Maxwell and Williams BOHO Bowls on Sale – Fun, colourful patterned bowls

Notice how I often find bargains to share with you guys when I’m shopping for something myself? hahaha Well, I’ve gone and done it again! Today I found an awesome deal on Maxwell & Williams fun BOHO bowls set, a set of cute bowls that truly is bohemian in nature. I love these mixed colours and patterns, and that there are so many different sizes of bowl to choose from. (I’m currently in the market for a medium sized bowl, since we seem to keep breaking those for some reason.)

See what I mean? LOVE these! And they’re on sale PLUS save the tax right now at Linen Chest. (Free Shipping over $99 and easy in-store returns if necessary.) Here are some more linkies to provide you with more details on these gorgeous vessels:

Mini Size bowls – perfect for snacks, dips, etc
Boho bowls by maxwell & williams – bowl – floral 12.5 cm

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CERS and CEWS Extended to June 2021

Picture of Canadian money to denote businesses receiving help due to CERS and CEWS being extended to June 2021.

On March 3, 2021, the government announced that the CERS and CEWS would be extended to June 5, 2021. They said both programs will be maintained at current levels. This is good news for businesses who are still struggling. Here’s what that means below.

CERS and CEWS Extended June 2021 Details

The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) will be extended to June 5, 2021. It will still cover up to 65% of eligible employers’ rent. Also, the additional 25% lockdown subsidy top-up for hard hit businesses restricted by more severe public health guidelines will be extended to June 5, 2021.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will also be extended to June 5, 2021. It will still cover up to 75% of employees’ wages for eligible employers.

The government also announced an extension for Furloughed workers to June 5, 2021. Here’s a quote from the government’s website regarding this:

“the government intends to continue to align the wage subsidy rate structure with the benefits provided through the Employment Insurance program from March 14 to June 5, 2021. This means employers who qualify for the wage subsidy would be able to continue to claim up to a maximum benefit of $595 per week per employee to support remuneration of their furloughed workers.”

Conclusion

The Prime Minister said, “This isn’t the time to pull back on support for workers or business owners, it’s the time to see people through what is hopefully the final stretch of this crisis and it’s time to get the whole economy ready to come roaring back,”

Hopefully he is correct and we are in the final stretch of this pandemic. But as already seen so far, the coronavirus is unpredictable and highly resilient. So only time will tell if we are nearing the finish line. Until then, please stay safe.

TD Bank Customer Service – Phone numbers and email

TD Bank (also known as TD Canada Trust here in Canada) is a bank that has grown beyond its original Canadian borders. In fact, there are now over 1200 locations throughout the US! Canada is not far behind that number, at approximately 1100 branches located through this vast country. If you need to find customer service information for either TD Canada Trust or TD US branches, then we’ve got all the information you’re going to need. Usually the best way to contact your bank – without having to go in to the branch in person – is to call them.

If you need to perform simple banking such as depositing a cheque or withdrawing cash, then a TD ATM will allow you to do that. We found a listing of all such banking machines in Canada on the TD website. It’s easy to search and find either a branch or an ATM! If you’re visiting from the US, then the location finder for either branches or ATMs is located here.

TD Canada Trust Bank – Customer Service phone numbers

We found two different phone numbers for TD Canada Trust, including one specificially for anything pertaining to TD credit cards.

  • For customer service and general inquiries call 1-866-222-3456
  • For credit card inquiries and questions call 1-800-983-8472 – This can include answering your questions about current charges on your card, or checking the balance on your credit card,

TD Canada Trust – Email Information

We found it difficult to locate one general email to send your inquiries to. Instead, we’d recommend searching for your local branch’s website, and then finding the manager’s email or whomever else you were hoping to email. If you guys do happen to find a general contact email, please let us know! And we’ll keep hunting for that email, too.

TD Bank has a secure email program called, quite logically, TD Secure Email. For more information on that email system please visit the TD website.

TD Customer Service phone numbers – US and International

The 24/7 customer service number for the US is 1-888-751-9000. If you’re currently living abroad, but want to access American customer service for TD Bank, then call 1-856-751-9000.

