Bodega Life: 7 Basic Necessities You Can Buy for Under $5

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Let's face it. Sometimes you just, very simply, don't have anything more than $5 in your wallet.

We all know the struggle, and if you say you don't-- you're lying.

Sometimes, you catch that bodega glittering out the corner of your eye as you make your way into the subway. Sometimes, you haven't even started your day yet.

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So what exactly can you buy at a New York City bodega-- especially if you have less than $5 in your wallet? Read on to find out the 7 basic necessities that every bodega can provide you with, no matter where you find one.


1. Coffee

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If I were hire a market researcher to conduct a study, I bet they'd discover the item purchased most often at NYC bodegas is coffee. Sometimes it's 8 a.m. and you're on your way to kick ass during an eight-hour-day, and the bodega is conveniently located right beside the subway.

I haven't even gotten to the best part. Their delicious, cream-and-sugar swirled coffee is only $1.

Or sometimes, it's 11 a.m. and you're just starting your day, and that coffee is still only $1, which is sooo much less expensive than paying $4 for a coffee at Starbucks.

Waiting for the subway and sipping coffee can really make you feel confident enough to punch the day square in the face.


2. Bagels

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Mmmmmmm... so we live in NYC, and the best food here is obviously bagels. The only counter argument with whose premise I would evenly remotely agree is pizza, but, bagels are the best food. Everyone knows that.

And the bagels at your local bodega are freshly baked, and thick, and come in a variety of flavors-- like my personal favorite the "everything" bagel, or cinnamon raisin, or ... well, plain of course. Our body breaks down carbohydrates into energy, so bagels make a great breakfast or snack.

And they're usually only $2 or $3, which is baller!


3. Gatorade

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, because Gatorade drinkers never quit, and Gatorade drinkers especially love spending $1.50 on a Gatorade at a bodega and then hauling off to work to kick ass.

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Ever been hungover and then chugged a delicious, chilled, yellow Gatorade? There is something transcendent about this experience.

Something phenomenally refreshing, and replenishing about doing so-- which is probably a placebo effect considering Gatorade's stature as the drink fueling all athletes everywhere.

So just do it