Visiting New York on a Budget

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If you are visiting New York on a budget, or even just looking to get the best "bang for your buck," without compromising quality, NYC Insider Guide has 1000s of ways to save BIG in NYC. Here’s a round up of all our top posts on discounts, coupons, cheap, free, half price and many more ways to save on things to do in NYC.

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How to Save on Hotels in NYC

How to Save New York City Hotels

Check out all our tips and dozens of promo codes to help save on NYC Hotels. We show you some lesser known ways to really save BIG on New York City Hotels, which often end up being the biggest expense on a NYC vacation.

Whether you are visiting NYC on a budget, or just looking to save a little on luxury, we share all our insight on How to Save on Hotels in New York City.

For even more NYC hotel savings, see:

  1. Cheap Budget Hotels in NYC – Clean, centrally located and under $100 per night? Yes, it’s possible! Not always, and you may have to make some compromises, like a shared bathroom, but these are my top picks for those on a budget.
  2. Discount NYC Hotels are located in central Manhattan and start at $25 per night. These accommodations are open to public, but are not always listed on generic hotel travel websites or they may be listed as ‘specialty lodging’ and sneak right past you.
  3. Hotel Week New York City – held in January, is a GREAT time to save big on hotel rooms which usually go for $500 or more per night.

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Half Price Broadway Tickets

Half Price Broadway Tickets

Getting half price Broadway and theater tickets is easy, you just have to know where to look. Discounts depend on the show popularity, how important seeing the show is to you and how much time you might spend on line during your NYC vacation and some other choices. Here are all our local secrets to getting Half Price Broadway Tickets and Discount Broadway Tickets.

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NYC Coupons and Discounts

Save Big on Things to do in New York City

New York City Coupons and Discounts are available for almost everything one can do in NYC: concerts, shows, Broadway, sports, events, tours, attractions, beauty and spa and much more!

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Sites we use ALL the time to save are:

  • Groupon - save on dining, tours, things to do, attractions, cruises, shows
  • Gilt City - upscale deals on dining, exclusive events, Broadway, shopping
  • ShowTickets.com - huge sightseeing tourist discounts

See All: Insider Guide to ALL our NYC Coupons

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How to Estimate Your Budget

New York City Go Select Card Discount Pass

The best way to see how much all your attractions and tours might cost you is to head to New York Explorer pass site. They let you choose from over 55 attractions and tours and you can customize your pass. I’m not saying you have to buy anything there (though you might want to) but their tools are a GREAT way to see how much different attractions and tours might affect your NYC spending. After you create your perfect itinerary, come back and compare your cost to the other New York City Sightseeing Passes.

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Save on NYC Restaurants and Food

Save on New York City Restaurants

There are so many easy ways to save on New York City restaurants and food and you just need to know where to look. Of course, you can’t save everywhere, and sometimes you have to wait for a deal, but about half the time I eat out in NYC, at quality restaurants, it is easy to save a few bucks without sacrificing quality.

Read More: How to Save on New York City Restaurants and Food

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Budget Shopping and Sample Sales

NYC Shopping Designer Sample Sales

NYC Designer Sample Sales are some of our best hidden gems. New Yorkers know how to get almost ANYTHING at a major discount off the retail price!

New York City is a mecca of designer discounts – you just have to know where to find them. Read our Insider Guides to:

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Cheap Flights to New York

Cheap Flights to New York

Finding a cheap flight to New York is all about knowing which airlines have NYC hubs, how to avoid major transportation fees (especially to Newark) and which airlines New Yorkers love, but don’t normally appear in the large travel search sites.

Read all our insider tips on: Cheap Flights to New York

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NYC Museums Free Days Calendar

NYC Museums Free Days Calendar

Most New York City Museums are non-profit organizations. Their goal is to make art and culture affordable to everyone. As non-profits, they ask for a “suggested donation” or contribution to access the museum, rather than an admission price. Know the difference and the best times to visit all NYC Museums at NYC Museums and on our NYC Museums and Tours cheat sheet in the NYC Print Guide and free Mini Guide.

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Free New York City Walking Tours

Free Walking Tours NYC

New York walking tours are offered free by almost every neighborhood organization in Manhattan. As you know, New Yorkers LOVE to brag…especially about how much we love our City…so why not take advantage of those who want to brag to you?

There likely isn’t an inch of NYC you can’t cover on a Free New York City Walking Tour, so feel free to find your guide to Central Park, Lower Manhattan, Greenwich Village, Times Square, Movie and TV locations, Wall Street, Lower East Side, NY Public Library, Grand Central Station…and more!

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Free Things to Do in New York City

Free Things to Do in New York City

There are tons of free things to do in New York all day, every day! Tours, attractions, museums, events, shows, sports, movies, and more. Kids, adults, outdoors, indoors, active, lazy…you name it!

So whether you want free Museums, neighborhood tours, a moonlight bike ride in Central Park, to ride the Staten Island Ferry, walk the Highline or Brooklyn Bridge, we have you covered with 100s of Free Things to Do in New York City.

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When to Visit New York on a Budget

When to Visit New York on a Budget

If seeing the most of NYC for the least money is your main priority, then here are the ideal times to visit NYC on a budget:

January comes just after masses of visitors and tourists have left, making this an ideal time to visit so you not only have every NYC attraction to yourself, but get REAL discounts through major store sales, Broadway Week, Restaurant Week (usually, but sometimes in February), Hotel Week and 20 at 20 Off-Broadway Shows for $20. The only catch? It can be freezing, so make sure to bundle up with hats, scarves, coats and lots of layers, because inside, it will be warm!

Summer (June, July, August) offers the MOST FREE events of all the seasons. Free summer activities in NYC include concerts, movies, sports and fitness, arts and culture, museums, tours and much more! Check out over 100 Free Things to Do in New York in Summer

Broadway Week, which offers 2 for 1 tickets to almost every show, falls every January/February and September.

Restaurant Week allows us to eat at NYC’s best restaurants twice a year for bargain prices. Every Winter (Jan/Feb) and Summer (July/Aug), some of our best restaurants offer three-course, prix-fixe meals for $25 (lunch) and $38 (dinner). Foodie on a budget? This is when you want to visit NYC.

Spa Week – every April and October, hundreds of top spas around the city offer treatments for $50. Facials, massages, laser hair removal and more. If you just know you will need some pampering during long days of sightseeing, then Spa Week is a great time to save on treatments.

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