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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, Clark encourages you to spend on something of vital importance, because ultimately, it will help you SAVE MORE. Also today - There’s a shift taking place in the housing market. Clark provides an update. Investing In Health: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Housing Market Update: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Your level of physical activity could be a vital sign  15 of the Best Free Workout And Fitness Apps Follow the 'Minute Rule' to make exercise a daily habit [What Is Service Line Insurance and Do I Need It? (Clark.com)] 4 Insurance Policies You Actually Need (and 6 You Don't) Housing market inventory is shifting. Here's what the data shows Betterment vs. Wealthfront: Which Robo-Advisor Is Best for You? Betterment Review: How It Works, Pros & Cons Wealthfront Review: How It Works, Pros & Cons 5 Best Robo-Advisors in 2024 / Best Financial Advisors in 2024 Fidelity Personalized Planning & Advice Review Comparing Hybrid Financial Advisors: Vanguard vs. Schwab vs. Fidelity How to Buy a New Car in 5 Steps // How To Buy a Used Car 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
Various devices we use in our lives from alarm systems to fitness trackers - collect personal data. Clark discusses how to balance protecting your privacy with utilizing modern technology. Also today, huge bills that arrive after a hospitalization are often far from accurate. Clark shares strategies for dealing with these, and potentially lowering the costs.  Technology Vs Privacy: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Medical Bills: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Do you really own the digital items you paid for? When companies share your personal information without your permission Why Walmart bought TV-maker Vizio for $2.3 billion - Axios F.S.A. vs. H.S.A.: What to Know About the Accounts That Pay Medical Costs Where Should I Set Up My Health Savings Account (HSA)? Are you confronting a big medical bill? Attack it with a plan — and these tips How to Deal With Medical Debt - Clark.com Can a Patient Advocate Help With Your Medical Bills? Unlimited Plans Comparison: T-Mobile vs. AT&T vs. Verizon Automatic Bill Pay: How It Works and How To Do It Safely My Cable Company Is Raising Prices Unless I Enroll in Auto-Pay. Is It Safe? Airlines you can book using Avios: How to maximize your points Point.me /// Going™ | Formerly Scott's Cheap Flights How To Choose the Best Charities for Your Donations 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
Keeping your finances organized creates more efficiency and less stress in your life. Today Clark goes back to basics on what kind of documentation you should keep, and for how long. Also, millions of our aging loved ones are aggressively targeted and collectively scammed out of billions each year. Clark offers adult children some direction for becoming proactive, in order to help protect vulnerable seniors.  Your Important Documents: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Protecting Our Elders: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Advice | Keep these 10 financial documents forever. Scan and shred the rest. Which Documents Should You Keep and for How Long? (Clark.com) Calculators - Clark Howard The Easiest Way to Start Saving for Retirement When You’re Saving Zero Right Now How Much of Each Paycheck You Should Save or Invest 5 questions to ask when helping an older parent with money Seven Ways to Protect Older Adults from Financial Abuse Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney: Frequently Asked Questions Target Date Funds: Clark's Favorite Retirement Investment  What Are Index Funds? /// What Is an ETF? How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor AAA Membership: Is It Worth It? Why You Should Never Use Roadside Assistance 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 - Retirement can be the beginning of a wonderful new life! But it can also present serious challenges after a lifetime of working, including depression. Clark talks about avoiding this pitfall, and making the most of your golden years.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Joy In Retirement: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Costco vs. Sam's Club: What Is the Difference? Overdraft Protection: What Is It? Do You Really Need It? 5 Tips To Protect Your Digital Privacy How age-friendly universities can improve the second half of life — The Conversation Why Retirees Are Going Back to College What the Heck is a Core Pursuit? Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Retired The Center for Auto Safety: Learn the latest news in auto safety. Virtual Credit Cards: An Online Security Measure Worth Taking? 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
Only 1 in 4 people realize you can negotiate on items you think come at a fixed price. You can negotiate everything from the price of a new car to your cable bill to large appliances. Also, social media is full of pitches selling supplements and powders with claims they can improve your health and change your life. Not so fast. What you need to know about dietary supplements.  Price Negotiation: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Warning: Dietary Supplements: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: A Guide To Negotiating For Cars, TV Bills, Home Renos And More Is It Worth Buying High-End Appliances? Here's How Long Your Home Appliances Should Last The best time and place to buy appliances Submit a complaint | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dietary supplements and protein powders fall under a ‘wild west’ of unregulated products that necessitate caveats and caution — The Conversation How To Avoid Fraud With Herbal Supplements ConsumerLab.com /  NSF International /  U.S. Pharmacopeia Consumer Federation of America Life Insurance Rate of Return Service How To Find and Claim Missing Money in Your Name 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
