Books & Guides that will Save You Money in New York City

Book Reviews By: Josh -

Last Updated: July 28, 2015


Frommer’s NYC Free & Dirt Cheap

Book By: Ethan Wolff

This is one of my very favorite NYC guides for finding free and cheap things to do in the city. The author put together a book filled with “396 free events, attractions, classes and more”. Each event has a detailed description, including times and locations.


I really appreciate the included maps. An “exploring midtown” map allows the reader to easily locate cheap and free things to do in the area without having to go through pages of events and looking up addresses.


The inside cover has a “NYC events calendar” for quick reference to free concerts, museum nights and more. I like how the author has broken down many of the sections into neighborhoods. For example, the “cheap eats” section is broken down into the East Village, SoHo, the Lower East Side, Chinatown and many others.


At the very back of the book is a section “NYC Basics from A to Z” where you can find the location of visitor centers, emergency numbers, and even smoking laws.


If you are planning to visit New York City or live here on a tight budget, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this amazing book. It will pay for itself in no time.



The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to New York City

Book By: Rob Grader

This guide is a must have for anyone trying to live on the cheap in New York City. The author, Rob Grader is a native New Yorker who in this guide has revealed many of his “secrets of living the good life – FOR LESS”.


The book’s introduction is a  candid account of just how Mr. Grader came up with the idea for the guide. Unlike some guide books, The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to New York City is more than simply pages upon pages of listings and addresses. The author has taken the time to put together a well researched compilation of cheap and free things to do in the city while maintaining a writing style which keeps the reader amused and glued to the text.

The book is broken down into sections. Each section contains a number of subsections, each with their own short introduction from the author followed by a number of detailed listings. An example is the “Entertainment in New York” section, which includes the subsections: Theater, Music, Film, Television Tapings, Comedy, Dance and Magic. Each subsection is introduced with an amusing story or tip by the author, which is then followed by listings of where exactly these cheap and free events can be found. The listings include phone numbers, addresses and a description and/or specific tip to getting the cheap good or service at the specific location.

In summary, The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to New York City is a concise and well written guide which can assist both the native and tourist alike in saving some big bucks in the most expensive city in the United States.


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