Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times: 250+ Ways to Buy Smarter, Spend Smarter, and Save Money

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Clark Howard is a media powerhouse and penny-pincher extraordinaire who knows a thing or two about money. A lifelong entrepreneur who is now the hugely popular host of a talk radio program and television show and the bestselling author of several books, Clark consistently delivers expert financial advice to his wide and devoted fan base.

Living Large in Lean Times is Clark's ultimate guide to saving money, covering everything from cell phones to student loans, coupon websites to...

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Overview

Clark Howard is a media powerhouse and penny-pincher extraordinaire who knows a thing or two about money. A lifelong entrepreneur who is now the hugely popular host of a talk radio program and television show and the bestselling author of several books, Clark consistently delivers expert financial advice to his wide and devoted fan base.

Living Large in Lean Times is Clark's ultimate guide to saving money, covering everything from cell phones to student loans, coupon websites to mortgages, investing to electric bills, and beyond. In his candid and friendly next-door-neighbor manner, Clark shares the small, manageable steps everyone can follow to build a path towards independence and wealth. Chock-full of more than 250 invaluable tips, the book outlines how to:

—Locate missing and unclaimed money in your name

—Lower your student loan payment

—Find legitimate work-at-home opportunities

—Get unlimited texting and e-mailing for less than $10 per month

—Know what personal info not to post to social media sites

—Determine the best mortgage rate, and much, much more

As Clark demonstrates, there are myriad ways to reduce debt, buy smarter, and build a future. Follow his lead and he'll get you there.

Winner of the 2011 Books for a Better Life Award for Personal Finance

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"Howard is all for the little guy." —-Booklist
USA Today
Clark Howard teaches you how to get the best deals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452634043
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/22/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Clark Howard

Clark Howard is a successful entrepreneur, hugely popular talk radio host of the nationally syndicated Clark Howard Show, HLN TV host, and founder of the Web site www.clarkhoward.com. He is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestselling Get Clark Smart, Clark's Big Book of Bargains, and Clark Smart Real Estate. Clark lives in Atlanta with his family. Mark Meltzer is an executive editor at Atlanta Business Chronicle and has coauthored several books with Clark Howard, including Get Clark Smart, Clark Smart Parents, Clark Smart Kids, and Clark's Big Book of Bargains. He lives in Atlanta. Theo Thimou is the director of content at www.clarkhoward.com. He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in American Studies and holds a master's degree in journalism from New York University. Theo lives in a suburb of Atlanta with his wife. Pete Larkin, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has wide voice-over and on-camera experience and has worked in virtually all media. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets from 1988 to 1993. He has worked as a disc jockey in Baltimore, Washington, and New York, including as host of WNEW-FM's highly rated "Saturday Morning Sixties" program. An award-winning on-camera host, Pete has worked on many industrial films for many of the country's top companies, corporations, and governmental agencies and has done hundreds of commercials, promos, and narrations. His theater experience includes a variety of dramatic, comedic, and musical roles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Help Me Now, Clark: Improve Your Personal Finances in One Week 1

Cars 23

Doing Your Research Before a Purchase

Financing and the Purchase Process

Leasing

Maintenance and Repair

Computers and Internet 43

Buying Electronics and Accessories

Getting Online

Maintenance and Repair

Staying Safe Online

Consumer Issues 63

"Clark Smart" Consumerism

Entertainment

Groceries

Resolving Disputes

Retail

Seasonal

Education and Jobs 85

Student Life

Career Center

Entrepreneurs and Small Business

Health and Health Care 103

Save Money on Prescriptions

Get the Most for Your Health Care Dollar

Dealing with Insurance Issues

Diet, Fitness, and Health

Elder Issues

Homes and Real Estate 123

Before You Buy

Once You're in the Home

Renting

Energy and Appliances

Insurance 149

Auto Insurance

Health and Related Insurances

Home Insurance

Life Insurance

Personal Finance 169

Banks and Budgeting

Credit Cards and Credit Use

Identity Theft

Investing and Retirement

Taxes

Telephones and Television 201

Phones and Mobile Devices

Landline and VoIP

Television

Travel 217

Accommodations

Air Travel

Car Rentals and Other Transportation

Timeshares

Protecting Your Wallet on the Road

Clark's Graveyard 241

Important Websites 246

Acknowledgments 252

Index 253

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Living the good life

    Not long ago being a cheapskate was a bad label, but America's number one cheapskate Clark Howard has made being frugal fashionable. He has become a self-made millionaire and knows a thing or two about money.
    Already a successful talk show host, entrepreneur, and author, Howard has captured his best tips in his latest work: Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times: 250 + Ways to Buy Smarter, Spend Smarter and Save Money.

    This easy format book gives you insight into painless ways to cut corners without sacrificing quality. With the great recession has come a new awareness of the art of stretching the dollar farther.
    Some quick tips include: check online if money is due to you from banks, insurance, or government at Missingmoney dot com. Get rid of your phone land line which will save you instantly hundreds a year. Discover how to lower your student loan payments and raise your insurance deductible.

    The sections are divided into broad sections and with feedback letters from listeners and Clark's random thoughts. An ideal reference guide for any library.

    As Clark promotes that "wealth is not out of reach- in fact, it can be attainable." Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times: 250 + Ways to Buy Smarter, Spend Smarter and Save Money provides a clear path to financial freedom by sharing insight into how manageable steps can be taken to save money.

    So move away from the humdrum of living day to day and begin a journey on living large in lead times.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Be brave and dare to save

    I used to think that Clark Howard was stingy, but have realized that I was wrong. The main idea is to save more money than one spends, which means living below one's means rather than within them. One accomplishes this feat by getting the same services and goods in life for a fraction of the usual cost. My wife and I have utilized his teachings to save thousands of dollars. We stopped borrowing money and paid for a good used car, saved money on our unlimited cell phone calling plans for our business, saved on eyeglasses, and much more. This book and my wife helped me realize that I, like most people, have wasted a lot of money over the years. I was able to stop being wasteful and now have savings instead of living from paycheck to paycheck. I recommend this book highly. It will change your life for the better. May God bless you with all of your endeavors.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    Loved it.

    I love this book. Clark is so full of helpful information & resources. I have spent useless hours on computer looking for helpful websites. Clarks book has more than i ever imagined plus they are all legitimate. He even has a list of websites he,s used previously that has been canned. It's really a great book. Since this one i have bought more. Keep them coming Clark.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    never again

    i still havent recieved my book give me my money back

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Awesome.

    Full of awesome tips on how to save $. Recently started using UPromise to go towards my son's saving's account. Thanks for the great ideas Clark!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Clark Howard is my hero!

    I started listening to Clark's radio show 7 years ago, when I was 23 and had my first real job. If I had not found him, I am sure I would be in a totally different financial position today. I maxed out my retirement savings, and I am just not looking a my balances these days, because Clark has taught me that I am "buying low" and I don't need the money for a long time.

    This book is filled with great advice. I haven't read all of the tips yet, because I will use it as a guide whenever I go to make a purchase. I have already cut some of my bills down with the gems in this book, and I am determined to keep my lifestyle where it is (comfortable) even when I make more money.

    Thank you Clark for sharing what you know with the rest of us!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    A must have

    This book is very interesting and informative, it will be an important resource guide that I will add to my permanent collection.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    I love this book

    Im going to save so much money with book

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Great guide to saving money!

    I was able to save $20 per month on my DSL service within my first couple of days reading the book! And all men should see Clark's method for extending the life of disposal razors for up to 1 year! Clark for President!

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