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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Banks collect $14 billion from this one fee (but you can avoid paying it)
Banks collect $14 billion from this one fee (but you can avoid paying it) Money & Credit July 5, 2016
If you've ever been hit with an overdraft fee on your personal checking account, you'll probably never forget it. The…
Walmart is giving away one month of free shipping
Walmart is giving away one month of free shipping Deals & Savings June 29, 2016
If you like shopping on Walmart.com, you’re going to love this offer: 30 days of free shipping! It's a promotion…
196 of the best and worst cities for retirement
196 of the best and worst cities for retirement Money & Credit June 29, 2016
If you’re looking forthe best place to retire, there are a lot of factors to consider. Bankratejust releasednew rankings of196…
3 big changes coming to Republic Wireless
3 big changes coming to Republic Wireless Mobile & Electronics June 28, 2016
If you're looking to save money on your cell phone bill, there's a good chance you've heard about Republic Wireless…
Sam’s Club is offering free access to Costco customers
Sam’s Club is offering free access to Costco customers Money & Credit June 28, 2016
Sam's Club is trying to lure in Costco members who aren't too happy with the warehouse club's credit card switch…
Ikea recalls 29 million dressers due to deadly tip-over hazard
Ikea recalls 29 million dressers due to deadly tip-over hazard Money & Credit June 27, 2016
Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers that can easily tip over onto children, injuring or killing them. Three…
Quick and easy way to remove pet hair from your furniture
Quick and easy way to remove pet hair from your furniture Life June 27, 2016
This is the time of year when cats and dogs can shed like crazy, but you don’t have to spend…
These traffic tickets will hike your auto insurance rates the most
These traffic tickets will hike your auto insurance rates the most Insurance June 27, 2016
Nearly 43 million Americans will travel this year for the Fourth of July, according to AAA, and most of them…
How to stop Facebook from stalking you while you shop
How to stop Facebook from stalking you while you shop Mobile & Electronics June 27, 2016
If you’ve ever walked by a store and noticed a Facebook ad for that exact location, it’s not just a…
Clark rented a subcompact car and got this instead…
Clark rented a subcompact car and got this instead… Cars June 27, 2016
Clark isn’t the type of guy who would let a little trouble at the car rental counter ruin his vacation…
These cars have lasted 200,000 miles and counting
These cars have lasted 200,000 miles and counting Cars June 25, 2016
If you plan to buy a new car and drive it until it dies, the good news is that cars…
These SUVs did NOT perform well in a passenger-side crash test
These SUVs did NOT perform well in a passenger-side crash test Cars June 25, 2016
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says popular vehicles with good driver-side protection may be leaving passengers at risk. Read…
More employees are quitting without giving notice
More employees are quitting without giving notice Jobs June 24, 2016
At some pointin your career, you may have been tempted to tell your boss to “take this job and shove…
The quickest and easiest way to iron your clothes
The quickest and easiest way to iron your clothes Life June 24, 2016
If you’re trying to save money, but you still want to look your best, skip the cleaners and iron your…
3 coffee creamer substitutes you've probably never tried
3 coffee creamer substitutes you’ve probably never tried Life June 23, 2016
Have you ever brewed a fresh pot of coffee in the morning and then opened the fridge to realize that…
Waist trainer promoted by Kardashians settles $5 million lawsuit
Waist trainer promoted by Kardashians settles $5 million lawsuit Scams & Rip-Offs June 23, 2016
The Kardashians’ millions of fans on social media have probably seen them posing in pictures wearing waist trainers by Waist…
These 11 dog breeds are most often blacklisted by insurance companies
These 11 dog breeds are most often blacklisted by insurance companies Insurance June 23, 2016
If you have a dog, you know that searching for new housing can be a pain, even if your dog…
This pickup truck has traveled over 700,000 miles and still going strong!
This pickup truck has traveled over 700,000 miles and still going strong! Cars June 22, 2016
We recently asked Clark’s Facebook fans to show us their car odometer readings, and one of them caught us completely…
This simple trick will keep your shirt from coming untucked
This simple trick will keep your shirt from coming untucked Life June 21, 2016
If you can’t make it through the day without having to tuck and re-tuck your dress shirt, there’s a simple…
Retail in crisis: Hundreds of shopping malls are at risk of closing
Retail in crisis: Hundreds of shopping malls are at risk of closing Shopping & Retail June 21, 2016
If you were a teenager in the 1990s, there’s something about indoor shopping malls that brings back fond memories. But…
You might have free tickets sitting in your Ticketmaster account
You might have free tickets sitting in your Ticketmaster account Money & Credit June 20, 2016
Millions of Ticketmaster customers are receivingfree ticket vouchers aftera class-action lawsuit over ticket fees and charges was finally settled. You…
What you need to know about expiring Sports Authority gift cards
What you need to know about expiring Sports Authority gift cards Shopping & Retail June 20, 2016
It’s been about a month since Sports Authority’s going-out-of-business sale began, and the liquidators have been advertising new price cuts.…
Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s abruptly close restaurants in 9 states
Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s abruptly close restaurants in 9 states Shopping & Retail June 17, 2016
All-you-can-eat chains Old Country Buffet and Ryan’shave abruptly closed anotherbatch of budget-friendly restaurants. Employees of one Minnesota location arrived Tuesday…
You’re probably sleeping all wrong, researchers say
You’re probably sleeping all wrong, researchers say Health June 17, 2016
If you get frustrated because you can’t sleep eight hours straight, you might be aiming for a goal that really…
Keyless ignition systems may pose hidden, deadly danger
Keyless ignition systems may pose hidden, deadly danger Cars June 17, 2016
Hundreds of new car models come with keyless ignition systems, a convenient feature that uses an electronic key fob –…
9 incredible ways lemons can save you time and money
9 incredible ways lemons can save you time and money Life June 16, 2016
When life gives you lemons, what do you do? You could make lemonade, but there are so many other things…
Fast food fails: What you see is definitely not what you get
Fast food fails: What you see is definitely not what you get Shopping & Retail June 15, 2016
If you’ve ever driven straight toyour favorite fast food restaurant after seeing an ad on TV or online, you’ll be…
SCAM ALERT: If you get this robocall, hang up immediately
SCAM ALERT: If you get this robocall, hang up immediately Scams & Rip-Offs June 14, 2016
The next time you answer a phone call or listen to a voicemailfrom someone by the name of Nancy, make…
This new safety feature could help prevent hot car deaths
This new safety feature could help prevent hot car deaths Cars June 13, 2016
Every spring and summer, there are heartbreaking reports of children who die as a result of being left in hot…
How a drug addict used Craigslist to lure and rob 3 men at gunpoint
How a drug addict used Craigslist to lure and rob 3 men at gunpoint Scams & Rip-Offs June 13, 2016
Craigslist can be a great way to buy or sell items, but if you’re not careful about the people you’re…