10 towns where you can retire cheaply (4 3 24)

Are you planning to book a hotel room? Don’t do so until you hear what Clark has to say later on in this email.

💵 Today’s Top Stories
Retirement couple savings

Want to (or need to) retire on a budget? It’s possible in these places which are scattered throughout the country. Read more.


This new credit card offers at least 3% back on every category. It requires a subscription (as little as $50). But you also get a 3% IRA match and a 5% savings interest rate. Read more.

Global Entry passport

Have you been considering applying for a Global Entry membership? You may want to apply sooner than you think. Here’s everything you need to know. Read more.

Car Buying

Always start by pre-qualifying for financing from a credit union, Clark recommends. Here are the other things he says you should do to successfully buy a good used vehicle. Read more.


Cutting up coupons from Sunday paper inserts used to help save money on groceries and other items. Does that game still exist? And if so, how helpful is it? Read more.

💸 Today’s Top Savings Rates

Check out our updated list of Clark.com-approved high-yield savings accounts with the highest rates. Here are the top five APYs on our list as of April 3, 2024.

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💵 How To Book a Hotel Depending on Whether Your Itinerary Is Fixed

Gerald in Alabama asked Clark on the March 25 podcast episode whether he should book hotels ahead of time or day by day during an upcoming trip.

Clark broke down the two options.

Fixed Itinerary: If you know where you’re going to be and on what date, it’s useful to book your accommodations ahead of time, Clark says. Make sure it’s a refundable booking (without any penalty one to three days before arrival) and re-shop the rate as you get close to your trip.

Fluid Itinerary: You probably know where you’ll be on the first and last night of your trip. So book those in advance. In a book-as-you-go situation, Clark has a favorite resource.

“I find that the best booking engine out there – not every time, but I find consistently – it is the lowest cost – is using Priceline as you’re going,” Clark says.

“Often my oldest brother and his wife will be on a road trip. And my brother will call me and say, ‘We’re starting to get tired. What do you suggest?’ And I’ll go online and I’ll say OK, well if you drive to this town, there’s this available in that town,’ and I end up finding the thing for him and they book at the last minute.

“Because the prices, weirdly, on a road trip in a 20-mile radius as you’re driving up the interstate, there can be enormous differences from one exit to another. What’s available and what competitive prices are available.”

📊 Stat of the Day

💸 119: Number of billionaires in New York City. That’s the most in the world, ahead of London (97), Mumbai (92) and Beijing (91). San Francisco (52) ranks 10th in the world.

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🎙️ Podcast

The United States is the largest producer of oil in the world. What does this mean for our economy and gas prices? Clark shares his take. Also, Clark has been a fan of vertical farming for years. He explains why it’s so great and the impacts it will likely make for farmers, at our grocery stores, and in our wallets.

☎️ Need Money Help?

The Team Clark Consumer Action Center is a free helpline that can help you navigate your money questions. Call 636-492-5275. Visit clark.com/cac for more information.

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