Ok, we had a budget and we made it.
No (extra) credit cards cashed out, no micro loans applied for and NO street- singing for cash.
We did in reality not spend more than $100 a day. But we also realized that it would be to pushing it to call this living on a budget.
By realizing this we also realized that New York is so much more than shopping. By ignoring all the lovely shoes, dresses, purses, make up, jewelry, under wear, yeah, you get the point, we saw a hole different city than just the inside of stores.
As we have already mentioned $100 a day is a fortune in food and drinks. Of course you can’t indulge in fine dining and champagne, but in a city like no other city, New York, that would just be boring!One of the best meals we hade was the dim sum for only $20. Even the pizza for $4.99 was a feast for the taste buds.
Everywhere you look there are hidden gems, small restaurants with real passion for food. Not like in Texas where food equals tons of lard, cheese and salt. Everything tastes the same, and it’s really sad.
We saw a sign in Manhattan that said:
“Remember, if you move out of the city you have to live in America. “
New York is like an oasis of food, people and experiences. Nothing like the rest of the US.
Not that the rest of the US is bad, don’t get us wrong and come and shoot us down, Texans. It’s just something special with New York.
The moment we left New York driving in to New Jersey towards Newark, the scenery changed dramatically. Just 10 min away from Manhattan the most crowded place ever, there are green fields and only industrial buildings. We wonder how many years this is going to last? Especially with the new hit show Jersey Shore, every one surely will want to move to Jersey! (?)
So the lessons we learned by doing this blog. A $100 a day really isn’t a budget, but that New York is a fantastic city even if you don’t do any shopping.
We’ll leave you with these few tips:
Don’t be afraid to try fun looking food, even if you find it some place weird.
And most important of all (don’t!) start your own New York blog….