I can’t remember the last time I watched The Price is Right. Not because I don’t love it, but it seems like it’s only appropriate to indulge when you’re laying on the couch with a wretched stomach bug. But if memory serves me correctly, they have/had a game where you guessed which item cost more or less. So in the spirit of Bob Barker, we’re going to play an NYC version of the game.
Here’s how it works. Listed below are 10 items. Five of them are more expensive in New York City, while the other five are less expensive. Some are more obvious than others, but we’re hoping we can stump you on at least a few. So look at the list, make your predictions, and then check and read the answers below. Ready, set, quiz time!
- Dry Cleaning
- Hair Coloring
- Movie Theaters
Last chance to change your answers.
And the survey says…
Dry Cleaning: In other parts of the country, dry cleaners are several miles apart from each other. What’s nearby is what you get. But out here, every block has a dry cleaner, which keeps the prices competitive. With a little searching, you can usually find a place that charges only $1 a shirt. But you’ll be hard-pressed (ba dump ching) to find many places that charge more than $2/shirt. Answer: Less
Milk: If you follow my Instagram or saw my picture on Facebook, this should be an easy one. Most local grocery stores are over $5 per gallon. The only places I’ve found that are less than $4 per gallon are Trader Joe’s and Costco, but I’ve heard some drug stores are a good deal, too. No two gallons for $5 out here! Answer: More
Museums: NYC houses some the most famous museums in the world. And many of them, such as the Museum of Natural History, the Met, and the MoMa have suggested donation amounts. In other words, you can pay as little or as much as you’d like to gain admission. Cha-ching! But for the quality of these museums, really any price can’t be beat. Answer: Less
Preschool: We’ve been looking at programs for Sally, and preschools are way, way pricier out here. I recently got a quote from a very typical preschool with no special acclaims or teaching methods, and for two full days a week (not five days) it would cost $1690 per month. Many options are more expensive than this. We’ve done a lot of searching, and the least expensive option I’ve found averages about $15/hour for your child’s care. Yeesh! Answer: More
Hair Coloring: If I went and got my hair cut and highlighted at a decently reputable place out here, I’d walk away at least $250 poorer. If I paid less than that, the quality of the hair coloring would be questionable (which I learned the hard way the last time we lived out here). Moral of the story: enjoy getting your hair did for less, America-minus-NYC. Answer: More
Fruit: If you look in the right places, fruit is super reasonable out here. We buy all of our fruit from local fruit stands on the street, which is the best deal we’ve found. In the middle of winter, two packages of strawberries only runs me $3. I may be paying an arm and a leg for all of our other groceries, but at least we can afford fruit! Answer: Less
Rent: Okay, so this was a giveaway one. Our rent out here is over twice what we paid in Utah, and what we’re getting is smaller, older, and missing amenities like a washer/dryer and central heat and air. We hope to make up for it by taking advantage of all the amazingness this city has to offer. Answer: More
Movie Theater: While we’re NYC residents, it’s matinees or bust for us. Why? Well, regular-priced movie tickets are $20/person. This is where someone a generation older than us chimes in and remarks how when they were a kid, you could buy a movie ticket, a Snickers bar, and a tall, refreshing, glass-bottled cola for $1. The only way we will ever see an evening showing is if I can somehow fit Johnny in my purse. Answer: More
Pizza: Something about the pizza out here just can’t be beat — especially the crust. Most of the best pizza places out here are on par pricewise with other pizza in the country. Keep in mind our pizza is fresh, handmade stuff, not the Papa John Domino Hut stuff. But to top that, we’ve also got $1 pizza slice places all over the city. The slices are big, fresh, and umm… $1! Johnny likes to do this for lunch at least once a week. Answer: Less
Transportation: Depending on how much you pay for gas and car insurance, NYC could be more or less than the rest of the country. An MTA pass costs $112/month, which gives you unlimited access to the subways and buses. Johnny purchases this each month, while I refill $80 every month and a half or so on my MTA card. A typical cab ride is anywhere from $10 to $20, depending on the traffic and how far you’re traveling. It sounds like a win, but with the incredible gas prices all over the country right now, this answer is up in the air. Answer:
Well, how did you do? Tell us your score and what answers stumped you. Who’s ready to move out here and experience all of this firsthand?!