The Clark Howard Podcast

The Clark Howard Podcast

By Clark Howard

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.

Episodes

07.19.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Scams Targeting Seniors Skyrocket

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today - Seniors are getting scammed more and more. But there are ways to help protect loved ones.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Senior Scam Alert: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Clark Howard's Simple Steps To Get Better Customer Service Do Not Give Your Social Security Number at These Places 403b Wise   /   What Is a 403(b) and How Does It Work? Should You Get a Business Credit Card? | When is it Worth it? 10 Clark Howard 'Never, Not Ever' Rules To Protect Your Money 7 Things To Know Before You Use Zelle Should I Use a Credit Card or Give Up My Bank Account Info To Save 2.3%? How To Create a Safe Password Scamming Seniors Is a Growing Problem. Wall Street Wants Washington to Stop It Elder fraud has reached epidemic proportions – a geriatrician explains what older Americans need to know — The Conversation Are older adults more vulnerable to scams? What psychologists have learned about who’s most susceptible, and when — The Conversation Why You Should Never Prepay for a Rental Car How To Dispute a Charge on Your Credit Card Submit a complaint | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 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
19/07/2433m 58s

07.18.24 Clarkonomics: A Straightforward Look At The Economy / Paying With Cash

In today’s show - this is an election year, and we don’t do politics here. But we’re hearing all sorts of perspectives from across the political spectrum about whether Americans are doing better or worse than they were years ago. Clark cuts through the clutter to get at what’s really going on in a segment called Clarkonomics.  Also, what’s more American than good old USA legal tender? So what do you do when many places no longer accept cash? Clarkonomics: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 No Cash Zones: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: CEOs made nearly 200 times what their workers got paid last year PEW - The State of the American Middle Class  Middle-class Americans are falling behind When Should You File a Claim on Your Homeowners Insurance? One Tech Tip: Use a roaming eSIM on your summer travels to avoid cellphone data fees 10 Things Homeowners Insurance Doesn't Always Cover Want to Pay Cash? That’ll Cost You Extra How to Teach Young Kids About Money How to wipe the hard drive of a Windows computer. 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
18/07/2433m 25s

07.17.24 UPDATE: The Vehicle Market / Long Term Renting & Your Financial Future

Today Clark talks about our two biggest cost areas -transportation and housing. There’s good news - and bad, depending on whether you’re looking to buy or sell a used car. Plus, the outlook for new car buyers. And, the American Dream has long included a vision of homeownership. But is it possible to build wealth while renting? Car Prices: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Wealth Building Rewrite: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: CarMax Stock Rises After Earnings Dip. There’s a Used-Car Shortage Axios: Charted: Return of the lower-cost vehicle How To Buy a Used Car - Clark.com How to Buy a New Car in 5 Steps Renting Forever and Trying to Create a Strong Financial Future 10 Big U.S. Cities With the Cheapest Apartment Rents How To Open a Roth IRA Invest & Retire - Clark.com Best Online Banks: Free Checking and High-Interest Savings Accounts 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 Epsode 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
17/07/2433m 49s

07.16.24 Customer No-Service - A New Low / Preventing Tax ID Theft

Today - Clark discusses what’s behind the collapse in customer service over the past 2 years and how savvy companies can distinguish themselves. Also, Tax ID theft remains a growing problem that can impact people for years. Know the two important steps tax filers can take now to protect their identity.  Customer No-Service: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Tax ID Theft: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Customer Experience Gets Worse. Again. Complaints are different when customers think a company cares — The Conversation Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Review: What You Should Know About the Travel Card BBB-File a Complaint NYTimes: First a Victim of Tax Return Identity Theft, Then a 2-Year Wait for a Refund NYTimes: Rampant Identity Theft Is Taxing the I.R.S. How To Deal With Tax Return Identity Theft Why You Do Not Want To Get a Big Tax Refund Check Reduce your withholding to beat tax refund ID thieves Why automatic savings works: How to do it & the best ways to save Get An Identity Protection PIN | Internal Revenue Service Rolling PWN Attack /  How to protect your keyless car from theft Scam Alert: How To Protect Yourself From Voice Cloning 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
16/07/2430m 18s

07.15.24 Avoiding Disney Debt + Fall Travel / Perspective On AI In The Workplace

In this episode - A new stat reveals what percentage of parents go into debt taking their children to Disney. You won’t believe it. Plus Clark has good news & booking tips for fall travelers. Also, AI is certainly shifting the landscape of many industries. So how can workers prepare for the changes it will bring? Disney Debt & Fall Travel: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 AI & The Job Market: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: What's the Best Way To Get a Deal on Disney Hotels and Resorts? Disney trips lead to debt for almost 50% of parents with young children, study finds Holiday Travel Is Booming. Why Are Airlines Doing So Badly? WSJ Beware of This Hot Vacation Rental Scam When You Don't Need 'Cancel for Any Reason' Travel Insurance Cancel for Any Reason Trip Insurance: Should You Buy It? How to post a hotel review online without getting any blowback BBB-File a Complaint Five things Gen Z should do to prepare for AI in the workplace How To Prevent, Report and Repair Identity Theft How to Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion FCC rolls out mandatory ‘nutrition labels’ for internet providers’ plans Liability vs. Full Coverage: Which Auto Insurance Do You Need? 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
15/07/2434m 40s

07.12.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / PBMs and Your Rx Costs

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also, Clark discusses how he handles prescriptions in order to save money, and announces our new cash back credit card tool at Clark.com  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 PBMs and Your Rx Costs: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: CREDIT CARDS - Clark.com Why Our Travel Expert Thinks This New Tool Is a “Game Changer” 7 Ways To Maximize Credit Card Rewards in 2024 ICS® & CDARS Can I Trust the FDIC’s Recommendations on Getting Insured for More Than $250,000 at a Single Bank? Warning: Why You Should Never Buy Visa Gift Cards What Does Clark Howard Think About Vanguard’s New Cash Deposit Feature? NYTimes: The Opaque Industry Secretly Inflating Prices for Prescription Drugs NYTimes: What to Do if You’re Overpaying for Prescriptions Amazon Pharmacy expands $5 monthly subscription to Medicare patients 10 Ways To Save on Prescription Drugs Will Mark Cuban's Prescription Company Really Save You Money? Team Cuban Card - Home Hospitals Are Refusing to Do Surgeries Unless You Pay in Full First 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 Public.com+Public Investing Disclosure: Public Investing offers a High-Yield Cash Account where funds from this account are automatically deposited into partner banks where they earn interest and are eligible for FDIC insurance; Public Investing is not a bank. See public.com/#disclosures-main for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/07/2432m 17s

07.11.24 SAVE MORE At The Grocery Stores / More Efficient Home Building Now!

Americans are learning to save more on groceries - Clark tells you how. Also, Clark discusses the REAL problem with the housing market in America and solutions that exist - mostly elsewhere. We need to get on this now.  Save More On Groceries: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Innovate Home Building: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: US shoppers tighten their belts in a most unlikely place: the grocery store Axios: What's behind the summer of discounts Axios: The case for grocery price progress WSJ: The Era of One-Stop Grocery Shopping Is Over How to Save Money on Groceries: 22 Clever Ways 6 Best Apps To Save Money on Groceries Why You Should Never Use Roadside Assistance These beliefs are what separate wealthy people from everyone else Are You Rich? The Amount Americans Need To Live Comfortably NYTimes: How an American Dream of Housing Became a Reality in Sweden These concrete homes want to take over your subdivision Rollovers From a 529 Plan to Roth IRA: What to Know 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
11/07/2433m 38s

07.10.24 Apps That Spy On Your Driving / Know Your Credit Report

Now we’re learning that some apps are spying on drivers for the insurance industry - apps that could be on your phone right now.  Also, when’s the last time you checked your credit report? Clark explains why you should check routinely, and how to fix errors, which - unfortunately, are very common. Know the 3 things you can do right now to protect your credit.  Apps That Spy On How You Drive: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Credit Report Errors: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Is Your Driving Being Secretly Scored? How Strict is the 20/3/8 Rule When Purchasing a Car? How To Buy a Used Car Credit report errors are more common than you think. Here's how to dispute one -USA TODAY How To Get a Free Credit Report (Clark.com) How to Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion How To Set Up Your Own Biweekly Mortgage Plan Without Paying Any Fees HP subscription plan   //   Where To Buy the Best Cheap Printer Should I Update My Income With My Bank or Credit Card Company? Should You Ever Decline a Credit Limit Increase? How Many Credit Cards Should I Have? 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
10/07/2429m 4s

07.09.24 Clark Changes Cell Providers / “Spaving” - The Discount Scheme

In today’s episode, Clark shares why he recently switched cell phone carriers, what the process was like, and which company he’s with now. There are so many opportunities to save on your monthly bill! Speaking of saving - is it really saving when you spend more to get a bigger discount? Clark talks about “spaving”. Clark’s Cell Carrier Switch: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 The “Spaving” Trap: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon get beaten by small carrier in customer satisfaction - PhoneArena Why Clark Howard Switched His Cell Phone Service After 18 Years With T-Mobile Report: The Best Cell Phone Providers in America (Clark.com) Cheap Phone Plans: Get Exactly What You Want at the Cheapest Price Google Fi Review: My Experience as a Five-Year Customer (Pros and Cons) Should You Buy Cell Phone Insurance? (Clark.com) These Credit Cards Will Replace Your Stolen or Damaged Phone (Clark.com) When Companies Ask for Your Social Security Number, Try Saying No - WSJ How to Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion Buy two, get one half off? How 'spaving' discounts can derail your finances 4 free services to thwart the identity thieves lurking in your mailbox Best 529 College Savings Plans By State How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor How to Settle an Estate 6 Things To Know About Series I Savings Bonds 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
09/07/2435m 4s

07.08.24 USAA Customer No-Service / Full Commission Brokerages

Today, Clark discusses USAA concerning the terrible customer-no-service we are hearing about in every area of their business - and the fraud going on from bank hackers in general. There are steps you can take to better secure your financial accounts. Also, doing business with a big broker does not mean you are going to have big cash returns. Clark explains full commission vs discount brokers.  USAA & Bank Hacking: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Brokerage Choice & Fiduciaries: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Military and Veterans Guide: Free Resources for Your Finances USAA members say the bank is doing little to stop hackers ‘It's just a nightmare’: More and more USAA members who lost thousands of dollars are sharing stories of fraud USAA: 10 Things To Know Before You Get an Auto Policy AI Is Helping Scammers Outsmart You—and Your Bank How secure are banking apps? Here are some key steps all banks – and users – should be following — The Conversation A Hacker Tried and Failed To Get Into My Account. Now What? How To Open a Roth IRA Target Date Funds: Clark's Favorite Retirement Investment Morgan Stanley Sued Over Paltry Rate It Pays on Client Cash Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2024 Why Big Banks Are a Bad Place for Your Cash What Is a Fiduciary Financial Advisor and Do I Need One? How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor Wealthfront Review: How It Works, Pros & Cons 5 Best Robo-Advisors in 2024 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
08/07/2430m 18s

07.05.24 BEST OF: Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / WARNING: Old 401(k)s At Risk

Happy 4th of July Weekend! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns July 8th with new ways to Save More, Spend Less and Avoid Getting Ripped Off! Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today -  Abandoned Places should NOT include your old 401(k). And big employers don’t want them. So new rules place this money at risk. Clark explains what’s happening now, and how to safely move your money. Don’t let it slip away!  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Forgotten 401(k)s At Risk: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: What Is an ABLE Account? Why Did My Car Insurance Go Up? Best Free Password Managers: 7 Top Picks How To Make Your Online Accounts Accessible When You Die Best 529 College Savings Plans By State Upside App Review: 6 Things To Know Before You Sign Up Your Old 401(k): Out of Sight, Out of Mind and Out of Money 401(k) Rollover: What You Need To Know & Options 3 Places You Should Never Invest Your Money Best Travel Credit Cards: Top Rewards Picks for 2024 Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card: 6 Things To Know Why Clark Thinks These Are the Best 2 Travel Rewards Cards The Platinum Card® from American Express Review Where To Buy the Best Cheap Printer Martin Luther King, Jr., National Day of Service 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
05/07/2432m 55s

07.03.24 BEST OF: Workplace Etiquette / The Power Of Consumers

Happy 4th of July Week! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns July 8th with new ways to Save More, Spend Less and Avoid Getting Ripped Off! Because of the pandemic, many employees are entering an office environment for the first time, and companies are having to conduct special training to help them adjust. Clark has sage advice for remote workers making the transition into corporate culture.  Also today - After a period of punishing inflation, consumers are  finally in the driver’s seat on prices. How? Clark explains our collective power in the marketplace.  Workplace Etiquette: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Consumers Rule: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: We don't know how to behave in the office anymore, bosses say. The solution? Charm school  Why Sharing Your Layoff Publicly Feels So Good - The Wall Street Journal. Credit Card Car Rental Insurance: What You Need To Know Hertz is selling 20,000 electric vehicles to buy gasoline cars instead A Different Kind of Price War: Grocers vs. Big Food Makers Mortgage Recasting: What It Is And How It Works Accessible Travel Website Launches Major Expansion The future of U.S. train travel is here—and it’s not on Amtrak Where You Should (and Should Not) Book Your Next Vacation 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
03/07/2430m 18s

07.02.24 BEST OF: Back To Basics: Exchange Traded Funds / Health Insurance Prior Authorizations

Happy 4th of July Week! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns July 8th with new ways to Save More, Spend Less and Avoid Getting Ripped Off! Clark offers a primer on the 3 basic types of funds - Mutual, Index, and the fastest growing area of investing: ETFs. Also, there is a new rule for health insurers when you need medical preauthorization approval for treatment or a procedure. And it’s about time.  Back To Basics: ETFs: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 New Rules On Medical Preauthorization: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: How to Invest in ETFs for Beginners  What Is an ETF? Clark.com INVESTOPEDIA - Mutual Funds /  Index Funds /  ETFs Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA) Plans Health Insurers Must Streamline Prior Authorization Decisions, New Rule Says - The WSJ Businesses Are Making Me Pay the Credit Card Processing Fee. Should I Pay Another Way? 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 Public.com+Public Investing Disclosure: All investing involves risk. Brokerage services for US listed securities, options and bonds in a self-directed brokerage account are offered by Public Investing, member FINRA & SIPC. Not investment advice. Public Investing offers a High-Yield Cash Account where funds from this account are automatically deposited into partner banks where they earn interest and are eligible for FDIC insurance; Public Investing is not a bank.Cryptocurrency trading services are offered by Bakkt Crypto Solutions, LLC (NMLS ID 1828849), which is licensed to engage in virtual currency business activity by the NYSDFS. Cryptocurrency is highly speculative, involves a high degree of risk, and has the potential for loss of the entire amount of an investment. Cryptocurrency holdings are not protected by the FDIC or SIPC. . See public.com/#disclosures-main for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/07/2433m 49s

07.01.24 BEST OF: Check Theft Skyrockets / Homeowners Insurance: Know Before You Buy

Happy 4th of July Week! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns July 8th with new ways to Save More, Spend Less and Avoid Getting Ripped Off! Today, a Red Alert if you have a checkbook in your possession. Check theft is soaring at a time when people are writing fewer checks. Clark explains the weak links in the system, and the safest way to pay your bills. Also, the rising costs of homeowners insurance hits especially hard in areas prone to flooding, fires, and other environmental concerns. Know the additional steps to take concerning insurance BEFORE you buy a home.  Check Fraud Prevention: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Homeowners Insurance - Assessing Risk: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: NYTimes: We Can’t Stop Writing Paper Checks. Thieves Love That. NYTimes: Stolen Checks Are for Sale Online. We Called Some of the Victims. The New York Times: What to Know About Writing Checks While Preventing Fraud How To Roll Over a 529 Plan to a Roth IRA The Artist's Way Where to Buy a Vacation Home Safe From Climate Risks Want to know if your future home might flood? These states are requiring disclosure. Climate Check - How Will Climate Change Affect Your Property? Donor-Advised Fund Definition, Sponsors, Pros & Cons, Example Why Big Banks Are a Bad Place for Your Cash How To Sell, Cancel or Get Rid of Your Timeshare Why 'Buy Now, Pay Later' Worries Clark Howard 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
01/07/2428m 52s

06.28.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Dining Out: Restaurant Changes

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today, Clark talks about the changing nature of dining out, including shortened restaurant hours and the use of robots - trends that show how businesses adapt to labor shortages and other challenges. And Clark and producer Grace reflect on the personal and national significance of the 4th of July. Clark returns after next week. Have a wonderful 4th of July Holiday!  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Dining Out Is Changing: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: How to Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion NYTimes: Feeling Consumers’ Pain, Retailers Bring Back Discounts When Should You File a Claim on Your Homeowners Insurance? SmartPlug Instant Hot Water Control The robots preparing to get their hands on your lunch [The Washington Post] The new dining reality: Smaller groups and shorter weeks Axios: Restaurants are having their biggest year ever Clark Warns Major Changes To Credit Card Rewards Are Coming Soon In California, Hotels and Rentals Must Reveal Fees Upfront. What Does That Mean for You? Fourth of July - Origins, Early Celebrations & Traditions A message from Clark about the 4th of July 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
28/06/2431m 33s

06.27.24 Back To Basics: 403(b) & 401(k) Plans / The No-Buy Challenge

Today Clark goes back to basics on 403(b) plans and 401(k)s. And Speaking of saving, how about saving way more by doing a no-buy (except for necessities) month? Some people are managing to do just that! 403(b) & 401(k) Plans: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 The No-Buy Challenge: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: What Is a 403(b) and How Does It Work? (Clark.com) Pros and Cons of 403(b) Plans What Is a 401(k) Plan and How Does It Work? Pump Up Your 401(k). New Roth Rules Make It Easy NYTimes: Was the 401(k) a Mistake? About 1 in 4 US adults 50 and older who aren't yet retired expect to never retire, AARP study finds 10 Clark Howard 'Never, Not Ever' Rules To Protect Your Money Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2024 Fidelity vs. Vanguard vs. Schwab: Which Brokerage Is Best? How To Open a Roth IRA 403bwise: The K-12 403(b) is broken. Together we can fix it. Credit Karma Review: Free Credit Score and More at Your Fingertips What Is a Good Credit Score? Axios: The no-buy challenge / Axios: No-buy revolution More people make 'no-buy year' pledges as overspending or climate worries catch up with them Tempted to try a no-buy year? Here are tips from people doing it Is an HSA the Best Way To Save for Future Medical Expenses? Where Should I Set Up My Health Savings Account (HSA)? The Best Places To Buy Hearing Aids Stash puts the power of investing in the palm of your hand 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
27/06/2429m 7s

06.26.24 Successful Small Businesses ACE Competition / Save On Amazon Devices

Smaller retailers being beaten by Goliath big box stores is an ongoing concern. Clark discusses a notable exception and their secret to success. Also, if you’ve purchased Amazon’s electronics brands over the years, Clark has a money saving tip to keep in mind.  Small Business Success: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Save On Amazon Electronics: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: How Ace Hardware, America’s neighborhood hardware store for 100 years, is beating its big-box rivals How to Deal With Medical Debt Can a Patient Advocate Help With Your Medical Bills? De Beers Will Quit Growing Diamonds for Jewelry | National Jeweler 7 Places to Get the Best Deals on Lab-Created Diamonds Key Savvy EV Credit Buy a lot of Amazon gadgets? You could get 20% off each time Clark Deals - TABLETS Best Budgeting Apps in 2024: Our Top 5 Have a CD Maturing Soon? How Letting It Roll Over Could Really Cost You Are Airline Miles Worth It? 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
26/06/2432m 46s

06.25.24 Shop Mortgage Lenders / What To Know About Shein & Temu

Today, Clark talks about how much you can save by shopping mortgage rates. The difference can mean a savings of 6 figures over the life of a loan. Later - how do Shein and Temu keep their items so cheap?  Comparison Shop Mortgages: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Shein & Temu: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: New York Post: 5 states where homebuyers could save more than $100K by comparison shopping for a mortgage How to Get a Mortgage in 8 Steps [How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor (Clark.com) Advice Only Network  /  Flat Fee Advisors] What Is Umbrella Insurance and Do You Need It? No-tariff shipments popular with Shein, Temu hit US customs speedbump Is Temu Legit? 4 Things To Know 9 Things You Should Always Buy Used Stitch Fix Review: 4 Things To Know Before Signing Up 9 tricks to slash spending on clothes 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
25/06/2434m 9s

06.24.24 Clark’s Fix For Social Security / Student Loan Rates & Alternatives

Clark explains the problems with Social Security funding, and how he would fix them. Another heated topic today - student loans. As interest rates on loans rise, Clark shares alternative ideas for funding college.  Social Security: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Student Loan Rates: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Social Security’s Funding Crunch Worsens as the Top 6% Get Richer Will Social Security Run Out? / When Is the Best Time To Collect Social Security? Why Clark Says Everyone Should Have a Dash Cam Is Medical Tourism Right for You? (Clark.com) Top 7 Things to Look for When Choosing a Medical Tourism Facilitator What Is a 1031 Exchange? Know the Rules - Investopedia NYTimes: Interest on Federal Student Loans Is Rising to 6.53%-Education Dept. announces highest federal student loan interest rate in more than a decade Brands from Burger King to Coke to Lockheed Martin are leaning in on scholarships to capture Gen Z How to find an internship in the federal government / Education Archives - Clark Howard What Is Mean Reversion, and How Do Investors Use It? Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Program Credit Card Car Rental Insurance: What You Need To Know (Clark.com) Should I Buy Additional Insurance From a Rental Car Company? The Hospital Mistakenly Charged Me $25,000 for a Rabies Shot. What Do I Do? 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
24/06/2430m 47s

06.21.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Back To Basics: Home Renovations

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks.  Later - home renovations have slowed way down, and suddenly it isn’t taking as long to hire a contractor. So when does it make sense to renovate?  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Home Renovations: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Do I Really Need To Put Premium Gasoline in My Vehicle? Where Should I Set Up My Health Savings Account (HSA)? Best Travel Credit Cards: Top Rewards Picks for 2024 5 Steps To Getting a Good Deal on a Hotel Room The Points Guy - Maximize your travel. uShip Review: 5 Things To Know Before You Use the Shipping Service Submit a complaint | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Spending on home renovations slows, but high remodeling costs mean little relief in sight for buyers The Only Reason You Should Make an Improvement to Your Home 6 Tips for Hiring a Contractor Here's How Long Your Home Appliances Should Last Should I Turn To Costco for a Home Renovation Project? 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
21/06/2431m 44s

06.20.24 Clark’s Birthday & Health Update / Safest Vehicles For Teen Drivers

Today - Clark’s Birthday, presents an opportunity to update his health journey and share recommendations from the Prostate Cancer Foundation during Men’s Health Month. Also, a top concern is the safety of our teen drivers. There’s a great new collaborative list of the most reliable used cars under $10,000 for teens to drive. Clark’s Birthday & Cancer Update: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Safest Cars For Teens: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Clark Howard and the Prostate Cancer Foundation ETIAS - travel to Europe - European Union BBB-File a Complaint New Report: The Safest Cars for Teens The safest used cars for teen drivers CR - Safe Vehicles For Teens Are Money Market Accounts As Safe as High-Yield Savings Accounts? ICS® & CDARS 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
20/06/2432m 33s

06.19.24 Longevity Considerations / Power Grid Blackouts

There’s a lot of talk about living to 100 and beyond these days. Longevity science is a big business, but along with living longer, we need to ensure our financial security. Also, get Clark’s take on recent reports concerning potential lengthy power blackouts. Health & Financial Longevity: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Power Grid Blackouts: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Blue Zones: A Blueprint for Adapting Health and Financial Security into Longevity The booming business of eternal youth Vanguard Review: Pros & Cons How To Choose the Best Charities for Your Donations What's the Best Way To Donate to a Charity? Cheap Phone Plans: Get Exactly What You Want at the Cheapest Price [The Washington Post] Where heat waves might cause blackouts: Look up your area This Boston startup created renewable energy storage that’s 10 times cheaper than lithium-ion batteries 8 Things To Know Before You Fly Frontier Airlines Stacked vs. Unstacked Auto Insurance: 2024 Guide 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
19/06/2429m 51s

