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I'm a young professional living in Astoria (formerly of Williamsburg, the UES and Murray Hill - I move a lot!). I'm always looking for something fun to do or the best place to grab a drink and dinner at an affordable price around the city. Have a suggestion? Email me at Laura AT 89thandbroke DOT com.

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Food Truck Alert! Free Chocolate Vanilla Walnut Grahamwich

California Walnuts is teaming up with Chef Devin Alexander (New York Times bestselling author and chef from “The Biggest Loser”) to inspire home cooks to start image005experimenting with walnuts in the kitchen this summer and will bringing their food truck to NYC.

Stop by the truck to have a chance to participate in a walnut cracking contest and try to shell the most walnuts in 30 seconds, and Chef Devin will be handing out samples of her summer dessert, the Chocolate Vanilla Walnut Grahamwich – made with low-fat Greek frozen vanilla yogurt, walnuts and chocolate graham crackers.

The truck will be at the following locations:

–          Union Square Green Market on Saturday, August 1 from 11:00am – 6:00pm

–          HBO Bryant Park on Monday, August 3 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Plan Ahead: $1 Mac and Cheese at S’MAC Tomorrow

S’MAC is having a great promotion for its 9th birthday. On Tuesday, July 21st come and enjoy an All American Nosh (regular, gluten-free or vegan) for $1.  This promotion is smacavailable all day at the Murray Hill (33rd between Lex and 3rd) and East Village  (12th between 1st and 2nd) locations until supplies run out.

Note limit one person, takeout or dine-in only (not delivery).

Free Iced Coffee with Purchase at Financier Patisserie

If you find yourself near one of Financier Patisserie’s eight locations on a Sunday in the summer, consider stopping in. Buy one of the featured items on Sunday (see list below) and you’ll get a free medium cold brew coffee. Thanks to Ludmila for the tip!

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Free Burgers Today!

To celebrate the new season of A&E’s Wahlburgers, you can snag a free burger today, July 15. The “Wahlburgers on Wheels” truck will offer free burgers with signature sauce, dill pickles, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onions.

Supplies are limited, so get there early. Here’s where the truck will be today!

  • 11 am – 12:30 p.m.: 49th St. and 6th Ave.
  • 1 – 2 p.m.: 1697 Broadway, btwn. 53rd and 54th streets
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: 120 W. 45th St., btwn. 6th and 7th avenues
  • 4 – 6 p.m.: Grand St. btwn. Varick and 6th Avenue

My New Obsession? ThredUp – Plus ThredUp Promo Code

By now you know when I like something (e.g. Munchery), I cannot stop talking about it. Which is why I wanted to share my ThredUp review with you and of course, a ThredUp promo code.

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My clothes came packaged very neatly!

I found ThredUp through my friend Yael. Truth be told – I had a bunch of clothes from my skinnier days laying around the apartment, and a lot of clothes with tags on them that I had immediately regretted as soon as I got home but was too lazy to return – or realized I wanted to return them six months later. Previously, I used to sell my clothes on eBay, but it was a lot of work and I hated having to deal with the shipping aspect of it. With ThredUp, I could easily sell my clothes that were lying around the house and do minimal work.

To sell my clothes, all I had to was order a cleanout bag from ThredUp for free.  Normally to request a cleanout bag, it is $4.95 but right now, the bag fee is waived. In just a matter of days, a bag arrived at my house. I filled the bag with clothes and then dropped it off at the post office as shipping was automatically paid for. In a few weeks, I will get an email with how much money my clothes are worth, and I can decide if I want to be reimbursed with ThredUp credit or cash via PayPal. In order to make money, note that the clothes need to be on trend, should be in good condition (no stains, holes) and be a top brand (Loft, Gap all count). Currently, ThredUp does not accept men’s clothes.  If you are thinking of selling your clothes, here’s an earnings estimator of what you can make.  It’s not like you are making $20 an item, but it’s enough to inspire you to clean out your closet. Here are details on the payouts.

I shipped my items on the 30th of June, and was alerted that my items arrived to ThredUp. I was informed I’d be told how much I’m getting paid on the 23rd, and it takes two weeks to get the money processed. So this isn’t a quick way to make money, but hey, it’s better than having to do eBay sales. Plus, you can feel good that anything they don’t accept goes to charity.

