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Garden Clippings: Here’s the Dirt on Holiday Gift Deals

Marla Hart
November 29, 2012
The holidays are here. I stand at Urban Outfitters shifting my weight while perusing sweaters for my nephews. Blue? Grey? Then suddenly the music makes me think I’m in North Korea. Bah-bye. Then there’s my mother-in-law who mostly likes cash. Cashmere, a robe, gloves—not so much! Read More...

Deal: Clean Water on Tap for 76 Cents a Day

Jennifer Caldwell
Oct 18, 2012
Having good clean water on hand is a must. Back in 2009, I was fed up with hauling gallons and 2.5 gallons of water home from the store. On top of that, it was difficult to rinse food without a… Read More...

Good Looks for a Good Price … A $10 Haircut for the Gents

Jennifer Caldwell
Oct 11, 2012
Last time I had my hair cut, I got one of those Groupons. I paid $30 and the regular price was $65. Pretty good deal, but then what? After the Groupon, if you want to go to the same place again, it’s… Read More...

Entertainment Deal: Pay What You Want at the Coeurage Theater Company

Jennifer Caldwell
Oct 08, 2012
“The world is too ugly. Beauty cannot exist.” So saith Rachel, the fourth grader who is mercilessly bullied because of her weight, in Sean Graney,s dark comedy, “The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed… Read More...

A People Deal: Help for the Down and Out in the ‘Biz’—Free of Charge

Jennifer Caldwell
Oct 04, 2012
These hard times have got at least one gal seriously in need of some cash flow. Yesterday, I went on down to a nifty outfit called The Actors Fund to attend a career assessment workshop. Upon… Read More...

$10 for 2 Tempranillos or $4 for 2 Mad Dogs—Your Choice

Jennifer Caldwell
Sep 28, 2012
A couple weeks ago, super booze dealer, Bev Mo, opened a new store at Beverly and La Cienega. This one’s got 8400 square feet of assorted wines, beers and spirits, along with a bevy of gourmet foods.… Read More...

California (S)Mart: Eight Awesome Garments + a Couple Pair of Earrings for $32!!

Jennifer Caldwell
Sep 24, 2012
Now that I’ve been there, I cannot comprehend how I’ve been living here in LA for so many years and never been to the California Mart. What a waste. I’ve never in my life seen such a conglomeration… Read More...

Surprise Deal!! A Jar of Oregano for 33 Cents at … Whole Foods??

Jennifer Caldwell
Sep 20, 2012
My friend Natascha keeps insisting there are good deals at that premium natural and organic supermarket monopoly - Whole Foods. There may well be calls for my arrest if I say this, but I’m going to… Read More...

Be a ‘Crib Colorist’ … Do Your Own Color the Right Way for Under $60

Jennifer Caldwell
Sep 17, 2012
Damn! Seems like every time I turn around It’s time to get my hair colored. I’m not the only one. This is a major expense for many women throughout the developed world. Well, maybe there was some pun… Read More...

Street Curb Robbery: LA’s Exorbitant Parking Fines

Jennifer Caldwell
Sep 13, 2012
I seem to be on a roll these days with getting the worst deals in town. Case in point: the $68 parking ticket I got from the City of Los Angeles. Hey, I’m all for money for the public good. It isn't… Read More...

BAD DEAL ALERT: Watch Out for the Fatty Burrito at the Azteca Truck

Jennifer Caldwell
Sep 11, 2012
Last Friday, after a strenuous hike, a friend and I were feeling pretty hungry so we hightailed it on over to the row of food trucks that line Wilshire Boulevard across from LACMA. Food trucks are in… Read More...

Alex’s Happy Dog Grooming Deal: A Nail Trim for an Easy Dog …$5

Jennifer Caldwell
Sep 06, 2012
Over at Alex’s Happy Dog Grooming, namesake Alex has been grooming dogs for twenty-two years. He’s been at his current location in the Mid-City area for three. Word has it that he is the original dog… Read More...

Here’s a Doosey of a Deal: A World of Art at the LA County Museum of Art … ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Jennifer Caldwell
Sep 03, 2012
One of my favorite places in the whole city is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A few days ago, I decided it was high time to spell out all the awesome deals on offer there. I’m not gonna lie, I… Read More...

Garment District Deal Bonanza!!

Jennifer Caldwell
Aug 30, 2012
Boy Howdy, the garment district in downtown Los Angeles is a deal and discount bonanza! I took a little trip down there today on the good ole MTA, which cost $3.00 round trip. While there, I stumbled… Read More...

A Piece of the People’s History: Hardcover Books for $2 – Paperbacks for $1

Jennifer Caldwell
Aug 27, 2012
The Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research is a great place to learn about the rich history of progressive movements in the city of Los Angeles. A non-profit entity, operating on… Read More...

Perfect Storm, Perfect Suit: Prada for $595

Jennifer Caldwell
Aug 23, 2012
Hot Tip: If you go to you can print this coupon and use it for $100 off the already low prices on ultra high end men’s fashion! Today, I missed out on $328.00. I really needed… Read More...

