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.

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