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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, 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.

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Today, an important update on Inflation Savings Bonds. Clark explains how these bonds work over time and the advantage of owning new Series I Bonds. Also, extra fees have been a topic on the show in recent years. There’s a new fee in town making a splash - Clark tells you how to avoid it.  UPDATE - Series I Savings Bonds: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Cancellation & No-Show Fees: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Barrons: Treasury Sets New Rate of 4.28% for I Bonds as Inflation Ebbs 6 Things To Know About Series I Savings Bonds The Era of ‘No-Show’ Fees Is Here—and It’s Going to Cost You - WSJ Should You Stay With Vanguard Despite the New Fee Announcement? NolahMattress - Is It Legal to Sell a Used Mattress? A State-by-State Guide The Best Place To Buy a Mattress How Can I Get Rid of My Old Mattress Cheaply? Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Clarkonomics! Clark discusses how the US economy stacks up against the rest of the world, including concerns about our deficit. Also, Clark and Christa have a long running disagreement about a payment practice. Christa was right. Clark has changed his mind. Clarkonomics: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Automatic Payments: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: The US dollar is strengthening. Here’s what’s driving the rally and what it means for Americans America’s debt problem is storing up trouble for the rest of the world Inflation Is Stubborn. Is the Federal Budget Deficit Making It Worse? Stubborn Inflation Could Prod Fed to Keep Rates High for Longer With Inflation This High, Nobody Knows What a Dollar Is Worth Where Should I Set Up My Health Savings Account (HSA)? Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Money Talk with Liz Weston: Can my credit score really be marred over $20?  Automatic Bill Pay: How It Works and How To Do It Safely Credit Score Guide   /   Should You Get a Store Credit Card? Is a Self-Directed Real Estate IRA Right for Your Retirement? Real Estate Investing: What To Know BEFORE You Start What Should You Do if Your Insurance Claim Is Denied? Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode - did you hear about the T-Mobile customer who received a six figure bill for an international trip? Get Clark smart advice for traveling overseas with your phone. Also today - there’s a new warning out about a scam trying to collect money from you from phantom tolls. International Calling: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Toll Collection Scam Warning: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: PhoneArena: This T-Mobile customer got a $143442.74 bill after a three-week Switzerland vacation The Best International Phone Plans Google Fi Wireless: My Experience as a Five-Year Customer (Pros and Cons) Hello Mobile How To Choose the Best Charities for Your Donations What's the Best Way To Donate to a Charity? Alert: FBI issues warning on toll road smishing scam USA TODAY: Road toll 'smishing' texts on the rise, FBI says: Here's what to know E-ZPass Group - Home T-Mobile 5G Home Internet: 5 Things To Know Before You Sign Up How To Prevent, Report and Repair Identity Theft Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks.  Also today, we’ve talked a lot about renting vs. buying in today’s housing market. New data makes a compelling argument and provides direction for aspiring homeowners.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Rent Vs Buy A Home: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Best 529 College Savings Plans By State Homes at Menards® Insurers Are Spying on Your Home From the Sky Axios: Unpacking the productivity surge Where should I place a carbon monoxide detector? The $10 Travel Essential Clark Howard Always Packs Big city dwellers are better off renting than buying a home everywhere, analysis says - USA TODAY One-Third of Parents Are Paying An Adult Child's House Down Payment? Are You? Map: Here's Zillow's updated home-price forecast for more than 400 housing markets The cost breakdown of building a single-family home The Only Reason You Should Make an Improvement to Your Home 29 home remodeling projects that offer the best payback 6 Tips for Hiring a Contractor Senior Planning Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today, Clark shares a personal story about a sleazy sales call he received from one of the big alarm companies - tied to an internet provider. Also in this episode, pet owners need to understand what’s going on in the veterinary medicine profession so they can choose wisely, and protect their wallets. DIY Home Security: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Veterinary Bills: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: ADT USA Reviews | Read Customer Service Reviews of adt.com Your Guide to DIY Home Security Systems Which Home Security Systems Rank Better Than Ring? Turo: 5 Things To Know About the Cheap Car Rental Service Credit Card Car Rental Insurance: What You Need To Know My Credit Card Offers Some Rental Car Coverage. Why Do I Still Need To Involve My Primary Auto Insurance? Why Your Vet Bill Is So High  /  Is Pet Insurance Worth It? Best 529 College Savings Plans By State Credit Karma Review: Free Credit Score and More at Your Fingertips Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Finding a fiduciary financial advisor who ONLY works for your best interests can be difficult. New regulations may add protections for consumers, but it’s on us to know how to get the best guidance.  