Abbi and Ilana may be the most realistic budget-conscious characters on TV. We look at their deal-seeking ways, from free food to coupons to even more free food.
Forget the rent-controlled apartment of Friends, the inexplicable luxury lifestyle of Sex & the City, and even the off-the-mark poverty of 2 Broke Girls. (You could afford a one-bedroom in Williamsburg without a roommate? Nope.) When it comes to accurate depictions of being young and budget-conscious in New York, nothing beats Broad City.
Here at DealNews, we love watching Abbi and Ilana, in part because they embody so much of the dealhunter spirit. (And in part because Ilana works at a fictional deal-based company in DUMBO, Brooklyn called Deals! Deals! Deals!) With season two recently ended, we've been thinking of ways to keep the Broad City spirit alive until the next one. So we put together a few money-saving tips as illustrated by our favorite under-employed comedy duo.
7 Money-Saving Tips From 'Broad City'
Optimize Your Earning Time
Like when Ilana skips out on work to temp... and skips out on that to walk dogs.
Get a Roommate
Rent is expensive. Just hope you get a Jaime, and not a Bevers. (Yes, we know Bevers isn't actually Abbi's roommate.)
Don't Buy Snacks at the Movies
An 800% markup on popcorn, seriously?! Note: DealNews does not condone violating movie theater policy. *Wink*
Get Free Food
Whether it's garbage bagels (pictured), appetizers at a fancy party (that come with a healthy dose of liberal guilt), or a seafood feast to which you are deathly allergic, take what you can get.
Did you get sauce on your best white suit? Just throw a pin over it. And when you're done with it, take your stuff to the thrift shop.
Keep Accurate Tax Records
Or else the accountant will not welcome you warmly, and you will not get a good refund.
Also, Ilana is one of the few people that understands that the Beanie Babies market is cyclical in nature, making them a great investment.
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