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Next week is our Chirstmas party! Secret Santa is also a part of this evening. No idea what to buy for the game? Here are some places where you can find cheap but fun gifts.

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Dollorama and Dollartree are cheap shops where they have everything! You can collect a lot of small things to make a nice, big gift. Or look in one of the many souvenir shops. They also have a lot of fun stuff with a Canadian flag on it. Who doesn’t want that?

Maybe you have a nice restaurant of bar who have gift cards. Everybody will be happy with food and drinks, especially with discounts. Christmas decorations are not expensive, but also a fun thing to get. Or prepare somebody else for the cold and rain that is still waiting for us this winter.

Wherever you go and whatever you go to buy, I can’t wait to see all the gifts. Good luck hunting for some fun gifts. We hope to see you all at PuB NiGHT tomorrow night!

– Bart

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It’s almost the end of November, which means that Christmas is just around the corner. And while we already had our Thanksgiving here in Canada, our southern neighbours will have their Thanksgiving this Thursday. A big tradition in the U.S. that Canada also took over is the famous Black Friday weekend.

So if you have always wanted that amazing new Apple computer or that amazing designer handbag but never had enough money for it, then read this blog because Black Friday is coming!

Black Friday started in the U.S but there are many speculations on how it started. One of the most recent reason for Black Friday is in 1950s Philadelphia, The Army and Navy college football teams celebrated their fierce rivalry each year with a neutral-ground clash in Philly on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Shoe ShopThe day before, thousands of people from surrounding communities would flood into the city in anticipation of the big game. They’d take the opportunity to stock up on clothes, home goods, and other gift-able items at central Philly’s many retail shops and department stores.

The annual wave of shoppers and fans was enough to clog streets and strain local health and safety resources. City Police would have to work extra-long shifts dealing with the additional crowds and traffic, and Shoplifters would also take advantage of the bedlam in stores to make off with merchandise, adding to the law enforcement headache.

In the 1980s and 1990s, large-format “big box” stores like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy proliferated around and between regional and superregional malls, fleshing out the countries ever more competitive suburban retail landscape. It was during this period that Black Friday came an own term. Signs advertising blowout Black Friday deals (and insanely early opening hours) in urban and suburban shopping districts were published and for years, every Black Friday was bigger than the last.

Canada took over the Black Friday hype, but also added Cyber Monday, which is a day where all kinds of electronics are sharply discounted.

So for everybody joining us to Seattle this weekend, make sure you’ve got enough sleep, a lot of space left in your suitcase and of course have your credit card with you because it will be a shopping heaven!!

Hope to see you all at tomorrow’s PuB NiGHT!

-Mandy

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If you love books as much as I do, then you also know that books can be very expensive. It might be worth checking out one of these stores to find a few cheap books.

Macleod’s bookstore is a bookstore at West Pender street which sells a big variety of books. Some of them are really expensive while other books are only $1. The bookstore has lots of books so if you are on a search for a really cheap book, then you should schedule some hours to hunt for the right book.

18836307_10209107877715062_1345240024_oIf you would rather spend less time in finding a cheap book then go to Spartacus books or Paper Hound bookshop. Paper Hound has a shell outside their store with only cheap books and Spartacus books has a $2 shelf. While you are at Spartacus books you might as well make use of the free WiFi and the board games.

When your books do not fit in your suitcase anymore or when it is time to get rid of some old books and freshen your bookshelf with new books, then you can go to Tanglewood books. At this bookstore you can trade or sell your books between 10 AM and 4 PM. So in this way your books can get a nice new home while you can buy new books without worrying about the weight and space in your suitcase.

I hope this will help you save some money!!!

– Iris

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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

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“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

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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

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We know you are saving money for the Rockies trip and therefore we looked for places where you can spend your free time for a cheap price.

If you feel like a bit laughter after a long and tiring week, then you should try out Vancouver Theatres Sports League on Granville island. There are several shows playing in the theatre and all for a pretty good price. The best time to go to these shows are 16237737_1615329781815800_1946877102_nWednesdays and Thursdays. On these days you can go for the Half Price Hilarity ticket of $7.50, which are valid for the 9:15 shows. You can either go to Firecracker! on Wednesdays or to #NoFilter on Thursdays. If you are not able to go during the week, you can also go to a Sunday show. On Sundays the tickets only cost $8.

When you prefer a more active experience for your leisure time, then you can go to Granville Island Brewing. Granville Island Brewing is Canada’s first microbrewery. The brewery offers daily tours for only $9.75, which includes 4 ounce tasters. This is a great opportunity for beer lovers who want to get to know a bit more about the process of their favourite drink.

April is supposed to be more sunnier, so it might be a good idea to check out the Vancouver lookout. It will give you an amazing view over the city for only $17.50. For students it is even cheaper, as they get a $5 discount on this great attraction.

I hope you can use this information to save money in April, which you can use for the great activities at the Rockies. Next Wednesday we will give you an update on more deals in Vancouver.

See you tonight at PuB NiGHT and don’t forget to bring money to sign up for our big trip to the Rockies!

– Iris

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