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"Clark Howard teaches you how to get the best deals." -- USA Today

About the Author

Clark Howard is the host of The Clark Howard Show, a radio talk show syndicated in more than ninety cities around the country. He is also a featured commentator on WSB-TV in Atlanta and a columnist with the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Mark Meltzer is an editor at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Both authors reside in Atlanta.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; 1 edition (April 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786887788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786887781
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful By K. Morris on February 17, 2004
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I'm a big fan of Clark Howard and his other books and radio show. They contain oodles of great money saving info. Clark's radio show and books have saved me well over $900 this year with useful info I did not know about. However, this book was a letdown.
Most everything in this book was common knowledge or common sense. Example: Want cheap clothes, then buy them from a thrift store or discount store like TJ Maxx. Want cheap books, borrow them from the library, or buy them used on the internet. Too often the answer is buy used, or buy at a warehouse club.
I can't recommend this book unless you are a novice at saving money. You are better off saving your money and buying Clark's far superior book, "Get Clark Smart: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Rich in America", which despite its title is not a get rich quick book. That book has all sorts of useful and less known money saving ideas, and a lot of information on how to avoid getting ripped off.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 2003
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I have to agree with the other reviewer. I listen to clark Howard as often as I can so I was very disappointed by this book. If you listen to the show and consider yourself relatively frugal anyways, you probably will not learn anything from this book. A lot of it seems like common sense to me.
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108 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Mad Max TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 11, 2003
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If you've heard Clark Howard's show more than 5 or 6 times, the information in this book is going to be very redundant for you.
I love Clark Howard - I honestly listen every chance I get. His syndicated talk show is one of the most empowering consumer programs on the radio today, second only to Bruce Williams. But I would recommend passing on this book, and perhaps read another of his books instead.
The topics and advice in this book are not very creative. The book is organized by subject heading: best deals on medicine, clothes, cars and car parts, furniture, etc. Roughly half of the book is simply a pitch for Costco (if Clark isn't getting royalties from Costco, he should be!). This is not an exaggeration - he goes on and on and on about how he found great prices for shoes, clothes, books, music, hardwood floors, food, etc., at Costcos.
There are several problems with this recommendation. First, I think these wholesale clubs are way too expensive! If you're looking for creative ways to save money, there are MUCH cheaper ways about it (i.e., the internet, garage sales, flea markets, salvage yards, etc.). In the past, he's talked about saving a dime per stick of deoderant at Costcos, when one can buy a box of 100 sticks of deoderant on eBay for about $10 (I know - I did it last week!). Second, places like Costco & Walmart's Sams Club are destructive to the environment and exploit third-world and domestic labor...and many people (myself included) cannot support organizations like these with a clear conscience. Third, this recommendation doesn't really get radical about saving or conserving.
Instead of shopping at cheaper stores, how about shopping less? Our little country consumes nearly 2/3 the world's resources - we don't need more stuff!
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By Jeff D on September 19, 2007
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Lots of good tips although many are available from alternate sources. I listen to his radio show and he doesn't seem to have any other agenda than helping people. Good common sense guidance as well as some not so common sense info. Not a necessity but certainly an excellent overall guide to protect yourself and be a smart consumer
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By Edna Phillips on March 5, 2013
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Clark Howard should get a medal for his books. This book has helped me so much and have been able to help my family save money in addition to knowing where to look for needed items in the future. If a book has his name on it, it is worth taking home.
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I highly recommend this book. I have been a bargain hunter for a long time, but like Clark Howard's talk show, he still gives useful tips on trimming your budget and still getting the best deals!
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By LovePurses on September 12, 2010
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I watch Clark Howard every Saturday on CNN and love to hear his thoughts and ideas. I didn't love this book as much as I had hoped to. I think I already knew most of the advice he gave.
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By Sonny F. Libecco on October 28, 2011
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Clarks simple and honest advice will save you money.
Book is a quick easy read, and if you would like to save money as well as spend it, this is a must read.
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