Craig Johnson is a writer who covers cars, jobs and travel. He joined Clark.com in 2018. Craig has written and edited in newspapers such as The Detroit News and The Atlanta-Journal Constitution as well as for CNN.com and HLN. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he enjoys writing about ways you can get what you want for less by using apps and other money-saving platforms. He also keeps a pulse on the latest scams and tips to help you protect your personal information. You can reach Craig at [email protected]
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Twitter scam
Beware: Twitter scam could hijack your account October 11, 2017
A new Twitter scam is enticing users by appealing to their vanity in order to get them to hand over…
Why you may need a virtual credit card
Digital payments forecast: 726 billion transactions a year by 2020, study says Money & Credit October 11, 2017
As technology continues to seep into almost every aspect of our lives, the use of digital payments is set to…
Buckle up in the back seat
Study: 4 out of 5 back-seat passengers say they don’t buckle up Cars October 10, 2017
Let's take a poll: How many times have you gotten into the back seat of a Lyft or Uber and…
Equifax data breach - Clark Howard credit freeze guide
Report: Equifax was alerted to security risk a year before data breach Money & Credit October 10, 2017
A damning news report indicates that the Equifax data breach, which has exposed as many as 145.5 million people to…
3 ways the new rules on payday loans will help consumers
3 ways the new rules on payday loans will help consumers Money & Credit October 9, 2017
There are new regulations coming that aim to help borrowers from becoming entrapped by payday loans. The rules, brought about…
Want to save money on insurance? Try bundling
Here’s the #1 way to save money on insurance Insurance October 6, 2017
It seems insurance premiums always continue to creep up no matter if you've had a recent claim or not. But…
How to get a $40 reward card for just test-driving a car
How to get a $40 reward card for just test-driving a car Cars October 6, 2017
Even if you're not necessarily in the market for a new car, I think it's safe to say that free…
Data breaches: Here’s how safe your money is at banks and other financial institutions
Data breaches: Here’s how safe your money is at banks and other financial institutions Money & Credit October 5, 2017
You have to forgive the modern consumer these days if they're a bit skittish when handing over their personal information.…
Woman buying a car (via Dreamstime)
3 sites you need to visit before you buy a used car Cars October 5, 2017
Aside from a home, buying a vehicle can be one of the biggest purchases you're ever going to make. Since…
PlayStation debuts credit cards
Game on? Sony debuts PlayStation rewards credit card Mobile & Electronics October 4, 2017
Gamers are well accustomed to scoring points and winning a prize or a reward each time they grab the controller.…
Recall: Playtex plates and bowls. Image credit: Consumer Product Safety Commission
Playtex recalls 3.6 million children’s plates and bowls over choking hazard Recalls October 3, 2017
Playtex has issued a recall on some of its children's plates and bowls, citing them as a choking hazard, the…
Equifax Data Breach: 2.5 million more consumers affected, ex-CEO faces Congress
Equifax Data Breach: 2.5 million more consumers affected, ex-CEO faces Congress Money & Credit October 3, 2017
Just when consumers were coming to grips with the financial debacle that is the Equifax data breach, the number of…
Write a check to pay the credit card bill
These banks & credit unions offer free checking Banks & Banking October 2, 2017
When is free checking not really free? These days, many banking institutions offer checking accounts that they claim are free,…
price match guarantees - How to save on food for 2019
Auto sales, Harvey contributed to slowed consumer spending in August, U.S. says Deals & Savings September 29, 2017
Dinged by slow auto sales, U.S. consumer spending softened in August, according to Commerce Department figures released Friday. Consumer spending…
What is a Social Security Number and why do we have one?
What is a Social Security Number and why do we have one? Money & Credit September 29, 2017
Much has been made recently about the importance of protecting your personal information in the aftermath of the Equifax data…
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Women are reaching financial adulthood before men, new study finds Money & Credit September 29, 2017
In all the key indicators across the board, millennial women are achieving milestones that they defined as representing financial adulthood…
Why you may need a virtual credit card
Why you should probably be using virtual credit cards Money & Credit September 28, 2017
With data breaches happening all around us and credit card fraud losses topping $9 billion, many consumers are going high-tech…
Boy builds tiny house
How a 13-year-old built his own tiny house for $1,500 Homes & Real Estate September 27, 2017
A 13-year-old boy is making headlines this week after building his own home for $1,500, according to multiple news reports.…
Sonic data breach
Report: Sonic hit with data breach, millions of customers possibly affected Money & Credit September 27, 2017
Fast-food chain Sonic Drive-In may have been the victim of a massive data breach affecting millions of customers, according to…
Can tech save the funeral industry?
How technology is taking some of the pain out of planning a funeral Wills & Funerals September 27, 2017
Losing a loved one, whether it be a close friend or family member, can be a devastating blow to a…
Here’s why your organic shopping list keeps getting bigger
Here’s why your organic shopping list keeps getting bigger Food & Restaurants September 26, 2017
Once you go organic, your quest for such foods becomes almost manic, resulting in more purchases of healthy GMO-free fare.…
How to help Puerto Rico
Hurricane aftermath: Here’s how you can help Puerto Rico Donating & Volunteering September 25, 2017
Days after Hurricanes Irma and Maria slammed into the island nation, Puerto Rico, an American territory made up of 3.4…
Equifax data breach - Clark Howard credit freeze guide
Equifax Data Breach: Protect yourself from tax fraud by getting a PIN from the IRS Money & Credit September 22, 2017
One detail that's truly alarming about Equifax data breach is the fact that Social Security numbers were among the trove…
Airplane
Here are the pesky fees that are making those airline ticket prices sky-high Travel September 21, 2017
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that airline fees are taking flight. Even fliers who happen to catch…
Equifax data breach - Clark Howard credit freeze guide
The Consumers Union is calling on Equifax to take these 7 steps immediately Credit September 20, 2017
If one consumer advocacy group gets its way, people affected by the Equifax data breach could be compensated from a…
Equifax data breach - Clark Howard credit freeze guide
Equifax Data Breach: The 2 things you must do right now to protect your credit Money & Credit September 19, 2017
The more details that become available about the Equifax data breach, the more consumers are rightly concerned about their personal…
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How to Sign Up for Credit Karma’s Free Monitoring Service Credit September 19, 2017
Whether you already have excellent credit or are trying to build it, protecting your credit is important. Money expert Clark…
Recall alert: Target 4-drawer dressers pose entrapment, tip-over risks
Recall alert: Target 4-drawer dressers pose entrapment, tip-over risks Shopping & Retail September 18, 2017
Target has issued a recall alert for a popular brand of dressers, the retailer said recently. The dresser, which comes…
Equifax Inc.
Equifax Data Breach: What if I plan to get a loan, new credit or mortgage? Money & Credit September 18, 2017
As more information becomes available about the Equifax data breach, U.S. consumers are increasingly looking for answers on whether they…
What parts of the country have the most uninsured people?
Here are the states and cities with the most uninsured residents Health Insurance September 17, 2017
Health insurance is one of those things that people can generally agree is a necessity in this day and age.…