There’s nothing worse than opening your online banking app at the bar and seeing single digits.  $9.57 was not the chequing balance you were hoping to find after ordering that six dollar shot.

To quote Sia’s summer hit Cheap Thrills: “Baby I don't need dollar bills to have fun tonight” (or something like that). Be more like Sia, and partake in a few of these inexpensive activities to give your bank account some much needed alone time.


1. Go to The Beach

Try surfing at Lawrencetown, or watch the tide come in from The Bay of Fundy.

2. Explore Dartmouth

Go for a ferry ride across the harbour to explore all Dartmouth has to offer.

3. Hike through Point Pleasant Park

Pack some food and have a picnic overlooking the ocean, or explore the hidden paths and lost forts within this municipal forest.

4. Check out a student art show

NSCAD, NSCC, King’s, SMU and Dal are always putting on student art shows and plays that are very affordable to attend.

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5. Enjoy some live music

There are lots of free shows to be seen at the Grand Parade and Alderney Landing

6. See a play at the Bus Stop Theatre

Catch a performance at this awesome north end theatre for developing artists – tickets are typically under $10.00.

7. Dance at Gus’s on a Tuesday

The first Tuesday of every month Gus’s Pub hosts an awesome themed dance party, and cover is only $3.00!

8. Take a free class

The Halifax Public Library often hosts free clinics for adults looking to acquire new practical skills.

9. Try Yoga

Moksha Yoga on Dresden Row charges $30.00 for a 30-day yoga membership – only a dollar a day to practice yoga at a beautiful studio.

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10. Go Camping on Munroes Island

Get a bunch of friends together, pack up someone's car and drive out to pitch a tent at the nearby provincial park.

11. Toboggan down the Citadel

After the first big snowfall this winter take some friends up to the top of Citadel Hill and bomb down on homemade toboggans!

12. Go for a fishing trip

There are literally hundreds of local lakes and rivers around the HRM to cast a reel in.

13.  Rent a bike

The Dalhousie Bike Centre offers a free bike rental program for students – get a crew together and explore!

14. Host a potluck

Call up some friends with a bit of culinary talent and tell them you’ll provide the liquor if they each bring over one course of what will surely turn into an amazing meal.  Pick up some local ingredients at the Seaport Famers' Market!

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15. Organize a clothing swap

For those trying to accumulate some new threads on a budget, the best thing you can do is trade with your friends.  Invite everyone to meet in The Commons if the weather is nice!

16. Join a club

For students there are tons of interesting extra curricular societies to get involved with, such as the Bollywood Film Society at Dal, or the Model UN society at SMU.

17. Invest in a Growler

A great way to buy beer on a budget – head over to the Propeller Brewery and put a $9.00 deposit on a 1.89-liter growler that will only cost you $9.00 to fill up every Wednesday!

18. Stick to house parties

Going downtown adds up! You’ve got your cabs, drinks, late night eats…pick up some beer at the NSLC and forgo paying cover by partying at a friend’s place.

19. Line up with your squad for Power Hour

Every Saturday from 4:30 to 5:30 the Split Crow on Granville Street offers $2.50 pints of Molson Canadian during their legendary power hour. Make sure you get in line early!

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20. Get a crew together for Sushi Nami’s Tsunami Hour

From 3:00pm to 5:00pm on weekdays order off the Sushi Nami menu at a serious discount.

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