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New York City on a budget you can do

 New York City on a budget you can do

New York City on a budget you can do

Despite common misconceptions, it is quite possible to enjoy many of the great things New York City has to offer even on a fairly modest vacation budget. It is important to remember when planning your vacation that your budget is often the most important deciding factor as to what activities should or should not be included in family plans.

The beauty is that you can still present many fun and wonderful options to your family while following the strictest of budgets. First of all, if you pay for lodging in advance, that's one concern you won't have during your stay. Finding a hotel room that has microwaves and refrigerators can go a long way toward limiting expenses. You can also save money by filling your bottles with water at your hotel instead of buying new water bottles, bring snacks from home for the kids, and eat at good restaurants that offer lunch menus at lunchtime and visit fast food or less expensive restaurants at night.

Another thing to remember is that you don't need to buy every photograph taken of your children while in New York. Carefully consider which photograph will be the most meaningful to your child years from now and let that be the photograph you buy. Use your camera to record other memories of your time in New York for a fraction of the cost. Be sure to bring plenty of extra film (if you still use a camera that requires film) and batteries with you from home, as they are likely to be more expensive to replace in New York.

Other great ideas for saving money while in New York would be to purchase the New York Pass. It may seem quite expensive, but you can purchase a 3 or 7 day pass that will grant you free admission to many attractions in the area. You will easily recoup your investment if you planned to visit the attractions that offer free admission. You will find a wide selection of museums and zoos offered, as well as discounts at some of the gift stores.

New York is a great city for shopping. It is not a great city for shopping on a budget. If shopping presents too great a temptation for you, avoid it. While there are some wonderful and interesting stores to see and experience if you can't get in and out without spending money, it would be best for your vacation budget to skip them all together. If you can resist the temptation, there are many malls and stores that offer not only delicious merchandise, but are also a sight to behold in themselves.

If you have children, there are many kid-friendly activities available for free in and around the city. Search the Internet during the planning stages and I'm sure you'll find many activities that everyone can enjoy as a family and that fit into the fabulous freebie category. Many of the city's museums also offer free admission on certain days of the week or at certain times. Other museums offer a paid type of admission so that no one is turned away from the wonderful experience that awaits them inside.

New York City also has many national parks, some of which have deep historical significance. Admission to these national parks, including the Statue of Liberty, is absolutely free and the family can enjoy their time there, as well as gain a deep sense of history in the process.

No matter what your budget is, you can afford to have a great time in New York City if you take the time to carefully plan the events you will and will not participate in according to your budget. Keep in mind to allow for some really nice events and reward yourself for being so budget conscious during your trip. After all, it is a vacation, even if you are limited to expenses.