Saturday, December 1, 2012

Hello again

So the blog has been a bit inactive lately.  I apologize.  The family and I have been on an extended vacation in Tahiti.

Obviously, I jest.  Would be nice, no?  Sadly, the month of November has been work work work, with a short long-weekend of Legoland.  I should write a post about how we did Legoland San Diego on the cheap!  Oh, who am I kidding.  We bled money.  On top of that, I had to fork out big money for a crown on a tooth.  November = expensive, and not even related to Christmas.

By the way, if you want to know how to do Legoland on the cheap:
1.  Buy tickets ahead of time and find a discount.  We get discounts with our Axxess card, but there are other options.
2.  Get a cheap hotel, or extended stay room (with a kitchen), or camp.  We stayed at a fancy resort right across the road from a great looking beachfront campground.  Campground: $35 a night.  Resort?  $230 a night.  Ah, the price you pay for last minute bookings on Thanksgiving weekend.
3.  Cook.  Our room had a microwave and fridge.  We didn't use the microwave.  We did have breakfast included.  One big way to save?  Eat lunch before you head into the park, or take sandwiches with you.  Lunch for 3 in the park will set you back 40 or 50 bucks.
4.  Stay away from the Lego store, unless you are using it to buy gifts for holidays, etc.  That stuff is expensive.  But they do have sales.
5.  Stay away from the Carnival games.  They will bleed you dry.  However, if you insist on playing one, just fork out 10 bucks for 4 tries.  You are basically guaranteed a prize.  If you fork out 3 bucks a try at 3 different places, you may get nothing.
6.  A few rides are extra.  Avoid these.
7.  Enjoy the scenery while you are there.  Go for a hike.  Walk on the beach.  Free entertainment!
8.  Don't forget your reusable water bottles at home.  D'oh!
9.  Don't be lured in by the photo takers at the entrance. Bring your own camera.
10.  If you get wet on one of the rides, use your shivering child to get sympathy points.  One of the families will likely let you join them in the "family dryers" which, incidentally, are five bucks.

Even with 1-10, it's not going to be cheap.  Just a warning!  Personally, I'm generally not a fan of amusement parks. I'd rather go camping. But it's a nice trip for the kiddo.

And for your food photos:
I can't post them.  Apparently, I'm out of space.  I have to pay extra if I want more storage.  I have to think about if I want to do that first.  Hmmm...

Anyway, I roasted a chicken on vegetables (Ina Garten!) and made crockpot lasagna.


Anonymous said...

oh my i bet it was expensive! glad you are back and have your humor :)

Marcia said...

Yes! Come to think of it, $2.49 a month for more photo storage on blogger...not such a big deal!

Biz said...

I love all your frugal tips Marcia and am glad you are alive and well!!

I've seen a couple other people talk about no more space - on I bought more storage space a year ago for $10 a year, and I still have 52% of space left.

Joanne said...

Gah all those amusement parks are so much money!

As for the space trick is that pay something like 10 bucks a year for unlimited flickr storage space, upload all of my photos to flickr, and then source the html from there so they are not actually hosted on blogger!