We are Ray and Kelli, counselors at City. Back to school weekly deals. Laptop deal and Office 365 bundle. First female NFL official. Panera Bread job opening. Foster parents. Burrito Boyz. Financial advice from Comic Con. Tablet deal. Jobs at Discount Tire. Discount books! Surface Pro 3 deal. Which credit card to use. Switching from cable to streaming. Deal of the Day. Social Advocates for Youth volunteer. Deal of the week. Jobs.

The veterans page: Homes For Our Troops. Impacting Veteran Homelessness. Project COMBAT. Honoring our Veterans on Memorial Day. Preventing veteran suicide. A gift of a home. Humanitarian food and toy drop. Breaking new ground as a female combat engineer. "Just A Common Soldier." Volunteers help a former Marine with Leukemia. Expanded Veterans' Services.

Memorable quote: "Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices." -- President Harry S. Truman.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Back To School Weekly Deals!

Office Depot August 21 to 27:

Swingline Compact Stand-Up Stapler $1 (regular $9.99) limit 3.

24-pack Bic Mechanical Pencils $1 (regular $7.99) limit 3.

4-pack Bic Velocity Gel Pens $1 (regular $4.99) limit 3.

Staples August 21 to 27:

Staples 1-subject spiral notebook $.17

Westcott 12" wood ruler $.25

Staples filler paper $.50

PNY Turbo USB 3.0 flash drive 32GB $7.99

Target August 21 to 27:

Acer 11.6" Chromebook $129.99 (regular $179.99)

Acer 11.6" notebook with spill-proof keyboard and includes Microsoft Office 365 Personal $149.99 (regular $189.99)

Linksys AC 1200FE Wi-Fi router $59.99 (regular $89.99)


50% off backpacks from Jansport, High Sierra, Kenneth Cole, Reaction, and Jessica Simpson

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Lenovo laptop $129.99

For a limited time, Best Buy has a Lenovo 11.6 inch laptop for $129.99 (regular $199.99). It has  2GB memory, 32GB flash storage. Limited quantities and no rainchecks. Best Buy customer ratings are good and Amazon is selling it for over $150.

Best Buy also has an Office Essentials Bundle: Office 365 Personal, Kaspersky Internet Security, and Wireless Mouse for $49.99 (regular $149.97)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Breaking New Ground

"I've Learned this myself: Go out and do it because you love it. Don't do it to prove somebody wrong because 'I'm a female and I need to make a statement.' Just go out and do the job because it's something that you want to do." -- Sarah Thomas, the NFL's first female official.

NFL's Lone Female Official in Position to Inspire appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune on August 11, 2016.

Panera Bread job openings

The Panera Bread in Coronado has a sign in front of its store that indicates they are hiring. The store is at 980 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118. (619) 437-4288.

There are also openings at other locations including Downtown at 225 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101.

Info about job openings at Panera

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Helping children as foster parents

Foster kids always had a special place in my heart. They’re innocents caught up in an adult struggle they have nothing to do with. It grabs your heart because they need you so much. It becomes your mission to help them.” -- Foster parent, Susan Kurtik
Senior Couple Step Up As Foster Parents was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on August 8, 2016.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Burrito Boyz

"It was fun giving back to the (homeless) community. They deserve respect from us. They're people just like us, and they deserve the best." -- Alec Johnson, original member of Burrito Boyz.

Charity Cooks Up Milestone was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on August 1, 2016.

Burrito Boyz

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Backpack deals

If you are looking for a backpack, check out these two deals:

Unisex Outdoor Sports Waterproof Foldable Backpack Hiking Bag Camping Rucksack for $6.49

High Sierra Curve Backpack on clearance price plus an additional 50% off if you use the code: "clearout" at checkout. The price will be reduced to $12.49.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Financial Advice from Comic Con

At Comic Con 2016, there was a panel on Thursday called "Be a Financial Superhero Even If You Aren't Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne. It was geared toward creative artists and their finances. Here's what I pulled from this presentation:

To succeed in your own business:
What do you have to give that is going to help people?
What can you do that no one else is doing?
What is your passion?

What you need to be a successful artist:
Passion for your work
Skill set to do it well
Hustle to get yourself known

Build an outstanding team:
Find a mentor to guide you.
Hire people you trust so you can focus on your craft.
Develop a fan base of support.

Lay out your goals with timelines to keep yourself accountable and measure your progress.

They also talked about credit. Your credit score is made up of five factors:
35% is based on your payment history (whether you pay your credit card bills on time).
30% is based the amount owed on your cards (try to keep your balances under 25% of the limit on a credit card).
15% is duration of credit (don't close out a credit card; it's better to lower your maximum on a card you rarely use in order to maintain your history and duration of credit).
10% is based on new credit (don't open up other new credit accounts prior to taking out a loan).
10% is the type of credit you have.

Some suggestions: Pay off your debts aggressively, don't take out student loans, step away from a purchase before buying an expensive item to avoid impulsive decisions, and ask yourself how many hours you have to work in order to pay for the item.

Dell Venue tablet refurbished

Here is a Dell Venue 10" tablet 62% off the retail price at $124.99 and includes free shipping. It has 32GB storage, 2GB RAM with a quad core processor. 1 year warranty is provided.

Jobs at Discount Tire

Saw a sign in the Rancho San Diego Discount Tire showing they are looking for employees and will provide training. Here is a link to job opportunities with this company.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Discount Books!

If you're looking for discounted books, this book site is the ticket. They also carry textbooks. This information was provided by counselor, Hossna Sadat.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Microsoft Surface 3 deal!

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This Microsoft Surface 3 refurbished tablet comes with a 30 day return policy and 1 year warranty. The $294.95 price is a 41% savings. Note that you have to buy a keyboard separately.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Which credit card to use

Here’s my take on credit cards. Use a credit card only if you pay off the balance each month. Otherwise you are paying an interest rate that will eat you alive. If you pay off the balance each month, there can be advantages to using a credit card: cash back or travel rewards on specific cards, additional warranty periods on products, fraud protection, and the ability to dispute a purchase. Be careful because it’s tempting to spend more with plastic than cash.

Which card should you use? Here are my top two:

The Citi Double Cash Card is a MasterCard that gives 1% back when you make a purchase and another 1% back when you make a payment for 2% back. The card is simple and has no annual fee.

The Citi Costco Anywhere Visa gives 4% back on gas, 3% on restaurant and travel, 2% at Costco, and 1% on everything else.

Compare the best credit cards by category at http://www.creditcards.com/top-credit-cards.php

From Cable to Streaming

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If you're thinking about going from cable to streaming, here is Eddie Brown's take from a sports fan's perspective. Letting go of cable can save you money and here's how: Freedom from Cable Makes Sense was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on June 27, 2016.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Deal of the Day

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This Linkworld college/school backpack is reasonably priced at 25.99 (saving 48% from the regular price of $50.00) and it has positive reviews, a couple with videos. It fits a 17 inch laptop, looks pretty functional, and has an assortment of colors. Video reviews are on the Amazon site. Note that Amazon prices can change at any time.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Volunteer Tutor Helps Troubled Youth


"Math was not a strong subject of mine. I had difficulty with that. I overcame it, but it took a lot of work. I had to get outside help." -- Social Advocates for Youth volunteer Nicholas Griffin.

For Math Whiz, Helping At-Risk Kids Adds Up was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on June 13, 2016.


Deal of the Week

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Staples has an office chair with a red-mesh back on clearance for $40.85, marked down from $109.99. It's out of stock online, but the Sports Arena store has two showing in stock. The reviews are good. Call the store to make sure they have it. Phone: 619-523-6005. Address: 3146B Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110.