Cheap Way to Live


As newcomers, you may have a tight budget to survive until you find a job to make living. Some newcomers (such as students) don’t have enough money to buy basic stuffs they want to start  life here. If this is the case, how do you start your new life in a simple way or how can you save money you brought from your country until you find a living.

Spending less and buying cheap stuff for your basic needs (I don’t recommend this for food) during your initial stage will be the answer to this. You may need to buy some items (such as cooking utensils, bed or mattress, microwave, telephone, TV, winter cloths and other items) to start your new life. There are number of ways you can find cheap stuffs (or free stuffs) you need to start.  Here are some of the places you can try for cheap/free products;

1.  Dollarama

The company is Canada’s largest operator of “all-at-a-dollar” stores. Dollarama now has stores in every province of Canada, with Ontario having the most stores. All items are $1 (Not any more, but still cheap). Products you can buy are cleaning supplies, toys, gifts, healthcare products, kitchenware, school supplies, stationary, party supplies, and hardware.

Store locations in Saskatoon;

  • 106C-810 Circle Dr E, Saskatoon, SK, S7K3T8, Tel: 651-1280       
  • 513 Nelson Rd, Saskatoon, SK, S7S1P4, Tel: 651-1265       
  • 3011 Clarence Ave S, Saskatoon, SK, S7T0B4, Tel: 382-2936        

2.  Dollarstore

This is another place you can buy cheap stuff. Name says all about it. Click here to find store locations and other information about Dollarstore.

3.   XScargo

You can find the clearance, overstock, liquidation, refurbished products that mean the best buys for you. Check out their website for the products and prices.

4.   Salvation Army Thrift Shop

You can buy lots of items you want from this place. It is really cheap. Check out their website  for more details and store locations;

5. Value Village

This is another place you can buy used items at very affordable price. This store has everything including furniture, cloths, kitchen items, books and etc. Saskatoon has only one store. Check out this link for more information.

6.   Garage Sales

A sale of used household belongings typically held outdoors or in a garage at the home of the seller.  Garage sales are available normally during spring and summer months. It is fun to go garage sales. You can buy lots of good stuff.  You can find garage sales’ locations using classified advertisements on local papers (Eg. Star Phoenix) or kijiji website.

7.   Kijiji

Check out this website. This is good site for everything. You will find lots of stuff you need (free stuff or used items at affordable price). You can even post an add free on this site asking for items you need. I found lots of items free from this site for couple of immigrant families I helped with.

8.  My FreeCycle Network

This is another cool site  for entirely free stuff. Sign up for free stuff (selection Saskatoon Network). If you are a member (free membership), you can post an add asking for items you need free and respond to others who are offering free stuff.

9.  Superstore

This is for your groceries. This store  has everything you want. Compared to other grocery stores and supermarkets, this store is a cheap place. This has a section for ethnic food too. Check for NO Name Brands if you want to buy cheap items like bathroom tissues, washing liquids, macaroni, cheese, canned tomato sauce etc. Also, don’t forget to check out weekly flyers from different stores before you heading out for shopping. These flyers have really good deals sometime. Here are some examples:

Sobey Weekly Flyer, Safeway, Walmart Super Centre, Co-op Saskatoon.

10.  Saskatoon Food Bank

If you are in a desperate situation and cannot earn your ends meet, Saskatoon Food Bank is one of the places to seek help. Read more about its services. However, please don’t misuse this free service and remember to give back to the community whenever you can.

11.  Salvation Army

Check out Salvation Army at 339, Avenue C, Saskatoon during week days. It  has donations coming in almost daily. It redistributes them free of charge. Tel: 242-6833.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me.

Contact: Sumith

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