Minimalism with a Teenager (Birthdays) UPDATED

Our oldest niece turned 15 in May and so the birthday planning began. Years ago, we started a tradition that we do things with her rather than buy presents. This year she is going to NYC. Yes, one of the most expensive cities in the world for a day trip during my year of no shopping!

Challenge accepted!

Our itinerary is as follows:

  • 11:30 to 12:30 Yoga class on Times Square with thousands of fellow yogis.

Then an afternoon and evening full of #SELFIES on #NationalSelfieDay
at random NYC landmarks with lunch and dinner. Could I have planned an amazing #birthdayfunday that does not break the bank? Check back this weekend when I give you the verdict. In the meantime, make Friday a #funfriday and do #NationalSelfieDay!


Total spend $253.48

  • 2 round trip bus tickets $98
  • 4 trips on the subway $11
  • Lunch for 2 $41.84
  • Water and juice $22.64
  • Shopping for niece $76.84
  • Taking #selfies on Times Square while doing yoga, along the Brooklyn Bridge, and seeing the Statue of Liberty $priceless

What is also priceless, spending time, making memories, and sharing my love of yoga.

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