Financial Friday: Affordable Cities


When I was recently in New York, it struck me how everything was just a little more expensive than I was used to. It made me think of a lovely night that Husband and I recently had in Cincinnati, a city far closer to home than New York and a bit less exciting, but nonetheless lovely.

There were a few ways in which Cincinnati was cheaper. Here are some of them:

  • Dinner and drinks: We were able to get a reasonable meal near the theater where we were seeing Wicked and half-priced drinks because it was happy hour. I love the vibe of some of the downtown restaurants of Cincinnati; while it is far from the size of New York, the market is pretty intense for restauranteurs nonetheless, and that keeps the quality high without sending everyone’s prices through the roof.
  • Parking: I was stunned that only two blocks from the theater there was a garage that charged only 3 dollars for the whole night of parking! In New York, I saw signs advertising things like “27 dollars for 6 hours!” as if it was a steal. Little things like this make us want to travel into the city more often.
  • Theater Tickets: Wicked, even the touring production, is never going to be an inexpensive night out. That being said, we were able to get super-close tickets that were off to the left of the theater for only 50 dollars each. Definitely not a frequent way to enjoy ourselves – free concerts and live music at restaurants is more our speed – but for a show we both were so excited to see, it wasn’t bad. Also, it’s nothing compared to the rumored 600 dollar tickets to see Hamilton! – as much as I’m sure it’s amazing, that would be past my level of entertainment spending for sure.

What do you do to make sure that evenings out or travel to cities isn’t too expensive for you? Any tips for other readers on making sure that they take advantage of all their cities have to offer without breaking the bank?

3 Comments, RSS

  1. simplymotherhoodsite October 27, 2017 @ 6:10 pm

    Hamilton is coming to our city and even presale tickets are $450! I think weekends it’s more toward $1000. Insane. I’ll just listen to the soundtrack haha!
    I’m frugal and cheap (we have three babies and husband is in college) so if and when we go out I check out Groupon and anything free or with coupons for sure!

  2. Cindy Anderson October 27, 2017 @ 10:42 pm

    We don’t travel a lot so I’m not really a wealth of information. Sorry! 😊

  3. cat9984 November 8, 2017 @ 1:40 am

    Going to Stratford in Ontario is an amazing way to see high-quality Shakespeare

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