O.C. Bargainista: A trade-in for the soul

Allen Edmonds has joined with Soles4Souls for a Shoe Trade-In Event from Feb. 21 to March 13 at their South Coast Plaza store, 3333 Bristol St., Saks Fifth Avenue Wing, Level 1. Donate any brand of new or gently worn men's, women's or kid's shoes at their store and save $35 off a new pair of Allen Edmonds men's shoes. All collected shoes will be donated to Soles4Souls, who will distribute them to people in need around the world. Call (714) 662-7357.

What's better than curling up with a used book?

The Newport Beach Friends of the Library Book Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Stock up on used books at bargain prices, and support the library. Call (949) 717-3800.

Wahoo for Paul Frank

Love Wahoo's? Love Paul Frank? Let your two loves come together this month when you spend $50 at the Paul Frank store at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St. in the Crate & Barrel/Macy's Home Store Wing, and step over to Wahoo's to redeem your coupon for a No. 1 combo platter, including a Paul Frank collector cup if you order a large drink. The food coupon is redeemable through June 30. Visit myspace.com/southcoastpf.

More locations for less stress

To celebrate their new location, Crane Massage Therapy is offering a 15% discount for one-hour massages. Talented masseuse Faye Crane still is available from 1 to 6 p.m. at 315 17th St., Suite 114, Costa Mesa. She now is also available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at her new location at 13372 Newport Ave. Suite D, Tustin. Call (714) 287-5363 or visit cranemassagetherapy.com.

Feed the masses for 75 cents

Getting ready for that Super Bowl party? Stater Bros. is celebrating its 75th anniversary through Tuesday with a variety of 75-cent deals, including a 5-pound bag of potatoes, large Hass avocadoes, a loaf of French bread, Minute Maid 64-oz. premium drinks, Rosarita refried beans, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Minneola tangelos, Wish Bone dressing, hamburger or hot dog buns, Duncan Hines cake mix, Suave antiperspirant/deodorant, facial tissue, paper towels and much more. Local stores include 2180 Newport Blvd. and 1175 Baker St. in Costa Mesa. Visit staterbros.com for the full list in this week's ad.

Sweets for the sweet

Leave it to Krispy Kreme to deter would-be dieters with a sweet deal. Buy a dozen heart-shaped donuts by Valentine's Day and you'll receive 12 Valentine's Day cards, each with a coupon on the back good for a donut, coffee or small hot chocolate. Give them or keep them for yourself! Local stores include 330 City Drive South, Orange, or 25802 El Paseo Ave., Mission Viejo. Visit krispykreme.com.

Bower's celebrates New Year

Freebie of the Week: Gung hay fat choy! Celebrate Chinese (or lunar) New Year from noon until 3:30 p.m. Sunday at a free family festival at the Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, that includes live music and dance, as well as tastes of China. The museum's free hours that day will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit bowers.org.

Act now for the best deal

As Seen on TV liquidator Innovage has reduced its prices further for its Valentine's and early President's Day sale for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 11, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb 12 and 13 at 19511 Pauling, Foothill Ranch. Visit innovagewarehousesale.com to get on the mailing list for coupons to get products like the rare zebra-patterned Snuggie (others are available), Big City Sliders, Big Top Cupcakes, the Perfect Brownie and more for $8 each.

Treat your back to something

February is historically considered to be the best month of the year to get a deal on a new mattress; just ask "Consumer Reports" or any of the many stores offering sample sales this month. Vanguard Mattress Corp., 310 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Suite G, Placentia, is blowing out 4,000 square feet worth of two-sided showroom samples at more than half off retail, including traditional, adjustable, organic, natural and eco-friendly lines. They also are offering locally made, heavy-duty steel bed frames and high quality mattress protectors. The deal goes through the end of the month, or until the old floor models all are sold. Call (714) 447-3161 or visit vanguardmattress.com.

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 candicebaker@gmail.com. And remember — never pay retail!

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