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Living well on a budget in ottawa

Despite not being as expensive as larger cities in Ontario, such as Toronto, living in Ottawa can still be quite costly. As such, living smart often means living on a budget - but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun! To help you out, here are some tips for living well on a budget in Ottawa.

Where to get an affordable computer in Ottawa

A computer is a gateway to learning new skills and having the tools to use them. We have provided a recommendation of places you can get a computer for a very affordable price

Get your fresh food at the Byward market near closing time

If you’re looking to get some fresh produce while supplies last, check out the Byward market 20 minutes before closing.  As vendors begin to close up their stalls for the day around 4-5pm, prices begin to drop dramatically. Take advantage of the sale and stock up on fruits and vegetables! For fresh produce all year round, Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Lansdowne Park is the place to be.


Make some friends at the farm

The Canada Agriculture & Food Museum has open up it’s doors again to allow the public to visit their cute animals. Petting isn’t not allowed at this time. Entry costs under $13. 


Enjoy the Fall Weather with Ottawa's Pathways

Try the flat relaxing forest rides in Ottawa such as the Osgoode Pathway or the Ottawa River Bike Path. Need to rent a bicycle? Try RentABike.

Check out the Canadian Tire Centre's Halloween

This Halloween the Canadian Tire Centre is planning a free Halloween festival, from 2 pm to 7 pm. Don’t miss out on the social distancing safe touchless trick or treating. 

Experience the amazing food truck scene in Ottawa

Soak up the best of Ottawa’s summer weather by trying out the amazing food from Ottawa’s food trucks. Most dishes are between $5 to $9 and with a large variety of cuisine options, you’ll always find something new to try. Find your closest food truck now by using the street food app.

Visit the National Gallery of Canada

See some amazing exhibits in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Admission is $8 for youth and students and free for young children. See what exhibits are curerntly on here

Don't be afraid to buy used clothes or books

Ottawa has amazing used book stores and used clothing stores. Black Squirrel Books and Espresso Bar is a used bookstore, and even better, it has a cafe that sells mean vegetarian donuts from Doughboy Doughnuts. If you’re looking for clothes, Value Village often has great deals on lightly used clothing. For a list of more great opportunities to spruce up your wardrobe, check out this article on 10 of Ottawa’s best vintage and consignment clothing stores. Thrifting has always been a trend, and oftentimes, you’ll be surprised at what you can find. 

You should live large on your birthday, even if you're broke

It’s your birthday, so treat yourself! There are a ton of places that offer free food on your birthday, and many of them only require that you show your ID. Take advantage of the deals today by checking out this list of 16 Free Things You Can Get In Ottawa On Your Birthday