Smart Saver Vancouver

Since we know summer can become quite expensive we wanted to give you some ideas on things to do with a discount.

If you have been thinking about going kayaking to beat the heat, going to Bowen Island might be a good option for you. You can kayak around the island and get beautiful scenery. And if you go on a Tuesday with your friend, you can get two for the price of one!

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Another fun thing to do is to go to Squamish and take the Sea to Sky Gondola. The normal price for the gondola is about $40 dollars, but if you go after 5 pm on Saturdays you get a 50% discount. And if you’re feeling adventures you could hike up and take the gondola down for only $15.

If you like to go to amusement parks you should definitely check out Playland. This is the oldest amusement park in Canada and it’s located at Hastings Park. You can get discounted tickets for the park at 7 eleven.

Going a bit further away for Vancouver can become expensive, as renting cars isn’t always that cheap here. If you’re going to stay here for a longer period it might be a good idea to check out Modo. This car sharing service is similar to car2go and Evo, except that you can book the car for weekends an take it further away. You pay a monthly fee for the subscription, but that’s only about $8. The car comes with a credit card to pay for gas and you get the first 200 km for free, after that you pay 20 cents per kilometer.

I hope you are all having a great summer and I hope to see you at PuB NiGHT tonight, as it will be my last!

– Danielle

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Smartsaver Vancouver

Summer is finally here! During summer time there is a lot to do around Vancouver and there are some good cheap options for that! So to get your summer started here are some ideas.

From July 4th till August 22nd you can watch an outdoor movie for free on Second Beach. They are a part of the Evo Summer Cinema series and all you have to do is bring your own chair or blanket, or just sit on the grass if you don’t mind! You can download the free Outdoor Movies BC App to see the schedule!

They also show outdoor movies in Burnaby, North Vancouver and at Canada Place. Burnaby shows movies on Sundays from July 9th till August 27th. The dates for North Vancouver differ, so make sure to look that up if you decide to go. Every Thursday night there will be a movie at Canada Place from July 27th till August 31st. All of these movies are free to watch!

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If you would like to become a little more active this summer you can take Zumba classes at Canada place. Every Monday from July 24th till August 28th you can join the free Zumba class! Or hike the Grouse Grind to see the beautiful view from the top of the mountain. If you hike up, you only have to pay $10 to take the Gondola back down.

If it becomes too warm to do something active you can always cool down in the Kitsilano pool. The pool is located at Kitsilano Beach and the admission is only $5.86!

You might have been thinking about doing a boat tour around Vancouver, but these can be quite expensive, so a great alternative to that is taking the Aquataxi. The Aquataxi will take you around downtown, but it’s only around $6!

And let’s not forget that all the beaches around Vancouver are free and a perfect place to spend a lazy day!

I hope to see you all tonight on PuB NiGHT!

– Danielle

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Smart Saver Vancouver

Today we are going to talk about money, or rather, how to save it. I always like to go shopping here since there are so many stores I don’t have at home. Since it is already mid-June the sales start in fashionland and therefore it is the best time to renew your summer wardrobe.

One of my favourites here is Victoria Secret, especially because this store is so huge and has a lot of options. The best time to go there is now, as soon as you can, since their semi-annual sale already started. Sometimes I am really disappointed by sales because they only take off 20%. It doesn’t really make me jump. Victoria Secret really goes the next level with sales of 50% and up. Besides that they also throw in daily specials on top of that, like bralettes for 5 dollars each. If you want to be up to date with their sales and deals, the best thing to do is sign up for their e-mails. Throughout the year they also have great deals, like a free tote with your purchase over 50 CAD. The semi-annual sale can be hectic though, since they put everything in boxes and women almost fight over pieces. If you don’t want to be part of this jungle, you can also easily shop online, where the semi-annual sale is featured too.

A second store with a semi-annual sale men can also provide from; Bath & Body Works. This store has, in my opinion, some of the best body care, hand soaps and fragrances there is. An unfortunate fact is that you can’t really buy this brand in Europe, except for Italy, Poland, Russia and Turkey.  These places are not around the corner for me, so I will buy in big and the best time to do that is now. Bath & Body Works also has his semi-annual sale now with deals up to 75% off. Besides that they always have good combo-deals throughout the year, like buy 3 products and get 2 products for free.

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Last but not least: Urban Outfitters. This store has many brands featured besides their own clothing line so there is something for everybody. At the moment they also have a sale going on up to 50% for now, but this changes continuously so keep your eyes open. Besides that the store on Granville Street always has a sale corner where you can find some cheap treasures.

These are just a small grip off all the store sales that are going on at the moment, so if you want your wardrobe updated, get on Granville or Robson Street or go to Metrotown to shop the latest sale items and save some money!

I hope to see you all tonight at the Lamplighter, playing bourbon bingo like fanatics and celebrate Janels last days in Vancouver.

– Tess

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Smart Saver Vancouver

It’s time for the Smart Saver again and this time I would like to give you a few cheap options for my favourite activity; eating.

Bon’s Off Broadway
If you partied a little too hard at PuB NiGHT you might want to get a good breakfast to come back to life. A cheap place to go is Bon’s Off Broadway. Here you can have breakfast and brunch for only $2.95. Obviously you shouldn’t expect a 5-star restaurant for those prices, but the food is actually pretty good. They are located on 2451 Nanaimo Street and are open Monday – Friday from 7:00 AM till 8:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 AM till 8:00 PM.

Hi-Five
A great place to get lunch if you’re in Gastown is Hi-Five. They make a few different grilled cheeses varying from $3 to $6. However, they are only open on Thursday from 6:00 PM till midnight and Friday and Saturday from 8:00 PM till 2:00 AM.