Flappers’ Two Milk Minimum: Laughs for the Whole Family for $20

Jennifer Caldwell
Aug 20, 2012
This past Saturday, I headed into the heated hills of Burbank in search of a good deal for the family. To be specific, I was on a mission to try out some “family” comedy. Although I have no kiddos,… Read More...

Callender’s Happy Hour Deal: $6 Pizzas All Night Long!

Jennifer Caldwell
Aug 16, 2012
I have a friend who has one of those jobs where she always ends up putting in tons of OT. We kept trying to get together for happy hour and it was a real challenge if we really wanted to get a good… Read More...

LA Live … and Lunch … A Buck Fifty (that’s $1.50)

Jennifer Caldwell
Aug 13, 2012
It's 10:30 in the a.m. My cell phone rings -- it’s my friend, Natascha. “Remember Baz?Well, he bought these tickets to a wine tasting with sommeliers at the LA Food and Wine Festival. He can’t make… Read More...

The Public Library: LA’s Best Deal!

Jennifer Caldwell
Aug 09, 2012
LA’s public library is really such a darn good deal that I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So, I decided to make a series of videos called Gem of the City: The Los Angeles Public Library. Because of… Read More...

Black Dog Coffee: Real Roasted Turkey in Your Sandwich for $6.50

Jennifer Caldwell
Aug 06, 2012
Last night at Noche Cubana, I was a dancin’ fool. My YouTube lessons really paid off. I even started a Conga Line! It took a few go-rounds; but, in the end, my dance partner and I succeeded in… Read More...



Blue Ice Cafe
9201 Winnetka Ave. Unit D
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Phone: 818-886-8391

By the People Document Preparation Center 
21722 Devonshire Street 
Chatsworth, CA 91311 
Phone: 818-341-7351

14538 Calvert Street
Van Nuys, CA 91411 
Phone: 818-779-1094

Harley's Simi Bowl
480 E. Los Angeles Ave. 
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Phone: 805-526-4212

MBX Crossfit
19631 Parthenia Ave. 
Northridge, CA 91326

  • Meetup for Fun and Adventure … Almost Always Free!

    Jennifer Caldwell

    “Meetup Mad” – a year ago, that’s how my friend Natascha jokingly described me.  At that time, she hadn’t even heard of Meetups. I’m surprised at how many people still haven’t.

    Last year, I went to my first Meetup in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Five people showed up and we all went for a brisk walk…

  • Down Home Cookin’ With Lots of Soul … i.e. Pork Chop and Eggs for Just $8.66

    Jennifer Caldwell

    Guess what? Everybody’s eating at CJ’s. And their menu is nearly as diverse as their clientele. On the front, it reads: CJ’s Café. ‘From the South to South of the Border.’

    For breakfast you can get your basic bacon and eggs, omelet’s or egg sandwiches. The sandwiches are a great deal. They range…

  • A Light Proletarian Lunch … for Just $2

    Jennifer Caldwell

    My Mom has really taken to keeping up with Deals and Discounts, even though she doesn’t live in Los Angeles, and she’s been after me for some time to say something about Mao’s Kitchen. She says it’s her favorite Los Angeles restaurant, and definitely a great deal. That’s saying something too,…

  • Getting Naked and Renewed … for Just $15

    Jennifer Caldwell

    Ever hear of a mugwort tea bath? How ‘bout oxygen and bichotan charcoal therapy? Well, apparently, the mugwort boosts immunity, promotes circulation and detoxifies. The oxygen and bichotan charcoal combo detoxifies as it moisturizes.

    I am elated to say that I experienced all of this and more at the…

  • Summer Grub and an Outdoor Flick … from FREE to Almost FREE

    Jennifer Caldwell

    Summer is the time to catch a flick outdoors and it seems like Hollywood Forever isn’t the only game in town anymore. No matter where you live in this vast and diverse city, you can take in a free movie outdoors. Whether it’s on a picnic blanket, at a trendy restaurant, off a food truck or at a…

  • Cool Parasols for 3 Bucks … Fresh Ginger $1.19 lb … It’s Chinatown, Jake

    Jennifer Caldwell

    The controversial arrival of Wal-Mart in Chinatown is in the local news lately and got me to thinking – doesn’t Chinatown already have great deals? I attended the festivities on the Chinese New Year and I scored a beautiful fabric parasol for only $3.

    Available in a variety of colors, these…

  • The Life of a Loyal Friend: Less Than $1,000

    Jennifer Caldwell

    Choosing a vet is one of the most important decisions a person will make. That task fell on me one day around six months ago. My neighbor needs a lot of help; so, I take care of Mojito, her rescue dog. I love that dog.

    One day, Mojito didn’t eat or drink all day. He didn’t do any business either.…

  • New Discovery: A Bottomless Cup o’ Joe … A Measly $1.85

    Jennifer Caldwell

    Like everyone else in Hollywood, I do have a screenplay in the works. The other day, I got the grand idea to take my show on the road and work on my script at a coffee shop – you know, like you always see those people do. Everyone looks so smart, intent on their laptop screens, sipping joe and…

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