Dating, Living, Eating: Money Savings Tips In NYC
If you’re part of a couple in New York, you know it isn’t easy to live lavishly, especially if you’re not bringing in the big bucks! It came up a few weeks ago for my boyfriend, Dave, and me when we starting scouting out new apartments. We searched craigslist for hours on end only to be disappointed by either size, price or location! GEEZ! So, I decided to do some research on my own. My mission: find a way to live like a millionaire on a budget. Mission accomplished? You’ll have to be the judge. But I definitely dug up some great resources for couples in the city!
1) Date Night
I love getting out of the apartment, especially when cabin fever sets in! So, I started digging for fun ideas. I found out NY Magazine’s best restaurant list isn’t the only thing to explore. Dave and I are pretty adventurous so we usually want something more than just a dinner. And why not? It’s New York!
If you’re looking to get out on a Friday or Saturday Night — start the evening off with taking in a little culture. The Whitney, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Guggenheim, just to name a few, all offer free or ‘pay what you wish’ admission between 5 and 8pm . It’s amazeballs! If you go to the MoMa, you can grab a cheap and yummy bite at the Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien.
Not Artsy? That’s ok. For $10 you can cha-cha the night away at Tango Porteno at South Street Seaport AND get a free lesson! If you live in Brooklyn, you can burn some calories bowling at The Gutter (thegutterbroolyn.com) — just $6 a game. Then grab a pie for two at Fornino. These are just a few date options I know we enjoy — but if you want to check out other incredible and affordable ideas check out Time Out NY’s: 75 great cheap dates.
2) Mi Casa es Su Casa?
Whether you’re looking to rent or buy — it’s going to become the fight of your life to find the perfect spot. Am I being dramatic? Perfection may be hard to find in NY but I found a site that may help you get pretty darn close. I can’t take the credit for this though. We were going door to door in the West Village, checking out buildings when we experienced the unexpected kindness of a stranger who must have noted what we up to. And he was privy to a hidden gem. We could do it all from home. StreetEasy gives you the tools you need to tour every New York neighborhood and building from your computer THEN it breaks it all down by location, price, rent history and more. It’s all free, but for $10 dollars a month you can become an “Insider,”which allows more access to the site — and for couples looking to buy, it actually lists comparable properties to the ones of which you are interested. You can use StreetEasy to scout out spots in NYC, Northern NJ and the Hamptons.We used it to find our fab new place!
3) Get Your Inner Chef On!
I’m not a professional chef but I can say I learned from the best. My mom is straight off the boat Italian and if she opened a restaurant it would put Giada’s creations to shame. Dave also happens to be slick in the kitchen so on weeknights, we swap cooking days. What if you can’t cook you ask? Well, I challenge you to try. Each week during every season, the city has amazing farmers markets where you can purchase fresh, in-season fruits and veggies for half the price of the corner supermarket goodies… and 1/100th the price of Whole Foods! Luckily, the farmer’s market is on my block. I buy our weekly supply of fruits, vegetables, eggs, bread and sometimes, grass-fed beef all for $50.
Shape Up Without Emptying Your Wallet
Ready to kick up your workout routine, but find the price of a gym membership or fitness classes holding you back? We mentioned in past that there are a few great low-cost options (check out our article on Blink ), but there are also FREE fitness classes that the city of NY offers. We told you about Shape Up NY partnering with Equinox last summer (and spotlighted the outdoor pilates in a HSNY video), and also told you about FREE Power Yoga On Demand, but now we wanted to spotlight another great partnership.
Physniques is happy to announce that Co-Founder, Brenda Jeanne Wyche will be partnering with Chelsea Recreation Center , offering FREE* fitness classes (if a memeber of CRC which is low cost– see below) every Friday at 12:00 noon at Chelsea Recreation Center, located at 430 West 25th Street between 9th & 10th Avenues in New York City.
