San Diego New Years Trip

>> January 04, 2010

We do love to take fun trips and were gone for 5 nights! We did it all pretty frugally, although you can't help some costs.. here are our
Frugal Highlights:

Hotel: Residence Inn Central San Diego - Under $160 a night (with taxes and fees and everything) for a Loft Suite.. which is a King Bedroom down stairs, Queen bed upstairs in loft, 2 baths (one up and one down), living room and full kitchen (small but all the amenities) + free breakfast everyday, manager's reception (light dinner) Mon- Thur with drinks and free parking!!!

This was an awesome deal for us, we split it with Peter's parents.. so $80 a night! That was my goal price with free parking and breakfast and this worked out even better for us with the kitchen and living space. A nice set up that worked well sharing, rather than 2 separate regular hotel rooms.. more space is always nice with a toddler!

I was very thankful for this deal.. cause I was struggling finding something decent for $80 a nice with breakfast and parking!

Birch Aquarium: FREE on Saturday with Bank of America's Museums on Us deal. This is the first time we have ever participated in BofA's free museum program, and it worked out well! It wasn't crowded and saved us $42!!! You do need a credit/debit card for each person for the free admission though! (I made sure my husband took his wallet too, cause I was anticipating this...). I really thought it might be crowded with the free admission deal, but I didn't notice anyone else taking advantage... most people were paying and it definitely wasn't over crowded. Its a small-ish aquarium but a great visit for an hour or two depending upon the attention span of your group. Quinn really had fun looking at the fishies, playing the kids hands on experiments and putting his hands in the cold tide pool water!

Cabrillo National Monument: $5 for the car load! Nice museum-type exhibits, but the best is the views... high up on Point Loma. Plus you can get close to the tide pools near the crashing waves. Another day, another frugal adventure.

Ocean Beach/Pier: We enjoy this beach because you can find decent parking and its low key. Plus you can walk the HUGE pier and stop in for a decent lobster/fish taco at the OB pier cafe. Service isn't very fast and its definitely more of a snack bar atmosphere, but we enjoy it.

On the Border: This is just a chain restaurant, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE their sopapillas and was so sad to see the location close to us at home close. So I wanted to hit up one in san diego.. plus I was able to use $40 in gift cards, for a free meal. $30 of it was redeemed using mycokerewards, so it was a great use of points for us! The extra $10.. .must have been from a deal walgreens... anyway. It was a yummy lunch.

Pat & Oscars: Another chain restaurant.. but simple, family style with great portions, they are only in Cali now, but once upon a time, they did have a few phoenix locations, where we became familiar with their food. We had lunch their New Years Even and I was able to use a $10 off $20 Q for doing a survey (gave my FIL a $5/20 Q from their facebook page). They had some pretty decent ribs, plus their breadsticks are TO DIE FOR!!! YUM!!

Kate Sessions Park: An awesome city park in Pacific Beach, that we discovered on our last trip... Incredible views of the ocean. We planned on kicking the ball here with Quinn or letting him play on the play ground.. however we had a HUGE detour in the form of a local fire truck doing a training exercise. Quinn watched in AWE as they finished up and then was invited a personal tour of the fire truck by the head Fire Fighter dude... he was super excited. It was definitely a fun, memorable and FREE FREE experience for Quinn!

Belmont Park at Mission Bay/Pacific Beach: Quinn and I hit up this area with one of my best friends, while daddy and grandpa watched the chargers/redskins game (the original goal of our trip). This can be a cheap thrill... it was for us beyond eating. Quinn enjoyed walking around and seeing the rides and games. At 2 he is easily entertained and too small to really "DO" any of it. Then we stepped out to the beach where he played in the sand for awhile. Because it was the off season, the locals didn't have the place mobbed and we EASILY found parking right at Belmont Park (free mind you!!!) Afterwards we split a grilled cheese before splitting an ice cream (again splitting is easy with a 2 year old...). This adventure could be quite expensive with older kids though... lots of expensive rides and treats to be had!

Anyway.. this is what we have been doing for the past 5 days, we should get things back to normal at home this week.. and I will be back to posting my normal stuff. :-)


Precious January 4, 2010 at 3:25 PM  

Your trip sounds like it was wonderful. Happy New Year!

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