Amount saved per year: $5,564 on average
Brown based this one on “an average week in NYC for someone with an active social life but who drives a desk for a living; drinks with friends one night after work during the week, going out on Friday night, and a nice dinner on Saturday." Let’s break it down per night:
“Night one: weeknight drinks after work at an upscale bar. Craft beers are $8 each with tip. You call it a night after your third because it's a Wednesday and you're getting close to 30. Total damage: $24.
"Night two: Friday night, it's go time. Two nice beers at the first bar ($8 each with tip) before you move to a dive and switch to Bud Light. Six Bud Lights later ($6 each with tip), and you’re ready for a slice of pizza from Joe's ($3). Nightly total: $55.
"Night three: Saturday night, dinner at a decent restaurant, nothing super fancy. You get a glass of wine while you're waiting for your table ($10), then split a bottle over dinner ($18 each). Your total: $28.
"Combined, that's $107 on alcohol in one week. Obviously some weeks may be more and some less, but this seems like a reasonable average. That's $5,564. On booze. In one. Year. Excuse me while I go re-evaluate some life choices.”
Airbnb your apartment
Amount earned per year: $2,000 on average if you rent your place for two weeks out of the year
“Despite their persistent PR campaigns, this remains kinda-sorta-no-but-really-technically illegal. That said, there’s good money to be made renting out your place when you’re not here, and your super probably won’t get wise if your ‘friends from out of town’ come visit occasionally,” says Brown. “A week-long rental could easily put $1,000 in your pocket, and there are even servers like Happy Host that, for a small cut, will handle all the logistics for you.”