In The Catcher in the Rye, how did Holden spend all his money when he was in New York City?He had 180 dollars and spent it all. Then he needed to get more from phoebe, but what did he spend all...

In The Catcher in the Rye, how did Holden spend all his money when he was in New York City?

He had 180 dollars and spent it all. Then he needed to get more from phoebe, but what did he spend all that on?

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Holden discusses the amount of money in his pocket quite often in The Catcher in the Rye and he is clearly concerned with this as a practical matter. Despite this practical interest, Holden spends his money almost compulsively and very quickly. 

Some of his money is spent on food. He eats regularly during his time in New York City and buys a meal for the nuns he sat next to at the train station. 

He also buys drinks, spending time at Ernie's bar and at the bar where he meets Carl Luce for drinks. At the second bar, Holden stays for hours, becoming highly intoxicated. 

The hotel room costs Holden money as does his short-lived episode with the prostitute and the elevator operator, Maurice. 

Additionally, Holden spends money on cabs to get from place to place, taking taxis again and again. 

Theatre tickets for his date with Sally and ice skate rentals also figure into Holden's spending. 

Though renting a locker at the train station did not cost him much, Holden had to pay for that too. 

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