New York is expensive.
The city frequently tops lists of the "most expensive cities," and the cost of living is generally through the roof.
But believe it or not, there are some instances in which New Yorkers pay less — especially in comparison to other major American cities such as Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington D.C.
For instance, service comparison site Locality.com rates New York as only the 13th most expensive city for Yuppies out of the top 30 cities in the United States. The Big Apple falls behind places such as Hartford, Raleigh, Minneapolis, and San Diego.
Where are New Yorkers saving money without even realizing? We used Locality to unearth a handful of purchases you can make within the five boroughs that are, on average, cheaper than in other American cities.1. Dry cleaning
The cost of dry cleaning one pair of men's pants is more than $1 cheaper, on average, in New York compared to Boston, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Hartford.
New York: $6
The fact most New Yorkers prefer walking and public transportation to driving leads to the price of the average oil change being cheaper than Denver, San Jose, Dallas, and even Norfolk, Virginia.
New York: $37
San Jose: $38
New Yorkers pay an average of more than $3 less for a pedicure than their counterparts in Washington, Chicago, and Seattle.
New York: $28
Washington, D.C.: $29
Much like pedicures, New Yorkers are getting a discounted rate on manicures as well — at least in comparison to major cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis, or Seattle.
New York: $14
Washington, D.C.: $15
Los Angeles: $15
Weekly full-time daycare is actually more affordable in New York than in other major cities such as Washington, San Francisco, and Boston. The cost of this service is, on average, more than $60 cheaper in New York than in these cities.
New York: $171
St. Louis: $191
Washington D.C. $222
San Francisco: $255
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