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San Diego Deals and Steals was featured on Money Saving Mom!

Posted on: March 21st, 2013 by 

This week little old San Diego Deals and Steals was featured on Money Saving Mom again!   They were kind enough to showcase a VERY simple recipe that I use to keep our grocery budget super low!   I make a lot of soup from scratch and the past couple years I have started making my own vegetable broth for FREE!   If you use veggie broth (or even if you use chicken or beef broth and wouldn’t mind substituting) a couple times a week it could save you $5+ a week – not a lot – I know, but it is CRAZY easy and it does add up!

Broth from vegetable scraps recipe


Homemade Vegetable Broth Recipe

I LOVE using it in Vegan Tortilla Soup!

Check out the link and see how you can make it too!

We were also featured on Money Saving Mom with stories of our

Debt Free Adoption

and our

Paid Cash for a (new to us) Car

If you are looking for a national blog that really celebrates living richly on less I highly suggest following Crystal at Money Saving Mom….. she is kinda awesome!

Enjoy ~ Kate

Zulily: TOM’S Shoes for as low as $18.99 per pair AND a $5 off code!

Posted on: February 21st, 2013 by 

Zulily is running a TOM’S shoes sale. TOM’s shoes hardly ever go on sale! I have always wanted a pair and I think today just might be the day I buy a pair!   I really can’t handle the idea of spending $60 on a pair of canvas shoes, but I do love that every pair of shoes you buy they send a pair of shoes to a person in need somewhere in the world.   Today on Zulily you can get a pair for as little as $18.99 and they will still donate another pair too – how great is that?!   So there are lots of cute pairs for women and children…..or I might just get some for Baby C……….because have you seen the TOM’s baby shoes? (seriously – I die).

Toms baby shoes
Shipping starts at $5.95.     Use coupon code SAVINGZU08 or RETMEZU426 or  ZULILYFB02 to get $5 off your $75 purchase.

This sale ends tonight so if you like those prices make sure to grab them now!

Enjoy ~ Kate

Shutterfly Book for only $14!

Posted on: February 18th, 2013 by 

Here is another sweet deal from Shutterfly!   Living Social is currently featuring a hard cover 8 X 11 Shutterfly Photobook – totally customized with 20 pages of your photos for only $14 (normally $34)!   Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc are all going to be here before you know it – grab this deal and save for a great gift!   You also might be like me…..I haven’t gotten around to making Halloween or Christmas books yet from 2012 – LOL!   I might need this for catch up!


Grab this sweet Shutterfly photobook discount from Living Social HERE today!

Enjoy ~ Kate

*image credit – Living Social*

Do you “Like” San Diego Deals and Steals on Facebook?

Posted on: February 13th, 2013 by 

I know many of our readers are very active in our facebook group – but are you?   I hope you will check out San Diego Deals and Steals on Facebook and please ‘like’!

San Diego Deals and Steals

We share lots of bonus information on the San Diego Deals and Steals facebook page!   Sometimes I find a fun deal that is just too quick to post on the blog or in our newsletter – but I love to share!

Our facebook fans always get a bonus entry in our giveaways!   We have several giveaways already queued up!   This is a great way to increase your chances!

I do hope that when you see something you enjoy, you will let us know!   Please ‘like’ and comment!   Facebook is a bit stingy with how many people they show business pages too – this is hard for someone like me, I really like to know that the information is what our readers want.

I also hope you will share our page with your friends!   You may notice there is a ‘share’ option under each post.   I notice when I post a funny picture we get lots of shares, but make sure to share when there is a fun freebie or sale too!

I hope to see you there!   Our facebook page is a pretty big group, especially considering it caters specifically to one city – but I want you to know it does make me really happy every single time a person adds!   I hope you will check it out!

