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A Cheapskate Midwestern Dork’s Guide to Living in New York City: Part 1

September 20, 2012
So I’ve been living in this city for about a month now, and there are quite a few things I’ve learned in the process. I lived in New York for a semester in 2010, but it feels a lot different the second time around… It might be the whole employment vs. internship thing. 🙂 Here are a few things I’ve realized in the city so far:

1. Scooters are the greatest invention. They fit on the subway and you can get to the train station really fast. (I live 5 blocks away.)

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Also, scooters are really great for late-night grocery store runs. 🙂

2. Speaking of grocery stores, Trader Joe’s is the best. A bit crowded, but the best. And the cheapest. And when you don’t want to pay the $2 bus fare, it’s only an hour walk across the park to the closest T-Joes. Ha.
You can also buy a basil plant at said Trader Joe’s. You might think it’s a great investment, but it doesn’t work out so well when you accidentally kill the plant 1.5 weeks later. (RIP.) ((Also, we need moaR sun.))

3. Wear cowboy boots when you feel like it.

4. Dance with old men on the Coney Island boardwalk when the situation presents itself.
Midwestern Dork's Guide to New York

5. When Rolling Rock is on sale at the grocery, buy 11 cases. (Why is beer so expensive in Manhattan?) The cashier might think you’re an alcoholic/throwing a rager, but you know the truth. (That you’ll just stash the beer away in strange places around the apartment like a chipmunk storing nuts for winter.)

6. Always buy sweaters with dogs on them whenever the situation presents itself. (Even if you don’t work at a company all about dogs.)

7. These cookies are cheap and beyond delicious.

8. Strategic placement of Indiana barn pictures throughout the apartment filled with Indiana roommates is important.

9. Quidditch in Central Park is not nearly as cool as you might imagine. Just think dodgeball/bloodball with broomsticks… and no flying.

10. Gnomes are an acceptable form of apartment decor.

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“Blue Steel.” 😉

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  • Maggie Thistleton September 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I bought a mint plant at Meijer and killed it in about 5 days.

    RIP 🙁

  • Nate Schrader September 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Loving #5 – Grandpa Schrader's favorite 🙂

  • StacieGrissom September 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    wtf store basil?? You have no sun either, though. At least Wally is still alive. 😉

  • StacieGrissom September 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Tis good stuff. 😉

  • Lydia September 20, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Cheap cookies…and your scooter. ♥

  • Maggie Thistleton September 21, 2012 at 12:01 am

    The plant did worse when I transferred it out to the balcony. And cats are much harder to kill.

    Actually, I bet the cat killed the plant. He would…