit/investing-retirement/best-investment-apps/ Clark.com Credit Freeze Guide: https://clark.com/credit/credit-freeze-and-thaw-guide/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2021
2.3.21 Do you need an 8k TV!?; Here's what you should do if you've fared well through this pandemic
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In recent years we've been buying 4k tv's even though there isn't much content delivered in 4k! But the tv manufacturers are now starting to sell us on 8k televisions. Don't buy the hype. Now you can get 4k programming over the air with an antenna for free! The pandemic has made the wealth inequality in our country worse than ever. If you've fared well during the pandemic, think about how you can care for others who haven't. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2021
2.2.21 How vaccines will affect employment and travel; Paramount+ prelaunch discount
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Being vaccinated will be a green light for both employment and travel moving forward. Employers seek to reduce liability risk. Vaccination comes with digital verification and will be required for travel. With more and more streaming products hitting the market, how do you decide which ones to sign up for? Sometimes prepaying will get you a better deal. That's the case with the new Paramount+ prelaunch discount Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2021
2.1.21 Producer Joel announces his departure; The pandemic has changed the way you should think about auto insurance.
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Producer Joel is moving on to pursue his own podcast called How To Money full time. He and Clark discuss Joel's venture and the current real estate market for potential landlords. The pandemic has reduced how much we drive and Clark recommends rethinking auto insurance to include companies that charge by the mile (Metromile) and/or track driver distance and performance. The trade-off of privacy for more accurate pricing can reduce costs for you and improve industry pricing practices overall. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2021
1.29.21 Clark Stinks; How people are handling stimulus funds
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Christa and Joel share the Clark Stinks posted on the web and share with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. New stats reveal how Americans are spending stimulus funds. For many, the money is vital to survival. For others, it's been used to pay down debt and increase savings, which in turn will contribute to economic recovery gradually, starting mid-year. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2021
1.28.21 Where Americans are moving right now; Retailer closings mean you need to use your gift cards now
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A new report from Uhaul shows which states Americans are moving to and which states people are leaving. The top 3 states don't have a state income tax! But it turns out that one of the largest reasons that people are moving is to find cheaper housing. And if you are moving, Clark tells you what to watch out for when hiring a moving company. Godiva announced that it will be closing all of its US and Canadian locations. Don't worry, you can still buy your Godiva chocolates elsewhere. But there's a lesson in this for consumers - use your gift cards ASAP. Retailers and restaurants are feeling the pain right now, so make sure to locate and use any gift cards in your possession soon so that you aren't left with worthless plastic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2021
1.27.21 Gamestop & the stock market; How to sign up for healthcare if you lost your job
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Despite store closings, Gamestop stock has climbed rapidly as young investors bid up the value. Clark believes this is a bubble that could burst and hurt you if you're investing in a speculative way. The Biden administration is set to reopen the healthcare exchange so that those uninsured by job loss have viable healthcare options. Clark explains purchasing a compliant policy at Healthcare.gov versus buying a non-compliant policy that offers inferior coverage. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2021
1.26.21 Higher mortgage rates are coming; Medical tourism is rebounding in a big way
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Mortgage rates are likely to rise in the coming months. Clark thinks that we'll see rates rise modestly in 2021. So if you're looking to refinance, do it sooner rather than later! Americans are getting back on board with medical tourism even though we're still in the middle of the Covid pandemic. If you are willing to travel, you can save big money by getting medical or dental work in another country. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2021
1.25.21 Buy a used car with a 30-day return policy; Food delivery app fees are absurd and they hurt restaurants
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Carmax has a generous new return policy. You have 30 days now to drive that used car before you are stuck with it for good. Carmax and Carvana are reaping the rewards of being more consumer-friendly. Food delivery apps can cost you an additional 40%. Clark says that you should opt to order directly from your favorite restaurants and choose to pick your food up instead of using the major apps. This saves you money and keeps more of that cash in the restaurant's hands as well. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2021
1.22.21 Clark Stinks; How to avoid losing your FSA funds
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Christa and Joel share the Clark Stinks posted on the web and share with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Clark talks about the new rules about how to avoid losing unused money that you've set aside in your FSA. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2021
