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Parents using new website to swap kids’ clothes and toys Life January 21, 2011
Last year, when my son Grant was 4, I told a story on air about buying him shoes that were…
Frito Lay experimenting with making healthier snacks Food & Restaurants January 19, 2011
One of the nation's leading snack manufacturers is looking to corner the market on healthy treats. Let's face it: Lot…
Low phosphate detergent leaves film on dishes Shopping & Retail January 17, 2011
Editor's note: This segment originally aired Oct. 15, 2010. Have you noticed your dishes recently started developing a white, dusty…
Using smart phone apps to get the best prices when shopping Mobile & Electronics January 11, 2011
Sometimes you have so much power and you don't even know it. One in 3 of us carry smart phones…
Beware of bogus bargains
Beware of bogus bargains Shopping & Retail January 7, 2011
Are those prices that catch your eye in the store or online really a deal? Everybody wants a bargain, but…
Beware of bogus bargains
Online retailers experimenting with individualized discounts Shopping & Retail January 6, 2011
Online retailers have gotten smarter about how they discount and that could mean big savings for you -- or not…
Looking for bargains after the holidays
Looking for bargains after the holidays Shopping & Retail January 4, 2011
This week is one of my favorite shopping times of the year. It used to be that you could get…
Many retailers relax their return policies during January
Many retailers relax their return policies during January Shopping & Retail January 4, 2011
Like clockwork, every January I get all the complaints from people trying to return merchandise they received as holiday gifts.Return…
High end stores doing well as bargain stores suffer
High end stores doing well as bargain stores suffer Shopping & Retail December 16, 2010
This has been a most unusual Christmas shopping season. Stores geared toward higher income shoppers are raking in huge sales…
High end stores doing well as bargain stores suffer
Americans turning their backs on generics and store brands Shopping & Retail November 17, 2010
CLARKONOMICS: After embracing store brands during the Great Recession, Americans are now starting to succumb to the marketing allure of…
Superfans of certain stores risk being blind to deals elsewhere
Superfans of certain stores risk being blind to deals elsewhere Shopping & Retail November 15, 2010
Are you a superfan of a particular store? If so, you're probably doing tremendous damage to your wallet. All human…
Superfans of certain stores risk being blind to deals elsewhere
Clark Howard’s No-Giftcard Gift Certificate Shopping & Retail October 15, 2010
Clark's No-Giftcard Gift Certificate Clark can't stand gift cards! He'd rather you give cash so your friends and family never…
Black Friday 2010
Black Friday 2010 Shopping & Retail January 22, 2010
Wal-Mart vs. Target defines Black Friday 2010 This Christmas continues shaping up as one of the most bargain-focused holiday seasons…
Black Friday 2010
Beware of Store Credit Cards Money & Credit January 7, 2010
Has your credit card limit been cut or shut down altogether? You might be tempted to get a store card.…
Black Friday 2010
Canning your own food reduces your grocery bill Shopping & Retail January 1, 2010
Americans are more versatile and adaptable than we're given credit for. Some of us who have been forced to get…
Black Friday 2010
Ultra soft toilet paper a hazard to the environment Shopping & Retail October 8, 2009
Clark's mind is in the toilet with thoughts on the underlying costs of ultra soft toilet paper! The consumer champ…
Black Friday 2010
Weak back to school sales signal more deals coming Shopping & Retail August 28, 2009
The back to school season has bombed for retailers. In several parts of the country, kids are already back to…
Black Friday 2010
Negotiate for better deals on hotels, clothing and more Shopping & Retail June 15, 2009
William Shatner has the right idea as the Priceline Negotiator. How good of a negotiator are you? Consumer Reports reveals…
Black Friday 2010
Wal-Mart offers smart stored-value card Shopping & Retail March 3, 2009
There are tens of millions of Americans who are among the "great unbanked" in our country. These hard-working Americans can't…
Black Friday 2010
Stay out of the grocery store to save money Shopping & Retail October 30, 2008
CLARKONOMICS: Federal data now shows that consumer spending has dropped at the greatest rate since 1974. Many adult Americans have…
Black Friday 2010
Use the Internet to maximize price protection Shopping & Retail December 14, 2007
Over the summer, Clark mentioned a service for airline customers called Yapta.com. Yapta lets you know if you're eligible for…