From the moment I arrived in New York I was staggered by the prices, continually feeling as though I was being ripped off. A year I have amassed several great tips and tricks for saving money and still seeing the city!
– Bryant Park –
On that note Bryant Park also hosts some great free events, including a weekly outdoor cinema screening and a weekly yoga class with mats included. See the full list here.
– Broadway Direct Lottery –
No New York stay would be complete without a trip to see a Broadway Show. However, most tickets will set you back a few hundred dollars. However, if you visit the Broadway Direct Lottery website you can enter daily for the chance to win discounted tickets. There is also a Hamilton app, where you can win $10 tickets every day.
– Trader Joe’s –
One of the first things that struck me when I moved stateside was the staggering cost of the supermarkets. No Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s or M&S here. That was until I found Trader Joe’s, a god send! Great quality food at very reasonable prices. Top tip: visit at off-peak times to avoid the huge queues.
– Museums –
This is one tip I wished someone had told me sooner. You don’t actually need to pay the board listing prices for museums, it’s just a suggested donation, so you can actually pay as much or as little as you wish. Most museums also have certain free days or time periods each month, so it’s well worth checking these too.
– Craigslist –
New York’s versh of Gumtree is a gem for second-hand furniture. Most apartments come unfurnished, so this can be a great way to save yourself some dollar. I found the same $400 Ikea sofa being sold for $100 only 20 blocks away. We had to carry it back to our apartment and up 5 flights of stairs, but it was worth it!
– Pulsd App –
A handy free app that finds the best deals and discounts on restaurants, bars and events in your area. I use this mainly for 2 for 1 bottomless brunch deals.
– MoviePass –
For just $9.95 / month MoviePass gives you access to unlimited movies at most cinemas in New York. If you watch just one film a month you’ll make a saving. Sign up here: MoviePass