1.21.21 Free tax filing is open on the IRS website now; Getting paid to get vaccinated
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IRS free file is the place to go for most people who have an AGI of less than $72k. And you can file your 2020 tax return today if you want - although the IRS won't start processing returns until mid-February. Clark just got his first round of vaccine. Some employers are paying employees to get vaccinated. What started with Dollar General has now expanded to other employers who are offering different amounts of money if their employees will get in line to get theirs. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2021
1.20.21 Annuity options will soon be available in your 401k; As streaming prices rise, how you can pay less
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Clark is not a fan of annuities. But they are going to be available in many 401k's this year. Clark tells you what you should do when you see them as an option in your workplace retirement account. Streaming prices have skyrocketed in recent years! Clark talks about recent changes in the streaming space and how you can find stuff to watch without breaking the bank. Ask Clark topics include budgeting advice for a college sophomore, are the payment apps like Cash App secure, work from home tax breaks, and amending a tax return. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2021
1.19.21 High shipping costs lead to generous return policies; Buy now & pay later grows in popularity
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Bigger retailers like Amazon and Walmart are letting customers keep less expensive items they are returning a whole lot more these days. That's because the cost of shipping has become prohibitive. The Australian trend of buying something and paying for it in installments is now happening regularly on US websites. Most of these companies don't even charge you interest. Clark says that these installment loans are a reasonable option if it doesn't cause you to buy more than you should. Ask Clark topics include alternatives to overdraft protection, home title lock, renting a home out on Airbnb, and moving into a camper to pay off debt! Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2021
1.18.21 How to file your taxes for FREE; The best online banks you should consider having an account with
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Clark discusses how most people can file their taxes without paying a dime. He also talks about how eligible Americans can get the earned income tax credit. Simple bank was an excellent online bank. But it's going away. So Clark talks about which online banks are worth considering if you're looking to move your money. Ask Clark topics include issues with a home solar system, which rewards credit card is best, how to cut down on your home energy use, and whether it makes sense to add your child to your credit card as an authorized user or not. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2021
1.15.21 Why some borrowers are missing out on student loan forgiveness; Clark Stinks
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Some borrowers aren't getting their student loans forgiven by the federal government because of confusing requirements. That is not ok. Clark talks about what the government should do to improve the process for borrowers and help them get their loans forgiven in a straightforward way. Christa and Joel share the Clark Stinks posted on the web and share with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Ask Clark topics include will all student loans be forgiven, why Clark recommends waiting to tap 529 plans until later in your college career and is it wise to invest money that you are saving to purchase a home. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 15, 2021
1.14.21 The jobs recovery has stalled out; Clark's take on Bitcoin's volatile ride
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The newest jobs report was not looking very good as unemployment levels rose in December. Clark talks about how to navigate employment in the current economy. Also, the folks at Clark.com have updated the work from home guide which can help you find solid employers offering remote employment. Clark is not a fan of Bitcoin. And the recent volatility in the cryptocurrency arena hasn't changed his mind. Listen to this before you put any of your money into cryptocurrencies. Ask Clark topics include getting life insurance as a single parent, companies forcing you to choose auto bill pay, saving up for a new car, and what to consider when building a new home. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2021
1.13.21 How to get fewer annoying robocalls + The appliance shortage is still raging
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Robocalls are the worst! And it feels like we're getting bombarded with them more frequently now. Clark talks about how to curb those annoying calls to bring more zen back into your day. Many appliances still remain in short supply because of factory shutdowns due to Covid. That means that if you are in search of an appliance it'll be harder to find a deal on the one you want. But Clark has some tips to help you out! Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2021
1.12.21 The FAFSA gets simplified + Parental guilt causes financial insecurity by taking out PLUS loans
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There will be some major changes to the FAFSA for the upcoming school year and parents are going to be thankful for them. Clark talks about the elimination of the expected family contribution and what that means when you are applying for financial aid for your child. Parents are taking on way too much debt for their kid's higher education! PLUS loans are sabotaging their retirement. Clark discusses what you should do instead of taking out those toxic loans. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2021
