Water is wet and cities are expensive. Still, one of the best things about living in a city is the convenience of getting many of the things you want or need at nearly all hours of the day.
Rather than giving up the best your city has to offer in order to save money, you can find small places to compromise on everyday expenses.
Agonizing over where to start? Try these five ideas.
Unless you get a gift of lovely furniture, you might want to hold off on buying anything too precious while you rent — at least at first.
As noted on The Everygirl, having investment décor damaged in a move can be incredibly upsetting. (Not to mention, the cost of moving even a little bit of furniture with a professional moving company can be shocking.)
Whether you shop on Craigslist (remember to request pictures or check it out in person) or buy online, look for items that can stand a bit of wear and tear — and still look cute! — if you're moving to the city.
Don't take cell phone "family" plans so literally! Service providers won't ask you for a birth certificate to prove that you're kin. So if you know that your roommate is reliable with paying bills, consider signing up for the service together.
Technically, this isn't something you need to be in a city to do, but with roommate living being very common in high-density metropolitan areas, cutting back where you can makes a difference.
Signing up for more emails won't bring you any closer to Inbox Zero, but it may keep your bank account from sinking that low.
One of the easiest ways to spend more money than you intend to is by winging social events. (Think paying unexpected covers, not knowing that venues are free before a certain time, buying drinks at a surprisingly expensive bar). Doing a little recon in advance can save you some agita, and money.
Research local newsletter and websites like The Skint in NYC and Brightest Young Things in Washington, D.C., which curate weekly and monthly goings-on around town. The Skint focuses on free and low-cost events in particular, so you know ahead of time that the events appearing in your inbox are much less likely to break the bank.
A simple Google ("things to do in _____") will get you started where you live.
RockCorps is an organization that has a give-to-get ticket policy for music festivals and events. By signing up, concertgoers agree to volunteer their time at a local organization in exchange for an entrance into the live party of their choice.
Some music festivals, including Bonnaroo, Jazz Fest, and Afropunk have done the same thing directly with ticket buyers.
Go this route and you could get a free ticket worth a Benjamin or more, and the double bonus is you'll get more involved in your local community, too.
Living in a city with a robust public transportation system is a blessing, even though it often feels like a curse.
If you live close enough to your workplace to walk or bike to work when the weather is nice, you might consider signing up for a monthly or weekly pass (depending on the possible savings of either timeframe). Then, you can freeze or cancel your membership when the days are fine, or buy short-term passes for days with inclement weather.
Either way, you'll save cash during nicer months.