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.
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If don't already have a membership to Costco, you are missing out on some serious money-saving opportunities! And actually, many people who are members don't…
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When you think about how you drink water, you probably prefer it one of three ways: cold with ice, cold with no…
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When was the last time you took a good, hard look at your student loans? If it's been a while,…
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Want lower fees, higher returns, more convenience and better customer service from your bank? Join our #SwitchDitchSave movement and make…
Personal banking cheat sheet | 11 key terms & phrases you need to know
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Personal banking isn't one of the more intuitive parts of life. In fact, it can be really confusing — especially considering…
Tired of living paycheck-to-paycheck? | Here’s the #1 way to end the vicious cycle!
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3 things you should never pay for with a credit card!
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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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Valentine's Day Scams
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Contrary to popular belief, budgeting isn’t actually about restricting yourself and never having fun — it’s just about understanding your…
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When you're struggling to get ahead, the idea of getting control of your money — and having confidence in your…
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If an unexpected expense came up, how would you pay for it? If the answer is not "with cash," then…
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Apple users: Beware of this scary new scam that gives criminals access to all your info
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49 companies hiring U.S. veterans (and a new ranking of the best places to work!)
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Need to improve your credit score fast? | Follow these steps!
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Want to be rich? Follow these 11 habits of super successful people
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