Restaurant Gift Card Deals 2015

It’s been an incredibly busy couple of months for me, so apologies for not posting for a while. But what better way to get back on the wagon (or is it off the wagon?) then with the 2015 discounted restaurant gift card post. For those new to discounted restaurant gift cards, generally around the holidays, […]

What Rental Car Insurance Do You Really Need?

I rented a car a couple of weeks ago and thought I had scored a great deal at $150 for three days. When I got to the counter and was asked whether I needed any insurance, I froze like a deer in headlights. I knew my credit card had some insurance coverage, but I couldn’t […]

Executing the Backdoor Roth IRA, Personal Finance’s Sneakiest Maneuver

Ahhh, the backdoor Roth IRA strategy. I’ve been meaning to write an article about this topic and finally got around to doing it. And what better time to do it than my debut article on┬áTheStreet! You can see a preview of the article below and the full post here. A Roth IRA is the ultimate […]

I’m Officially a Licensed Real Estate Agent in NY!

As you may have noticed, I haven’t written an article in about 2 months. It was partly because I was traveling a lot, but also due to the fact that I was studying to get my real estate license. I’m writing to let you know that I’m now officially a licensed real estate agent in […]

How to Decide If You Should Refinance Your Student Loans

Refinancing your student loans seems to be the thing to do lately. In the past year, I’ve had several friends tell me how they were able to lower their interest rate significantly by refinancing their loans with private loan providers. I decided to take a closer look at what all the student loan refinancing hype […]

How I’m Optimizing My Investment Portfolio

While 2014 was the year of real estate for me, 2015 is all about organizing and optimizing our investments. Here’s the process we went through so far to optimize our investment portfolio: 1. Setting Goals Before doing anything else, we had to figure out our financial goals and understand the time horizon for each. Outlining […]

Le Village Restaurant Review

It’s not often you stumble across a restaurant that allows you to bring your own booze for free (i.e. BYOB with no corkage), especially in Manhattan. So when I heard about Le Village and its great alcohol policy, I was pretty excited to check out the restaurant and realize some major savings. With just 26 […]

Are Allen Edmonds Shoes Worth It?

I never really knew how important shoes were for your wardrobe until about 7 years ago (2008). I was on a Bolt Bus headed to Boston and the person next to me started talking to me. We were both in finance and he was probably 10 years older than me. Lehman Brothers had just collapsed […]

Introducing the Buy vs. Rent Calculator

I rolled out my buy vs. rent spreadsheet over a year ago. Looking back, a lot of energy went into creating it. For starters, I researched all the factors and variables that should be taken into consideration for the buy vs. rent question. I learned about the differences between co-ops and condos, what expenses were […]

Did We Make the Right Decision by Buying Our Apartment?

I’ve been writing about whether to buy or rent an apartment for a long time now. When I rolled out my initial buy vs. rent analysis in October 2013, I determined that in no scenario did buying ever make sense. However, that all changed a couple of months later as I refined my model to […]