Welcome to the series of Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.
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Today’s contributor is financial expert and author Sharon Marchisello, who shares her down to earth and valuable insights into managing our assets. Sharon has two blogs and I will be focusing on her Countdown to Financial Freedom during this series. This includes, in her first post, when travelling.
Navigating New York by Sharon Marchisello
New York City has always intimidated me. Exciting, yes, especially during the holidays. But it’s one of those places that stomps all over you while you stop to marvel at the skyscrapers.
My memories from previous trips to New York include getting ripped off by cab drivers who refused to take us the most direct route to our destination. They salivate when they spot a tourist. And everything is so much more expensive in New York!
So I wasn’t thrilled when my husband suggested spending Thanksgiving weekend in New York City. A friend’s daughter was marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and he wanted to go there to show hometown support.
Also, my sister-in-law owns an apartment in the City. She said we could stay there… except… She’d been renovating the bathroom for six months, and it still wasn’t done. Not only was there no shower curtain (or anything to hang it from) but the toilet had not yet been installed.
Not confident that the bathroom would be finished in time for our visit, we decided to book a hotel. My husband shopped around, pronounced the Manhattan hotel rates exorbitant, and booked a Hampton Inn across the river in New Jersey. Nice property, but it was across the river in New Jersey. Even with the bargain rate, we’d be spending almost $400 on accommodations, not to mention transportation to and from the City each day. We were excited that the hotel had a shuttle to the Newark airport. But it was only TO the Newark airport. When we arrived, we’d be on our own to get to the hotel. Ka-ching!
Fortunately, my sister-in-law’s toilet was installed at the eleventh hour, so we were able to cancel our hotel reservations and stay at the apartment. Free accommodations in a central location. Much better. Next problem was figuring out how to get there.
Working for the airlines, we fly space available. We knew there was a train from the JFK airport into Manhattan, but the flights looked better to LaGuardia. No one could tell us anything about public transportation into the City from LaGuardia—other than cabs.
When we arrived LaGuardia, we found a Visitor Information desk. After the attendant got off the phone, she turned out to be quite helpful. She told us we could buy a Metro card from a machine at the airport and then get on the E train; there was a stop only about three blocks from the apartment. A public bus, the Q70, links the LaGuardia airport with the Metro station (Jackson Heights / Roosevelt Avenue).
It costs $1.00 to purchase a Metro card, and then you have to fill it. Ours is good for a little over a year, and we can keep refilling it in ten-dollar increments until it expires. The woman at the Visitor Center suggested starting with the minimum amount since rides are only $2.75 each. The bus link is also $2.75, but supposedly you can get transfers to and from the subway. The bus link was free during Thanksgiving week, so we didn’t have to figure out how to do a transfer. We got into town for $5.50 and walked to my sister-in-law’s apartment from the subway station. I was feeling much better about our trip’s affordability!
New York is a great city for exploring on foot, but it’s huge, so the Metro card came in handy when we had to travel a long distance in a relatively short time. When we went out with my husband’s two sisters, we took cabs. Depending on the distance, a cab was almost as cheap as for the four of us to ride the Metro. The secret was to catch the cab going in the correct direction and get out a block or two shy of the destination if it meant avoiding extra traffic lights and U-turns. It helps to know the City which, fortunately, my sister-in-law does.
We found New Yorkers very helpful—from subway workers, to shopkeepers, to policemen. I left feeling much more comfortable with the city, and willing to go back. After all, I still have a Metro card.
©Sharon Marchisello 2018
About Sharon Marchisello
Sharon Marchisello is the author of “The Ghost on Timber Way,” part of a short story anthology entitled Mystery, Atlanta Style, featuring fellow Sisters in Crime members. She has published a personal finance e-book entitled Live Cheaply, Be Happy, Grow Wealthy, as well as numerous travel articles, book reviews, and corporate training manuals.
Sharon grew up in Tyler, Texas, and earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston in French and English. She studied for a year in Tours, France, on a Rotary scholarship and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her Masters in Professional Writing at the University of Southern California. Now she lives in Peachtree City, Georgia, with her husband and cat.
Retired from a 27-year career with Delta Air Lines, she does volunteer work for the Fayette Humane Society. Going Home is her first published novel. The murder mystery was inspired by her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s, which prompted her to wonder what it would be like to interview a witness or a suspect who could not rely on her memory.
Books by Sharon Marchisello
One of the recent reviews for Live Well, Grow Wealth
Sometimes it can be hard for me to read books due too much going on with content, but Marchisello’s book was a really easy read for me. I can’t do complicated when it comes to books. She was really relate-able, because I didn’t grow up as a math centric person, and I also came from what would be considered a middle-class family. As a 27-year-old, her advice made me think about my life, and what I could be doing differently (therefore better!) with my money. She also changed the way I think about money. I don’t think a lot of people grow up to consider things like a big picture, or what’s going in and out. It kind of gave made better sense of what’s going on around me. A good perspective shift.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Marchisello/e/B00NH6N4WK/
and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sharon-Marchisello/e/B00NH6N4WK/
Read other reviews and follow Sharon on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4297807.Sharon_Marchisello
About the book
Live Cheaply, Be Happy, Grow Wealthy is Personal Finance 101, a commonsense guide to shrinking your financial footprint. Sharon Marchisello compares managing your financial life to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, and in ten easy-to-follow steps, she shows ordinary people how to build wealth by living within their means without compromising their values.
The book is available from Smashwords: Live Cheaply, Be Happy, Grow Wealthy
Connect to Sharon.
Blogspot : https://sharonmarchisello.blogspot.com/
Blog WordPress: https://smarchisello.wordpress.com/
My thanks to Sharon for opening up her files to enable me to share her posts… we can always use free and unbiased financial advice… Sally.