Thursday, July 22, 2010

8 Days Until California Vacation - Brother's Wedding!

We are now down to 8 more days until we leave for my brother's wedding in California!  My to-do list is coming along and I'll have it all done before we leave of course!  While speaking to my mom, she just told me it was 65 degrees at 4:20PM (PST).  I may have to rethink what I was planning to wear out there this summer!
  • Southwest Airlines Reservations
  • Hotel Reservation
  • Rental Car Reservation
  • Jakob - Measured for Tux - completed and $20 deposit paid on Wednesday, June 30th.
  • Lisa - Need Dress to wear for wedding - Found purple dress at JcPenney's on Monday, July 5th!
  • Lisa - Need shoes to wear with dresses - Planning to go to SAS next Tuesday, July 27th!
  • Shoes - Need new walking tennis shoes for Jeff, LisaRoland, and Jakob - We will look for Jakob's shoes and clothing next Tuesday (maybe sooner).
  • Jakob - Needs Coloring book for airplane, down time. - Purchased a Toy Story 3 Color Wonder coloring book.
  • Jakob and Roland - Needs nice clothes to wear to wedding (Roland needs slacks)
  • Update Garmin with California Destinations
After the wedding, Jeff and I are planning to go to Sea World, San Diego Zoo, and Lego Land.  My parents and grandmother will also go to the San Diego Zoo on Monday.  I just read about San Diego Zoo doing a special "NightTime Zoo" between 3pm-9pm.  It looks like they have some extra events going on between the time period.  I'm always amazed at the discounts you can find online if you look for them!

After doing some searches, I came across a website called,  One of the deals mentioned was 50% off tickets for Airline employees and one additional guest.  This was my first time to view this website, so I called the zoo and sure enough it is true!  The other deals I am finding our about $4 coupon/ticket.  I also found that the Carlsbad Premium Outlets center (not far from LegoLand) is offering one FREE 1-Day pass to the San Diego Zoo when you purchase a Simon Gift Card valued at $100 or more.  After reviewing the policies of the Simon Gift Cards, it mentions they can be used anywhere Visa is accepted!!  I will have to call tomorrow and see if they still have the tickets available.

While looking for discounts for Sea World in San Diego, I found a pretty good discount.  I sure wish Roland could look like he was 11 still, but he is going on 14 and is too tall to look 11!  His ticket could be free too.  On, I found a coupon code from McDonalds making adult tickets $59 and kids free with a paying adult.

For our last destination, Lego Land, I received a Free Kids ticket when you purchase an adult ticket from the Lego Store after purchasing a toy for Jakob.  According to, Lego Land offers a 20% discount for up to 6 tickets for Airline employees!

Overall, I have calculated about a savings of $214 from these different coupon codes.  If we do the Simon Visa Giftcard, it would be another $37.  I sure love finding great deals!

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