06.18.24 Auto Theft Prevention / Work From Home Job Scams

Today - auto theft is a huge problem around the country, and thieves have figured out a way to duplicate your car keys by intercepting the signal, often from outside your home. Clark shares a cheap easy way to help prevent this.  Also, key warnings if you’re looking for a remote job, as unfortunately we’re hearing from a lot of job seekers who’ve been ripped off by employment-related scams. Prevent Car Theft: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Remote Job Scams: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: How to protect your keyless car from theft Search: Key Fob Pouch Protectors How To Find Cheap Flights in 3 Easy Steps Using Cellular Data Internationally: Buying a Local SIM Card 5 Steps To Getting a Good Deal on a Hotel Room How To Plan a Trip: Clark’s Best Travel Tips To Save Money Target Date Funds: Clark's Favorite Retirement Investment How To Open a Roth IRA Watch for these red flags when searching remote job listings If you're out of work, don't fall for a phony job offer Submit a complaint | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 6 Things To Know Before Contacting the National Foundation for Credit Counseling 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
18/06/2430m 41s

06.17.24 HOMEOWNERS: Title Fraud Prevention / Are You Underinsured?

The recent fraud attempt against Graceland has reignited concerns about title fraud. Clark shares 3 ways to protect against the rare but heinous crime of property theft. Also, we’ve talked a lot about the rising cost of homeowner’s insurance, but the biggest problem many of us face is being underinsured. Guard Against Title Fraud: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Adequate Home Insurance: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Scammers Tried to Sell Graceland. How to Prevent Your Home From Being Next. Home Title Lock: Is It the Same As Home Title Insurance? (Clark.com) What Is Owner’s Title Insurance and Do You Need It? (Clark.com) How to Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion uShip Review: 5 Things To Know Before You Use the Shipping Service Can YouMail Really Put an End to Robocalls? [The Washington Post] Home insurance was once a ‘must.’ Now more homeowners are going without. Best And Worst Homeowners Insurance Companies (Clark.com) 9 Ways To Lower Your Home Insurance Premiums (Clark.com) Dept. of Energy - HEAT PUMPS How To Buy Term Life Insurance in 7 Easy Steps Clark Howard's Advice on Buying Gold Should You Buy Gold at Costco? Clark.com - Invest & Retire 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
17/06/2431m 18s

06.14.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Invest & Retire: Time Is Money

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also in this episode, only around 52% of employees with retirement plans offered through their employer are contributing. Clark shares statistics that will encourage workers to start saving asap for retirement. Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 SAVING - The Sooner The Better: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: How To Save Money on Utilities 8 Tips for Staying Cool Without Heating Up Your Energy Bill 12 Things You Never Knew You Could Get From Your Local Library Kaizen: Understanding the Japanese Business Philosophy The Earlier You Take Advantage of Your 401(k), the Better 401(k) Calculator With Match Clark.com - INVEST & RETIRE Retailers use police-like investigation centers to fight theft. Shoppers pay the price How to Advocate for Yourself at the Dentist 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
14/06/2429m 46s

06.13.24 A Warning For Entrepreneurs / Airport Security - New TSA Screening Tech

Clark is a champion of entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, there are many multilevel marketing companies designed to make you think you’re really starting a business, when in actuality you are sinking your money into a hole. Also today - it’s officially summer travel season. What you see at airport security may surprise you. Beware MLMs: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Airport Security Lines: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Why Americans keep getting roped into multilevel marketing schemes What Is Long-Term Care Insurance Cost & Coverage How To Prevent, Report and Repair Identity Theft TSA PreCheck® vs. Global Entry vs. CLEAR: Which Is Best for You? Will TSA's New Self-Screening Service Save You Time At The Airport? TSA unveils first self-screening security lane at Las Vegas airport TSA unveils a prototype self-service airport checkpoint security screening system How Should I Handle Car Insurance for My Teenage Driver? What Are Index Funds? / What Is an ETF? 3 Places You Should Never Invest Your Money Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2024 Should I Invest a Lump Sum at Once or Through Dollar-Cost Averaging? 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
13/06/2432m 8s

06.12.24 Money Well Spent / Housing Market Update

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
12/06/2434m 24s

06.11.24 Technology Vs Privacy / How To Deal With Hospital Bills

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
11/06/2433m 59s

06.10.24 Which Documents Should You Keep? / Safeguarding Our Seniors

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
10/06/2429m 49s

06.07.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Your Retirement Lifestyle

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
07/06/2431m 52s

06.06.24 Become A Price Negotiator / Warning: Dietary Supplements & Protein Powders

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
06/06/2433m 28s

06.05.23 Back To Basics: Cryptocurrency / Financial Ed Begins At Home

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
05/06/2432m 4s

06.04.24 Don’t Get Burned On Sunscreen / Auto Repair Costs & Warranties

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
04/06/2433m 4s

06.03.24 Managing Travel Rewards / Smart Shopping Carts - A Review

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
03/06/2423m 43s

05.31.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Back To Basics: Life Insurance

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
31/05/2433m 7s

05.30.24 The Magic Number For Retirement / Investing: A Cautionary Tale

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
30/05/2434m 15s

05.29.24 Update: Big Bank Savings Rates / Small Business Loan Warning

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
29/05/2431m 7s

05.28.24 Continuity Of Healthcare / Arrival: Self-Driving Trucks

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
28/05/2431m 46s

05.24.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Paying For Adult Children

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
24/05/2433m 53s

05.23.24 Buyers Strike In The Grocery Aisle / Investment Property Purchase Rule

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
23/05/2428m 11s

05.22.24 An Update On Series I Savings Bonds / No-Show Fees

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
22/05/2430m 21s

05.21.24 Clarkonomics: How The U.S. Compares Globally / Clark Changes His Mind

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
21/05/2428m 35s

05.20.24 International Phone Use / Warning: The Toll Collection Scam

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
20/05/2429m 26s

05.17.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Home Renting Vs. Buying

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
17/05/2431m 51s

05.16.24 Clark’s Home Security Sales Pressure Pitch / Choosing A Veterinary Clinic

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
16/05/2430m 11s

05.15.24 Find A Trustworthy Financial Advisor / SAVE MORE On Storage Units

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
15/05/2425m 44s

05.14.24 How To Really Buy A Used Vehicle / New Rules For Travel Rewards

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
14/05/2437m 56s

05.13.24 Best Auto Insurance Companies / Non-Competes Under Attack

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
13/05/2432m 27s

05.10.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Loyalty Programs: Cost-Benefit Analysis

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
10/05/2437m 23s

05.09.24 Super-Commuters / Back to Basics - Annuities

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
09/05/2430m 27s

05.08.24 Flat Fee Financial Services / Dental Treatment Decisions

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
08/05/2428m 12s

05.07.24 Phone Tap To Pay Spending / Pandemic Pivots Reversing

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
07/05/2430m 45s

05.06.24 Digital Existence Is Tracked / Teen Job Opportunity Abounds

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
06/05/2429m 58s

05.03.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Scam Alert: Rampant Gift Card Fraud

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
03/05/2433m 5s

05.02.24 SCAM Alerts: Facebook Marketplace Fraud & Voice Cloning Con Jobs

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
02/05/2429m 0s

05.01.24 SAVE MORE On Summer AC Costs AND Cell Phone Service

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
01/05/2429m 53s

04.30.24 Mad Professor Clark’s Cure For The Housing Crisis / Code-Share Airline Tickets

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
30/04/2430m 56s

04.29.24 A Rethink On Job Stability / A Housing Simplicity Movement Is Underway

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
29/04/2429m 16s

04.26.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Last Minute Cruise Deals Are Back

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
26/04/2430m 28s

04.25.24 Beware Debt Relief Scams / The Stock Market: Word To Investors

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
25/04/2432m 9s

04.24.24 The Future Of Credit Cards / Buying A TV

Today - How the recent credit-card settlement affects merchants and your future transactions. Also, do you need the latest greatest television? Clark explains why buying the latest TV technology is a waste of money. New Credit Card Rules: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Cheap TVs Are Clark Smart: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Clark Warns Major Changes To Credit Card Rewards Are Coming Soon NYTimes: Credit Card Swipe Fees Are Going Down. Are Points Going With Them? Visa, Mastercard credit-card settlement could save businesses billions Visa, Mastercard settle long-running antitrust suit over swipe fees with merchants Is an HSA the Best Way To Save for Future Medical Expenses? Why Clark Says Everyone Should Have a Dash Cam NYTimes: Tired of Streaming? Free Blockbuster Libraries Offer an Alternative. AAA IDP International Driving Permit 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
24/04/2429m 0s

04.23.24 Relocation: Rent Before You Buy / Clothing: SAVE More Buying Secondhand

Clark recommends renting in a new city or state before you buy there, and has a great example of why to share with you. Also, Clark is very happy to report that the used clothing market is growing 7 times faster in the U.S. than the new market. Buying used is a great way to Spend Less! Rent Before Buying In New Locale: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Secondhand Clothing A WIN: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: New York Post: Florida transplants fleeing in droves over relentless heat, damaging hurricanes The home insurance market is crumbling. These owners are paying the price The $10 Travel Essential Clark Howard Always Packs 5 Best Robo-Advisors in 2023 Who Should Use a Robo-Advisor? Secondhand clothing stores are red hot as consumers look to save money Clark.com  -  CELL PHONES Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2024 10 Best Free Checking Accounts in April 2024 Fidelity Investments Review 2023: Pros & Cons Team Clark Guarantee - 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
23/04/2427m 42s

04.22.24 Insurance Invasion Of Privacy / College Tuition Costs

Clark recently talked about GM selling off driving data to auto insurers, and 2 of his predictions about this have now come true. That update plus - another invasion of privacy by the insurance industry has come to light, this time impacting homeowners. Also today, college costs continue to skyrocket. Clark explains how this has come about, and what today’s students can do about it. Insurance Spies: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 College Costs: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: GM faces 2nd lawsuit over driver data collection without consent - from Detroit Free Press Insurance companies are using aerial images of homes as a tool to ditch properties seen as higher risk Predatory Lending: How to Avoid, Examples and Protections Should I Keep My Old Car or Buy a New Car? The Average Vehicle Age in America Some Colleges Will Soon Charge $100,000 a Year. How Did This Happen? College will cost up to $95,000 this fall. Schools say it's OK, financial aid can numb sticker shock Biden seeks student debt relief for millions How Do Student Loans Work? 7 Things to Know How To Open a Roth IRA Amazon “Prime Visa” Card Review: 5% Back for Amazon Prime Members A better way to book with points Best Rewards Credit Cards: Top Picks for 2024 Best 2% Cash Back Credit Cards: 8 Options in 2024 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
22/04/2432m 56s

04.19.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Flexible Fridays

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Speaking of Fridays - working hard or hardly working? There’s a trend of workers cutting out early on Fridays, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Flexible Fridays!: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Clark.com - TIRES The Basics of Municipal Bonds Travel Archives - Clark Howard /  Travel Archives - Clark Deals We’re Working Less on Fridays, and That’s OK - The Wall Street Journal. Guide to 529 Plans, Saving for College and Financial Aid Rollovers From a 529 Plan to Roth IRA: What to Know Balanced Fund: Definition, Investment Mix, Examples 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
19/04/2429m 21s

04.18.24 Discounters & Dollar Stores / New Career Considerations

Dollar stores and other discounters are reconfiguring. Clark clears media confusion surrounding closures and discusses what makes some discount retail operations more successful than others. Also - If you want job stability with a pension, this job sector wants you! Dollar Store Closures: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Who Offers A Pension?: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Dollar stores are shutting down across America. They did this to themselves 99 Cents Only Stores to close all 371 spots in 'extremely difficult decision,' CEO says - USA TODAY Dollar Tree Raises Max Price to $7: Which Items Will Cost More? Clark Howard's 5 Money Tips for Couples How to Freeze Your Child's Credit Research shows federal workers are effective and committed, not subversive — The Conversation [The Washington Post] The government has a workforce crisis. One of its best-kept secrets can fix it. Portfolio Lender: Meaning, Overview, Pros and Cons 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
18/04/2431m 53s

04.17.24 EV Deals Now Include Tesla / The Digital Wallet Option

Clark updates EV deals with Tesla now in the mix. Also, what to know about digital wallet options including Paze, a new entry from the big banks. Tesla Deals: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Digital Wallets: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: What’s wrong with Tesla? [The Washington Post] Ready or not, self-driving semi-trucks are coming to America’s highways Should You Take Your Pension in a Lump Sum or Monthly Payments? Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Home Page Best Secured Credit Cards for 2024: Top Picks for Building or Repairing Credit Why Clark Says You Should ‘Ignore’ Paze as Trendy New Payment Option The Family Digital Wallet Is A $26 Billion Deposit Opportunity For Banks NYTimes: The Youths Have Spoken: Wallets Are Lame. Go Digital. Millions of small businesses have a new reporting requirement. Here's what to know. Bogleheads Investing Advice and Info 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
17/04/2431m 11s

04.16.24 Point-Of-Sale Donations / New & Egregious: Medical Facility Fees

Often at checkouts, we’re asked to donate to a cause by rounding up our payment or contributing one dollar. How do you decide when to give? Also, as a result of giant hospital systems buying up practices, you may be charged a significant “facility fee” at doctors appointments. Be ready by asking the right question in advance. Plus, out-of-network charges are being manipulated by private equity, costing patients more. Checkout Charity: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Medical Facility Fees: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: How To Choose the Best Charities for Your Donations What's the Best Way To Donate to a Charity? That spare change you donate at checkout is adding up to millions for charities A Simple Trick To Paying Off Your Credit Card Faster How To Open a Roth IRA This Small U.S. City Was Just Named the Best Place to Retire With No Savings. The Best Places to Retire in the World Hospitals Are Adding Billions in ‘Facility’ Fees for Routine Care - The WSJ NYTimes: In Battle Over Health Care Costs, Private Equity Plays Both Sides NYTimes: Health Insurers’ Lucrative, Little-Known Alliance: 5 Takeaways NYTimes: Insurers Reap Hidden Fees by Slashing Payments. You May Get the Bill. What Is a Backdoor Roth IRA? CarEdge | Buy, Sell, and Protect New & Used Cars - CarEdge 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
16/04/2432m 59s

04.15.24 TAX DAY: Filing An Extension / Property Tax Increases

Clark discusses filing an extension and what to do if you don’t have the money to pay income taxes. Also, many of us are dealing with sky-high valuations of our property, and Clark has a personal story to tell. Filing A Tax Extension: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Property Tax Appeals: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Tax return extensions: Why you should (or shouldn't) do it and how to request one When Are Taxes Due? Important Tax Dates in 2024 The IRS has 940,000 unclaimed tax refunds from 2020 that are about to expire. Is one of them yours? Advice | IRS has $1 billion in 2020 tax refunds. Time is running out to collect. AT&T Reset 7.6 Million Customers’ Passcodes After Data Breach - The WSJ NYTimes: AT&T Resets Millions of Passcodes After Customer Records Are Leaked Everything to Know About the Alleged AT&T Data Leak: What You Can Do to Protect Yourself How To Freeze and Unfreeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion Best 529 College Savings Plans By State What Brokerage Do You Recommend for First-Time Investors or Kids? The ‘Echo Housing Boom’ is here 3 Places You Should Never Invest Your Money What Is a Fiduciary Financial Advisor and Do I Need One? How To Open a Roth IRA Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2024 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
15/04/2436m 16s

04.12.24 BONUS - A Double Edition of Clark Stinks

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. And today Clark revels in listener reprobation for his rank, malodorous missteps on a slew of topics - for the entire podcast. Ah the smell of it!   Mentioned on the show: Best Rewards Credit Cards: Top Picks for 2024 Reps demand answers to U.S. Postal Service delays across state, country Want To Guard Your Privacy Online? Search the Web With DuckDuckGo Best Travel Credit Cards: Top Rewards Picks for 2024 American Express Credit Cards Clark Predicts Traditional 401(k)s, IRAs Will Cease To Exist Within a Decade Target Drive Up Review: How Target Grocery Pickup Works How Do Student Loans Work? 7 Things to Know Follow Clark Howard's #1 Rule To Travel Cheap 5 Things To Know Before You Buy Costco Clothes When Is the Best Time To Collect Social Security? Will Social Security Run Out? My Social Security: The Free Account Everyone Needs To Set Up Before Retirement 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
12/04/2434m 47s

04.11.24 CONSUMER ALERT: Medical Facility Debt Collection / Self-Checkout Changes

Today Clark shares an important warning for anyone who has a relative or friend in a nursing home, assisted living, hospital or any other medical facility. Also - Self-checkout seemed like a great idea, until stores realized how much theft was occurring. Expect to see some changes in this area.  Medical Facilities Payment Scheme: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Retail Self-Checkout: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Why a financial regulator is going after health care debt 3 Things to Know Before You Lease a Car TrueCar | New & Used Cars for Sale | Car Pricing & Reviews Electrek | EV and Tesla News, Green Energy, Ebikes, and more Carfax Electric Car Lease Deals Which Are The Cheapest Electric Cars To Lease? How to Shop for Lower Car Insurance Best Auto Insurance Companies and Some of the Worst Best And Worst Homeowners Insurance Companies Submit a complaint | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau New York Post: Target to limit self-checkout to 10 items as stores trend away from the technology amid concerns of theft New York Post: Dollar General drops self-checkout at hundreds of stores to reduce theft 5 Reasons Sam's Club Is Better Than Costco Getting a Ton of New Credit Card Offers? Here’s What You Need To Do Should I Freeze My Credit With Innovis, SageStream, CoreLogic and LexisNexus? 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
11/04/2429m 23s

04.10.24 Retail Membership Considerations / Timeshare Scams Get Worse

The membership business model has overtaken retailers large and small. Clark compares offerings from Target, Walmart, Amazon and 2 warehouse clubs, with a directive for consumers. Also, as if timeshares aren’t bad enough, organized crime is now getting into the resale scam game. Retail Memberships: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Cartels Target Timeshares: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Barrons: Delivery Is Retail’s New Game. How the Players Stack Up. Target Is Rebranding Its Credit Card Program: What You Should Know Costco vs. Sam's Club vs. BJ's Wholesale: Which Is Best? How To Manage Your Monthly Subscriptions To Save Money Parent PLUS loans can be a debt trap. Here's a loophole Income-Contingent Repayment (ICR) Annual Updates to the Income-Contingent Repayment (ICR) Plan Formula for 2023-2024 Income-Driven Repayment Plans What Are the Tax Consequences of Debt Settlement? NYTimes: A Mexican Drug Cartel’s New Target? Seniors and Their Timeshares Clark.com - Timeshares How To Sell, Cancel or Get Rid of Your Timeshare 5 Steps To Getting a Good Deal on a Hotel Room How To Plan a Trip: Clark's Best Travel Tips To Save Money  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
10/04/2427m 10s

04.09.24 An Opportunity For Dog Lovers / Beware Tech Imposter Scams

During the pandemic, many people decided to buy or adopt a dog. Due to changing circumstances, many former “pandemic puppies”  are now in need of homes, presenting an opportunity for would-be pet owners. Also today, scams have morphed over the decades and exploded with technology. It pays to be savvy to the latest permutations of tech imposter scams. Pandemic Puppies Fill Shelters: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Tech Scams: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Survey: 91% of dog owners have experienced financial stress over the cost of pet ownership - USA Today       Clark.com - Is Pet Insurance Worth It? 10 Things Homeowners Insurance Doesn't Always Cover Discover Free Checking Account - No Fee Cashback Debit The Safer Way To Use Your Debit Card New tech support scammers want your life savings Never move your money to “protect it.” That’s a scam What’s a verification code and why would someone ask me for it? Will your bank or investment fund stop a transfer to a scammer? Probably not Did you get a call or text about a suspicious purchase on Amazon? It’s a scam 16 of the Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts What Is a SEP IRA and Who Is Eligible? Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2024 Southwest - Transferable Flight Credits 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
09/04/2428m 37s

04.08.24 House Theft Via Squatters & Fraud / The Truth About Credit Card Rewards

Much in the news lately - houses overtaken by squatters, or stolen through title theft. Clark discusses which homes are most vulnerable and what to be aware of as a homeowner. Also today, why credit card rewards are not always worth it. Clark discusses how reward cards work, and what it takes to reap the benefits.  Anti-Squatter Statutes: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Credit Card Rewards: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: How to Protect Your Home From Deed Theft    New York Post: NYC couple are sued by squatters who allegedly took over their $930K investment home and won’t leave: ‘It’s absolutely absurd’ Home Title Lock: Is It the Same As Home Title Insurance? How To Protect Your Home From Being Stolen by Squatters Are Indexed Universal Life Insurance Policies a Good Option or a Scam? Why You Should Never Mail a Check The deceptive math of credit card rewards: Spending for points doesn't always make sense - USA TODAY Clark.com - Credit Cards Should You Ever Book a Nonrefundable Hotel Room? BBB-File a Complaint 7 Rules for Buying a Cheap Car With Cash 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
08/04/2432m 35s

04.05.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Privacy Alert: Automakers

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also in this episode, a handful of automakers are selling their customers down the river and it’s an inexcusable invasion of privacy that impacts insurance premiums.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Automakers Selling Driving Data: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Signature® Card Review: Up to 2% Unlimited Cash Back When Should You File a Claim on Your Homeowners Insurance? What Is a SIMPLE IRA and How Does It Work? What Is a SEP IRA and Who Is Eligible? Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2024 What Is a Fiduciary Financial Advisor and Do I Need One? How To Pack a Carry-On the Right Way 4 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On Should You Allow Your Auto Insurance To Monitor Your Driving? New York Post: Your car is secretly spying on you and driving your insurance rates through the roof: report NYTimes: Automakers Are Sharing Consumers’ Driving Behavior With Insurance Companies What Is a C.L.U.E Report and Its Impact on Your Insurance How to Dispute Your C.L.U.E. Report How To Open a Roth IRA How to Buy a New Car in 5 Steps Study: The 10 Best New Cars for the Money Rollovers From a 529 Plan to Roth IRA: What to Know 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
05/04/2433m 54s

04.04.24 How Important Is A College Degree? / Major Retailer Price Cuts!

With more employers saying they no longer require a college degree for employment, Clark discusses the importance of a college education for your career long-term. And for the 2/3rds of adults without a degree, Clark shares valuable occupational tools. Also, relief is in sight, as price cutting from 2 major retailers may influence the market overall.  College Degrees And Employment: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Retailers Announce Price Cuts: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: More employers now say they’re willing to hire workers without a college degree. But is that playing out?  New Tool Matches Your Skills With High-Paying Local Occupations Occupational Mobility Explorer 6 things you need to know before donating your used vehicle TheStreet: Costco shares a new pricing policy members will love New York Post: Ikea makes bold promise to continue price cuts in US — here’s why Cell Phone Protection: These Credit Cards Will Replace Your Stolen or Damaged Phone 5 Steps To Getting a Good Deal on a Hotel Room 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
04/04/2425m 20s

04.03.24 Americans Need To SAVE MORE / Physical Health - Fiscal Health

The percent of income we save, our savings rate - is the key indicator of financial health. So how are we doing right now? Also - How much exercise do you really need to make a difference in your health, and ultimately your wallet? Only 25% of Americans get the recommended amount of exercise. New data reveals what a big difference the minimum requirement can make for those who are mostly sedentary. American Savings Rates: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Arise From The Couch: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Americans are saving less and spending more. Could that raise the risk of recession? Bankruptcy filings are on the rise. Here's why an even bigger surge is looming. Why 'Buy Now, Pay Later' Worries Clark Howard My Credit Card Offers Some Rental Car Coverage. Why Do I Still Need To Involve My Primary Auto Insurance? Car Rental Insurance: Everything You Need To Know How Much Exercise Do You Need? More Than You Think—But Every Little Bit Helps. Donor-Advised Funds: The Benefits and Drawbacks Vanguard Charitable: Home What Is Black? Uber Black Car Service 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
03/04/2432m 12s

04.02.24 Summer Gas Prices / Innovation Spotlight: Vertical Farming

The U.S. has become the world’s premier oil producer. As we plan our summer road trips, Clark explains how this status along with global factors affect gas prices. Also, how developing technology in vertical farming can cleanly help feed the planet. Summer Gas Prices: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Vertical Farming Solutions: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: U.S. government tells Americans: ‘We’re producing more crude oil than any country, ever’       America's Oil Boom / AAA Gas Prices Surging gas prices just hit a significant milestone Ask Clark: Is the 4% Retirement Rule Still Accurate? What Is the 4% Rule for Withdrawals in Retirement and How Much Can You Spend? All-In-One Mortgage: Definition, How It Works, Pros & Cons This ‘GigaFarm’ in the desert could produce 3 million kilograms of food What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? Fidelity - Health Savings Account | HSA Investment Options 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
02/04/2430m 8s

