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  • San Diego Fair Savings!

    San Diego Fair Savings!

    The Fair is coming to town this June 5 thru July 5, 2015 and that means loads of fun ahead!  This year’s theme is “A Fair to Remember: a Celebration of World’s Fairs and Balboa Park.”  They’ll commemorate “the centennial anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition held in Balboa Park, and the great traditions and […]

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  • Dealing With Homework Blues

    Dealing With Homework Blues

    This is a re-post: Your kid’s homework regiment gettin’ you down? It seems as if school children today take home a considerable amount of homework and we parental types are more and more questioning how necessary their load truly is!  As “SDBM” I try to share tips to help parents save both time and money, so while this this post’s topic is a bit different, it still is on […]

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  • San Diego EarthFair 2015 – April 19

    San Diego EarthFair 2015 – April 19

    Planning some spring family fun on a budget?  Well, here is a free San Diego event for the entire family: The annual EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world, each year drawing around 60,000 visitors.  EarthFair will take place on Sunday, April 19 from 10am to 5pm. It will feature more than […]

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  • Minecraft – Food for Your Brain

    Minecraft – Food for Your Brain

    My 10 ten-year old son (and Minecraft enthusiast) wrote this fun blog post! Did you know that video games can be good for you? Some people are surprised to find out that Minecraft is actually beneficial for children for three main reasons: to educate yourself, solve problems, and practice cooperation. First of all, Minecraft is very […]

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  • Free Trip to Catalina on Your Birthday – 2015

    Free Trip to Catalina on Your Birthday – 2015

    Free Ride on Your Birthday Program If you live or are planning to visit Southern California and you are not aware of this birthday freebie, listen up! One of the coolest birthday freebie promotions out there involves an island, the Pacific Ocean, and loads of fun. The Catalina Express just announced that it is extending its Free Ride on Your Birthday […]

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  • Welcome The Regal Luxury Theater Carlsbad 12!

    Welcome The Regal Luxury Theater Carlsbad 12!

    I was thrilled to attend the preview events for the grand opening of The Regal Luxury Theater Carlsbad 12! The location (north of San Diego, California in Carlsbad) just happens to be very convenient for me and the fam, so it looks like I have found a new stomping ground for family entertainment! The upgrade […]

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8 On C: Luxurious Urban Living

8 On C: Luxurious Urban Living

I like to think I know what it means to be a city girl, but I grew up minutes from the city on a 5acre farm. Our neighbors were miles away but the beach was just down the road. I thought I knew what it was to live in the city… and then I drive […]

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Grand Opening: 8 On C Avenue

Grand Opening: 8 On C Avenue

“For the homebuyer seeking superior design and an urban feel, KirE Builders is pleased to announce its 8 on C Avenue project in National City. Sitting only miles from San Diego’s coastal areas, Naval Bases, and the downtown community, these eight stylish and modern rowhomes create the perfect setting for modern living.” You guys, these […]

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Hello Again

Hello Again

Hello San Diego Bargain Mamas (and any Bargain Daddies out there) My name for those of you that don’t already know is Rabecca Ranaldi. I am just now climbing over the hill into my early 30’s and am reluctantly embracing the grey silver hairs, sore joints and temporary mid-life dementia (its totally a thing). I […]

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Changes; Goodbye and Hello

Changes; Goodbye and Hello

Hi Bargain Mamas! I have enjoyed exploring the world of blogging (since 2007, the Dark Ages of social media!)! freelancing and consulting. Determined to be an at-home mom and also bring in a supplemental income, I endeavored in uncharted territories and the pay-off became far, far more rewarding than I had ever expected to be! […]

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When Copying Pays Off

When Copying Pays Off

Being a copycat can pay off!  No, it’s not cheating – at least not in my mind; it is being resourceful and frugal.  Yes, I have something on my mind. Chicken wings, to be specific.  One of my comfort foods – OK, my top comfort food – is hot chicken wings, but not just any […]

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More Things You Should Never Buy New

More Things You Should Never Buy New

Repost: Columnist – Gayle Lynn Falkenthal Thrift This! Many people would like to save money buying resale and thrift items, but they’re not quite sure whether they’re getting a great deal. Or they don’t really go beyond simple items like clothing, glassware, and small items. I recently ran across an article published in U.S. News […]

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LEGOLAND: FREE Admission for Teachers

LEGOLAND: FREE Admission for Teachers

FREE Admission for Teachers – 2015!! Do you see what I see? Email your favorite teacher and tell him/her that they can go to LEGOLAND for free this upcoming May 2, 3, 9, 10, 30 or 31. This deal is valid for K-12 California classroom teachers. Have you been there lately? Discover over 60 rides, […]

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