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The Clark Howard Podcast

Clark Howard is the watchdog for consumers everywhere, and we feel Clark is a perfect fit. Protecting your wallet and keeping you apprised of the latest in consumer technology every weekday.

Clark refers to a Clark.com article about how kids can get free stuff for getting good marks at school; The tariff discussion continues. Next up on the chopping block are mattresses being shipped from China; Opening up a Roth or other investment account is a great idea. But don’t forget to allocate the money inside of those accounts well to grow your wealth!

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Hotels continue to fight Airbnb in many states and municipalities. But they seem to be losing; T Mobile has just launched a 3-year lease payoff for some smartphone purchases. It’s crazy to pay for your cell phone over 3 years!; The true cost of college is actually declining slightly. That’s the first time in a long time this has been the case.

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Sears filed for bankruptcy and will be closing a lot of stores. Clark tells you what you need to know if you have items on layaway or have a Sears credit card; United Airlines is threatening its customers that use skip lagging to get lower fares; Clark has updated the 529 plan guide and offers you the best advice on which states’ 529 plans you should consider investing in for your child’s education.

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Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here; The Waze carpool app is a game changer as it makes finding fellow commuters to share a ride with incredibly easy.

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Obamacare premiums are going down to the surprise of many. Also, a couple of new laws could make it easier for you to save on prescription drugs; Google’s security breach was not handled well. Clark tells you to start using Duck Duck Go instead of Google’s search tool; The stock market has had a tough couple of days. Clark gives his thoughts.

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Experian had a security flaw potentially exposing your credit freeze PIN number. Clark tells you how you should respond to this awful news; Some companies that are contracted to move military families are having major issues and it is hurting the men and women that serve our country. That’s not ok; Mattress Firm is closing hundreds of stores. Online mattress companies are completely changing how we buy mattresses.

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Clark shares a personal story of a listener that paid off a massive amount of debt; Watch out for this new timeshare scam that only steals your money; Cyber attacks are on the rise and Clark talks about how banks are combating it. 

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New loyalty programs are bringing bigger perks to loyal shoppers; Men are forsaking college in bigger numbers; E SIM cards will make switching cell phone carriers much easier in the near future. 

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