Cheap ice cream, Ruby’s Diner, thrift shopping and more – Orange County Register

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Baskin-Robbins is returning with its 31-day-end-of-the-month promotion for July 31, but raised the price. At participating locations, regular and kid scoops will sell for $1.50 (up from the $1.31 they used to charge for this special day.) It’s not a huge discount from the regular price, but, hey, it’s ice cream. Head on over.


Hungry? On Wednesday, July 26, Ruby’s Diner is holding its annual burger event, by offering the Rubyburger and fries for $2.99, a fraction of the usual cost. This year it’s the new 35th Anniversary Burger, a 1/4-pound version of the classic Rubyburger. This deal is good from 11 a.m. to closing at most Ruby’s locations except the Shake Shack, casinos and airports. No coupon required but you may have to wait in line. $1 of every purchase goes to the Ruby Dooby Foundation.


Lots of cable and satellite providers are offering a free preview of HBO and Cinemax channels through Monday, July 24, probably including yours. Tune in and find out. I like to record these free shows and then watch them later, at my leisure. I saw this on FreePreview.TV.


Check out the sidewalk sale running Thursday through Saturday, July 27-29 at The Assistance League of Santa Ana’s Thrift Shop, where all red tag items will be only 25 cents. And they’re 50% off until July 26. Lavendar tagged items in Top Drawer are 50% off until July 29. If you love thrift shops, check out their special weekly Wednesday “Surprise Sales”. They’re open 10-4 on Wednesdays and also Tues-Fri, 10-2 on Saturdays. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Note that the proceeds support programs such as their kids’ dental clinic, where K-12 and Santa Ana College students can get very low cost dental services. Call to learn more. Location: 1037 West First Street, Santa Ana Learn more: (714) 543-1120


If you like Nordstrom, but you don’t like the prices, perk up, because it’s time for the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale with as much as 50 percent off. Lots of people look forward to this all year long. The sale continues through Aug. 6, but I wouldn’t wait. Note that this is online too, and you…

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