Friday, August 31, 2012

5 Tips for New York City Freebies, Deals and Steals

(Free gourmet popcorn at a Central Park outdoor film this summer)

We all know that New York City is an expensive place to visit, but it’s an even pricier place to call home. From the rising price of rent to the pressures to keep up with the latest trends, twenty-somethings in Manhattan are pretty broke, most of the time. To stay on a budget with a few freebies, check out these tips for having some fun, while saving a bit of cash before your next paycheck arrives.

Open Bar Events and Happy Hour Specials. We all know that booze is expensive. Luckily, this city is full of open bars parties and happy hours. There are parties every single night all around the city - from art gallery previews to promotional events - where booze is free for an hour or even for the whole night. And don’t forget that weeknight happy hours have great deals, like 2-for-1 cocktails or $1 oysters with half-priced well drinks.

Daily Deals.  Groupon, Daily Candy and Lifebooker are just a few sites that compile deals for everything from dinners to spa packages. Insider tip: Download the Scoutmob app on your smartphone asap for a 50% discount at participating stores and restaurants, updating frequently. Sometimes Scoutmob even offers items for free, like their current gelato special in the East Village for 100% off a small cone. Coupons and discounts are no longer just for suburban moms!

Free concert and movie series. From Central Park to rooftop festivals, there are movie showings and concerts for free every week during the summer months all around the city. Grab a blanket, your best gal pals or a romantic date, and pack a picnic to enjoy these free outdoor outings. Bonus perk: some of the film screenings offer free gourmet popcorn as well, so get your snack on during the flick without spending a dime!

Free Gym Trials. After all of the free booze and snacks, you may want to burn a few calories. Running outdoors is a great way to stay fit and save money, but as the summer comes to an end, we all know it will get a bit too cold this winter in NYC for the faint of heart to keep jogging outdoors. Most gyms in the city offer a week trial for free. Or ask a friend who is already shelling out the big bucks for a gym membership to get you a free guest pass to workout together for a few days or weeks. You can bounce around from gym to gym for a few months without a financial commitment.

Craigslist. Ok, I’m not suggesting you go searching for the love of your life (although, some people have actually found more than a hookup on this site) but, when looking for a new job and apartment or random items like used furniture or concert tickets, check this site frequently for steals and deals of all sorts.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fashion’s Night Out 2012: Top 8 Spots For Celeb Sightings, Food And Freebies

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week will kick off on Sept. 6 with the fourth annual Fashion’s Night Out. As editors, designers, models and fashion fanatics stylishly flood the streets and stores, you won’t want to miss the night’s highlights. 

We’ve rounded up the best shopping events with freebies and fun, just for you. Wear comfortable - and cute - footwear and attend your favorite events from our list to sip cocktails and rub elbows with celebrities and fashion designers.

Check out CBS New York for my article on the Top 8 Spots for Fashion’s Night Out in NYC! xo

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The 5 Best Frozen Hot Chocolates In NYC

Craving chocolate, but in the mood for more than a boring bar or a scoop of ice cream? Cool down as the end of the summer sizzles with compromise – a frozen hot chocolate at one of these New York City chocolate shops and restaurants.

Check out CBS New York for my article on The 5 Best Frozen Hot Chocolates in NYC. xo

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NYC’s 5 Best Bacon Desserts

In a city filled with dessert crazes - from cupcake obsessions to incredibly creative ice cream sandwiches - sweets lovers can take their cravings to the next level by enjoying their desserts with a salty, crispy bacon surprise. Because everything is better with bacon, right?

Check out CBS New York for my article on NYC’s 5 Best Bacon Desserts. xo 

Monday, August 27, 2012

NYC’s 5 Best End-Of-Summer Sample Sales

Back to school shopping is in full swing in the city. Whether you’re heading back to the dorms, sending your little ones to school for the first time or simply want to update your wardrobe or home for fall, there’s something for everyone at these end of summer sample sales.

Check out CBS New York for my latest article on NYC’s 5 Best End-Of-Summer Sample Sales and get shopping! xo
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