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 13, 2022 34 min
Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. And - Clark has a scam warning & rip off alert about travel booking, and a heads up about an emerging airline practice you need to be aware of. Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Travel Warnings: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: Apple Credit Card Review: Earn Cash Back on Tech Purchases Wh...
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The cost of solar is down 80% from a decade ago - a way to defray energy cost, along with ultra efficient HVAC systems coming soon. Ways to reduce energy consumption now include LED light bulbs,  adequate insulation and smart thermostats.  Also - lab created diamonds are taking off and for a very beautiful reason.  Energy Consumption: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Lab Created Diamonds: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentione...
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Two special warnings this episode -  The first deals with confusion around Medicare Advantage plans, a choice many regret. Heed this warning if you or a loved one is approaching age 65. Plus, an alarming trend in mortgages and a Clark smart hard & fast rule to follow. Medicare Disadvantage Plans: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Adjustable Rate Mortgages: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: AT&T Rais...
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The big runup in gas is getting people more focused on where they buy. The market is becoming dominated by independent retailers, not the traditional oil companies. The forward thinking growth of Wawa includes charging stations. And where and how you shop for groceries makes a big difference too. Clark shares what’s getting more pricey and what’s not, and strategies for all to save on groceries, including sharing initiatives.  Waw...
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Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also, you may be offered alternative investments from your brokerage house - private equity investments. They aren’t just for the ultra rich anymore. Why you should proceed with caution.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Alternative Investments: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4   Mentioned on the show: What Is a 403(b) and How...
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In addition to Series I Savings Bonds - Clark explains a Treasury Direct program as another risk free way to earn more on your idle cash. And - What every parent of young children should know: A new study out reveals the best baby formulas for both quality and price,  Better Savings Rates - Zero Risk: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 BEST Baby Formulas: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4   Mentioned on the show: Buy U.S. Treasury B...
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Fidelity. one of the largest and most innovative administrators of 401(k)s, is now offering Bitcoin in 401(k)s as an option for employers to add. Clark explains why this is risky, speculative and not ready for prime time. Also, tipping pressure in all new places has spread all over the country. Is this just maddening or are we finally giving employees their due?  Bitcoin in 401(k)s: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Tipping Point: ...
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Clark clears confusion surrounding new loan forgiveness, We’re approaching $2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt. Clark talks about how general policy should be surrounding student loans moving forward. Also, Zelle is a monster bank creation causing widespread financial hardship, getting the pushback it deserves. Clark describes how Zelle came about, the increasing problems now, and has a special directive for you no matter ...
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From hotels to Airbnb, the tactic of unbundling to hide junk fees has worked. People go for a low headline price, only to be charged more. Clark helps you navigate booking so you see the true price. Also, besides reducing costs for heating and cooling, there’s another area for energy savings. Free and easy ways to help cut your energy bill.   Vacation Rental Surprise Fees: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Extra Home Energy Savings...
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Clark Stinks day - Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also, Credit bureau dirty tricks of the trade include conning consumers into paying for unnecessary subscriptions or info required by law to be free. Learn how that game is played, and what to know about credit freeze and credit reports.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Credit Bureau Cons: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 M...
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A small company owned by an individual now sells 1 in 6 ready to drink ice teas in the U.S. This entrepreneur is bucking the system, maintaining a price point even as costs rise - holding to a business model that sets the brand apart. And - American charge volume on existing cards has gone up 25% over the last year, a reverse from pandemic pay offs - at a time of rising interest rates. Are you running balances you can’t pay off? Ti...
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Home prices remain inflated and mortgage rates are the highest in 11 years, making for an extremely difficult spring buying & selling season. Prices vary by metro area and there are places where - even today - it can make sense to buy. And from the labor force - This generation of workers speaks out and tone-deaf corporate bureaucracies would do well to listen. One of the fastest growing retailers in the US is getting hammered ...
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People are buying homes sight-unseen. Clark conveys how this practice worked out 15 years ago, and now the stakes are much higher. Learn Clark’s new strategic advice on home buying in today’s hot housing market. Also, Costco Wholesale is a hit with the stock market, their employees and customers. What’s their secret? Hear why Wall St. used to hate their business model, but loves it now!   Buying A Home Sight Unseen: Segment 1 Ask...
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The average Baby Boomer faces retirement with no pension and inadequate savings. Plus many got pushed out of work during the pandemic. Clark has two recommendations. Also, roughly half the nation’s states now require personal finance classes, teaching kids the basics - and the dangers of student loan debt. But financial education can start any time and is ongoing as you build your future. Clark helps you get started.  Boomer Retir...
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Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Then Clark discusses a wise approach to market volatility, where to park savings for the best rate moving forward and Series I Savings Bonds. Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Current Saving & Investing Strategy: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4   Mentioned on the show: 5 Things To Know About Series I Savings Bond...
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Monday’s launch of the F-150 Lightning marks an inflection point in the evolving vehicle market. Clark gives an overview of the market now, and where we’re headed. Also, new cell phone offerings can save you big bucks! There’s a new low price leader for family plans well worth checking out. Google Fi Price Drops: Unlimited for As Low as $20 per Line F-150 Lightning Launch-Auto Overview: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 New $ Savin...
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Clark weighs in on an old debate: Which is the better investment - rental property or stocks? Learn the pros and cons of each. Also, a WFH question is brewing: Should employers pay work from home expenses? Should you expect your employer to foot the bill for any of your costs?  Real Estate vs. Stocks: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 WFH Expenses: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4   Mentioned on the show: Pet owners, stores facing...
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An upside to the labor shortage: taking your pay rate higher. Walmart’s truck driving program is just one example. But there’s something you should know about company training programs touted as “free” in various industries. Also, the CashApp data breach is huge. What information the criminals have is disturbing but there’s a Clark smart way to protect yourself. Company Training Programs: Segment 1 Ask Clark: Segment 2 Cash App ...
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We tend to cycle through electronic devices too fast. Do you have old phones & other devices sitting in a drawer? Clark has advice for selling them, a subscription warning - and a general rule on how long to keep electronics. Also - High inflation doesn’t necessarily make you a sitting duck. We’re getting squeezed from all sides. Clark offers 5 steps to better budgeting & this rule to live by: It’s what you DON’T spend that...
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Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also, debt collectors may soon be sliding into your texts, emails & direct messages on social media. Clark lets you know what your rights are. Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Debt Collection & Your Rights: Segment 3 Ask Clark: Segment 4 Mentioned on the show: FIDELITY Security Overview Use these security ...
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