Michael Timmermann has been helping people save money for more than a decade. He writes about budgeting, streaming TV services and cell phone plans for Clark.com. Prior to joining Team Clark in 2014, Michael produced Clark Howard's popular segments for CNN's sister network, HLN. After paying off his mortgage in two years, Michael started MichaelSaves.com, a website where he shares practical ways to lower your monthly bills and meet your own financial goals. He can be reached at [email protected].
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