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Adapt your lifestyle to the city

You can reduce lifestyle expenses regardless of where you live. In fact, New York may enable savings in ways other cities cannot match. The city is more public-transit-oriented and walkable than most other metropolitan areas, which means the average New Yorker can take the subway to avoid the immense costs of car ownership, from insurance to lease or loan payments.

As high as rent can be in New York, more than one million apartments — half the city’s rental market and almost 30 percent of its homes — operate under a rent-stabilized system, according to the New York Times. Seeking out these types of units could help you control the biggest expense in your monthly budget — housing.

Kiss Your Credit Card Debt Goodbye

Millions of Americans are struggling to crawl out of debt in the face of record-high interest rates. A personal loan offers lower interest rates and fixed payments, making it a smart choice to consolidate high-interest credit card debt. It helps save money, simplifies payments, and accelerates debt payoff. Credible is a free online service that shows you the best lending options to pay off your credit card debt fast — and save a ton in interest.

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Invest in Opportunity Zones

New York State has 514 approved Opportunity Zones compared to just 427 in Florida. That means there’s more space for New Yorkers to deploy excess capital and either defer or exclude capital gains from state and federal taxes.

The exact nature of your tax savings depends on your investment holding period and personal income, so it’s best to consult an expert. But with the right strategy, you could significantly reduce the tax burden of living in a place such as New York while enhancing the community where you live — and in the process bring savings and sunshine right into your backyard.

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Vishesh Raisinghani Freelance Writer

Vishesh Raisinghani is a freelance contributor at MoneyWise. He has been writing about financial markets and economics since 2014 - having covered family offices, private equity, real estate, cryptocurrencies, and tech stocks over that period. His work has appeared in Seeking Alpha, Motley Fool Canada, Motley Fool UK, Mergers & Acquisitions, National Post, Financial Post, and Yahoo Canada.

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