*Please note our facebook page is not Craigslist – we have a bit of a problem with businesses that we do not know or endorse sharing their specials and information.   We will delete these advertisements.   We are asked constantly for a ‘quick shout out’ on our facebook page, I simply cannot do this without an advertising agreement, it simply isn’t fair to our advertisers who help keep this network going, and it isn’t fair to our readers for me to seemingly endorse something I may know nothing about.   If you are interested in advertising to our audience – we would love to talk!   Family friendly businesses (local and national!) are welcome to join our network!   Contact Us today for more information on how to get the word out about your family friendly business to thousands in San Diego!*

Peace. Love. Swap. – February 16, 2013

Posted on: February 5th, 2013 by 

I know how much our readers LOVE consignment sales – how about a FREE swap – WHAT?! Yup!   Bring your items to share and pay a small fee to get in the door (less expensive if you pre register!) and take home items your kiddos need – how great is that?!

peace love swap

The following post has been brought to you by :

peace. love. swap. San Diego

First 2013 Children’s & Maternity Clothing & Gear Swap
How it works?
Drop off items – kids (0-14 yrs) and maternity during drop off time. Clothes on hangers, freshly laundered.
While we set up, meet fellow moms, shop vendors!!
When the swap starts collect what you need from the swap, no money exchange! It’s that easy.
Don’t forget to bring your bag!
A bag full of new-to-you, stylish finds for you and your kids from fellow fashionable moms.
Leftovers donated to charity.
Saturday, February 16
Drop off 9:00a- 10:00a
Swap 10:15a-11:30a
Where: P5 Academy
1301 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (corner of 5th Ave and A st)
Free volunteers, $6 pre-register, $10 at the door, $6 military with valid ID
More info:

Check out the peace. love. swap. San Diego website!

Facebook – peace. love. swap.

Since 2009 peace. love. swap. organizers have produced over 200 swap events,
donated over 160,000 baby, kid & maternity items to charity, and swapped over 240,000 items.
The peace. love. swap. mission: to keep gently used baby, kid and maternity items out of landfills, and
to donate to local charities, by producing fun and affordable family friendly swaps

*As stated – this post has been brought to you by the good folks at peace. love. swap.   We thank them for sponsoring our blog and we hope our readers will let them know they saw it here!   Thank you for supporting our site sponsors!*

Ebates – get paid for shopping online! Special deals just for Valentine’s Day!

Posted on: February 1st, 2013 by 

Right now Ebates is holding a Valentine’s Day Sale!

We discovered Ebates way back when we started our first adoption process.   We were looking for a way to save a little money on our travel expenses.   We found it to be a great way to save money off of our plane tickets and hotel stays, but also on so much of our other online shopping!

We don’t shop much online, but I always go through Ebates when I do!   It is SO easy!   I simply go through and search for your retailer.   It will tell you right there what percentage you will get back in CASH from your purchase – anywhere from 1% – 25% back!

We get a check sent every 3 months for a percentage of what we spent online!   A check not gift cards of points but a check!   You don’t have to request it – they just send it to you!   Not only do you get cash back, but they have awesome codes for FREE shipping, % off, and money off!   It takes just a couple seconds to log into Ebates and it can save a lot of money on what you would spend anyway.

Here are just a couple great sales and the percentage back at several Valentine’s appropriate sites……….

8.0% Cash Back at Sephora – Choose 2 of 13 Deluxe Samples – Free with any $25+ order

12.0% Cash Back at – 20% off any order and Free shipping with code SZLOG

8.0% Cash Back at Godiva – 15% off order of $60 – $300 WITH Code HEART.

4.0% Cash Back at Victoria’s Secret – $15 Off $100, $30 Off $150 & $75 Off $250. Code SPRING1

9.0% Cash Back at Elizabeth Arden – Free 29-Piece Valentine’s Day Gift (a $275 value) + Free Shipping with any $75 order.

6.0% Cash Back at J.Crew – Enjoy an additional 40% off final sale items* at Use code GET40

8.0% Cash Back at JCPenney Enjoy Clearance: 30-50% off

We aren’t in the middle of an adoption process anymore so our Ebates checks go straight into the bank or we use it for a special date night.   We don’t do that much online shopping but our check is usually $50 – $100!   If you shop more than we do (most of you probably do ;-))

Now we put our Ebates checks in the bank.   For us, it really isn’t that much usually under $100, but I sure do like those $50 $100 checks every three months! I bet there are a lot of people reading this that shop online or travel more often than we do.

Use that check to pay down debt, donate to that favorite charity that you always want to donate more to but just can’t find the extra cash, go out on a date with your love, buy a cute pair of jeans, or do what we do now put it in the Christmas fund!

Sign up for Ebates today and when you make your first purchase you will get a FREE $10 gift card * first purchase that is $25+*

What would you do with FREE money every month?

