While adopting the NYC lifestyle, you’ll immediately see there are a few things you’ll have to give up so you can afford to take advantage of the city best you can – as well as pay the rent. Whether you’re moving in for the first time or have finally decided you are going to conquer city living on a (reasonable) budget, a few luxuries you had at home or in quieter locales will fall to the wayside. For me, I have gotten a little lazy the past few months (a polar vortex can do that to you), but I’m ready to get back on an urban budget (READ: spend my money on a lot of cute spring clothes).
As long as you are as infatuated with the city as its we are, they will barely seem like sacrifices. Besides, every con comes with a pro. If you maneuver these few things the best you can, the city will repay you.
sacrifices compromises for NYC…
Trade Easy Commuting for Lots of Walking – I dream of a day when I’ll have an easy commute to work. But if I’m being honest, my walk to the 4/5/6 train is one of the most peaceful times of day. Not only do I get to breathe in the city, but I zone out to music or an audio book (great recommendation from a friend of mine).
Trade Starbucks for Office Coffee – If you were addicted to Starbucks previously, you can best get over it now. Learn how to make something somewhat decent with almond milk and raw sugar in the office and call it a day. Ain’t nobody got time for those lines anyway, never mind the prices.
Trade Your Big Screen for A Bookshelf – Any huge electronics you had at home or in an older, larger, apartment you can kiss goodbye. Not to mention the hassle and cost of Time Warner is just not worth the headache. Keep it to a small TV, hook up your Netflix, and bring in some cute furniture instead to make your apartment a home.
Trade House Parties for Pregame Parties – While house parties will become a thing of your past, pregaming apartment parties are some of the most fun I’ve had in New York. For one, I love snooping around and checking out other real estate in New York – any excuse to do it with an invitation and without a broker is a dream for me. Two, free booze and good friends.
Trade Dinner Takeout for Saturday Brunch – As I’ve said before, Seamless is a trap you do not want to fall into. Save your moneys for a fun Saturday Brunch with the girls. Believe me, it’s muuuch better than your weekday Applebee’s/Sushi/Domino’s habit.
Trade Long Hours for Long, Fun Nights – Yes, New Yorkers are known to work their butts off. But we’re known to have a good time too! Keep your weeks mostly for work and catching up with very close friends when you need to blow off steam. You’ll trade those 12 hour days for 12 hour nights on the weekend.
Trade Car/Taxis/Uber for the Subway – I AM THE WORST AT THIS! I miss driving, I love taxis, and Uber is an addiction I would rather not give into. But there is something about becoming a real New Yorker and being able to navigate the subway like a pro. I’m working on it.
Trade Mall Browsing for Window Shopping – This one was easy for me. While some people love going to the mall and getting everything they want for a season all in one go, New York is best for window shopping and taking your time. Plus, looking at the gorgeous windows up and down Fifth Avenue is absolutely free (until you dive in for the splurge).
What are you willing to trade for New York? What have you given up, but gotten in return? We want to know!