Clark checks in on the current state of cryptocurrency - where it’s been, where it’s going. Also today, a look at the financial education young students are getting - including the FiCycle curriculum, and how you can start teaching them at home.  Cypto Basics: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Financial Education: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: What Clark Howard Thinks of 'Crypto Winter' After Big Crash Axios: SEC sends Robinhood's crypto business Wells Notice Robinhood Markets receives SEC notice for alleged securities violations at crypto unit Why You Should Never Mail a Check NYTimes: The Key to Better Math Education? Explaining Money. Why Clark Howard Uses Unit Price To Save Money When Shopping How to Teach Young Kids About Money When Is the Best Time To Collect Social Security? Best Travel Credit Cards: Top Rewards Picks for 2024 DOT - File a Consumer Complaint Submit a complaint | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 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 - What summer sunscreen shoppers need to know about effective, affordable skin protection. Also - Perennial questions about owning car warranties have only increased in the age of modern vehicles - basically computers on wheels that are more expensive than ever to repair. Clark shares new data & direction on warranties.   Choosing Sunscreen: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Auto Repair Costs & Warranties: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: SUNSCREEN - Consumer Reports NYTimes: How to Avoid One of the Deadliest Forms of Skin Cancer Fender benders mean serious high-tech repairs now Should You Buy an Extended Warranty on Your Car? Buying Gas From a Station on This List Is Better for Your Car What's the Best Way To Send Money Overseas? What’s the Best Way To Exchange Dollars for Foreign Currency? 5 Money Tips To Know Before You Travel Abroad 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
Using reward points for summer airfare and hotels has been a great way to save over the years, but operators have long been devaluing these programs, and are limiting how you can earn those points. Know how to better manage the moving targets that are today’s variable travel rewards. Also, a special guest: Our man Anthony visited Manhattan’s Fairway Market, and reports on the latest version of cashier-less tech - the automated shopping cart. Travel Loyalty Points: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Smart Shopping Carts: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: American Airlines No Longer Awards Miles On Most Third Party Bookings - View from the Wing  NYTimes.com: To Protect Your Miles, Be Careful How You Book Find Best Flight Deals With Free American Express Tool Point.me Why Our Travel Expert Thinks This New Tool Is a “Game Changer” How To Open a Roth IRA How To Freeze and Unfreeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion 10 Ways To Save Money on Car Insurance [NY Post] Future of shopping: Instacart debuts AI-driven 'smart carts' to NYC retailers No more 'just walk out' at Amazon grocery stores. The new bet is smart shopping carts Amazon’s cashier-less technology was to revolutionize grocery shopping. It’s been a flop Amazon Ditches "Just Walk Out" Checkouts at Its Grocery Stores 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, something many of us need but generally ignore is life insurance. Clark helps you take it off the back burner and take care of business, with info on how much you need and how to buy it.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Life Insurance 101: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Warning: Why You Should Never Buy Visa Gift Cards How Do I Use All the Funds on My Virtual Gift Card? The One and Only Exception to Clark Howard's 'No Gift Card' Rule Travel Insurance: What You Need To Know Before You Buy Mint Mobile Review: 6 Things To Know Before You Sign Up 3 Things To Know About Amazon Pharmacy Before You Sign Up Why It's Still Better To Fill Prescriptions at Costco Than Amazon 10 Ways To Save on Prescription Drugs How Much Life Insurance Do I Need? - Clark.com Best Term Life Insurance Companies, Plans & Coverage Life Insurance Archives - Clark Howard Quotacy: Quote, compare and buy life insurance online Vacations To Go: Can You Find Bargain Cruises? Costco Travel: 5 Things To Know Before You Book 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 we determine our “magic number” - the amount we need to retire? Clark weighs in on the debate about how much it takes to be financially secure, and how to start and keep making progress. Also today -private placements, hedge funds, limited partnerships, private equity - beware of this type of non-traditional investment “opportunity”. Even when they’re legit, there’s no liquidity, and extremely high expenses. It pays to know why you need to avoid investing with anyone who is not a fiduciary. How Much Do You Need To Retire?: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Risky Investment Pitches: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: The “Magic Number” Needed to Retire Comfortably Is More Than You Think Americans Believe They Will Need $1.46 Million to Retire Comfortably According to Northwestern Mutual 2024 Planning & Progress Study - Apr 2, 2024 Retirement crisis looms as Americans struggle to save How Much Do You Need To Retire? How to Start Investing: 10 Steps (Clark.com) How To Save Money: Spend Less & Build Your Savings Warning: Here’s What Those Debt Settlement Companies Don’t Tell You Clark Howard's 2024 Credit Card Debt Elimination Strategy 6 Things To Know Before Contacting the National Foundation for Credit Counseling Best 529 College Savings Plans By State How To Open a Roth IRA The AJC: Atlanta hedge fund manager charged in $10M fraud scheme Best Financial Advisors in 2024 Should You Make Your Child an Authorized User on Your Credit Card? Best Credit Cards for Students: Top Picks for 2024 Travel Archives - Clark Howard 4 Ways To Get Your Free Credit Score 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
