581 Bloor West, 416-537-1574Toronto landmark Honest Ed's is one-stop shopping at its finest. The brightly lit labyrinthine store is best for housewares and sells everything from carpets to colanders to shampoo - all ridiculously cheap.
474 Yonge, 416-925-5031For the past 16 years, Super Sellers has been a fave pit stop with the YMCA crowd for dollar-store-esque beauty gear and, more importantly, for the large selection of discounted women's designer bras, underpants, hose and athletic wear. Don't be fooled by the raunchy window displays - demure sets are also available.
903 Bloor West, 416-533-3559
2852 Danforth, 416-693-6045Hit these two locations and cruise the bountiful racks crammed full of women's (sorry fellas) leather shoes. Great for both work and club styles, and prices are often as low as $9.99!
327 Spadina, 416-977-1831Facing St. Andrew in Kensington Market, Chocky's is a great place to score inexpensive men's and women's Ts, undies, socks and PJs, plus casual clothes for bumming around. Look for brands like CK and Elita.
Dixie Mall (1250 South Service Road) in 'Sauga is a deal mecca for those on the west side, with outlets including Footlocker , Mendocino and, for jeans and such, Jean Machine , Levi's and Urban Planet .
448 Spadina, 416-922-5429This narrow shop is the place to go for huge stretched canvases on an artist's budget - cheap! It also offers a great selection of art materials like sable brushes, leather notebooks, paints, etc.
2383 Bloor West, 416-762-0970For an eclectic mix of cool vintage, weird one-offs and all sorts of end-of-line pieces, Phase 2 won't disappoint. New hats and sunglasses are displayed near the checkout. Separate sections for men, women and children.
501 Bloor West (and other locations)
416-961-4496The best discount deal in town goes to the Book City Card, which is $15 dollars per year and gives you 10 per cent off regular and trade paperbacks and 10 per cent off sale books, a whopping 20 per cent off hardcovers and - we love this personal touch - a $5 coupon for use during the month of your birth. And every $300 accumulated gets you a $5 coupon. TORONTO WOMEN'S BOOK STORE
73 Harbord, 416-922-8744
Here you can find one of the best selections on the planet of books by and for women. The book club card offers a buy-10-get-one-free program. Their 20 per cent off Boxing Day sale is killer, too. And check the Web site (www. womensbookstore.com) regularly for the titles of books going for 20 per cent off each month. There's always some CanLit on that list. PageS
256 Queen West, 416-598-1447This is the place for cultural criticism, with one of the best mag selections in the city. Student discount gives you 10 per cent off regularly priced books. Magazines, alas, are not included.
290 College, 416-962-7788Culture pirates should also head for this discount computer store in the old Cinema Lumiere movie house (ask the 'rents) near U of T to buy 100-pack spindles of blank CD-Rs for only $39.95. It's a vaguely limited-time offer. But since the sale has been running for several weeks already, it appears to be an ongoing loss leader. Warning: because the deals are sweet, the lineups at the cash register are often long and slow-moving. Bring some required reading.
772 Queen East, 416-535-1999
www.carbonation.com Now on the east side in a massive new showroom, this is still the friendliest place in the city to blow your student loan on a new Mac. Nice service and cheap prices to boot. CPUSED
488 Dupont, 416-533-2001
www.cpused.com The place to pick up a used or refurbished Mac. (PC users should head to www.pcused.com.) Check the wacky Web site for the price list, updated daily.
COLLEGE, SPADINA TO BATHURST
PC users looking to put together a box on a budget have to take the walk down College Street's silicone alley. Shops like Alpha Plus Computer (287 College, 416-323-0898), Canada Computer (343 College, 416-926-0107) and Inmax Computer (322 College, 416-975-8886) sell gear cheap cheap cheap.
355 Yonge (and other locations)
www.futureshop.ca You can buy cellphones and Palm Pilots in corner stores, strip malls and from curious-looking sidewalk dealers these days, but for sheer variety and the lowest possible price, no one beats big-box stores like Future Shop.
347 Queen West, at Beverley
416-593-0909Past the animatronic gorilla out front that was once stolen and held for ransom are two madly jumbled floors of DIY paradise. Find refurbished phones, disco mirror balls and just about any cable you could possibly ever need: phone extension cords, gold RCA jacked audio lines, computer cables and the coaxial cable and splitters you need to hook up cable TV. Which, as those Rogers-sponsored commercials remind us, is theft.
Serious cycle collectors scour Buy & Sell for amazing deals on older bikes and case every garage sale in the Annex, Cabbagetown and the Beach for their dream ride. You can also check out the message board just inside the door at Mountain Equipment Co-op (430 King West, at Peter, 416-340-2667) for both quality used road bikes and off-road brutes. Bonus: MEC is also the cheapest spot in town to buy inner tubes, fenders, lights, bells, helmets and $14.50 Kryptonite-style U-locks complete with three keys, which guarantees that when your bike's stolen you'll still have an extra key.
330 Dupont, 416-924-1107 ext 10OK, so a student's giving you your rub-down. But don't worry - they follow professional codes, and a one-hour massage will only set you back $32! Book your appointment early and feel free to specify if you're more comfortable with a male or female massage therapist.
900 Dufferin, 416-531-3131
2902 Danforth, 416-698-2558As with any student-provided service, you get what you pay for. That said, deals abound at Marca College. From inexpensive haircuts and colour jobs to manicures, pedicures and facials, you can have all the salon services you crave without needing a fancy budget to pay for 'em.