Cheap Eats: The Joy of Chinatown Dumplings


“Cheap Eats” is my post-series on cheap restaurants and prepared food options in New York. I recommend cooking your own food most of the time, but every once in a while it is nice to…

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Automatic Savings: Trimming Your Monthly Bills and The Monthly Saving Calculator


This week, I got excited about a project for The New York Budget that I have been working on. That’s why I am posting two days early (don’t worry – this is a bonus post…

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Don’t Take Cabs. You’re Better Than That!


I’ve already told you the most important way to save money in New York City. Now for the easiest way. Never. Take. Cabs. You are out late at night. You’re tired and you just want…

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Walking New York: Free Exercise and Entertainment All Year Long


Every time my parents visit me in New York, we find ourselves walking. We are just trying to get from point A to point B and like so many New Yorkers, I take these “short”…

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Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. For my family, it’s a chance to flex our home cooking muscles. But most importantly, I love that Thanksgiving is about taking time out of your hectic…

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The Groupon Trap


Groupon is great, right? It’s right up Mr. NYBudget’s alley. It saves you money while you experience things in the city. What a great deal! Nope. When Groupon, LivingSocial, and Scoutmob  first arrived on the…

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Your Wallet Should Be Fat, Not Your Belly!


If you have ever looked into ways to save money, you’ve heard it before: Cook your own meals. But it bears repeating here because it is the MOST important habit you can change in New…

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Don’t Be a Stranger


Hey New Yorkers, My regularly scheduled Friday post is coming up, but for all current and future readers, I wanted to encourage you to give comments and ask questions – any questions! I love talking…

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How Much Money Will Make You Happy?


When were you happiest? Take a moment and think about it. Most people that I know say “college” or “in my twenties”. There are others who yearn for their childhood. Some of you well-adjusted readers…

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Save Money. Live Richly in NYC.


New York is amazing. I always hesitate to say it is the best city in the world because I haven’t lived in every city. Hell, I’ve only ever lived within the United States. But never…

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