O.C. Bargainista: Say ketchup, try free fries

Freebie of the Week: Try a medium order of Chick-fil-A's outstanding waffle fries free from 2 to 4 p.m. March 4 when you mention you're there to try the new Heinz Dip & Squeeze ketchup packets, which recently replaced the fast food chain's regular ketchup packets. The closest store is at 3601 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana, near South Coast Plaza. Call (714) 540-0020 or visit chickfila.com.

Fill your new nursery

The Bellini baby nursery and children's bedroom furnishings and décor store at 95 Fortune Drive, Suite 613 in the Irvine Spectrum is due to close in the coming days; everything as of press time was 60% off. The store specializes in high-end furniture, toys, bedding and gift ideas. Call (949) 753-0588 or visit bellini.com.

Comfy for next to nothing

Love the uber-soft offerings by designer James Perse? Stop by their sample and overstock sale from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at 3444 Via Lido, Newport Beach, to save up to 65% on tops, cardigans, pants and more — including books and furniture — for men, women and children. Visit jamesperse.com.

Who can resist cute baby pictures?

The Anne Geddes flagship store at Downtown Disney is set to close Monday, and the store is liquidating its remaining fixtures, furniture, computer equipment, mannequins and displays, including a $100 furniture set that includes a dark green sofa, two matching chairs, two round end tables and matching end table. Call (714) 533-2663 or visit annegeddes.com.

Blockbuster closings continue

It's official: Blockbuster, after attempting to remain in business by shuttering locations and revamping its business model, has accepted a $290-million buyout and is closing more than 600 stores. Out-of-business sales begin this weekend at several area Blockbuster video locations, following many other closures over the past year. Up next for closure are nearby stores at 1200 Bison St., Newport Beach; 5511 Alton Parkway, Irvine; 3360 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana; and several other stores throughout the county. Visit blockbuster.com.

Free burrito from Chipotle

Chipotle fans who visit the Facebook fan page for "America's Next Great Restaurant" and watch a video about the show will receive a buy-one-get-one-free coupon good through March 6 at the chain's locations, including local choices at 1322 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, and 2300 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa. The coupon is good for a burrito, burrito bowl, taco or salad with like purchase. Visit facebook.com/americasnextgreatrestaurant.com.

Zero in on Dr. Seuss

All Target stores will host free Dr. Seuss story times from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday; also on tap are giveaways and coupons. The event is part of Target's Read Across America initiative. Local stores are at 3030 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, and 3300 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana. Visit target.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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