Physniques Weight Loss, Healing & Body Tone is a health & fitness system which includes a blend of power moves inspired by Japanese Goju-Ryu karate, Northern Shaolin style Kung Fu, Qigong and moderate impact aerobics, executed in a fun, safe and effective way.
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Anyone can do it ~ all adult ages and motivation levels. It’s a workout that’s not going to leave a you gasping for life, but a good way get off the couch or away from that computer or video game, get those bodies moving, lose weight, increase energy and tone up. Go get your one-hour energy shot, have fun and smile a lot. Develop a hotter, healthier, happier you in Physniques.
Physniques’ Co-Founder, Brenda Jeanne Wyche, will be teaching classes at Chelsea Recreation Center in Manhattan, at 12:00 noon. Evening classes will be held by Helena every Monday @ 6 pm @ the CRC.
*The above mentioned classes are FREE for Chelsea Recreation Center members. Membership to the CRC is $37.50 for six months and /or $75.00 for a year, which allows you access to all the NYC Dept of Recreation and Parks’ Recreation centers in all five boroughs. Check, money order, credit or debit cards only…no cash, please.
There are also a plethora of other FREE CLASSES in the Shape Up NY program. For more details click here.
Equinox launches BLINK Fitness: Fab & Affordable (Only $20 A Month)!
Put aside your excuses for not keeping your fitness resolutions in 2011 because my favorite NYC Fitness Club, Equinox, just made it a whole lot easier. Equinox is launching new LOW-COST Fitness Clubs called Blink. Tomorrow NYC’s first Blink will open it’s doors in Noho, giving everyone access to a quality gym at a LOW cost. With monthly memberships at just $20 a month (yes, you read that right) you’ll have no more excuse about a gym membership not being in budget.
You might be thinking, “How great can it be at that price?” Well, how about state of the art equipment, dedicated stretching areas, workout programs prepared by fitness experts, modern locker rooms, and even added perks like the “front porch” (a relaxing post-workout area where you can hang with friends, catch up on work, or grab a snack from the Human Healthy Vending machine which incidentally gives back to charity)??? Um hello, does this not sound like a place you want to work out AND hang out?
I will be checking out Blink in person very soon, but even sight unseen I have no doubt it is going to be WELL worth the money. Equinox puts out quality and am sure that anything they put their name on is going to rock! If you don’t want to take my word for it, try it out for yourself. Head to Blink’s website for a free 2-day trial. No more excuses. See ya there!
Ready for results in 2011? Check out Equinox’s 10 Tips For Keeping Your Fitness Resolutions.
Weekly Giveaway: Escape To The Mediterranean (with Pirri)
Between gusting wind, rain and snow, this time of the year, we’re all itching for escape. Imagine crystal blue seas, bright sunshine, and warmth of the mediterrean sunshine. OK, so we can’t actually giveaway a trip to the Greek or Italian Islands but we can give your a taste of that luxury in the latest hair care from Pirri Elements.
The Pirri Elements line was inspired by the beauty of the Mediterranean “crystal blue” Sea, pure air, rich soil and fiery volcanoes. Created by brothers, Luigi and Piero Pirri, each product consists of Bergamot, an essential oil that comes from a fruit native Calabria, Italy, the hometown of the Pirri brothers. The oil along with other essential and natural ingredients is used to nourish the hair and lock in moisture.
This week we’re giving away TWO of their products (you choose!).
You must be a subscriber to HealthyStyleNY.com (it’s easy and free– just check the upper right hand portion of this page!) Then just simply leave a comment below or on our Facebook page so that we know you want to win! In a week we will pick a lucky winner and email them!
Daily Shampoo: Mediterraneo
Contains essential ingredients to cleanse the hair while maintaining balance and moisture in all hair types. The product normalizes the hair, scalp and PH balance while keeping the hair looking healthy and shiny. Cost: $20/12oz.
