No matter how much you budget or plan things out (I had a stellar excel spreadsheet, thank you very much), money disappears FAST in this city. But there is a way to furnish your apartment without going into the deepest of debts. And when I say furnish, I mean – looks that that dream apartment you imagined while gawking at Pinterest for hours and hours. I’ve made a list of some of the obvious, and not so obvious, places online and around the city where you can buy furniture and home accessories without breaking the bank.
New Yorkers are constantly on their smartphones. Whether we (am I allowed to say we?) are meeting up with friends, using a map to find where we are going, looking for a restaurant close by, or simply checking the time, our smartphones are our lifelines. (I would know. Only three weeks in and my iPhone got stollen. And as much as I love my mini pocket MTA map that I keep in my wallet for emergencies, it can only be so helpful). Fortunately for us, there are tons of different apps designed to make living in the city that much easier – and fun too! I’ve compiled a list of apps that I personally have found to be either a life saver, incredibly convenient, or just plain fun to have!
Like everything else in Manhattan, groceries are so expensive. There are also a ton of different places to choose from, with prices that are all over the place. What some people don’t realize though, is that places like Trader Joe’s aren’t always best orcheapest. And believe it or not, “whole paycheck” doesn’t necessarily mean Whole Foods, either. After shopping in many different grocery stores and markets around the city, I’ve compiled a list of where the best places are to get my favorite items (and where the worst are, too).
So you’re home alone in New York City. Now what? Your roommates and friends are out of town or busy, and you’ve been sitting on your couch perusing your favorite websites incessantly until there is actually nothing else for you to read or look at. You’re super bored, super lonely, and desperate for something to do. AND you’re in New York City, so you just feel kinda pathetic when you know there are things you could be doing out there. It’s also not raining, so you actually have no excuse to stay in. But where should you go? You don’t need anything, technically. Otherwise, you would be running errands right now. Here is a list of suggestions i’ve made when I can’t get off the couch.