Friday, March 29, 2013

Science Day: Los Angeles Public Library, Downtown, Saturday 3/30

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Easter Bunny Sighting: Citadel Outlets, Saturday, 3/30

From Noon-2pm there will also be a performance by the group, Sharp Turn Ahead.

Citadel Outlets, 100 Citadel Drive, Los Angeles

Friday, March 22, 2013

Azalea Festival: South Gate, 3/21-3/24

South Gate hosts an annual azalea festival featuring a carnival, entertainments, beauty contests, boy scout tournaments, fashion shows, and more. For more information click here.

Azalea Festival
South Gate Park
4900 Southern Avenue, South Gate


Free Easter Photo & Frame: Walgreens, 3/23

Free Easter Photo and Magnet Frame
Select Walgreens stores
Saturday, March 23
This event is offered only at participating locations. I scrolled through the list and found that a Walgreens in Pico Rivera and two in Whittier are participating.

Easter Egg Hunt: Albertsons, Montebello, 3/23

I attended this event with my family last year. Albertsons will give you a plastic bag to gather eggs, or you can bring your own basket. The event was lots of fun and well organized.
Albertsons, 2469 Via Campo, Montebello, 90640

Free Legos! Lego Friends Event: Toys R Us, Saturday, 3/23

Visit any Toys R Us store on Saturday, March 23 from 12-2pm for a Lego Friends event. Usually the Toys R Us Lego events include a mini-model that kids build in the store and take home for free. This event says that kids can build a Lego Friends wishing well. Arrive early, supplies are limited. Events only occur at regular Toys R Us locations, they do not occur at Express or Outlet stores.

*Some Toys R Us locations are better prepared for in-store events, so there may be some delay in set up at certain stores, or lack of knowledge of the products in others.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Really, Really Free Market: Whittier, Saturday 3/23

The Really, Really Free Market is like a community yard sale with food, and it's all free!
The Strub Avenue Farm is an urban farm located at 8826 Strub Avenue in Whittier, and is hosting the market day. The Farm is a part of  Whittier Backyard Farms, a community of several small backyard farms growing produce for the community.

To participate gather any used items from your home and/or harvest any excess fruit from your own trees, and bring it to the event.

Look through other people's belonging and take whatever you like. Everything is free. For more information click here or visit Strub Avenue Farm's Facebook page.

Really, Really Free Market
Saturday, March 23
10am - Noon
8826 Strub Avenue, Whittier, 90605


Friday, March 15, 2013

Thomas & Friends Event: Toys R Us, Saturday, 3/16

Visit any Toys R Us store on Saturday, March 16 from 11-1pm for a Thomas & Friends event. Usually the Toys R Us events include an activity and a small giveaway for the kids such as a sample toy, poster, or coloring book, and a coupon for parents. Arrive early, supplies are limited. Events only occur at regular Toys R Us locations, they do not occur at Express or Outlet stores.

*Some Toys R Us locations are better prepared for in-store events, so there may be some delay in set up at certain stores, or lack of knowledge of the products in others.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Look how far $50 can go at the Shops at Montebello!

Hey all! The Shops at Montebello Mall gave this blogger an assignment. I was given a $50 Shops at Montebello Visa card and was asked to stretch it as far as possible!  With the combination of coupons for retail stores and trade-in offers I was able to buy over $105 worth of products and gifts for my family for $50! Take a look at what I found:


  • JCPenney is slowing bringing back coupons. I received this coupon for $10 off any purchase in the mail. This pair of MATRIX shampoo and conditioner liter bottles were on sale for $18. With my coupon I paid $8 for the pair. I usually pay $2 for a 10-15 ounce bottle of shampoo or conditioner. These bottles are 33 ounces each which is well within my stock-up price point, and the Amplify Volume series leaves my hair squeaky clean and soft.
2 Liters of Matrix Shampoo/Conditioner $8 with coupon.
  •  My mother recently cleaned out her garage and she gave me a huge box of books. I kept a few but the remainder I took to the Dollar Book Fair. This book store will give $1 credit for every 5 books given in trade. I turned in so many that I was given $15 in credit. With that I picked up 6 books. Most books at Dollar Book Fair are $2 or less, but I found three of the books in the newer/latest book section and they were slightly more expensive. Dora Search & Find $3, The Daring Book for Girls $4, Heaven is for Real $3. 
6 books, Free with Trade-in!

