HunterHogan - Don't let these fools turn you away from NYC!! I've actually spent time in Philly, DC, Chicago and other larger US cities and they're ALL priced similarly. But, you just have to know where to shop! YOu seek out the local pathmark or foodtown or c-town, etc. The prices will be exactly the same as "back home." The key is knowing where to shop, and NOT shopping at bodega's or specialty stores. You don't shop at 7-11 back home for cheap prices, so you don't shop at bodega's in NYC for cheap prices! The only thing that's really more expensive here is RENT. That's it. The rest is a myth.
My first year in NYC - I lived on $11,000 - and I"m still alive to tell the tale!! And, I've *always* made less than $40k and have done perfectly well and been able to enjoy what the city has to offer! These people make it seem like you have to earn $100k just to be "ok", which isn't true.
[For example, I like to eat cerael for breakfast in the morning. A box of raisin bran at the grocery store (which, by the way is tiny and has nothing) is almost $6!! And that's for a small box. And forget about things like fresh fruit. It's double the price of my hometown.]
Okay, you need to be more selective where you shop. There are TONS of open market asian fruit stands that have super cheap veggies...they're tons cheaper than where I am in the jersey burbs right now! And tons more selection than my store in nowhereville-usa.
As for the cereal, well, here in the burbs a box of name brand is like $4-5. But, there ARE bigger supermarkets all over the city that have generic brands and cheaper brands. Gosh, even if you shop www.freshdirect.com
where they deliver it to your door, it's not that expensive (a full-size box of Total Raisin Brand is $4.19 - just checked). USE COUPONS and you'll save a buck or two.
You're overexaggerating or not doing a good job shopping around for lower prices!
[Be warned that you will lose about 20% of your hearing while you live there between sirens, trucks, the screeching of the subway, etc.]
Okay, drama queen, that's so not true!! Where the hell are you living??
[e ready to push your way through a thousand people in small spaces to do anything--whether its walking down the street, buying toothpaste, or going to the gym.]
Do you live in Times Square or Herald Square? B/c those are the only two areas where you'd have to "push your way through 1000 people." Come on, that's a biiiiiiig exaggeration!
[I'm from a small(er) town in the south and I guess I just love the southern "easy life" with good weather.]
I lived in the Midwest and the South...the weather is about the same. In fact, my friend back home always emails me saying "We got rain this week" and sure enough, we get it next week.