Let’s face it. If you live in NYC, you’re way too familiar with the cab life. Thankfully, there is a secret hack that makes even the worst drive a little less unpleasant. You no longer have to wait until the end of the ride to pay for your cab. Tap the fare on the television screen (yes, it has always been there), swipe your credit card, select a tip amount, and say if you want a receipt. It’s that easy!
2. Pay only $5 for a cab
Book a $5 cab ride in seconds with the Via app. Cheaper and more efficient than the real thing, via allows users to virtually hail-a-taxi. This revolutionary cab-service operates on weekdays from 6:45am-9pm, anywhere between 32nd and 110th. Did I mention you’ll be cruising in a black SUV?
3. Outsmart the MTA
Raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimized by the MTA! You are one among many if you have ever selected the default amounts suggested on their ticket machine. But did you know that is how the MTA has been tricking us into leaving money on our MetroCards?! Geez, looks like someone needs cash now. Fight back by memorizing the number $19.05. By entering this number you’ll get exactly enough credit for eight rides.
4. Avoid the wait for Shakespeare in the Park
Stop waiting in long lines for Shakespeare in the Park tickets! Instead, pick up your free tickets throughout the boroughs of New York City. On specific dates, a limited number of vouchers for that night’s performance will be dispersed at locations throughout New York’s five boroughs.
6. Maximize beer intake, minimize money spent
Who doesn’t want a little extra beer money? Minimize the possibility of spending too much on your guilty pleasure by who buying beer from local beer purveyors. New breweries have opened where you can drink beer straight from the source! Doesn’t get much cooler than that. Plus, it’s cheaper than bar beer. You’re already fresh, why shouldn’t your beer be?
7. Make your Farmer’s Market trip even better
According to Markets of New York’s Karen Seiger, it pays to become friendly with farmers or flea market vendors who give repeat customer discounts and reserve popular items that might sell out. Not your scene? Skip the congenial chatter and track Markets of New York online, or twitter-stalk foodies like @TheExpGourmand and @SkeeterNYC for some more awesome tips.
8. Make Broadway affordable
Skip the line and stop paying full-price. While Times Square offers stellar scenery, their TKTS box does not offer stellar prices. Download the TodayTix app for huge discounts, go to Broadway Box for uber-reduced prices, or check out Broadway for Broke People for last-ditch deals. If you are patient enough, wait for NYCGO’s Broadway Week, and find two-for-one ticket offers. Last but not least, you can enter Big Appled‘s own Broadway Tickets Giveaway here as well.
9. Go on a luxury date without breaking your bank
Finally, a way to go on a fancy date without fainting when the bill comes. Hit up any of these 64 oyster happy hours in NYC and dine for around $1. Oh, and you know what they say about oysters…
10. Plan an affordable mini-vacay[via wallpaperfast.com]
We have all been to hotel hell. Where room service means frozen TV dinners, and you don’t even want to know what went down in that bed. Whether you’re looking for a romantic-getaway, or a weekend to forget about it all, hotels DO matter. And luckily, there are hotels in town that can offer you a vacation-like feel for less. Check out HotelTonight and Stayful for the perfect hideaway.
11. Book your staycation at the perfect time[via booked.net]
Budget Travel’s digital editor Kaeli Conforti says, “the best time for bargains is right after New Year’s when rates are slashed at hotels.” That typically concurs with Hotel Week NYC, and is when many popular Manhattan properties offer discounts at fixed prices.
12. Everyday cheap rates[via urbancowboybnb.com]
Urban Cowboy (from $100) in Williamsburg is perfect for you if you are a fan of complimentary breakfast and rodeo-chic. The One Boutique Hotel (from $109) has fire pits, free shuttle service to the Spa Castle, a killer rooftop glass house with remote views of the Manhattan horizon, and access to the best food in the city.
13. Get active with fun outdoor activities[via richpomerantz.com]
Who knew the outdoors could be so fun? Sarah Knapp, founder of OutdoorFest.org, has plenty of recommendations to make the outdoors more entertaining than ever before. Get active with free hikes with Keith Michael, or educate yourself with a Wilderness Survival skills course with park rangers. Not to mention free kayaking, fishing, stargazing on the High Line, camping in Brooklyn, and (for all the adrenaline junkies out there) cliff jumping in the Bronx.
14. Skip town to ski, no car necessary![via nytimes.com]
No car, no problem! The I Love NY ski bus provides roundtrip transportation and lift tickets from Manhattan to the mountains from only $89! Don’t forget, you can even use Splinster to rent skis.
15. Make getting in and out of the city easier[via phusionphotography.blogspot.com]
Traveling can be a nightmare, but traveling in and out of the city can honestly be even worse than that. Stay sane by checking out the train and bus station hacks here, or the airport hacks here.Now, go have some fun!
Thanks to Big Appled!