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Frugal Faves: Yuk Yuk’s and Holiday Sales

There’s so much to see and do in this city, but after a while, admission fees, restaurant bills and shopping sprees start to add up. Where Toronto’s weekly tips on discounted tickets, exclusive sales, free events and more help you get the most out of your trip without burning a hole in your pocket.

Yuk Yuks is sure to get anybody laughing (photo by ECohen)

Yuk Yuk's is sure to get anybody laughing (photo by ECohen)

Comedy on the Cheap
Giggle and guffaw at the hilarious on-stage antics at Yuk Yuk’s comedy club for only $3 every Tuesday evening. The well-known venue’s weekly amateur night features two separate performances that are sure to tickle your funny bone and bust your gut. The early show at 7:30 p.m. is highlighted by original routines by students from the Humber College School of Comedy. At 9:30 p.m., audiences laugh (and cringe) during an open-mic showcase for budding local stand-ups. The pocket-change ticket price covers both shows, while full bar service and snack foods are available for purchase throughout the night. Yuk Yuk’s amateur night runs Tuesdays year-round, starting at 7:30 p.m. $3; call 416-967-6425 to reserve.

Stylish Savings
Frugal holiday shoppers can find gifts for the whole family at the Bargains Group’s sixth annual Friends & Family Warehouse Sale. The popular clearance event is put on by Canada’s largest discount wholesaler and promises savings of up to 80 per cent on brand-name toys, men’s, women’s and kids clothing and accessories, bedding and more. On now until December 24. 890 Caledonia Rd.; click here or call 416-785-5655 for info and hours.

Save on scarves (and much more) at the Bargains Group sale

Save on scarves (and much more) at the Bargains Group sale

Donate your previously loved shoes, boots or handbags and receive $20 off any purchase of $100 or more during the Good For Your Sole promotion at Nine West. All footwear collected will be donated to local Goodwill stores to support job-training and employment services. On now to December 13 at Nine West locations throughout the Greater Toronto Area.; call 416-977-8126 for details.

Find big savings on designer denim at trendsetter haven and celebrity hangout Over the Rainbow. Just print off this coupon and bring it to the Yorkville boutique to receive $35 off any purchase over $100. On now until December 24. 101 Yorkville Ave.; call 416-967-7448  for details.

Looking to spruce up your boudoir for a bargain? Don’t miss the discounted decor items up for grabs at the annual Umbra factory sale. Shop for contemporary accessories for your home and pick up stylish gifts like picture frames, clocks, wall art, bath products and more. December 12 and 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Direct Energy Centre; call 416-299-0088 or visit here for more information.

October Editor’s Picks: Shopping

Tod's driving shoe ($498)

Tod's driving shoe

1. Men’s style emporium Harry Rosen adds another notch to its belt with the inclusion of a new shop-in-shop. Tod’s, the distinguished Italian footwear and leather goods company, lays down tracks with a 200 square-foot space, the first of its kind in Canada. Nestled on the second floor of Harry Rosen’s Bloor Street West flagship shop—alongside such other pre-eminent brands as Armani Collezioni and Dolce & Gabbana—the modern masculine showroom bedecked in polished metal and leather boasts a commanding back wall featuring Tod’s illustrious shoes, such as the popular driving shoe ($498). Other small leather products as well as supple bags are also on display.

Guerlain's latest perfume, Idylle

Guerlain's Idylle perfume

2. Venerable perfumery Guerlain shakes up its stately image with the debut of a new fragrance aimed at younger customers. Established in 1828, the French company gives its century-old formula an update with Idylle ($82 to $148), a scent named to suggest languid afternoons of daydreaming. A subtle bouquet of freesia, lilac, peony, jasmine, lily of the valley, chypre—containing patchouli and white musk—and Bulgarian roses, the perfume has serious contemporary cachet. Not only is it represented by rising French starlet Nora Arnezeder, its teardrop-shaped bottle was created by hipster designer Ora Ïto, who is known for his product parodies of items from Louis Vuitton and Apple.

Think Pink bath bomb from Lush

Think Pink bath bomb from Lush

3. Shop guilt-free and for charity with these pink picks for breast cancer awareness month. Proceeds from the purchase of each item support breast cancer research.

>> Model, actress and Estée Lauder spokesperson Elizabeth Hurley hand-picked a lip shade collection ($30)—composed of a lipstick, gloss and pencil that fits in a mirrored compact; available at Holt Renfrew and The Bay.

>> Bath time gets a boost with a Think Pink bath bomb ($5.95) from Lush, which fizzles in the water as it unleashes heart-shaped confetti.

>> Write for a good cause with BIC Sheaffer’s brushed stainless steel pen and pencil duo ($27), available at Grand & Toy (College Park, 777 Bay St., 416-977-5100).