Once again, New Yorkers are getting a taste of San Francisco by proxy through the Times, this time in the Save or Splurge feature of the travel section.
Of course, by "Save" they mean spending around $250 in a day.
If you consider that thrifty, then for your own sake, don't bother with the "Splurge" half of the equation with the $1,000 budget.
How did they manage to spend $250 in a single day, eating only burritos and not even catching a cable car ride? Well, $28 for a silk-screened t-shirt can't help.
For your freeloader friends looking to be even cheaper while visiting, recommend the Green Tortoise hostel or CouchSurfing for accomodations; ThriftTown, Community Thrift and Out of the Closet for shopping; Dolores Park and Ocean Beach for people and dog watching, respectively; and check Broke Ass Stuart's Goddamn Website, funcheapSF and the Squid List for entertainment and nightlife deals.
Take it from a broke local -- you really shouldn't have to crack a c-note to have a fine day in San Francisco.
Photo by Flickr user MonsieurJC.