04.01.24 Home Security Camera Privacy Warning / Wanted: Financial Advisors

Clark discusses the risks you face with security cameras in your home. Also in this episode, Clark has talked about how to hire a financial planner, but what about becoming one yourself? There’s now a greater demand for financial planning services with jobs in this field expected to grow in the next decade. Security Cameras & Your Privacy: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Financial Planning Careers: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: That security camera & smart doorbell you’re using may have some major security flaws [The Washington Post] Knockoff doorbell cameras from Amazon, Walmart aren’t safe Why We've Stopped Recommending Wyze Home Security Devices at CNET Should I End My Authorized User Status With My Parents’ Credit Card Now That I’ve Established Credit? How Many Credit Cards Should I Have? Homeowners Insurance Archives - Clark Howard How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor Financial planning careers are open for business What Should I Do With My 401(k) at My Old Company? What Is a 403(b) and How Does It Work? What Are Index Funds? How ‘Buffer’ ETFs Can Cushion a Major Market Selloff 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
01/04/2426m 33s

03.29.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / The Wealth Building Habit

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today, Recent data proves the point: You CAN achieve financial independence, habitually building reserves by living on less than what you make and investing wisely. Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Financial Independence: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Your money could fall into the wrong hands if you don’t update this crucial information Wills & Funerals Archives - Clark Howard Dealerships Begin Swimming In Vehicle Inventory - Here Is Who's Drowning - AutoSpies Target launches new paid membership program in a bid to drive sales at a time of cautious spending Homeowners Insurance Archives - Clark Howard Number of 401(k) ‘millionaires’ jumped 41% last year, says Fidelity Clark.com SAVINGS TABLE   /   How To Open a Roth IRA Home Equity Loans & Lines of Credit: 7 Common Questions Answered 6 Tips for Hiring a Contractor Target Date Funds: Clark's Favorite Retirement Investment How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor Lost, Delayed, or Damaged Baggage How To Pack a Carry-On the Right Way Travel Archives - Clark Howard   /   Travel Archives - Clark Deals 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
29/03/2435m 47s

03.28.24 Wendy’s Pricing Debacle / Yippee Ki AI - Wild West Phase

You may have heard about Wendy’s experimenting with “surge” pricing. This was a miscommunication about dynamic demand pricing. Clark explains. Also today, Clark discusses when you should NOT trust AI and what to know about Google search results.  Dynamic Demand Pricing: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 AI’s Troubled Infancy: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Surge Pricing Is Coming to More Menus Near You - The Wall Street Journal. Wendy's 'dynamic pricing' drew backlash, but experts say the concept is here to stay Wendy’s Makes It Clear After Backlash: No Surge Pricing - The Wall Street Journal. Safer Ways To Send Money How Many Bank Accounts Should You Have? - Clark Howard How To Avoid ATM Fees Best Credit Cards With No Foreign Transaction Fees in 2024 5 Money Tips To Know Before You Travel Abroad [The Washington Post] TurboTax and H&R Block now use AI for tax advice. It’s awful. AI is not ready for primetime   A Fake Bill Ackman Is Scamming Investors Out of Millions on Facebook - The WSJ Five Biggest Frauds To Watch Out for in 2024 The Free Tool You Should Be Using Before You Fill a Prescription at CVS or Walgreens GoodRx Review: 10 Things To Know Before You Use GoodRx Will Mark Cuban's Prescription Company Really Save You Money? 10 Ways To Save on Prescription Drugs Clark Deals - Today's Best Deals of the Day 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
28/03/2430m 30s

03.27.24 Saving For College: 529 Plan Update / Upside Down Car Loans

Clark has news for parents and grandparents saving for a child’s college education. Also in this episode, reversals in the auto industry are landing many existing car loans underwater. What to do if you are upside down in a car loan. 529 Plan Update: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Upside Down Vehicle Loans: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Use the 529 Grandparent Loophole to Maximize College Savings Best 529 College Savings Plans By State Rollovers From a 529 Plan to Roth IRA: What to Know Target Date Funds: Clark’s Favorite Retirement Investment How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor Car values plummet, putting car loans underwater More car owners are underwater on loans because of lower trade-in values What Is Gap Insurance? Definition, How It Works, When to Buy How to Buy a Used Car in 7 Steps 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
27/03/2428m 22s

03.26.24 New Rule For Medical Appointments / Classic Clark For Employers

In medicine today, there’s ongoing conflict between insurers and providers and we’re caught in the middle. This necessitates a clear directive for you before you go to any doctor appointment. Also -  In free enterprise capitalism, what is core and key for enduring success?  Clark shares a case in point. Assignment: Reverify Medical Network: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 A Requirement For Success: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: [The Washington Post] How your in-network health coverage can vanish before you know it  ‘They’re Freaking Out’: Letters Warn Patients They Risk Losing Their Doctor - The WSJ What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? Ask Clark: What Is a Backdoor Roth IRA?   /   What Are Index Funds? NYPost: Dollar General store briefly shuts down after entire staff quits over 7-day work weeks, ‘lack of appreciation’ NYTimes.com: Walmart Wants to Teach Store Managers Compassion Warning: Read This Before You Sell I Bonds Vanguard - Bonds: Diversify Your Portfolio and Earn More Credit Score Guide What Type of Medical Alert Device Should I Buy for My Husband? 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
26/03/2430m 24s

03.25.24 New Rules For Real Estate Commissions / Save On Summer Cruising

U.S. real estate commissions have been roughly triple those elsewhere in the developed world. Clark explains how recent settlements in the industry will actually play out over time in terms of commissions. Also in this episode, Clark shares new cruise booking insights based on a recent experience. Real Estate Commissions: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Summer Cruise Deals: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Closing Costs for Buying a Home Have Risen Along With Rates The 6% commission on buying or selling a home is gone after Realtors association agrees to seismic settlement Realtors settlement expected to lower housing prices Five Ways Buying and Selling a House Could Change NYTimes: Powerful Realtor Group Agrees to Slash Commissions to Settle Lawsuits NAR agrees to settle commission lawsuits that rocked the real estate world 'Everything is rising at a scary rate': Why car and home insurance costs are surging Clark.com SAVINGS TABLE Clark.com - CRUISES Should You Ever Book a Nonrefundable Hotel Room? Do You Get Better Prices on Hotels From Third-Party Sites or by Booking Directly? TSA PreCheck® vs. Global Entry vs. CLEAR: Which Is Best for You? Will TSA's New Self-Screening Service Save You Time At The Airport? TSA unveils first self-screening security lane at Las Vegas airport TSA unveils a prototype self-service airport checkpoint security screening system 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
25/03/2433m 26s

03.22.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Clark Rule For Booking Travel

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today - The travel industry can be unstable. Another cruise line recently shut down. Know Clark’s number one rule for booking travel and protecting your money. Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Travel Booking Rule: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Google Fi Wireless: My Experience as a Five-Year Customer (Pros and Cons) The Best International Phone Plans What Should You Do About Phone Data on an International Trip? American Queen Voyages Cancels All Cruises, Shuts Down Operations Best Travel Credit Cards: Top Rewards Picks for 2024 The Only Way You Should Pay for a Cruise Travel Insurance: What You Need To Know Before You Buy Why You Should Never Use a Debit Card To Pay for Anything How To Plan a Trip: Clark's Best Travel Tips To Save Money Should I Buy Additional Insurance From a Rental Car Company? Amex EveryDay® Credit Card Review: 15 Months of Intro 0% APR Credit Card Car Rental Insurance: What You Need To Know 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
22/03/2432m 42s

03.21.24 SPECIAL GUEST Wes Moss - Certified Financial Planner

This Special Edition features Wes Moss, host of the Retire Sooner Podcast. Wes is a fiduciary fee only planner, who shares his investing expertise on a range of topics, including listener questions submitted at Clark.com. Warren Buffet & An Overvalued Market: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Stocks & Funds: Decisions: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Wes Moss - Retire Sooner Read Warren Buffett's 2024 annual letter to shareholders Warren Buffett's annual investor letter is out. Here are the biggest takeaways. 3 pieces of investment advice from Warren Buffett's annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders Clark.com - INVEST & RETIRE 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
21/03/2433m 39s

03.20.24 Small Business Retirement Plans / A Broken Market: Long-Term Care Insurance

After the economic turmoil of the past 15 years, many workers struggle financially which affects their well-being and productivity. Clark discusses how employers are addressing this. Also, a huge financial drain on so many, long-term care, is becoming increasingly tougher to insure.  Small Business Retirement Plans: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Long-Term Care Insurance: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Workplace Financial Coaching Has Become Ever More Important Retirement Plans Startup Costs Tax Credit Small Business Retirement Plan Options Fidelity Rewards Credit Card Review: Invest with 2% Cash Back Should You Ever Take a Loan From Your 401(k)? How Mileage Brokers Ruin Miles & Points For Everyone NYTimes: Difficult Choices for Some Long-Term Care Policyholders ‘Financial Ruin Is Baked Into the System’: Readers on the Costs of Long-Term Care   What Is Long-Term Care Insurance Cost & Coverage What Are the Pros and Cons of the Costco Car Buying Program? The Best Car-Buying Services in 2024 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
20/03/2428m 53s

03.19.24 Why You WANT To Shop Auto Insurance / Car Wash Subscriptions

In researching auto insurance, Clark has discovered some stats about the wide cost differences between various companies that will motivate you to shop auto insurance at renewal time if you're in bill shock. Also, have you noticed car washes popping up all over where you live? Learn what the deal is so you don’t get hosed.  Shopping Auto Insurance Pays: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Car Wash Subscriptions: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: A major auto insurer returns to California — with a 30% price hike How to Shop for Lower Car Insurance Car Insurance Archives - Clark Howard 6 Things To Know and Do Before You Deal With a Home Insurance Claims Adjuster What Should I Do if I Need a Car Right Now? Why Are There Suddenly So Many Car Washes? Are Car Wash Memberships Worth It? How To Create a Will Online  Best Online Will Maker: 5 Free or Cheap Options Who Should Consider Setting Up a Trust? Rollovers From a 529 Plan to Roth IRA: What to Know 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
19/03/2428m 28s

03.18.24 Buyer’s Market For New Cars / Renewable Energy In The U.S.A.

Vehicle inventory is way up for some brands, and this creates an advantage for potential car buyers. Clark shares where the deals are. Also - There’s a shift going on with the U.S. energy supply and the way it’s provided. Clark has advice on the best play for your wallet based on the changes going on. New Car Deals: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Renewable Energy: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Dealerships Begin Swimming In Vehicle Inventory - Here Is Who's Drowning - AutoSpies Car Prices Are Finally Coming Down. It Looks Like a Buyer’s Market. How to Buy a New Car in 5 Steps Warning: Why You Should Never Buy Visa Gift Cards What Is an ABLE Account? WSJ: U.S. Renewable Power Growth Is Setting New Records on the Back of Federal Support  Best Term Life Insurance Companies, Plans & Coverage NYTimes: She Ordered an Ashtray and Got a Can of Tuna 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
18/03/2430m 56s

03.15.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Best Credit Card Interest Rates

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today, Clark discusses an important factor for many that is purposely ignored by credit card review sites - interest rates on cards. How do you find the best deal?  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Best Credit Card Rates: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: How to Choose the Right Dog Rescue Group 4 Things To Know Before You Sign Up for YouTube TV The Platinum Card® from American Express Review 2023: Is It Worth It? How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor Should I Buy Additional Insurance From a Rental Car Company? My Credit Card Offers Some Rental Car Coverage. Why Do I Still Need To Involve My Primary Auto Insurance? NYTimes.com: Looking for a Lower Credit Card Interest Rate? Good Luck. CFPB - Credit card data: Small issuers offer lower rates Why Are More People Using Small Banks And Credit Unions? Navy Federal Visa cashRewards Card Review: Cash Back Credit Card Credit Union vs. Bank: What's the Difference? Home Equity Loans & Lines of Credit: 7 Common Questions Answered 6 Things To Know Before Contacting the National Foundation for Credit Counseling How one couple paid off $40K of debt in 24 months Clark Howard's 2024 Credit Card Debt Elimination Strategy 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
15/03/2430m 29s

03.14.24 Walking The Walk: Heart Health / This Spring Home Buying Season

Regarding your heart health, Clark shares news of a non-invasive test you can do routinely that can be very telling. Also in today’s show, Clark gives you the lay of the land for potential home buyers and sellers this spring, including buyer incentives on new builds.  Taking Heart Health In Stride: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 The Spring Home Buying Season: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Gait speed is one of your vital signs, so make sure yours is OK Frontier Discount Den  /  Kids Fly Free Waiting for the Spring Selling Season to Buy or Sell a Home? That May Be Delayed Stamps.com - Postage On Demand How Can I Find Out Why My Credit Score Just Dropped? 4 Ways To Get Your Free Credit Score 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
14/03/2428m 59s

03.13.24 Shopping For Home Internet / Fixing A Financial Gap

What are you paying for home internet? One provider that was low cost has now raised its prices. Clark tells you how to shop around for the best price based on your particular internet needs. Also- there’s a segment of the population long ignored when it comes to financial literacy. Clark discusses this gap and how to fix it.  SAVE MORE On Home Internet: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Financial Literacy For Senior Women: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: T-Mobile quietly raises Home Internet monthly price to $60 for new customers Internet Archives - Clark Howard UPGRADE - Cash Rewards Elite Card There’s a financial literacy gender gap − and older women are eager for education that meets their needs — The Conversation Investing & Retirement Archives - Clark Howard What Is a Roth 401(k) and How Does It Work? How To Open a Roth IRA Target Date Funds: Clark's Favorite Retirement Investment What Is a Solo 401(k) and How Does It Work? What Is a SEP IRA and Who Is Eligible? 3 Simple Ways To Delete Your Google Data Want To Guard Your Privacy Online? Search the Web With DuckDuckGo 13 Steps To Keeping Your Email Safe and Secure 16 of the Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts What Are Index Funds? / Clark.com SAVINGS TABLE How Much Should You Have Saved for Retirement by Now? Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2024 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
13/03/2431m 56s

03.12.24 The Fate Of Traditional 401(k)s & IRAs / Carry On Karma Vs New Baggage Fees

There’s a lot of talk and concern about traditional 401(k)s and IRAs going away. Clark explains. Also in this episode, baggage fees are rising again, increasing the cost of flying for customers. What to know before you get to the airport.  Future 401(k)s & IRAs: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Airline Baggage Fees: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Clark Predicts Traditional 401(k)s, IRAs Will Cease To Exist Within a Decade Do Not Give Your Social Security Number at These Places How Many Bank Accounts Should You Have? - Clark Howard 16 of the Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2024 United Airlines is also raising its checked bag fee. See by how much. - USA TODAY Get Ready for $40 Luggage Fees - The Wall Street Journal. NYTimes.com: How to Pack for a Two-Week Trip With One Small Suitcase How To Pack a Carry-On the Right Way 4 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On Best Travel Credit Cards: Top Rewards Picks for 2024 Best Cash Back Credit Cards With No Annual Fee in 2024 Should You Ever Buy Travel Medical Insurance? 6 Best Apps To Save Money on Groceries Flipp – Flyers, Shopping List, Weekly Ads | Flipp 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
12/03/2430m 13s

03.11.24 Consumers Vs Junk Fees / Bait & Switch Tax Prep

Junk fees are being imposed all over the place in all manner of ways these days. A new California law is going to end that practice in the state, with nationwide implications. Meantime, your Clark smart approach to purchases can help protect your wallet. Also - First TurboTax, now H&R Block is in trouble for pressuring customers to overpay. There’s a better way! Anti Junk Fee Law: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Tax Filing: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: What does a service fee ban mean for diners? Expect higher menu prices — a lot higher Inflation is cooling, but small businesses are still suffering NYTimes: It’s a Great Deal, Before the ‘Drip Pricing’ ENERGY STAR® | Department of Energy FTC says H&R Block pressures people into overpaying for tax prep New York Post: H&R Block used deceptive ads, pressured users into overpaying, deleted tax data: FTC FTC finds TurboTax “free” is not free for most 8 Free Federal and State Tax Filing Services for 2024 Free File: Do your taxes for free | Internal Revenue Service Direct File | Internal Revenue Service When Should You Get an Accountant To Do Your Taxes? Why co-signing a loan can be bad on almost every financial level New York launches probe into nationwide AT&T network outage 16 Items To Pack in Your Financial Emergency Kit Amateur Radio Service / Amateur radio National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) 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
11/03/2431m 19s

03.08.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / America’s Productivity Bodes Well

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also in this episode: New data on US worker productivity and why this is good news for our economic growth and well-being.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 American Productivity: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center - Clark Howard Fidelity - Automated investing: How to save and invest more Credit Karma Review: Free Credit Score and More at Your Fingertips How To Monitor Your Credit How is the U.S. Postal Service governed and funded? How to sell your house by owner Google Fit NYTimes.com: Can America Turn a Productivity Boomlet Into a Boom? What Is Term Life Insurance? The Power of Compound Interest: Calculations and Examples Always Ask Your Pharmacist the Price of Your Prescription Without Insurance 7 Things To Know About Costco Pharmacy Save On Prescription Drugs - Clark.com 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
08/03/2435m 34s

03.07.24 Clarkonmics: The Banking Sector / Travel Biometrics & Your Privacy

Banks are heavily exposed to the troubled commercial property market. Clark discusses what this means for small businesses and individuals.  Also, facial recognition and biometric digital ID is becoming more prevalent, transforming your airport experiences. This brings both convenience and privacy concerns.  Clarkonomics: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Travel Biometrics: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Bad property debt exceeds reserves at largest US banks IntraFi - CEDARS Why Big Banks Are a Bad Place for Your Cash Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2023 How To Open a Roth IRA When Do You Need a Travel Agent? Booking a Cruise? Here Are 5 Ways To Do It for Less Facial Recognition: Coming Soon to an Airport Near You TSA PreCheck® vs. Global Entry vs. CLEAR: Which Is Best for You? 5 Money Tips To Know Before You Travel Abroad What’s the Best Way To Exchange Dollars for Foreign Currency? MouseSavers.com: Disney discounts, deals & coupons guide 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
07/03/2432m 20s

03.06.24 Young Investors / Target’s New Discount Store Brand

A wonderful culture shift has taken place. Younger generations are becoming rich, and not through hitting the lottery or buying hot stocks. There are simple ways to make this happen, and we have a new tool at Clark.com to help you see how much you can save over time. Also today, bargains keep getting better! Target is getting more competitive with a storewide discount brand. Youth Saving & Investing: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Target’s New Discount Brand: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Clark.com SAVINGS TABLE Want to retire with a million bucks in the bank? Here's one tip on how to do it. - USA TODAY WSJ.com: These Teenagers Know More About Investing Than You Do Wealth Inequality by Age in the Post-Pandemic Era How Much Should You Have Saved for Retirement by Now? How a summer job could turn you into a millionaire Investing & Retirement Archives - Clark Howard Understanding Velocity Banking, and How It Helps You Rapidly Pay Down Debt What Is Homeowners Insurance? Target creates its cheapest in-store brand as consumers are squeezed Target's new low-cost brand dealworthy gives bargain hunters a new department to shop at with prices lower than $1. The Best Car-Buying Services in 2024 / How to Buy a Used Car in 7 Steps 5 Reasons Sam’s Club Is Better Than Costco 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
06/03/2432m 20s

03.05.24 Carrying A Mortgage Over Age 65 / AI Chatbot & Search Warning

More than 40% of homeowners carrying a mortgage right now are over age 65. Clark discusses the implications of this obligation in terms of interest rates, loan term lengths and home prices. Also, how much can you trust a website’s chatbot? Air Canada recently got into trouble over its AI bot. What you need to know about AI in the information space, including a NEVER rule about searches.  Having A Mortgage At Age 65+: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 AI Chatbot & Search Warning: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: NYT Keeping a Mortgage After 65: A ‘No Brainer’ or a Big Risk? Best Cell Phone Plans in 2024: The Cheapest Plan for Every Need Term Life vs. Whole Life Insurance: Understanding the Difference What Is Term Life Insurance? How To Buy Term Life Insurance in 7 Easy Steps Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2023 Best Auto Insurance Companies and Some of the Worst Why You Need To Re-Shop Your Car Insurance Right Now Homeowners Insurance Archives - Clark Howard New York Post: Air Canada ordered to refund passenger after ‘misleading’ conversation with site’s AI chatbot 5 Money Tips To Know Before You Travel Abroad What’s the Best Way To Exchange Dollars for Foreign Currency? 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
05/03/2431m 3s

03.04.24 Two Important Tax Tips / What Workers Want

If you’ve recently sold I Bonds and/or receive 1099s, Clark has an important tax tip for you. Also today - Clark discusses some employment cross currents in play now to keep in mind as you survey the job market, and for employers to be aware of as they seek workers. I Bond Tax Tip: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 What Workers Want: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Should You Sell Your I Bonds Right Now? Making Money on I Bonds Was Easy. The Tax Paperwork Isn’t. - The Wall Street Journal. How to Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion How getting a second opinion can stop you being ripped off — The Conversation Americans want more control over when they work, not just where  Employee salary expectations are evolving — and escalating a threat for businesses How to find a job you’ll actually like Workers are spending a lot of money returning to the office — and it's raising turnover risks [The Washington Post] The best times to book cheap flights for every vacation season 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
04/03/2431m 35s

03.02.24 SPECIAL SATURDAY EDITION: Empowerment 101

Welcome to a SPECIAL EDITION of  the Clark Howard Show, where our mission is to serve and empower you to make better financial decisions in your life. Today, Clark hits on a few key basic strategies to have more money in your life: They are: - SPEND LESS: Need vs. Wants and how to tell the difference - Clark’s strategy to start saving TODAY for retirement - regardless of your age - SAVE MORE on transportation - AVOID GETTING RIPPED OFF by protecting your identity and credit Segment 1: Behavioral - Back to basics on needs vs. wants Segment 2; Start saving today for retirement Begin with 1%, or up to an employer match if possible and available  When you get a raise, pretend you didn’t and increase your contribution Segment 3: Only buy a car you can afford If you have to take a loan, 42 months maximum Compare loans Consider buying used  Segment 4: Protect your identity Don’t ever carry checks or your Social Security card Your credit is the key to your identity -Freeze your credit!  Don’t use a debit card Use virtual card numbers online Mentioned on the show: Six Essential Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Major Purchase Advice | Fear of missing out can keep you broke. Fight the spending temptation. Why are sales so hard to resist? It's your brain, on discounts How To Save Money: Spend Less & Build Your Savings  /  Save Money Archives How To Save and Invest the Clark Howard Way Avoid the #1 Mistake That Car Buyers Make Clark.com - Buying A Used Car /  How To Buy A Vehicle Should I Ever Buy Extras Car Dealerships Sell in Their F&I Departments? How To Prevent, Report and Repair Identity Theft Do Not Give Your Social Security Number at These Places 7 Items You Should Never Carry in Your Wallet Why You Should Never Mail a Check How to Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion Why You Should Never Use a Debit Card To Pay for Anything The Safer Way To Use Your Debit Card Virtual Credit Cards: An Online Security Measure Worth Taking? 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
02/03/2427m 39s

03.01.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / HOTEL Booking: An Important Update

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also in this episode - Clark has serious reservations about the breakdown of standards in the hotel industry, especially when it comes to booking a room. There’s important new info to be aware of when planning travel.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Hotel Booking Warning: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: 15 of the Best Free Workout And Fitness Apps How To Get a Gym Membership for Practically Free 6 Things to Know About the SilverSneakers Program for Seniors Food Expiration Dates: What You Need To Know Food Product Dating | Food Safety and Inspection Service Should I Pay Off Debt, Save Money or Invest? Warehouse Clubs Archives - Clark Howard Do You Get Better Prices on Hotels From Third-Party Sites or by Booking Directly? Where You Should (and Should Not) Book Your Next Vacation How Often Does Clark Book Travel Via Capital One Travel When It’s Often More Expensive? 5 Steps To Getting a Good Deal on a Hotel Room Should You Ever Book a Nonrefundable Hotel Room? Investopedia - Retirement Planning: Strategies, Tools, Choices Retirement Planning: Strategy, Savings and Income Fidelity Investments | Retirement Guidance Education | Retirement Plan Services - Schwab Workplace Invest & Retire - Clark.com What Is a Fiduciary Financial Advisor and Do I Need One? How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor How to Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion How To Create a Safe Password Ambulance rides can be costly — and consumers aren't protected from surprise bills Habitat for Humanity - Clark Howard 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
01/03/2435m 57s

02.29.24 Grand Theft Auto / Clark Smart Gym Membership

A common mistake car owners make is facilitating the rise in auto theft. There are 2 things you can do to protect your wheels. Also today - After the health club failures of 20 & 21 the industry roared back and stayed strong through 23. New stats show that trend is now reversing, which will affect the offers you’ll see. Clark explains the best way to handle gym membership to protect your wallet.  Car Theft Prevention: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Gym Memberships: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: How one city took on rising car thefts — and brought the numbers down 10 Ways To Save Money on Car Insurance How To Open a Roth IRA Credit Card Car Rental Insurance: What You Need To Know Non-Owner Car Insurance: Who Needs It? - Investopedia What Is Umbrella Insurance and Do You Need It? How To Get a Gym Membership for Practically Free Should You Buy Out Your Leased Car? 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
29/02/2427m 35s