TD Bank Customer Service numbers – Conclusion

We hope you discovered just the right information you need to get your banking questions answered! With phone number contacts for the US and Canada, you should be able to connect to a customer service agent who will be able to help.

Adult Colouring book on sale – only $3.19 – Was $8.99 (By the Sea/seaside coloring book)

I came across this excellent deal quite by accident! My Mom has recently discovered a love of colouring, and so while searching for a new adult colouring book for her, I found this deal. This awesome Color & Frame Seaside theme colouring book is on for only $3.19! Less than half price. If you love colouring too, this is a great price for a highly rated book. Now I hope Mom doesn’t read this post and discover too soon what’ll be in her next care package. Hahaha

As always, keep in mind that Amazon sale prices can change very quickly! This sale price was current at time of writing, but can change at any time.


Color & Frame – By the Sea (Adult Coloring Book)

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Diaper Deals this week – Amazon, Walmart, Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart and More – Baby stuff on sale

Woohoo! It is early Monday morning and that means it is just the right time for another one of our famous Diaper Deals posts! Have your rejuvenating cup of coffee at hand? Me too! So, let’s go find the best bargains to be had on diapers across Canada this week. Mainly, we find all the sale prices on Pampers and Huggies diapers, since they are still – by far – the most popular diaper brands across the country.

Diaper Deals and Sales at Amazon this Week

If you prefer to shop all cozy and safe at home, then these Amazon diaper deals this week should be very helpful to you. Please note that Amazon prices are current at time of writing, but can change at any time. Click through to see the most current prices, and to find the right size of diapers for your baby.

Diaper Genie Refills on Sale at Amazon this week

Also I saw a sale on a 3-pack of Diaper Genie refills. I’m pretty sure that many of you use a Diaper Genie to throw away dirty diapers, and keep your place smelling clean. At Amazon right now these are on for $19.97, and these are the Max Fresh Clean Laundry variety. This works out to $6.57 per roll of refill bags. Walmart has these on sale for $19.97 this week too, so this might be an instance of Amazon price matching a major retailer’s price.

Diaper Sales and Deals this Week at Walmart

Prefer shopping at Walmart? Then these deals will help you prepare to do your shopping there, including diapers. Remember that online shopping is super easy at Walmart too – you can place your order online and then simply pick your groceries up OR have them delivered.

Unusually, this week Walmart didn’t have prices for Huggies or Pampers diapers listed in their flyer. SO…I’ll show the diapers they do have on sale this week, along with Pampers baby wipes which they have on sale.

  • Rascal and Friends diapers or training pants (Potty training diapers) – Super jumbo box $29.97 each
  • Pampers baby wipes in the 9x or 10x mega packs (504-720 wipes in each container) Buy 2 for $30 ($15 each.) Or, $19.97 each. If you can, it’s a good time to stock up on baby wipes!

Diaper Deals at Superstore this Week (Real Canadian Superstore)

Shop at Superstore? Then there are deals for you too! Here are the best diaper deals at Superstore this week…

  • Huggies Pull UPS or Pampers Easy Ups training diapers (86-112 in each pack – about a one month supply) $29.97
  • Pampers, Pampers Pure, Huggies or Huggies Special Delivery (regular size packs) – $19.98 each
  • Pampers or Huggies baby wipes – in the extra large packs $15.00 each (This is a good deal! Rather than having to buy 2 to get that special price at Walmart, this is the same price and you’ll only have to buy 1 at a time.)

Shoppers Drug Mart Diaper deals

This week Shoppers has the super boxed Huggies diapers on for $22.99. I couldn’t find a Pampers diapers price there this week, so it must be on for regular price. But, you can always use some of your supply of PC Optimum points to bring that price down! (10 000 points equals $10 off.)

Diapers this Week – Conclusion

This week it looks like Amazon has some pretty good deals going on, and so did Superstore. It looks like a great week to stock up on Pampers or Huggies baby wipes, too. Do you have any money saving tips on how to get diapers for cheap? Please let us know your tips and hints.

