Today’s post is one that I hope a lot of people will find very useful. This city is renowned for being one of the most expensive cities ever, so I’m giving some of my top tips for saving money in New York.
Pack your snacks
One way to lose all of your money in New York is on the smallest things that just seem to add up so quickly. When you arrive, I would recommend either getting a multi pack if water bottles or bringing one that you can refill. Single bottles of water can seriously add up, big ones can cost about $4/$5. That adds up way too quickly for me every day! I would also pack a few small packets of nuts, popcorn or some fruit. You cover so much ground in this city that an appetite can form very fast. Especially if you are visiting and jet lagged, you often wake up earlier and have a lot more time to think about being hungry. A lot of the Bodegas around the city can be incredibly over priced, so if you stumble upon a Trader Joe’s supermarket – stock up! It’s so incredibly cheap.
Trust me on this one, taxis add up so quickly you won’t even realise. Obviously walking is a great way to see a new city too, but a lot of the time people are here on quick visits. Sometimes you need the subway to cut a would-be-2-hour walk into a 10 minute subway journey. The price of the subway is under $3 per journey so I would highly recommend getting a card and putting $20 onto it to force yourself to use it.
If the subway really does scare the crap out of you, you should try UberPool. You’re sure to meet some crazy characters but it is a nice way to see the city without paying the full price of a taxi. It usually just takes about 10-15 minutes longer. If you’re not in a rush then definitely try it out. (Erika and I got an UberPool with a couple who were full on swearing they were going to wet themselves in the car… NOT funny when they’re sitting beside you!)
So many people immediately look into booking hotels in the city, when in reality you could get such a nice Air BnB in a really central and cute neighborhood. You also could have the convenience of your own kitchen too if you wanted it.
This is a big one… Winter and Summer are very different here in the city. Although I really am more of a Winter fan, I do think that Summer in New York is great for tourists because there are so many things that you can do outdoors. If you try and avoid the humidity on July & August and aim to come in the earlier Summer months, you could be in for such a treat. You can have picnics in the park and you can justify walking more places too. While New York is obviously spectacular at Christmas, if we’re talking purely about saving money where possible, then I would say aim for May/June.
Twice a year (I think) Restaurant Week takes place. Basically all of the restaurants do deals on set menus which are far more affordable than their usual prices. It’s a great way to experience some of New York’s best places to eat at a fraction of the cost.
Another thing to be on the look out when considering the time of year, is the free entertainment that takes place. The Summer is definitely best for this. Bryant Park do free movie nights every Monday, Good Morning America film in Central Park on Friday mornings, and there are so much more!
& most importantly… Happy hour!
The price of drinks here can literally be jaw dropping sometimes. Find yourself a good happy hour though and you will be happy out, I guarantee! I’m definitely going to do a bit more research into good places to visit for happy hour, so stay tuned on my Snapchat (niamhos21) and Insta-stories (@niamh_osullivan) in case I find a good one!
I hope you found this post useful if you are planning a trip to New York soon!