Enjoy ~ Kate

* Disclosure – this post has been sponsored by   I have been using Ebates to save money for years, even before San Diego Deals and Steals existed!   All opinions are completely my own.*

Snapfish Custom Hardcover Photobook for only $10!

Posted on: January 14th, 2013 by 

A very budget friendly Valentine’s Day gift alert!!

snapfish coupon code

Snapfish: $10 ($25 value) for a 20-page custom cover photo book.

• Upload images from your computer, phone, Snapfish, Facebook, and Flickr
• Choose a theme and make it yours with cool layouts, designs, and captions
• Intuitive FreeStyler tool lets you resize, move, and tilt images
• 8.5″ x 11″ hardcover photo book features 20 pages with up to 15 images per page
• Add photos and titles directly to the customized cover


PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON April 23, 2013 (plenty of time to use for Valentine’s Day, a birthday that may be coming up, or even to tuck away for Easter or Mother’s Day!

*limit three per customer – you may buy one additional as a gift – this could make gift buying VERY easy peasy!*

Enjoy ~ Kate

*image credit – Living Social*

Starbucks Buy one Get one FREE Holiday Drinks! December 13 – 16 2012

Posted on: December 12th, 2012 by 

Starbucks is at it again!   You can enjoy Buy one Get one FREE Holiday Drinks during a few lovely hours!

Starbucks buy one get one free

Thursday December 13 – Sunday December 16th

2 – 5 pm only!

Holiday drinks include

  • Carmel Brulee Latte
  • Gingerbread Latte
  • Peppermint Mocha
  • (this might not be at every store – but last time they let me get an Eggnog Latte with this deal – yum!)

Here’s the deal – I saw this sweet deal on Money Saving Mom – but I cannot find it on the Starbucks website.   I have found that generally if one Starbucks is offering a promotion, all are – but if you were going out JUST for this deal – I suggest calling before you drive thru.   I am planning on going by for sure!

UPDATE!! I just saw a commercial on TV!   I am thinking that means it is at all Starbucks stores *happy dance*

Share with a friend!   This was a surprise bonus BOGO deal – many people don’t know about it!   Make someone’s day today!

What is your favorite Starbucks Holiday Drink?

Enjoy ~ Kate


Mt. Baldy Snow Tubing HALF OFF!

Posted on: December 10th, 2012 by 

If you are planning a trip to Mt. Baldy this winter you should check out this sweet deal!

Mt Baldy deal

Get a Snow Tubing Package from Mt. Baldy Ski Resort for half off!   This deal is from Plum District

You can only purchase this deal for a couple more days – but you can redeem until the end of the season!   We took advantage of a deal like this last year and it wore us all out!   The big kids are asking when we can go again!

This would be a really fun ‘experience’ type gift and a great way to get active as a family!

Enjoy ~ Kate

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest! Follow along and share the deals!

Posted on: November 14th, 2012 by 

Hi! Are you on facebook, twitter, and pinterest?   Check out our links there is all kinds of different info on each social media outlet check out all the ways you can follow us and we’d love to connect!

1.  Subscribe via email this is completely free &  makes you eligible for our giveaways!  - you will get one email each day, I never sell, share, or use your info for any other reason it is simply to make sure you never miss out on a great deal! Check out the subscribe via email option at the top right of the blog.   Add to your safe sender list.   Make sure to verify your subscription you will get an email asking you to verify that you in fact requested the e-newsletter and   you were not spammed & the next morning you should start getting a once daily newsletter! Make sure to verify your subscription! If you don’t see your verification email within 24 hours check your spam filter we have hundreds of subscribers that are not yet verified I always want folks to get the email!

2. Follow me on Twitter  -   Join my 2600+  Twitter followers!   Also please feel free to retweet anything you think your followers might enjoy!   I’d love to retweet great deals you find too!

3. ‘like’ me   Facebook  - This is also a great way to get links for FACEBOOK FREEBIES, coupons, and more!  We cannot share EVERY deal and free event here on the blog, but I often share sweet, last minute deals there!   This is a great way to interact with lots of other deal loving friends!   We will never run ‘comment’ or ‘post a pic’ type giveaways we don’t want our page shut down for inappropriate use we will always use the APP so make sure to check back often!   See  what 2900+  fans are buzzing about! If you are already a fan I hope you will suggest to your friends! We are getting SOOOO close to 3000 fans and I sure would LOVE to hit that number this year – I just think it would be really fun!