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Urban Outfitters Customer Service information – Phone number and Online chat

Hey everyone, we’re back with some more helpful customer service information to a very popular retailer: Urban Outfitters. If you need to contact customer service due to an issue with an order, a return, or any other issue regarding something you’ve purchased at Urban Outfitters, then we have all the info you’ll need.

Urban Outfitters Online Chat

Prefer to type rather than talk on the phone? Then, this handy link to Urban Outfitters’ online chat will be just the right option for you! (All introverts rejoice! And I can say that, because I am absolutely an introvert.)

Urban Outfitters Customer Service Phone number

And if you’re the type who likes to talk on the phone, then call Urban outfitters for help with your order at 1-800-282-2200. This line is available and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So even if you’re up in the middle of the night, you’ll still be able to get through to a customer service agent and get some help.

Urban Outfitters Conclusion – Help with Customer Service

There, we have you covered you guys. You’ll be able to get help with your order, no matter whether you prefer to talk or type to receive that help. (Also some handy information on ordering online at Urban Outfitters – shipping is only $9.95 and returns cost $5.) Happy shopping everyone!

PC Optimum Bonus points and offers at Shoppers Drug Mart this week – Points haul!

Hey everyone! It’s time for another one of our mega posts which detail all the lovely deals and special PC Optimum points on offer this week at one of our very favourite retailers – Shoppers Drug Mart. Are you ready to load up on points? I thought you might be! Let’s go…

Remember – 10,000 points equals $10 of free stuff

This week’s flyer and deals are in effect from Saturday, February 20, 2021 to February 26, 2021.

Seniors BONUS DAY – February 25, 2021 (Next Seniors Day at Shoppers)

Yay, it’s a seniors Bonus Day coming up! On Thursday, February 25, 2021 you can save 20% on almost all regularly priced merchandise AND Get 10,000 Optimum points when you spend $50 or more on almost anything in store. Yes! That’s a $10 value for free. Remember that you must have either your PC Optimum card or your PC Optimum app available to scan at the checkout in order to get your bonus points.

PC Points on App Store and itunes gift cards

A cool special bonus points offer this week on some very popular gift cards. For every $25 spent on App Store and iTunes gift cards you’ll receive 2,500 points.

PC Optimum points on Baby Stuff – formula and diapers

  • Good Start powder (1020 gram size) OR concentrate (18 bottles) OR ready to feed formula (16 bottles) – $42.99 each and get 2500 points back

PC Optimum Points on Beauty and Luxury Beauty this week

  • Aveeno body lotion (532 ml size), Neutrogena rapid tone repair facial moisturizers or Duo wipes – Buy 2 get 4000 points
  • Avene Tolerance Extreme skin care set – Get 5000 points
  • Burberry Brit fragrances for him or her (50 ml to 100 ml size bottles) – Get 15,000 points
  • Dr. Roebuck’s skin care products – Buy 2 get 10,000 points
  • Proraso beard, shaving or grooming products for men – Get 10x the PC Optimum points
  • E.l.f (Elf) cosmetics or skin care products – Spend $25 get 5000 points
  • Essie nail polish/nail enamel or nail treatment – selected types – Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • John Frieda hair care products – Buy 2 get 4000 points
  • Lacoste Match point, Match point L’Homme fragrances – Get 15,000 bonus point on purchase
  • La Roche Posay Anthelios skin care products – Buy 2 get 10,000 points
  • La Roche Posay Lipikar skin care treatments – Get 5x the points on the purchase
  • Life brand disposable razors – Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • Life brand razor system OR replacement cartridges – Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • Loreal Age Perfect cosmetic products – NEW Product alert: Blurring face primer – Buy 2 get 4000 points
  • Loreal Hair Expertise treatment OR Men Expert hair styling products – Buy 2 get 3000 points
  • No. 7 foundation or primers – Buy 2 get 5000 points
  • Nude by Nature cosmetics/makeup products – Get 3000 points on each purchase
  • Pacifica Beauty cosmetic products – Buy 2 get 5000 points
  • Pixi skin care products – New product available: Rose tonic – Buy 2 get 4000 points
  • Quo Beauty bath foam (1 liter bottle) OR bath fizzers (pack of 6) – Buy 2 get 3000 points
  • Quo Beauty glycerin soap – Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • Quo Beauty cotton pads OR cosmetic makeup wedges – Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • Quo Beauty mascara OR eyeliner OR eyeshadow palettes – Buy 2 get 5000 points
  • Quo Beauty makeup products (such as their foundation or powder) – Buy 2 get 5000 points
  • Quo Beauty lip colour – Buy 2 get 5000 points
  • Revlon So Fierce eyeliner OR Colorstay eyeshadow or brow products – up to 15% off regular price – Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • Schick Edge or Skintimate shave gel – Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • Soap and Glory bath products – Buy 2 get 3000 points
  • Strivectin skin care products – Buy 2 get 10,000 points
  • TCK Watches (sorry, not truly a beauty product) but I didn’t know where else to pop it! Spend $20 get 5000 points back.
  • Versed facial care products – 5 times the points
  • Vichy Liftactiv skin care products – Buy 2 get 10,000 points
  • Vichy Mineral 89 skin care products – Buy 2 get 8000 points