Clark discusses the big bank response to higher savings rates and spells out your options to make the most of your savings. Also today - small business owners are stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to borrowing money. Beware “quick” loans. Clark has a better way. Maximize Your Savings Rate: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Legal Loan Sharks Plague Small Business: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Banks pay savers more as ‘higher-for-longer’ rates hit interest income Clark.com - Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts Montway Auto Transport: Top-Rated Auto Transport Company uShip Review: 5 Things To Know Before You Use the Shipping Service Facebook Marketplace Scams: Everything You Need to Know Small businesses are still struggling to get financing, a year after bank failures Best Small Business Credit Cards: Top Picks for 2024 (Clark.com) Best Cash Back Credit Cards With No Annual Fee in 2024 Best 2% Cash Back Credit Cards: 8 Options in 2024 Warning: Why You Should Never Buy Visa Gift Cards Amazon “Prime Visa” Card Review: 5% Back for Amazon Prime Members How To Get the Best Price Possible Shopping Online Clark Deals - Today's Best Deals of the Day How To Spot a Fake Online Store in 6 Easy 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
Today - you may have heard that Walmart is closing its health centers. With the failure of this healthcare option, along with the state of the clinic attempts made by Walgreens & CVS, there’s an important healthcare takeaway to be prepared for. Also, are you ready to see a driverless tractor-trailer on the road? Are they safe? Your Primary Care Physician: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Autonomous 18 Wheelers: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: NYTimes: Walmart Is Shutting Health Centers After Plan to Expand Walmart to close its 51 health centers, virtual care service Walmart says it will close its 51 health centers and virtual care service My Neighbor’s Dead Tree Is About To Fall on My House. What Do I Do? Can I Trust the FDIC’s Recommendations on Getting Insured for More Than $250,000 at a Single Bank? Why Are Retailers Adding an Additional $1 Charge on My Credit Card? How Many Bank Accounts Should You Have? - Clark Howard Self-driving trucks are ready to roll Want To Guard Your Privacy Online? Search the Web With DuckDuckGo DuckDuckGo - Get Email Protection: More Privacy, Same Inbox 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, we’ve talked about the cost of college, and how it can hamper parents saving for their own retirement. But what about supporting adult children post-college age? Clark shares some concerning stats. What’s your take? We have a popular thread on our free Clark.com Community on this topic,  linked here and we invite you to share thoughts on financially supporting adult children. Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Paying For Adult Children: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Streaming TV - Clark.com Do I Really Need To Put Premium Gasoline in My Vehicle? How to Get Your Kids to Step Off the Gravy Train 60% of Parents Pay Bills For Adult Children. Do You? When it’s time to financially cut off your adult children Clark.com Community - What is the appropriate age to wean your child off your financial support? And how much money should you give an adult child if any? 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
Clark has never been a fan of brand names, and it seems he’s been ahead of the curve. Now consumers, sick of high prices, are fighting back. New private labels are popping up and it’s great for our wallets. Also today, with short-term rental bans proliferating, Clark has a key rule for purchasing investment property.  Private Label Store Brands Vs Big Brand Names: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Buying Investment Property: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Consumers Fed Up With Food Costs Are Ditching Big Brands Barrons: Walmart Is the Nation’s Largest Grocer. Why It Added a New Private Label Food Brand. Walmart Takes On Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods With New Premium Brand - WSJ How to Save Money on Groceries: 22 Clever Ways - Clark.com Are Airbnbs banned in Hawaii? New law seeks to crack down on short-term rentals -USA TODAY What Is a 1031 Exchange? Know the Rules 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, 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
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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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Craig Schermerhorn

How disappointing Clark, calling yourself WE the employee and aligning with these union rats and praising corrupt scumbag organizations like the UAW. What a shame. You are better than that

Nov 16th
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Aakash Amanat

I just wanted to chime in and share my thoughts on "The Clark Howard Podcast." It's truly been a game-changer for me when it comes to managing my finances and making informed decisions about my money. Clark Howard's insights and advice have provided me with a fresh perspective on saving, investing, and making the most of my hard-earned dollars. https://wellfound.com/u/parchment-crafters What I really appreciate about the podcast is how Clark breaks down complex financial topics into simple, easy-to-understand terms. Whether he's discussing budgeting tips, investment strategies, or ways to avoid scams, he always manages to make it relatable and actionable. https://disqus.com/by/parchmentcrafters/about/

Aug 21st
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CJ

Excellent, relevant consumer advice without the judgment. Worth a daily listening!

Jul 24th
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Denial Brown

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Nov 16th
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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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