I bought a costco card so I could go in buy strawberries and tzatziki, eat all the free samples, steal a bunch of condiments and fountain beverages and save some cash. I see no issue with any of these suggestions.
I live in dark skinny jeans, Vans slip ons, and either red or blue buffalo plaid flannels. If I'm feeling wild I'll wear my jeans, vans and throw on a blazer and tshirt instead.
I had Canada thanksgiving a long while ago and spent 10$ on Art Is In bread(My old roomate comes to Ottawa just for this... definitley not to visit family) and about 15$ on potato making stuff... but today I got so depressed looking at every single website and seeing stuffing and gravy and potatoes that I damn well made myself some stuffing and gravy and potatoes. And I gorged and then was blissfully happy and didn't fight with any family members. The End.
Ottawa's rental market is unkind. The Billings Bridge apartment was a 1 bedroom I think probably not the same as your sisters' @Megano... he paid about 900$ for a 1 bedroom utilities incld. Standard price for a 2 bed (in a properly renovated older downtown home you don't worry about dying in because of black mold/murderers sneaking in your shitty windows/bugs crawling on you) is about 1100-1400 a month. I've seen cheaper, but generally you are leaving downtown and hitting chinatown/little italy or vanier/new edinburgh.
@Renleigh Exactly! No one wants to be that person who needs to look at a wee card to tell them what to do. Also being a champion of the waterfall round... @Megano Never saw a couple a corgis frolicking... but if you ever saw a guy walking a large black and white cat on a leash while a girl avoids eye contact with people walking by that would have been me!
Ottawa is fairly awesome at being cheap if you know where to go... Govindas near Ottawa U Campus has pay what you can vegetarian/vegan food (select hours as it is also a prayer center), most places offer some sort of blue plate 5 dollar breakfast, pho is about 5 dollars for a small, which is like a liter of soup plus meat and veg, Zak's diner has Nachos Calvin (omnomnom bacon cheese sour cream and table onions with guac)for like 10 bucks and it lasts for like 2 or three meals (get the pickles on the side young paduan... cheap and delicious). Not to mention the fab Manx which when I too my mum out for breakfast came up to 30 dollar for two plates plus juice plus scones plus coffee and amazing service, which I will always pay a little more for.
I'm from Ottawa and still live here but I travel a fair bit. Whenever I come home its all about the Shawarma with garlic sauce and Pho. Probably the biggest complaint from friends abroad and in other provinces is the lack of a real Shawarma followed by lack of Pho... Honestly Ottawa has Shawarma places at like every corner and a whole street in downtown pretty much dedicated to Pho.