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89th And Broke

I'm a young professional living in Astoria (formerly of Williamsburg, the UES and Murray Hill - I move a lot!). I'm always looking for something fun to do or the best place to grab a drink and dinner at an affordable price around the city. Have a suggestion? Email me at Laura AT 89thandbroke DOT com.

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Fabulous Freebie! Free Smoothie at 16 Handles!

Global Citizen is partnering up with 16 Handles today to support global access for vaccines. Everyone who comes into 16 Handles on Bleecker Street between Carmine and Leroy today and writes a postcard to their congressperson from 12-1 pm will get a free smoothie. If you can’t make it by 1, you’ll still get 16% off your yogurt if you write a postcard until 4pm. 

Thanks for the tip, NYC Daily Deals.

Fabulous Freebie! Free Fitness Classes in Union Square!

There’s a new Reebok store in Union Square, and to celebrate, they are offering free fitness classes – like yoga, body combat, group running and more. Some of the classes are sold out so take a look at the schedule and register now while you can! To register, click on each individual class here. Classes will be held at 1 Union Square West.

Thanks to Ludmila for the tip!

Deal Alert! 1954 Prices Tonight at Veselka!

Here’s a place that I guarantee will be crowded tonight from 6 – 6:54 pm – Veselka, located on 2nd Ave and 9th Street. According to Grub Street, you’ll enjoy prices from 1954 tonight, so that means 25 cent egg creams, $1.50 pierogies and more. Check out the menu below.

Three Ways to Save on Books

I’ve had my Nook for over a year, and frankly, I love it. I always have it in my purse so I can get engrossed in a book while on the subway. No matter if you have a Nook or a Kindle, or one of the reading apps on your phone, here are some tips on how I save on e-books!

  • The Library: A year ago, I got my library card. All you have to do is bring in a proof of an address and walk in to the nearest branch. I haven’t stepped foot in the library since, but have been able to download dozens of books thanks to their online system. It’s pretty easy to get set up – you just need your library card number and your pin. You can select the type of format you prefer to download your books in, and you’ll have 21 days to read your book before it disappears off your e-reader. My only complaint is you can’t get books out immediately – sometimes, if a book is popular you’ll have to place it on your waitlist and you’ll get notified once it is available. Since it’s digital copies, I don’t understand why it’s not unlimited digital copies but still, there’s so much to choose from, you won’t ever be without a book!


  • BookBub: BookBub is a free daily newsletter that alerts you to discounted or free eBooks. All you have to do is sign up for the newsletter, indicate what type of e-reader you have and what kind of books you are interested in. You’ll then get tailored recommendations that link directly to Barnes & Noble or Kindle so you can purchase and download your books. 


  • Kindle Unlimited: When I saw this the the other day, I thought it was brilliant. With Kindle Unlimited, for $9.99 a month, you’ll get unlimited access to 600,000 books, plus thousands of audiobooks. Some of the titles are older (like Water for Elephants), but still worth a read. You can try the service free for 30 days to see if you like it. Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can still take advantage on any tablet or phone that has the Kindle reading app.

Fabulous Freebie! Free Baked By Melissa Cupcakes!

Swing by the original Baked By Melissa Cupcakes at 529 Broadway between Spring and Prince today from 9am – 2pm and get a free cupcake. Note that the location will be closing after today, but there are still 14 other stores around the city!

Try This Trick! Get Cash Back with Checkout51!

I always want to be a coupon cutter but let’s face it – half the time I forget to bring my coupons to the store and I’m not the type of person to print them off the internet. Still, I always look for ways to save money, and the easiest coupon app I’ve found is Checkout51.

With Checkout51, you do not have to fumble at the grocery store checkout line or drugstore with coupons. Instead, just buy your products. When you get home, check out which items you purchased, and scan your receipt in. You’ll then get cash back, and when you hit $20, you’ll receive your money.

Every Thursday there are different offers for the week, and so far, I’ve even saved money on fruit, milk and eggs. Last week for example, bananas was listed on Checkout51. I purchased them at the grocery store, came home and took a photo of the receipt using the Checkout51 app and selected that I purchased bananas. I got 25 cent deposited into my account – I know, not a lot but it adds up over time.

What grocery store apps do you use?

16% Off at 16 Handles Today!

It’s 16 Handles 6th birthday today, so grab some extra toppings on your fro-yo – because you can get 16% off. The deal is valid at participating locations until 6pm, and only valid on frozen yogurt. I would advise that you should print this email to make sure you get the discount..  Find a location near you here!

Fabulous Freebie! Get Free Gelato Every Tuesday!

Now through October 15, visit the Talenti gelato pop up shop in Bryant Park on 40th between 5th and 6th every Tuesday between 3 – 4pm for free gelato samples (while supplies last). Flavors include Tahitian Vanilla, Belgian Milk Chocolate, and Sicilian Pistachio. Otherwise, you can purchase a treat daily from 11:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. (or 9 p.m. on Mondays during the summer movie series).

Fabulous Freebie! Free Samples at Grand Central!

Every Monday in July, enjoy complimentary samples at Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall from 11am – 2pm and 4-7pm. The participating restaurants will be as follows:

Try This Trick! Fiverr!

Have you  heard of Fiverr? The site allows people to sell services – anything from designing a logo if you are thinking of starting your own blog, to getting a custom iPhone case designed, to getting a customized birthday message from a Marilyn Monroe lookalike to send to a friend. Best of all, these services start at just $5.  There is even an iPhone and Android app if you wish to browse the thousands of services offered on your phone.

If you also have any special talents, I recommend you check out Fiverr’s sellers community if you want to make some extra cash on the side. Every little bit helps!

Have you tried Fiverr before? What are your thoughts?


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