  • For Christmas I received my first pair of real sunglasses, which for me means that they cost more than $5. I've been caring for them by storing them in the zippered case that they came with, but as a busy mom I can't always take the time to zip up the case. My husband gave me his $20 Birthday coupon for the Sunglass Hut to buy a slap close case. The coupon states that I have to spend $20 to save $20. The case was $14 and I found a cleaning cloth for $7. I was supposed to end up paying about $2 with tax, but the coupon wasn't scanning properly and the store associate used another coupon for $25 off instead which made both items totally free! Yay me!
$20 off of $20 purchase coupon.

Case and Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, Free with coupon.

  • For family movie night I pre-ordered Wreck-It Ralph at the Disney Store. This movie includes a blu-ray, dvd, and digital copy of the movie and sells for $25. By pre-ordering I can pick up the movie at the Disney Store anytime on or after it's release date and it includes a coupon for $10 off any $10 purchase or $20 off a $40 purchase. When I picked up the movie I also bought a Wreck-It Ralph reusable bag for $3.50 and a set of nine Sugar Rush scented erasers for $7.35, which I will save for birthday party favors.With my $10 coupon I paid less than one dollar for both of them.
Wreck-It Ralph movie pre-order, $25.

Sugar Rush scented erasers & Wreck-It Ralph reusable bag, $0.93 after coupon.

  • I was drawn into the store, Next Accessories, by signs saying the store was closing. I was surprised to find some really great items for the family. For my husband I found an extendable back scratcher. It looks and feels very manly and has a telescoping handle. For $4, it makes a great kid gift for Father's Day. For my daughters I found sets of hair clips for $2 each. I like these clips because the part that clips in the hair has ridges and are likely to stay put. Unfortunately the Next store is now closed, but other accessory type stores in the Shops of Montebello may have similar items.
Back Scratcher & Hair Clips, $8.

  • In our house we can never find a notepad when we need it. We end up pulling out a sheet of paper from the printer and wasting a full 8.5 x 11" page for a grocery list. Ruggle's Hallmark store had my answer. Hallmark is so much more than cards! In the back of the store there is a lovely variety of address books, stationary sets, photo albums, and notebooks. I found this great notebook pad on sale for only $5.35. It can be customized by sliding in an initial card, has hundreds of tear away blank sheets, and the bold colors means that it will be easy to spot in the piles of clutter on my desk.
Notebook Pad, $5.35.
  • On Facebook I came across this voucher for a free sample of Lancome's Super Serums line. At Macy's I traded it in for these one time use samples. I was disappointed that the sample wasn't larger, usually the sample is a week worth of product, but it was free and is a great size for travel. Many makeup brands at Macy's host semi-annual free gift with purchase events, to see what freebies are available now, click here.
Lancome Super Serum Sample, Free with voucher.


  • For a limited time See's Candies is offering an Orange Creme lollipop. My kids love Orange Creme Popsicles, so I'm sure this will be a big hit when they find these in their baskets this Easter. Sold for $0.80 each or an 8 pack for $5.75.
See's Orange Creme Lollipops, $2.40.

A special thanks to the Shops at Montebello for sponsoring this bargain hunter's shopping trip!

Cesar Chavez Celebration: East L.A. Library, 3/26

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Ross, Dress for Less in North Montebello Opens Friday, 3/8!

A new Ross store is opening at Via Campo & Wilcox, next to Albertsons. I called the store this morning and they said they will not be having any opening day specials and will probably open at 9am.

2505 Via Campo
Montebello, 90640