O.C. Bargainista: Pretty in pink (lipgloss, that is)

September 02, 2010|By Candice Baker

Freebie of the Week: A free lip gloss from Express stores! Better hurry if you want to cash in on this one — the offer only is active today, to receive a coupon to redeem Sept. 8 to 10. Go to and select the "New Fans" tab, saying you want to be a fan, then fill out the form for your personalized coupon.

While the kids are away, Mommy can play

Happy September! The kids are back in school, so it's time to pay a little attention to Mommy. Good thing the SpaFinder Deal Days promotion is now active, with loads of Orange County spas and yoga studios offering flat-rate $50 deals or other bargain offerings. Example: a wellness massage and detoxification session for $50 (retail value: $150) at Ergonique in Newport Beach. Also, check out the deals at the Clarins Skin Spa at Bloomingdale's, Fashion Island. Across the bay, the no-chanting, fitness-oriented YAS East Costa Mesa yoga studio has single classes for $8.50 instead of $17. Other Costa Mesa participants include both of its Bodycentre Day Spas; the Spa & Fitness Club; and the Clarins Skin Spa at Nordstrom South Coast Plaza. To check out what's available or to sign up, visit


Labor to find those sales

It's Labor Day weekend, so if you normally throw out those sales circulars, dig them out and ogle the loss-leaders at each store. Highlights include 40 pounds of Kingsford charcoal for $9.97 at Home Depot and up to 10 Simplicity patterns for $1.99 each (retail value: up to $17.95 each) at Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts.

Got groceries? Labor Day weekend also makes for the perfect time to stock up on freezable favorites, including extra-lean ground beef for just $1.99 per pound at Sprouts Market, or seedless green grapes at Ralphs for 69 cents per pound. (What? You've never tried frozen grapes? They're a million times tastier than Popsicles, and much healthier.) While you're out, pick up an apple or cherry pie for this weekend at Vons for $1.99.

Buy an Apple, get an iPod Touch

Still need a new Mac computer for your college-bound kid (or your own classroom)? This is the best time to buy, as Apple is offering rebates of up to $200 off — and a free 8GB iPod Touch to teachers of any grade level and college students who buy a new Mac with education pricing through Sept. 7.

Have a hot sale tip, or know about a great local business that you think deserves a little attention? Contact the O.C. Bargainista at And remember — never pay retail!

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