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    21 Insanely Smart Tips For Living In NYC On A Budget

    The Big Apple on a little budget: More possible than you thought.

    Recently, we asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their best tips for living in NYC on a budget. Here's their brilliant advice.

    1. Never pay for a haircut or blowout again by volunteering as a model at a boutique salon. ๐Ÿ’‡

    2. Don't even THINK about living alone. ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ฑ

    3. Trade a slightly longer commute for serious savings on rent. ๐Ÿ•—

    4. And, instead of living in NYC, consider less expensive alternatives like Hoboken and Jersey City. ๐Ÿšˆ

    5. Apply for affordable housing in LUXURY buildings via the city's Housing Connect program. ๐Ÿข

    6. Find a good happy hour spot, and stick with it. ๐Ÿป

    7. Cheaper still, skip the bar and grab a $3 bottle of wine from Trader Joe's. ๐Ÿท

    8. When dining out, pass on the drink menu and go with water instead. ๐Ÿธ

    9. Whatever you do, skip on takeout and delivery. ๐Ÿฑ

    10. Instead, opt for some delicious street food, which there's plenty of across the city, or grab some dollar slice pizza. ๐Ÿ•

    11. Don't be afraid of buying produce from fruit and vegetable stands along the street. ๐ŸŠ

    12. And check out Stiles Farmers Market in Hell's Kitchen for seriously cheap produce. ๐Ÿ…

    13. Make brunch an occasional treat, not a weekly ritual. ๐Ÿน

    14. Keep an eye on daily deal websites like Groupon for discounts on everything from restaurants to clothing to spa packages. ๐Ÿ’ฒ

    15. Consider buying a weekly or monthly unlimited ride pass instead of paying per ride. ๐Ÿš‡

    16. See a Broadway show on the cheap with rush, lottery, and standing-room-only tickets. ๐ŸŽผ

    17. Or check out an Off-Broadway production for a fraction of the cost. ๐ŸŽถ

    18. For other free or cheap entertainment options, check out The Skint. ๐Ÿ’ฐ

    19. Buy your furniture on Craigslist for major discounts. ๐Ÿ’ป

    20. Hit up dollar stores like Jack's and pay a fraction of the regular price. ๐Ÿ‘›

    21. And, finally, take advantage of free admission to world-class museums across the city. ๐Ÿค

    Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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