Also, Americans have so much stuff that storage units have been overbuilt. If you have a unit, Clark has some money saving advice regarding your monthly fee. Key Warning On Financial Advisors: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Storage Units: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Americans Deserve Straight Retirement Advice. They Work Too Hard for Their Money. NYTimes: Who Can Be Trusted for Retirement Advice? New Rules Strengthen Protections. WSJ: Advisers on Trillions in IRAs Must Now Put Your Interest First What to Do When Your 401(k) Leaves Something to Be Desired How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor - Clark.com What Is a Fiduciary Financial Advisor and Do I Need One? The Clark Howard Podcast The Headache at the End of the Costco Gold Rush - The WSJ Should You Buy Gold at Costco?  /  Clark Howard's Advice on Buying Gold NYTimes: Americans Went All-In on Self-Storage. That Demand Is Suddenly Cooling. Storage Unit Prices Keep Going Up. Is There a Better Way To Store My Possessions? The #1 Bill You Should Get by Mail Wirecutter: Stop Stressing About Turning Off the Lights When Leaving the Room! Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode - Clark takes you through the necessary steps for buying a used vehicle, including his number one rule, a key step neglected by a third of all buyers. Also today - are you traveling this summer? Airlines and hotels are changing the rules when it comes to earning points or miles.  How To Buy A Used Car: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Airline & Hotel Points: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: WSJ - Used-Car Sales Have Moved Online—Here’s Why Both Customers and Dealers Are Happy    How To Buy a Used Car - Clark.com How to Buy a New Car - Clark.com Should You Buy an Extended Warranty on Your Car? - Clark.com Salvage Title: What it Means, How it Works - Investopedia American Airlines Is Once Again Changing How Fliers Can Earn Rewards Hotel Resort Fee Lookup Tool Should You Ever Book a Nonrefundable Hotel Room? How Does Booking Travel Through a Credit Card Rewards Program Compare? How To Choose a Tour Company - Clark.com When Do You Need a Travel Agent? Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode - we often see lists of the best auto insurance companies, but now Clark has discovered an industry database for body shops that rates insurers according to how claims are handled. Also, Clark hates covenants not to compete - a labor practice that’s now on the ropes. But the ban is messy. Clark explains.  A New Source For The BEST Auto Insurers: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Non-Compete Clauses: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: CrashNetwork - Top Rated U.S. Car Insurance Companies for 2024 Best Auto Insurance Companies -Clark.com How to Shop for Lower Car Insurance - Clark.com Ascensus Acquires Vanguard’s Small Business Retirement Plans Target Date Funds: Clark’s Favorite Retirement Investment Ban on non-compete agreements sends shockwave across Wall Street [The Washington Post] Groups sue to block FTC’s new rule barring noncompete agreements Workers Celebrating Ban on Noncompetes. Employers Are Ready to Fight. - The WSJ NYTimes: F.T.C. Issues Ban on Worker Noncompete Clauses Businesses face 'seismic shift' after FTC bans noncompetes. Here's what they should do next. Healthcare.gov   /   What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? My 7 Rules for Using Credit Cards - Clark Howard Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also in this episode, how loyalty programs affect price decision making and may have you “competing with yourself”. Clark discusses how these programs work across many industries, and what to keep in mind to get the most from them.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Loyalty Programs: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: How to Start Investing: 10 Steps for Beginners Should We Worry About the National Debt and Budget Deficits? Will Social Security Run Out? What Is a SEP IRA and Who Is Eligible? Clark Deals - Hotels When Is the Best Time To Collect Social Security?  /  Social Security When? 18 Ways To Save at Walmart  /  Walmart+ Membership Program: 4 Things To Know Loyalty programs may limit competition, and they could be pushing prices up for everyone — The Conversation Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
During COVID, many Americans moved far away from their offices, sometimes out of state. Clark talks about how super-commuters are making it work. Also, Clark gets back to basics on something he hates: annuities. Know which type may actually be useful and which ones are to be AVOIDED at all costs!  