Daily Conditioner: Earth’s Balance
Restores moisture and smoothes the shaft of the hair while helping to combat humidity and static electricity. The product works to coat the hair and protect it from the damaging effect of heat styling. Cost: $22/12oz
Smooth & Relaxing Serum: Lava Glaze
Relaxes the hair for a straight style or reduces frizz for a great natural air-dried look. The combination of Aloe Vera along with other essential products, work to eliminate dead ends and protects hair from the damaging effect of blow drying and UV rays. Cost: $24/8oz
Detangler & Leave-In Conditioner: Nature’s Breeze
Smoothes tangles and mends dry ends while protecting the hair and reducing fly-aways. The product is a must-have before heat styling. Cost: $22/8oz
Weekly Giveaway: Tickets to Calm In The City!
It’s been the talk of the town, so we figured why not share the love (and pampering) and give away two tickets to our Calm In The City Event tomorrow night!
Ready for an evening of pure relaxation? C’mon, you’ve worked hard. We know you deserve it.
Get ready for an evening filled with mini-spa services, cocktails, and an atmosphere of pure relaxation that will have everyone enjoying escape. Not to mention great giveaways, an ever so fabulous crowd, and intros to premier products and services that will keep you calm long after you leave. Now, who doesn’t need that is the big city?
Held at sunset on the expansive glass-enclosed rooftop of the Empire Hotel, this will be a truly unique and wonderful experience.
Cocktails & Tasty Indulgences
Luxury & Wellness Services & Products
Free Samples & Raffle Surprises
Spa Services including:
Mini Massages, Body Work, & Reike
Aromatherapy & Botanical Misting
Mini Facials & Skin Consultations
Mini Organic Spray Tans
And a few other surprises that will keep you relaxed long after the evening is over!
All attendees get a FREE class at PURE Yoga
You must be a subscriber to HealthyStyleNY.com (it’s easy and free– just check the upper right hand portion of this page!) Then just simplyleave a comment below or on our Facebook page so that we know you want to win! By week’s end we will pick a lucky winner and email you!
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS KELLY!
Weekly Giveaway: Add More Ing!
In her hip self-transformational book Add More ~ing To Your Life, motivational speaker and life coach Gabrielle Bernstein truly shows you how to make happiness a way of life. Gabrielle is bringing happy back.
Designed to bulldoze negative thought patterns and create personal change through positive affirmations, physical activity and visualization meditations, Gabrielle guides the reader to happiness in 30-days through her dynamic ~ing Equation a proven method of sharpening ones intuitive senses and activating untapped inspiration.
Gabrielle will prepare you to change your life by accessing a state of “flow” helping you connect with your ~ing (inner guide)- readying you to release your limiting beliefs and to choose happiness.
This Giveaway is now over. Congrats Jeanine for winning!
Wednesday Giveaway: Master Your Money Seminar ($50 Ticket!)
Let’s face it, we all want to be financially healthy. Who doesn’t want to have more money, less debt, and little or no financial worry? Today’s giveaway is all about cleaning up your finances and establishing healthy habits when it comes to spending and managing your money! Just comment below, and you could be attending a financial life changing seminar for free!
This seminar will teach you how to take your money seriously – by spending smarter on a daily basis or planning for big ticket items such as a vacation or down-payment. You can start prioritizing your personal finance needs so they become part of your regular money habits. You can also take control of your debt and credit so you are in the best possible financial position.
Whether you need help getting started, or you are already minding your finances but want to take it to the next level, Galia Gichon, personal finance expert, will lead a money seminar you can’t afford to miss!
You must be a subscriber to HealthyStyleNY.com (it’s easy and free– just check the upper right hand portion of this page!) Then just simply leave a comment below or on our Facebook page so that we know you want to win! By week’s end we will pick a lucky winner and email you!
In Master Your Money Moves on Thursday, October 28 6-9pm, you will learn how to:
Get organized. See where you are today and where you want to be.
Clean up your credit and debt.
Create a weekly spending plan, set concrete goals with dollar amounts and timelines.