PC Optimum bonus points on Health Products and Vitamins

  • Life brand compression socks and hoisery OR pill storage containers – Get 10x the points
  • Life brand CoQ10, odourless garlic pills OR women’s formula products (such as collagen pills) Buy 2 get 5000 points
  • Life Brand Omega-3, glucosamine joint care products OR Probiotics – Buy 2 get 7500 points

PC Optimum bonus points on Cleaners, Detergent and Household Products

  • Bounce Sheets (200’s) OR Tide Pods (23’s to 31’s) OR Tide laundry detergent (2.04 liter to 2.2 liter size) $11.99 each and 1000 points on each
  • Swiffer duster kit or refills (20 to 24 in each refill pack) $10.99 each and 1000 points

PC Optimum points on Pet Food and Treats

  • Friskies poultry lovers OR Ocean Delights wet cat food, packs of 12 $8.99 each – Get 1000 points each

Conclusion on Shoppers deals this week

There we have it! Loads of excellent bonus offers, particularly lots on both beauty and luxury beauty products. And it was nice to see a bonus points offer on baby formula too. Happy and safe shopping to you, and we hope you load up on points this week.

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Diaper Deals this Week in Canada – Sales at Walmart, Superstore, Amazon and more – baby stuff on sale

It’s Monday! And that means it is time for another one of our famous diaper deals posts! It sort of makes sense – Mondays can be stinky, and diapers can be stinky. (Can be? Wow, am I ever optimistic today.) So, Mondays are a perfect time to decide where you’ll be stocking up on diapers this week.

Diaper Sales on Amazon this week (Amazon.ca)

Amazon often seems to match prices of other retailers. Plus, it can be the easiest way to order diapers online for your little one – and you’ll not even need to leave the house! That was just convenient before, but now it also is the safest option of all. Please note that Amazon prices can change at any time. Prices were current at time of writing.

Diaper Deals and Sales at Superstore this Week

Superstore has either the Pampers or Huggies super big pack of diapers on sale for $19.98. But remember to use your PC Optimum points you’ve collected to get that price down even further. In fact, for every 10,000 points you get $10 free – so you could get free diapers easily!

  • Huggies Pull Ups (56’s to 74’s) $22.98
  • Huggies Goodnites (34 or 44 diapers in each pack) $22.98 each
  • Pampers Easy-Ups (56 to 74 in each pack) $22.98
  • Pampers Ninjamas (34 or 44 diapers in each pack) $22.98

And we can’t forget about the wipes! Baby needs to get cleaned up after a diaper change, after all.

  • Huggies, Pampers or Hello Bello baby wipes on sale this week for $6.98 each. Pack sizes vary from 168-216 in each package.

