It’s no secret that money expert Clark Howard is a huge fan of deals! In fact, the penny-pinching guru has often said that he’s willing to accept lower quality for a lower price. With that in mind, below we present a baker’s dozen of some of Clark’s favorite deals in recent memory.
Do you think he was being too cheap when he bought these items — or not cheap enough? Write in with your comments below!
1. $9.97 for 48-packs of Kirkland Signature batteries at Costco
“We were running low on AA and AAA batteries when I saw Costco was modernizing the packaging on its batteries,” Clark says. “So I bought ones with the old packaging on clearance.”
2. Soundcore by Anker Life Tune XR over-the-ear wireless headphones for $67.99 at Costco
Compare to $87 at Walmart.
3. Philips Norelco shaver 2300 for $29.96 at Walmart
“There’s a belief that you have to spend a lot of money to get a good shave with an electric razor,” Clark says. “But this one has been great!”
4. $7 golf shirt from Sam’s Club
“This is a fantastic cotton blend Member’s Mark golf shirt that I got on clearance at Sam’s Club for $6.91,” Clark says.
5. $15 toddler’s winter coat from Costco Wholesale
The consumer expert got this warm winter coat for his grandson at one of his favorite warehouse clubs!
6. Percussion massager from Sam’s Club
This item was marked down from $79 to $49.91 at Sam’s Club. We’ll let you in on a little savings secret — any price that ends in a penny at Sam’s Club is a markdown at the warehouse club!
Check out more secret savings hacks at Sam’s, Costco & BJ’s Wholesale right here.
7. TCL 70″ Class 4-series LED 4K UHD HDR smart Android TV at Best Buy
Clark purchased this TV on sale for $479, but now prices start at $499.99.
8. Garmin Venu fitness tracker
The consumer champ is really enthusiastic about fitness trackers in general. “[They’ve] become such a big part of my life,” he says. “I walk around 5 million steps a year or some 15,000 steps a day on average. Recently, I did 18,124 steps in a single day.”
Clark notes that he likes his Garmin Venu because it “guilts me into working out every day of the year.”
Right now it’s $178 from Walmart.
9. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphone
This is actually an “ultra-expensive” phone, according to Clark! But on the plus side, he notes that it takes better pictures than a high-end camera.
You can find these phones renewed for less.
10. Tesla Model Y standard range
Clark picked up this sweet ride for $39,990 a while back and says it’s the “greatest SUV ever.” ‘Nuff said! He called Tesla and asked for the standard range Y at the time.
11. Graeter’s ice cream
“There is one thing in life on which I will not compromise,” Clark confesses, “and that’s ice cream.”
“I have an affinity for high fat, high-quality ice cream. It is my weakness. For much of my adult life, I ate a pint of ice cream a day. Today, though, I have only about two pints a month. I’ve really modified my intake because I was struggling with weight as a result of my habit.”
The consumer expert calls Graeter’s — a longtime Midwest favorite that hails from Cincinnati — “the best ice cream in the world.”
Meanwhile, inquiring minds want to know what Clark’s favorite flavor is. That would be Toffee Chocolate Chip!
12. Saucony men’s Cohesion 11 running shoe
Clark paid only $36 for these sneakers but admits, “I run slowly no matter what shoe I wear!”
These sneakers start at $44.95 currently at Amazon.
13. Sam’s Club khaki pants
The consumer champ says he usually gets his khakis for under $10 from Sam’s Club.
“I always look for single-digit prices, either new or used. That way I never have to worry about paying too much,” he says. “On the downside, I know that my clothes look like they cost single-digit prices!”
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Clark is a size 32 waist.
14. Acer 715 Chromebook
The penny pincher is a huge fan of Chromebooks and calls his Acer 715 “my do-everything computer.”
15. Novaform 14″ Comfort Grande Plus memory foam mattress, king size
The consumer expert picked up this mattress on sale from Costco for $499 on sale.
Clark says he and his wife think their Roomba “is the best, except it plays hide and seek from us!”
Meanwhile, you never have to look too far to keep up with the latest deals on robot vacuums at ClarkDeals.com!
17. LED light bulbs
18. Aldi private label Basmati rice for $1.19
“This is half the cost or less than the brand name and the taste is indistinguishable,” Clark says. Meanwhile, we’ve got a rundown of the week’s best special buys at Aldi right here.