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Why I Love Grocery Outlet Bargain Market : Amazing Deals on Natural & Organic Products!

Posted on: April 26th, 2014 by Kate Hamernik


I am always looking for great ways to save money on natural and organic products and foods for our family.  We have a tight budget, but we are not willing to sacrifice quality for a lower grocery bill.  One of my favorite places to shop for awesome discounts on organics and natural items is Grocery Outlet!  You may have noticed several Grocery Outlet stores have recently opened in San Diego County – there are stores in San Marcos, Oceanside, Escondido, Poway, Point Loma, National City, El Cajon, Casa de Oro, East Village, and National City!  Not from San Diego?  No problem – check out the Grocery Outlet Location nearest you on their website.


If you have never shopped at Grocery Outlet before but are looking to cut down on your grocery bill I HIGHLY suggest checking them out!  I think Grocery Outlet is still kind of a bargain shoppers secret in San Diego, even though there are so many locations.

Reasons Why I Love to Shop at Grocery Outlet

* Their prices are fantastic!  Many items are more than 50% off what they are at a typical big box store, seriously, go in an price compare!

* Their food and products are fantastic!  I have purchased fresh organic produce, brand name organic cereals, dairy items, toys, hair care products, even work out clothing for significant discounts!

* Their wine – OK, I don’t drink that much wine, and I really don’t know much about it, but friends – you gotta check out their wine selection.  They have a huge wine selection and many bottles are more than 50% off what you would pay elsewhere – WHAT?!  Last month we bought a bottle of wine at Grocery Outlet that was originally $35.99, we paid a mere $8.99 for it!  That is pretty awesome!

* It is kind of a surprise when you go into Grocery Outlet – you really never know what you are going to get.  It is a fun little treasure hunt every time I go.  I almost always shop at Grocery Outlet before going anywhere else, I stock up on the items I typically purchase anyway and I always save more than 50% when I go in!  Some weeks they have so many of the items we buy anyway that I don’t need to shop anywhere else and it saves us a significant amount of money to put towards other things.

* No coupons.  I have nothing against coupons, and I use them often, but it is easier to go into a store and know that in most cases I am actually getting a BETTER deal than I would with coupons at a typical store.

*OK – sometimes coupons.  While you cannot use manufacturers coupons, you can sometimes find coupons for Grocery Outlet!  I have found coupons in mailers, online, and on the bottom of my receipt.  I love to combine these with the already awesome deals!

How can Grocery Outlet Bargain Market keep their prices so low?

* Extras – sometimes a store orders too much of something, or a manufacturer makes more than is ordered by regular stores.  Grocery Outlet scoops those extras up and passes the savings along to their shoppers.

* New Packaging – companies change the design of their products all the time – there is nothing wrong with the product in the old packaging, but stores only want the new stuff on their shelves – Grocery Outlet sells out the old packages for a deep discount.

* Shorter shelf life – a typical grocery store will not buy something with less than a ONE YEAR shelf life – isn’t that crazy?!  When a manufacturer has products with less than a year to go they send it over to Grocery Outlet – I have NEVER found anything expired in my shopping trips, not even once!  I don’t need a year shelf life – one or two months is plenty of time for me.

*Whoopsie – sometimes there is a misspelling on the packaging – I don’t care if you misspell one of the ingredients if it means I can scoop up my favorite product for 70% off!

*Whoopsie again – A company makes something that just doesn’t fly with consumers and they need to unload it fast.  Sometimes it is just a flavor that didn’t do as well as the original or maybe a skin care product that is awesome but just wasn’t well received in the traditional market.

Click on page two for pictures of some of the actual items I purchased (and their prices) at my last trip at Grocery Outlet Bargain Market in San Marcos…….

Have you checked out the CA Surf Museum yet? FREE entry on Tuesday!

Posted on: October 21st, 2013 by Kate Hamernik

California Surf Museum Oceanside

FREE Admission every Tuesday – we only post once per month, but keep this in mind for any Tuesday!   Want to check out other FREEBIES today?   Check out our Calendar of FREE San Diego Events!