1.11.21 Saving big on monthly expenses in 2021 + The high cost of food delivery
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Clark believes that if you take some important steps to cut subscriptions & shop around for cheaper alternatives that you can save at least $1,000 this year. For more info on which bills you need to look into and how to save the big bucks, be sure to check out this episode. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2021
1.8.21 What's happening with minimum wage increases + Clark Stinks
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New minimum wage laws are going into effect across the country. Clark talks about where the increases are happening and what affect they will have in addition to how his views have changed on the topic over the years. Christa and Joel share the Clark Stinks posted on the web and share with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 08, 2021
1.7.21 Why you need to avoid spending too much on transportation in your budget
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New car prices have shot through the roof in recent years! Clark talks about how to trim your transportation budget so that you can find more financial margin in your life. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2021
1.6.21 Where to go if you haven't received your stimulus money + How increased unemployment compensation is going to work
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There's a new spot on the IRS website where you can check the status of your stimulus payment if you haven't received it yet. Clark also talks about how the $300 federal supplement for unemployment insurance will work and how long you'll be receiving it. Also, car theft is on the rise! Clark tells you how to protect yourself and your vehicle. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2021
1.5.21 How to save more on what you pay for housing + Clark answers your questions about refinancing and getting a mortgage
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Housing is typically the biggest line item in a person's budget. Finding ways to cut costs there will have an enormous impact! Clark gives you his best ideas. Clark also takes your questions about housing on this episode. You can submit a question for the show at Clark.com/ask. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2021
1.4.21 How to actually achieve your money goals this year + Clark talks about his history
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A lot of people are setting New Year's resolutions for themselves. And many of you want to handle your money better in 2021. But that's only possible if you tackle those goals the right way. Clark talks about how to actually get better with your money this year instead of just hoping that you will. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2021
1.1.21 What to do with leftover FSA funds; How your personality affects your savings habit
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Haven't spent all your FSA dollars? Clark talks about what over the counter items you can purchase in order to use that money up. The purpose of saving for your future is to give you more control and freedom over your future. Research suggests that people who prepare and have a plan are the ones that end up in the best position in retirement. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 01, 2021
12.31.20 Best used cars under $5k; How to get cheaper hearing aids
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Consumer Reports has just released its list of the best used cars under $5k. Clark talks about which cars you should be leaning towards when looking for an inexpensive use vehicle. There should be a great availability of over the counter hearing aids. But sadly, options are currently limited. Clark talks about how to get the most bang for your buck when purchasing hearing aids in the future. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2020
12.30.20 Dollar stores are getting fancy; Even small amounts of exercise can make a big difference
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There are some newer and fancier dollar stores that Clark wants to make sure you know about. Exercise doesn't have to take an hour or longer every day. A new study finds that just 11 minutes of exercise daily can have a huge impact in your life! Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 30, 2020
12.29.20 How to combat our recycling issues; HP ends "free ink for life" plan
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Recycling isn't working out very well right now. There have been some proposals floated that could make recycling more viable though. HP will no longer honor its "free ink for life" plan. Subscribers are already being vocal with their criticism. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2020
12.28.20 Most reliable used cars; Why you shouldn't buy gift cards right now
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There's a new list of the most reliable used cars. Clark talks about which makes and models make the most sense for your wallet. Gift cards are often a bad purchase. Just give cash instead! But gift cards are even worse buy right now and Clark tells you why. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2020
12.25.20 Parents are clueless about tobacco and e-cig usage; Americans are worried about government tracking
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Parents tend to not know when their kids are using tobacco and e-cigarettes. That's not good! Is the government tracking your location? There's evidence that they may be and that is understandably worrisome to many Americans. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 25, 2020
