I don't know about NYC, but in Boston subletting is legal as long as it is not prohibited by the terms of your lease, provided you, the sublessee, and your landlord sign an agreement. Subletting without an agreement/in direct violation of your lease is illegal, but that's it. I assume the same is true in NYC. The difference is enforcing the law on a two-week illegal sublet coordinated over Craigslist (where an address or identifying info may not be provided) is a lot more difficult than enforcing the law on Airbnb.
Officially "grocery shopping" plus intermittent pickups of random snacks/ingredients shakes out to about $100/week for my two-person, two-cat household.
@3jane That comment came off as snarky, but I am actually genuinely interested in hearing about the paycheck-to-paycheck period and how he relates that to his current situation. And I am fully aware my assumption could be wrong.
I really admire everyone who can at least attempt to relate to this guy's perspective, and I really appreciate him sharing it, but I could barely even get through this article. I know this guy acknowledges that he is well-off, but I'm not sure he really has a grasp on how most people live. I also wish he had talked more about this year he spent living "paycheck-to-paycheck." Right now my assumption is it is not the same as when I was living paycheck-to-paycheck and making $300/week.
@blair are you referring to unipolar depression, or bipolar? Your description sounds more like bipolar (speaking as someone with a close family member with bipolar disorder).
Well I found my social media profile pictures for the next 300 years.
@3jane I should also note that's JUST rent - utilities are not included, and range between $80 and $200 a month.
Right now, my husband and I spend 30% of our take-home income on rent. We are also currently living in the cheapest apartment we've ever had.
I use Netflix Instant and digitally rent movies from Amazon that aren't available there that I HAVE TO SEE NOW (this happens once a month at most). I check for everything on Canistream.it. Anything that's on Amazon Instant is also available to rent digitally if you don't have Amazon Instant (though TV shows are a rip off) and then some, so it's basically fine. However if you're renting more than 2 movies through them a month, just pony up for the Instant subscription (or Prime or whatever it is) because you are wasting money.
So Payless shoes are really equivalent in every way to $480 shoes, except for the price. Really.