7 Challenges of Living in NYC | March Challenge Month

It’s Bloody Expensive 

Every time I spend money I cry a little bit on the inside.

One half of me is all TREAT YO SELF and the other half is YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO EAT DURING THE LAST WEEK OF THIS MONTH.

I always end up treating myself.

From $17 drinks in nightclubs (tipsy Talor is okay with this price, sober is not) to the $70 Uber ride home – this adds up, especially on a student budget.

You would be surprised what evens out in your head when buying things, and how much you hate the day to day products you don’t feel like you should have to buy.

I’m looking at you LAUNDRY DETERGENT AND TOOTHPASTE.

If I buy this ONE drink for $15 I won’t be able to afford lunch at work tomorrow, but what I CAN do is stretch my breakfast out ALL DAY…

When there are free lunches at work, I kid you not, we all bring tupperware with us, because that my friend – is your next lunch and dinner.

This City is Absolutely Vile 

From germ ridden subways, door handles, bathrooms and who knows what else, it is nearly impossible to feel clean in this city.

A lot of offices don’t allow you to wear open toed shoes to work – you would think this is a random rule – until you realise it’s because they don’t want you bringing in street dust that goes in between your toes during the commute.

Shops sell hand sanitizer that comes in a handy key chain pouch so you can attach it to your bag, restaurants have ALL STAFF MUST WASH HANDS above every sink and recycling appears to be a complete anomaly.

I get it is majorly populated, but does it really have to feel this disgusting?

Don’t Think About  Getting Hurt 

See: ‘It’s Bloody Expensive’

Healthcare is absolutely ridiculous, you don’t realise how lucky we are with the NHS until you have to live in this country.

Prices vary but a trip to the doctor is around $50, the optician is $75 and I don’t even want to know how much the dentist costs.

The main rule here is, try not to get hurt.

The medication also terrifies me, maybe it’s the fact that they have a long winded explanation about every single side affect during an advert (including death). I’m not kidding when I say, the amount of medicine that is advertised that has the extreme risk of ‘suicide’ is a joke.

Take these fantastic sleeping pills – and maybe you will become more aggressive than usual….

I Don’t Know What I’m Eating 

All of the food here is weird.

What defines ‘weird’?

It’s filled with chemicals, everything is over grown, the meat is filled with god knows what, the vegetables are too perfect and NOTHING goes off. I no longer have to keep bread in the freezer because I know it won’t go bad any time soon.

How mad is that?

You have to buy antibiotic free anything – just to give yourself that peace of mind. My guacamole went brown after one day this week, this is unheard of and I have never been so happy to see the unappealing work of nature on my food before – I ate the entire tub.

I am yet to see mold, on anything.

What Do You Mean it’s F*cking Snowing? 

The weather is so unpredictable I am now in a serious relationship with my weather app, an app I used to just not open.

I’ve ruined shoes, jackets and f*cked my hair because I have not been prepared for the temperamental weather.

One minute it’s bloody freezing and my hands are about to fall off, the next I have my sunnies out and have to carry my jacket from over heating, the next the heavens have opened and I am getting pummeled by ice.

SORT YOUR SH*T OUT NEW YORK.

Added Tax Can Do One 

I’ve never had to deal with tax as much as I have here.

Me: Oooh this is a nice top for 9.99 I will definitely buy it for this reasonable price. 

Cashier: That’ll be FIFTEEN DOLLARS mam. 

(Made this number up because I have no idea what the added tax actually is.)

Now the top seems so much more unappealing – WHY CAN’T YOU JUST ADD THE TAX ON BEFORE I TAKE IT TO THE TILL.

Me: Oh, a salad bowl for $6 how reasonable! 

Tax: THAT’S WHAT YOU THINK MWAHAHAHA. 


Clean Clothes? PAH. 

Apparently, to wash your clothes everyone should be made to travel a VERY LONG WAY to your washing  machine and dryer.

Either the basement of your building (twelve floors down) or the launderette five blocks away. It’s as if they thought – let’s make it a challenge for people to have CLEAN CLOTHES because we don’t punish the people who live here enough.

Oh and also, LETS MAKE THEM PAY FOR EVERY SINGLE WASH AND DRY.

I am yet to witness a washer/dryer in someones house – I will no longer take this for granted.

Although,

There may be challenges, I don’t actually care. I love this city and I never want to leave.

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One thought on “7 Challenges of Living in NYC | March Challenge Month

  1. When we first got married and had no money I remember thinking that toothpaste was terribly expensive. I’m glad you’re loving NY in spite of the horrors! Dad and Wendy were here last night and telling us how much they had enjoyed their visit. Do Americans spell mold or mould?! L of L Granny

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