The California Surf Museum is located at

312 Pier View Way,
Oceanside, CA 92054

Do you know of other FREE Museum Entry dates? Contact Us!   We would love to share!

Oceanside Senior Expo 2013

Posted on: October 6th, 2013 by Kate Hamernik

October 10, 9am to 1pm.

Oceanside Civic Center

Oceanside Senior Expo 2013

The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, Tri-City Medical Center and Cox Communications present the Oceanside Senior Expo, a free community event. Highlights include over 60 exhibitors, Screenings & Giveaways, Food from El Pollo Loco, Downtown History Walk at 10:00 am, nearby Farmers’ Market, Flu Shots (Free for Medicare Part B -card required- all others $18, cash or check only. Limited to the first 300 people) Courtesy of WorkPartners. For more information, visit Oceanside Senior Expo 2013

*Thank you to Oceanside Chamber for sending us this info and for sharing this photo!*

Bricks 4 Kidz : Birthday Party GIVEAWAY!

Posted on: August 25th, 2013 by Kate Hamernik

We are so excited to have Bricks 4 Kidz as a site sponsor!   We love that Bricks 4 Kidz does so much for the community and also that they teach kids some amazing skills in their classes all over North County!

Bricks 4 kidz

Not only do they offer classes but they also offer birthday parties!   Our family does a mix of ‘do it yourself birthday parties in grandma’s backyard’ and also ‘all inclusive’ birthday parties.   I have found over the years that going to a location for a birthday party it is almost always less expensive than doing it myself and they take care of just about everything!

Deluxe Party Package for 10 Children (90 min)

  • Bricks 4 Kidz ® Party Host
  • LEGO ® games and activities
  • Model build which you help choose from our extensive list (DUPLO ® available for smaller children)
  • Birthday child receives a Bricks 4 Kidz ® T-shirt
  • Invitations and envelopes for you to invite guests
  • Additional children $5/each

My son is absolutely OBSESSED with all thing LEGO right now and we are seriously considering a Bricks 4 Kidz party for him when his birthday rolls around!

And guess what friends?!   Bricks 4 Kidz is sponsoring a San Diego Deals and Steals giveaway!   One lucky reader is going to win a Deluxe Birthday Package! (Valued at $225!)   Keep in mind Bricks 4 Kidz is a North County business – this is a giveaway only for families in Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad, Encinitas, San Marcos and Fallbrook.

As always we like to keep our giveaways easy and legal – no big hoops to jump through – just two little likes will make you eligible for this giveaway (and you might already like us anyway!)   You gotta like Bricks 4 Kidz and San Diego Deals and Steals on facebook – that’s it!   Of course there are other fun ways to connect with our network – and if you are connected you will get bonus entries – but only those two are required!

As always – you must be a legal US resident 18 years or older to qualify to win this prize.   Also please note this prize specifically can only be redeemed by families in North County San Diego – I know that is very specific – I promise more stuff is coming up that works for all! BUT if you reside in these areas make sure to check it out!

Giveaway entries close on September 1, 2013 – winner will be announced here on this widget by or before September 4, 2013 and via email provided, only the winner will be contacted.   Emails will not be used for any other reason than to contact the winner.

Best of luck to all!   Thank you VERY much to Bricks 4 Kidz for sponsoring this sweet giveaway!

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San Diego Vacation Bible School Options (VBS) Summer 2013

Posted on: April 22nd, 2013 by Kate Hamernik

I am really excited to share the 2013 list of San Diego County Vacation Bible School options!   I hope this list will grow and I do hope that more churches will send us their VBS Schedule!   Please check out the link and send us your entry! We will list as many as we can!   Here is a little list – more to come I promise!   Our family has found that Vacation Bible School is a great way to stretch a budget for summer fun!   I fully respect that VBS is not for everyone – but I know there are many that would like to know about the options in their area of San Diego!   Full disclosure – if you are not familiar with it – VBS is churchy. 😉

San Diego VBS 2013

Churches that would like to share their VBS schedule can CONTACT us with information for their VBS in the same format as those below.   We will add to this list and share weekly.   We’d love to help you spread the word – this is a free service, we do not charge – we will enter as many as we can!

