The Clark Howard Podcast
The Clark Howard Podcast
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.
07.23.21  Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks  /  2 ways to beat price inflation at the supermarket.
Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Rising food costs, why grocery stores are actually happy about that, and how you can save at the supermarket.  Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include:  Health care sharing ministries surge in popularity, Magnify Money analysis shows / Target Date Funds: Clark’s Favorite Retirement Investment / Lightbox Jewelry / Latest Scams and Rip-Offs \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23
32 min
07.22.21  A money saving app warning for Android & iPhone users alike.  /  Welfare vs. Workfare - Free college that works.
Both Apple and Google are being sued over how they run their app stores. Clark explains the toll and the workaround. / Free college sounds great, especially with the outrageous price of higher education and the student loan burden so many carry.  But is it a good idea? Clark points out where this has been successful, and why it can be good for citizen, state and country when it’s skills based, for the marketplace. Ask Clark topics include: How Much to Tip During the Coronavirus Pandemic / Can a Patient Advocate Help With Your Medical Bills? / How to Find and Claim Missing Money in Your Name / Authorized User vs. Joint Account Holder: Understanding the Difference for Credit Cards / 401(k) Guide: What Is a 401(k) Plan and How Does It Work? \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22
28 min
07.21.21  Outsmart The Temptation to Borrow  /  SPECIAL WARNING: What’s behind ads for high interest certificates, CDs & notes.
New reports indicate borrowing is roaring back after the pandemic slowdown. Lengthy car loans and credit card debt can be dangerous. Credit card offers are everywhere now. How to take advantage of that, without being taken advantage of by creating more debt.  / If those CD rates you’re seeing advertised seem too good to be true… you are correct! Two current pitches, what’s the catch, and how to avoid game over for your wallet. Ask Clark topics include: What Is an Amortization Schedule? Use This Chart To Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster / How To Watch Football Without Cable: Stream NFL and College Football / Best and Worst Home Insurance Companies - Best and Worst Auto Insurance Companies / How To Save and Invest the Clark Howard Way \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21
26 min
07.20.21  Weighing the work from home option & the 4 day work week  /  PLEASE don’t make this home buying mistake.
If you’ve been given the choice, what are the pros & cons of working from home vs. returning to the office you should consider?  Plus, what research reveals about the 4 day work week. / Would you buy a house you’ve never been to?  Clark’s take on this practice and what home buyers should know about buying houses online. Ask Clark topics include: YouTube TV vs. Hulu Live: Which Streaming Service Is Better? - Live TV Streaming Channel Tool / 6 Steps to Eliminate Credit Card Debt in 3 Years or Less / Should You Buy Out Your Leased Car?  \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20
27 min
07.19.21  HACKS: How to protect your investment accounts /  TRAVEL Updates
Congress has never passed consumer protections against hacks of investment accounts. 3 Clark smart rules for protecting your retirement accounts. / TRAVEL NEWS: Passports, canceled flights, rental cars, high fees & more. Ask Clark topics include: 5 Sneaky Ways to Improve Your Credit Score / These Credit Cards Earn 2% Cash Back on Purchases / How To Sell, Cancel or Get Rid of Your Timeshare / How I Saved Nearly 50% on a Rental Car - Car Rental Shortage: Here’s What You Need To Know / 7 Things to Know Before You Buy Travel Insurance / Booking a Cruise? Here Are 3 Tips on How to Do It for Less / How to Plan a Trip: Clark’s Best Travel Tips to Save Money \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19
