Good Humanitarian or Personal Finance D-Bag?

//Good Humanitarian or Personal Finance D-Bag?

Good Humanitarian or Personal Finance D-Bag?

For Valentine’s Day The Wife and I took a trip into “The City” a/k/a New York City to visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met).  My Beautiful Bride is a little scrunched up in this picture since it was about 38 Degrees in NYC today!

Wife Outside MetBad ass Greek Scultpure






A striking couple, huh?

So why the title?

The Met is Free, Kinda

As we got to the admission desk we noticed the following prices:

Met Admission

Notice the bold letters? Recommended.  Well, when we got the worker he asked me was $40 alright ($20 for each)?  I thought for a second…and said sure.  As he was charging my credit card The Wife asked do people give less?  and the guy said yes.  I paid $40 for the two of us and we spent 4 hours wandering through the amazing building.

So I ask, Good Humanitarian supporting the Arts of New York or Personal Finance D-Bag for not ‘frugaling’ for a free day?

By |2016-11-07T22:39:38+00:00February 15th, 2010|Random|32 Comments

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  1. Financial Samurai February 15, 2010 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Wow, well done for paying $40! Most people pay like 5 bucks. Hope you had a good time! I was at the Met last year for about 3 hours too. Awesome!

    • Evan February 15, 2010 at 10:51 am - Reply

      I felt weird saying a lower amount. I think if I went back today I may have been more comfortable but $40 for a valentine’s day event? Score

  2. Joel February 15, 2010 at 2:08 am - Reply

    It would be interesting to see a comprehensive study done that compares how much money is taken in based on different price points vs. recommended donations/guilt trips/mafia shakedowns as I know that I have heard different places that recommended donations usually outperforms many different firm pricepoints.

    • Evan February 15, 2010 at 10:56 am - Reply

      Guilt Trip is a good way of putting it lol! It was worth it, but those who are super frugal might call me an idiot

  3. Investor Junkie February 15, 2010 at 8:30 am - Reply

    I don’t get the “pick your price” for places like museums.

    • Evan February 15, 2010 at 10:58 am - Reply

      What I don’t get is when I see people on houses a range for prices!? I saw a house once whose price was listed $400,000 – $425,000….why the hell would anyone use the top #

      • Investor Junkie February 15, 2010 at 11:01 am - Reply

        Great point! Even worse RE agents do this.

        Also the one who mentions price first looses.

  4. Kevin M February 15, 2010 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Just take it as a charitable contribution on your taxes.

  5. Mike February 15, 2010 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Wow! I never knew you were a bad ass Greek sculpture, Evan.


    • Evan February 15, 2010 at 10:58 am - Reply

      It was hard on my Mom when I was born, but she endured it

      • Mike February 15, 2010 at 11:51 pm - Reply


      • Mike February 15, 2010 at 11:51 pm - Reply

        You’re terrible, man.

        Hilarious though. Haha.

  6. Financial Samurai February 15, 2010 at 10:56 am - Reply

    If all you spent on Valentines was $40, that is a big score! I’m assuming you went out to dinner and stuff.

    Yeah, would look bad and unbecoming to pay less than $40 in front of the lady during V Day and more importantly, during your anniversary (see I read everything).

    I have never spent so much in my entire life this weekend on V-Day…………….. but, I get to partake in the massages and one roundtrip last minute ticket to a tropical island as well!

    • Evan February 15, 2010 at 11:00 am - Reply

      HAHAHAHAH I SPENT MORE THAN $40, but no where near you. The good thing we did was no presents this year. HUGE.

      The Wife actually was the one that wanted to give less. She is 100% the saver and I am the spender

  7. mapgirl February 15, 2010 at 11:17 am - Reply

    I think it’s a pay what you can afford concept. There are a great many people who perceive that The Met is out of their price range (when it’s actually free), but appreciate the artwork’s availability. Therefore it’s a recommended price of admission vs an actual ticket. Brooke Astor certainly gave well over the recommended amount. 🙂

    As far as your wife not wanting to give the full recommended amount, that’s fine as long as you are capable of giving something and *do so*. She’d be the d-bag if she said not to give anything at all and you enjoyed the museum anyway, i.e. freeloading.