Super-Commuting: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Sold Not Bought - Annuities: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: The rise of the super-commuter The Best Unlimited Hotspot Plans Visible Announces New Annual Plans: Save up to $145/Year Visible Review: 5 Things To Know Before You Sign Up Using Cellular Data Internationally: Buying a Local SIM Card InsureMyTrip Review: Why We Like It and How to Use It How To Choose the Best Charities for Your Donations What Is an Annuity, and Why Does Clark Think They Stink? The Only Two Exceptions to Clark Howard's Annuity Rule What Is a 1035 Exchange? Definition and How the Rules Work Why I Think Medicare Advantage Plans Stink - Clark Howard Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Investing continues to evolve and a new way some fiduciary financial advisors are charging for services could save you money. Know your options to make an informed choice for financial services. Also, before you sign up for expensive dental work, think twice & take Clark’s advice. Flat Fee Financial Advisors: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Wisdom Teeth- AVOID Unnecessary Dental Work: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Flat Fee Shops Attempt to Shake Up Financial Advising Advice-Only Network // Flat Fee Advisors 3 Places You Should Never Invest Your Money What Is a Fiduciary Financial Advisor and Do I Need One? How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? Target Date Funds: Clark's Favorite Retirement Investment How to Advocate for Yourself at the Dentist How getting a second opinion can stop you being ripped off — The Conversation Yes, your smart TV is spying on you – Here's how to stop it GM Stops Selling Driving Data to Insurance Companies How to Buy a New Car in 5 Steps Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In our everyday payment decisions, many choose Apple Pay or Google Wallet on our phones. Consumer behavior studies show the more convenient the payment method, the more we spend. Don’t let tap to pay, tap you out! Also today - we are finally seeing the results of people wanting to do more in person. Clark discusses how this is affecting some industries, including food delivery.  Phone Tap To Pay (More): Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 The Ghost Of Kitchens Past: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Using your phone to pay is convenient, but it can also mean you spend more Cash Envelope System: How It Works 10 Best Free Checking Accounts in April 2024 AT&T Data Breach: Take These Steps To Protect Your Information How to Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion Ghost Kitchens Are Disappearing, Squeezed by Demand and Complaints Warning for Cell Phone Users: Do Not Use Public Charging Stations What Is a Thrift Savings Plan? Costco vs. Sam's Club: What Is the Difference? Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How do you feel about targeted ads following you around online? Companies are dreaming up new ways to track us - even when we have our TV show paused! Also, job prospects are great for teens this spring and summer. Now is the perfect time for young people to enter the workforce.  Targeted Ads Ubiquitous: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Teen Jobs: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Google Pledges to Destroy Browsing Data to Settle ‘Incognito’ Lawsuit Why Walmart bought TV-maker Vizio for $2.3 billion - Axios Is that ad following you around the internet creepy or kind of cool?  Roku Explores an Insidious Way to Serve up Commercials Via Idle HDMI Inputs | Sound & Vision Roku forcing 2-factor authentication after 2 breaches of 600K accounts Fighting back against harmful voice cloning RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE BROKER COMMISSIONS ANTITRUST SETTLEMENTS If you recently sold your home, you might get part of your realtor fee back NAR settlement: Here's what to know about payouts for commission lawsuits Teens Are Spending Less This Year. Where Their Allowances Are Going. CPI Inflation Calculator  -  Value of $1.60 from 1971 to 2024 Charles Schwab Review 2023: Pros & Cons No Surprises Act Cheapest Way to Rent a Car: Expert Tips Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also in this episode, why buying a gift card is now tantamount to lighting a $20 bill on fire.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Gift Card Draining: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Military and Veterans Guide: Free Resources for Your Finances How To Protect Your Home From Being Stolen by Squatters Florida lawmakers pass bill to revoke squatters' rights How to Lower Your Property Taxes in 4 Easy Steps Chinese Organized Crime’s Latest U.S. Target: Gift Cards What Is a CD Ladder and When Is It a Good Idea? BBB-File a Complaint Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today Clark’s talking about scams and how to avoid them! First, a special warning if you sell or buy items on Facebook marketplace. Later, AI has enabled crooks to clone voices. This is a huge problem, enabling criminals to trick people into thinking they are talking to a relative, or even a boss. What to look out for so you don’t get ripped off.    Facebook Marketplace Scams: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Voice Cloning Cons: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Facebook Marketplace Scams: Everything You Need to Know Banks and Users Warn of Scammers on Facebook Marketplace 4 Common Scams on Cash App, Venmo and Zelle (and How To Avoid Them!) Safer Ways To Send Money Pirate Ship Review: Pros & Cons of This Cheap Shipping Service Number of 401(k) ‘millionaires’ jumped 41% last year, says Fidelity How To Open a Roth IRA / What Are Index Funds? Fighting back against harmful voice cloning What's the Best Way To Donate to a Charity? BBB-File a Complaint How To Dispute a Charge on Your Credit Card Where To Put Your Cash When You’re Saving for a Purchase in Less Than 5 Years Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
