Alex Thomas Sadler

Alex Thomas Sadler is the Managing Editor of Clark.com & Clark Howard Digital Products. Alex is the host of Common Cents, a Clark.com multi-platform series that takes the mystery out of your finances. By breaking down complicated concepts, Common Cents makes money simple — so you can better understand and take control of your own financial life and future. Alex graduated from the University of Georgia with bachelor's degrees in French and journalism and has a master's degree in business journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Alex is a self-proclaimed cat advocate, red wine enthusiast and loves finding new ways to stretch a buck. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two kittens, Ronald & Nancy. Follow her on Twitter @TheAlexSadler.
Saving 101 | Why you should save, and how to get started
Saving 101 | Why you should save, and how to get started Commoncents December 13, 2017
When you start making money, the last thing you probably want to do is save it — despite having probably been…
Credit score | How to improve your number
Credit score | How to improve your number Commoncents December 12, 2017
You’ve set out your goals, made a plan, and you’re finally starting to feel pretty good about things. You start…
Debt 101 | Good vs. bad: Dangers to avoid and how to protect yourself!
Debt 101 | Good vs. bad: Dangers to avoid and how to protect yourself! Commoncents December 12, 2017
The word “debt” typically carries a negative connotation — which makes sense when you consider all the debt Americans owe these days.…
3 things you should never pay for with a credit card!
3 things you should never pay for with a credit card! Money & Credit December 12, 2017
When it comes to using credit cards, it's important to understand both the perks and the risks. Just like with…
Need more cash? | 35 easy ways to make extra money each month
Need more cash? | 35 easy ways to make extra money each month Commoncents December 8, 2017
Whether you're trying to pay off debt, save more toward retirement or just boost your monthly income, there are a…
The #1 secret to money success | Follow this rule to always stay ahead of your finances!
The #1 secret to money success | Follow this rule to always stay ahead of your finances! Commoncents December 7, 2017
Americans have never been known to be great savers — and it's not that people don't understand the importance, it's just…
Don’t wait | 40 things you can do today to take control of your financial life
Don’t wait | 40 things you can do today to take control of your financial life Commoncents December 6, 2017
When you're struggling to get ahead, the idea of getting control of your money — and having confidence in your…
Preparing for the unexpected | How to protect your future financial security
Preparing for the unexpected | How to protect your future financial security Commoncents December 6, 2017
If an unexpected expense came up, how would you pay for it? If the answer is not "with cash," then…
40 things you can do today to take control of your financial life
40 things you can do today to take control of your financial life Money & Credit December 6, 2017
When you're struggling to get ahead, the idea of getting control of your money — and having confidence in your…
Money 101 | 5 simple money rules to last a lifetime
Money 101 | 5 simple money rules to last a lifetime Commoncents November 16, 2017
The concept of personal finance can be intimidating, especially if you’ve never learned much about it (which is the case…
Tired of living paycheck-to-paycheck? | Here’s the #1 way to end the vicious cycle!
Tired of living paycheck-to-paycheck? | Here’s the #1 way to end the vicious cycle! Commoncents November 16, 2017
Do you know where your money is actually going every month? If not, then that's a huge warning sign that it's…
Apple users: Beware of this scary new scam that gives criminals access to all your info
Apple users: Beware of this scary new scam that gives criminals access to all your info Mobile & Electronics November 13, 2017
Over the past several years, smartphones have caused people to let their guard down — so of course scammers are taking advantage…
49 companies hiring U.S. veterans (and a new ranking of the best places to work!)
49 companies hiring U.S. veterans (and a new ranking of the best places to work!) Jobs & Military November 10, 2017
Many U.S. companies have been putting more emphasis on hiring U.S. veterans — with some hosting big one-day events and…
How to rethink your budget | It’s not just about spending less, but spending smarter
How to rethink your budget | It’s not just about spending less, but spending smarter Commoncents November 10, 2017
Contrary to popular belief, budgeting isn’t actually about restricting yourself and never having fun — it’s just about understanding your…
Automatic bill pay warning | How to avoid hidden dangers that could cost you big bucks
Automatic bill pay warning | How to avoid hidden dangers that could cost you big bucks Commoncents November 7, 2017
Automatic bill pay: Hidden dangers to avoid You probably get asked by the companies you do business with if you…
Need to improve your credit score fast? | Follow these steps!
