Hi everyone, and welcome to a new blog post here on our New York City blog. This week we are giving you some broke living hacks. New York City is a very expensive city to live in, especially for students and young professionals. We have some penny-pinching advice for you that might keep some costs down. We hope you enjoy!
Learn to cheat the system
Yes, this is a bit sneaky but if you want to save some dollars when eating out, these tricks are great. If you love Chipotle as much as we do, then next time you go, you follow these little tips.
- Ask for a burrito in a bowl (you get more food for your buck).
- Always take it to go.
- Always take extra condiments, this goes for any restaurant/cafe (that way you do not need to spend money on stuff like ketchup, sugar, sauces etc.)
Choose your grocery store wisely
New York City groceries are extremely expensive. A lot of the time most people go the the grocery store that is closest to them for convenience, but if you want to save some cash we highly recommend you try to find a Trader Joe’s near you. They offer a wide selection of pre-made meals, which is great for students or young professionals that are too busy to cook.
Also, make sure you shop wisely. Bring a shopping-list to avoid getting off track and MOST IMPORTANTLY, don’t go grocery shopping hungry!
Kick your Starbucks addiction
Either use a cheaper option, like Dunkin Donuts, or you get supplies to make coffee at home. Big city living requires coffee, but paying 4 dollars for a Starbucks everyday will add up. Buy a small Keurig machine (you can split between roommates) and get your favorite K-cups which will give you many more cups of coffee for the price you pay for only a few cups at Starbucks. Find yourself a good size to-go coffee cup and bring it with you in the morning.
Save your quarters
One of the most annoying parts about U.S. money is all the leftover cash. Usually they just take up space in your wallet, and you never bother to use them to pay for anything. But, they do come in handy if you don’t have laundry in your building and you have to go to a laundromat.
The subway is, of course, the cheaper option to get around the city. But, it is not always the most convenient. If you are in need and you want to use a car service, then make sure to choose the shared ride option. Every car service has an option to do so, and it can save you a lot of money in the long run. It might take a few minutes longer to get around, as the driver is picking up more people, but plan ahead and you will be good.
So, we hope you enjoyed this weeks blog post and that you want to come back for more. What are your best penny-pinching tips? We would love to know. Also, if you want to read more about NYC living, then check out some of our most recent posts!