You have the power to lower your power bills this summer. Clark offers several ways to reduce summer cooling costs. Also, get notable savings with Visible’s new annual plans, plus new disclosures through broadband ‘nutrition’ labels.   Save On AC This Summer: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Visible Deals & New Broadband Labeling: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: How To Save Money on Utilities- clark.com 6 Smart Ways to Cut Your Utility Bills Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit HELOC vs. Home Equity Loan: Similarities and Differences Homeowners Insurance Archives - Clark Howard Company and Rating Search - Best's Credit Rating - AM Best Visible Announces New Annual Plans: Save up to $145/Year Visible Review: 5 Things To Know Before You Sign Up Clark.com - CELL PHONES Broadband ‘nutrition’ labels are coming – here’s what you need to know FCC rolls out mandatory ‘nutrition labels’ for internet providers’ plans Should You Buy an Extended Warranty on Your Car? What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? Fidelity - Health Savings Account | HSA Investment Options Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As promised, today Clark shares his crazy (like a fox!) idea on how to fix the housing crisis.  Also - a warning about buying a code-share airline ticket. Know how code-share tickets work, and often, don’t work.  Clark’s Housing Market Fix: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Code-Share Airline Tickets: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Why many homeowners feel trapped by low-rate mortgages [The Washington Post] Inflation keeps coming in hot, likely delaying interest rate cuts Biden’s manufacturing industry is expanding. That could be bad for inflation 3 Facts That Help Explain a Confusing Economic Moment 10 Best New Products at Costco in April 10 Secrets All Shoppers Need To Know About Costco Avoid the #1 Mistake That Car Buyers Make Simple vs. Compound Interest: Definition and Formulas Clark.com - How To Buy a Used Car How To Open a Roth IRA Help! Air Canada Ruined Our Trip to Ireland but Won’t Take the Blame. Codeshare Flights Explained - NerdWallet Follow Clark Howard's #1 Rule To Travel Cheap Hopper: Book Travel on Mobile Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The job market has been a crazy ride over the past several years, and job hopping has become commonplace. But is it still a good idea to chase higher pay? How important is stability and loyalty now? Also today - An old idea by legacy retailer Sears, which sold over 70,000 mail-order homes between 1908 and 1942, has resurfaced. Hear how Home Depot is getting in on the affordable housing market. Job Stability: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 House Building Kits: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Does it still pay to change jobs as salary strategies shift? Here's how salary offers are trending for job hoppers as pay settles into 'new regime' The job market has hit a new normal. Here's why everyone hates it. The Cheapest Cars to Insure in 2024 What Are the Cheapest Cars To Insure? (2024 Cost Guide) Robinhood Gold Credit Card: Is It Worth It? Housing market affordability is so strained that Home Depot is selling tiny homes for $63,000   Sears Modern Homes Cancel for Any Reason Trip Insurance: Should You Buy It? What should travelers do with all these cruise credits? Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today, If you love cruising, good news. An old way to get really cheap cruise prices at the last minute is making a comeback.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Cruise Deals: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: The Best Place To Buy a Mattress The Platinum Card® from American Express Review: Is It Worth It? Target Is Rebranding Its Credit Card Program: What You Should Know NYTimes: Standby Cruising: A New Option for Bargain Seekers Kyte Review: Why a Travel Expert Is Impressed by This New Car Rental Service Turo: 5 Things To Know About the Cheap Car Rental Service What Is a Bridge Loan and How Does It Work, With Example New to volunteering? A How-To-Guide to find the right fit Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Right now in the U.S. we have record credit card debt, a huge stressor on so many.  To add insult to injury, supposed credit repair companies make things worse for those struggling to get back on their feet. What you need to know.  Also, Clark translates the scare stories out now about the stock market and offers direction for investors.    Debt Relief Scams: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Investing & Dollar-Cost Averaging: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Americans’ credit scores are falling. That hasn’t happened in a decade Maxed Out: Inside America's Credit Card Debt Crisis -- and What We Do Next NYTimes: Judge Blocks Debt Settlement Company From Resuming Operations Carrying credit card debt? How to avoid debt relief scams How To Send a ‘Drop Dead’ Letter to a Collection Agency 6 Things To Know Before Contacting the National Foundation for Credit Counseling Clark Howard's 2024 Credit Card Debt Elimination Strategy Is an HSA the Best Way To Save for Future Medical Expenses? Will Social Security Run Out? Should investors keep riding the US markets runaway train? Barrons.com: Worried About Investing in a Frothy Market? Try Dollar-Cost Averaging. Should You Sell or Stay Put in the Stock Market? (Clark.com) Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2024 5 of Clark Howard's Most Extreme Frugal Hacks Thank you for listening today, Clarkies! If you want to be part of our “Clarkie” segment, call 404-981-2071 to leave a comment or story. We may play it during a future episode! Clark.com resources Episode transcripts Community.Clark.com Clark.com daily money newsletter Consumer Action Center Free Helpline: 636-492-5275 Learn more about your ad choices: megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Tiffany Givens

