10 HACKS TO MAKE LIFE CHEAPER

Montreal is known world-wide for the city’s unique vibe and the outrageous nightlife, but between La Champagnerie, spending endless money on concert/show tickets to Beachclub and New City Gas, and blowing all of your money on the world-class Montreal food, it gets expensive quick. This list contains some of the best places and tips to make your MTL life a little cheaper:

 

Student Discount

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It’s everywhere... you just have to ask!

 

Thrift/Online Shopping

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Changing your shopping style may just be key! Check out the many thrift stores around Montreal (Eva B), and try out shopping online and checking the sales sections. If you’re okay with waiting for about a month for your stuff to come in head to Allie Express, and if you’re just into some cheap duds check out the sales sections at both Urban Outfitters and Miss Guided  (you’re welcome).

 

Eating for cheap does exist around Montreal.

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In fact, we wrote a whole article on it! Check out our cheap eats article

 

Capitalize on your Government Benefits

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Check to see if you’re eligible for any government benefits- for example, you can rent benefits from simply living away from home as a student if you’ve paid your rent on time. Find out more here.

 

Find the Discounts

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Make sure to check out the discount apps and grocery stores to always capitalize on the saving potentials.

 

Pay with Cash

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It’s scientifically proven to be a factor in money saving because physical cash is perceived as more scarce to consumers than paying with plastic.

 

Use Plastic Bottles

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Get your own plastic bottles ready; this is an easy way to save buying drinks while on-the-go, and a practical way to ensure you stay hydrated (and green!).

 

Starbucks Hacks

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Never forget these Starbucks hacks exist.

 

But also …

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Take this into consideration.

 

Take Matters into Your Own Hands

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Break something? Try fixing it yourself with the help of FixItClub.com; a website that will show you how to fix anything step-by-step.

 

Save on Dryer Sheets

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Never buy dryer sheets again!

10 of Montreal’s Cheapest Eats

Living cheap in Montreal is surprisingly not impossible.

When your bank account has reached the “span $40 for the next week” state, it’s important to know where the cheap food options are in the city. This is why we created a reference list of some of Montreal’s yummiest/cheapest eats, averaging at around $5:

 

Le Warehouse1446 Rue Crescent, Montréal

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Delicious and cheap, what more do we need? With a fixed $5 menu, Warehouse is the place to go for premiere cheap eats, and features many delicious drink options, making it a Montreal after-class favorite!

 

Montreal Pool Room 1217 Boul St-Laurent

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Famous hot dogs, and many other delicious fast-food staples

 

Nilufar1923 Rue Sainte-Catherine

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Many vegetarian bites and $3 pitas; Nilufar’s Middle Eastern food is sure to blow you away while keeping your wallet nice and thick.

Cinko  1641 Rue Saint-Denis

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With a name like Cinko, you know you’ve found that prime $5 menu.

 

Blanche Neige 5735  Cote-Des-Neiges

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Cheap + 24h = just plain awesome.

 

Vua Sandwiches1579 St. Denis & 227 Bernard

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VUA

Sushi, sandwiches, and bubble tea – this simple Asian eatery has many low budget options with higher budget tastes!

 

Bagel St Henri -4354 Rue Saint Antoine O

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All sorts of bagels, Benedict, sammies, and more, for under $5!

 

L’entrepot Mount Royal 1019 Mont-Royal

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You must purchase a drink but the menu comes at $4.99 (heart eye emoji).

 

Super Sandwich 1115 Rue Sherbrooke O

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All sorts of deli, all sorts of cheap.

 

La Chilenita 130 Rue Roy E

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Calling all Mexican food lovers! La Chilenita offers a deal of $2.75/Empanada with price breaks on group orders. Bring a few friends, and fill up for hella cheap at La Chilenita!