Theo Thimou About the author:
Theo has co-written several books with Clark Howard, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Living Large in Lean Times. As a single widowed parent of two young children, he strives to bring unique savings tips to men and women like him who must face life without their spouses. He can be reached at [email protected]
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Best and worst auto insurance companies Insurance December 7, 2018
Looking for the best auto insurance? A huge percentage of people never shop their car insurance needs — and that's…
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New warning: The ‘grandparents scam’ can drain seniors of thousands in cash Scams & Rip-Offs December 7, 2018
The so-called "grandparents scam" is an ugly crime that can bilk senior citizens out of thousands of their hard-earned dollars…
Costco
These are the 17 best-selling items at Costco right now Warehouse Clubs December 7, 2018
Costco Wholesale — one of money expert Clark Howard's favorite stores — is on a tear right now with sales…
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Online puppy scams have cost people thousands — here’s how to spot them Scams & Rip-Offs December 6, 2018
Everyone loves a puppy! But if you're in the market for a new family member for the holidays, here's what…
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How to make your Venmo transactions private Mobile & Electronics December 6, 2018
If you're in Venmo's key demographic of millennials, you probably use the mobile payment service without thinking much about it.…
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Recall alert: Infant ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS, Family Dollar Recalls December 6, 2018
Tris Pharma, Inc., has recalled three lots of infant ibuprofen because of a formulation error creating a potency that could…
2019 health care open enrollment deadline
6 things to know before the December 15 Obamacare open enrollment deadline Health Insurance December 5, 2018
Have you signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace yet? Open enrollment is soon coming to…
kroger ground beef recall
Recall alert: 12 million pounds of meat, including Kroger & Laura’s Lean Beef products Recalls December 5, 2018
Meat producer JBS Tolleson has expanded its ongoing beef recall to include more than 12 million pounds of beef products…
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Holiday alert: Ugift helps when a college fund is on a kid’s wish list Education December 3, 2018
If you've got kids and plan for them to go to college, you may be familiar with 529 plans as…
avibra
Free term life insurance? Yep, it’s a thing and here’s how you can get it! Insurance December 3, 2018
Term life insurance is something anyone who has people financially depending on them needs. But now there are a couple…
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Where to find scholarships for adult students returning to school Education November 30, 2018
Going back to school in your thirties, forties, fifties, or even later? When you're a nontraditional student who's out there…
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6 things you need to know before donating your used vehicle Money & Credit November 30, 2018
Planning to donate an old car this year to get a tax deduction next year? What you need to know…
8 things to know about the changes coming to CVS and Walgreens in 2019
8 things to know about the changes coming to CVS and Walgreens in 2019 Shopping & Retail November 29, 2018
There are a lot of big shakeups coming to the retail pharmacy business. You may have heard the news that…
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Gap insurance: What is it and do you need it? Insurance November 28, 2018
If you've ever bought a new car, you've probably had a salesperson talk to you about gap insurance. It's an…
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Ask Clark: What is a life insurance retirement plan and are they recommended? Insurance November 28, 2018
What if there were a way for you to avoid paying taxes in retirement? That's the promise offered by a…
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Here’s the Clark Smart way to buy your eyeglasses Health November 28, 2018
Consumer Reports recently took a close look at eyeglasses retailers, and Costco Wholesale has once again been named the No.…
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4 things to know before claiming head of household status on your 2018 taxes Money & Credit November 27, 2018
If you're a single parent with kids, you may be able to claim a more than $18,000 standard deduction when…
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Why you shouldn’t do a cash-out refinance to pay off credit card debt Homes & Real Estate November 27, 2018
Stuck with high-interest credit card debt that you can't seem to pay off? Maybe you've thought about tapping the equity…
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60 million people may have had their data exposed by the U.S. Postal Service Protect Your Rights & Identity November 26, 2018
The United States Postal Service confirms a long-lived security flaw on its website potentially exposed the data of 60 million…
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How I saved $200+ with this simple plumbing fix Homes & Real Estate November 26, 2018
Shortly before the long Thanksgiving weekend, the handle on my kitchen faucet broke. I should have seen the day coming —…
You won’t believe how much money LED Christmas lights can save you!
You won’t believe how much money LED Christmas lights can save you! Life November 26, 2018
When it's time to deck the halls (and exterior) of your home with Christmas lights, the kind of bulb you…
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You might want to cross these dangerous toys off of your Christmas list this year Shopping & Retail November 26, 2018
Heads up, parents! While you're shopping for your children this holiday season, there are a bevy of toys you'll probably…
Bitsy app review: A new simple way to buy and store Bitcoin
Bitsy app review: A new simple way to buy and store Bitcoin Money & Credit November 20, 2018
Tempted to buy Bitcoin on its recent 20% plunge because you believe in a robust future for cryptocurrencies? There's a…
Recall alert: 100K pounds of ground beef for possible E. coli
Recall alert: 100K pounds of ground beef for possible E. coli Recalls November 20, 2018
A Utah-based beef company is recalling 99,260 pounds of raw non-intact ground beef product after a sample tested positive for…
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Vanguard’s new access to lower fees expected to save investors $80 million Money & Credit November 20, 2018
Vanguard is expanding access to lower investments fees from Wall Street to Main Street with its latest move. RELATED: These…
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4 free services to thwart the identity thieves lurking in your mailbox Protect Your Identity November 19, 2018
FedEx, UPS, DHL and the United States Postal Service (USPS) are contending with criminals setting up fraudulent online accounts under…
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Can you really save money with tubeless toilet paper? Shopping & Retail November 19, 2018
Toilet paper is something people tend to be really particular about. Is tubeless toilet paper a bargain? During a recent…
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Here are the best-selling $1 frozen and refrigerated items at Dollar Tree Shopping & Retail November 19, 2018
Ever noticed the frozen and refrigerated food at Dollar Tree? This dollar store has been helping shoppers stretch their food…
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Let’s talk turkey: The cost of Thanksgiving dinner hits 8-year low Life November 16, 2018
When you're taking stock of all you're thankful for this year, here's one more thing to include on your list:…
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Tesla’s home solar system price cut can save you up to $5,000 Homes & Real Estate November 16, 2018
Tesla just lowered the price on its solar shingles and other whole house solar components by up to 25% in…