How to Live on a Tight Budget in Toronto
As a student in Toronto, it is very common to run out of money even at the start of the semester. As a matter of fact, words like ‘broke’ and ‘sorry but you don’t have enough money in your account’ are common in Toronto. It is not uncommon to find students selling their possessions just to make ends meet. Being broke is not the end of things. You can still survive on a tight budget in Toronto. Here is what you need to do.
Avoid overpriced food chains
Toronto is a culturally diverse city. This means you will find all types of eateries including the Pita Nutso and the New York Fries. Budget-friendly dining places are also available. If you did not have time to pack your sandwich in the morning, you can eat at cheap spots around campus. Top on the list is the RU Eats Hub Café, Salad King Kyoto House, Oakham Café, Hair of the Dog Imperial Pub and the Love at First Bite Nando’s The Senator.
Shopping in the thrift stores should not scare you. If you take the time to look around keenly you will find very nice clothes to buy. The Kind Exchange store will also offer you great options. The Kind Exchange is located a few minutes north of campus and offers lightly worn, recently cleaned clothes. You have a good chance of finding cheap, modern clothes that have no sweat stains or odors on them. You can also make some money selling your unwanted clothes to Kind Exchange.
Have a budget and stick to it
Not having a budget or failing to stick to a budget is the main reason most students struggle. Even as you search for apartments near York University, you need to keep your budget in mind. Don’t spend too much on apartments. You should train yourself to withdraw the same amount each week and resist the urge to use your debit card until the end of the week. These practices will help keep track of your weekly expenditure.
Take care of your own hair
Cutting your own hair is really not as hard as you might think. You will be amazed by how much money you will end up saving when you start cutting and maintaining your own hair. There are even so many YouTube videos you can use to perfect your technique.
Keep an eye on free gallery openings
To have fun you don’t need to spend money. Checking out free gallery openings in your area is one way of visiting cool places for free. Every once in a while you will find an open bar. There are so many social and cultural events in Toronto. Most of these events host free nights which are open to the public. The free events are enlightening and you might even get a free glass of top-shelf wine. Some great galleries around campus that offer free admission include Ryerson Image Center, Gallery Arcturus and Free Night at the Art Gallery of Ontario.