Friday, September 24, 2010

Kristin’s Kickbacks List Week of 9-24

Local and Online Weekend Deals from Groupon

$37 for Two Indoor Skydiving Flights Plus DVD at iFly Hollywood ($84.90 Value)
· Two indoor flights
· Equivalent time of three tandem-skydives
· DVD of your flight provided
The Fine Print
· Expires Mar 27, 2011
· Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Not valid Saturdays. By app't only. Must weigh less than 250 lbs.; if under 6', must weigh less than 230 lbs. Not valid for pregnant women or those with history of heart, neck, back or shoulder problems.
· See the rules that apply to all deals.

$7 for One 8" Mum Pot Delivered to Your Home from (Available through Sunday)
· Choice of five colors
· Delivered right to your door
· Order multiple flowers
· Brightens up any yard
The Fine Print
· Expires Dec 27, 2010
· Allow 2 weeks for delivery. No cash back. Not valid with other offers.
· See the rules that apply to all deals.

$20 for $40 Worth of Personalized Paper Products and Invitations from Between the Sheets Co. (Available through Friday)
· Beautiful, quality paper goods
· Complimentary custom designs
· Shop online
The Fine Print
· Expires Dec 15, 2010
· Redeem starting 9/26. Limit 4 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per order. Allow 2 weeks for shipping. Not valid for monogrammed goods, rubber stamps, custom cups or home goods. Shipping not included.
· See the rules that apply to all deals.

$15 for a Personalized Photo Lunchbox from Photo Lunchboxes ($30 Value) (Available through Sunday)
· Classic metal lunchbox
· Personalize both sides with a photo, design, or monogram
· Great gift for kids
The Fine Print
· Expires Mar 1, 2011
· Redeem starting 9/28. Limit 1 per order. Shipping not included. Tax not included for orders in California. Not valid with other offers.
· See the rules that apply to all deals.


September 4 - October 3. L.A. County Fair.
PARKING is $10 for general and $15 for preferred. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

September 24 and all subsequent Fridays. 12-6 p.m. L.A. County Fair. Ralphs Food Drive Fridays. Bring 5 cans of Ralphs brand food on Fridays to the fair and receive an admission ticket. The food is donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

Do you have any children in kindergarten up through 8th grade? The Read to Ride Program is a special reward program for kids who read books over their summer vacations. Kids will receive 3 free carnival ride vouchers for every 2 books they read and write a book report for. Check out all the details at this link:

September 20 - 26. SpaFinder Deal Days. SpaFinder Deal Days lets you enjoy spa, wellness or beauty services for just $50 prices or 50% off at spas, yoga and Pilates studios, fitness centers and more across the U.S.

September 24. 6-8 pm. FREE weekly jazz concerts at LACMA, no reservations required. LA Times Central Court. This week: Kristin Korb. Vocalist/bassist Kristin Korb tours internationally as a performer, clinician, and guest artist with numerous jazz ensembles. Her new release, In The Meantime, features her innovative arrangements of jazz standards with the help of jazz greats Bob Sheppard, Nick Mancini, Llew Matthews, Steve Barnes and Larry Koonse.

September 25. 12-6 p.m. FREE event. DEAFestival Los Angeles 2010. Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Avenue, Lake Balboa. Free parking. This is a wonderful event that I’ve been able to attend in the past. There are activities for the kids, performances, food and drinks for purchase and just a lot of fun!

September 25. 4:30 p.m. FREE event. Feast of Tabernacles at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena. 18 E. Holly St., Pasadena CA. Free food and entertainment. Get there early because the food tickets go fast.

September 26. 6 p.m. No concert this week at the LACMA.

September 28. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Toddler story time at Borders at the Northridge Mall. Theme this week is autumn.

September 28. 6 p.m. FREE. Kids Club at The Commons at Calabasas. This week: Magic. 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas.

September 29. 11 a.m. Kids Club at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks. This week: Music and Games with Peter. 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., T. Oaks, 91362.

