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Aaron Crowe

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Cash Smarter
Minimalism, Parenting/Family
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Concord, California, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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I should have listened to my gut before becoming a member of MoviePass, the subscription service that once let members see a movie a day for $10 a month. A year later, I fell for the same scam at Sinemia after MoviePass turned into a failed business model for seeing movies in theaters. The MoviePass […] The post Sinemia is Becoming the Next MoviePass, and That’s Not a Good Thing appeared ...
Posted: Nov 01 2018 @ 1:58 PM
I recently hit a milestone that I never thought I’d reach, and I’m not talking about birthdays. I’ve been without a full-time job for 10 years, and unemployment has changed my life dramatically. Just as the Great Recession was ramping up in 2008, I was laid off from my job as a newspaper editor. Since […] The post How Unemployment has Changed Since the Great Recession appeared first on Cash Smarter. ...
Posted: Oct 02 2018 @ 2:13 PM
I didn’t expect the electrician I hired to blackmail me, but that’s what our dining room addition project had come to after almost five months of working with contractors. The electrician’s problem — which is a similar one our general contractor has but without the blackmail part — is that he wanted final payment before […] The post My Contractors Complain About Money and Other Things I Don’t Care About appeared ...
Posted: Jun 20 2018 @ 6:12 PM
I signed up for a $90 annual subscription to Movie Pass at the end of 2017 and my theater-going experience hasn’t been the same since. I go to at least one movie per week, even ones not high on my must-see list like “The Death of Stalin” because Movie Pass allows customers to see up […] The post Movie Pass Makes it a Little More Difficult to See Blockbusters appeared first ...
Posted: Apr 16 2018 @ 5:40 PM
Like most people, I’ve contributed to the downfall of America’s bricks-and-mortar economy by buying the occasional book and other things from Amazon. I go to the library often to check out books, but when I buy books, it’s usually at Amazon. The low prices are the main draw, but so is the ability to shop […] The post Book Buying Tips You Can Only Get in Portland appeared first on Cash ...
Posted: Apr 09 2018 @ 4:41 PM
For some of the big events in life, you just have to push on and learn as you go. You can read all the books you want and seek the advice of people who have done them, but until you go through the experiences you won’t know how you’ll deal with them. These can include […] The post 5 Life Lessons I’ve Learned by Adding a Room to Our House appeared ...
Posted: Mar 21 2018 @ 2:52 PM
I try to be a minimalist, but I know from watching enough episodes of “Tiny House Hunters” on HGTV and similar shows to know I don’t want to live in a tiny home. You’re definitely going to save money if you live in a tiny home of 500 square feet or so. The low cost can […] The post Are You Really Ready to Live in a Tiny Home' I’m Not appeared ...
Posted: Mar 15 2018 @ 5:06 PM
I enjoy Starbucks as much as anyone else. While I don’t post photos of my drinks or visit it daily for my caffeine fix, I’m OK with paying $3 to $5 for a chocolate mocha or some other treat from time to time. The Starbucks credit card, however, isn’t something I’m going to buy. And […] The post Starbucks Credit Card Isn’t Worth 20 Free Drinks appeared first on Cash Smarter. ...
Posted: Feb 16 2018 @ 5:30 PM
Summer vacation is rarely cheap. Flights, hotels and other costs are higher for the simple reason that it’s high season and more people are traveling in the summer. My family can’t get around that because our daughter is still in school, and summer is the longest stretch of time off she has. To deal with […] The post Why We Paid for Our Summer Vacation in January appeared first on Cash ...
Posted: Feb 12 2018 @ 2:24 PM
My reporting instincts and wariness of questionable deals kicked in last summer when I heard about a movie pass that let you see a movie a day for only $10 a month. In theory, you could see 30 movies in 30 days for 33 cents per movie. Just seeing one movie per week cost only […] The post The Best $10 I’ve Spent: Movie Pass appeared first on Cash Smarter. ...
Posted: Dec 12 2017 @ 10:32 PM


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