31 min
07.16.21  Clark answers his critics on Clark Stinks  /  What you need to know about the Child Tax Credit.
Christa shares Clark Stinks posts with Clark. Submit yours at Clark.com/ClarkStinks. / Why are people opting out of the monthly child tax credit? Clark answers this and other questions about the now active Child Tax Credit. Clark Stinks and Ask Clark topics include: How to Teach Young Kids About Money / We Still Haven’t Received Our Federal Tax Refund. What Should We Do? / 4 Things To Know About Series I Savings Bonds / Wells Fargo Is Closing All Personal Lines of Credit / Biden Moves To Restrict Noncompete Agreements, Saying They're Bad For Workers \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16
30 min
07.15.21  Save for a home by paying rent a new way  /  The Beginning of The END of Legalized Loan Sharking.
There’s a new way renters can save for a down payment on a home. Clark shares the pros & cons, and how to make this method work best for you. / A law eliminating oversight of predatory lenders has been overturned. Clark explains the ruling, the state-level significance, and the danger of payday loans. Ask Clark topics include: What Is a 403(b) and How Does It Work? / What Is a Virtual Card Number and How Does It Work? - Sign up for a free trial offer with a stored-value card to avoid unwanted subscriptions. / Shrinkflation:  Warning: Watch Out for This Retailer Pricing Trick / How to Choose the Best Charities for Your Donations - For small charities, search the name of the organization + “IRS filings” / How to Reach a Real Person at AT&T, Xfinity, Cox and More - How to Find the Best Deal on Cheap Internet Service - Cnet - Elon Musk says Starlink will be available worldwide in August / Should You Take Your Pension in a Lump Sum or Monthly Payments? / Gap insurance: What is it and do you need it? \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15
24 min
07.14.21   Where the Smart Money Goes for a Mortgage or Refinance  /  Yesterday is Today: Your Digital Footprint  &  A Social Media Warning.
Big banks are no longer the mortgage lenders of choice. Today banks account for only around 30% of mortgages issued because they’re usually a ripoff. Clark tells you the best places to look for a mortgage or refinance. // There’s been a lot of debate about our digital histories coming back to bite us years or decades later. One woman’s story is a lesson for all. Caution your kids about this in ongoing conversations. Ask Clark topics include: How and Why to Refinance Your Mortgage: A Step-By-Step Guide / Best and Worst Home Insurance Companies / Best and Worst Auto Insurance Companies / Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection vs. Progrexion Marketing, Inc - How to Freeze Your Credit With Experian, Equifax and TransUnion / GoodSam Roadside Assistance  -  AAA Membership - Consumer Reports: Buying a Roadside Assistance Plan / Food Delivery Is More Expensive Than It Used to Be - NYTimes: A Pandemic Lifeline for Restaurants, Delivery Is ‘Here to Stay’ \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14
26 min
07.13.21  Vehicle Pricing Madness - Word to Buyers & Sellers / Supplements & Herbal Remedies - A Warning.
Used car prices have gone through the roof! Clark’s personal car selling story and an important warning for shopping used cars.  / 3/4s of us take some form of herbal remedy and/or supplements. The FDA reports weight loss, muscle building, and sexual aid products pose the greatest risk. What certifications to look for when buying supplements. Ask Clark topics include: 5 Ways to Recognize Fraud and Scams | FEMA.gov / How to sell your house by owner \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13
27 min
7.12.21  IRS delays   /  Promising news on Rx costs
Still waiting on your IRS refund? You’re not alone! The IRS Taxpayer Advocate has announced 35 million tax returns have not been processed. They’re severely short-staffed and refunds are delayed. Clark’s tax filing strategy to save you some trouble. / Promising news on the price of prescription medicine: A new program for prescription insulin has the potential to shake up the entire prescription marketplace! Clark discusses industry factors that affect the cost of meds, and reform initiatives. Ask Clark topics include: What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? / 529 Plans / Why You Should Never Use a Debit Card To Pay for Anything / What Is a Roth 401(k) and How Does It Work? - How To Open a Roth IRA / Roth IRA vs. Traditional IRA: What’s the Difference? / Homeowners Insurance \\ Want more money advice? Sign up for Clark’s free daily newsletter! Free Advice: Clark's Consumer Action Center Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12
27 min
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