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Win Money To Save For The Future

We know on an intellectual level that we should save money for the future. I could spend all day going blue in the face telling you, "If you have save this much money, it will grow to this much in 15 years. And then it will grow to this much ...

Clark Outraged Over New $800 Sneakers

I am outraged about the new Buscemi sneaker that has a price tag of $800 and makes a commodity out of scarcity. The Buscemis -- launched by a former Wall Street stockbroker named Jon Buscemi -- come equipped with a golden padlock on each shoe and tiny keys to fit. ...

4 Items To Always Buy Used

Buying second hand has become a first choice for saving money, either out of necessity for people or because they're thrifty. But second hand doesn't have to necessarily mean rummaging around a musty old thrift store. Here are 4 items you can shop for used online from the comfort of ...

Top 10 Jobs In Demand Right Now

  We're in an age when there's a real disconnect between skill sets and job openings. That's created a lot of demand in some high-paying fields. Many of the job openings that are going unfilled require you to go back to school to get more education. STEM jobs -- which ...

Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo

The Supreme Court has put the kibosh on a new startup from the founder of Fox TV that offered an affordable way to take your local broadcast TV on the go. For $8/month, Aereo subscribers were able to stream ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC to phones, tablets, and Internet-enabled TVs. ...

10 Worst Cities For Traffic

Traffic is getting worse, but does your city rank in the Top 10? There are new stats from 24/7 Wall St./Inrix, the latter a leading-provider of traffic information, that lists the worst cities for traffic. The list is tallied based on morning and evening rush hour numbers: Here's a look ...

3 Apps To Earn Cash Back On Groceries

It seems like every week we hear about food prices going up again.  First, beef prices. Then, it was milk and eggs. Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that the price of fresh fruits and vegetables will rise 6% in the coming months. That’s due in part to ...

Facebook Privacy Policy Changes To Benefit Users

Facebook is about to offer users a more hands-on way to manage their privacy on the 1.28 billion person social network. Here's a look at how the new Facebook privacy policy will impact users According to a recent post on its blog, Facebook will default all new user accounts to ...

Save 15 Cents/Gallon On Gasoline

If you are looking to save money on gas, Wal-Mart has a big offer for you in nearly 20 states. The mega-retailer is offering a discount of 15 cents/gallon all summer long through September 8. It's available at any Wal-Mart gas station if you use a Wal-Mart money card or ...

29 Ways To Keep Your Fresh Produce Fresher For Longer!

One of the biggest culprits when it comes to your produce going bad is actually a natural and necessary thing. It's call Ethylene gas. It's produced naturally by fruits and vegetables in the ripening process, according to the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center. But too much ...

Making Internet Privacy Easy

Are you concerned with all the discussion about online tracking by the government and private industry? There are some simple steps you can take to limit it. The use of cookies to track your web browsing and serve up relevant ads is one of the easiest things to stop. For ...

What Your Car Says About Your Credit Score

Could the car you drive be an accurate indicator of your credit score? Better check your wheels against this list to see what you're subliminally broadcasting to the world! A fellow I know named Wes Moss wrote a book about what makes a happy retiree and what makes somebody unhappy ...

Smartphone and Data Plan Guide for 2014

The cost of monthly cell phone service is dropping. The change for your wallet is the best since the last big wave of discounting began 15 years ago. Plans and services are morphing in many different directions at once. That makes saving money more complicated and requires you to decide ...

Clark's 5 Favorite Credit Cards

People are always coming up to me and asking, "What credit card do you use?" The reality is I carry 5 cards and use them each for different things! Here's a closer look at the 5 credit cards that are in my wallet The main 2 cards I use are ...

Student Loan Guide

Do you need to borrow to fund college education for yourself or your child? I wrote this guide to tell you about my Clark Smart approach to student loans. Meanwhile, don't forget to have a look at my very popular section on student loan forgivness and income-based repayment plans for ...

A Closer Look At Phones For Kids

As I go out and about, I'm asked continually about cellphones for kids. One of the questions I get from parents most often is at what age should a kid have a cellphone? The answer is…I don't know. There is no right age for every kid in every situation. You ...

Huge Airfare Sale For Late Summer Travel

Get ready to pack your carry-on bag! There's a new airfare sale that will have you planning a vacation with tickets this cheap. But act fast...you have to book by midnight this Thursday! There's a Southwest airfare sale going on for travel in late August through mid-December, except Friday and ...

Comcast Home Security Drops The Ball Big-Time

When you're paying for a home alarm system, you have every reason to expect that it will work, right? Not if you're with Comcast for home security, apparently! Wait until you hear this story out of KPRC TV in Houston. Here's a closer look at a Comcast home security system ...

9 Things To Ask Before Selling Your Home

Just the other day I got an ad in the mail from a real estate agent. The bold print screamed "PRICES ARE UP 15% FROM LAST YEAR" and "HOMES ARE SELLING FASTER." Have you received these mailings too? Maybe you're wondering if now is the time to put your home on the market ...

The #1 Rule of Cheap Travel

I love to travel. Over the years, I've used a strategy that has allowed me to visit all around the globe without spending a lot of money. And I'm going to tell you my secret! Intrigued by cheap travel? Follow this advice... It's really pretty simple: I don't pick a ...

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