Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Save money on a trip (or staycation) in San Diego NEW STUFF ADDED

I thought I should put together a list of some great money saving options for anyone who is planning on vacationing or staycationing in San Diego!  I will attempt to make this brief...

* Start off with an Entertainment book - but wait! FIRST go through Ebates to get an additional 25% off!  These books are so deeply discounted by the time summer comes around - you could use it one time and it will more than pay for itself! everything from amusement parks to dinner to dry cleaning to mail in rebates for your hotel! too late! SD edition is sold out! hopefully you already purchased yours!

* Go San Diego Card from Smart Destinations can save you LOTS if you plan on going to several different locations in San Diego - check them out first!

*So Cal City Pass - if you want to hit all the major themeparks in So Cal - this is a great way to do it *side note* see my previous blog post on city pass - if you live here you may want to upgrade some of those already  one day admissions to year passes for little or NO cost!

*FREE museum days! Check and see if the museums you are interested have FREE days - the following do...Active Military? - you are in luck - you and your family can attend several museums all over the US (TONS here in San Diego) for free until Labor day!
       SD Botanical Gardens is free every 1st Tuesday
       California Surf Museum is free every Thursday
       Balboa Park has several free museums EVERY Tuesday!
       The Escondido Performing Arts Center hosts a free concert every 1st Wednesday
       The New Children's Museum is FREE every second Sunday
       *special note* check your local library to see if they have added free museum passes - ours in San Marcos just did - yay! if you are a SD resident you can take advantage of 'borrowing' a ticket to see several museums and aquariums for free!

SD Movies in the Park lists TONS of free outdoor movies you can enjoy - our weather is one of our greatest attractions - who says you have to spend a bunch of money to enjoy SD??

*check back here at for TONS of outdoor concert series - most are completely free! just add your own picnic!

*check back here at for awesome free Street fairs & festivals - there seems to be at least one every weekend! These are great for locals and tourists alike!
*Sea World is offering a great summer promo - great discounted tickets and $2 of every sale goes to help Ronald McDonald House Charities.

*San Diego Zoo & Wild Animal Park Annual passes are tax deductible! If you are going to get the City Pass - I highly suggest you upgrade your pass - for just a few dollars more you can then see BOTH parks (the pass makes you choose just one) AND you will then get a write off as well as several other benefits to your membership (for example at the WAP you can ride the tram for FREE!)

*Summer Pops 2010 is an awesome evening of music on San Diego's Big Bay! Purchase tix online via link & enter the PROMOTIONAL CODE RSVP for $10 off each ticket (up to four discounted!)

* San Diego Padres games can be lots of fun - we have such a beautiful stadium! Purchase tix online via the link & enter the PROMOTIONAL CODE RSVP for 25% off! - nice deal!
*Planning a trip to Legoland? Make sure to swing by Carls Jr. first - you can get a 'buy an adult admission, get a child's admission free' voucher with any meal purchase!

*Who doesn't love surf brands?? I know we have friends that are SO excited to shop at surf shops when they are in Southern California - but here is my hot tip - DON'T go to the surf shops! Go to Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Ross first! We often buy Hurley, Quicksilver, Roxy, Oneill, Billabong, and other great surf brands for nearly the same price as something from Target! 

*this might be a 'no brainer' - but remember our beaches are (for the most part) free! People fly thousands of miles to sit on our beautiful La Jolla shores (and other beautiful beaches too!) - so make sure to take a walk on the beach & build a sand castle! You could spend all day at the beach without spending a dime!

Enjoy ~

1 comment:

  1. Kate- This is a fantabulous post with tons of good info!!!! The concerts at the park are so much fun! I love San Diego because there is so much to do for very little money. Thanks for your work!


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