It's easy to waste money when you're not thinking about it. Montreal is an especially dangerous place to live if you're prone to frivolous spending. Before you know it, your money is gone and you can't even remember where you spent it. Since some of us here at MTLBlog have been in a similar position at one point or another. We have decided to let you in on some tips and tricks on how to save your money.
1. Take The Cheapest Means Of Transportation
If gas is eating up way too much of your pay check, take the metro. If the metro prices don't jive with you, take a BIXI. If you can't spring to pay the $2 rental fee, walk. Do whatever you can to take the cheapest means of transportation. You can save a lot of money when you give up comfort for practicality.
2. Make Use Of Your Student Discount
Student discounts are clutch. Having a student ID is basically an automatic 10% off anything you purchase. Make sure to check out and see if the stores and restaurants you frequent have a student discount policy. I know for a fact that Provigo has one. Cheap groceries? Yes please.
We know that Montreal has great places to go get a nice steaming cup of joe, but after a while, paying for it can really eat up your cash. A reusable mug and a french press are key when you're trying to cut down on your spending.
4. Party On Weeknights
I mean, if your job permits it of course. Bars generally have amazing specials on weeknights as a means to draw people in. But if you decide to get you and a crew out on Tuesday instead of a Friday, you'll be shocked at how much cash you can save.
I've found that the method pictured above is really useful. It's nice to actually have the tangible money rather than a debit card. It gives you more of an idea of what you're actually spending.
6. Sell Stuff You Don't Need
We all have clothes in our closet that we don't wear. And a shoddy coffee table collecting dust in our storage units. Instead of letting them cramp the little space that you have, go to a consignment shop and trade your goods for cold hard cash. Eva B's is my go to place when I want to sell my clothes.
7. Take Advantage Of Free Stuff
Luckily we have a whole list of free things that you can do every month. Check it out!
You may feel like a middle aged woman when you do this, but using points reward systems really do work. The two I save the most money off of, are Provigo's and Pharmaprix's. You gotta do what you gotta do when you're broke.
9. Work Out At Home
Paying for a gym membership is just another means to lose your money. While gyms in Montreal aren't overly expensive, working out at home is totally free. There are a bunch of awesome fitness instructors on YouTube that will help you work up a sweat, while leaving your wallet untouched
10. Put Extra Cash Away For A Rainy Day
I know how hard it can be to save when you're a true blue spender. But, I do it anyways because I know Montreal has so many great events that I just can't pass up. You have to make the decision between and impulsive shopping spree or Osheaga. It's your call.
Boucherie Slovenia, a boulevard Saint-Laurent institution for 50 years, will soon serve its last spicy sausage.
The iconic home of enormous Eastern European-style sandwiches — Slovenian sausage and towering cold-cuts were staples — will close its doors forever on January 29, said the owners, Lourdes Rodrigues and Jean Teixeira, in a Facebook post.
"Thank you to all our loyal customers, for the wonderful years," they said.
With a menu overflowing with huge, yet affordable, meat and mustard sandwiches — sauerkraut, pickles and Cherry Cokes were also standard — Boucherie Slovenia is the latest of the Main's iconic old-school institutions to close.
The beloved Moishes steakhouse announced its closure under the strain of the pandemic in the summer of 2020.
The Boucherie Slovenia Facebook post asks readers to share their memories of the restaurant and butcher shop, with many offering childhood stories of visiting for a pepperette sandwich or their "underrated" smoked meat, which is "the best in the city," according to one commenter.
Many apparent long-time customers said they wouldn't know where to go to find dishes comparable to Boucherie Slovenia's treasured menu items.
Others remarked on how yet another classic Montreal restaurant is closing its doors. "Nothing replaces these fantastic old shops," said one person. "It's a loss. The rich character of the boulevard is disappearing."
Montreal is certainly no stranger to a traffic jam, which makes taking public transit a more viable option to not only get around faster but do more good for the environment.