Walmart Diaper Sales and Deals this Week

  • Huggies Superpack Pull-ups – Save $5 this week – Now $24.97
  • Pampers Superpack Easy Ups – Save $5 this week – Now $24.97
  • Largest pack of Pampers diapers – Pampers Baby-Dry Ultra diapers – Save $5 this week, now $39.97

Natural Diapers in Canada – Well.ca organic diapers

If you’re looking for a different type of diaper altogether, then we’ve found some of the best deals on natural, organic diapers at Well.ca. We partner with Well.ca because we not only love the products they carry, but we like their customer service AND their reliability. They have a range of diapers that are all-natural. Shipping FREE on orders over $35. Here are some of the deals this week:

  • NEST Natural Plant based diapers – Free of harmful chemicals and allergens. Made entirely with plantbased materials. Compostable, which is awesome! Comes in a wide range of sizes to suit your baby’s current needs. Current price $16.49
  • Honest Company Diapers – Made with naturally derived and plant based materials. A large pack of 44 diapers, and comes in the full range of sizes. The type we chose has a cute pattern of little trains on it, but there are other patterns to choose from too. Naturally derived plant based odour inhibitors keep baby smelling fresh and clean!

Diapers on Sale in Canada this Week

There you have it! We found the best deals that some of the largest retailers in Canada are currently running, including Amazon, Walmart and Superstore. Where is your favourite place to buy diapers? Do you ever buy diapers online? And what is your best hint or trick to save money on diapers? Let us know!

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10 Ways to Save Money on Groceries and Food in Canada – Offline and Online Shopping Tips

There is no denying it – what we spend on food can cost us a huge portion of our income. And, with prices of food seemingly going up continuously, we all are looking for ways to save on our weekly grocery bills. Here are our top 10 ways to save on groceries starting today.

1. Change Supermarkets or Grocery stores

I know, you’ve shopped at your favourite store forever and so did your Mama and your grandmother. Maybe the store you shop at is very comfortable for you – you know where everything is located, and you even know the names of your favourite cashiers! I get it. But, changing to a lower-cost supermarket can save you immense amounts of money. Stores like Walmart and No-Frills are much lower cost than high-end grocery stores.

2. Shop at multiple grocery stores

Instead of hitting up only one store every week, make a detailed list of the best sales (or loss leaders) at every store, and stock up on those. This one tip alone will save you a huge amount of money!

3. Search grocery flyers or flyer apps before you head out

Apps like Flipp have made browsing through grocery flyers a way easier task! You can even create a shopping list of all the specials at each store, and then access that list easily on your smartphone. Or, of course there are still paper flyers that you can peruse. This way you are armed with the information on what each store has on sale this week, allowing you to get the best deals. And therefore – save your money!

4. Make a price book

This has been a frugal living tip for a long time, as any longtime frugalites will know! What is a price book? Basically, a notebook (or digital file on your phone or tablet) where you keep track of the best prices in your area for the food you buy. This is helpful because it is such a personal document – you will know what is truly a good deal when organic strawberries are on sale, for instance. You only need to keep track of the things you regularly purchase. It’ll help you understand when something is actually a very good deal. Making your own price book will help you save money because you’ll know what is and isn’t a good deal on the food YOU purchase the most often.

5. Shop at Farmer’s Markets or Local produce markets

Ahhh, I love an afternoon at the Farmer’s Market! But, some of these markets are quite pricey along with their charm and quaintness. Ask around to find the best markets with the lowest prices. Sometimes shopping nearer the end of the day means you can snag a deal on produce that the grower doesn’t want to drag back home with them. Plus, local produce markets are also popping up all over the place – one here in Calgary to try is Fresh & Local. (Located quite centrally on Macleod Trail.) But again, you can find these markets in your local area by searching ‘local markets’, ‘farmers markets + your city’ on Google.

Covid update: It’s not as easy to browse and relax at farmers markets now, but they are still an excellent resource for the freshest produce. Simply plan your trip beforehand, and hit up the stalls you like the best. And of course, always wear a face mask or face covering.

