How to Save Money In New York City

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    66 Ways to Save Money in New York City

    1. Whoa these are great suggestions. I personally like the idea of having my groceries delivered! 🙂

    2. It’s great that you’ve found so many ways to make it affordable! It just goes to show that there are ways to save if you’re willing to look hard enough.

    3. Jim Wang says:

      I spent a summer in college working at a startup down on Wall Street and the sticker shock on *everything* was amazing. You can take many of the ideas you listed and apply them anywhere too – I can’t wait until our kids are ready to go to a baseball game because we have two minor league teams near us in Maryland that I’m dying to take them too.

      • Stefanie says:

        Yeah, Wall Street isn’t exactly the most budget friendly place in town 😉 I used to go to minor league games growing up in CT too! Lots of fun, far less crowded and cheap!

    4. All great tips! Fortunately or unfortunately, millennials like us are funneled into jobs in these amazing, but expensive, cities. Any ways to save are definitely worth hearing about!

    5. Michelle says:

      I love this list and am adding go to Governor’s Island on the free ferry and hang out on the High Line! I love NYC.

    6. Great tips Stefanie. My niece just moved into the big Apple, landing her first job out of college. I’ll be sure to share.

    7. Hannah says:

      A good friend has been living in Brooklyn for about three years, and she likes to say that New York is cheap except in the winter. Then you have to pay to escape your closet sized apartments.

      Great tips on keeping things frugal!

    8. Great tips! You’re making me miss NYC so much…I really want to move back at some point 🙁

    9. Michelle says:

      Great post! I would love to visit NYC one day!

    10. I don’t live in NYC but I found this applicable to a lot of big cities. It is great! I live in the biggest city in Canada and I follow most of these tips and they make a huge difference. I know you mentioned Citibike but I would recommend buying a bike of Kijiji for a one time cost and riding everywhere!

    11. Sarah says:

      Hi Stefanie!!

      These are great tips! And you can definitely apply them to most cities, which I love! I would love to visit NYC one day, and now that we’re living on the East coast, I think it just might happen 🙂

    12. What a great resource! And so many of these can apply anywhere, such as getting services done by students, using the local library, or going out for lunch instead of dinner. We like to get Chinese take-out at the lunch special prices and save it to reheat for dinner.

    13. This is an EPIC list and I love it!!! I am sharing it with all of my NYC clients. I’m tired of seeing so many charges for Uber, Seamless and bar tabs gone wild.

    14. What a monster list! This is something I will definitely refer friends to who move to NYC. It’s incredible how many ways you can save money, even in such an expensive city.

    15. Ramona says:

      Our friends have a stunning house in Queens and it’s easy to get to Manhattan. The costs of living there are shockingly smaller, another friend is renting in Manhattan and the prices they pay there are absolutely crazy. We stayed in NYC for 18 months and living in Queens was amazing.

    16. Mel says:

      Love 11-14 – so practical and so necessary! Thanks for including me in the roundup!

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    21. Ed says:

      Great post! Though you did not mention saving on utilities, like phone or energy. For phone, people could take advantage of the cheap plans from companies like Republic Wireless or Ting. Comparacing or various plans available here: Clark. For energy, sites like Choose Energy or PowerSetter offer comparing service for alternative suppliers that can reduce energy bills in NYC.

    22. Richard says:

      Awesome suggestion for save money for online shopping . thank you very much for share this article with us . it will be help !

    23. Rafiki says:

      awesome post for those people wo dont really know like me.
      NYC is awesome anyway, i hope one day i can visit that city

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