As Canadian cities take the initiative to improve their transit systems and reduce their carbon footprints, Montreal has become one of the country's greenest metropolitan areas when it comes to transport, according to one ranking.
A December report from Kijiji Autos analyzed green transport options in Canada's most populated cities, evaluating their use of electric cars, bikes, scooters, and the number of electric charging stations.
With its metro and bus systems, BIXI rentals, bike lanes, and availability of electric cars, Montreal found itself in third place among Canadian cities that offer the greenest transport with a score of 5.5/10.
Although Vancouver and Ottawa/Gatineau snagged the top two spots, Montreal takes the lead as the most bicycle-friendly city in all of North America, with a total of 2,163 bicycle paths, says the Copenhagenize Index.
Montreal's third-place ranking is encouraging news, said McGill University Assistant Professor of Geography, Grant McKenzie, who specifically boasted about Montreal's metro system, "especially compared to other Canadian cities," as well as its "substantial investment towards electric buses."
While McKenzie said "we can always do better" and bemoaned the city's ban on e-scooters, he called the popularity of the BIXI and the inclusion of electric bikes in its fleet an "excellent move in the right direction."
As for electric cars, Kijiji Autos looked at new registrations of electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2021, as well as total charging stations. Montreal landed second to Toronto with a total of 3,633 new registered electric cars, and 1,258 electric charging stations throughout the city.
Kijiji Autos also looked at the number of hybrids and electric vehicles for sale on their platform. Montreal led the way with 1,063 hybrid vehicles and 375 electric vehicles, states the report.
With the province of Quebec offering residents a rebate for the purchase or lease of electric cars, Quebec estimates that there will be 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.
Big bucks for the woman McGill students call Big Suze. According to a document submitted to Quebec's Ministry of Higher Education on November 30, 2021, McGill University Principal Suzanne Fortier rakes in a base salary of $478,901.
But her income doesn't stop there. McGill says she has additional "taxable elements" reaching $382,070 in value. That's a total of $860,971.
In her time as principal, Fortier has seen her base salary increase by almost $90,000. When she ascended to the role in 2013, her contract with the university included a $390,000 base salary, which was subject to annual adjustments. She was also able to receive bonuses worth up to 20% of her salary.
Other benefits in the 2013 contract included five weeks of paid vacation and a club membership paid by the university, in addition to reimbursements for job-related expenses.
McGill's Board of Governors renewed Fortier's contract with almost all the same benefits in 2018.
The 2021 document sent to the Ministry of Higher Education shows Fortier isn't even the highest-paid executive at the university.
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean David Eidelman has a base salary of $518,176 plus $361,799 in other taxable benefits, for a total of $879,975.
Concordia President Graham Carr, meanwhile, has a base salary of $424,423 and additional taxable elements totalling $1,706 in value, according to the university's list of its own executives' incomes.
Canadian non-profit TheraPsil has partnered with McGill and the Imperial College London researchers for a study on the effects of psilocybin, the active ingredient in what is commonly known as shrooms, on "patients who experience end-of-life distress" and are legally allowed to use the psychedelic compound.
"The study aims to collect quantitative data on the psychological effects of guided psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy sessions for patients experiencing end-of-life distress due to a potentially life-threatening illness," Hannes Kettner, a Ph.D. Candidate at Imperial College London, explained in a press release.
"We are extremely excited about this research project, which aims to give Canadians receiving compassionate psilocybin access a chance to advance the science by sharing their unique experiences," Dr. Kyle Greenway, a senior resident in psychiatry at McGill, added.
To obtain this data, the study will ask patients to fill out a series of questionnaires "2 weeks before, within 3 hours before, 1 day after, 4 weeks after, and 3 and 6 months after a legal, guided experience with psilocybin."
TheraPsil Director of Research Julia Joyes said the "major scientific subjects of interest include the impact of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy on mood, spirituality, and the desire for medical assistance in dying."
The study is open to palliative care patients who qualify. If you or a loved one is interested in signing up for the study, you can find out if you qualify on TheraPsil's website.
This article’s right-hand cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.