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Cheap Things to Do in New York City in October: How to Save $100 a Week

BY: Editors | Sep 28, 2017

If you're looking for cheap things to do in New York City this month and you don't want to spend a bundle, this itinerary is for you. Each week, we've provided three ideas for New York activities: an ambitious weekend idea, a simple weeknight outing, and a chore or errand you might need to get done this month. Together, the discounts from these deals will net you about $100 in savings each week. The best part is you'll be enjoying some of the best the city has to offer while you save, from a delicious prix fixe Indian meal to such beloved New York events as Knicks basketball and standup comedy. Check it out and stay busy all month long.

Save $98 on Week 1: October 2–8

Weekend Idea: New York Red Bulls Soccer Match on Saturday, Oct. 7

The Deal: $13 for an upper-end/corner seat ($32 value)
Amount Saved: $38 for two
The Story: Watch the Red Bulls battle to hang onto a playoff spot as they take on the Western Conference–leading Vancouver Whitecaps in their second-to-last game of the season.

Weeknight Idea: Three-Course Indian Dinner at Indigo Indian Bistro

The Deal: $25 for dinner for two, including appetizer, entrées, sides, dessert, and wine ($55 value)
Amount Saved: $30
The Story: This unbeatable deal breaks down to $12.50 per person for a three-course meal and a glass of wine. Enjoy appetizers like shrimp in coconut sauce, entrees like the popular lamb vindaloo, and desserts like homemade pistachio-almond ice cream.

Get It Done: Gel Manicure at Nail Spa 33

The Deal: $25 for a gel manicure ($55 value)
Amount Saved: $30

Save $98.44 on Week 2: October 9–15

Weekend Idea: Museum of the City of New York

The Deal: $15 for admission for two ($28 value)
Amount Saved: $13
The Story: See re-creations of rooms from John D. Rockefeller's house, photos by Stanley Kubrick, memorabilia from the golden age of Broadway, and more at this highly regarded museum dedicated to the city's four-century history.

Weeknight Idea: Knicks vs. Rockets Preseason Game on Monday, Oct. 9

The Deal: $47 for a 200- or 400-level Blue seat ($77.22 value)
Amount Saved: $60.44 for two
The Story: Get a sneak peek at the Knicks' young core (with new additions Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott) as they host an explosive Rockets squad led by James Harden and offseason acquisition Chris Paul.

Get It Done: Dog Grooming at Doggie Day Spa

The Deal: $30 for a bath, brush, and nail clipping for a dog up to 35 lbs. ($55 value)
Amount Saved: $25

Save $106 on Week 3: October 16–22

Weekend Idea: Comedy Show at LOL Times Square Comedy Club

The Deal: $10 for a general-admission weekend ticket ($30 value)
Amount Saved: $40 for two
The Story: This comedy club is relatively new on the scene, but it's already made a name for itself thanks to its tireless schedule—20 shows per week—as well as its mix of family-friendly and adult-themed acts.

Weeknight Idea: Korean BBQ at Bann Restaurant

The Deal: $20 for $40 worth of Korean food for two, valid Sunday–Thursday
Amount Saved: $20
The Story: Cook duck breast, filet mignon, and other meats right at your table thanks to a built-in smokeless grill, or order traditional entrées such as braised beef short rib.

Get It Done: Hair Care at Vada Spa

The Deal: $39 for a haircut, blow-dry, style, and conditioning ($85 value)
Amount Saved: $46

Save $105 on Week 4: October 23–29

Weekend Idea: Brooklyn Wine Fest on Saturday, Oct. 28

The Deal: $49 for a general-admission ticket ($75 value)
Amount Saved: $52 for two
The Story: Inside Brooklyn's Expo Center, guests can sample nearly 50 brands of wine from all over the world while grabbing gourmet bites at the snack tents and enjoying live music.

Weeknight Idea: Vegan Empanadas and Beer at VSPOT Organic

The Deal: $35 for a meal for two including six emapanadas and four beers ($58 value)
Amount Saved: $23
The Story: VSPOT boasts a sparkling 4.8/5 rating on our site thanks in part to its appealing vegan empanadas, such as the Philly, which comes stuffed with house-made seitan, vegan cheese, mushrooms, onions, and vegan mayo.

Get It Done: Car Detailing from LO Mobile Hand Wash & Detailing

The Deal: $25 for a bronze package exterior and interior detail with tire shine ($55 value)
Amount Saved: $30

Total Monthly Savings: $407.44