12.24.20 Shopping online vs. shopping in stores; Moving could drastically cut your income
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Clark discusses the benefits of each. Curbside pickup is actually the perfect in-between! Many companies are slashing salaries if you move opt to move elsewhere. Clark tells you what to watch out for. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2020
12.23.20 Comcast imposes data caps; Spying on your kid while they are driving
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Clark is not a fan of the new Comcast data caps. He discusses the price you might find yourself paying to the internet giant if you use too much data in your home. Many automakers now offer built-in technology to monitor how your child is driving. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2020
12.22.20 How to tell if clothing was made for a factory outlet; Tough times create better savers
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Some items are made specifically for factory outlet stores. And often those items are of inferior quality. Clark gives you the scoop on how to tell whether the item was made specifically for the factory outlet store or not. Tough times impact us in massive ways. And we've seen a generation of savers formed because of the difficulties that Covid has caused. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2020
12.21.20 Apartment renting in the virtual world; Which banks rank the highest in customer satisfaction?
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Renting an apartment has changed because of Covid. Clark talks about how to rent an apartment - and score a good deal - in the world of virtual visiting a future place to live. The newest ACSI reveals which banks are doing a great job meeting customer needs and which ones aren't. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2020
12.18.20 Transitioning to clean energy and EV's; Clark Stinks
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Clark talks about the transition to clean energy in the United States. It's been difficult on the oil industry and likely will become even more difficult in the coming years as sustainable energy like wind and solar are getting cheaper and cheaper. Christa and Joel share the Clark Stinks posted on the web and share with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 18, 2020
12.17.20 Making more as a gig worker; Ditching high-cost mutual funds
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Clark talks about which delivery services pay gig workers the best and how gig workers can maximize their income by downloading the Gridwise app. Consumers are leaving high-cost mutual funds in favor of funds with lower fees. If you haven't checked to see what the fee structure is like in your investment portfolio, now is the time to check! Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2020
12.16.20 Disney+ raising prices; Rent a timeshare to save on your next vacation
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Disney+ is looking to add more content while simultaneously raising prices. If you're a Disney+ subscriber you'll be paying $1 more every month starting in March 2021. Don't ever buy a timeshare. Rent one instead! Koala is a website where you can rent someone else's timeshare. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2020
12.15.20 Last minute Christmas deals; How a massive federal data breach impacts you
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Clark talks about some of the best sales happening 10 days ahead of Christmas. He also talks about issues with shipping and getting what you order before Christmas. Homeland security issued a warning to federal agencies about using certain software that has been hacked. Clark talks about the importance of having cash on hand in case of a hack that affects the US financial system. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2020
12.14.20 Healthcare signup deadline; Vaccine scam warning
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If you need healthcare in 2021, the deadline to sign up at Healthcare.gov is Tuesday. Clark discusses how to assess the plans on the government's website and find the right plan for you and your family. Vaccine scams are proliferating as the FDA has approved the use of Pfizer's vaccine. Here's what you need to watch out for. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2020
12.11.20 Store credit cards are awful - avoid them; Clark Stinks
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Store credit cards can be poison for your wallet. Clark tells you the downsides to carrying one and why it isn't a good idea to sign up for most store credit cards. Kim and Joel share the Clark Stinks posted on the web and share with Clark. Submit yours to: Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 11, 2020
12.10.20 Don't save for retirement in a savings account; GM opens an electric vehicle plant
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Half of Americans are saving for retirement in a savings account instead of workplace or personal retirement plan. That's not good! GM is making a huge pivot to produce a massive number of electric vehicles in the future. And the massive car company just opened factory ZERO just outside of Detroit to help accelerate these plans. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2020
12.9.20 The IRS has 1 million unprocessed tax returns; Travel insurance may now cover Covid
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The IRS has a major backlog of unprocessed tax returns. Many people who filed paper returns are still awaiting a refund. If you are planning to book travel soon, you might want to purchase travel insurance. Clark tells you how to shop and what to look for in a policy. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2020
12.8.20 Christmas shipping is getting messy; Covid is changing college in a big way
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There's a shipping logjam and it doesn't bode well for getting the Christmas presents you've ordered at your doorstep on time. Colleges across the country are having to cut costs in a big way - including letting longtime professors go. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2020
12.7.20 Watch out for this Amazon Prime scam; Student loan payment freeze extended
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Scammers are targeting Amazon Prime members specifically in a new scam that scare you into handing over sensitive personal information. There's a little more clarity for people who have federal student loans. Payments will now be delayed through January 2021. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2020
12.4.20 Tesla Model S no longer recommended by Consumer Reports; Clark Stinks
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Consumer Reports has detailed some of the problems with the Tesla Model S. Kim and Joel share the Clark Stinks posted on the web and share with Clark. Submit yours to: Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2020
12.3.20 Does it pay to install solar?; Divvy rent to own homes is expanding
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A recent article in Wired detailed a solar installation in California. Clark gives his thoughts on whether installing solar at your house makes sense and what a typical payback period can look like. Divvy is a company that has had some issues since it started doing rent to own a few years ago. But Clark thinks that it can make sense for you as an avenue to home ownership if you do your due diligence Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2020
12.2.20 Delta to block middle seats through March; State and local government layoffs coming
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Clark's wife is going to fly on a Delta plane because of the dedication to keeping its customers safe. If you are willing to get on a plane, you might want to prioritize flying on an airline that is keeping health safety top of mind. State and local governments are having financial troubles. Clark talks about the difficulties that have arisen due to the pandemic and how these municipalities will be looking to cut costs. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2020
12.1.20 Vetting charities on Giving Tuesday; Vaccine news is causing Americans to spend
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Clark talks about how to make your generosity go even further by giving to charities that are doing the most good. Vaccine progress has been good news on so many levels. And it's causing Americans to loosens the purse strings and spend more freely. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2020
11.30.20 Cyber Monday deals abound; Look out for these Holiday scams
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Clark talks about the best deals that are happening today. In particular, the clothing sector is seeing some steep sales! There are more Holiday scams that you need to be aware of this year. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2020
11.27.20 Hulu raises the price of live TV streaming...again; Beware "Trumpcare" health options
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Hulu is charging more for its live TV streaming service. The price hikes have been coming fast and furious. Clark discusses how you should think about your TV streaming options. Emails and ads abound right now touting different "Trumpcare" plans. But this is a marketing ploy that you should avoid because many of these offers aren't selling you real insurance. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2020
11.26.20 Chocolate & Peloton are hot commodities right now; Painless ways to save more right now
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Chocolate and workout equipment are being consumed in a major way right now. And Peloton's stock has soared over the past six months. Looking for ways to cut your spending right now? Clark talks about the most painless ways to trim your budget in order to increase your savings. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2020
11.25.20 Clark's credit card number was stolen; Americans are saving a lot
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Clark tells the story of his credit card number being stolen and how quickly things got resolved. Americans have been saving so much money recently. This is great news. And there's a lot of pent up spending demand that we're likely to see in 2021. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2020
11.24.20 Walmart and others tighten Covid policies; Digital license plates
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Many major retailers are ramping up their Covid policies for shoppers as coronavirus cases spike across much of the country. High-tech digital license plates are the future. They've been in Arizona and California since 2019. But they will be coming to more states soon. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2020
11.23.20 Your TV is spying on you; How companies are combating worker burnout
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Advertisers want the ability to target audiences better during streaming. But that comes with a privacy tradeoff. Companies are finding creative ways to keep their employees engaged and to prevent burnout during the pandemic. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2020
11.20.20 GM to offer car insurance based on driving habits; Clark Stinks
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General Motors is set to offer insurance to customers that will provide lower rates based on safer driving. Kim and Joel share the Clark Stinks posted on the web and share with Clark. Submit yours to: Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2020
11.19.20 Apple announces changes to app store pricing; Black Friday deals abound
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Apple will be reducing fees for smaller companies on its app store. But courts are still likely to weigh in on Apple's practice of taking a cut of sales from developers. Black Friday has been more of a lengthy season than a long weekend this year. But the best deals are just around the corner. Clark discusses how to make sure you score the discounts this time of year. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2020
11.18.20 Amazon launches an online pharmacy; The Boeing Max is returning to the skies
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Clark gives the details on Amazon's new online pharmacy. Some of the pricing is still pretty opaque but the launch is already having a massive impact on the industry. The Boeing Max will fly again. The FAA has cleared its return to the skies. Clark talks about how safe it will be to fly on the Boeing Max now. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2020
11.17.20 Surprise bills for Covid tests; Google Photos ends lifetime free storage
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People are receiving unexpected bills just for getting a Covid test. Clark tells you how to battle that bill. Google Photos has announced that they are limiting free photo storage for its users. Clark gives the details along with some thoughts on how to store your photos for cheap or free. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2020
11.16.20 Moderna vaccine buoys hopes; Picking the right health plan during open enrollment
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Preliminary data from the Moderna trials show that it is more than 94% effective. Picking the right health plan during open enrollment is crucial. Picking the wrong one could cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the upcoming year. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2020
11.13.20 Grocery stores limiting purchase quantities; Clark Stinks
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Major grocery stores are starting to limit quantities on certain items in order to keep specific items in stock. Kim and Joel share the Clark Stinks posted on the web and share with Clark. Submit yours to: Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2020
11.12.20 Credit card companies are offering majorly high sign-up bonuses; Rents rising in the burbs
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The major credit card companies like American Express and Chase are offering rich sign-up bonuses as they try to attract more customers right now. Covid has impacted where people want to live. More Americans are moving to the suburbs - and this is causing rents to go up. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2020
11.11.20 California voters turn down higher business taxes; Scammers target people running out of money
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California is a notoriously high tax state. But that might be starting to change. Some new scams are floating around that specifically target people who have fallen on hard times - and many of these scams are stimulus check related. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2020
11.10.20 Veterans Day and the deals happening tomorrow; Clark's Christmas Kids
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Clark talks about celebrating our veterans and also points to ClarkDeals.com for deals that will be available tomorrow. Clark's Christmas Kids is going to need YOUR help this year because of Covid. Go to ClarksChristmasKids.com to find out how you can help foster children in need this Holiday season. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2020
11.9.20 The impact a Covid vaccine will have on the economy; Holiday hotel deals
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Promising vaccine news has caused the stock market to soar upwards. Clark talks about what an effective vaccine will mean for our country and for the economy. How can you get deals on a hotel during the Holidays? Clark gives you the info you need to know. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2020
11.6.20 The US is poised for a big economic recovery in 2021; Clark Stinks
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It looks like 2021 will be a year of meaningful economic recovery for the USA. Kim and Joel share the Clark Stinks posted on the web and share with Clark. Submit yours to: Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2020
11.5.20 Stock market soars with divided election results; Important ballot measure results across America
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Rates for savers and borrowers are going down while the stock market is reacting with optimism to the election results that we have in hand. Clark talks about the important ballot measures that passed in states across America. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2020
11.4.20 The appliance repair industry is booming; Credit card companies are soliciting new customers
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As people are spending more time in their homes, they are starting to spend more to fix them up. That means that the appliance repair industry is seeing a boon in business. Credit card companies like Capital One and American Express are spending lots of money to score new customers - even as they cut the spending limits of other current customers. Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2020