No Haggle Car Buying Via Backdoor Employee Pricing Plans

My most recent car buying experience took three rounds of negotiating over the course of 2.5 hours to get a fair deal. This 2.5 hours did not include time spent test driving, evaluating a potential trade-in, signing the deal with finance, and conducting the delivery walk-through. After this arduous buying process, I looked into ways … Read more

Museum Reciprocal Membership Arbitrage

While researching museum memberships, I found many museums offer reciprocal membership to other museums. For instance, the de Young museum offers reciprocal membership through NARM at the contributor level ($299). However, the Museum of Craft and Design offers reciprocal membership through NARM and ROAM at the enthusiast level ($150). Clearly, the Museum of Craft and … Read more

How Much Does It Cost to Eat at The World’s Best 50 Restaurants?

World-class dining costs a lot, but there are some bargains to be had.  I collected tasting menu prices for the The World’s Best 50 Restaurants 2015 and plotted the data.  The best bang for your buck comes from making a tour of Latin America and Bangkok, Thailand. Mexico City, Mexico (#16 Pujol, #35 Quintonil, #37 Biko) Lima, … Read more

A Data-Driven Guide to Buying a Diamond Engagement Ring

Edit Sep 14, 2016: I’ve created a diamond-focused site with new tools: This post is intended to be an intermediate-level guide after you’ve gotten serious about buying a ring. It covers the practical aspects of setting a budget and finding the best deal via the cost-efficiency frontier (interactive tool screenshot above). Hopefully it will help you cut … Read more