Clark Howard’s Living Large In Lean Times – Book Review and Giveaway

The contest has ended. Congratulations Brad, the winner of the free book!

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Clark Howard has dedicated his life to helping millions of Americans learn how to “save more, spend less, and avoid getting ripped off.” Through his radio talk show (aired in Orlando on WDBO), his TV show on HLN, and his books, Clark is the undisputed champion in the fight for keeping more money in our wallets. If you’re like me (and I know I am), you’ve asked yourself on many occasions, “What Would Clark Do”?

Now you’ll know, through Clark’s newly released book,

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

This book is a reference book that belongs on the shelves of anyone who earns a paycheck or struggles with making ends meet. Even if you are not having to stretch your paycheck to keep the lights on, “Living Large In Lean Times” is for anyone who wants to uncover ways to cut expenses and save more money each month.

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Normally Clark would tell you to read his books by checking them out at the library, but I’ll have to disagree with him on this one. This is a book you need to own. This book needs to be kept handy, not stuffed away on some bookshelf. Better yet, keep your checkbook as the bookmark in this book, so every time you have to write a painful check, you’ll be reminded to look for more ways to save.

There are over 250 tips and ideas plus over 250 website resources on nearly every area of finance. He covers subjects from banking and investing, to buying a home and getting a mortgage, to saving big on razor blades and prescription eyeglasses.

Here’s a sample of some of Clark’s tips from the book that I’ve personally put into practice in our family:

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- Cutting the cord when it comes to cable and satellite television and replacing it by bringing back the rabbit ears (you’ll get the best quality HD picture available with an antenna!) and subscribing to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and others. We’ve never had cable as a family. We currently subscribe to Netflix and Hulu Plus, and stream movies on our TV through the Xbox 360, and on our iPad and iPod Touches.

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- Firing your contract cell phone provider and switch to a no-contract cell phone plan. In our house we switched our 3 cell phones from AT&T (2 iphones and a non-smartphone) to the LG Optimus Android on Virgin Mobile and are saving over $100 a month! Check out our post about how we did it.

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Clark’s tip for drastically improving the life of any razor blade has proven to work for us!

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We followed Clark’s advice when we purchase our home last year. As a result, we have a terrific mortgage and got a steal on on the house we purchased last year.

Whether it’s buying a used car, buying a computer, shopping and staying safe online, funding your child’s education, navigating health care and insurance choices, saving while banking and investing, or planning that big trip, purchasing Clark Howard’s “Living Large in Lean Times” is a no brainer.


UPDATE: The contest has ended. Congrats Brad!

Book Giveaway: I am giving away a FREE copy of Clark’s book to one of my readers.

To enter, leave a comment on this post. You can share a money saving idea or just say something like, “I want to win Clark’s book”.

For a second entry in the drawing, first make sure you like us on Facebook, and then come back and leave a second comment letting us know you are a facebook fan. This will give you a second entry.

The winner will be randomly selected on Sunday, August 21st at 5 p.m. EST.

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  1. Tonya says:

    I love Clark Howard and want to win this book. :)

  2. Brad says:

    clark is almost as awesome as this website…

  3. Brad says:

    I am your biggest facebook fan ever :)

  4. Darren says:

    Please pick me to win this book. Thanks.

  5. Darren says:

    I’m a Facebook fan now too…

  6. The Happy Housewife says:

    Wow, this sounds like a great book! If I don’t win I’m definitely going to see if my library has a copy…. but since my library stinks I’ll probably grab a copy from Amazon! Gotta love that free Prime shipping!


  7. Lynn says:

    This looks like a great Clark Howard book. I have read some of his other books, but not this one. Great giveaway!

  8. Amy @ Finer Things says:

    We’ve got the rabbit ears… hooked up to our 15 year old tv. :) Would love to win the book!

  9. Smockity Frocks says:

    Ohmyword! I would LOVE YOUR GUTS OUT if I won this book! Seriously. Your guts would be out.

  10. Smockity Frocks says:

    I “like” you on FB! Get ready to have your guts busted!

  11. Amanda says:

    Love Clark and would love to win this book! :)

  12. Annette E says:

    I sooooo want to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Amanda says:

    Second Entry – Liked you on Facebook (Amanda Shoemaker)

  14. Annette E says:

    I like you on Facebook!

  15. Sue says:

    I want to win his book!!!!!

  16. Christine says:

    I listen to Clark most every day on the radio. He is a great guy and he has wonderful advice! What cracks me up is that he must have lots of money, but he still buys cheap clothing, flies “coach”, etc,! I would love to have his book !

    Christine in OH

  17. Christine says:

    I am a Facebook fan too!