02.28.24 FBI Scam Warning: Cybercriminal Couriers / A Mindset For Rainy Day Funds

Scammers are using a new tactic to get to you and your money, and it’s up close & in person.  Also, the days of working for one company for an entire career are long gone. Clark discusses creating financial stability in an age marked by inconsistent and unstable employment. FBI Scam Warning: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Job Uncertainty & Your Savings: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: When cybercrime leaves the web: FBI warns that scammers could come right to your door - USA TODAY Consumer Reports Lists Ten Most Reliable Cars [The Washington Post] This fridge hack can slash your food waste The myth of men’s full-time employment — The Conversation How To Save Money: Spend Less & Build Your Savings How Much Money Do I Need in My Emergency Fund? How To Find Cheap Flights in 3 Easy Steps The Best Place To Buy a Mattress  How Can I Get Rid of My Old Mattress Cheaply? 10 Best Restaurant Apps for Fast Food Deals 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
28/02/2430m 3s

02.27.24 You CAN Negotiate Hospital Bills / Rental Property: Opportunity & Hazard

Clark discusses “nonprofit” hospitals and two crucial steps to take if you get a large hospital bill. Also today, there are multitudes of properties bought for the sole purpose of renting them out, but the rules of the game keep changing. To protect your finances, follow Clark’s rule for buying investment properties. Negotiate Hospital Bills: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Short Term Rental Property: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Nonprofit hospitals have an obligation to help their communities, but the people who live nearby may see little benefit — The Conversation Have medical debt? Anything already paid or under $500 should no longer be on your credit report When Do You Tell a Car Dealership You're Paying Cash? Palm Springs capped Airbnb rentals. Now some home prices are in free-fall Use of cameras and recording devices - Airbnb Help Center How To Open a Roth IRA How Many Credit Cards Should I Have? 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
27/02/2430m 40s

02.26.24 A Scam Hits Home / Retail Return Fraud

A common text scam just attempted to infiltrate Clark’s own company. Hear how that turned out! Also today,  a warning if you receive packages from online retailers, and the one thing you need to do immediately when you do receive an item.  Text Scam Targets Companies: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Retail Return Fraud: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Do Your Boss a Favor and Don't Fall for a Gift Card Scam - ITRC Think you know what the top scam of 2023 was? Take a guess What Brokerage Do You Recommend for First-Time Investors or Kids? What's the Best Savings Account for a Teenager? Hot Water Recirculation Systems Streaming TV - Clark.com NYTimes: She Ordered an Ashtray and Got a Can of Tuna Types of Health Insurance Plans Should You Ever Decline a Credit Limit Increase? How To Increase the Credit Limit on Your Credit Card 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
26/02/2426m 53s

02.23.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Warning: Safe Deposit Boxes

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today, do you or someone you know have a safe deposit box? Clark has a very important warning if the answer is yes.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Unsafe Deposit Boxes: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: 6 Things To Know About Series I Savings Bonds Should You Sell Your I Bonds Right Now? When Is the Best Time To Collect Social Security? Which Home Security Systems Rank Better Than Ring? Clark Howard's Simple Steps To Get Better Customer Service The US Sun: A judge dismissed my lawsuit against Chase when $100,000 & a $10k necklace vanished – years later I saw it on TV Is a Safe Deposit Box Really Safe? How Should I Handle Car Insurance for My Teenage Driver? 5 Steps To Getting a Good Deal on a Hotel Room 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
23/02/2428m 16s

02.22.24 A Season For Savers: Revisiting CDs / What Makes A Supermarket Superior

CDs - Are they still a good deal? Given where inflation and interest rates are heading, Clark explains that we’ve arrived at a tipping point for savers, and how to best put your money to work. Also, a report has come out about the best supermarkets in the country. What makes them great? It’s a factor you may not think about.  The SAVE MORE CD Strategy: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Best Supermarkets: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: The Best CD Rates for February 2024 Why you should open a CD this February - CBS News What Is a CD Ladder and When Is It a Good Idea? 16 of the Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts in February 2024 Municipal Bond: Definition, Types, Risks, and Tax Benefits How Many Bank Accounts Should You Have? - Clark Howard Credit Cards Could Swipe Department Stores’ Profits - The WSJ. Should You Get a Store Credit Card? Supermarkets - The American Customer Satisfaction Index CNBC - Costco has replaced Trader Joe’s as America’s favorite supermarket American Customer Satisfaction Index 6 Best Apps To Save Money on Groceries 22 Ways To Save Money on Groceries 10 Ways You're Wasting Money on Groceries How To Use Camelcamelcamel Google Fi Wireless: My Experience as a Five-Year Customer (Pros and Cons) The Best International Phone Plans 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
22/02/2434m 10s

02.21.24 SAVE MORE On Cell Service / The Value Of A Second Opinion

As the big phone companies plan big price increases, smaller competitors are taking a bigger share of the marketplace. Clark shares easy ways to keep costs down.  Also, you’ve heard of getting a second opinion when it comes to medical procedures, but did you know that getting a second opinion in all sorts of consumer areas can save you big bucks? SAVE on Cell Phone Service: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Get A Second Opinion: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Comcast, Charter add subs; survey finds consumers very open to MVNOs T-Mobile Eyes Price Hikes As AT&T, Verizon Set to Raise Rates in March Best Cell Phone Plans in 2024: The Cheapest Plan for Every Need What Is Owner's Title Insurance and Do You Need It? Home Title Lock: Is It the Same As Home Title Insurance? Counterfeit Stamps How getting a second opinion can stop you being ripped off — The Conversation Brushing Scam – United States Postal Inspection Service “Brushing” Scam Indicates a Serious Problem for Victims How Can I Make Freezing a Young Person's Credit Less Risky? Should You Make Your Child an Authorized User on Your Credit Card? Credit Karma Review: Free Credit Score and More at Your Fingertips 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
21/02/2429m 53s

02.20.24 Venmo Overshare Privacy Check / An Era Of Entrepreneurship

Venmo is publicly sharing your info. Clark has a special privacy check up for Venmo users. Later - collectively entrepreneurs set a new record last year. Get Clark’s take on entrepreneurship and its value for the economy.  Venmo Privacy Check: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 On Entrepreneurship: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Venmo privacy settings to change now How To Make Your Venmo Transactions Private 4 Common Scams on Cash App, Venmo and Zelle (and How To Avoid Them!) Want To Guard Your Privacy Online? Search the Web With DuckDuckGo 5 Tips To Protect Your Digital Privacy Protect Your Identity Archives - Clark Howard Should You Allow Your Auto Insurance To Monitor Your Driving? Mile Auto | Pay-Per-Mile Car Insurance Entrepreneurs Opened More Businesses in 2023, Setting a New All-Time High on Yelp Sell My Car – Autotrader What Is an ETF?  -  What Are Index Funds? 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
20/02/2427m 33s

02.19.24 Hotel Junk Fees Just Got Worse / Avoid Funeral Industry Rip Offs

A new hotel fee is showing up for something a lot of people aren’t even using. How to book a room without getting ripped off. Also, knowledge is power when it comes to navigating funeral costs. The FTC has a new warning out about shady practices in the funeral industry that take advantage of grieving families.  Hotel Rates + Junk Fees: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Funeral Home Rip-offs: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Hotel parking fees take a turn for the worse How to spot hidden resort fees when you're booking travel Why Structured Notes Might Not Be Right for You What Is Full Coverage Car Insurance? NYTimes: F.T.C. Warns Dozens of Funeral Homes to Provide Accurate Costs to Callers How the Funeral Industry Got the FTC to Hide Bad Actors Alert: Funeral Home Scam Targets Grieving Families Funeral Consumers Alliance: Home - Clark.com - Funeral Planning How to have that end-of-life financial discussion with your elderly loved ones Funeral Consumers Alliance - Wills & Funerals Archives - Clark Howard You Can Save Big Money on Caskets at Costco, Walmart and Amazon Low-Cost Cremation Services: 5 Things to Know  Funeralocity - Lantern - Cake - Parting - Empathy 4 Things To Consider Before You Buy a New Cell Phone Buying a Cell Phone at Costco Wholesale: 4 Things To Know Should You Buy Cell Phone Insurance? Cell Phones & Smartphones Archives - Clark Deals 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
19/02/2432m 24s

02.16.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / A New 401(K) Benefit Tied To Student Loan Repayment

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today - many employers are offering a new benefit which may eliminate the need to choose between paying down student loans and saving for retirement.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 The New Student Loan/401(k) Benefit: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: How To Find Cheap Flights in 3 Easy Steps Going™ | Formerly Scott's Cheap Flights Airfarewatchdog: Cheap Flights & Airline Tickets Estate and Gift Tax FAQs | Internal Revenue Service 15 of the Best Free Workout And Fitness Apps What Is an ETF? A Simple Trick To Paying Off Your Credit Card Faster NYTimes: A New Perk for Some Student Loan Borrowers: A 401(k) Match More companies embracing benefits aimed at student loan debt SAVE Repayment Plan Offers Lower Monthly Loan Payments Best Budgeting Apps in 2024: Our Top 5 What Is a Flexible Spending Account? How to Teach Young Kids About Money Fidelity Investments Review 2023: Pros & Cons  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
16/02/2431m 3s

02.15.24 Cruise Travel Warning / Visa Vanilla Gift Card Follow Up

Cruise travel is way up and with it, problems with associated trip insurance. Learn what could go wrong, and Clark smart rules for cruise travel. Also today, a follow up on Visa Vanilla gift cards and the “draining” scam that left so many people with useless plastic. Cruise Trip Coverage Warning: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Vanilla Gift Card Scam: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: NYTimes: Help! I Missed a Cruise and the Cruise Line’s Own Travel Insurance Won’t Pay. Where You Should Never Buy Travel Insurance for a Cruise Clark.com - CRUISES / Clark.com - TRIP INSURANCE How To Plan a Trip: Clark's Best Travel Tips To Save Money 401(k) Match: What Is It, How It Works 401k Calculator With Match - Clark Howard New York Post: Visa is sued over ‘Vanilla’ gift card scam known as ‘draining’ What Is an ETF? Should We Worry About the National Debt and Budget Deficits?   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
15/02/2430m 39s

02.14.24 Rethinking the USPS / Amazon Facing Fierce Competition

Happy Valentine’s Day! Where did we traditionally receive Valentine’s Day cards? The mail! There’s a big problem with our mail delivery service, and something is going to have to give. Also today, Amazon is in a fight for its life with competitors and the resultant clothing price war presents opportunity for you.   USPS Mail Delays: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Clothing Price War: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Mail freeze: Latest frigid weather is adding to the postal service's delivery woes - USA TODAY   NYTimes.com: Mail 3 Days a Week? Idea Meets Resistance in Britain. How to sell your house by owner What you should know before selling your home without an agent Selling your home yourself? Here’s how an ‘Agents Protected’ sign can help you Heard on the Street: Amazon Can’t Afford a Race to the Bottom - The Wall Street Journal. Clark Deals - Clothing Why You Need To Check Your PayPal Account for Automatic Payments 5 Steps To Getting a Good Deal on a Hotel Room PlugShare - EV Charging Station Map - Find a place to charge   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
14/02/2429m 11s

02.13.24 How Sweethearts Talk Money / A Path To A Lower Mortgage Rate

With Valentine’s Day coming up tomorrow, it’s a good opportunity to give couples advice on how to avoid one of the most common things we fight over - money differences. Also today - Assumable mortgages allow qualifiers to potentially buy a house with one of the great rates that existed over the past few years. There’s a new site to help you find those homes for sale.  Couples & Money: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Assumable Mortgage Resource: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: NYTimes.com: Financial Questions to Discuss Before Moving In With Your Partner New Love for Older Adults: Don’t Make the Same Financial Mistakes 42% of Adults Have Committed Financial Infidelity. Have You? 10 Steps for Having Better Money Conversations With Your Spouse What is an LLC? Limited Liability Company Structure and Benefits Defined What Is Umbrella Insurance and Do You Need It? Best 529 College Savings Plans By State Rollovers From a 529 Plan to Roth IRA: What to Know Assumable Mortgage: What It Is, How It Works, Types, Pros and Cons A back door to a 3% mortgage rate? This startup has a plan to unlock housing market affordability  What's Clark's Opinion on the Greenlight Prepaid Debit Card for Kids? Cruises - Clark.com / Costco Travel: 5 Things To Know Before You Book 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
13/02/2433m 19s

02.12.24 Beach Alternative Communities / Gen Z And Finance

Communities are popping up around the country that make it feel like you are living at the beach, without the high cost of insurance and upkeep. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Also, excellent news to share concerning teens and finance.  Lagoon Communities: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Teen Work Ethic: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Their Home Has Water Views and a Sandy Beach—and It’s Nowhere Near the Ocean 401(k) Rollover: What You Need To Know & Options Target Date Funds: Clark's Favorite Retirement Investment Travel Insurance: What You Need To Know Before You Buy Clark Calls Out Favorite Credit Card for 'Classless' New Policy [The Washington Post] Gen Z is bringing back the part-time job More States Now Require Financial Literacy Classes in High Schools Best Investment Companies for Investors Can a Patient Advocate Help With Your Medical Bills? 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
12/02/2432m 1s

02.09.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Disconnect Device Addiction

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today - So many of us are addicted to our smartphones and there are new devices and methods to help us break the habit and be more present. The discipline to ditch your phone for periods of time may improve your quality of life. Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Phone-free Quality Time: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: 12 Things You Never Knew You Could Get From Your Local Library Streaming TV - Clark.com Best Free Password Managers: 7 Top Picks / 5 Tips To Protect Your Digital Privacy 3 Big Retirement Account Changes You Haven't Heard About Financial Independence, Retire Early: What You Need To Know About the ‘FIRE’ Movement Is Temu Legit? 4 Things To Know My Cable Company Is Raising Prices Unless I Enroll in Auto-Pay. Is It Safe? How to Get Free Virus, Spyware and Malware Protection Phone-free and loving it: Why Yondr usage is spiking at schools, concerts, and soon, maybe, your living room Why Toilet Paper Has Gotten So Expensive 529 rollover to Roth IRA: A guide to conversion - CNN Free (or Cheap) College for Retirees in All 50 States How to Buy a New Car in 5 Steps 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
09/02/2434m 43s

02.08.24 Rx Savings: The Quest Continues / To Employers: Enlightened Self-Interest

U.S. consumers pay more for prescription drugs than anywhere else on the planet, especially for vital brand medications that are not yet sold as generics. Clark explains this price disparity, reports on Florida’s move to import from Canada, and shares how you can save on meds today. Also - How Walmart is giving its workers a stake in the game and why that is good for business.  Save More On Meds: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Employee Ownership: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Florida Is First State Allowed to Import Drugs From Canada in Bid to Reduce Costs 10 Ways To Save on Prescription Drugs - Clark.com Exchanging Dollars for Foreign Currency Home Equity Loans & Lines of Credit: 7 Common Questions Answered Simple Interest Loans: Do They Exist? Rule of 78: Definition, How Lenders Use It, and Calculation NYTimes: Walmart Offers Store Managers Company Stock to Make Them Feel Like ‘Owners’ The #1 Difference Between 'Super Savers' and Average Savers 6 Steps To Eliminate Credit Card Debt in 3 Years or Less 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
08/02/2431m 21s

02.07.24 Workplace Etiquette / The Power Of Consumers

Because of the pandemic, many employees are entering a corporate office environment for the first time, and companies are having to do special training to help them adjust. Clark has some advice for these new workers. Also today - After a period of punishing inflation, consumers are finally in the driver’s seat on prices. How? Clark explains our collective power in the marketplace.  Workplace Etiquette: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Consumers Rule: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: We don't know how to behave in the office anymore, bosses say. The solution? Charm school  Why Sharing Your Layoff Publicly Feels So Good - The Wall Street Journal. Credit Card Car Rental Insurance: What You Need To Know Hertz is selling 20,000 electric vehicles to buy gasoline cars instead A Different Kind of Price War: Grocers vs. Big Food Makers Mortgage Recasting: What It Is And How It Works Accessible Travel Website Launches Major Expansion The future of U.S. train travel is here—and it’s not on Amtrak Where You Should (and Should Not) Book Your Next Vacation 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
07/02/2429m 50s

02.06.24 What’s In Your Fridge? Cutting Food Waste / Time To Cash In I Bonds?

Some reports estimate overall food waste at near 40%! That’s MONEY tossed away! There’s a simple way to help you SAVE MORE food & thus - stretch your grocery dollars. Also, Clark discusses options for those with I Bonds purchased at inflation’s peak, now with diminishing returns, and why I Bonds are still a good deal now.   Reduce Food Waste: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 I Bond Strategy: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: [The Washington Post] This fridge hack can slash your food waste Is a Costco Membership Worth It? (Pros and Cons From 10 Readers) Your Guide to DIY Home Security Systems T-Mobile 5G Home Internet: 5 Things To Know Before You Sign Up How to Buy a Used Car in 7 Steps Should You Sell Your I Bonds Right Now? 6 Things To Know About Series I Savings Bonds Vehicle History Report Scam: If You're Selling, Listen Up 7 Things To Know Before You Use Zelle 4 Common Scams on Cash App, Venmo and Zelle (and How To Avoid Them!) 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
06/02/2426m 43s

02.05.24 Reason For Optimism / College Cost Saving Strategies

Bad news makes news, creating general pessimism and a negative outlook on the world at large. But there’s so much good in the world that goes unheralded. Clark shares some reasons to be optimistic. Also today, colleges are competing to fill enrollments. Clark shares strategies to help you stretch every college dollar, including asking for a 4 year incentive package.  Dare To Be Optimistic: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 College Cost Strategies: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Reasons to be optimistic in 2024 — despite everything SmileDirectClub is shutting down. Where does that leave its customers? [The Washington Post] Colleges are finally turning the corner on enrollment Education Archives - Clark Howard How To Sell A Car - Clark Howard 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
05/02/2428m 32s

02.02.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Keep Fitness Affordable

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks.  Also today  - Staying fit doesn’t have to involve costly memberships. Clark shares his affinity for fitness trackers, and how inexpensive they can be.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Fitness Trackers : Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Costco vs. Sam's Club: What Is the Difference? How Donor-Advised Funds Are Changing Philanthropy WSJ - Your Smartphone Can Have Two Lines. Here’s Why You’d Want That. The Best International Phone Plans CR - Best Fitness Trackers of 2024 4 Truly Free Fitness Apps To Keep You In Shape All Winter 15 of the Best Free Workout And Fitness Apps (clark.com) At 93, he’s as fit as a 40-year-old. His body offers lessons on aging. ‘How is this even legal?’ Planet Fitness user asks after being forced to go in person simply to shut down account  How To Increase the Credit Limit on Your Credit Card Delta Update: Airline Announces Key Changes to SkyMiles Overhaul Going Just Announced a Big Change to Its Free Membership 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
02/02/2437m 27s

02.01.24 The Current Investment Environment / FREE Tax Filing Options

The stock market has hit record highs lately, which means investors can become misdirected by  “recency bias”.  What could go wrong?  Clark explains some market realities to keep in mind and the value of diversification. Also today, with tax season upon us make sure you know about tax filing options that are free. Investment Strategy: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Free Tax Filing: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: How To Save and Invest the Clark Howard Way Wall Street hits record high following a 2-year round trip scarred by inflation - from USA TODAY NYTimes: After a Rip-Roaring 2023, the Markets Are Taking a Breather 10 Things You Must Know About Bull Markets Best Travel Credit Cards: Top Rewards Picks for 2024 What Brokerage Do You Recommend for First-Time Investors or Kids? Amazon - uni-ball 61255 Signo Gel 207  Black Ink Micro Fine Dozen Why You Should Never Mail a Check 8 Free Federal and State Tax Filing Services for 2024 IRS Free File: Free State and Federal Tax Filing Options for 2024 IRS set to launch its free tax filing pilot program. Here’s how it will work The Washington Post: How to file your taxes free, no matter your income or age The IRS doesn't send tax refunds by email or text TurboTax Can No Longer Advertise Products as Free, F.T.C. Says FTC finds TurboTax “free” is not free for most How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor Advice-Only Network   /   Flat Fee Advisors How To Plan a Trip: Clark's Best Travel Tips To Save Money National Unclaimed Property Day How To Find and Claim Missing Money in Your Name 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
01/02/2437m 7s

01.31.24 Credit Card Debt Strategy / Car Buying Update

Credit card debt is up 50% in the last 3 years with default rates on the rise, as higher interest rates exacerbate the problem. What would Clark do? Also today, many people have been waiting for the market to normalize before buying a vehicle. Clark shares good news and smart approaches to the purchase of both new and used cars.  Credit Card Debt Strategy: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Car Buying Update: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: NYTimes.com: Lugging Credit Card Debt Into 2024? Now’s the Time to Make a Plan. Credit card delinquencies surpass pre-pandemic levels Why debt settlement companies are the wrong way to deal with high credit card debt 6 Things To Know Before Contacting the National Foundation for Credit Counseling CREDIT CARD DEBT - Clark.com What Fee Level Does Clark Consider Acceptable For a Company 401(k)? How To Open a Roth IRA What Is a Thrift Savings Plan? 2024 will be the best year to buy a new car since 2019, economist says USA TODAY: Buying a car? FTC reveals crackdown on illegal scams to save you money The new CARS Rule: What you need to know The Best Car-Buying Services in 2024 How to Buy a New Car in 5 Steps / How to Buy a Used Car in 7 Steps What Are the Pros and Cons of the Costco Car Buying Program? Avoid the #1 Mistake That Car Buyers Make Credit Card Car Rental Insurance: What You Need To Know 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
31/01/2434m 24s

01.30.24 Back To Basics: Exchange Traded Funds / Health Insurance Prior Authorizations

Clark offers a primer on the 3 basic types of funds - Mutual, Index, and the fastest growing area of investing: ETFs.  Also, there is a new rule for health insurers when you need medical preauthorization approval for treatment or a procedure.  And it’s about time.  Back To Basics: ETFs: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 New Rules On Medical Preauthorization: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: How to Invest in ETFs for Beginners  What Is an ETF?  Clark.com INVESTOPEDIA - Mutual Funds  /  Index Funds  /  ETFs Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA) Plans Health Insurers Must Streamline Prior Authorization Decisions, New Rule Says - The WSJ Businesses Are Making Me Pay the Credit Card Processing Fee. Should I Pay Another Way? 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
30/01/2433m 20s

01.29.24 Earn More On Your Savings / The Return Of Customer Service

If you’re doing the work of saving,  how much interest are you earning? Some banks pay next to zero. Clark has an assignment for you. Also, Clark celebrates a “trendlet”  he hopes will become a full fledged trend - actual customer service.  Max Return On Savings: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Customer Service Lives: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: WSJ.com: They Thought Their Money Was in High-Interest Accounts—They Got Paid Peanuts 16 of the Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts in January 2024 How To Open a Roth IRA- How To Buy a House in 9 Steps Brick-and-mortar retail is back, but without the gimmicks IKEA U.S. announces plans to open 4 new-format stores in 2024 & shares FY23 progress What Is Term Life Insurance?  /  How To Buy Term Life Insurance in 7 Easy Steps Clark.com - Latest Life Insurance Why You Need To Use Your Travel Points Right Now 8 Free Federal and State Tax Filing Services for 2024 When Should You Get an Accountant To Do Your Taxes? 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
29/01/2433m 1s

01.26.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Sam’s Club Innovates Check-Out

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today - Costco vs Sam’s and how Sam’s Club is using tech to make the customer experience easier.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Sam’s Club Scan & Go: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: 401(k) Match: What Is It, How It Works Here’s why electric cars don’t go as far in the cold EVs work fine in the cold in Norway. Here’s how they do it The housing solution ‘hidden in plain sight’ that Maryland and Mississippi are embracing How Do I Find Out the Exact Discount for Bundling Home and Auto Insurance? The Best International Phone Plans Is My Phone Unlocked? Here’s How To Know – iPhone and Android BringFido: Pet Friendly Hotels & Dog Travel Directory 7 Things To Know About Costco Pharmacy Clark Says These Streaming Changes Are Top Money-Saving Moves in 2024 Costco crackdown of membership sharing reaches next level The US Sun: ‘Catch up,’ Costco shopper tells store after rival Sam’s Club makes customers’ lives easier with receipt check change.   Sam’s Club Scan And Go / NYTimes: At Sam’s Club, a Human Will No Longer Check Your Receipt at the Door Clark Deals - TVs 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
26/01/2437m 9s