Could you all expand on the tax credit and hsa savings etc via Healthcare. gov? I am missing something somewhere, but am self-employed and I assume would be setting up my own HSA. Thanks.

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Aakash Amanat

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Jul 13th
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Rick Morris

Podcast and website are full of helpful facts, advice, and interesting tidbits on a broad spectrum of topics. I appreciate learning ways to make smart financial decisions. Team Clark rocks!

May 18th
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Do you think Clark would be willing to help me by doing a segment on ESOP retirement accounts? I work for a Atlanta area grocery chain for 10 years now and was automatically enrolled in the ESOP plan from the company. I'm 55 and doing a 25% early withdrawal ($5000.00). This is for medical expenses for my wife. I have 20k in my account before the early withdrawal. Thank you Christa.

Apr 16th
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JJ R.

No you shouldn't get the flu shot. Out of all the vaccines the flu shot is the vaccine that has caused the largest amount of injury including death, the vaccine that the vaccine courts have had to pay out on the most and it only protects you 20-40% if they select which flu virus they are going to put in which is figured in February for Septembers season. The flu vaccine has also been proven to cause other illnesses right after getting the flu shot (not including getting the flu) No way bad bad advice!

Oct 7th
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Jocc

Thx dude. Good show

Sep 9th
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William Lanford

I know that Clark may never see this, but thank you for the acknowledgement of the struggles of truckers. Life on the road was far from glamorous or a paid vacation before the virus, but the struggle has gotten worse. Thank a trucker folks. Thank everyone you see who is still working today. Also, I promise we arent scary. For every irresponsible driver you see on the news or on the road, there are thousands of us who do the best, professional, and skilled job that we can. 🙂

May 5th
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What is the current effectual unemployment rate?

Apr 9th
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Johnnie Moore

the unemployment identification is a old address problem m pi st people are having.

Apr 5th
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Mike Miles

Love the show helped me get out of debt, buy a house, and start my own retirement plan. My favorite part is when he discuss topics that are going on in the country and world. Best part is he seams like a super nice guy and he treats his own employees like there his family!!!

Oct 10th
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Pocket Glitter

I have so much respect and admiration for Clark Howard, beyond his financial advice (which I love). If you're local to the Atlanta metro area then you know his work with Habitat for Humanity, foster children and many other kind endeavors. He's really a good person. 💙💚💛💜❤

Apr 3rd
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R C

a goldmine of info!

Mar 25th
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Melissa Noakes

Background music is getting garbled the past week or so.

Mar 23rd
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Carolyn Smith

Clark, talk about Education Grants for the Incarerated. It is important to clear ones name as much as possible. *Pardon *Sealed Records *Reduction of Charges from Felony to Misdeamnor. If People are to have a Second Chance, they need to be able to qualify for License such as a Barber's License.

Feb 1st
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