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

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


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


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


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, 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.


4. Apples

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Who doesn't love a healthy snack every now and again? Apples grow in the earth, and they're good for you, and they're convenient to buy at a bodega on several occasions. These occasions are, in no particular order: breakfast, snacking, and lunch.

In my own personal experience, purchasing and then consuming a healthy, delicious fruit usually leaves me ping-ponging between several emotions, which include being satiated, and an overwhelming satisfaction at what a responsible adult I am for being healthy and saving money.

Whoever said Eve shouldn't have eaten that apple is totally wrong, because apples are only $2 and they're a great way to start your day.


5. Water


Our bodies are 60% water. To be healthy, we have to drink a lot of it. As a result, I am pretty sure water is an elemental human right.

When I'm asked to pay $4 for a bottle of water in Yankee Stadium, it gets me a little upset. When the bodega adjacent to my subway stop charges me, at the very most, $1 for a bottle of water, I am very pleased.

Especially when I get to get rid of some quarters and acquire this extremely portable thirst quencher. And even more especially when I can buy those lil' flavored quarter waters for just ONE quarter. Money!

Also, I love to slip bottles of water in my purse to enjoy intermittently to enjoy for the rest of the day. Have you ever been standing on a stuffy subway platform and gotten extremely thirsty? In this moment, having thought ahead to purchase a water bottle makes you feel like an all-star. A very responsible all-star.

6. Hot chocolate

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This is in the top two, best drinks in the world, right up there next to beer. Hot chocolate is so delicious, and such a nice morning treat.

Warning: it is addicting. If you buy a $2 hot chocolate at that bodega right before you get on the subway, you'll be able to pull it out of your bag and pour pleasure upon your taste buds the whole ride.

And afterwards, when you're outside in the cold, sprinting to get to your meeting or hurtling yourself down an avenue to meet friends, having a cup of hot chocolate to warm your hands is a stellar feeling.


7. Donuts

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Some of the best donuts in NYC can be found at its corner bodegas-- most of them are freshly-baked and coated in homemade chocolate or sugar or glaze, or stuffed with homemade jelly. Side note, typing this is making me really, really hungry.

They're fresh baked and they're not even that expensive: usually just $3/donut for a party of satisfaction in your mouth and belly.

And there are no better donuts in America than those sold street-side in NYC bodegas.

If you enjoyed this article, check out the 21 of the Greatest Essentials You’ll Ever Find at a NYC Bodega!

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