Keep in mind I don’t personally attend any of these churches, some of our readers may and have sent this info over.   While I would love to think they are all awesome, I can’t vouch for any personally, I am just sharing their schedule and nothing more.   Please make sure for yourself that it is a good fit for your kiddo and your family!

 June 10-14
$40 per child and $20 for additional; scholarships available
940 Hilltop Dr. Chula Vista, CA   91911 (619) 426-2211


June 17-21

9 am to 12 noon

$40 per camper (includes music CD and t-shirt), $10 per sibling

For kids entering preschool (must be potty-trained) through completion of 5th grade

2775 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008



June 24-28

8:45 am – 12:15 pm


K – 5th

4031 Avocado Blvd. La Mesa, CA 91941

For more info call 619-670-4009


June 24-28



890 Balour dr. Encinitas

Extended care available, discounts for multiple children and/or volunteers


 TWO dates  – June 24 – 28 & August 5 – 9

8:30 am – 3 pm

$60 per child

1132 N. Melrose Ave. Vista, CA 92083

June 24-28th
8:45 am-12:15 pm
$70 before June 9th, $90 after
1330 Poinsettia Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
This is a program for kids aged 4 years through 6th grade.

July 10th-12th from

9:30 AM-12:00 PM
Cost: FREE <—– NICE!
367 La Veta Ave
Encinitas, CA 92024

This VBS is for kids up to 11 years old. Kids under 3 however MUST be accompanied by an adult the whole time.


  • Coastline Baptist Church

July 14-18
***FREE*** <—- NICE!
557 Vista Bella
Oceanside, CA 92057


July 14-18 (Family Night Friday, July 19)
FREE <—- nice!
Lifeway Church, 1120 Highland Drive, Vista
For kids who have just completed K-8th grades.

contact – (760) 724-2280


July 15-19, 2013
9am-12:30pm/Extended day until 3pm
$45./child for all wk/$90 for extended day all wk
Meadowlark Community Church 1918 Redwing st. San Marcos, CA

July 15, 2013 – July 19, 2013

8:30am – noon

Price – TBA

400 Mission Hills Court in San Marcos, CA

contact Theresa at or 760.759.2242


  • Lighthouse Christian Church

•date July 21-25,
•time 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m
•cost May 1 – July 14: $15 per child or $40 per family
July 21 – 25: $20 per child
•address 4700 Mesa Drive, Oceanside, CA, 92056
• Note from our friend who’s little girl has attended – “Super sweet church, willing to do what they can to accomodate disabilities/food allergies if they know in advance.”

July 22 – 26

9am – noon


3030 Valley Street   Carlsbad, CA    92008-1154


July 22-26, 2013
9am-Noon; Friday only:9am-1:30 pm
$20/first child, $18/additional siblings
2585 Judson Street, San Diego, CA 92111
Ages 3 thru Grade 5 (2012-13 school year)

July 28-August 2
9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
$20 for 1 child, $35 for 2, $45 for 3 or more
2001 S El Camino Real Oceanside, CA 92054
Registration begins June 1st Phone: 760.757.3560


July 29 August 2
Ages 3-12
4670 Mt. Abernathy Ave. San Diego
(858) 279-3311
Online registration begins in June


9638 Carlton Hills Blvd
Santee, CA 92071

July 29-August 2

9 am-12 pm OR 6-8:30 pm

$7 per child <— not sure if it is per day or the week – either way – pretty budget friendly!

9638 Carlton Hills Blvd
Santee, CA 92071

Registration starts June 9th.


*This list will grow I promise!   Please bookmark and check back!   Remember VBS is CHEAP and many fill up within just a week or so of taking enrollment!   Make sure to share with a friend too!

Enjoy ~ Kate

Enjoy FREE Admission ot the California Surf Museum on Tuesdays

Posted on: April 8th, 2013 by Kate Hamernik

California Surf Museum Oceanside

The California Surf Museum is located at

312 Pier View Way,
Oceanside, CA 92054

enjoy FREE Admission on Tuesdays!   Do you know of other FREE Museum Entry dates? Contact Us!   We would love to share!   Have you been to the California Surf Museum?   I would love for you to share your thoughts with everyone here!