Need to improve your credit score fast? | Follow these steps! Commoncents November 7, 2017
There's one thing at the center of your entire financial life: your credit score. From your ability to borrow money…
Investing 101 | How to get started with $1,000 or less
Investing 101 | How to get started with $1,000 or less Commoncents November 3, 2017
The idea of investing for the first time on your own can be intimidating — and confusing. But with a little…
Can’t manage your money? | This simple budgeting method is your best solution
Can’t manage your money? | This simple budgeting method is your best solution Commoncents November 3, 2017
How to take control of your money It's no secret that the concept of money — and everything that goes along…
Want to be rich? Follow these 11 habits of super successful people
Want to be rich? Follow these 11 habits of super successful people Money & Credit November 3, 2017
Everyone is looking for the ultimate secret to success — that one plan, idea, tip or piece of advice that will…
Want more money? | How to increase your income without getting a pay raise
Want more money? | How to increase your income without getting a pay raise Commoncents November 3, 2017
It’s probably safe to assume we all want to make more money — well, at least a lot of us do. So…
Americans spend most of their money on these 3 things
Americans spend most of their money on these 3 things Money & Credit November 1, 2017
When you're trying to save more money — for both now and down the road — there are plenty of successful strategies…
How to reduce, or even erase, your digital footprint
How to reduce, or even erase, your digital footprint Mobile & Electronics October 31, 2017
There's a new victim of identity fraud every two seconds, according to a study by Javelin Strategy & Research. And of course…
Overdraft protection | How the bogus bank ‘protection’ works and why you should opt out immediately
Overdraft protection | How the bogus bank ‘protection’ works and why you should opt out immediately Commoncents October 30, 2017
If you want to keep more of your hard-earned money, avoiding unnecessary fees should simply be part of your everyday…
Ready to ditch your debt? Meet a woman who paid off nearly $70,000 in less than 2 years
Ready to ditch your debt? Meet a woman who paid off nearly $70,000 in less than 2 years Money & Credit October 23, 2017
Paying off debt can seem impossible, especially if you owe tens of thousands of dollars and feel like you're barely scraping by each…
How to secure and wipe your devices clean before you get rid of them
How to secure and wipe your devices clean before you get rid of them Mobile & Electronics October 20, 2017
For the majority of Americans, technology is now at the center of pretty much everything we do, so much so that…
Automatic bill pay warning | How it works, dangers to avoid & the safest way to set it up
Automatic bill pay warning | How it works, dangers to avoid & the safest way to set it up Commoncents October 20, 2017
No one likes paying bills (that I'm aware of?) — which is why automatic payments can be very appealing. This is…
How a side job paid off $48,000 of debt in just six months
How a side job paid off $48,000 of debt in just six months Money & Credit October 17, 2017
How can you get out of debt when you're barely able to cover the minimum monthly payments on your current…
Is your birthday on Facebook? Here’s why that’s a bad idea
Is your birthday on Facebook? Here’s why that’s a bad idea Mobile & Electronics October 15, 2017
You've probably heard that what you share on Facebook can come back to haunt you, but there are more dangers…
MONEY MYTHS | The truth behind 13 money myths that could derail your finances
MONEY MYTHS | The truth behind 13 money myths that could derail your finances Commoncents October 14, 2017
Unless you live, well, under a tree, you've probably heard the phrase, "money doesn't grow on trees." What you probably…
Setting goals | How to create a plan that will motivate you to save
Setting goals | How to create a plan that will motivate you to save Commoncents October 13, 2017
The only way to reach your goals is to identify what they are, when you want to reach them and…