01.25.24 Protect Your Vehicle: New Cam Tech / 2024 Job Market Update

While other crime is down post-pandemic, vehicle vandalism & theft rises. Clark discusses the great value of vehicle sentry cameras for prevention and recording of vehicle accidents and crimes. Also today - Alarmist headlines of layoffs and AI killing jobs don’t give you the full picture. Clark lends perspective on the nature of employment historically involving change, and the job growth happening now.  Vehicle Sentry Devices: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Where The Jobs Are: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: This go-to tech gadget is like the Ring camera - but for your cargo bed - USA TODAY An Easy Way To Protect Your Truck From Theft Is AppleCare+ worth buying for your new Apple device? Clark Deals - Tablets Best Budgeting Apps in 2024: Our Top 5 Axios: Job market surprise: Construction employment is booming Remote Workers Are Losing Out on Promotions - The Wall Street Journal. HELOC Calculator - Clark Howard Can I Use a Target Date Retirement Fund for Intermediate Savings? What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? 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
25/01/2432m 33s

01.24.24 Check Theft Skyrockets / Homeowners Insurance: Know Before You Buy

Today, a Red Alert if you have a checkbook in your possession. Check theft is soaring at a time when people are writing fewer checks. Clark explains the weak links in the system, and the safest way to pay your bills. Also, the rising costs of homeowners insurance hits especially hard in areas prone to flooding, fires, and other environmental concerns. Know the additional steps to take concerning insurance BEFORE you buy a home.  Check Fraud Prevention: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Homeowners Insurance - Assessing Risk: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: NYTimes: We Can’t Stop Writing Paper Checks. Thieves Love That. NYTimes: Stolen Checks Are for Sale Online. We Called Some of the Victims. The New York Times: What to Know About Writing Checks While Preventing Fraud How To Roll Over a 529 Plan to a Roth IRA The Artist's Way Where to Buy a Vacation Home Safe From Climate Risks Want to know if your future home might flood? These states are requiring disclosure. Climate Check - How Will Climate Change Affect Your Property? Donor-Advised Fund Definition, Sponsors, Pros & Cons, Example Why Big Banks Are a Bad Place for Your Cash How To Sell, Cancel or Get Rid of Your Timeshare Why 'Buy Now, Pay Later' Worries Clark Howard 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
24/01/2428m 23s

01.23.24 QR Codes: A Tech Security Warning / Save On Cell Service Abroad

QR Codes have become fertile ground for criminals to load viruses and steal from you. Know how to avoid this now prevalent hazard. Also today, the big cell phone companies have made it incredibly expensive to use your phone when traveling outside the U.S. Hear Clark’s latest advice on how to handle this. QR Code Warning: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 International Calling: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: NYTimes.com: That QR Code You’re About to Scan Could Be Risky, F.T.C. Warns How QR codes work and what makes them dangerous – a computer scientist explains — The Conversation Scammers hide harmful links in QR codes to steal your information Is Temu Legit? 4 Things To Know Credit Karma Review: Free Credit Score and More at Your Fingertips How To Monitor Your Credit Dividend Reinvestment Plans (DRIPs) - Stocks - Investopedia How to Make a Disposable Razor Last 12 Months NYT - Come Home With Memories, Not a Shocking Phone Bill The Best International Phone Plans Travel Insurance: What You Need To Know Before You Buy InsureMyTrip Review: Why We Like It and How to Use It Cancel for Any Reason Trip Insurance: Should You Buy It? What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? 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
23/01/2428m 36s

01.22.24 Pricing Comparison Of The Retail Giants / Home & Auto Insurance

Clark shares insights on how to Spend Less from a recent price study comparing behemoth retailers. Later - home and auto insurance is becoming more expensive and increasingly hard to purchase. How to be proactive vs reactive.  Retail Giant Price Comparison: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Home & Auto Insurance Increases: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Amazon vs Walmart: Who Has the Cheapest Grocery Prices? The One and Only Exception to Clark Howard's 'No Gift Card' Rule Financial Fasting Can Trim the Fat From Your Spending The WSJ - Buying Home and Auto Insurance Is Becoming Impossible  Best Auto Insurance Companies and Some of the Worst: December 2023 Why You Need To Re-Shop Your Car Insurance Right Now How to Shop for Lower Car Insurance How To Open a Roth IRA Acorns Review: How It Works, Pros & Cons 6 Things To Know Before You Sign Up for Tracfone Wireless Visible Deal: Unlimited Service for $20 Monthly for Two Years Best Cell Phone Plans in 2024: The Cheapest Plan for Every Need 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
22/01/2430m 54s

01.19.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Food & Retail App Payments

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today - do you use apps to get points & free items at restaurants? Are there app tricks going on to get us to spend more money? A current lawsuit calls this into question - but the real issue is larger. What to know about app stored payment systems.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Restaurant & Retail In-App Payments: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Clark Howard's Simple Steps To Get Better Customer Service When Is the Best Day and Time To Call Customer Service? Clark's take: Why everyone should have a dash cam Clark Deals - Dashcams What Is Umbrella Insurance and Do You Need It? How to clean a washing machine and how often to do it Travel Archives - Clark Howard / Travel Archives - Clark Deals Ask Clark: What Is a Backdoor Roth IRA? A new complaint claims Starbucks’ app traps customers in a cycle of spending 10 Best Restaurant Apps for Fast Food Deals 16 of the Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts in January 2024 What Is a SEP IRA and Who Is Eligible? What Is a Solo 401(k) and How Does It Work? 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
19/01/2432m 49s

01.18.24 Gen X Retirement Challenges / Home Building Solutions

Generation X in particular has faced unique challenges preparing for retirement. Clark talks about the factors involved and what this age group can do as they near their 60’s and beyond. Also today, in some states, housing prices have gone up 50% in the last 5 years. One solution Clark loves - composite, factory-built manufactured home building, is gaining traction in some places, but uptake will require cultural shifts. Gen X Retirement: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Manufactured Homes: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Gen Xers Ask: ‘Can I Afford to Retire?’ PEW Research - Older Workers Are Growing in Number and Earning Higher Wages ‘Flextirement’ is the future of work   Parents Are Spending Retirement Savings to Help Boomerang Children: FCC Affordable Connectivity Program Clark.com CAR RENTAL The housing solution ‘hidden in plain sight’ that Maryland and Mississippi are embracing Everything You Need To Know About Polybutylene Pipes How to Get a Mortgage in 8 Steps 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
18/01/2430m 20s

01.17.24 Clark Health Update / Big Screen TV Deals!

Clark discusses his recent heart procedure, shares the good news of his progress and thanks all for the heartfelt well wishes he received. Also in this episode, if you’re looking to upgrade the size of your TV, there are some incredible deals out there right now. Clark points the way. Health Update: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Big TV Deals: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Clark.com - STREAMING TV Live TV Streaming Channel Tool Everything seems more expensive, so why is a big new TV cheaper than ever? Clark Deals - The best deals on TVs available now 10 Ways To Save Money on Car Insurance Car Insurance Archives - Clark Howard Google Fi Wireless: My Experience as a Five-Year Customer (Pros and Cons) The Clark Howard Podcast 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
17/01/2430m 38s

01.16.24 Clarkonomics: Updated Outlook / Retail: A Break In The Paradox Of Choice

Today, a dose of Clarkonomics. Clark shares his views on the state of the economy, including energy production and the stock market looking ahead. Also, you may have noticed fewer options when it comes to goods you buy, like toilet paper and paper towels. Clark explains how the pandemic forced new adaptive efficiencies in manufacturing, and why this is good for consumers Clarkonomics: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Retail: Less Choice - Lower Prices: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: US wage growth, once an inflation risk, may be the prop a soft landing needs A lot of things are getting cheaper. Here's why you probably haven't noticed. The Federal Reserve will cut interest rates 6 times in 2024 as the economy shows clear signs of cooling down, ING says Opec+ now controls barely half of oil market, says IEA Surging U.S. Oil Production Brings Down Prices and Raises Climate Fears Should You Buy an Extended Warranty on Your Car? WSJ - Covid Slashed Consumer Choices. This Is Why They Aren’t Coming Back. This Clark Howard Credit Card Rule Could Prevent a Nightmare Scenario About Clark Howard 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
16/01/2428m 18s

01.15.24 BEST OF: A Reset On Auto Insurance / Longevity Insurance

Wishing you a peaceful and uplifting MLK Day. Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns tomorrow with new ways to Save More, Spend Less and Avoid Getting Ripped Off! The auto insurance industry is in a world of hurt and aggressively raising rates. Clark explains the factors involved and what you can do to help keep your costs down. Also today, life expectancy is a roll of the dice but generally, people are living longer. There’s a little known and very smart way to avoid outliving your money - longevity insurance.  Auto Insurance Bill Shock: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Longevity Insurance: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Clark Howard: Habitat for Humanity - Clark Howard Car Insurance Archives - Clark Howard What Is Umbrella Insurance and Do You Need It? Best Travel Credit Cards: Top Rewards Picks for 2023 Marketwatch - Can you answer this crucial retirement-planning question? Most people can’t. Want to live to 100? "Blue Zones" expert shares longevity lessons in new Netflix series Clark.com: Longevity Insurance: What Is It and Do You Need It? How To Open a Roth IRA Clark.com - Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts Target Date Funds: Clark's Favorite Retirement Investment 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
15/01/2437m 40s

01.12.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / WARNING: Old 401(k)s At Risk

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today -  Abandoned Places should NOT include your old 401(k). And big employers don’t want them. So new rules place this money at risk. Clark explains what’s happening now, and how to safely move your money. Don’t let it slip away!  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Forgotten 401(k)s At Risk: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: What Is an ABLE Account? Why Did My Car Insurance Go Up? Best Free Password Managers: 7 Top Picks How To Make Your Online Accounts Accessible When You Die Best 529 College Savings Plans By State Upside App Review: 6 Things To Know Before You Sign Up Your Old 401(k): Out of Sight, Out of Mind and Out of Money 401(k) Rollover: What You Need To Know & Options 3 Places You Should Never Invest Your Money Best Travel Credit Cards: Top Rewards Picks for 2024 Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card: 6 Things To Know Why Clark Thinks These Are the Best 2 Travel Rewards Cards The Platinum Card® from American Express Review Where To Buy the Best Cheap Printer Martin Luther King, Jr., National Day of Service 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
12/01/2432m 0s

01.11.24 IRS Tax Penalty News / Vanguard’s Target Date Funds

The IRS has been in the news for waiving penalties from prior tax years AND people are getting surprise tax bills. That has brought about a slew of companies advertising tax debt relief. Know what applies to you, and why you shouldn’t take the bait for “debt relief”. Also in the news, the lawsuit against Vanguard over its target date funds is moving through the courts. Know what role TDFs play in your portfolio and where they should NEVER be placed.  Tax Penalty Changes: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Vanguard’s Target Date Funds: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: [The Washington Post] IRS is waiving $1B in penalties. Beware of tax debt relief companies. IRS Zaps Nearly $1 Billion in Penalties for Taxpayers - The Wall Street Journal. Surprise Bill Coming to Those Who Underpay Taxes  When Should You Get an Accountant To Do Your Taxes? How to Freeze Your Child's Credit Should You Make Your Child an Authorized User on Your Credit Card? Is Pet Insurance Worth It? What You Need To Know Before You Buy How To Create a Will Online Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney: Frequently Asked Questions Clark Howard's 5-Point Annual Checklist You Should Follow Lawsuit Over Vanguard’s Target-Date Funds Can Proceed, Judge Rules Target Date Funds: Clark's Favorite Retirement Investment Frequently Asked Questions on Gift Taxes What Is a Roth 401(k) and How Does It Work? Best Budgeting Apps in 2024: Our Top 5 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
11/01/2432m 38s

01.10.24 Should You Own Gold? / Subscription Inventory & Streaming Decisions

Clark explains the real purpose of owning gold, and, should you decide to - the best way to include it as an asset. Also - One way to save money in the new year? Cancel subscriptions! Clark revisits subscription creep, and how streaming and other services can add up to big bucks. Many people forget to cancel free trials, and worse, many companies make it difficult to cancel.  GOLD! Yes Or No: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Subscription Creep & Streaming Services: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Costco sold more than $100 million in gold bars last quarter Clark Howard's Advice on Buying Gold Debt Archives - Clark Howard Best And Worst Homeowners Insurance Companies: December 2023 This metro woman built a tiny home and dumped her mortgage The high cost of subscription binges: How businesses get rich off you forgetting to cancel - USA TODAY  Americans Are Canceling More of Their Streaming Services The streaming wars reached a stalemate in 2023, but here are 6 trends that will define 2024  Axios: Hello TV bundles, our old friend New York Post: NY AG Letitia James sues SiriusXM: Service made it intentionally ‘hard to cancel subscriptions’ Clark.com - STREAMING TV Visible Deal: Unlimited Service for $20 Monthly for Two Years When Should You Get an Accountant To Do Your Taxes? Scams & Rip-Offs Archives - Clark Howard 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
10/01/2430m 51s

01.09.24 Prescription Drug Pricing Changes / CD Saving Strategy And A RIPOFF Warning

The big pharmacies are folding under the pressure of competitive pricing. How to insure you pay less for prescriptions. Also today, Clark updates the state of the economy and interest rates, with guidance on how savers can lock in higher rates for longer. He also has an important warning about how to spot fake CDs.  Rx Pricing Changes: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 CD Rates & Saving Strategy: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: NYTimes - CVS Says It Will Change the Way Its Pharmacies Are Paid WSJ.com: CVS Plans to Overhaul How Much Drugs Cost Axios: CVS' drug price transparency push  /  Axios: CVS blows up PBM model CVS is shaking up drug pricing. You can thank Mark Cuban Walgreens Launches Digital Tool To Help Save On Prescription Costs 10 Ways To Save on Prescription Drugs Will Mark Cuban's Prescription Company Really Save You Money? What Is a 403(b) and How Does It Work? Target Date Funds: Clark's Favorite Retirement Investment How To Find and Claim Missing Money in Your Name Now May Be the Time to Lock In High Interest Rates on Your Savings What Is a CD Ladder and When Is It a Good Idea? 16 of the Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts in January 2024 FDIC.gov / 3 Places You Should Never Invest Your Money IntraFi Network Deposits: ICS and CDARS Services from IntraFi He Stole Hundreds of iPhones and Looted People’s Life Savings. He Told Us How. Apple's New iOS 17 Security Feature Blocks Opportunistic iPhone Thieves Apple unveils new security feature to safeguard against thieves 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
09/01/2427m 34s

01.08.24 Retail Return Fees & Deadlines / Employer Finance Education Incentives

If you have holiday gifts you plan on taking or sending back, you need to know how return policies have changed, and act quickly. Clark explains. Also today, companies should emulate a recent move by a major airline to help employees with their finances.  Restrictive Return Policies: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Delta’s Emergency Savings Fund: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: WSJ.com: Retailers Enlist AI in Fight Against Returns Return Policies Have Gotten More Annoying This Holiday Season - The WSJ Holiday Returns: Guidelines and Return Dates for Major Retailers How To Get a Gym Membership for Practically Free Retirement Accounts Are the New Emergency Funds Delta offers employees $1,000 for emergency savings, 33,000 sign up The Best Place To Buy a Mattress Amica - Get a RV & Trailer Quote 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
08/01/2425m 20s

01.05.24 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Beware Job Scams

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also in this episode, there’s a real danger of scams when job searching online. Clark let’s job hunters know what to look out for and the rules of the road to employment.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Job Scams: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: What Is the Highest Credit Score? What Is a Thrift Savings Plan? WSJ - Auto Dealers Find Savings by Buying Cars Off the Street Turo: 5 Things To Know About the Cheap Car Rental Service Capital One Walmart Rewards® Card: Get 5% Back on Online Purchases Best Credit Cards for Shopping Rewards (Clark.com) Is the Target RedCard Credit Card Worth? Searching for a job to work remotely? Avoid scams and identity theft Legitimate Work From Home Jobs – How to Find Them (Clark.com) Should I Prepay for My Funeral? Clark Howard's Important Advice on Funeral Planning Wills & Funerals Archives - Clark Howard SIPC - Securities Investor Protection Corporation 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
05/01/2433m 23s

01.04.24 A New Way To SPEND LESS / TAXES: The New Direct File Program

The resolution to spend less can yield multiple benefits and there are various approaches. Clark explores a method called financial fasting. Also today, the U.S. is slowly adopting a method to simplify taxes, used by most other developed countries. See if this free online direct tax filing service called Direct File could work for you. Financial Fasting: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 IRS: Direct File: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Financial Fasting Can Trim the Fat From Your Spending What Is Umbrella Insurance and Do You Need It? How To Find Cheap Flights in 3 Easy Steps 13 States Sign On to IRS Direct File Pilot Program IRS plans to launch free tax filing pilot program in 13 states next year Will an IRS Tax Prep Service Replace H&R Block or TurboTax? 4 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On Should You Buy an Extended Warranty on Your Car? 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
04/01/2429m 17s

01.03.24 Roth IRA Limits For 2024 / Used Electric Cars

Clark shares good news about his favorite type of retirement account. Also in today’s show, advice for used car buyers includes new tax incentives that just went into effect.  New Roth IRA Limits: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 The Used EV Tax Credit: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Looking to save in a Roth IRA next year? Here's what you need to know. - from USA TODAY How To Open a Roth IRA IRS provides tax inflation adjustments for tax year 2024 Best 529 College Savings Plans By State 529 rollover to Roth IRA: A guide to conversion Visible Review: 5 Things To Know Before You Sign Up Visible vs. Verizon Wireless: Plans, Pricing, Data and More Edmunds: Best used electric vehicles under $25,000 13 Secret Saving Hacks at Costco, Sam's Club and BJ's Wholesale What Home Security Camera Does Clark Prefer Ahead of Amazon’s Ring? How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor 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
03/01/2430m 43s

01.02.24 SAVE MORE in 24 on Cell Phone Service / Payment App Tax Update

We’re back and ready to talk about how you can save more, spend less, and avoid rip-offs in 2024! Up first - your cell phone bill! Cell phone rates are going up at twice the rate of inflation because we’ve gone from 4 national providers to 3. Clark has ways to help you SAVE. Also, know what to expect this year if you’ve been worried about paying tax bills on money received through Venmo, PayPal, Cash App, or other payment services. Save On Cell Phone Service: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Payment App Tax Rule: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Mobile phone bills up 5% over last year: doxo Best Cell Phone Plans in 2024: The Cheapest Plan for Every Need CELL PHONES - Clark.com / STREAMING TV - Clark.com How To Watch the Top Video Streaming Services for Under $100 per Year Best Budgeting Apps in 2024: Our Top 5 IRS delays reporting rules for users of Venmo, Cash App and other payment apps How To Save Money With Google Flights Top Travel Deals - Clark Howard 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
02/01/2430m 23s

12.29.23 BEST OF: Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Carrying Credit Card Debt

Happy Holidays! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns January 2nd. Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Later, 20% of credit card users have heavy revolving debt, accounting for ¾ of the money banks make from cards. Few such users know their debt amount or interest rate, an oversight banks have exploited. If you’re carrying credit card debt, Clark has an assignment that could help you achieve being debt FREE.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Credit Card Debt: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show What is Dual Enrollment and How Much Does it Cost? Best Credit Cards for Shopping Rewards: Top Picks for 2023 Best Credit Cards for Groceries in 2023 2 Ways To Guarantee Yourself a Lifetime Stream of Income Heavy credit-card users are key in the Fed’s inflation battle How to Freeze Your Credit — Literally! Clark.com - Credit Card Debt Best Balance Transfer Credit Cards: Top Picks for 2023 How To Do a Balance Transfer the Right Way Best 0% Intro APR Credit Cards: Top Picks for 2023 Citi Simplicity® Card Review 2022: A Worthy Balance Transfer Card 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
29/12/2328m 0s

12.28.23 BEST OF: The Return Of Smaller Homes / Smart Choices For Higher Education

Happy Holidays! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns January 2nd. Clark explains the forces behind a reversal in home building trends, bringing more affordable homes to the housing market. Also today: New data shows the net cost of attending college is moderating. Clark discusses cost factors to consider when choosing a college and most importantly - a course of study and skill set. Is prestige worth the price, or is it better to hold the cost and borrowing down? Plus, a NEVER NEVER rule on student loans.  Back To Smaller Homes: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 College Major and School Choice Decisions: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Goodbye Bathtub and Living Room. America’s Homes Are Shrinking. Divvy Wants to Make Rent-to-Own Deals Easy. Many Customers Find Them Hard. Should You Buy an Extended Warranty on Your Car? Want high earnings? Focus on the major, not a college's prestige Student Loan Payments Are Restarting: 4 Things To Know How Do Student Loans Work? 7 Things to Know ‘I’ve had this black cloud looming over me’: How private lenders have left millions of college students with no hope for the future Simple Interest: Who Benefits, With Formula and Example Rule of 78: Definition, How Lenders Use It, and Calculation Submit a complaint | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Why Clark Howard Shifted to a Digital Wallet and You Should Too 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
28/12/2335m 38s

12.27.23 BEST OF: Scam Hit List / Heavy Lift: Renting A Storage Unit

Happy Holidays! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns January 2nd. Amount lost to only the scams reported last year: $9 Billion. Clark runs down an alarming list of current cons, and what they all have in common. Also today, Clark updates his journey renting storage, with new insights on what renters of storage units need to know.  Scam-a-rama Line Up: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Renting Storage: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show People are losing more money to scammers than ever before. Here's how to keep yourself safe  Blue-tick scammers target consumers who complain on X Best Buy scam alert! People are pretending to be members of the Geek Squad. How to spot it. -USA TODAY New Amazon scams are making the rounds. Here’s how to avoid them Scammers impersonate well-known companies, recruit for fake jobs on LinkedIn and other job platforms FTC Cautions Consumers on Heels of Latest Zelle Scam You got the apartment! Spot rental listing scams before you pay 7 Best Free Cloud Storage Options in 2023 - Clark.com What Is a Solid-State Drive (SSD)? How To Buy Term Life Insurance in 7 Easy Steps Is There a Limit to Americans’ Self-Storage Addiction? Billions of Dollars Say Nope Clark Deals - The best laptop deals available now 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
27/12/2333m 52s

12.26.23 BEST OF: Back To School For Seniors / Renting To Own A Home

Happy Holidays! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns January 2nd. Word to seniors - A new trend is serving the lifelong learning ethos which may make sense for you and greatly enhance retirement. Also, the increased challenges of homebuying have led to the resurgence of renting to own a home. Clark discusses the opportunity and hazard of these contracts.  Retirees Return To College: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Rent-To-Own Home Contracts: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Why Retirees Are Going Back to College Flexcar: Your flexible alternative to car ownership T-Mobile: Credit Card Payments Will Soon Lose AutoPay Discounts Authorized User vs. Joint Account Holder Best Secured Credit Cards for 2023: Top Picks for Building or Repairing Credit Divvy Wants to Make Rent-to-Own Deals Easy. Many Customers Find Them Hard. How Do I Remove Myself as an Authorized User on a Credit Card? Rich Dad - The Power of the Corporation 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
26/12/2327m 47s

12.25.23 BEST OF: The Credit Card Surcharge War / The Man From ROTH

Happy Holidays! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns January 2nd. Credit cards are a massive expense for businesses. The U.S. has the highest merchant fees in the world, so many merchants pass on the expense to customers. Clark tells you how Visa is fighting back, and what this all means for both merchants and consumers. Also today, Clark - aka The Man From Roth - shares the considerable merits of the ROTH versions of 401(k)s and IRAs. Roths are the superior choice, yet - underutilized.  Credit Card Surcharge Decisions : Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Roth Power: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Bodegas Put on Notice as Visa Fights Back on Card Surcharges Fidelity Rewards Visa vs. Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer: Pick the Right 2% Credit Card How to Get a Mortgage in 8 Steps Congress Ended a Tax Break. How That May Help Higher Earners. WSJ Roth vs. Traditional 401(k): What's the Difference? What Is a Roth 401(k) and How Does It Work? 14 of the Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts in August 2023 Gym membership cancellation: Here's how easy it can be to get out How To Get a Gym Membership for Practically Free 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
25/12/2326m 28s

12.22.23 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / What To Know About Hybrid Vehicles

