The struggle is so real when it comes to balancing one's social life with one's bank account. Everyone wants to go on road trips away from home, and take Instagram photos of themselves at the hottest bars; but the real question isn't when this is all happening - it's how. With rent to pay, tuition to stress over, and food to take pictures of, that's half your pay cheque right there.
So when the squad comes calling and asks you to tag along, fear not my fellow dollar dames because here are 10 places to take the squad out for $20 or less:
1. Toronto Bike Tours // Gerrard St E
I don't care how cool you think you are, bike rides are pretty rad. I mean, it gets the squad off their butts and moving, and you get to explore your city without compromising the environment. It's a win/win, just remember not to Snapchat and ride!
Best thing about it? It's only $10!
Photo cred-- sydonieraben
2. The St. Lawrence Market // 92-95 Front St E
The St. Lawrence Market is such a cute spot for you and your friends to indulge in the rustic food culture of Toronto. Made up from three historical buildings, there are tons of bakeries, antique goods and cheap food to grab and eat.
And brace yourselves everyone because admission is absolutely FREE.
Photo cred-- narixv
3. Distillery District // 55 Mill Street
If rustic and dainty is your aesthetic, then you should definitely come to the Distillery District. Similar to the St. Lawrence Market, there's always something to do whether it be the cute cafes and restaurants scattered around the area, the culturally diverse entertainment, or the small town vibes that honours its reputation as one of the most must visit places in Toronto.
Admission is free, and the amount of amazing looking photos are endless.
4. Toronto Ferry Rides // Jack Layton Ferry Terminal at 9 Queens Quay W
Want a better view of the city than the 6ix God, Drake, himself? Would you believe me if I said that for only $7.25, you and the squad could enjoy the most amazing view of the Toronto skyline and just enjoy the wind brush through your hair... yeah I wouldn't either.
But what can I say, it makes for an amazing photoshoot.
Photo cred-- doyeonlish
5. Queen St. Warehouse // 232 Queen St. W
Doesn't it suck when you see pictures and videos of amazing looking food... but you can't afford any of it? Your stomach says 'hell yeah' while your wallet cries itself to sleep. Luckily at Queen St. Warehouse, they understand that times are tough. That's why you can enjoy an assortment of burgers, pastas, nachos and more for only $4.95. Best part? You definitely have enough to wash it all down with a refreshing coke & rum.
Can I hear a 'YAAAAS', anyone?
Photo cred-- marielimbo_
6. Woodbine Beach // 1675 Lake Shore Blvd
Show off your summer bod at Woodbine Beach and prepare for a day with refreshing wind running through your hair and a potential golden tan. Whether you're lazy af and prefer to just lay there by the lake or get moving and go for a dip, all can be done at this beach hang out.
Yes, all this fun in the sun won't cost you a thang, and unlike other beaches that take 2345 hours & a day, you can end off your beach day back into the city leaving a trail of sand and memories to share within your squad.
Photo cred-- meowbellee
7. Aga Khan Museum // 77 Wynford Dr
For all you artsy fartsy squads out there, this one's for you. On Wednesdays from 4-8, admissions to this museum is totally free. Take the day to look, and admire the art... and take your own artsy pics of each other outside the minimalistic looking museum.
Photo cred-- sarahjessicaparkour
8. Imagine Cinemas // multiple locations
We all want to be updated with the latest feature flicks coming out this summer. On Tuesdays, enjoy a movie at any Imagine Cinemas (formerly known as Rainbow Cinemas) for only $5.
Best part about it? No tax, it's legit only $5!
Photo cred-- kearagraves
9. Castle Board Game Cafe // 454 Spadina Ave
I don't care how cool you think you are, nobody can resist a game day with the squad. Whether it be your classic Monopoly, or your not-so-nice Cards Against Humanity, it's always a good time lounging around a table with your friends and creating some friendly (sometimes not so) competition with the mains. And besides, Snakes & Lattes is way too crowded and over rated.
Enjoy playing an unlimited amount of board and card games for only $2.50/hour and let the games begin!
Photo cred-- kkoala
10. The Toronto Zoo // 2000 Meadowvale Rd
Bring the squad to the Toronto Zoo this summer and have fun admiring all the cute af animals the zoo has to offer. Did I mention a baby zebra was just recently born there about a week ago? Normally, one adult admission is $28, but with this Groupon you can get in for 15% off at $23.
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