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Month: March 2017

Let’s do the groceries…

Let’s do the groceries…

Hello, my friends! I hope you are adjusting and feeling comfortable in Canada. Today I am going to tell you about where it is better to shop and how to save money while you are doing your groceries.

According to the research average Canadian family of four spends around 700$ on food per month. As I am a student and I do not have too much time to cook, I spend around 100-150$ on my groceries. But it depends on when and where to shop.

There are many supermarkets in Canada, that differ in price and target a different audience. As for me, the best store is Walmart. You can find anything you want there ( food, clothes, furniture, things for house, pharmacy, electronics, etc.) This huge store is

Food and Vegetables

located in every city. The prices are very affordable and they have a lot of sales all the time. I also like NoFrills, Food Basics, and FreshCo  (they have all kinds of fruit and vegetables, a lot of Asian and Indian food).

Zehrs and Sobeys are quite expensive, high-end stores. They have all kinds of cheese and meet. So if you are planning fancy dinner, go for groceries there.

Dollarama is like a candy store for a child. You can find there all necessary things for you, your house and your school for 1$, 2$, 3$.

Tip: Every week there is a flyer with all the sales that is going on in stores. So I will tell you how it works. You don’t need to go from shop to shop buying things that are on sale. You can just take your flyer to any shop, take anything that on sale, and show the flyer. The cashier will adjust all the prices from other supermarkets, in case it is better price. So you can save money and time!

 

When can I start?

When can I start?

If you are an international student and you want to study in Ontario, you must have enough money to live and pay bills while studying. You are also able to work while studying. If you plan on working temporarily in Ontario, you will need a work permit. You can apply for the work permit before coming to Canada as well as inside the country.

Once you received your documents that allow you to work you need to do 3 important steps: 

  1. Every country has its own resume standards. No matter from which country you are, your resume HAS to be made in a Canadian way. From my own experience, I can tell you that it is very, very, very important! Here you can find some tips how to create your Canadian-style resume.
  2. Indeed and Job Bank are the most popular websites to find a job. You can start applying before arriving in Canada. By the way, recommendations are extremely important for employers. When I arrived I didn’t have any recommendations at all. I was applying everywhere and then I got the chance. I was working very hard to impress my manager. When I was interviewed for a position at Marriott hotel, the HR manager called all my previous employers for recommendations.
  3. You got the job… Congratulations!!! But…. You have to open a bank account for direct deposit and apply for SIN number. You won’t be able to start working without Social Insurance Number.  To get this number you need only your passport and study/work permit. Service Canada will help you with all documents.

I know it will be very hard, but never give up, never be discourage. You just need one lucky break. Be confident, be persistent, and work very hard for your name!