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today, Clark explains the hybrid vehicle advantage and the difference between plug-in and regular hybrids.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Hybrids 101: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Clark’s Christmas Kids How To Save Money With Google Flights Children & Infant Travel | Delta Air Lines Southwest Airlines offers expanded family boarding ages on some flights 5 Money Lessons From Clark Howard's Trip to Europe Amica: 10 Things To Know Before You Get a Policy ChexSystems   /   Order Your Innovis Credit Report How to Request Your Clarity Consumer File Disclosure - Clarity Services, Inc. Security Freeze - LexisNexis Risk Solutions Consumer Disclosure How To Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion What Is Disability Insurance and How Does It Work? America’s top-selling car will soon come only as a hybrid Can a Burglar Jam Your Wireless Security System? - Consumer Reports Your Guide to DIY Home Security Systems What Brokerage Do You Recommend for First-Time Investors or Kids? 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
22/12/2335m 1s

12.21.23 Supporting Adult Kids / Taking Security Warnings Seriously

Do you financially support your adult kids? This is a tough area. Clark shares some surprising statistics and offers some guidelines for parents. Also in this episode, do you pay attention to security warnings including data breaches, scams & digital vulnerabilities? Clark discusses what it takes for us to actually take security alerts seriously and act to protect our accounts.  Funding Your Adult Kids: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Security Warnings: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Clark’s Christmas Kids Kevin O'Leary: How I handle family members who ask for money and the one rule I always enforce Study reveals more than half of American parents in these 36 states shell out to support their adult children  How Does Your Credit Utilization Rank vs. Average U.S. Consumers? Can I Trust the FDIC’s Recommendations on Getting Insured for More Than $250,000 at a Single Bank? Best Free Password Managers: 7 Top Picks / How To Create a Safe Password How To Monitor Your Credit Credit Karma Review: Free Credit Score and More at Your Fingertips How To Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion What Is a 403(b) and How Does It Work? Clark does not purchase extended warranties! 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
21/12/2332m 7s

12.20.23 Borrowing From Retirement Accounts / Apple To Android Texting

New stats reveal many Americans are tapping retirement accounts for cash shortfalls. There are safety valves that allow access to these funds pre-retirement but doing so erodes future wealth. Clark discusses where to draw the line when faced with this dilemma. Also today, positive changes from Apple include a texting fix that’s long overdue. Borrowing From Retirement Accounts: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Apple’s Texting Fix: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Retirement Accounts Are the New Emergency Funds 529 rollover to Roth IRA: A guide to conversion E-ZPass Group - Home E-PASS - Central Florida Expressway Authority NYTimes: Apple Says It Will Improve the Green vs. Blue Texting Experience Why unexpectedly high ambulance bills are still a problem in the U.S. How to Find Airline Mistake Fares and Save Big on Airfare Clark’s Christmas Kids 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
20/12/2330m 15s

12.19.23 Attention Shoppers: Caution With Dupes / Avoid Car Loan Rip-offs

Many shoppers are into “dupes” - cheaper replicas of pricier products, especially clothing, cosmetics and accessories. So are they worth a try? A recent survey assesses quality vs savings on duplicate brands. Also today, Toyota was just fined for ripping customers off with car loans. But they’re not the only ones playing games in their finance offices. How to bypass this rip-off entirely.  Cheaper Duplicates Of Pricey Brands: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Car Loan Rip-offs: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: 'Dupes' clothing, perfume craze lures holiday shoppers as major brands fret The Cheapest Places To Buy Contact Lenses The Best Places To Buy Eyeglasses Where To Get Cheap Eye Exams Toyota financing arm fined $60 million by consumer watchdog for car loan scam How to Buy a New Car in 5 Steps How to Buy a Used Car in 7 Steps  /  Best Used Car Websites in 2023 Fidelity Investments Review 2023: Pros & Cons Capital Gains Tax Rates for 2023 vs. 2024 Roth vs. Traditional 401(k): What's the Difference? Clark’s Christmas Kids 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
19/12/2328m 43s

12.18.23 Assisted Living FEES / SAVE MORE On Audiobooks

Planning ahead means understanding available care for our aging selves and senior loved ones. Recent reports expose excessive fees imposed at assisted living facilities. Clark explains what to look out for and how to get legit help making placement decisions. Also today - something that is actually getting cheaper for you - audio books.  Assisted Living Fees: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Audiobook Deals: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Clark’s Christmas Kids NYTimes.com: Extra Fees Drive Assisted-Living Profits Desperate Families Search for Affordable Home Care How to Find a Geriatric Care Manager Aging Life Care Association How To Manage Your Monthly Subscriptions To Save Money 5 Steps To Getting a Good Deal on a Hotel Room Do You Get Better Prices on Hotels From Third-Party Sites or by Booking Directly? Best 529 College Savings Plans By State 529 rollover to Roth IRA: A guide to conversion Audiobooks Just Got Cheaper—if You Know Where to Look-WSJ Free Audiobooks: 11 Places Online and Apps (Clark.com) Goodbye match, hello retirement benefit account? What IBM 401(k) change means Cancel for Any Reason Trip Insurance: Should You Buy It? Travel Insurance: What You Need To Know Before You Buy 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
18/12/2333m 36s

12.15.23 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Hearing Aids & Cognitive Decline

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also in this episode, great news on a common device that can prevent cognitive decline by 46% - and it’s getting cheaper to buy every day! Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Hearing Aids: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Clark’s Christmas Kids 5 Things To Know About Series I Savings Bonds How To Dispute a Charge on Your Credit Card OTC hearing aids reduce cognitive decline by 48% Hearing Aids - Clark.com Should You Buy an Extended Warranty on Your Car? 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
15/12/2332m 35s

12.14.23 The Saver’s Credit Tax Break / HOA Update

Tax season is around the corner. Clark wants to make sure you know about a government grant for retirement savers who meet the income guidelines. Also today - an important step you need to take if you’re thinking about buying into a homeowner or condo association.  Saver’s Tax Credit: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Assessing An HOA: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Saver's Credit: Who Qualifies for This Retirement Tax Break? Walmart+ Membership Program: 4 Things To Know What Is a Thrift Savings Plan? High-profile fights are taking aim at HOAs, but even greater challenges may lie ahead What Is Long-Term Care Insurance Cost & Coverage Should I Buy an Extended Warranty on Tires? TIRES - Clark.com Clark’s Christmas Kids 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
14/12/2326m 7s

12.13.23 Housing Market Update / A Money Saving Shift In The Restaurant Business

Clark shares data affirming that affordability for first time home buyers is an ongoing challenge. So where’s the housing market headed next? What to know about home prices and interest rates moving forward. Also, Clark openly disdains the higher cost of food delivery. Now, many fine dine-in restaurants are offering a cost saving option.  HOLD! First Time Home Buying: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 The Expansion Of Drive-Through Restaurants: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Mapped: What You Need to Earn to Own a Home in 50 American Cities Who Should Consider Setting Up a Trust? How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor 7 Places to Get the Best Deals on Lab-Created Diamonds NYTimes: Hungry (but Not for Human Contact), Americans Head for the Drive-Through 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
13/12/2333m 15s

12.12.23 Subject To Change: When Travel Providers Cancel / Mattress Deals

What happens if a cruise line changes your itinerary or a tour company cancels? You may be out of luck. Hear Clark’s NEVER RULE on travel insurance. Also today, a price trend is your friend. Mattress oversupply means deals. But there’s a requirement you should adhere to when buying. Travel Insurance: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Mattresses Deals: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Stuck with a $20,000 bill? Oceania guests struggle for refunds amid major cruise changes - USA TODAY Travel Insurance: What You Need To Know Before You Buy Cancel for Any Reason Trip Insurance: Should You Buy It? The Best Day and Time to Book a Cheap Flight I Need Plane Tickets for an International Trip. Should I Buy Now or Wait? Global Entry: 5 Things To Know Before You Sign Up The WSJ: Sleep Number's 'Drastic Miss' Resulted in Drastic Marketing Measures The Best Place To Buy a Mattress / How Can I Get Rid of My Old Mattress Cheaply? How To Find and Claim Missing Money in Your Name Clark.com - Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts Clark’s Christmas Kids 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
12/12/2330m 52s

12.11.23 Cost of Forgoing Healthcare / New Rule: Parental Assets & College Financial Aid

The bad news on healthcare costs goes deep. Many are forgoing care, regardless of insurance status due to higher deductibles and copays. Clark explains the problem, the consequences, and what you can do to protect your health - and your wallet. Also today, great news for parents of college bound kids. There’s a new rule involving how parental assets affect a child’s eligibility for financial aid. Shop Healthcare: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Retirement & College Financial Aid: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Clark’s Christmas Kids High Healthcare Costs Can Cause Even the Insured To Skip Care 10 Ways to Save Money on Health Care Family Loans: How to Borrow From and Lend to Family What Is an ETF?   /   ETF vs. Mutual Fund: Which Investment Is Better? Saving More in a 401(k) Can Now Boost Your College Financial Aid - WSJ Best 529 College Savings Plans By State Easy way to cut the cost of your college degree in half Defending Your Fully Digital Wallet Against Fraud 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
11/12/2330m 4s

12.08.23 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Money And Dating

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also in this episode - do you ask for a credit score on the first date? People are approaching dating in more practical ways regarding financial stability. Clark discusses red flags and the importance of open communication around money from the get go.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Money And Dating: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Clark’s Christmas Kids Treasury Department aims to make it easier to get $7,500 EV tax credit in 2024 Automatic Bill Pay: How It Works and How To Do It Safely Should I Buy an AirTag for My Checked Airport Luggage? Are you leaving money on the table: How 1 in 4 couples is missing out on 401 (k) savings [The Washington Post] Forget the Cheesecake Factory. Here are real first-date red flags. Why women are turning the first date into a job interview Should You Make Your Child an Authorized User on Your Credit Card? Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card: 6 Things To Know in 2023 Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card: Travel Credit Card Review 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
08/12/2331m 11s

12.07.23 New Tax Brackets Favorable / Proof Of Money! Your Account Statements

Inflation silver lining: New IRS tax brackets for 2024. By historical standards, tax rates are low - at 12% on average. Understand how this informs financial planning, from Roth IRA conversion to home buying. In an era of historically low tax rates, don’t fall for irrelevant “tax smart” pitches. Also today, a very scary reason why you should always receive paper statements or keep digital records for all financial accounts.   New Tax Brackets: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Financial Account Statements: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Today in History - December 7 | Library of Congress Inflation Causes IRS to Raise Tax Brackets, Standard Deduction by 5.4% Should I Convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA? How To Use Priceline To Save on Travel BBB-File a Complaint Return a Gift - Amazon Customer Service Clark’s Christmas Kids Why Banks Are Suddenly Closing Down Customer Accounts My Wells Fargo bank account was closed with no warning – I lost all my life savings but they said it didn’t exist The #1 Bill You Should Get by Mail What's the Best Place To Sell a Car in 2023? What Brokerage Do You Recommend for First-Time Investors or Kids? 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
07/12/2328m 55s

12.06.23 The Pros & Cons of Bin Stores / Home Insurance In Coastal States

Bin stores, aka discount, surplus or salvage outlets - go by many names, but collectively serve an oversupplied retail market these days. Such stores specialize in selling returns and other troubled goods, offering a shortcut to lower prices. Also today, home insurance is a broken market in coastal areas, but one coastal state is adapting so well, premiums have decreased.  Bin Store Savings: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 New Coastal Building Standards: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: What’s a bin store, and why should you check one out? Should I Tip on a Cruise?  Booking a Cruise? Here Are 5 Ways To Do It for Less Clark does not purchase extended warranties! Retailers Offer Me Warranties on Everything I Buy Now. Are Any of Them Worth It? The Coastal State Where Home Insurance Is Relatively Affordable - WSJ Some houses are being built to stand up to hurricanes and sharply cut emissions, too NYTimes.com: A Climate Change Success Story? Look at Hoboken. Home Insurers To Be Scrutinized In Climate-Risk Study The Best Places To Sell Your Cell Phone 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
06/12/2336m 11s

12.05.23 The 2024 Economy / Delivery Drones

Now is the time to Save More. Clark makes economic predictions based on global indicators, with advice for timing saving and spending to get the most from your money. Also in this episode, a long promised technology is finally being tested - Amazon drone deliveries.  2024 Deflation: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Delivery Drones: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Right Now Is a Bad Time to Spend Money China Is Making Too Much Stuff—and Other Countries Are Worried Has Your Emergency Savings Stash Grown? It Might Be Time For A Reality Check How To Create a Safe Password Telly's free TV could shake up the entertainment business Treasury: Series I bond rate is 5.27% through April 2024 NYTimes.com: Look, Up in the Sky! It’s a Can of Soup! How To Spot and Avoid Gift Card Scams The National Foundation for Credit Counseling Home - Elliott Report Clark’s Christmas Kids 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
05/12/2330m 14s

12.04.23 New Zelle Policies / Devalued Travel Points

Zelle has been a conduit for pretext scams costing consumers billions. 13 months ago, Zelle promised that by January of this year, they’d have consumer protections in place. Never happened - until now. Also today, as the value of travel points continues downward, Clark helps you determine if credit cards tied into airline & hotel providers are worth the high annual fees - and the cards that may serve you better. Zelle Reforms!: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Travel Credit Cards: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Clark’s Christmas Kids Payments app Zelle begins refunds for imposter scams after Washington pressure 4 Common Scams on Cash App, Venmo and Zelle (and How To Avoid Them!) Popular Budgeting App Mint Is Shutting Down - Clark.com Best Budgeting Apps - Clark.com Turns out, the Equifax data breach was even worse than we thought How To Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion Home Equity Loans & Lines of Credit: 7 Common Questions Answered One Mile at a Time: Southwest Points Will Be Worth Less In 2024 A new Southwest card bonus can get you halfway to Companion Pass status, which lets you fly a friend for free Southwest Credit Cards Offer Limited-Time Welcome Offer Boost -Clark.com Best Cash Back Credit Cards With No Annual Fee Best Travel Credit Cards: Top Rewards Picks for 2023 9 Ways To Save Money on Your Road Trip 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
04/12/2336m 6s

12.01.23 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Millionaire - You Can Get There

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also in this episode - Who wants to be a millionaire? New data shows that 12% of American families are now millionaires. How they got there.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Becoming A Millionaire: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: DuckDuckGo — Privacy, simplified. WSJ.com: Never Mind the 1%. Mini-Millionaires Are Where Wealth Is Growing Fastest. Clark.com - Millionaires What Is an ABLE Account? How To Open a Roth IRA 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
01/12/2325m 51s

11.30.23 Home Inventory / Planning For Long-Term Care

Today, two very practical ways to prepare for your near and long-term future - doing a home inventory and saving for long-term care. Clark gets you prepared in case you ever need to make a home insurance claim, and then discusses the problems with the broken long term care industry. Learn what financial advisors recommend now, to plan for what 80% of older adults may someday need.  Home Inventory: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Long-Term Care: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: What Is Digital Home Management and Why Is It Important? How To Store Your Important Financial Documents Online How Your Phone’s Camera Can Save You a Headache With Your Insurer Best Renters Insurance Companies and Ones To Avoid Actual Cash Value vs. Replacement Cost Value Coverage How Much Homeowners Insurance Do I Need? Best And Worst Homeowners Insurance Companies: October 2023 Are Money Market Funds a Safe Place To Stash My Savings? 3 Things Clark Says You Should Do With CDs Right Now Barrons.com: Most Seniors Will Need Long-Term Care. Here’s How to Save for It What Is Long-Term Care Insurance Cost & Coverage What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? Clark Howard’s #1 Rule Before You File an Auto Insurance Claim The American Community Survey: Is It Legitimate and Do You Have To Answer? 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
30/11/2325m 1s

11.29.23 SAVE MORE Automatically / Retirement Abroad - Pros & Cons

Clark has new evidence to back up something he’s long been in favor of - automatic enrollment in retirement savings plans. How some states are making saving for retirement automatic for the people. And how you can make it happen for yourself. Also, have you ever dreamed of retiring abroad to save money? Clark offers three main areas of consideration before making a decision. Automatic SAVING: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Retiring Abroad: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: More states are offering auto-enrollment retirement plans, and they seem to be working Why automatic savings works: How to do it & the best ways to save How To Open a Roth IRA Are You Following Clark's Maximum Auto Loan Length Rule? Is the Privacy App Permission Slip Worth It? A Review Is a Costco Executive Membership Worth It? The Pros and Cons of Retiring Abroad Where Would Clark Howard Live if Not in the United States? Combating Spoofed Robocalls with Caller ID Authentication How To Stop Spam Calls for Good Top Travel Deals - Clark Howard / How To Find Cheap Flights in 3 Easy Steps Upside App Review: 6 Things To Know Before You Sign Up 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
29/11/2327m 29s

11.28.23 Used Car Prices / Solving The Problem Of Boarding A Plane

One decision that will save you big money over time is to buy a used car instead of new. And there is good news along that front. Clark updates what’s happening with prices on both new and used cars. Also, airline boarding can be a big headache - inefficient and time consuming. Clark has the solution.  Used Car Prices: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Fixing Airline Boarding: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Clark.com - Report: 10 Used Cars With the Biggest Price Drops 10 Best SUVs You Can Buy Right Now Can I Trust the FDIC’s Recommendations on Getting Insured for More Than $250,000 at a Single Bank? 14 Places To Listen to Free Music Online Airline boarding: how to end the game of thrones fight for baggage space Health Insurance Guide California could make it easier to scrub your personal data from the web. Businesses are pushing back 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
28/11/2329m 44s

11.27.23 Federal Court Ruling On Realtors / Best CD Rates

A recent court ruling could eventually change the landscape for realtors, bringing U.S. commissions in line with global standards. Also today, it’s beyond Clarkrageous that big banks still pay zip on savings. Clark tells you how to get the most from your savings via CDs. Realtor Court Ruling: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Best CD Savings Rates: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: UPDATE 4-US jury finds realtors liable for inflating commissions, awards $1.78 bln damages Real estate heavyweights ordered to pay $1.7B, but big questions remain in high-stakes lawsuit Jury Verdict Could Reduce Real Estate Commissions, Slash Agent Head Count How To Roll Over A 529 Plan To A Roth IRA How To Make Your Online Accounts Accessible When You Die What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2023 Big Banks Are Making Huge Profits Off Today’s Savings Rates—Are You? Vanguard CD rates - from USA Today 3 Things Clark Says You Should Do With CDs Right Now 14 of the Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts in November 2023 Renew my Passport Online What Is Umbrella Insurance and Do You Need It? 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
27/11/2332m 39s

11.24.23 BEST OF: Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Investment Warning: Private Placement

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns from travel adventures November 27th. Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also, did you hear about the ponzi scheme that involved manure conversion to energy? It’s a hard lesson about investing. Clark shares how the mass movement for private placement investments came about - and became a green light for con artists.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Private Placement Investment WARNING: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Amazon Scam Warning: Beware of Deliveries You Didn't Order How To Build Credit How a Toilet Plunger Improved CPR NIH.gov - Mechanical vs manual chest compression What Is the Better Business Bureau and Should You Use It? Costco vs. Sam's Club: What Is the Difference? Costco vs. Sam's Club vs. BJ's Wholesale: Which Is Best? Man Is Sentenced in $9 Million Cow Manure Ponzi Scheme Quality Condo living in the city vs Suburbs  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
24/11/2333m 25s

11.23.23 BEST OF: Two Money Principles To Live By / Streaming Update Features FREE TV

Happy Thanksgiving Day! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns from travel adventures November 27th. There are cultural differences when it comes to handling money and we in the U.S. aren’t known as champion savers… YET. If building savings for financial security eludes you, Clark has a two part plan to get you on track. Even if you carry debt, follow Clark’s simple start now, and ultimately rewrite your financial future. Also - Clark gives an overview of the rapidly changing streaming landscape and your choices. With prices on the rise, Free Ad Supported TV or FAST TV is gaining in popularity. Clarkcore Money Principles: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Streaming Update-FREE TV: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Financial Advisers Share the Best Financial Advice They’ve Ever Received Know thyself, know thy finances: which of the 5 money personalities are you? — The Conversation How To Save and Invest the Clark Howard Way How To Save Money: Spend Less & Build Your Savings How To Open a Roth IRA /  How To Build Credit Best Secured Credit Cards for 2023: Top Picks for Building or Repairing Credit 6 Best Apps To Save Money on Groceries There’s a New Way to Watch TV. It’s Already More Popular Than HBO. Best Free Streaming Services in 2023: Movies and TV for Cord Cutters - Clark.com CLARK.com - Streaming TV 4 Things To Know Before You Buy a Digital TV Antenna Google Fi Wireless Review: Things To Know Before You Sign Up Best 529 College Savings Plans By State Understanding 529 rollovers to a Roth IRA - Fidelity Investments 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
23/11/2331m 28s

11.22.23 BEST OF: Know The Full Cost Of Owning A Home / Scam Alert: Online Searches

Happy Thanksgiving Week! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns from travel adventures November 27th. If you’re trying to decide whether to buy a home now or wait, beyond pre-approval are several cost considerations to add to your decision process. Clark discusses some of the basic costs of owning a home so you go in with a realistic budget for the expected AND the unexpected. Also today, when doing an online search, there’s something you’ve absolutely got to lookout for, or it can hit you hard in the wallet.   The FULL Cost of Home Ownership: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 A KEY Internet Search Warning: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Five Key Financial Aspects to Managing Your Home Cheapest Way to Rent a Car: Expert Tips When Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Instead of Investing? [The Washington Post] Scammers are using Google results to target desperate travelers When Do You Need a Travel Agent? Income-Driven Repayment 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
22/11/2334m 53s

11.21.23 BEST OF: Turn Debt Shame Into A Debt Plan / High Water Bills

Happy Thanksgiving Week! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns from travel adventures November 27th. People tend to carry a lot of embarrassment, shame and or anger around debt and other financial mistakes. Counselor Clark would like a word with you…. Also, water bills are up by about 50% over the last several years. Clark discusses the factors leading to this increase and what you can do about it. Facing Debt: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Rising Water Bills: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show The Hill: Americans are hiding their credit card debt Clark.com - Credit Card Debt 6 Things To Know Before Contacting the National Foundation for Credit Counseling Best Cash Back Credit Cards With No Annual Fee /  CREDIT CARDS NYTimes: Water Bills Are Rising. Here’s What to Do About It. Should You Buy Cell Phone Insurance? Cell Phone Protection: These Credit Cards Will Replace Your Stolen or Damaged Phone Will Mark Cuban's Prescription Company Really Save You Money? 10 Ways To Save on Prescription Drugs 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
21/11/2332m 25s

11.20.23 BEST OF: Fight The SCAMdemic / Are You On Track For Retirement?

Happy Thanksgiving Week! Please enjoy this Best Of episode. Clark returns from travel adventures November 27th. Rampant scams are now a global scourge, many now employing a tactic known as “pig butchering”. Clark shares a real life example and what you need to know. Also in this episode -Shocking new data reveals that most Americans are not on track for retirement. Our aspirations for early retirement don’t match up to how much is being saved for the future. Know how you can get on track for a more secure retirement.  “Pig Butchering” Scams Increasing: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Retirement Shortfalls: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Out almost $80,000? Don't get scammed NYPost : Newly divorced mom scammed of entire $100,000 401k savings in Tinder ‘pig butchering’ scheme Pirate Ship Review: Pros & Cons of This Cheap Shipping Service Home Equity Loans & Lines of Credit: 7 Common Questions Answered Start saving now, and you could have this much for retirement Retirement savings shortfall in America Clark.com - Saving For Retirement /  How To Open a Roth IRA Target Date Funds: Clark's Favorite Retirement Investment Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2023 Pension Benefit Information Notifies TIAA of MOVEit Data Breach Affecting Over 2.6 Million How To Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card: Travel Credit Card Review Best Travel Credit Cards: Top Rewards Picks for 2023 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
20/11/2331m 11s

11.17.23 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Homebuilder Incentives For Buyers

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today - First time home buyers face many challenges now, but as homebuilders also feel the crunch, there’s a shift in the housing market that may benefit you.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Homebuilder Incentives: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: What Is a Good Credit Score? How to Find a Geriatric Care Manager / Senior Planning Is it safe to buy travel from a warehouse club like Costco? Clark's tips on saving for college Why 'Buy Now, Pay Later' Worries Clark Howard TSA PreCheck® vs. Global Entry vs. CLEAR: Which Is Best for You? Global Entry: 5 Things To Know Before You Sign Up Homebuilders turn to incentives to draw in priced-out buyer pool Mortgages Archives - Clark Howard Assumable Mortgage: What It Is, How It Works, Types, Pros & Cons So, you've frozen your credit: What to do next? How To Get a Free Credit Report How To Dispute an Error on Your Credit Report and Win 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
17/11/2340m 43s

