6. Make a list of necessities
Make a list of everything needed to set up a home, down to forks and spoons. Things we take for granted at home cost money. Have a realistic idea of your needs, and this way, you will avoid getting carried away while shopping for your new life.

7. Increase your savings
The Canadian government needs immigrants to have a particular minimum of funds that can support them and their dependants for the next six months. It’s important not to rely only on this minimum. The bigger the city, the sooner your savings will shrink. If you can take on extra work or lower unnecessary spending, do it.

8. Take advantage of cheaper services
Make use of services that are cheaper in your home country. For example, in Canada, dental services are costly, as are several other medical or cosmetic procedures. Repairing stuff like artwork or other valuables will probably be more expensive here as well.

9. Find temporary accommodation
You may lack friends or family to host you so reserve hotels or short-term rentals way in advance. Choose an affordable and convenient location that will make moving around easy while you look for a permanent home.

10. Get the proper financial tools
Get to know how you’ll be handling your money. Will you be carrying cash or relying mostly on plastic or travelers’ cheques? Know that many hotels do not accept cash and require a credit card. Rental buildings take payment either by debit card, check, or money order. Too much cash could be a nightmare to carry around, while relying only on plastic may make you lose track of your spending. Maintain a balance.

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