About Us

Many people have seen the Netflix hit series, House of Cards, where members of Congress with seemly-unlimited funds live a lifestyle of which most of us could only dream. Avid fans from around the world watch the show with envy, wishing they too could rub shoulders with the president and dine at expensive fundraisers. For most people though, life in DC is not filled with limo rides down Pennsylvania Avenue and cocktails in Georgetown.

Let's face it; DC is expensive and the lives portrayed in the movies and on TV are often unrealistic. How can a student, intern or tourist on a budget get by in our nation's capital? What are some cheap or free things to do in DC? Where are all the deals?

CheapInTheCity.com is a site dedicated to answering those exact questions.


Contributors to this site are Washington, DC students, recent graduates, struggling artists and others who live in the city and know how to do so cheaply. Even those who are not members of Congress can learn to survive (and still have fun!) in our nation's capital, by taking the advice of these frugal city dwellers.


Our site went live in New York City in 2008 and expanded to Washington, DC in 2014.


We try to add a new article/list at least once a month and are constantly updating our content.