Are You Overpaying for Your Toiletries?

When I first moved to NYC, I used to get my toilet paper and paper towels at my local D’Agostinos while I was grocery shopping. I’d buy a small 4-pack of toilet paper or a 2-pack of paper towels. After a short while, I discovered that Duane Reade and Rite Aid actually had more competitive […]

Save Up to $40 Using Uber and More!

I wrote about Lyft, a taxi alternative, a couple of months ago because I was given 50 free rides in a two week period. Once that two week period ended, I switched back to using NYC taxis and UberX for my non-subway transportation needs. I’ve particularly found Uber very easy to use lately. Their app […]

Are Food Festivals Worth It?

Kevin, a long-time reader, just signed on to be lifelaidout’s new food contributor. We’ll formally introduce him in a post in the next couple of weeks, but today, he explores whether food festivals are worth it. Recently, I spent an afternoon with some friends at the Taste Talks All-Star BBQ event. The premise is great […]

10 Questions to Ask Before Buying a NYC Co-op

After months of looking at listings, going to open houses, and getting into bidding wars, you finally get an offer accepted to buy your “dream” NYC co-op. You’ve crunched the numbers and think the purchase price and resulting monthly payment (maintenance + mortgage) is reasonable. But not so fast. Here are 10 questions you should […]

Leaving Goldman Sachs to Create a Healthcare Startup

I love talking to people about their life paths and especially their rationale behind key points in their careers. Maybe it’s because I’m nosy, or maybe it’s because it helps me realize that no two paths are alike. While it may seem like you are following a similar path as someone else, as time goes […]

Meet lifelaidout’s Newest Contributor: Alberto

I met Alberto a couple of months ago through work and since then, we’ve traded our knowledge of credit card strategies, investment decision-making, and everyday life hacking. I’ll be honest – there are few people I’ll listen to or believe when it comes to my money. Alberto happens to be one of those people because […]

Cost of Taking Cabs to Work Every Day

We all probably know someone personally or at least have seen a fictional TV character take a cab or black car to work every day. Did you ever wonder how much cash these people were burning? I typically think to myself, “wow, that dude must be printing money” and then go on my merry way. […]

Lyft: $25 Off First Ride

I signed up for Lyft a couple of months ago and when they finally launched in NYC at the end of July, I took a couple of rides with them. For those unfamiliar with Lyft, it’s a car service similar to Uber that serves as an alternative to taking a regular taxi. Instead of having […]

Never Overpay When Traveling Internationally Again

Traveling internationally has always been a favorite hobby. It’s a great way to learn about new cultures, try new foods (and wines) and get a taste of history. I’ve savored limoncello while overlooking the beautiful Amalfi Coast; I’ve toured the streets of Cuba on a scooter; and I’ve walked over thousands of years of history […]

Should You Roll Over Your Old 401(k) or IRA?

It seems crazy. Nearly a year ago, I wrote about managing finances and the 4 main priorities for Jenn and me were: 1) Determining whether to consolidate accounts 2) Deciding if we should roll IRAs and old 401(k)s into our current 401(k)s 3) Evaluating whether a financial advisor is worth it 4) Figuring out if […]