San Diego, CA area readers, this post is a huge blessing for those who may be facing a little food insecurity right now. Feeding the Flock is a local 501c3 non profit organization. Their goal is to “feed you physically and spiritually.”
Two Fridays a month they are offering free food boxes containing various fresh and shelf-stable food, perfect for anyone who may need a just a little help.
There is no proof of need required, just sign up here. When you pick up your box, don’t forget your ID.
You can also check up with Feeding the Flock on Facebook. They have lots of great local events helping those in need and the under served. They are looking for volunteers for their events, so if you aren’t in need, but want to help (with time or supplies), contact them!
School is out for us on Tuesday. That means I’ve got 67 days to fill with adventures and “excitement” as my 6 year put it. No pressure, right?
Here are just a few things we’ll be doing to have lots of fun, but not spend a ton of money.
- Taking advantage of free community events! Our local libraries have tons of fun events during the month. Lego Club, craft afternoons, story time for pre-schoolers, and our local library has a great slate of summer events, including a summer reading program!
- Using passes and memberships that we’ve already paid for. For us, that’s the San Diego Zoo and the YMCA. I plan on taking full advantage of the YMCA membership daily to get the kids out of the house and playing with others, as well as swimming at the activity pool.
- Packing snacks and drinks when we leave the house. Henry’s pre-school backpack has become our go to snack backpack. I wrote about our family snack backpack yesterday.
- Meeting up with friends at the park to play. We love playing at the park. It’s a great way to get out the wiggles, meet new friends, and catch up with old friends. There are tons of groups on Meetup.com or Facebook. If you haven’t checked out Momco on Facebook, it’s a great way to find moms looking to meet up and play!
- I love to arrange craft or science get togethers. The kids get to make something or try a science project and play with friends. I’m not really into Pinterest all that much, but I do have a Pinterest Board with some of the science and crafts we want to do this summer. I try to use the supplies we have on hand. I find that a lot of the supplies can be picked up at 99 Cents Only, or cheaply at Target.
- We’ll also be painting a lot of rocks and hiding them all over this summer. Have you heard of Santee Rocks? Both kids love it and it’s a great way to get kids out and active! It’s an awesome Facebook Group. Learn more here.
- The Beach! I know not everyone has the beach near them, but if you do- take advantage! Google your favorite beach and Tide Chart and find out when low tide it. Low tide is the perfect time to hunt for shells. If you are in San Diego, or will be visiting this summer, check out Coronado for the SS Monte Carlo. It’s a sunken ship that is visible and explorable at low tide.
- Don’t forget the $1.00 kids movies at Regal Cinemas!
- Here are a few of my other tips for a fun, frugal San Diego Summer.
There are lots of online survey companies, but their payouts can be small and take a lot of time to accrue the amount of points needed to cash out.
In most large cities, there are research companies that run focus groups weekly.
How to find them? Google “Your city name focus group”.
In San Diego there are the following research companies:
Another way is to look on Craigslist. Go to Jobs and in the search field type “Focus Group”. Some smaller companies may post ads for focus groups. Recently I participated in a mock jury style focus group and was paid $90 for 5 hours of work. Yesterday I participated in a focus group relating to housewares and received $40 for just an hour! I found both on Craigslist.
Right now on Craigslist there are a couple great opportunities in the San Diego area.