The challenges have included how to become a non-profit entity, how to deal with credit card companies withholding donations, choosing a bank that shares the movement’s philosophy and budgeting what to spend cash on…

Protesters holding the purse strings in New York were keen to stress how expensive the city is and how hard it will be for the movement to sustain itself over the winter.

“People don’t understand that this is New York, we pay New York prices,” said Pete Dutro, one of the core members of the Occupy Wall Street finance committee.

“These occupations ain’t cheap,” said Dutro, a tattoo artist who was studying finance at New York University before putting his studies on hold to join the protest…

“People see like $500,000 and they say ‘Wow that’s a lot of money’ but the reality is it’s not that much money. You have a huge community — we’re bigger than most of the occupations — and we probably spent a lot more money,” he said.