How to Save $2500 per year

NYC is pricey. That doesn't mean you can't save $2500 easily

On Friday night, go down to Chambers Street to the Patriot for a divey good time. There you'll find $3 bottles, but you can go cheaper if you want pitchers, which start at $9 on weekends, $6.50 during the week. For food, they have $1.50 sliders and $1 hotdogs.

On Saturday night, since you'll be in midtown, go to Rudy's Bar and Grill. Sip on $3 Bud Light bottles, or go even cheaper with your friends and enjoy $9 BL pitchers. For food, enjoy Rudy's free hot dogs! No healthier than a burger, but awesome bar food, nonetheless.

So, assuming you're doing this routine every weekend, you'll spend $3,432 at the typical, non-expensive bars, and $2,496 on drinks at's bars. You'll spend $1,430 on burgers at typical bars, and $520 on food at's bars, assuming you have five sliders and enjoy the free hot dogs at Rudy's.


You'll spend $4,862 on food and drink for just two nights out a week at Prof. Thom's and O'Lunney's, versus $3,016 at the Patriot and Rudy's. That's $1,846 in extra cash you have right there.

Add two annual trips to Boston that you can find on our site for cheap ($2.50r/t=$5), versus Acela Express ($158 r/t = $316), one weekday dining deal savings ($5.50/wk*52=$286), and savings from having your parents stay in one of NYC's best discounted 3-star hotels for a weekend versus the lowest listed rate ($174), and you've got $2,617 in annual savings.

As it pays to be cheap, you can take that money and ...

buy a 52" flat panel LCD Samsung HDTV for $2,499 at Best Buy, or six roundtrips for you and your GF or BF from JFK to Orlando during the winter, or you could just enjoyhaving that cell phone bill paid for 3 and a half years.

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