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Lately, maybe because everyone's looking at the summer, realizing they need to buy new clothes, go on vacation, go to a ton of wedddings, or suffering the after effects of The Apprentice, everyone's up in arms about how expensive it is to live in the city. The Post looked at how NYC's discretionary spending in areas like clothing and personal care is greater than other cities, and the Observer devotes a textured look at the insanity of expensive things we think we need, with chilling words like, "And all those work freebies—the car service, those fashion-shoot clothes, books, drinks—that you count against your outgoing expenses: They don’t mean you’re living cheap, baby. They’re merely a component of your sorry rationalizations as you quickly spend the money elsewhere."

Budget Living magazine

And then there's the $1,000 omelet at the Norma's, plus the businessman who spent $28,000 at Scores (and claims he didn't spend that much). AUGH!! But, as many of us know, just because we live in one of the most expensive cities in the world, it doesn't mean one needs to be loaded. Gothamist is glad there are still great options for living thriftily in the city, like shopping at H&M and sample sales, calling a trip to Fort Tyron Park a "trip to the country," renting DVDs via Netflix - not buying them, walking or using your monthly Metrocard instead of cabbing it (punctuality be damned!), checking out the cheap eats editions of Time Out NY and New York, finding sugar daddies and mommies, finding cheap apartments through the obituaries. And this madness makes Gothamist realize our holiday gift to friends will be subscriptions to Budget Living Magazine. That is, only if they give us gifts.

The Times spoke with Budget Living editor Sarah Gray Miller, who led Budget Living to win a National Magazine Award for General Excellence (circulation 250,000 to 500,000).