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Think the new law means hospital 'gotcha' prices have gone away? Not so fast
New law requires hospitals to post their prices, but does it really change anything? Health January 3, 2019
For years, hospital pricing has been shrouded in mystery — until you get that ginormous bill that seems to have…
5 New Year's resolutions that will improve your finances
5 New Year’s resolutions that will improve your finances right now Money & Credit January 1, 2019
With the new year here, you may be ready for a fresh start when it comes to your finances. Why…
10 quotes on financial freedom from Clark Howard
Clark Howard’s Top 10 words of wisdom from 2018 Money & Credit December 28, 2018
Clark Howard's goal is for people to take control of their financial destiny. With signs of a volatile stock market…
Government shutdown assistance: These credit unions and banks are offering financial help
Affected financially by the government shutdown? Here’s help Money & Credit December 28, 2018
We are well into a partial government shutdown, and many people are starting to feel the crunch. If you're a…
New 1040
The new 1040 tax form: What you need to know Money & Credit December 28, 2018
With the simplification of the tax code brought about by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the IRS has revised…
Credit card interest rate
What the Federal Reserve’s latest interest rate hike means for you Money & Credit December 20, 2018
For the fourth time this year, the Federal Reserve announced a widely expected interest rate hike on Thursday. But what…
Money Challenge
How to save $5,000 with the 52-week money challenge Money & Credit December 19, 2018
What would an extra $5,000 mean in your life in the coming year? Would you use it to pay bills,…
Experian lets consumers raise credit scores from utility bills
Could your cell phone bill be the key to a better credit score? Money & Credit December 18, 2018
Do you always pay your cell phone and utility bills on time? In the near future, you could get a…
IRS income tax brackets
Here are the new IRS tax rates and income brackets for 2019 Money & Credit December 18, 2018
Thanks to the return of modest inflation, the Internal Revenue Service has tweaked the tax rates and income brackets for…
money mistakes to avoid in 2019
The biggest money mistakes to avoid in 2019 Money & Credit December 14, 2018
No matter your age or station in life, making good decisions with your money is a noble goal to have…
robinhood checking and savings
After controversy, Robinhood withdraws plan for 3% checking/savings account Money & Credit December 14, 2018
Robinhood says it is putting the brakes on the rollout of a new free checking and savings account that promised…
Save 2 full paychecks in 2019 with this simple budgeting trick
Save 2 full paychecks in 2019 with this simple budgeting trick Budgeting & Saving December 13, 2018
If you want to get out of debt, stash away more for retirement or control excessive spending, making a simple…
Budgeting with cash: How to make the envelope method work
Budgeting with cash: How to make the envelope method work Budgeting & Saving December 13, 2018
If you're trying to get out of credit card debt, managing your money the old-fashioned way is something money expert…
Why users are complaining about Zelle, the popular money app
Here’s why Clark says to stay away from the Zelle payment app Mobile & Electronics December 11, 2018
Mobile banking, which allows people to send and receive money with a few clicks of their smartphone, has exploded over…
Stack of money ($100 bills)
The inventor of index funds lives by these 3 simple money rules Money & Credit December 10, 2018
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, John Bogle, founder and former chairman of index-fund behemoth Vanguard Group,…
Clark Howard budgeting guide
Free budget worksheet: The CLARK Method to create a monthly budget Budgeting & Saving November 30, 2018
The secret to saving more and spending less every month isn't a secret at all — it's a budget. Just…
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6 things you need to know before donating your used vehicle Money & Credit November 30, 2018
Planning to donate an old car this year to get a tax deduction next year? What you need to know…
5 best travel rewards credit cards right now
5 best travel rewards credit cards right now Credit Cards November 30, 2018
Money expert Clark Howard typically recommends cash back credit cards, but there are always those who prefer travel cards to…
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Ask Clark: Is StreetShares a legitimate investment opportunity? Money & Credit November 29, 2018
Want to earn 5% on your money? There's an opportunity out there, but it comes with some hazard. RELATED: Are…
Clark’s take: Why you should never buy an airline ticket with a debit card
Clark’s take: Why you should never buy an airline ticket with a debit card Travel November 29, 2018
Travel season presents itself with lots of opportunities to snatch deals on airfares, but oftentimes you have to act quickly.…
life insurance retirement planning
Ask Clark: What is a life insurance retirement plan and are they recommended? Insurance November 28, 2018
What if there were a way for you to avoid paying taxes in retirement? That's the promise offered by a…
Tip jar
Here’s your holiday tipping guide for 2018 Money & Credit November 28, 2018
It's that time of the year again when our thoughts turn to how grateful we our for family, friends and…
2018 taxes
4 things to know before claiming head of household status on your 2018 taxes Money & Credit November 27, 2018
If you're a single parent with kids, you may be able to claim a more than $18,000 standard deduction when…
financially stressed out woman with help sign
Why you shouldn’t do a cash-out refinance to pay off credit card debt Homes & Real Estate November 27, 2018
Stuck with high-interest credit card debt that you can't seem to pay off? Maybe you've thought about tapping the equity…
Salvation Army
Giving Tuesday: Make sure you know where your donation is going Money & Credit November 27, 2018
Since we've spend the last week so focused on buying, buying, buying it seems only appropriate that the day after…
Bitsy app review: A new simple way to buy and store Bitcoin
Bitsy app review: A new simple way to buy and store Bitcoin Money & Credit November 20, 2018
Tempted to buy Bitcoin on its recent 20% plunge because you believe in a robust future for cryptocurrencies? There's a…
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Vanguard’s new access to lower fees expected to save investors $80 million Money & Credit November 20, 2018
Vanguard is expanding access to lower investments fees from Wall Street to Main Street with its latest move. RELATED: These…
How to keep calm when the stock market gets chaotic
How to keep calm when the stock market gets chaotic Money & Credit November 19, 2018
Are you still reeling from the recent Wall Street rollercoaster ride? I get it. The Dow has been swinging wildly…
Having trouble with Experian & Equifax credit freezes? Here are some answers
Having trouble with Experian & Equifax credit freezes? Here’s some help Protect Your Rights & Identity November 19, 2018
It's only been a short while since credit freezes were made free by the three major credit-reporting bureaus. The government-mandated…
thanksgiving
Let’s talk turkey: The cost of Thanksgiving dinner hits 8-year low Life November 16, 2018
When you're taking stock of all you're thankful for this year, here's one more thing to include on your list:…
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