6. Shop at Outlet food stores

I was recently told a tip about an Italian outlet market here in Calgary! It’s called Scarpone’s, and is located in the North of Calgary. There you can get amazing deals on their own canned tomatoes, and items like olives, olive oils, capers and pasta sauces. Ask around in your area, or head to trusty Google and type in ‘outlet food stores’ + ‘your city’ to find some hidden treasures you may never have known existed. (Another good resource to know about is McGavin’s Bread Basket. This store sells bread that is still a number of days out from being past its Best Before date. You can stock up, and freeze the bread, rolls, bagels or English muffins. It is a huge savings on the cost of a regular loaf of bread! And since I have to eat gluten free, the savings are even more tremendous.)

7. Use coupons on groceries

Coupons are one of those things you either love, or you roll your eyes in disgust at the very thought of! I think I’m somewhere in the middle. I usually have a few clipped coupons in my wallet, but only on items that I would normally buy. And apps like Checkout 51 make clipping coupons as easy as tapping your smartphone screen. (In fact, you get credited a cash amount – say, $1.00 – after you purchase a certain product and prove that you purchased it by scanning the receipt and sometimes also the UPC. Once you reach a $20.00 threshold, you are sent a cheque! I have indeed received such a cheque, and can verify that this is a worthwhile app to have.)

8. Check clearance sections at supermarkets

The clearance sections of your grocery store can provide all sorts of goodies! Sometimes you can even match a clearance price with a coupon, or a digital coupon on Checkout 51. Score! Double savings, folks. You can find a regular merchandise clearance, a produce clearance, and often a fresh foods clearance. You’ll have to keep your eyes open to find where your store has all the different reduced food sections. Usually these food items have a short best before date, so use up this good food and know that you’re preventing it from being dumped in the landfill! Get used to the type of sales sticker your grocery stores use to markdown their merchandise – sometimes they are yellow stickers, or red stickers. Then, you can look for that telltale sign when you’re searching for markdowns.

9. Try generic or store brand food

Generic or no name products are often just as good as their more highly-advertised, brand name counterparts. Store brands are a good compromise on a product that is just as good as a brand name, but is usually quite a bit cheaper.

10. Shop for groceries online

Many of my friends swear by online grocery shopping. You choose all the food items you want, and then simply go to the store to pick your order up. Some stores have a fee for this service, but it might be worthwhile if it prevents you from impulse buying. Don’t have a car to go pick up your groceries? Then, check out if your local food stores have a delivery service to have your groceries delivered right to your door.

Now, in the time of COVID, online grocery ordering makes more sense than ever before. We use SaveOn Foods online grocery shopping all the time, and we love it! With SaveOn here in Calgary, there is no fee whatsoever for having a personal shopper do your grocery shopping for you. This is the safest way to grocery shop in the time of the pandemic, and we are very grateful to have it as an option.

Bonus Tip – Check Amazon Grocery deals of the day

If you’re comfortable grocery shopping online (and more and more of us ARE now, because of the pandemic we’re living through!) then you need to check out which items Amazon has on sale. This one link will show you the best sale items on food and groceries. You know Amazon though – those deals won’t last! AMAZON GROCERY DEALS TODAY. These are pantry stock up items like: canned soups and chili, spices, ground or whole bean coffee, and of course CHOCOLATE!

We hope that our list of grocery shopping savings tips will help you save some of your hard earned money. With a little pre-planning, a bit of browsing through flyers or flyer apps, and a little effort you can both save money AND eat like a king or queen.

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10 Ways to Save Money on Rent – Saving on Apartments and Condos

There is no greater cost for most of us than our housing costs – either our monthly rent, or mortgage. In some large cities – I’m looking at you Toronto and Vancouver – monthly rental costs can easily swallow up half of our paycheques! (Or, sadly sometimes way more!!) With rent prices skyrocketing, we thought it would be helpful to discuss some ways you can save money on renting an apartment, house or condo. If you can lower your rent costs, then you’ll be able to live within a budget. So, here are our 10 favorite tips!

