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Aaron Crowe

Freelance journalist specializing in personal finance writing and editing, while teaching a daughter about money.

Latest articles by Aaron Crowe

7 Occasions When You Should Definitely Hire a Financial Advisor

It's great to be able to DIY your money, but some jobs require the skills of a pro. Be the smart about when to seek professional financial advice.

5 Surprising Ways Your Dog Can Save You Money

You can't put a price on the love and loyalty of a good dog… well, actually you can. Learn how having a dog can save you some real money.

This Is the Best Music to Listen to If You Want to Be Productive

Need to bear down and get some work done? Crank the tunes, but not just any tunes — these tunes.

Recoup More of Your Investment: 8 Home Improvements That Add the Most Value

If you're planning a remodel, be sure to consider return on investment when you sell. These eight improvements return the most.

Why Your New Year's Resolutions Will Fail

Most of us make them and few of us keep them — and there are good reasons why. Learn how to make your New Year's Resolutions stick.

50 Ways to Walk More

There's an easy way to lose 10 pounds and 2 inches off your waist — walking 10,000 steps a day. Here are 50 great ways to get those steps in.

Money Mistakes Two Popular Board Games Teach Kids

If you think Monopoly and The Game of Life teach players sound money management skills — go directly to jail. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200.

Stuff We Love: The MacBook Pro, a Hassle-Free Laptop

After decades of computing, a committed PC user makes the switch to a MacBook Pro — and his only regret is that he didn't make the switch sooner.

Stuff We Love: Comfortable, Stylish Clarks Dress Shoes for Men

You won't confuse a pair of Clarks for a pair of Brunos. But then, a pair of Clarks won't drain your bank account and leave you footsore at the end of the day, either.

10 Things the United States Should Copy From Other Countries

The United States has a lot to recommend it, but there's always room for improvement. Let's look abroad for better ways of doing things and and start improving.

What to Do (and Not Do) When You're in a Car Accident

An auto accident can be traumatic, and so can the aftermath. Follow these steps to protect yourself later.

There's a Lot to Like About Frugal Living

Why go frugal? Saving money is just the start.

What It Costs to Raise a Child

You probably already know (or, if you're not a parent, you've already guessed) that it costs a lot to raise a child. But just how much is "a lot"?

16 Ways to Kick-Start Frugality

You don't have to change your whole life to start saving more and spending less. Start with one of these doable challenges and goals, and frugal it up from there.

10 Ways to Revive Your Resolution to Exercise

If you're like most of us, you've lost your New Year's resolve to exercise more. Here are 10 ways to rekindle your motivation and restart your health kick.

13 Foods You Should Make Yourself

From applesauce to salsa, you can save money (and eat better!) by preparing these 13 commonly store-bought foods at home instead.

How to NOT Get What You Want From Customer Service

There are right ways to complain to businesses...and there are wrong ways. These are definitely the wrong ways (plus, how to make them right).

Crowdtilt: An Easier Way to Share the Cost of a Group Event

Tired of footing the bill for a group events or gifts? Put your event on social funding website Crowdtilt, and get your crowd to fund it before it happens.

Orange Makes You Buy More (and Other Sneaky Store Smell Tricks)

The smell of freshly bread wafting through the grocery might be more than just a scent — it could be part of a calculated plan to make you to spend more.

Investments Worth Making With $50 or Less

When it comes to investment, $50 or less might not seem like a lot of money, but there are plenty of ways to take that sum and watch it grow.