4. Follow me on Pinterest who here LOVES Pinterest?   I do! This is such a fun way to share ideas!   I would LOVE for you to check out our boards! Lots of great info from our blog and also many others all categorized and easy to use!

5.   Follow me on Instagram – just getting started – but this is SO fun!   We share more photos on Instagram than we may with the blog, so this is a fun way to stay even more connected.

At San Diego Deals and Steals I love to share Library events, free community festivals, giveaways, value in stores in our own community, daily deal awesomeness, and share fun ideas on saving money while having lots of fun in our beautiful city (although you could apply a lot of these ideas to any area ;-))

Share with friends and family too! Most of my readers have heard about ‘through the grapevine’   do you have a friend that might enjoy saving money around San Diego or on the web? Please pass it on! There is an easy to use ‘share’ button at the bottom of every post it really makes my day when I see someone share!   You can also simply hit the ‘like’, ‘tweet’, or ‘pin it’ button at the top of each post It truly makes my day to see information shared!   Thanks so much for helping my little page grow!

Remember I update daily!   Subscribing to our daily e newsletter is the BEST way to make sure you never miss a deal.   I promise I never share your email with anyone, and I never send more than one email a day!   Most of our giveaways are for our loyal subscribers!

Thanks for reading & thank you for sharing!   As many may understand, this little hobby of mine has morphed over the years into a nearly full time job.   It really is so much fun!   I truly appreciate you helping me grow.   If you ever find an article or post to be interesting, please know I truly appreciate you sharing and helping spread the word about MY little business.

Enjoy ~

Stoke Box- great way to trade items you don’t need anymore for the things you need!

Posted on: October 8th, 2012 by 

Have you heard of Stoke Box?   I am REALLY excited to share about this new business!   Stoke Boxes are an awesome way to save money and share with a network of families – pass along things you don’t need anymore, and get things you do need in exchange!

Stoke Box was the idea of a local momma.   She had a boy and was pregnant with a little girl.   She thought it would be very easy to find someone to swap with.   It is a great idea right? Well guess what?   She found after months of trying to find a swap buddy on Craigslist it was not as easy to find as she originally thought.     And Stoke Box was born!

It’s a pretty simple concept.   Your kids outgrow stuff when it is still in great condition or you took up a hobby that you simply don’t have time for any more (ie – I don’t have time to scrapbook anymore but I still have TONS of supplies) – you pack it neatly into a Stoke Box (one of three sizes).   Shipping is prepaid and you simply mail to someone who’s family needs/wants your stuff.   It is REALLY easy!   Once you have shared an item you get a Stoke Box Token – this is needed to buy a box.   Boxes are $10, $15, and $20 (plus a token) and that includes shipping!   You can see pictures of the Stoke Boxes online with clearly labeled contents.

There are new baby item, clothing for kids, knitting supplies, craft supplies, books, baking supplies, shoes, maternity clothes and more all listed right now!   Dozens of boxes are available, but more are added every day!

I just love the idea of being able to be a part of a network that shares at a pretty minimal cost.   The cost of course covers your shipping but also the listing and marketing of the box you want to buy.

I think this SO much easier and much easier than chasing after Craigslist ads – only to find they are already gone – ugh!   It is much less expensive than buying off of Ebay – sometimes auctions start low, but people get really excited and bid those lots way up!   I like that this is one set price.

Using the items you don’t need anymore to get tokens is really SO much easier than trying to sell on Craigslist or Ebay too.   I just like that it streamlines the whole process!

Check out my box – 266

Check out the other awesome boxes too! Do you have stuff you have been hoping to sell or simply pass down but just haven’t found the time/don’t have a friend who needs your stuff? Join the Stoke Box network – clear out your stuff and get what you really need!

Follow Stoke Box on Twitter for live box updates – it is new now, but as Stoke Box grows you are gonna want to be the first to know when new boxes are listed!

Follow Stoke Box on Facebook too!

Enjoy ~ Kate

*Disclosure – I am excited to be working with Stoke Box to help get the word out about their new business.   I was compensated, but all opinions are my own. You can always check out my disclosure policy HERE.*