Five more things that are probably cheaper in the city than where you are living

In an earlier post, I noted a few items that are probably cheaper in a city than in your hometown. Looking around a little more, I realized that I only scratched the surface. Here, then, are Five More Things That Are (Probably) Cheaper in the City Than Where You Are Living

1. Clothing: Even apart from thrift stores, discount stores, clothing banks, and so forth, clothes are still much cheaper in the city. As with anything else, it comes down to competition. There aren't a lot of small towns that can support more than one or two quirky boutiques, but a good-sized city can support dozens, if not hundreds. In this environment, clothes prices tend to be lower. Granted, this won't make your life any easier if you have your heart set on a Gucci overcoat or Prada banana hammock, but if you're a little flexible and not a total brand whore, a little time and energy should help you find what you're looking for at far below what Nordstrom's, Hecht's, or Lord and Taylor are laughingly asking.

On a side note, thrift stores in the city tend to have a much better selection than in the country. The best thrift
shopping I've ever seen was in Menlo Park, California, which is part of the suburban sprawl surrounding San Francisco. In addition to the cool midrange shirts I found at amazing prices, I came across a Versace suit in a Salvation Army thrift store and my wife discovered a pair of Manolos in another joint. Unfortunately, the prices were steep, but I found an awesome silk and worsted wool suit that I bought for $20.