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The Cheap Bastard's Guide to New York City: A Native New Yorker's Secrets for Living the Good Life--for Free! (Cheap Bastard's Guides) Paperback – August 1, 2006

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"The last word on living well and cheaply in the Big Apple--and no, it is not an oxymoron."
--June Sawyers, Chicago Tribune


"Grader hilariously dissects the city to come up with his innovative money savers."
--John Deiner, The Washington Post

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Completely revised and updated, stuffed with attitude and humor, The Original “Cheap Bastard” reveals even more great finds for visitors and natives alike:

How to land a low-cost apartment in a luxury building—without paying a broker’s fee

Where to find half-price meals and free food, including coffee, sushi, and pub grub
How to gain free entrance to plays, concerts, museums, and television tapings
Where to find free classes in anything from yoga to small business development
 
When and where to find great furnishings in other people’s trash
How to get a free haircut, color treatment, manicure, or low-cost massage

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; 3rd edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762740639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762740635
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,864,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is the best I've read of its genre. Rob Grader means it when he says something's free, and he gives away the catch where there is one.
After reading his book, I have now
*seen a Broadway play...for FREE
*seen the Knicks at Madison Square Garden...for FREE
*found a bar with $3 mixed drinks and free popcorn
*furnished my apartment FREE
*bought half-price bagels to last a whole week
*seen FREE acoustic performances.
The one I haven't got yet is the free movie tickets, but that's coming.
Oh yes--I've been in New York less than six weeks, living off savings, working as an intern and not getting paid.
BUY THIS BOOK! (But if you're really cheap, you'll do what I did and read it at a bookstore first, then buy it used online).
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Rocco Dormarunno on June 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
Several of my old college friends still trickle into New York for a visit, and I gladly play the city's goodwill ambassador. One of my friends from Iowa (one alma mater of mine) was toting this book. I thumbed through it and thought, "This is pretty good. I'll pick up a copy for whenever other friends come to the Big Onion."
I did pick up a copy, and as I read through this very well written book, I started to learn a few things for myself. Now, it's a keeper FOR ME. This is something every New Yorker should own, but I hope doesn't. If too many people discover the secrets in this book, they might go away.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Susan M. Felber on August 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
As a New Yorker and an X-treme bargin hound I thought there would be little I could learn from this book. Wow. Was I in for a shock. The author reveals a universe of cheap wonders in NYC, that had somehow eluded my cheap self. Even better, it's a throughly entertaining read.
I especially liked the entertainment listings and the hair, beauty and massage section. I'm all a twitter to go to the totally free Shiseido "store" for my free facial, massage and even classes. Heck, I may even apply for the free car he speaks of...
The best kept NY secrets are here. Read this book and you'll finally understand how many of us can afford our rent AND have a blast every day of the week.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Maddie Yan on July 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
As a relatively new resident of New York City, I found this book to be a great source of ideas. I have already done a number of the activities suggested by the Cheap Bastard including Sunday jazz in Washington Heights, swing dancing on the Hudson River pier and at a dancing school, and free outdoor movies downtown. It seems especially good for the summer months, with lots of outdoor events. My boyfriend is not a big spender so it suits us well! Thanks!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a really great collection of ideas. I've looked at several other books with similar themes, but they tend to repeat the same ideas--this one digs a lot deeper and seems extremely well researched. Highly recommended.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2003
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Finally! This book is simply fabulous -- a treasure trove of information organized with wit and panache. It's fun, it's informative and best of all, it's incredibly well researched. Whether you're a tight-wad New Yorker or a financially challenged tourist, this book is a must have. I only hope it becomes a series.
P.S. It makes a great gift!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carri Pecorella on August 13, 2008
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Well done Cheap Bastard!! You could take some of the ideas in this book and do them anywhere!! Some of the things you'd have to actaully live in New York but if you're trying to stick to a budget I'd recommend this book for sure, however...you NEED to plan!! Some things need to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance and if you leave a message be prepared to follow up...give yourself enough time to plan on some of the free tours!!
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 13, 2003
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This is a great guide for finding entertainment on the cheap. Most of these tips are well-known, while some are not. Personally, I found some of the suggested itineraries not very interesting, but hey, maybe someone else may find them useful. This book does not discuss how you can get the really good stuff like free movie tickets to current hollywood films--it offers tips for other types of films--or free tickets to Carnegie Hall, etc. I guess I have to write my own book :^D
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