There’s just something about New York City that captivates me each and every time I go there. In all my travels I have never found a more diverse and entertaining city as this (if you have I’m more than welcomed to suggestions) so as I write this article roughly 5,715 miles away I begin planning my next trip to the Big Apple which will be in November. Now I know that may be quite some time away, but with so many things to do and places to see the possibilities in New York are truly endless and even with two seasons of planning I’m sure to leave a few things out. So just like any money-savvy traveler out there I begin my planning by attempting to find as many New York deals out there as I can find. Surprisingly this turned out better than expected (yay me!) and I want to share a few things I’ve learned about finding good deals in this city.

Now because I am originally from New Jersey I know the good, the bad and the ugly known areas of NYC. So when I begin to search through cheap hotels and I quickly find a room for under $100 in the Bronx or Queens I know that’s a no no. However, a person from a foreign country is not going to know that and while you may be saving some cash on a room each night, gun shots and gang fights are the norm in certain parts of those areas.

Also, if you want to see Times Square or visit Central Park a few times during your stay the transportation fares will considerably add up and you really won’t be saving too much money in the long run. I suggest searching for hotels specifically in Times Square or Midtown since those areas attract plenty of tourists. If you do a little searching you can find some good deals out there (a little over $100 a night) and possibly score a coupon for a free night if there’s some sort of special going on. New York’s official guide has plenty of money saving coupons for hotels, attractions, restaurants, etc. You will then save on the outrageous taxi fares and in turn able to splurge on some more exciting ventures this crazy city has to offer.

So we’ve decided we want to get a room close to all the action, so what adventures are ones we just keep coming back to? The Statue of Liberty is a fascinating site and although I vowed (when I was 10) I’d never climb those horrid stairs to the top again, you can still have the same experience and take the elevator to the top. Although the site from the Staten Island Ferry (which is free) is just as great to capture the grace Lady Liberty brings to NYC. Times Square (another famous yet free site) is great no matter what time of the day you visit. I genuinely enjoy all the crazy, fun street performances and I must admit I search for The Naked Cowboy every time I visit. The admission to tour the Empire State Building is relatively inexpensive and for all you photographers out there this is a great place to take beautiful shots of NYC. Now although I have seen all of these close to a hundred times for all you first-time visitors these are must-see places and really don’t have to cost you anything if you chose.

Some of you may prefer a traditional tour guide type of ordeal and there’s this great hop-on, hop-off tour that allows you to literally hop on and off the 2-tiered tour bus as you visit a variety of different sites in the city. There’s a bunch of different tickets available but what I suggest is purchasing the ticket that also includes 3 additional options. You will be able to be as flexible as you want plus still learn all about the city’s rich history and (drumroll please…) save money on 3 other things to do!

Just as you have been saving money on things to do around the city, you can extend all those New York deals you’ve been getting to your food menu. You can easily find a McDonald’s when visiting Manhattan (since there’s about 9 of them in a one mile radius) but if you’re searching for some authentic foods, skip the greasy burgers and opt for the selection of pizzerias from Little Italy. A slice of pizza from just about any of these places are amazing (trust me, I’ve tried just about all of them) and won’t cost anywhere near the price of any restaurant you will find but will taste just as great. After all, New York is known for their pizza!

So as I finish writing this post I must say I cannot wait for November to get here! Not only will I get to visit this crazy city once again, I already know it’s not going to cost me a fortune to do all the fun things NYC has to offer. If you want to save money in NYC it is possible and can really cost you close to nothing depending on what you’re attracted to. There are hundreds of possibilities of things to do and with those options, more ways to save!

What ways have you cut costs during your travels?