    • The Wife February 15, 2010 at 11:37 am - Reply

      lol I think my loving husband made me sound worse than I am. I didn’t even consider giving nothing, I was just amazed that they give you that option. And honestly I thought that we should’ve given less…but that’s not the nature of my journey:) So at least we balance eachother out.

  8. Investor Junkie February 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    You know I thought about this…

    Why don’t they tell up front, no charge to get in, but at the end pay what you feel what you got out of it.

    After all, if I’ve never been there before I might hate it and leave quickly. I suspect people who’ve been before pay more than $20 per person.

    With everything “free” these days and the law of reciprocation, I think they would do much better after people have visited the MET.

    Just a different way of looking at this..

  9. Ryan February 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    $10 an hour per person to walk through a museum time how many people are there a day? They must be raking it in!

    Being the cheap bastard that I am I probably would’ve dug out my old college ID then negotiated down to $5, haha.

    I also didn’t realize you were that ripped… I will now avoid any confrontational comments on your site 😉

  10. Moon Hussain February 16, 2010 at 10:26 am - Reply

    I would have done the same and then regret it later. Hey, at least, you were supporting a good thing!

  11. Mrs. Money February 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Whoa, you are baring it all today! Does your wife know you showed your goods to the internets? 🙂 She is a cutie!!

    I don’t know what I would have done in your case. Do you feel good about it?

    • Evan February 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm - Reply

      With a body like that how could she stop me from showing it all off to the internet

      • Mrs. Money February 17, 2010 at 7:23 am - Reply

        You are so funny!! I agree- I wold feel like a chump too. Call and complain. 😉

    • Evan February 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm - Reply

      I have mixed feelings – I feel like it was the right thing, but it angered me that I felt like the only chump paying full recommended price

  12. Flexo February 16, 2010 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    If you can afford to pay the recommended amount, I consider it the “right” thing to do.

    • Evan February 16, 2010 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      I kind of agree with you which is probably why I ended up paying the full $40.

  13. David February 21, 2010 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    I’m a little late weighing in on this one but if you spent 4 hours that’s only $10 bucks an hour or $5 bucks an hour each, which sounds like cheap entertainment to me. About the same price per hour as going to movies.

  14. Matt Jabs March 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    If you have it to give, give it… if not, then don’t.

    • Evan March 3, 2010 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      Fair, and that is basically what we ran with!

  15. MoneyMateKate March 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Here’s my thing – I pay a fortune to live in Manhattan. Heck, those of us who live in the 5 boroughs pay a city tax on our incomes on top of the hideous rents and jacked-up grocery prices for food that’s nearly expired. Now, I don’t know for sure how many, or even if, my tax dollars go to the MMA, but I feel the least the city owes me is cheap museum entry. I’m only good for about 1 hour anyway, museums make me sleepy.

    However, for you tourists who are there maybe once in a lifetime for 4 hours at a clip – that’s $5 an hour each for world-class entertainment. So it was a good and fair thing that you and your wife did. If you had planned a shorter visit, then less would have been fine. But that’s just my opinion.

    Having said all that, I rarely go because of the discomfort in “underpaying”. Seriously, if it wasn’t for that, I’d probably hit the Museum of Natural History 5-8x a year (it works the same way as the Met) – not enough to justify the price of becoming a “Friend”. I was back when it was $45/year though.

    • Evan March 3, 2010 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      Hey hey hey, who ya calling a Tourist? Long Islander here! Lived in Bayside till I was 8, brother is FDNY, parents still own a home in Bayside and in Astoria on Steinway….how about them street creds? LOL

      That aside, we talked about going back and paying less the next time since we would be in there shorter. I liked the Nat History Museum MUCH BETTER! but we already did that together, and I thought art would be more romantic since it was V-Day

      • MoneyMateKate March 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm - Reply

        Yeah, Long Island – you don’t pay that ridiculous city tax! Back when I was a salaried employee on a pathetic $39K a year, it was painful giving up that $1K/yr. For that, I want free museums for citydwellers! Waaahhhh!

  16. Financial bondage July 30, 2010 at 7:17 am - Reply

    they should charge according to income? someone making $50k a year pays more than the person making $20k? I dunno. Just a thought. Of course people could lie and abuse that policy easy. lol

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