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23 Aug
New: San Diego Zoo Kids. Animals, Activities, Games, and More. Join the Fun!

This is great if you’re planning on going to San Diego in October

Starting October 1st through the 31st, the San Diego Zoo is admitting children ages 3 – 11 for FREE when accompanied by an adult


Each year, from October 1–31, in honor of our Zoo’s founding, children ages 3–11 are admitted free to the Zoo and Safari Park when accompanied by an adult. The Zoo’s Guided Bus Tour and the Skyfari Aerial Tram are not included with Kids’ Free entrance and must be purchased separately at the Zoo. The Safari Park’s Africa Tram Safari and the Conservation Carousel are not included with Kids Free entrance and must be purchased separately at the Park.


Thanks, the frugal pinoy!


27 Jul

My family and I are heading out to San Diego today for a relaxing (I hope) weekend at the beach

I’ve promised the hubbster that I will be technology free this weekend..NO cell, No internet and No blogging

Just me, my family and the sandy beach!

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend



23 May


Another fun filled day of grocery shopping haha 😉

This week I really stocked up on meats, fruits & veggies since this weekend is Memorial weekend and that means camping & grilling time for us!

I made 3 stops: Fry’s, Sprouts and Walmart

TOTAL OOP: $59.68

I went a tad bit over my weekly budget of $50 but it’s okay since I only spent $20 on groceries last week…plus I really need to stock up to prepare lots of meals while camping for 3 days…so much for rest and relaxation lol


(3) 6 packs Zevia soda – $3/1 zevia (sprouts only 99¢ ea)

3 lb beef chorizo – no q (sprouts manager’s special $1.99/lb)

2 lb organic grass fed gb – no q $4.99 lb sprouts (pricey but it looked so fresh)

6 lb boneless skinless chicken – no q $1.88/lb sprouts

2 turkey drumsticks – no q $2.10 sprouts

3 pack organic bell peppers – no q

2.5 lb red organic apples – no q 99¢ lb sprouts

3 ct romaine lettuce – no q (could kick myself because there is a $1/1 q out there for this brand, but didn’t print it…oh well)

Used a Sprouts $5/$40 purchase q (recyclebank)

Plus 10¢ bag credit (using reusable bags @ sprouts)

(2) 4 packs yo toddler organic yogurt – free qs (greenmomsmeet campaign)

bag of hamburger buns – no q

twin pack (15 lb ea bag) kingsford charcoal – no q but great price (5.48 @ wallys)

(2) bottles dole 100% juice – pm albies $1/1 dole 100% juice

3 lb bananas – no q pm pros 3lb/99¢

1 lb broccoli- no q pm pros 2 lb/98¢

1 clam strawberries – no q pm pros 99¢

1 lb tomatoes – no q pm food city 4 lb/99¢

jalapenos – no q pm food city 3 lb/99¢

1 bottle tabasco sauce – .40/1 tabasco + pm albies

1 seedless watermelon – no q pm safeway $1.77 ea

(6) bottles welch’s 100% grape juice – $1/1 welch’s 100% juice + pm safeway

(6) bottles sobe lifewater – .50/1 sobe + 1 free sobe q (bzzagent campaign)

1 bottle ALL liquid detergent – $1/1 all

(3) 64 ct packs huggies wipes – .50/1 huggies wipes

(2) $2 ONYOs (one jello & one oscar m.)

1 loaf natures own whole wheat bread – no q

5 good n natural chocolate bars – free q’s (rp insert)

2 colgate toothbrushes – .75/1 colgate tb (la voz) free after q

1 box quaker natural whole grain cookies – .50/1 peelie ($1 after q @ fry’s)

2 boxes popsicles – .50/2 popsicles printable (50¢ ea after q @ fry’s)

Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend 🙂


3 Aug

With summer in full swing and the kiddos home from school there’s nothing more common than planning a family vacation. However, times are tough and everyone’s looking to save a few bucks when traveling.

So my question is, why not try a staycation?

You might be asking yourself, “What the heck is a staycation?”

Well a staycation is nothing more than a vacation spent at home or doing activities in your own home town instead of traveling out of town i.e. going to the zoo, movie night, waterpark

A few weeks ago I was speaking to my sister about the fact that my eldest daughter really wanted to go swimming but the pool @ our place had been emptied out and I’m not a fan of public pools…childhood memories of um, “unsanitary” pool habits from other people play in my mind when I think of public pools.

I mentioned to my sis that money was a bit tight so a trip to the beach would have to wait but I really wanted to do something fun with the girls. Well she had a brilliant suggestion!

Why not book a hotel in town and take the girls swimming there?

At first I thought it was a bit silly…but then I got to thinking, why not?!

So I did!


I’m so glad I did!

I booked a hotel online through & paid ~$40 for an overnight stay. I booked through shopathome so I could receive a % cash back and the one night stay counted towards my free night stay reward offered through

The hotel was only 5 miles away from home. When we arrived I was pleasantly surprised by the amenities…pool, jacuzzi, free full breakfast (not just a continental) and the rooms were great! Not to mention all the tourism brochures by the elevators…they were full of coupons for local attractions like the zoo, museums, waterparks…LOVE coupons!

As soon as we got there the girls put on their swimsuits and we headed to the pool. They had a blast. After 2 hours of swimming, we went back to the room and got dressed to get a bite to eat. We got some burgers & fries from down the street and took it back to our hotel room. We put on a movie and ate in the room. The girls really enjoyed it. The next morning, they got up really early and headed out to the lobby for free breakfast. They were serving sausage, eggs, waffles, pancakes, cereal, oatmeal…you name it, they had it!

Our check out time wasn’t until noon so we got to take our time and relax a bit. After we checked out we headed to the local park to let the girls play at the playground and feed the ducks.

Then we headed back home…only a mile away lol

We really enjoyed our little staycation and the best part was that we didn’t spend a ton of money and we weren’t all exhausted from a long drive back home 🙂

So, if you’re looking for an inexpensive mini weekend getaway, I highly suggest taking a staycation!