The Clark Howard Podcast

The Clark Howard Podcast

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

May 21, 2024 28 mins
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 driv...
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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: Phone...
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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 Ho...
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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: AD...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 C...
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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 Mentio...
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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:...
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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 o...
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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: Segme...
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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...
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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 Squatter...
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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: S...
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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 ...
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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 Po...
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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: ...
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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 I...
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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: Segm...
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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: Cr...
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