11.16.23 Love & Marriage & Joint Bank Accounts / Postal Identity Theft

How should couples handle money? Clark has some tried & true recommendations. Also, criminals are doing address changes on people with the postal service to steal their mail, with disastrous consequences. What you need to know about new USPS security standards.  Couples & Money: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 USPS Change Of Address ID Theft: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Are Joint Bank Accounts the Secret to a Happy Marriage? - The WSJ Common Cents: Bank Account Structure and Couples’ Relationship Dynamics Clark Howard's 5 Money Tips for Couples The Average Credit Score in America 4 Ways To Get Your Free Credit Score What Is a Good Credit Score? 5 Money Tips To Know Before You Travel Abroad USA TODAY: USPS address change policy requiring customers to verify identity Best Credit Cards for Students: Top Picks for 2023 Citi to Cardholders: Go Paperless or Else 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
16/11/2329m 14s

11.15.23 Top Tier Gasoline / Employee Raises Next Year

Clark shares recent research on the benefits of top tier gasoline. Also in this episode, do you get an annual raise? Some companies are going to forego those next year for some employees. What to do if you are affected.  Top Tier Gas: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Wage Increase Outlook: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Yahoo News: Who has better gas between Costco and Sam’s Club? Buying Gas From a Station on This List Is Better for Your Car 6 Things To Know Before You Buy Gas at Costco Wholesale How to find the best auto repair shops Most companies plan to give raises next year — just not to everyone. The strategy could backfire. What Is a Thrift Savings Plan? Clark.com - Streaming TV 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 Sponsor Link: Raisin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/11/2330m 28s

11.14.23 Natural Gas & Winter Heating Bills / Auto Insurance Claim Rip-Offs

It’s getting cold out in many parts of the country. Clark has some good news on the home heating front. Also today - many insurance companies are purposely giving lowball offers for collision repairs. Clark has his own experience with this kind of dirty dealing. Know how to protect your wallet in the aftermath of an accident. Winter Heating Costs: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Auto Insurance Claim Rip-Offs: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Here’s a Bill That Might Be Lower Than Last Year’s - The WSJ 10 Ways To Lower Your Heating Bill How To Save Money on Utilities The #1 Bill You Should Get by Mail New lending rule aims to boost first-time homebuying with potential rental income Insurance companies have discovered devious new ways to rip you off Popular Budgeting App Mint Is Shutting Down Best Budgeting Apps in 2023: Our Top 6 Your voice matters: T-Mobile backtracks on price migrations during Q3 earnings Techdirt: T-Mobile Backs Off Price Hike They Pretended Wasn't A Price Hike 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
14/11/2332m 10s

11.13.23 Understanding BONDS / Fully Autonomous Self-Driving Vehicles

The last three years have been the worst for doing traditional portfolio mixes of stocks & bonds. This brings forth “recency bias”. Clark discusses the state of the economy and how bonds fit into your portfolio. Also, self-driving cars have sparked a lot of debate. Are they ready for prime time?  Bonds Are A Deal: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Self-Driving Cars: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: 5 Things To Know About Series I Savings Bonds It’s Time to Stop Crying About Bonds and Buy Them Instead Bond markets are being hit hard — and it's likely to impact you Why is the US economy so resilient? Should You Ever Decline a Credit Limit Increase? How To Increase the Credit Limit on Your Credit Card GM halting driverless car service nationwide after California ban 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 Sponsor Link: Raisin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/11/2330m 3s

11.10.23 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Ending Self-Checkout

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today, Clark talks about some of the perils of self-checkout and the new fully automated stores.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Fully Automated Markets: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: How to Buy a Used Car in 7 Steps 10 Ways To Save Money on Car Insurance 401(k) Match: What Is It, How It Works Axios: Chamblee market says no checkout, no cashier, no problem How To Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion How To Monitor Your Credit How To Dispute a Charge on Your Credit Card Submit a complaint | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 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
10/11/2333m 25s

11.09.23 New Twists On Phone Scams / Big Pharmacy Chain Closures

Phone scams are proliferating, especially those using AI technology. Some current text scams are exploiting increased deliveries around the holidays. Clark explains what to look out for, and how to avoid getting taken. Also, the big pharmacy chains are closing locations all over the place right now. Get Clark’s perspective, plus a review of how to save more on prescription drugs. New Phone Scam Alerts: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Pharmacy Closings: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Phone Scams: 5 You Need to Beware Of Now Scammers exploit Bitcoin ATMs. Will new California laws help crack down on fraud? Scam Alert: Texts about delivery issues that ask you to click on a link are fake, USPS warns   How To Establish Your Own Side Hustle  /  SideHUSL.com CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid are closing thousands of stores. Here’s why [The Washington Post] Drugstore closures are leaving millions without easy access to a pharmacy   10 Ways To Save on Prescription Drugs Will Mark Cuban's Prescription Company Really Save You Money? What's the Gift Tax Exclusion for 2023? How To Dispute an Error on Your Credit Report and Win Information about Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation 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 Sponsor Link: Raisin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/11/2332m 38s

11.08.23 Airbnb And Short-Term Rental Restrictions / Lab Created Diamonds

Clark tells you how Airbnb‘s legal battles and new restrictions affect both customers and landlords. Also in this episode, there are extreme changes going on in the jewelry business that can save you a fortune!  Short-term Rental Restrictions: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Lab Created Diamonds: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: TN Supreme Court delivers partial win for Airbnb in legal disputes with HOAs - USA TODAY 4 Ways To Stop Junk Mail [The Washington Post] Will you take this (lab-grown) ring? Prada hopes so. How 2023 became the year of the lab-grown diamond Clark.com - Cell Phones Should I Keep My Old Car or Buy a New Car? How To Plan a Trip: Clark's Best Travel Tips To Save Money Costco Travel: 5 Things To Know Before You Book How to Make a Disposable Razor Last 12 Months 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
08/11/2330m 13s

11.07.23 Couples’ Retirement Savings / Teen Driver Safety Measures

Are you unintentionally giving yourself a pay cut? 25% of American couples are. How couples can make sure they are balancing retirement savings. Also, good news around teen driving safety, and good advice for adult drivers.  Retirement Savings For Couples: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Teen Driver Safety: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Are you leaving money on the table: How 1 in 4 couples is missing out on 401 (k) savings -USA TODAY What Is a Spousal IRA and What Are the Rules? Should I Buy an AirTag for My Checked Airport Luggage? 4 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On Turo: 5 Things To Know About the Cheap Car Rental Service Report: Young driver fatality rates have fallen sharply in the US, helped by education, technology 5 Major Bills You Can Lower This Month Costco Car Buying Program: 4 Things To Know Before You Sign Up The Best Car-Buying Services in 2023 Alliant Cashback Visa® Signature Credit Card: Get 2.5% Cash Back on Everyday Purchases 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 Sponsor Link: Raisin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/11/2331m 8s

11.06.23 Grocery Prices Now & How To SAVE MORE / Beware “Free” Food Delivery

Feasting season is upon us. New data on food prices brings good news for smart shoppers. Clark has some great advice on saving more at the grocery store. Also - restaurant food can be more expensive when ordering on apps or with food delivery. How to get more for your restaurant dollars.  Grocery Savings: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Food Delivery Upcharges: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Food Is on Sale Again. You Might Still Have Sticker Shock. - The Wall Street Journal. Walmart, Aldi lowering Thanksgiving dinner prices for holiday season - USA TODAY  4 Insurance Policies You Actually Need (and 6 You Don't) Chick-fil-A reportedly agrees to $4.4 million settlement over delivery price upcharges -USA TODAY Do I Need Travel Insurance for Flights? And Should I Buy Separate Insurance for Each Part of My Trip? Retailers Offer Me Warranties on Everything I Buy Now. Are Any of Them Worth It? Elliott Report: Home Wills & Funerals Archives - 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 Sponsor Link: Raisin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/11/2329m 22s

11.03.23 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Deals And Scam Alerts For Veterans

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also, approaching Veteran’s Day, Clark has valuable info for those who serve or have served in our military about scams aimed at veterans, and deals available to veterans.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Deals For Veterans + Scam Alerts: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: What Clark Howard Thinks of 'Crypto Winter' After Big Crash 10 Ways To Save Money on Car Insurance 5 Credit Card Mistakes To Avoid How to Buy a Used Car in 7 Steps CarMax Review: 5 Things To Know Before You Buy or Sell Veterans Should Look Out for These Scams Clark.com Military guide Clark.com 25+ places that offer discounts for veterans Best Cash Back Credit Cards With No Annual Fee The Business Model of Reinsurance Companies 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
03/11/2332m 10s

11.02.23 Two Money Saving Household Tips / Tipping Is Out Of Control

Clark tells you why it may save you money to rethink how you use your dishwasher and washing machine. Also in this episode, we’re getting hit with tip requests from all new places. What are the rules now? Clark shares his ideas about this and some general guidelines.  Saving Water & Energy: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Tipping: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: [The Washington Post] Experts say don’t pre-rinse your dishes. We put that advice to the test.    Best Cash Back Credit Cards With No Annual Fee Best Travel Credit Cards: Top Rewards Picks for 2023 Best Airline Credit Cards for 2023: Are They Right For You? A Modern Day Guide to Tipping Holiday Tipping: Who To Tip and How Much How to Freeze Your Child's Credit Submit a complaint | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau What is a Passport Card? - Travel.gov 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
02/11/2329m 24s

11.01.23 Vetting Charities / High Quality Furniture - Low Prices

The Season of Giving means donation requests coming from all sides. Clark helps you tell the legit charities from the crooks. Also, you may have noticed that affordable furniture often is not made to last these days. Some items are basically disposable. Get Clark’s take on how to find quality furniture for low prices. Wise Charitable Giving: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 On Furniture: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: How to make sure your donations count when weather disasters strike Clark.com How To Choose the Best Charities for Your Donations Clark.com - Car Rentals Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2023 [The Washington Post] Why furniture got so bad How To Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion 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 Sponsor Link: Raisin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/2329m 24s

10.31.23 Travel Booking Nightmares / Save On Medical Procedures

There’s an industry wide problem in the travel industry. Clark explains the danger you face when searching for travel deals online. Also today, Clark discusses how hospital systems drive up costs and how to save money on medical procedures. Bogus Travel Sites: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Save On Medical Procedures: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Hotel deals harder to find as third-party travel sites mirror each others' rates Is Amazon Prime Worth It? 12 Common Amazon Scams To Avoid Clark Deals - Today's Best Deals of the Day Are Your Hospital Outpatient Department Costs Too High? A Doctor's Office May Help How To Open a Roth IRA How Many Credit Cards Should I Have? 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
31/10/2332m 25s

10.30.23 Passwords And Your Financial Safety / The Truth About Timeshares

Clark explains what can happen when you use the same password on multiple websites. Also today - Reportedly timeshares are making a comeback among younger travelers. Clark drivers the truth about timeshares Password Safety: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Timeshares: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: [The Washington Post] Worried about the 23andMe hack? Here’s what you can do. Car Insurance Archives - Clark Howard Homeowners Insurance Archives - Clark Howard Target Date Funds: Clark's Favorite Retirement Investment How To Sell, Cancel or Get Rid of Your Timeshare Timeshares - Clark.com TRICARE Young Adult 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 Sponsor Link: Raisin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/10/2328m 56s

10.27.23 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / What To Know About Credit Unions

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also in this episode - New reporting indicates that some credit unions are not behaving in the way that represents their members. Clark explains what you need to know about the superior choice for banking: credit unions.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Credit Unions: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Why You Should Never Mail a Check Top Travel Deals - Clark Howard Clark's National Travel Deals - Clark Howard How much does real estate agent experience matter? Here’s what the data says. Credit Unions Are Making Money Off People Living Paycheck to Paycheck Credit Union vs. Bank: What's the Difference? Virtual Credit Cards: An Online Security Measure Worth Taking? Elliott Report 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
27/10/2329m 6s

10.26.23 Retail Mind Games / In A Brutal Housing Market - Strategies For Homebuyers

Fake sales are standard practice but especially abundant during the holiday season. Learn how promotional merchandise works to trick consumers into thinking they’re getting deals & how to tell a real bargain from a fake one. Also today - It’s a brutal housing market for would-be first time buyers. Renting & waiting is a viable alternative. Those needing to go ahead and buy now have more choice from new construction, and several avenues to explore to make a home purchase more affordable, including ARMs & ADUs. Retail Mind Games: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Home Buying Strategies: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Retailers are using a simple mind trick on you to make their discounts seem bigger than they are  Disney World and Disneyland raise prices for passes and tickets Google Play - Property Assistant by Flyreel The Real Reason Why Your Insurer May Not Renew Your Policy Axios:Charted: Homebuyers' call to ARMs Tiny Homes Are the Hot New Homeowners’ Accessory - WSJ How To Buy a House in 9 Steps / Is It Safe To Buy a Home Out of Foreclosure? Best 529 College Savings Plans By State Simple Interest vs. Compound Interest: The Main Differences How to Buy a Used Car in 7 Steps 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
26/10/2331m 20s

10.25.23 New Resources For Finding A Financial Advisor / Walmart Health Centers

Finding a financial advisor who won’t rip you off is tricky business. Clark shares some new ways to find your true fiduciary. Also, get the update on Walmart’s innovative in-store healthcare facilities. Financial Advisors: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Walmart Health Centers: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: What Is a Financial Advisor and Do I Need One? Advice-Only Network  /  Flat Fee Advisors Should I Purchase Mortgage Life Insurance? What Is Mortgage Protection Insurance and Do You Need It? How To Buy Term Life Insurance in 7 Easy Steps Walmart expands online healthcare benefits for US employees Senior Care: Planning for the Future What Brokerage Do You Recommend for First-Time Investors or Kids? How To Open a Roth IRA When Do You Need a Travel Agent? 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
25/10/2334m 34s

10.24.23 The 2 Key Choices Of Super Savers / Recognizing Online Manipulation

Are you a Super Saver? Clark discusses the key choices you can make in your life that will truly empower you to have control over your financial future. There are 2 big decisions that most enable super savers to live on less than what they make. Also today - by design, many websites employ tricks to manipulate your buying, subscription and privacy choices. Recognizing these “dark patterns” can keep you above the fray of getting played.  What Super Savers Know: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Seeing Dark Patterns Online: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Here are the top sacrifices made by 'super savers' The Millionaire Next Door How To Open a Roth IRA What Is a Fiduciary Financial Advisor and Do I Need One? How to Buy a Used Car in 7 Steps Why You Might Want To Dump Your Delta Credit Card Now Dark patterns: how online companies strive to keep your money and data when you try to leave — The Conversation 7 Things To Know About the Venmo Credit Card 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
24/10/2330m 27s

10.23.23 Good News On Junk Fees / Beware AI Fake Content

Great news on junk fees, especially when buying concert tickets and booking travel online. New rules will simplify comparison shopping online. Also, AI has shown its potential to be very helpful in many ways. Unfortunately, it’s being used for more sinister purposes that you need to know about.   Junk Fee Transparency: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Beware AI Fakes: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show What you see is what you’ll pay: New law bans ‘junk’ fees on hotel bills, concert tickets, etc. ‘Spending Money to Get Nothing’: The Latest on Resort Fees Opt Out of T-Mobile’s Upcoming Plan Migration Using These Steps T-Mobile’s Forced Plan Migration: How To Opt Out Auto Europe® Car Rentals - Official Site Tom Hanks Warns of Dental Ad Using A.I. Version of Him [The Washington Post] AI voice clones mimic politicians and celebrities, reshaping reality What Is Umbrella Insurance and Do You Need It? What Are Index Funds? Ask Clark: What Is a Backdoor Roth IRA? 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
23/10/2331m 33s

10.20.23 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / DON’T Buy Now Pay Later

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today, Clark talks about why Buy Now Pay Later, aka Pay in 4 services, have become a disaster for so many, especially Gen Zers.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Pay In 4 Is A Trap: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Best Airline Credit Cards for 2023: Are They Right For You? Select Delta Customers Will Receive a Valuable New Credit Card Perk Cruises for Singles and Solo Travelers Investors criticize federal retirement savings program over new system AnnualCreditReport.com / 4 Ways To Get Your Free Credit Score Safely Order High Security Checks Online - Costco Checks Sam's Club Checks - High Security Checks Costco vs. Sam's Club: What Is the Difference? 10 Best New Products at Costco in October NYTimes: Gen Z Is Poised to Spend More on Debt Than Others. It Could Derail Retirement.   Buy Now Pay Later users: young and well-off but nearing a financial cliff, poll shows New York Fed: Many Buy Now, Pay Later users are financially fragile Vanguard Personal Advisor Review Elliott Report Member's Mark Luggage at Sam's Club 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
20/10/2330m 29s

10.19.23 Auto Insurance: What Do You Actually Need? / End Of Life Discussions

Today Clark goes Back To Basic on auto insurance. Due to gigantic premium increases, more people are going without or buying minimums, which can be risky. Learn what coverage you’ve GOT to have, and how to make decisions regarding collision, comprehensive, and deductibles. Once you figure your coverage, you’re ready to shop insurers. Also, end of life discussions are not easy to initiate, but talks about your own or an aging loved one’s end-of-life care and burial arrangements - making wishes known - deeply benefit all concerned. Determine Your Auto Coverage: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 End-Of-Life Talks: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show 10 Ways To Save Money on Car Insurance Collision vs Comprehensive Car Insurance: Which Do You Need? Liability vs. Full Coverage: Which Auto Insurance Do You Need? Bluebird AMEX Prepaid Debit Account Agreement International Travel Tips: 26 Things to Know Before Going Overseas Why You Should Keep Old Credit Card Accounts Open Stop putting off the end-of-life talk with your aging loved ones. Here's what to say What to Discuss With Your Aging Parents as They Get Older Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney: Frequently Asked Questions Wills & Funerals Archives - Clark Howard When Do You Need a Travel Agent? The Only Way You Should Pay for a Cruise Travel Insurance? What You Need To Know Before You Buy 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
19/10/2338m 8s

10.18.23 Credit Cards on Autopay - Pros & Cons / Fastest Growing Careers

Do you use autopay for credit card bills? If so, Clark has a warning for you. Also, life is about change and that’s surely evident with jobs & career opportunity. Clark looks at the fastest growing jobs today, including college requirements and average pay.  Credit Card Autopay Warning: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Job Growth Fields: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Autopay Is Making Us Worse at Managing Credit-Card Bills - The Wall Street Journal. Automatic Bill Pay: How It Works and How To Do It Safely Clark Howard's Advice Before You Buy a Franchise Watch out for Avis/Budget Fuel charges [Crazy customer support call experience] Here are the best high-paying and fast-growing jobs for the next decade Healthcare.gov What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? How To Switch Banks in 4 Simple Steps 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
18/10/2332m 52s

10.17.23 Data Privacy Rights In Force With New App / Uber Vs. Lyft

Have you given up on guarding your data & privacy online? Help has arrived. Clark reviews a new app from Consumer Reports that works to delete or minimize your digital footprint, managing online privacy for you. Also in this episode, first hand observations on Uber vs. Lyft.  Privacy App- Permission Slip: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Uber Vs. Lyft: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show [The Washington Post] Overwhelmed trying to protect your privacy? A new app does it for you.  The Atlantic’s Guide to Privacy California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) / State Right to be Forgotten Policy Judge Delays CA Data Privacy Law to 2024, says Consumer Watchdog Callable Certificate of Deposit (CD): What it Means, How it Works Best CD Rates for October 2023 - Up to 5.67% - Bankrate Clark.com - Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts Sam’s Club® Mastercard® Review 2022: Earn 5% Back on Gas Purchases China price pressure offers hope of Christmas cheer for western shoppers 9 New Cell Phone Deals in October How to Buy a Used Car in 7 Steps 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
17/10/2328m 6s

10.16.23 Prevent Hotel Room Break-Ins / Allegations & Internet: Amazon Updates

It’s become easy for burglary rings to break into hotel rooms, but there’s also an easy way to protect yourself. Also today, updates on Amazon regarding federal allegations, the Amazon internet service launch, and what consumers need to know about both.  Hotel Room Break-Ins: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Amazon Updates: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Caution: Criminals in California Use Insider Device to Break Into Hotel Rooms - Here's How to Protect Yourself Vacatia - Rent A Timeshare Inside Project Nile: Amazon's secret AI-powered plan to change the way you shop online. The first two Amazon Kuiper satellites are set to launch on October 6 Clark.com - Amazon Report: The #1 Internet Provider in America Going™ | Formerly Scott's Cheap Flights 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
16/10/2329m 18s

10.13.23 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Beneficiaries Vs Wills & Trusts

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today, many a tale of woe proves the point: It’s important to have beneficiaries up to date and to understand which takes precedence - a beneficiary designation or a will and trust. Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Update Your Beneficiaries: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show AutoSlash Review: How To Save on a Rental Car How To Make Your Online Accounts Accessible When You Die What Do I Need To Do To Make Sure My Financial Affairs Are in Order Before I Die or Become Disabled? Safe Browser Alternatives That Promise Not To Track You Wills & Funerals Archives - Clark Howard Wills versus Trust - Clark Howard Community Who Should Consider Setting Up a Trust? Best Online Will Maker: 5 Free or Cheap Options We Just Got Married. How Do We Blend Our Finances? What Is Long-Term Care Insurance Cost & Coverage Senior Care Archives - Clark Howard 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
13/10/2335m 39s

10.12.23 New Scam Warnings / Romance Vs Prenups

Scams persist, ubiquitous & unabated. So must our warnings!  Be hip to the latest ways crooks are trying to separate you from your money. Also in this episode - prenuptial agreements are more common these days. Why Clark has a hard time talking about them, and some of  the circumstances that warrant this legal arrangement.  Be SCAM Aware: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Prenups: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show NYT - You’ve Got (Scam) Mail Actors Impersonating Federal Agents Called Seniors. About 12% Handed Over Sensitive Info. How to avoid the No. 1 text message scam putting your money at risk 22 Ways To Save Money on Groceries Flexcar: Your flexible alternative to car ownership Axios: America embraces prenups: 50% of adults open to signing BBB - Amica Mutual Insurance Company Best Auto Insurance Companies and Some of the Worst: September 2023 Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it 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
12/10/2330m 40s

10.11.23 Working From Home / Index Fund Fees - Your Money Assignment

Clark shares new work-from-home statistics and how that is shifting businesses. Also in this episode: When it comes to your investments, knowing what the fees are in the funds you choose is crucial. The fee difference can translate into huge money you could miss out on in retirement. So investors, Clark has an assignment for you!  Working From Home: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Index Fund Fees: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Axios Chart: Who works from home Even a Booming Economy Can’t Save Atlanta’s Office Market Workplace loneliness is the modern pandemic damaging lives and hurting businesses — The Conversation What Is Umbrella Insurance and Do You Need It? What Are Index Funds? / What Is an ETF? You Might Be Paying Too Much for That Index Fund - The Wall Street Journal. Why You Should Never Invest With a Bank 3 Places You Should Never Invest Your Money Best Investment Companies for Investors in 2023 How To Open a Roth IRA Best Cash Back Credit Cards With No Annual Fee Best Small Business Credit Cards: Top Picks for 2023 Should You Get a Business Credit Card? | When is it Worth it? What Should You Do About Phone Data on an International Trip? The Best Places To Buy Unlocked Phones The Best International Phone Plans International Travel Tips: 26 Things to Know Before Going Overseas 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
11/10/2329m 18s

10.10.23 The Value Of Real Estate Agents / If You Must - Buying A New Car

When buying or selling a home, your choice of a real estate agent is much more important than you may think.  Also today, Clark has good news on the new car purchase front - but it’s a double message. Get the lay of the land on current cost considerations if you’re in the market for a new vehicle.  Choosing A Real Estate Agent: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Buying A New Car: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show How much does real estate agent experience matter? Here's what the data says. The Clark-Approved Way To Invest in Real Estate The Only Reason You Should Make an Improvement to Your Home Annual New Car Ownership Costs Boil Over $12K The Rising Costs of Owning a Car How much does it cost to raise a child? College may no longer be the biggest expense. Clark.com - How to Buy a New Car in 5 Steps Clark.com - How to Buy a Used Car in 7 Steps Costco Auto Program: Deep Discounts on Volvos and Audis Deep Discounts on New Mercedes Benz Cars Should I Keep My Old Car or Buy a New Car? Fidelity Personalized Planning & Advice Review Target Date Funds: Clark's Favorite Retirement Investment 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
10/10/2328m 47s