Develop a plan for automatic savings.
Do practical exercises to achieve financial freedom.
Invest in mutual funds.
Figure out what to do with all your IRAs and 401ks.
Evaluate your insurance needs.
Best financial resources including apps, sites, books and ongoing tips.
You will also walk away with a money buddy, accountability, useful homework and exerceses and be ready to bring money into your life in a POSITIVE WAY.
At the end of this seminar, we will network, share your ideas and connect with workshop attendees.
For more info or to purchase tickets click here.
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS KARA FOR WINNING! STAY TUNED FOR ANOTHER GREAT GIVEAWAY NEXT WEEK.
Wednesday Giveaway: Alo Track Jacket
Fall is upon us and it’s time to get ready for the seasonal change with a workout wardrobe update. Alo’s Work Out Track Jacket is the perfect addition to any fitness wardrobe. Alo combines style and function seamlessly – Its sleek design will add a touch of style to any outfit, and this style is also equipped with antimicrobial and moisture wicking technologies. This track jacket is a must-have for fall!
About Alo: Alo is a Los Angeles based fitness and lifestyle clothier. Constructed out of the finest materials, and with an impeccable attention to detail, the collection combines style and function seamlessly. The line, which has grown to include pants, tanks, tees, bras, and jackets, utilizes eco-friendly design processes, to offer the customer fashion with a conscience. For more information on Alo, please visit www.alosport.com.
To Win: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! CONGRATS Basia Partyka FOR BEING OUR LUCKY WINNER! STAY TUNED FOR ANOTHER GREAT GIVEAWAY SOON!
Wednesday Giveaway: 2 Powerful Life Strategy Sessions
Do you ever have the feeling that your life is living you instead of the other way around? If you’re ready to get back in the driver’s seat and take control of your life, Defineum’s life strategy sessions are for you. Defineum guides you in creating a concrete roadmap for your life – how you spend your time, who you spend it with, the goals you want to achieve and how you plan to achieve them, and the guiding principles you want to live by. Imagine living each day with a sense that all the pieces of your life are aligned and the confidence that you’re making time for the things that are important to you.
We’re offering two private one-hour coaching sessions with Defineum founders and leading life strategists Carol Morley and Dana Galin. Get ready to lower your stress, get more in touch with what’s important to you, improve your relationships, make better decisions and manage your time more effectively. It really is possible!
Defineum’s Life Strategy Sessions – Custom-design the life you want to be living!
Spa Week Is Back: Divine Treatments, Deep Discounts
It’s that time of year again, and if you’re like me and love a pampering spa service and a great bargain, then this is a must read.
Spa Week begins today, and for the next week they will be bringing you delectable spa services for a deep discount. From every type of massage imaginable to cleansing facials and detoxifying wraps, Spa Week gathers the best deals from NYC Spas and brings them to you for only $50. But hurry, it’s called Spa WEEK for a reason. Deals last this week only, October 11-17!
Some favorite treatments & spa specials offered:
425 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013
Transcend the ordinary and journey to a higher plane of well being.
Our therapeutic and advanced spa treatments, using natural and certified Organic ingredients, will nourish your body, mind and spirit.
- 45 Min EnLighten Me Skin Brightener and Exfoliation Treatment with Hydrating Milk Body Moisturizer
- 60 Min Deva Express Facial and Manicure
- 75 Min Tender Feet Deluxe Pedicure with Self Heating Mud Booties
L’Institut Sothys New York
37 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
- 45 Min Massage
- 45 Min Caramel and Vanilla Seasonal Facial Treatment
Red Door Spa – Fifth Avenue
691 5th Avenue at 54th Street
New York, NY 10022
Spa Week services cannot be booked online. You must call the spa directly to book your appointment.
- 50 Min Spa Week Stress Melter
- 50 Min Spa Week Facial
- 60 Min Spa Week Pedicure
For a full list of discounted services in NYC click HERE.