September 29. Free food! You can try the new Panda Express Kobari Beef on 9-29 only! No purchase required! One entree per person with a coupon. Here’s the link to the coupon:

September 30. (Please note this is the corrected date). 5-8 p.m. Free ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery. You get a 3 oz. Make-A-Wish Creation (which is sweet cream ice cream mixed with brownie, sprinkles and caramel).

Paid Focus Groups

Have you ever been to a focus group? Companies will pay you to tell them what you think about their products. They are generally 1-2 hours and vary in pay, about $75-$100 dollars for your time. Some places even feed you! Here is a list of some local groups. If you sign up for several different groups, you have a better chance of getting called. You are eligible every 3 months or so, depending on the group.


Qualitative Insights

Adler Weiner Research

Facts ‘N Figures Inc.

Inspired Opinions (formerly called Schlesinger Associates)

Matrix Research

Savitz Research Companies

Plaza Research

Check out this link if you live somewhere besides Los Angeles:


Movie Ticket Deal (Available through 9-24 only). Get 4 movie tickets for $15!
Go to the following address and sign up as a new user and you'll get $5 credit.
Go to Seattle Deals (you don’t have to live in Seattle for this deal), and choose Weekly Cinema. Great deal!

Redbox has a new deal going on where you can get a promo code for a Free Rental after renting one! Rent 1 movie at Redbox during September, then enter the code found on the dvd at this site After entering your code, you’ll receive a promo code valid for a free redbox movie rental! You have a week to use the promo code for your free movie. You are also entered in a contest to win other prizes, such as a trip to the People’s Choice Awards.

Blockbuster Express has a new code out. Get a free movie rental for one night with coupon code SSD19B. Expires Sept. 30, 2010. In addition, they have a coupon code good for this weekend. Rent any two movies and get the third one free, just use code THXBBX.

Half Price Movie Tickets
See all the latest movies for 50% off what the theater charges. This site purchases tickets in bulk, so they are able to sell the tickets at a discount. The tickets are only available for theaters that allow online purchase of tickets, so the choices are somewhat limited, but the discount is worth the drive. We haven’t used this site yet, so if anyone does, let us know what you think!


JcPenney has two deals right now.

Use JCPenney coupon code GO4TEN to get $10 off a purchase of $10 or more online. Also try coupon code LIZ4YOU to get the discount. You may be able to use them both on two separate orders. It's unclear how long these coupon codes are valid, so don't wait long if you want to use them. And shoes ship free right now!

Here is a deal you can get through 10/22 at Sephora locations inside JCPenney Stores: Free Buxom Lash Mascara. All you need to do is bring the printable coupon with you. Here’s the link:

Photo Deals

Snapfish is now offering 75 Free Prints for all Snapfish Members {just pay s/h}! Add 75 4X6 Prints to your cart. At checkout, enter Promo Code: ISTOCK75. Shipping and handling will be around $4.42. Good through 11/30.

Upcoming Events

October 1-3. LA Kids Consignment sale. This is a one-weekend only children's consignment sale where you can find 50,000+ gently-used and new kids items from cribs to toys to bikes and clothing for newborns through pre-teens.

October 2-3. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. FREE admission to LACMA to celebrate the opening of the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion. Timed tickets required. Please click here to reserve your tickets. Please click here to view the schedule for the weekend, including music, family activities, a free photo booth and food for purchase.

October 7-9. Used book sale at Northridge Library. Get a bag of books for $2! Hours: Oct. 7, 4 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 8 & 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 818-886-3640. 9051 Darby Avenue, Northridge, 91325.

October 9. Used book sale at Mid-Valley Regional Branch. This is a sale not to miss! Children’s books have all been 25 cents in the past! It’s held in a small room stuffed with books, so I try to go without my children if possible. 16244 Nordhoff St., North Hills, 91343. 818-895-3650.

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