1. Look for apartments in the ‘off season’

Sometimes you just can’t control when you need to rent a new place. For instance, if you’re a student – well, you need to rent an apartment to be ready for the new school year! But, if you are in a situation when you can be flexible about when you look for your new digs, choose winter time to search. Fewer other people will be searching then, and you might secure a lower lease because of it.

2. Add up all the costs – rent plus utilities

Sure, that gorgeous little downtown condo sounds like an impressive bargain! But, make sure you include all costs in your total rent payment. If the rent is $1500, but then parking is $150 and utilities are $200 your total rent payment is actually $1850! If there’s another condo located in the same building for $1750, with all costs included then you’re better off choosing Condo B. Do your research to discover what your full monthly housing costs will be.

3. Negotiate a lower rent

If you’re a brand new tenant, you may be able to negotiate rent by being knowledgeable about the area and what typical rental costs are. You can even print out similar properties with the rent that is currently being charged. If the landlord is reasonable, they may be willing to lower the rent. Or, if you’re a long-term tenant, use your record of excellent payment and tenancy to negotiate to either stay at the same rent or even lower it. Or, sometimes landlords are willing to negotiate for other freebies such as free additional storage space, or free parking. (I’ve recently done exactly that – received free parking that would’ve otherwise cost $65/month, because we are long-term, excellent tenants.)

4. Offer to do repairs, maintenance or lawn work

Your landlord may really appreciate it if you’re willing to do some of their hard work for them! It never hurts to ask if you could do some repairs around the place for a lowered rent. Or, you could do regular maintenance or yard work – such as raking up leaves, mowing the lawn, or shoveling snow. Ask them if you could negotiate your rent based on offering these maintenance services. Then, if they agree – get your agreement in writing.

5. Manage an apartment building

Some people get free rent by managing an apartment building! Others will receive reduced rent for doing this job. But, make sure you know what you’re signing up for. Other tenants will come to you with complaints, and worries and even possibly to drop off rent cheques. Make sure you want to take on this responsibility before signing up to be a resident manager. If this kind of job sounds ideal, then you may snag some very cheap rent!

Home sweet home

6. Get a Roommate

Sure, getting a roommate may be an obvious choice to reducing your overall rental costs, but make sure to do your research. As in: know the person you’re going to share your home with! Ask around your friends to see if anyone needs a good roommate, or even at your workplace. Set up careful rules about how rent will be paid, how utilities will be divided, and even how food will be shared.

7. Sign a longer lease

Have you found your dream place? Are you worried that rent prices are just going to continue going up, up, UP? Well, then sign a longer lease. Ask your landlord or the management company of your building if a longer lease is an option. This could be 1 year, or even 2 years or longer. Then, you’ll have locked in your housing costs for that period of time and won’t have to worry about that dreaded letter being slipped under your door telling you about rent increases.

8. Rental Incentives

Especially in areas where there are a lot of rentals available, and too few qualified renters – there will be rental incentives. Take note of signs in the areas you’re looking to live in of these special offers. $500 off, Free Parking, 1 month free rent, and other offers may be used to entice new tenants to sign a lease at that apartment or condo complex. And, if there are incentives, you know too that the landlord may be willing to negotiate a bit more in other areas – such as free cable or internet. It’s always worth asking! (Just be polite about it, and don’t seem as if you’re trying to take advantage.)

9. Refer a Friend

Often, larger condos or apartment buildings may have a referral system in place to reward you if a friend moves in. At one point, where we live, both we and our friend received $150 off rent, and all because we referred her! It’s worth checking it out, and seeing if there are any perks for referring people to live in the same complex you do. And hey, then you’ll know the neighbors, too!

10. Rent an unfurnished apartment

If this is the first time out on your own, you may be very tempted by gorgeous, glossy looking, fully furnished apartments or condos. But, the price for these can be outrageously high! Instead, choose a small first apartment and then furnish it very cheaply. You can do so by letting your family and friends know (it seems like everyone’s Auntie or Grandma has some extra, old furniture lying around unused in the attic) or also by finding freebies or very inexpensive furniture on Craigslist or Kijiji. It’ll take a little time to furnish your place, but this way you’ll also make it more your own, unique space.