SEATTLE — It's no secret that Seattle is a pricey place--according to Inc. Magazine, it is the sixth most expensive city in the nation. While most would think you'd be lucky to get a parking pass in the city for under twenty dollars, popular YouTube vlogger and Pacific Northwest native Monica Church decided to take on the challenge of spending a fun day in Seattle on under that amount.
"I thought, what if I could take what's usually just parking money and do a whole day of feeding yourself, transporting, and entertaining yourself?" Church said. "And I made it happen."
Church's first stop is Pike Place Market, where she finds a breakfast bargain in a ham and cheese croissant at Three Girls Bakery. Capitol Hill bound, she heads to the Westlake light rail station. Despite being 23, Church manages to save a few bucks on the fare by passing as a youth and bringing her remaining total to $13.50.
"Rules are meant to be broken a little bit. Here and there," she laughs.
More freebies await in Capitol Hill for Monica as she manages to score a free soda by touring a trendy apartment complex. After a cheeseburger lunch at local favorite Dick's Drive-In, Church still has $11.25 left over.
Church takes the light rail back to the University of Washington campus, where she finds a ride-share bike--the first few rides are free--and heads for Gas Works Park.
"I asked for the Cheapo Margarita, and she said it might not be working and what would you like if it isn't, and I said a beer, and then she saw it was working and gave me a margarita too--for free!" Church exclaims, tucking into her $1.10 each tacos.
Monica ends her vlog--and her day--with $4.05 to spare, proving that it is entirely possible to have a good time in the city without breaking the bank.
Follow Church on her YouTube channel.