The average cost of living in New York City is stupid high – but since when did you want to be average (or stupid)?
For as many overpriced items as there are littering the storefronts of NYC – I’m looking at you $4 chocolate chip cookies- there are as many alternatives and resources for savings, some even rivaling those of small town USA.
Not always of course, and I’ll concede that some city savings are easier implemented than others- ugh, housing – but just because this city can be expensive doesn’t mean it has to be.
The multi-millionaire hedge fund managers and celebrities flooding the trendy neighborhoods of Manhattan and Brooklyn may driving up the mean and median prices dominating media headlines, but for the rest of us, there are still practical and affordable (albeit less celebrated) ways of living, and living well, in NYC.
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So here they are, 66 ways to save money in New York City…
Many nearby neighborhoods offer more sustainable living costs with fabulous local atmosphere and a quick commute to midtown Manhattan. (We are literally ONE express stop away from Columbus Circle). Some frugal favorites include Washington Heights, Harlem and Inwood in Manhattan; Astoria and Forest Hills in Queens; and West New York and Weehawken in New Jersey.