Now what about the shopping part? Well I experienced that too. I bought a few dresses recently on ThredUp – I bought them on a Sunday night and they arrived by Thursday. I ordered dresses from brands like Gap, Banana Republic and Loft. What I liked about ThredUp is you can not only sort by brand, but also the type of clothing, size, etc. and do it either online or on their mobile app. Furthermore, you know the clothing has been inspected by an outside party, which I love because there are comments on the condition – so if needs to be washed or any fraying. If you spend more than $70, shipping is free.

My clothing was all packaged neatly in a box and it was fun trying some items on. I also found a sick deal on RetailMeNot to get 40% off my first purchase with the code 40NP, so I loved that I was able to get an $80 dress from the Loft – WITH TAGS – for $14. I also bought a Gap dress that was gently warn for $8. Unfortunately like any time you online shop, some items didn’t fit – were too big, too small or too short – but return shipping is free as long as you take store credit.  If you don’t, you’ll lose $8.99 in shipping. To return is pretty easy – just print a shipping label online.

If you believe that another gal’s closet is another gal’s treasure, ThredUp is for you. I am constantly scouring the site looking for my favorite brands- and beyond clothes, they have shoes and purses too. Heck, they even have maternity and kids clothes which I totally will be hitting up in a few years! If you want to add some new things to your wardrobe, I definitely recommend checking it out.

In the meantime, I do have a ThredUp promo code to share with you. If you use my ThredUp referral link, you’ll get $10 for joining up – plus I’ll get $10 too. Complete full disclosure. In the meantime, you’ll find me rocking my two new dresses, being super stoked that I got a Gap and a Loft dress for $22.

PS – If you shop ThredUp using eBates, you’ll even get 2.5% cashback!


Free Outdoor Movie Guide

We love our friends at The Skint. And we love them even more that they’ve created this amazing free outdoor movie guide. If you’ve been wanting to check out a movie outdoors, make sure to review the guide here.


Free Treats from the Good Humor Truck

Are you following Good Humor on Twitter? Here’s why you should – they are tweeting all week the location of where they are giving out free frozen treats! Here’s the schedule!


Brooklyn Bar Sells Drinks to Women for 77% of the Price, Tonight Only

According to the Labor Department, a woman makes 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. As a result, tonight, July 7, The Way Station is selling its drinks to women at 77% of their price.  The way station is located in Prospect Heights at 683 Washington Ave. between St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place and opens at 4pm.



RSVP for Free Mini Facials This Saturday at Bottega Organica

One of my favorite newsletters is Well+Good. If you don’t subscribe, I highly recommend checking it out – it highlights everything from fitness classes to healthy recipes, and even highlights free events from time to time (e.g.this free Shadowbox class next Sunday!).

As I was reading through their newsletter this weekend, something caught my eye – free mini facials at Bottega Organica on Christopher and Hudson, between 1-4pm on Saturday. And that’s not all – there is organic chardonnay too!  Email info@bottegaorganica.com in order to book a time.

2 for $50 Menu at Morton’s July 1 – 8

I don’t believe I’ve ever been to Morton’s Grille on 19th and Park but this deal really makes me want to give it a try. Morton’s is offering a “2 for $50” menu only available from July 1-8. This special includes two starters, two entrees, and a bottle of wine – all for only $50 – and according to their PR team, is available here in New York. Selections include:

Appetizers (choice of)

  • Tuna Poke
  • Tot’chos
  • Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
  • Morton’s Salad
  • Chopped House Salad

Entrées (choice of)

  • Center- Cut Filet Mignon 6 oz.
  • Double- Cut Pork Chop 16 oz.
  • Bacon Fat Braised Ribs
  • Horseradish Crusted Salmon
  • “Cobalt” Chicken Sandwich
  • Double Stacked. “Ravenous Style,” Burger

Wine Selections

  • Lohr, “Riverstone”, Chardonnay, Paso Robles
  • Mirassou, Pinot Noir, California
  • Colores Del Sol, Malbec, Mendoza


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