When I used to live in Illinois, we would travel to NYC every summer. One summer we went and the GWB was 10 bucks to cross, and we were like um WTF. So we thought the Verrazano would be better...WRONG AGAIN! The sole reason we rarely take trips up to NYC anymore is because of the incredibly high tolls we have to pay, let alone gas.
You pretty much need to carpool and just split the tolls and stuff.
Really find it ridiculous that the toll for the Verra is $15. Not worth it at all. People go for the mall too which is crazy because you can go to the one in Brooklyn or just take the longer ride to Long Island and no tolls.