Kicking it in Brampton isn’t always easy, the struggle can be real sometimes. But every now and again you pick up those little gems that make life easier, even just a little. Here’s 12 we’ve taken note of.

1. Get your kitchen and household items at Treasure Hunt

If you just love a good sale, Treasure Hunt has a ton of brand name open box and overstock household items. They’ve got kitchen accessories, home accents, furniture and more from big box stores like Home Outfitters, Target and Bed Bath and Beyond, all for a fraction of the actual retail prices. Items come and go all the time, so you’ve got to keep your eye out for those real treasures and grab them while they’re there!

2. Get organic groceries for less than retail 

Organics Live is a Brampton based grocer and food delivery service that brings farm fresh organic items straight to your door for less than what you’d pay at the regular grocery store. If you love your organics, you’ll love this service!

3. Visit Peel Art Gallery on free days

Looking for a good dose of art? PAMA offers free drop in days all the time. You can browse through all of their exhibits and enjoy some great art without having to pay a dime! Keep an eye out on their website for free drop in days and events.

4. Use Maker Space’s 3D printer for free

The Maker Space at Four Corners library provides a 3D printer that’s FREE to use. There’s access to 3D modelling, design software and even robotics software and tools. If you’re a techy, this is the place for you!

5. Shop at Chalo FreshCo for Indian spices

If you’re looking to make a good tikka or vindaloo for dinner, you’ll definitely want to go to Chalo FreshCo, Sobey’s first foray into the South Asian grocery market. Chalo is your one stop shop for everything you’ll need so you don’t have to go hopping around town for all of the ingredients to your favourite South Asian inspired dishes.

6. Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card

With a Brampton library card you can access thousands of current ebooks and audiobooks without having to leave your house. Through your kindle, kobo, smartphone or tablet you’ll have access to a sizeable ebook library for completely free. Any book lover can appreciate free access to endless amounts of books, without even having to get out oft heir sweat pants or pyjamas to get them!

7. Use Your Rose Theatre Tickets For Discounts

Going  out for dinner and a show at the Rose Theatre? Save your hard earned money! Here’s a list of restaurants in the city that offer a discount when you show your Rose Theatre tickets.

8. Watch free movie screenings

Garden Square in Downtown Brampton screens free movies every Saturday on the big screen. Some are old classics and some are new releases. It’s completely free! Just bring a lawn chair and some popcorn. Check out the full movie schedule here. Perfect for a cheap date night idea.

9. Have Your Smoothies Delivered

Blend Fresh Juice & Smoothies, a Brampton-based company delivers healthy smoothies and juices to your door! Busy people and health nuts rejoice, they’ll bring fresh and delicious smoothies and juices straight to you! More details here.

10. Eat For Free On Your Birthday

There are tons of restaurants that offer up free food on your Birthday. If you play your cards right you could be eating for virtually nothing all day. Tokyo Maki Sushi, Booster Juice and Dairy Queen are just a few places that will treat you to something delicious just for being born!

11. Recycle your old bike for free

Instead of taking your old bicycle to the recycling centre and having to pay to leave it there, donate it to BikeWrx, a community project that offers reconditioned bikes to families in need and equip local youth with basic bike mechanical training. Bikes can be dropped off Monday to Friday 9:30—4:30 at Community Bike Centre Brampton at 222 Advance Boulevard, Unit 6 in Brampton.

12. Learn to knit for free

Knit@PAMA is a free program run by Peel Art Gallery. Every Thursday from 6-8pm drop in and learn to knit. They provide the yarn and needles, but you’re also welcome to bring your own. Beginner are of course welcome!

Did we miss any noteworthy life hacks? Let us know in the comments below!