One major perk about living where we do is that we are SUPER close to the Lincoln Tunnel and midtown Manhattan. Most of our good friends live in New York City, so we go there a good amount. We always drive into the city because Mark's not a big fan of public transportation. Driving in is nice though so we don't have to worry about train schedules and other hassles. In good traffic, it only takes us about 15 to 20 minutes to drive to midtown Manhattan.
The major downside to driving is that parking fees in NYC are ridiculous, especially for this Texan girl. We had gotten used to paying $35-$40 for parking each time we went into the city, and that's on top of toll costs and whatever we actually planned on doing that day.
On July 4th, we went to a BBQ and my in-laws' neighbor told me about a website where you can get discounts on NYC parking. Even though we've gone into the city several times since then, I totally forgot to check out this website. It randomly dawned on me on Thursday, so I checked to see if we could get discounted parking around Radio City since we were going to see Cirque du Soleil there. The website was super easy to use--you just enter the date of your visit and approximate time you plan on arriving and leaving. Then you can move the map around to the area you plan on parking and it shows you all the parking lots in the area and rates. You just print out a coupon, and show it to the cashier when you pay for parking. You don't have to sign up for anything on the website or give them any personal information. We saved about $10-$15 in parking fees! We paid $25 for about 8 hours of parking, whereas the normal price probably would have been about $40. I'm definitely going to use this website EVERY time we go into the city from now on!