    Christine in OH

  18. michelle says:

    I love Clark Howard and would love to win his book.

  19. The Hillbilly Bride says:

    I make a lot of things at home to save money…I’d love to have Clark’s book for new ideas for saving money!

  20. Mo says:

    Thanks so much for being there with all your great info!!!

  21. Sarah Howk says:

    I want to win Clark’s book, I listen to him on the radio! He’s awesome!

  22. Mo says:

    I am also a facebook friend…….Oh how I would love to win!!

  23. The Hillbilly Bride says:

    I’m your newest Facebook like…now bring on that book!

  24. Nancy says:

    I need this book!!! Need help!!!

  25. jacque says:

    Wow, I watch him Sat. and Suns here in Oklahoma. He gives alot of great advice and I love the fact that he lets “regular” folks call in with real issues. I have “liked” both sites in facebook for 2 entries…(crossing my fingers!!)

  26. Debbie Adams says:

    We are trying to reign in our finances, I would love this book.

  27. OBD says:

    Hi Jacque,

    Thanks for the “like” on Facebook! In order to get two entries, you have to leave 2 comments. The winner will be picked at random from the comments, so you have to have 2 to be entered twice.



  28. Donna says:

    I want to win Clark’s book.

  29. Rhonda Ellis says:

    I would love to read and win this book!

  30. Leslie M. says:

    My hubby NEEDS this book!

  31. Leslie M. says:

    FB fan too!

  32. Chrissy Johnson says:

    I want, I Need, I Got To Have This Book!!!!!

  33. Carol says:

    Since my teaching job got cut due to budget shortfalls I would love to win this book – we are trying to cut expenses everywehere we can. Thanks.

  34. Carol says:

    I’m a fan on Facebook, also! Thanks again!

  35. Maryalene says:

    Sounds like a great book…I’d love to win it!

  36. Megan says:

    I learned to make my own laundry detergent! I made some in April for $3 and it will probably last me another year. One batch! Seriously! For 5 people and a 81lb dog, that’s awesome savings.

  37. Sheila says:

    I want to win Clark’s book!

  38. Emily says:

    I would love to win a copy – but I’ll definitely also be looking at the library for it. :)

  39. Kcenia Artymiak says:

    I want to win Clark’s book. Am on fixed low income and need his tips badly. Being an optimist, I am thanking you in advance.

  40. patricia says:

    I finally have my husband on track with me about living lean…..we both would love to win a copy of Living Large in Lean Times to boost us along this track.

  41. Kcenia Artymiak says:

    I want to win Clark’s book. These are lean times; he has great tips!

  42. Laura says:

    I need Clark’s tips.

  43. Tiffany says:

    I’m an Navy wife. We need all the financial advice we can get since we can’t count on the government anymore. Thank you for all your tips!

  44. Christy McGee says:

    I love Clark Howard!!! I try my hardest to follow his advice! Biggest fan!!!

  45. Christy McGee says:

    I have just become a fan of Orlando Best Deals on FB!!!!

  46. Linda says:

    I watch Clark’s show every weekend for good advice. I would love to win this book for more good tips.

  47. Heidi Hinckley says:

    Love Clark and could definitely use some hand tips… PLEASE pick me!

  48. CHRISTINE says:

    I really could use a helpful handy book from you, as a single mom who is not only trying to help my kids i’m trying to help myself stay above water, there is alway too many bills and never enough money..thank you for your show & all your great advice it has helped me to contact you & ask questions. Your the Best Clark Thank you.

  49. Faye says:

    I listen to Clark Howard everyday and find all the tips very useful. This book would be very helpful to cut costs down in our household.

  50. Faye says:

    I’m a fan on facebook now! :)

  51. Melissa says:

    I would love to win Clark’s book!

  52. Kathy Ward says:

    I want to win this book :-)

  53. Karen Bynum says:

    Clark is a fantastic educator. I am retired and I learn something new on every broadcast. A mix of Old Timey common sense and New Fangled latest happenings. LOVE this man !

  54. diane says:

    someone told me about him, so *I* told her about you! I hope I win this book!

  55. diane says:

    i’m ALREADY a FB fan of yours! (I hope I win!)

  56. KatS says:

    Hope I win a copy of Mr. Howards book!! Have admired/loved Clark Howard since before he was on HLN. Saw him featured years ago in a 20/20 segment. It was all about how he became a millionare at a young age by smart investing and thrifty living!

  57. Dee says:

    I am a Facebook fan of yours. I love Clark Howard, am an avid reader. I’m also unemployed and thus need to win this book. I truly wish I could afford to buy it!