I am doing a full time unpaid internship and living in New York. I’ll let you fill in the blanks and help you out because, the conclusion is: my money must be spent wisely.
- Eat out less and even if I do, I always take home the leftovers. Think about it, a $16 spicy chicken ramen bowl at Momofuku is really only $8 because hey, you just made that thing into two meals. *Don’t worry, the portions are big there.
- Walk. I have legs, and I use them. It’s good exercise, it’s scenic, and it’s a decent way to kill time. Triple win.
- Shop at Trader Joe’s. I really don’t know how they do it (I tried to find out via wikipedia, I obviously need to do more research) but their prices are SO LOW. Additionally, I’m pretty much vegetarian except for when I eat out because 1. meat is relatively expensive and 2. I don’t really know how to cook it (more on that later).
- Starbucks refills. This bullet should probably be “Own your own coffee machine” but I’m not quite there yet. So, in the mean time. Did you know Starbucks does (almost) free refills? I may bend the rules a little bit in my favor but hey, it’s necessary.
- Paint samples are free at any hardware or home improvement store. I used them to decorate an entire wall of my bedroom (see below). Oh and while I’m at it, christmas lights! I literally stole them right off my family christmas tree (sorry dad) before I moved here.
- Craigslist. Alright take this one with a grain of salt but this site rules, especially in New York when people are constantly moving apartments. I got my mirrors, microwave and bedside table through here PLUS, BONUS, everyone I met was super nice and interesting.
- Work the Sugar Daddy. Ok this one isn’t from personal experience (fortunately? unfortunately?). But disregarding how sketchy it could be, you know your bank account would love you.
Part one of an ongoing exploration and thought process, to be continued.