To make ends meet, I’ve stopped going out. Basically, I just buy food now. That’s it. Buy groceries. Work. Buy groceries. Work. I checked out a local new pub that is opening and saw on their menu that Fries are $12. FRIES! Burgers $21. Plus tax plus tip, a basic burger and fries at this pub is close to $45. It used to be fun going out but now it’s fraught with financial consequences for me. I’ve declined social invites. $80 for a few hours at happy hour is not very happy. I miss the hood old days where you could roll in with friends and have a great time without worry. Traveling is the same: hostel private room is $100. Yes I could do the shared dorm but worry about safety and theft. So…. Buying groceries and staying at home for the foreseeable future.


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I Have

Sep 18, 2023 at 7:08pm

Said it here many times, but always get down voted a lot- I guess by those who truly believe the "best place on earth " propaganda.
If at all possible.......get out of here.

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Create and adjust

Sep 18, 2023 at 7:11pm

In the same boat here. Buy groceries. Work. Buy groceries. Work. etc. So I stopped doing the social stuff out to pubs, and such. Especially after the pandemic. Seeing as all food / beverage have increased to a point where it's not affordable to eat out or go for coffee (for me). Do I go for a pint, or buy groceries? Go out in nature, there's legal drinking in some parks, I can at least get a case of beer (costs as much as a burger, fries, and an under poured sleeve?) now if I can get some people to meetup maybe.

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Sep 19, 2023 at 1:22pm

Went to happy hour yesterday expecting to be able to get an appetizer and a beer for under $20. Nope. It was $28 for a beer and an appetizer, plus tax, plus tip. It’s ridiculous and it’s a big reason why restaurants are closing in this city. If they have to charge those kinds of prices for mediocre food just to stay in business, then maybe they shouldn’t be in business at all. The city should be reducing property taxes for small businesses, and commercial leases should be much more reasonable, or there will be no need for restaurants because the common people will have been forced to move away.

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Same Thing

Sep 19, 2023 at 6:29pm

Went by what used to be Bridges, thought I'd duck in for a quick plate of nachos annnnnd- $24. Plus $4 for a bit of I didn't.
For $12 I can make ~4 times as much at home

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Unhappy hour

Oct 2, 2023 at 10:42am

No wonder why pubs are closing post pandemic with the unrealistic high mark ups of food & beverage (just like that over priced) national tire store. i.e. mark up beer no more that 50%, bring back really happy hour prices perhaps? Give good service, get more tips, a win win.

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Oct 15, 2023 at 9:24am

Feel the same way $10 for a beer ITS BEER and the food prices $25 for a burger and fries when did McDicks start costing $20. It’s just a crush to do anything in this country anymore Canada is broken and there is no coming back from it.

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