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Legoland on a Budget? Why, Yes, Yes, You Can!

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Want to visit Legoland in San Diego? Not wanting to spend a lot of money? Check out these tried and true tips for enjoying Legoland on a budget.

How to Vacation with Children Without Losing Your Mind

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The very idea of traveling with children can intimidate the most intrepid parent. However, if you plan well and adjust your attitude, you can vacation with children without losing your mind. C’mon, it’ll be fun! Our family has traveled cross-country as well as across the pond, but this is not something that we’ve done for […]

Our Summer School: Getting Out and About

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Make weekly outings a summer learning experience. Last year I had great big dreams for a summer school that was lively and unique. We were going to read great literature, get ahead with math, learn filmmaking and cooking and basically expand our horizons beyond our wildest dreams. Bwahaha. Can you hear me knock over end […]

Can California Be Budget-Friendly?

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I grew up in Southern California. Except for the five years that we lived in Kansas (2003-2008), the Golden State has been my home. I love it. Despite its flaws, of which there are many, I know, I never want to leave again. Ever. Almost six years ago FishPapa and I decided to go for […]

24-Hour Date on a Dime in San Diego

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A weekend getaway, even if it’s only 24 hours, doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s how to save money on your next overnighter. A few weeks ago FishPapa and I had a 24-Hour Date. When our kids were really little, the only time we were gone overnight was to go to the hospital and have […]

Getting a Good Value or Why We Pay the High Cost to Live in California

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Frugality is getting a good value for what you pay. That’s how we can live in California and pay the high cost of living. This post was originally published on September 13, 2012. The message still holds true. Many people have wondered how it’s possible to live in California which has a reputation for having […]

Dining Out on a Budget

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Dining out on a budget requires compromising in small ways, but still achieving the end goals of great food and good company. A few weeks ago I shared a few small ways our family uses to save money. One of those ways was to eat at home, of which we do a fair amount. However, […]

Plan A San Diego Staycation or Vacation

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Our family moved to San Diego almost three years ago due to a job opportunity. We’ve been blessed by this move in so many ways. My brothers live nearby, the grandparents aren’t too far away, and we’ve come to love “America’s Finest City.” San Diego truly is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever […]