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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, rec ...
 
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Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also - An uptick in crime has more people thinking about home burglar alarms. Wireless home security has made DIY installation a viable option and Clark shares a new Consumer Reports briefing to help you make the right home security decision. Clark Stinks: Segments…
 
Clark discusses the rationale behind Amazon’s forays into healthcare, now culminating in the acquisition of One Medical, a big national chain of healthcare clinics. The idea is to bring a multi-platform approach to better care, better follow up. Also - Recall the Hertz false arrest nightmare suffered by hundreds now seeking compensation. Clark has …
 
The quality of the average vehicle sold in the U.S. in recent years is the lowest since 1986! Clark explains what has led to this problem and why therein lies opportunity. Also - ships coming in have created massive surpluses among retailers. The plus for you: deals of a lifetime. Learn which categories are steals right now and how long this could …
 
Clark revisits retail website Wish to usher it into his “graveyard.” Prices are so cheap! What went wrong? Also, EV - electric vehicle adoption is set to climb over the next few years. But where to recharge is an obstacle for car buyers. Learn how forward-thinking gas station/convenience store operators are getting with the program to serve a growi…
 
The hotel industry is suffering mightily from staff shortages, changing how they operate. You could get a discount forgoing housekeeping services, or be charged for it. Clark explains the owner / operator problem and what you should expect from brand name hotels moving forward. Also, the insidious cloak of mystery is about to be lifted from medical…
 
Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also - Word to savers - beware chasing that rate! Trying to make more on savings is leading people to make dangerous choices from financial apps and pseudo banks making unfounded promises of no risk strategies for high returns & FDIC secu…
 
Labor shortages in larger airports have rendered security lines so unpredictable that people are missing flights. Clark explains how TSA PreCheck, Global Entry & Clear work, and how to get these services for free or discounted. Also - Clark discusses fake positive reviews and the recent Amazon crackdown. A new twist: Negative reviews used to extort…
 
Do you know when you’re being played by sneaky product placement? Products are placed within the content of streamed TV shows and movies, and social media influencers are paid to recommend products. Know this is bought and paid for advertising - an indirect form of commercials. Also - A special warning about moving your retirement money when changi…
 
With so much economic uncertainty, should you ask for a raise to offset inflation? Dilemma: Employers are getting nervous about potential recession. So the decision to ask for a raise, to stay put or find a higher paying job is an individual assessment. Clark offers guidance to help you think this through. Also - As the Fed raises interest rates, t…
 
As the housing market cools, price cuts are happening around the country. A widespread buyers strike has set in. Many fear a housing market collapse as experienced 15 years ago. Clark explains why that won’t happen, and has recommendations for potential home buyers and renters. Also, a special warning about using self-checkout lanes. HOUSING Update…
 
Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also - The average vehicle loan now is over $700 a month. 1 in 8 loans exceed $1K! Meanwhile the repo rate is rising. Why lenders are more aggressive with repossessions now and the negative domino effect. Clark’s recommendation for avoidi…
 
It’s unclear what will happen with gas prices moving forward, but prices have eased and the U.S. is leading the world in the production of energy. Clark explains the current energy market, why we see big price differences at the pumps, and saving strategies. Also - The odds are at least 50/50 we’ll have some degree of recession, as central banks wo…
 
Clark explains how Vanguard small investors got clobbered by big tax bills during a target retirement fund conversion, without even withdrawing money. Learn where to put your investments to avoid such tax hits. Also - Air travel is a flat out mess right now. Infrequent travelers are especially rattled. International travel is especially challenging…
 
It’s back to the gym for many after a long absence, but home fitness equipment is a super deal right now. Clark points to the savings. Also - There’s a 1 in 10 chance there’s unclaimed money out there with your name on it. Clark explains how this happens, the third party pitfalls, and how to find it yourself for free. Home Fitness Equipment: Segmen…
 
The economy has upended the best laid retirement plans of many Americans. So what do you do right now if you are in this situation? Clark discusses a reasonable compromise to help maintain financial security. Also - Every grocery dollar is basically buying 10% less these days - UNLESS you shop differently. Clark shares his base strategies, plus - l…
 
Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. AND - For those seeking hedge alternatives to the standard investment portfolio, Clark discusses REITs, Crypto, and specifically GOLD as a safe zone. Learn Clark’s recommendations for owning gold - how much - and if gold is even a real in…
 
Clark discusses the impact of vehicle shortages & elevated costs including illegal repossessions & how to protect yourself from this, plus new ride sharing offerings. Also - Good Intentions don’t lead to results. Autopilot does. Clark makes the case for automatic saving & investing, especially for those without a 401(k). Vehicle Cost Pressures - Ma…
 
New data illustrates how people are now stretched financially, trading down retail purchases while overall, credit card debt is up. Clark shares some back to basics measures for more mindful spending. Also, current dislocations have opened up a fast growing area of abuse in the trade and technical school funding arena. What to look for - and look o…
 
With Buy Now Pay Later, aka Pay in 4, refunds are a problem, and now Apple Pay offers it. Clark’s warning about this payment method and how to protect yourself. Also - Over 100 million Americans are burdened with medical debt. Learn how this happened, how the hospital monopoly game is played - and what your options are to avoid being crushed by med…
 
Labor shortages. reliability problems and high costs are plaguing travel this summer. But the cruise industry is seeing lower demand. Clark explains how you can get screaming deals on cruises and on certain air travel destinations. Also, over 20 million tax returns remain unprocessed. A beleaguered IRS and frustrated taxpayers - Clark recounts how …
 
Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. And - Many are trying to decide between renting or buying a home. It’s a true squeezeplay right now but new data sheds light on what might be the best decision. Plus, Clark provides the housing market outlook. Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2…
 
Add auto insurance increases to higher vehicle & gas prices. Collision rates and the cost of repairs are up too, factors creating a perfect storm of costs for auto insurers, in turn passed along to drivers. Hear 2 ways to lower your auto insurance premiums. Also this episode: Employers thought they’d order everyone back to office work last Septembe…
 
Clark shares how he got started and the life lessons that motivated and inspired him to do what he loves doing today - empowering others to live their best lives. Also - you may be throwing money away with your current cell phone provider. Verizon & AT&T have been raising rates while the cost of providing service is going down. Clark gives you the …
 
There are ethical debt collectors, but also dirty players in the industry. Clark explains the crooked practice of refreshing the debt, and what your rights and responsibilities are. Also, no utility bills sound good? ‘Passive’ homes are ultra energy efficient, and there are initiatives that go a step beyond. People are building passive, self-powere…
 
The US construction industry has held on to archaic ways of building, failing to adapt better technology routinely used elsewhere in the world - until now. Clark discusses how prefabrication component building is better, faster & cheaper. Now is the time to reimagine how we build to improve durability and price points. Also, for the past decade, tr…
 
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