While Brampton is a great place to live, life can get expensive (just like it can anywhere in the 905).
Both Brampton and Mississauga have diverse and growing restaurant scenes and it looks like the prices are somewhat similar. According to Numbeo, two people can eat at a mid-range restaurant in Mississauga for $55. In Brampton, the same dinner at an equivalent restaurant will cost about $66.
When it comes to groceries, Numbeo data suggests that Brampton shoppers pay a little more than their counterparts in Mississauga for some products and less for others. If you’re shopping in Brampton, you might be paying less for milk ($1.35 vs. $2.00), eggs ($2.85 vs. $3.16) and bananas ($1.45 vs. $1.83). That said, you might be paying more for local cheese ($20 compared to $13–although that’s probably very dependent on where you’re shopping ), chicken breasts ($14.30 vs. $14) and onions ($3.77 vs. $2.79).
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If you live, work and play in Brampton, there’s a good chance you’re driving. If you own or use a vehicle regularly, you are spending about the same as drivers in Mississauga on gas and automobiles (but you might be spending more on insurance).
In terms of utilities, Numbeo data suggests Mississauga residents pay more. If you live in a condo/apartment in Sauga, your basic utilities (electricity, heat, water, garbage, etc.) cost you about $214.47 a month. If you live in Brampton, those same services typically cost about $210.55.
If you want to save on housing expenses, Brampton remains a good alternative (for the most part) to Mississauga. If you’re renting a one-bedroom apartment in Brampton’s core, you’re paying somewhere in the neighbourhood of $1,122.22. If you were living in a one-bedroom in an equivalent area in Mississauga, you would be paying about $1,365.00.
So, it looks like it’s cheaper to live in Brampton when it comes to rent (which is huge). If you’re looking to save on groceries and transportation, well, Numbeo data suggests that you’re more on par with your eastern neighbour.
Still, the rent savings–especially in terms of larger, centrally-located units–are substantial.