10.09.23 Interest Rates Are Normal / Battery Generators For Backup Power

Today Clark puts interest rates in perspective, discussing where they’re headed and the impact of the national debt on rates.  Also today: The home reliability market for power. Utility scale batteries are providing more reliable, lower cost backup power. And batteries are paying a role for home interruptions as well. What to know about battery alternatives to diesel & whole house generators Interest Rate Assessment: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Home Battery Generators: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Once Unthinkable Bond Yields Now the New Normal for Markets 9 Best Free Checking Accounts in October 2023 What Are Repositioning Cruises and Why Take One? Giant Batteries Helped the U.S. Power Grid Eke Through Summer Should I Rent My Roof To a Solar Panel Company for Income? Community Solar worth it? - Clark Howard Community Are Solar Panels Worth it? 3 Things To Consider Before You Get Solar Panels 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
09/10/2334m 59s

10.06.23 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Home Energy Savings

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also in this episode, as a prolific energy producer, US prices tend to be lower than elsewhere in the world. Yet, here comes that high power bill. The good news is, there are several improvements you can make to reduce the amount of energy needed for heating & cooling.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Lower Heating Bills: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Should You Buy an Extended Warranty on Your Car? Why We’re Pulling Our Recommendation of Wyze Security Cameras Clark Howard's 4 Travel Rules You Should Follow Right Now Should I Buy an AirTag for My Checked Airport Luggage? Big Change Announced for Fidelity® Rewards Visa Signature® Credit Card Is Medical Tourism Right for You? [The Washington Post] How to use window coverings to boost your home’s energy efficiency  10 Ways To Lower Your Heating Bill   /   How To Save Money on Utilities Are Solar Panels Worth it? 3 Things To Consider Before You Get Solar Panels Best 529 College Savings Plans By State Where Should I Look for a Great Deal on a Cruise in 2023? When Do You Need a Travel Agent? 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
06/10/2333m 47s

10.05.23 Free Credit Reports - The Right Way / Eyes Wide Open On HOAs

It’s now easier than ever to monitor your credit reports for free, but there are a few pitfalls to be aware of. Also in this episode - Living in an HOA community is a choice about 1/4th of homeowners have made. Homeowners associations can be great, but can also pose problems. Believe it or not, you can lose your home to one if you’re not careful.  Free Credit Reports: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Homeowners Associations: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Credit Bureaus Announce Big Changes for Credit Reports How To Monitor Your Credit / Dispute an Error on Your Credit Report and Win 4 Ways To Get Your Free Credit Score Credit Karma Review: Free Credit Score and More at Your Fingertips The Jello Exercise - YouTube Looking to Lower Your Funeral or Cremation Costs? Join a Non-Profit Memorial Society How Do I Make Sure My Financial Affairs Are in Order Before I Die or Become Disabled? When the Homeowners Association Comes for Your Home Why You Need To Re-Shop Your Car Insurance Right Now What Is a Thrift Savings Plan? 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
05/10/2328m 6s

10.04.23 DENIED: Appealing A Health Insurance Claim / Word To First Time Home Buyers

It’s a frustrating game - appealing a denied medical claim. They’re counting on you to give up. Don’t. Clark shares the best approach and strategies. Also, housing market conditions remain hostile for first time home buyers. Some sources say now is the time to buy. Clark offers a different opinion, and direction moving forward.  Health Insurance Claim Appeal: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 First Time Home Buyers: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show I Set Out to Create a Simple Map for How to Appeal Your Insurance Denial. Instead, I Found a Mind-Boggling Labyrinth. What Should You Do if Your Insurance Claim Is Denied? Health Insurance Guide / Health Insurance Archives - Clark Howard 10 Ways To Save on Prescription Drugs 40% More Savings on Nearly 200 Medications at Walgreens with GoodRX A 3% Mortgage Rate in a 7% World? This Startup Says It Can Do That Best 529 College Savings Plans By State 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
04/10/2326m 35s

10.03.23 Post Pandemic Entrepreneurs / Overkill: Fitness Device Obsession

Out of the massive and ongoing losses of the pandemic, many people reassessed their lives and livelihoods. This reset has led to a wave of new businesses. Clark discusses how this is outstanding for the American economy, the hope and hazard of entrepreneurship - and the upstart scammers that startups must look out for. Also today, are you obsessed with your fitness devices? This can become a problem for some… including Clark.  Small Business: Pride & Peril: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Fitness Devices: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show The Pandemic Small-Business Boom Is Fueling the US Economy Vetting a business or coaching opportunity before you buy in How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor Your Fitbit and Apple Watch may wind up hurting you Yes, your smart TV is spying on you – Here's how to stop it Save $30 with a new Costco membership Homeowners Insurance Archives - Clark Howard California changes homeowner's insurance to repair the market 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
03/10/2327m 17s

10.02.23 Attention Holiday Shoppers! / Electronic Payments & Spend Control

October holiday shopping is Clark Smart this year. Clark surveys the retail landscape with money saving strategies involving bargain product categories. Early birds SAVE MORE!  Also today - how we pay for things continues to change. As the use of cash & checks fades into history, modern forms of payment are evolving into biometrics. Electronic methods often mean we lose track of our spending. Not cool.  Holiday Shopping: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 E-Spend Control: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Factbox: U.S. retailers unveil hiring plans ahead of holiday shopping season Christmas is on hold: Stores’ holiday hiring plans are the lowest since 2008 Amazon’s New Challenge: Bargain Retailers That Are Playing a Different Game Christmas shopping starts earlier every year – here's why, and how to shop smart — The Conversation Planning To Spend Less on Gifts This Holiday Season? Join The Club Clark Deals - Today's Best Deals of the Day Amazon.com faces an array of US consumer, state antitrust lawsuits Why You Might Want To Dump Your Delta Credit Card Now Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card: 6 Things To Know in 2023 Why Clark Howard Added This Credit Card to His Wallet in 2022 Paper checks are dead. Cash is dying. Who still uses them? Airline consolidators  / The Complete Guide to Business Class Flights 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
02/10/2334m 37s

09.29.23 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Medicare Advantage Plan Warning

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks.  Something else stinks - Medicare advantage plans! Clark explains the Medicare advantage plan trap in existence in most states.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Medicare Dis-Advantage Plans: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Google Fi Wireless Review: Things To Know Before You Sign Up Longevity Insurance: What Is It and Do You Need It? 2 Ways To Guarantee Yourself a Lifetime Stream of Income What Is an Annuity, and Why Does Clark Think They Stink? Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card: 6 Things To Know in 2023 Why Clark Howard Added This Credit Card to His Wallet in 2022 Many Medicare Advantage Members Find Challenges With Plans, Survey Finds Why I Think Medicare Advantage Plans Stink - Clark Howard Here Are Your Home Warranty Horror Stories What Does a Home Warranty Cover, and Is It Worth The Money? Clark Howard's Guide to Saving Money on Your Wedding Free Audiobooks: 11 Places Online and Apps 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
29/09/2335m 39s

09.28.23 Credit Cards: Rates & Rewards / New Online Junk Fees

Clark explains how the credit card reward game goes through cycles, and where we are now in terms of you applying for credit. And with interest rates high, if you do carry debt, know the best kind of card to use.  Also today - fees are creeping into everything! Get Clark’s warning about new online shopping fees you could easily miss. Credit Card Offers & Interest: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Junk Fees Are Morphing: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show 5 Ways Credit Union Credit Cards Can Beat Flashy Bank Offers Credit Card Offers Are Eroding The most insidious part of online shopping is about to get even worse Safe Browser Alternatives That Promise Not To Track You Brave: Secure, Fast, & Private Web Browser with Adblocker Get Firefox browser — Mozilla (US)  /  DuckDuckGo — Privacy, simplified. How To Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion 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
28/09/2326m 59s

09.27.23 Savings Habits That WILL Make You Rich / Pharmacy Errors

One of the best decisions you can make is to start saving for retirement early. Clark discusses the psychology behind saving. Also, pharmacy errors have become all too common and can cause great harm. Clark has an important tip to help make sure you’re getting the correct medication.   Get Psyched For Saving: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Pharmacy Errors: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show WSJ.com: The Secret to Saving for Retirement: Start Before You’re 20 How Our Brains Affect Our Savings Habits -- and What Experts Say to Do About It If you start early and save this much a month you could have a decent retirement Bloomberg Industry Group: Benefits & Executive Compensation News: Retirement Savings Shortfall in US Will Cost $1.3 Trillion Cheapest Way to Rent a Car: Expert Tips Turo: 5 Things To Know About the Cheap Car Rental Service Pharmacies fight to keep errors secret How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor What Is an Annuity, and Why Does Clark Think They Stink? 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
27/09/2331m 56s

09.26.23 Professor Clark: Credit Scores 101 / Smart Borrowing For Small Business

September 26   Professor Clark: Credit Scores 101  /  Smart Borrowing For Small Business Clark provides a 101 refresher on credit scores. Even if you don’t need to borrow, there are valid reasons to pay attention to your score. Hear about the variety of score models and how to keep your overall score healthy. Also, changes in the banking sector have made it hard for small businesses & entrepreneurs to obtain working capital. Clark shares the best approaches, from local banks and credit unions, to credit cards - plus a warning about fintech instant loans.  Credit Score Reset: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Small Business Cash Flow Needs: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Why You Don't Need an 800 Credit Score  /  How To Monitor Your Credit Credit Karma Review: Free Credit Score and More at Your Fingertips Credit Score Guide  /  4 Ways To Get Your Free Credit Score Credit Score Tips: Expert Helps Take Your Score From Good to Great Is Apple Card Worth It? 5 Things To Know in 2023 Small-business owners say it’s hard to get a loan and fear more challenges ahead The Basics of Forming a Limited Liability Company (LLC) Best Secured Credit Cards for 2023: Top Picks for Building or Repairing Credit Petal Card Review: A Good Option for First Credit Card? 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
26/09/2328m 48s

09.25.23 The UAW Strike - Vehicle Market Update / Points Taken: The Devaluation Of Frequent Flyer Programs

The vehicle market is going through a slow, steady healing process. Inventory is up. In light of the UAW strike, Clark discusses pricing for both new & used automobiles. Also today, Clark explains how Delta, United and American airlines actively devaluing their frequent flyer programs - is actually good for travel consumers. Vehicle Market Update: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Devalued Miles: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Buying a car? What the UAW strike means – and doesn’t mean – for auto sales Wall Street Bet Big on Used-Car Loans for Years. Now a Crisis May Be Looming. I Don’t Like My Car but I’d Be Upside Down if I Traded It In. Is There Anything I Can Do? 7 Cheapest Cities To Buy a Used Car How Do I Find a Mechanic To Inspect the Car if I Find a Used Vehicle Hundreds of Miles Away? Student Loan Payments Are Restarting: 4 Things To Know SAVE Repayment Plan Offers Lower Monthly Loan Payments 9 Ways To Pay for College Without Student Loans [The Washington Post] A golden era of airline status is ending Points Guy - Delta SkyMiles changes: Airline overhauls how you earn Medallion status in biggest change yet Why You Might Want To Dump Your Delta Credit Card Now (Clark.com) 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
25/09/2332m 16s

09.22.23 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / New Online Privacy Choices

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today - your privacy online. Europe's Digital Service Act is changing the online experience. Many of us are ignoring new privacy reminders. Clark explains why we’re seeing these, and why you should respond. Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Enhanced Online Privacy: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show 8 Tips for Staying Cool Without Heating Up Your Energy Bill Travel Insurance? What You Need To Know Before You Buy InsureMyTrip Review: Why We Like It and How to Use It Apple Recycling Programs [The Washington Post] What the E.U.’s sweeping rules for Big Tech mean for your life online Privacy Archives - Clark Howard Who Should Consider Setting Up a Trust? Reasons To Consolidate Retirement Accounts 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
22/09/2332m 4s

09.21.23 SAVE With New Prepaid Cell Plans / Dental Care Overseas

Clark.com provides in-depth coverage of cell phone plans, including pre-paid options. While the big 3 push higher bills at a time of marginal growth, 1 in 4 customers have gone to discounters. There are so many new cell phone plans out there - consider switching to save big bucks. Something else that can save  big money is to travel to a foreign country for dental care. This potential alternative is an important, individual, research based choice. Prepaid Phone Plans: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Dental Tourism: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Best Cell Phone Plans in 2023: The Cheapest Plan for Every Need Why You Should Consider a Prepaid Phone Plan Fierce Wireless - AT&T launches new prepaid plan at Walmart, Target Cricket Wireless: New Multi-Month Unlimited Plans From $30/Month Cricket Wireless Review: 5 Things To Know Before You Sign Up Clark Howard's Guide to Saving Money on Your Wedding How a Tiny Mexican Border City Built a Budget Dental Empire - Bloomberg Clark.com - Is Medical Tourism Right for You? Best 529 College Savings Plans By State Families can make a tax-free rollover from 529 plans to Roth IRAs in 2024 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
21/09/2334m 0s

09.20.23 Food Delivery And Your Wallet / Bus Travel Is Back!

There’s a brewing war between food delivery services and restaurants and it’s costing customers. Clark discusses the big price difference between food delivery vs pickup or dining in, and the embedded cost of using food apps. Also, due to the unreliability of flight schedules, more people are driving to destinations they can reach in 8 hours or less. As an alternative, there are more discounted bus service options today to consider. A look at regional bus radial routes may save you money on travel Food Delivery Costs: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Bus Travel: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show WSJ: Who Should Eat the Cost of Pricier Delivery Menus? Food Delivery - DoorDash UberEats etc - Clark Howard Community What Is a Spousal IRA and What Are the Rules? 5 Things to Know About the Costco Car Rental Program Credit Card Car Rental Insurance: What You Need To Know Traveling by Bus Is No Longer a Plan B for Many Americans - The Wall Street Journal. Skiplagging: How it works and why the airlines can't stand it Amazon Clinic 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
20/09/2333m 23s

09.19.23 Retail Theft Is A Plague / Ask Clark

Thanks to the sheer magnitude of retail theft, until solutions are found, we’ll continue to see more items under lock & key in many retail stores. Mentioned on the show Dollar Tree said theft is such a problem it will start locking up items or stop selling them altogether The Best International Phone Plans Google Fi Wireless Review: Things To Know Before You Sign Up Google Fi Wireless: Free Trial and New Plan Perks How To Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion How Do You Decide if You Should Buy a Leased Vehicle When the Lease Ends? What Are Index Funds? Best Financial Advisors in 2023 Wills & Funerals Archives - Clark Howard 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
19/09/2322m 31s

09.18.23 A Reset On Auto Insurance / Longevity Insurance

The auto insurance industry is in a world of hurt and aggressively raising rates. Clark explains the factors involved and what you can do to help keep your costs down. Also today, life expectancy is a roll of the dice but generally, people are living longer. There’s a little known and very smart way to avoid outliving your money - longevity insurance.  Auto Insurance Bill Shock: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Longevity Insurance: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Clark Howard: Habitat for Humanity - Clark Howard Car Insurance Archives - Clark Howard What Is Umbrella Insurance and Do You Need It? Best Travel Credit Cards: Top Rewards Picks for 2023 Marketwatch - Can you answer this crucial retirement-planning question? Most people can’t. Want to live to 100? "Blue Zones" expert shares longevity lessons in new Netflix series Clark.com: Longevity Insurance: What Is It and Do You Need It? How To Open a Roth IRA Clark.com - Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts Target Date Funds: Clark's Favorite Retirement Investment 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
18/09/2337m 40s

09.15.23 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / The Credit Card Competition Act

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today, the U.S. has the highest credit card processing merchant fees in the world - the system that feeds credit card rewards. Clark explains the industry battle surrounding the proposed Credit Card Competition act of 2023, which would allow free market competition for merchant processing. Learn what’s at stake and where Clark stands on getting U.S. fees aligned with the world standard. Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 The Credit Card Competition Act: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Home Equity Loan vs. HELOC: What's the Difference? Aven HELOC Card: 5 Things To Know About the Home Equity Credit Card Credit Card Car Rental Insurance: What You Need To Know Target Date Funds: Clark's Favorite Retirement Investment Equifax - Can Creditors Go After My Retirement Accounts? 3 Strategies for Building a Core Portfolio Should I Buy an AirTag for My Checked Airport Luggage? 4 Things To Know Before You Buy a Digital TV Antenna WSJ - Visa, Mastercard Prepare to Raise Credit-Card Fees Congress.gov - S.1838 - Credit Card Competition Act of 2023 Clark.com -Are Credit Card Rewards Going Away? The Best Places To Buy Unlocked Phones 6 Things To Know Before You Buy Gas at Costco Wholesale TOP TIER™ Gasoline Brands 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
15/09/2330m 13s

09.14.23 Employment Flexibility & Ageism Trends / The Financial Decision To Relocate

Clark shares new information about the job market including what workers want most, and opportunity for over 50 workers. Also today, an uncertain economy has bred many finance stories about the cheapest places to live. But moving for financial reasons is a big decision with multiple factors to consider. How to figure out if you should move for money.  Employment Trends: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Financial Relocation: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Over 50? You’re a Hot Ticket in Today’s Labor Market What 89% of Workers Are Willing To Give Up Their Job For This Company Created a Return-to-Office Plan That Employees Actually Like What Is Deferred Compensation? - Investopedia Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card: 6 Things To Know in 2023 How Does Booking Travel Through a Credit Card Rewards Program Compare? Charging an EV? Get Cash Back from Your Credit Card Should You Move for Financial Reasons? What to Know What Is a Fiduciary Financial Advisor and Do I Need One? How To Find and Choose a Financial Advisor How to Sell Your Car in 5 Steps What's the Best Place To Sell a Car in 2023? 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
14/09/2330m 16s

09.13.23 Travel Research Warning / Employment: The Rise Of The Independents

Clark has an important warning about what to look out for when doing travel research online. Also in this episode, Clark discusses why this is the sweetest era to be an entrepreneur and how gig, contract & freelance work is reshaping the economy FAKE Travel Guides: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 The Gig Work Effect: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show SOUTHWEST - Fall sale to high-tail it outta town. NYTimes.com: A New Frontier for Travel Scammers: A.I.-Generated Guidebooks Use this free tool to spot fake Amazon and Yelp reviews Going™ | Formerly Scott's Cheap Flights / KAYAK Explore Priceline - Find Cheap Hotel Rooms & Discount Hotels Top Travel Deals - Clark Howard / Clark Deals - TRAVEL How To Find Cheap Flights in 3 Easy Steps The rise of gig workers is changing the face of the US economy How To Save Money on Gas: 23 Ways 7 Money Mistakes You Might Be Making at the Gas Station T-Mobile 5G Home Internet: 5 Things To Know Before You Sign Up Verizon Home Internet: Things To Know Before You Sign Up Why Clark Howard Wants You to Set Up a 'Financial Chromebook' 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
13/09/2334m 52s

09.12.23 Open Enrollment & The New HSA / WARNING: The Many Faces of Private Placement Investing

As the enrollment period for health insurance approaches, an underused option offers new opportunity involving the best savings plan offered in America. Clark explains. Also, another entity promising big returns in real estate made off with investor money. Clark amplifies his warning against private placement investing - which comes in many forms, including this crowd funding real estate company gone bust.  Is An HSA Right For You? Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Beware Private Placement Investing: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show WSJ - The Healthcare Plan Most People Should Buy—and Why They Don’t WSJ: Couples Can Soon Put Over $10,000 a Year Into Health Savings Accounts What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? Raisin Review: Can You Trust This Online Savings Marketplace? Price Drop on Used Electric Cars: Is Now the Time To Buy? Real-Estate Deal Gone Bad Hits Popular Crowd Funder - The Wall Street Journal. Should You Buy an Extended Warranty on Your Car? 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
12/09/2328m 43s

09.11.23 The Return Of Smaller Homes / Smart Choices For Higher Education

Clark explains the forces behind a reversal in home building trends, bringing more affordable homes to the housing market. Also today: New data shows the net cost of attending college is moderating. Clark discusses cost factors to consider when choosing a college and most importantly - a course of study and skill set. Is prestige worth the price, or is it better to hold the cost and borrowing down? Plus, a NEVER NEVER rule on student loans.  Back To Smaller Homes: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 College Major and School Choice Decisions: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Goodbye Bathtub and Living Room. America’s Homes Are Shrinking. Divvy Wants to Make Rent-to-Own Deals Easy. Many Customers Find Them Hard. Should You Buy an Extended Warranty on Your Car? Want high earnings? Focus on the major, not a college's prestige Student Loan Payments Are Restarting: 4 Things To Know How Do Student Loans Work? 7 Things to Know ‘I’ve had this black cloud looming over me’: How private lenders have left millions of college students with no hope for the future Simple Interest: Who Benefits, With Formula and Example Rule of 78: Definition, How Lenders Use It, and Calculation Submit a complaint | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Why Clark Howard Shifted to a Digital Wallet and You Should Too 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
11/09/2336m 18s

09.08.23 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Progress On The Rx Front

Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also today, Clark explains the Pharmacy Benefit Manger (PBM) trade off on prices for generics vs brand names & how you can save more. Plus great news for consumers on the prescription cost front, thanks to a recent move by a major insurer.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Rx Progress: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Why You Should Never Prepay for a Rental Car Cheapest Way to Rent a Car: Expert Tips CDC - Cost of Rabies Prevention Travel Insurance? What You Need To Know Before You Buy How To Save Money With Google Flights A Big Health Insurer Is Ripping Up the Playbook on Drug Pricing - WSJ Will Mark Cuban's Prescription Company Really Save You Money? Why You Should Always Ask Your Pharmacist the Price of Your Prescription Without Insurance 5 of Clark Howard's Most Extreme Frugal Hacks 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
08/09/2330m 42s

09.07.23 Booking Holiday Air Travel / Managing Hospital Bills

It’s time to think about holiday travel plans and Clark has some guidance on the best time and way to book flights. Also today, surprise medical bills persist and massive, inaccurate hospital bills remain the main culprit. Clark offers strategies for both the insured and uninsured facing hospital costs.  Holiday Air Travel: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Hospital Bills: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show Google Says This Is the Best Time to Book Cheap Holiday Flights The Best Time To Book Holiday Travel in 2023 Follow Clark Howard's #1 Rule To Travel Cheap How To Plan a Trip: Clark's Best Travel Tips To Save Money How To Find Cheap Flights in 3 Easy Steps Cheapest Way to Rent a Car: Expert Tips Inaccurate Medical Billing Creates Problems for Older Adults Medical Facilities Far From Hospitals Are Charging Hospital Rates As ‘Satellites.’ What Gives? How To Find a Trustworthy Mechanic Trustpilot Review: Is Trustpilot Legit? How to find the best auto repair shops 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
07/09/2331m 29s

09.06.23 Scam Hit List / Heavy Lift: Renting A Storage Unit

Amount lost to only the scams reported last year: $9 Billion. Clark runs down an alarming list of current cons, and what they all have in common. Also today, Clark updates his journey renting storage, with new insights on what renters of storage units need to know.  Scam-a-rama Line Up: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Renting Storage: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show People are losing more money to scammers than ever before. Here's how to keep yourself safe  Blue-tick scammers target consumers who complain on X Best Buy scam alert! People are pretending to be members of the Geek Squad. How to spot it. -USA TODAY New Amazon scams are making the rounds. Here’s how to avoid them Scammers impersonate well-known companies, recruit for fake jobs on LinkedIn and other job platforms FTC Cautions Consumers on Heels of Latest Zelle Scam You got the apartment! Spot rental listing scams before you pay 7 Best Free Cloud Storage Options in 2023 - Clark.com What Is a Solid-State Drive (SSD)? How To Buy Term Life Insurance in 7 Easy Steps Is There a Limit to Americans’ Self-Storage Addiction? Billions of Dollars Say Nope Clark Deals - The best laptop deals available now 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
06/09/2333m 37s

09.05.23 Car Theft Tech Wars & Your Defense / A Venmo Privacy Warning

Car thieves are going high-tech to get around anti-theft technology. Clark explains 2 simple ways to protect your vehicle, including inexpensive, widely available car key RFID signal blockers.  Also today, an important privacy warning for Venmo users and a key NEVER NEVER NOT EVER rule for using pay apps. Car Theft Protection: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Venmo Privacy Warning: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show To steal today's computerized cars, thieves go high-tech — The Conversation Clark.com – Best High-Yield Online Savings Accounts NYTimes: This Is a Reminder That You’re Probably Oversharing on Venmo Do you use payment apps like Venmo, CashApp, or Zelle? Read this U.S. Senators Urge Regulators to Hold Zelle Accountable for Inadequate Protections to Stop Fraudulently Induced Payments How To Make Your Venmo Transactions Private T-Mobile: Credit Card Payments No Longer Include AutoPay Discounts Overdraft Protection: What Is It? Do You Really Need It? 9 Things on Deep Discount in September  /  Clark Deals 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
05/09/2329m 53s