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Save more and spend less is more than just a motto for money expert Clark Howard; it’s a way of life. Clark and his crew — Team Clark — are on a mission to empower people to take control of their personal finances by providing money-saving tips, cons

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01.26.22 Streaming Services Price Creep / Vehicles: 3 Great Developments.

Netflix just went up and price increases overall for streaming services continue due to original programming production costs. Clark has a few ways to help you streamline your streaming. Also, vehicle news including the $20K Ford Maverick, help for the blinding headlights problem, and Toyota’s refurbishing program - brilliant! Streaming Services Price...

01.25.22 Home Ownership vs. Renting / Restaurants & Retail: Limited Hours & Merchandise.

Clark describes retiree regret when resettling in vacation spots. How to avoid costly moves using Clark’s “training wheels” strategy. Plus, a look at rent or buy decision factors in today’s market. And - Many retailers & restaurants have shorter store hours & empty shelves - Clark relates what’s happening now and what’s to come. In addition,...

01.24.22 Military Bonuses / Good News on the Energy Front.

Right now opportunities & incentives are plentiful in many sectors because of worker shortages. The military is employing retention incentives, and new recruit bonuses topping out at $50K, which may be a worthy path for some. Also, Clark reviews the pandemic effect on energy, where we are now with home energy and gas prices - and where the U.S....

01.21.22 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Dealerships Vs. the Free Market Sale of Vehicles.

It’s Friday - Clark Stinks day! Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also, Clark shares news about a huge shift happening in the way cars are sold. Carmax, Carvana & Vroom have changed the game in favor of consumers, and manufacturers are duking it out with anti-competitive dealerships. A new program...

01.20.22 Special Retirement Advice For Women / Warning: Banks Pushing Credit Card Offers.

Clark outlines several factors that lead to one conclusion: Women need to save more of their paycheck for retirement than men. Also, the banks are desperately handing out credit cards like candy now. Clark relates different scenarios based on your credit, and conveys what is core & key to keeping your credit healthy with credit card use. Special...

01.19.22 Credit Report Errors / Walmart Vs. Amazon - Grocery Delivery Options.

Inaccuracy of credit reports is a longstanding problem. More than half of all complaints to the CFPB were about the credit bureaus, who see us as mere data points, not customers. Clark on how the system functions and how to protect your credit. Clark also describes Walmart’s new “InHome” delivery service compared to the Walmart+ option, vs Amazon initiatives....

01.18.22 Travel Warnings: Cruises & Lodgings / Furniture Orders & Deposits in Limbo.

Pandemic cruise scenarios call for a backup plan. Clark explains what can happen with cruises and with lodging cancellation policies. In this era of travel uncertainty, learn the KEY to travel planning. Also, as shipping delays persist, many customers are out their deposit money indefinitely for no show furniture & appliances. Retailer bankruptcy...

01.14.22 Clark Answers His Critics on Clark Stinks / Tax Season Strategy & Inflation.

It’s Friday! Clark Stinks day -Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. Also, this tax year will be a bit different for 2021 filings, with a special warning from the IRS. Clark shares a smart tax refund strategy, plus the outlook on inflation.  Clark Stinks: Segments 1 & 2 Tax Season Strategy &...

01.13.22 Invasion of Privacy: Cell Phone Service / When You Need To Buy a Car - Now.

Verizon trades in customer data - apps, browsing etc. to sell for profit. Clark breaks down the opt-out, and suggests a cheaper way to be on Verizon’s network. // Now is the worst time to buy a car since 1946. Clark shares his best advice and the vehicle market outlook.  Ask Clark topics include: How to avoid becoming the victim of credit card fraud...

01.12.22 New Advice About 401(k)s / YOUR SAFETY: Criminal Tracking of People & Cars.

More companies are offering the Roth 401(k). What you need to know about this retirement savings option. // Crooks are using Apple AirTags to track people and cars. There IS a solid way to protect yourself…Ask Clark topics include: Required Minimum Distributions: How To Calculate, Rules / How To Open a Roth IRA / AAA Membership: Is It Worth It? \\Want...

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