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 […]

How Should You File Your Taxes?

They say there’s nothing more certain in life than death and taxes. Hopefully for us, death is a long way away. Unfortunately, another tax season is just around the corner. My Tax Experiences The first time I did my taxes myself was 10 years ago. I had this desire to learn all about the process […]

2014 Year in Review

I can’t say 2014 was one of my most favorite years. It certainly had its ups and downs, but overall, I thought it was a good year. Here’s a summary of what happened: The Good 1. Buying an Apartment – After a lot of analysis and number crunching, Jenn and I decided that it did […]

Restaurant Gift Card Deals 2014

It’s my favorite time of year again – when nice restaurants offer discounted gift cards! There’s a couple of reasons why I love discounted gift cards: 1. I love food 2. I love deals 3. They’re a great way to meet the minimum spend on a credit card When playing the restaurant gift card game, […]

Should I Use Hotel Tonight?

I’ve been hearing about this Hotel Tonight app a lot lately and with nearly $81 million in funding, I figured it was time for me to do a little investigation into what it was all about. Its name, Hotel Tonight, and concept honestly kind of go against everything I believe in – booking a hotel at […]

Sign Up for Small Business Saturday to Get $30 FREE!

While hoards of people will be waiting in line to get deals on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday, I’ll be sitting back and relaxing until my favorite holiday of the year (at least from a savings perspective) - Small Business Saturday (Saturday, November 29). For those unfamiliar with Small Business Saturday, it’s a holiday made up by […]

Spiegel Restaurant Review

lifelaidout writer, Kevin, recently got the opportunity to try a new LES restaurant called Spiegel. Here are his thoughts on the food and tips on how to optimize your experience! Named after a movie producer, Spiegel is located on the border of the Lower East Side and the East Village. Like any good New Yorker, […]

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 […]