Craig Johnson is a conscious money-saver who still reads paperback books and listens to vinyl. He likes to write about how technology is making things easier and more affordable — but also sometimes more dangerous — for the modern consumer. You can reach Craig at [email protected]
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Looking to book a flight? Here are the cheapest days to fly in 2019
These are expected to be the cheapest days to fly in 2019 Travel January 3, 2019
If travel is in the cards for you in 2019, you might already be scouting out airline tickets. Wouldn't it…
Looking for work in 2019? Here are the fastest-growing job titles right now
Looking for work in 2019? Here are the fastest-growing job titles right now January 2, 2019
If you're looking for a new job right now, the employment outlook for the new year is looking pretty rosy…
Phone porting scam: How to protect yourself
Phone porting scam: How to protect yourself on different carriers Scams & Rip-Offs January 2, 2019
Thieves are increasingly stealing people's phone numbers in a new scheme known as "porting" or "port-out scamming." A phone porting…
Simple Mobile review: Is this low-cost carrier worth the savings?
Simple Mobile review: Is this low-cost carrier worth the savings? Mobile & Electronics January 2, 2019
I've been using Simple Mobile for close to a year now and I'd say that if you're a casual data user,…
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…
Job alert: These 20+ companies are hiring like crazy for the new year
Job alert: These 20+ companies are hiring like crazy in January Jobs December 31, 2018
If you’re looking for work in 2019, this is the perfect time to make a career change: January is a…
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…
Here are the 9 best end-of-year car deals
Looking for an end-of-year car deal? Here are 9 of the best Cars December 27, 2018
As if the price tags didn't give it away, 'tis the season for end-of-year car deals. Year's end markdowns are…
price match guarantees - 5 simple changes you can make to cut your food bill in 2019
5 simple changes you can make to cut your food bill in 2019 Food & Restaurants December 27, 2018
If you're not happy with your financial situation or simply want to improve it and do things differently in 2019,…
Read this before you sign up for a 'risk-free' trial
Read this before you sign up for a ‘risk-free’ trial Scams & Rip-Offs December 26, 2018
Perhaps you've been there: You run across a new service and want to give it a try, but it costs…
Looking for work? Here are the major job trends for 2019
Looking for work? Here are 4 major job trends for 2019 December 26, 2018
If you're looking for a job or interested in a career change for 2019, there's no better time to apply…
Phone scam
Here’s Clark’s #1 rule for avoiding phone scams Scams & Rip-Offs December 21, 2018
Phone scams, which used to be limited solely to landlines or our "house phones," are now increasingly coming to our…
These 2019 model cars have already won safety awards
New report: Here are the safest car models for 2019 Cars December 20, 2018
If you're like a lot of people, the impending arrival of the new year might have you in the mind…
FTC: Some internet-connected smart toys are far from child's play
New FTC warning: Some internet-connected toys are far from child’s play Protect Your Rights & Identity December 19, 2018
If you're concerned about privacy, buying toys for your kids these days is serious business. Internet-connected smart toys are everywhere…
Facebook shared your data with other companies
Report: Facebook shared private messages with Amazon, 150+ others Protect Your Rights & Identity December 19, 2018
Facebook has spent much of the past 12 months apologizing and trying to make amends for the Cambridge Analytica data…
Government shutdown 2018: Here's what's likely to be closed or open
Government shutdown 2018: Here’s what might affect you Life December 18, 2018
With the U.S. government shut down for now, the ramifications could be widespread, affecting federal salaried and hourly workers, small…
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…
These companies will buy your home for cash
These companies will buy your home for cash Homes & Real Estate December 17, 2018
If you're a homeowner, maybe you've gotten something in the mail from a company looking to buy your home. The…
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…
Free Shipping Day 2018: Everything you need to know
Free Shipping Day 2018: Everything you need to know Shopping & Retail December 13, 2018
The holiday rush is on as shoppers try to beat the clock to have their items delivered in time for…
These states are the most vulnerable to identity theft and fraud
‘No consequences’: Clark’s take on the government’s Equifax data breach report Protect Your Rights & Identity December 12, 2018
The government's final report on the Equifax data breach was released this week, more than 14 months after one of…
Which cars cost the least to repair?
The 10 late-model cars with the lowest repair costs Cars December 12, 2018
When it comes to choosing a vehicle, many of us may make a decision based on gas mileage or styling.…
Cities that will pay you to move there
Looking for a change of scenery? These cities will pay you to move there! Jobs December 12, 2018
There's a good chance you think  that it pays to live where you do. Maybe you have good neighbors, a…
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…
Here's the data that tech companies keep on you
What the big tech companies know about you in one scary image Protect Your Rights & Identity December 11, 2018
If a stranger walked up to you and asked you for your name, marital status and place of employment, you…
New report: 10 used car models with the biggest discounts in December
New report: 10 used car models with the biggest discounts in December Cars December 4, 2018
Purchasing a vehicle for a good price has a lot to do with timing. If you buy at the wrong…
Digital driver's licenses: States ditching plastic for technology
Digital driver’s licenses: States are ditching plastic for technology Cars December 3, 2018
Basically since the advent of the automobile, fear of losing your wallet — especially your driver's license — has plagued Americans. But…
Best new car incentives available right now to year’s end
Looking for a new car? Here are the best incentives & deals out there right now Cars December 3, 2018
One of the only things better than that new car smell is a new car deal, and December has quite…
Are Sleep Number mattresses recording you while you snooze?
Is your Sleep Number mattress recording what goes on in your bedroom? Mobile & Electronics December 3, 2018
Technology can be be a double-edged sword, making our lives easier but sometimes at the expense of our privacy. We've…