Gringo
If you like tacos Gringo is the place for you. This cool, upbeat and very colourful taco bar is located in Gastown and their prices start at $2.75 per taco and $3.75 for a Lager or Pale Ale.

Tacotime
Another option for tacos is going to Tacotime. This fast food like restaurant for tacos has four locations in downtown and serves tacos, burritos and a few other dishes. There is also the option to make your dish a meal. You can find one of these in the food court right next to our office.18516328_1752580871424023_1394152612_n

The Hastings Warehouse / The Famous Warehouse / The Capital
These are the places where the dishes are only $5 each. The menus are all quite similar and even though it’s only 5 dollar, the food is pretty good. The Hastings Warehouse is located at 156 West Hastings Street, The Famous Warehouse at 989 Granville Street and The Capital on 1778 Davie Street.

Street Food Vancouver
Another great option for food is a food truck, you can find them around the city and a lot of them have really good food. A good way to find one is by using the Street Food Vancouver App. This will show you which ones are open and where you can find them.

I hope to see you all tonight at The Charles Bar!

– Danielle

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Smart Saver Vancouver

It’s Wednesday, which is the day for Smartsaver! Vancouver is pretty expensive most of the times, but you can save money!

7699686936_3ca42fbb6a_oComing months will be full of sports. FC Whitecaps already started their season and the BC Lions will start soon! If you want to save money on the tickets of the games then there are two options. First of all, Discover Canada Tours and Westtrek offer discounted tickets for almost all games. Secondly, if you go to the Tourism Vancouver Visitors’ Centre on the day of the game you can also save money! They offer “ Tickets Tonight”, which are half-priced tickets on sports games that evening.

Now that the weather is getting better it is time to do some travelling! Boltbus is a bus company which can take you to lots of places in Canada. The bus company offers $1 tickets, but these tickets are really hard to get though. They offer at least one $1 ticket for every trip that they offer. However, the tickets are sold randomly and mostly within the first seats sold. So if you want to get a $1 ticket you have to be on top of their schedule to even have a chance.

Also as the weather is getting better go do free activities in the city! Hiking in one of the parks, going to the beaches or walk through the neighbourhoods of Vancouver can be lots of fun and is free!

Hope to see all of you guys tonight at PuB NiGHT!

– Janel

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Smart Saver Vancouver

“I’m gonna pop some tags. Only got twenty dollars in my pocket. I – I – I’m hunting, looking for a come-up. This is f***ng awesome.” I think everybody knows these lyrics… I am talking about thrift shopping!

Wow, weird that I didn’t bring this up sooner. Thrift shopping is awesome, and way cheaper FAsInFrankthan buying topnotch brands in normal clothing stores. For those who are not familiar with thrift shops: it is a store where you can buy used goods or sometimes new if you’re lucky. I always feel like I am on a treasure hunt since there is also a lot of junk between the racks, but sometimes you just find that one diamond. For this smart saver I will list a few thrift stores in Vancouver for you, so you can start your own treasure hunt and save money while shopping.

F As In Frank

This thrift shop has everything. From old school baseball jerseys to Tommy Jeans sweatshirts, F As In Frank has filled up their racks with cheap to mid range priced vintage clothes. Sometimes this store also organises a special event called “ Fill-A-Bag” sale. At this event you can fill your back with clothes and just pay by weight. To see when this event is happening again, you can easily follow them on Facebook.

The Rag Machine

This is the child of F As In Frank. At Rag Machine you pay for your new outfit by the pound. It is like the “Fill-A-Bag” event all year round. To find your new favourite item you first need to dive into buckets of clothes though, so be prepared.

Community Thrift & Vintage

This is a small but cute community thrift store in Gastown. There is a really cool vibe with lots of vintage treasures. You will definitely not get bored here!

Wildlife Thrift Store

For this thrift shop you need to be ready to almost spend the entire day here. Besides vintage clothes, the Wildlife Thrift Store also sells kitchenware, furniture, suitcases, old vinyl and many more! Could also come in handy if you need some stuff for your rooms here!

Sports Junkies

Another incredible second hand shop is Sports Junkies, which is a clearance centre for sport goods. You can find material for almost every kind of sport there for a good price. For example I bought a simple but convenient snowboard bag for 20 dollars there so I can ship my snowboard back to the Netherlands. I was very happy with my purchase and I ensure you, you will get the same experience after finding your diamond in the thrift shop.

Good luck with the hunt and I hope you’ll attend our PuB NiGHT at Steamworks tonight!

– Tess

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Smart Saver Vancouver

Wednesday is almost over, but we still have enough time to save some money!! This week we are going to talk about saving money on transport, especially by car.

First of all, instead of taking public transport or a car it is always way cheaper to walk or go by bike. This is of course not in all cases possible if you don’t live close to work or outside of downtown.

7216872738_072f71e834_o.jpgIf you do want to go by car but you will not use it that often it is expensive to buy a car. A better and cheaper option is to look into companies like Car2Go, ZipCar or Evo. Those companies have a lot of cars around and in Vancouver and you can use them if you have a membership with one of those companies. The idea is just to share the cars and use them whenever you want. Another advantage is that you don’t have to park it at the same spot again, just another Car2Go, ZipCar or Evo parking spot in the city is fine!

When you are going to travel far by car it is a good idea to do a lot of research in the car renting companies. The cheapest way is to have a person that is 25 years old in your group, because then you don’t have to pay the extra fee for younger drivers. If you don’t have someone that is 25 years old it is still affordable to rent a car. There are lots of companies and with good research you can find the cheapest company. In my experience it is cheapest to rent a car at Budget, but sometimes the other companies have great deals too. So always keep that in mind!

I hope you can now save money on your trips, when they are close and/or far. See you guys tonight at PuB NiGHT!

– Janel

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com