Services

Here we recommend places, people and businesses we believe offer a great service at a great price.

March 28, 2020

Buy Rite Termite and Pest Control

When we purchased our home, the house had been tented for termites. So we postponed signing up for regular pest and termite maintenance plans. But when we noticed termite dropping on our office door jam, we knew it was time to get an inspection and servicing.

February 20, 2020

The Joint Revisited

Visiting a chiropractor can get expensive if it’s not covered by insurance. That was why I initially went to a place called the Joint back in 2015.
A 2015 Frugal Bugle winner, the Joint are Franchised Chiropractic Clinics that are individually owned with licensed chiropractors.

It may seem implausible, but the Joint has gotten even better! The pricing is more than fair with their introductory offer on your initial exam, consultation and adjustment at just $29.

September 23, 2019

Ben Jarvis Computer and Network Repair

When we started having difficulties with slow computers, browsers and computers freezing up and intermittent Internet problems, hubby did the trouble shooting. But the problem lingered, disappearing and then returning again and again causing an amazing amount of lost work hours and incredible frustration. After exhausting every avenue to fix it, we needed help. We called Ben Jarvis.

August 19, 2019

Sterns Fabric & Drapery

After cruising the fabric district on Saturday and coming home empty handed, I decided to try long time, tried and true fabric outlet, Sterns Drapery and Fabric in Sherman Oaks.

This home decor fabric outlet has savings of 25%-70% off of retail on high quality fabrics with names like Waverly, F. Shumacher, Kravet, Robert Allen, Riverdale, Cranston Home and more.

June 9, 2018

Cal Climate

This time of year I get those Central Air System servicing calls from companies I’ve never heard of. One year I made the mistake of saying “yes” for their $69 special. They came out and did literally 10-minute inspection. Afterward they gave a 20-minute upsell pitch on parts & ducting I needed replacing. When I told them the system was only 2 years old, they handed me a cheap $5 air filter and left.

October 26, 2017

Enterprise Car Sales

When we had our car totaled 2 weeks ago, our Credit Union rep recommended starting our used car search at Enterprise Car Sales. A Division of Enterprise Rent a Car, here they sell their used vehicles at below market prices.

August 16, 2017

Silky Skin

My hubby got me some facials at Silky Skin Salon in Montrose last May.
He bought 3 of the Dermafile Treatments with Fruit Enzyme Facials through Groupon as a Mothers Day gift.

You never know how these discounted Groupons Facials are going to go. But I was in luck. After one treatment from owner and licensed Esthetician, Elsa McCarthy, I was hooked

March 10, 2017

Laura Burke Photography

I’m always struggling to get extra cash. The biggest culprit of this struggle is my daughter. Kids are expensive… and the older they get the more expensive they get. I’m doubly burdened and blessed as I am a parent of an actress. Her path to success is rather expensive with ongoing acting classes, reels, websites and head shots.

October 21, 2016

Jackie Winters Auto Inspection

Since our daughters ride and our “hauling stuff “ car got totaled last month, it was time to go used car hunting. For 2 weeks, we search private party cars, independent car lots and big dealerships, websites, recycler classified etc. Car shopping on any level, whether new or used is a buyer beware situation. This is how we didn’t get taken.

September 22, 2016

Jorge Garcia Furniture Restoration

Jorge Garcia works out of a small warehouse in Pasadena and specializes in antique polishing, restoration, refinishing as well as caning, rushing and carving. Jorge Garcia is especially good at matching wood tones and repairs. He does terrific work, gives accurate and fair estimates and is easy to deal with.

March 27, 2020

Valley Upholstering

Ten years ago, we had Valley Upholstering redo our families 1900’s Sheraton dining chairs, 1940’s King Wing chair and 1960’s Love Seat. Beautiful work, at below market pricing.

But that was 10 years ago. People and business change. Was Valley Upholstering still that good? The short answer… You bet!

April 9, 2014

Low Cost Pet Vaccines and Services

The cost of owning a pet, be it a dog, cat or other animal can be a sizable expense, especially if you are a responsible pet owner. Quality food, grooming, regular shots, de-worming, health exams and health care can really add up. Finding ways to save money on these things is vital to maintaining a balanced budget, as well as a healthy, happy pet.
Here are a few good choices!

May 7, 2013

HD Supply, Repair & Remodel

Spring and Summer usually bring with it home repair and remodeling jobs. Some of these big repairs can be costly, even if you do the work yourself. With every penny counting to stay on budget, you’ll be happy to shop at HD Supply Repair & Remodel.

HD Supply does a high volume, low markup business in huge warehouses, saving you 10%-50% on doors, windows, cabinets, flooring, lumber, moulding, tools, electrical, masonry, plumbing, heating & cooling and more.

January 16, 2009

Habitat Restores

Habitat ReStores have both new and used surplus building materials donated by building supply stores, contractors, demolition crews and individuals. The products here range from door knobs to doors, sinks to lighting, windows to hardware, flooring and almost anything in between, all at prices that are 40%-70% below what you would expect to pay.

August 30, 2011

America’s Tire Company

I’ve gotta say that with the economic downturn, it seems that customer service has gone down the tubes. This surprises me, since stores need to do whatever they can to pull in customers and bad service results in lost customers/sales. Good service has always been part of our mantra and when I get truly great service I need to let you know. Which brings up my encounter today with America’s Tire Company (a nationwide chain) in Glendale.