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.
Why you need to print out your online billing statements
Why you need to print out your online billing statements Money & Credit August 10, 2017
Have you noticed that more and more of the companies you do business with are trying to get you to…
33 easy ways to make extra money each month
33 easy ways to make extra money each month Money & Credit August 9, 2017
Whether you're trying to pay off debt, save more toward retirement or just boost your monthly income, there are a…
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You may reach for the hand sanitizer every time you hear someone in office cough or sneeze — but what…
How Americans are wasting $1.7 trillion in retirement savings
How Americans are wasting $1.7 trillion in retirement savings Money & Credit August 7, 2017
It's no secret that many Americans have a bad habit of wasteful spending. While some people don't realize just how…
Follow these 2 easy steps to start saving more money today
Follow these 2 easy steps to start saving more money today Money & Credit August 1, 2017
  Americans have never been known to be great savers — and it's not that people don't understand the importance, it's…
A strong password isn’t enough: Here’s the best way to protect your online accounts
A strong password isn’t enough: Here’s the best way to protect your online accounts Mobile & Electronics July 30, 2017
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers that even difficult-to-hack passwords aren't enough to stop scammers these days. 'That’s why the Better…
Americans spend most of their money on these 3 things
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When you're trying to save more money — for both now and down the road — there are plenty of successful strategies…
Top 50 companies hiring for part-time, work-at-home jobs
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If you're looking for part-time work or ways to pick up extra cash outside of a full-time job, there are…
iPhone hacks: 18 hidden iOS features you need to know about
iPhone hacks: 18 hidden iOS features you need to know about Mobile & Electronics July 20, 2017
It's pretty fascinating how one simple trick or shortcut really can change your life. Whether it's related to cleaning, organizing, saving money or…
Buying a home? Here are 9 costly mortgage mistakes to avoid
Buying a home? Here are 9 costly mortgage mistakes to avoid Homes & Real Estate July 15, 2017
A house will likely be the biggest purchase you make in your lifetime — so you don't want to mess…
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If you're ever driving, running or in some other situation where you can't look at your phone long enough to…
12 things you’re paying too much for
12 things you’re paying too much for Money & Credit July 12, 2017
We're all guilty of paying for convenience sometimes, whether it's a quick download or an overpriced bottle of water. But when…
Scam alert: That text message ‘from your bank’ could leave you with an empty account
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Criminals are using a new type of text message scam to steal your information! Here's what to look out for…
Follow this #1 rule to avoid big credit card debt
Follow this #1 rule to avoid big credit card debt Money & Credit July 10, 2017
The word “debt” typically carries a negative connotation — which makes sense when you consider all the debt Americans owe…
11 places you should never use a debit card
11 places you should never use a debit card Money & Credit July 8, 2017
A lot of people stick with a debit card as a way to control their spending and avoid racking up big…
Don’t ‘like’ a post or page on Facebook without reading this first
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Is your birthday on Facebook? Here’s why that’s a bad idea
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You've probably heard that what you share on Facebook can come back to haunt you, but there are more dangers…
Ceiling fan vs. A.C.: How to stay cool and save in the heat
Ceiling fan vs. A.C.: How to stay cool and save in the heat Money & Credit July 6, 2017
When it comes to staying cool in the summertime heat, one of the primary concerns is cost. Sometimes things can…
This mistake costs the average family $94,000 in retirement
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The idea of adequate retirement planning can mean different things to different people — especially when you consider lifestyle expectations. But…
How to choose and switch to a better bank for you
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Choosing the right bank can be tricky, especially if you aren't quite sure what to look for and haven't had…
13 fees that are a total waste of your hard-earned money
13 fees that are a total waste of your hard-earned money Money & Credit June 25, 2017
It seems like pretty much everything comes with fees these days — some we know about and some we don't.…
21 ways to spend less money at the grocery store
21 ways to spend less money at the grocery store Shopping & Retail June 24, 2017
The average American family spends somewhere between $300 and nearly $700 per month on groceries -- typically the fourth biggest budget…
40 things you can do today to take control of your money
40 things you can do today to take control of your money Money & Credit June 21, 2017
With a timeline and a list of goals to achieve, you may find that you're capable of being much more…
Beware of fake pop-up scam that will give criminals access to your device
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It seems like just about every day scammers are finding a new way to hack into our lives — whether it's…
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Free Credit Score Guide: Understanding your score and what you can do to improve it Money & Credit June 20, 2017
Your credit score is a number that represents how well you’ve managed all of your financial obligations (your bills, accounts…
Why you should always wash new clothes before wearing them
Why you should always wash new clothes before wearing them Shopping & Retail June 20, 2017
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How to remove Sharpie stains from pretty much anything
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If you have kids, or you're just clumsy like me, then you probably spend a good bit of time cleaning…
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After all the New Year's hype has died down and winter is still dragging along, many people start to feel…
How to make your car last 200,000 miles
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Americans are keeping their cars longer than ever before — in fact, a big percentage of vehicles on the road…
11 habits that are preventing you from getting rich
11 habits that are preventing you from getting rich Money & Credit June 16, 2017
What's the secret to getting rich? Well, it depends on whom you ask. But while everyone's journey to success and…