My parents paid mine until I was 25 and it was the very last thing they stopped paying for. Maybe it's because my parents were never really able to financially help me out (they paid for part of college, but I've still got 10 years worth of loans, and I went to a state school), but I've never understand why you wouldn't take advantage of reason #2. If they want to help and have the means, I say let them.
$112 for my metrocard. I will occasionally take a cab, but it's rare. I did have to take a cab the other week from Williamsburg to the Upper West Side, so I guess this month it was more like $140.
I usually spend between 15-20 dollars a week for one person living in NYC, but that doesn't include drinks, take out, eating out, etc... It does usually include 4 lunches for work, 3-4 breakfasts and maybe 2-3 dinners a week.
Someone once used my credit card to buy a $1500 Macbook. I still physically had the card so they must have just pulled the numbers. I freaked out but I was pretty impressed with how fast Bank of America reversed the charge and sent me a new card. A little different because it was a credit card and not debit, so the money hadn't actually been taken out of the account yet, but yeah, that was scary for a minute there.
I am about to be looking for my first place by myself in NYC and I am getting very nervous! What I hate most about looking here is that you basically have to wait until 3 weeks before you need to move because apartments go so fast.
This is very similar to what happened to me, down to the same schools. NYU was my dream school but Rutgers was just more practical. No scholarship (or not much anyway), but my parents basically said we have x to put toward school and the rest will be yours to pay off. I went to Rutgers, and still have loans but not even close to what I've had if I'd gone to NYU. Now it seems like a no brainer but at the time that was a harrrrd decision to make.
Making dinner with friends tonight, will probably spend $10 or so on stuff for that. Also need to get a manicure either today or tomorrow which is another $10. Maybe $6 on coffee and a bagel tomorrow? My Saturday night plans are a little up in the air but I'm gonna say $50 (and hope it will be much less). Sunday my dad and sister are coming to visit so brunch is $0, and then I'm going to try to keep groceries under $15. Possible dinner plans Sunday night would be about $20. So $111 but I'm really, really hoping to go under.
My 1 thing today was to call the leasing company that manages the building my friend lives in and see if they have any open units for May 1. Obviously, it was way too early, but at least I got my name in there, and now I have to call back at the end of the month, hope for vacancies, or start looking elsewhere for an affordable studio on the Upper East Side. eek
My 1 thing last week was that I did my taxes! Which didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would.