My name is Mia and I’m 23 and half years old. Here is a non exhaustive list of things that I like: tea, 90’s pop music, naps, stand up comedy, funky stationery, libraries, tequila, play dough, fireworks, the cool side of the pillow and the smell of jasmine.
Here are some things that I don’t like: slippery avocado pips, slow internet, sleeping with the cupboards open, cardamom seeds, red and yellow next to each other, popcorn in my teeth, waking up, maggots and forgetting what I was about to say.
I am moving half way across the world from Cape Town, South Africa to New York, NY, USA, the place of my birth. The plan is to work, earn something which resembles a salary and with that, to experience everything this grand city has to offer. Fully independent for the first time, following in the footsteps of so many pilgrims before me, I will attempt to make ends meet, have ridiculous fun, and generally not die etc…
Because NYC is notorious for being outrageously expensive, I will be looking for every possible bargain, sale and freebie I can find on the streets of the city. I aim to find an apartment, live, eat, exercise, meet people, explore, drink, learn, work and laugh, all at minimal expense.
This is not a new concept, but I see it as an exciting challenge and one that I want to share with other young, broke folk living in the city. I’ll be offering my budgeting tips and ideas and welcome responses and suggestions from New Yorkers who are more experienced than I at living on the cheap. I will combine the facts, figures and finances with a general account of my New York experience.
I hope that you will find something worth reading here, one way or another.