May 31, 2013

Tips to Save Money at Target!

Hi! I am Jenn from Coupon Cali Mom aka Money in my Pocket! I am so excited to be able to be guest posting over here on Southern California Blog! I live in good ole' Southern Cali and am a avid couponer and try to save on everything I buy; however today I am going to give a few tips today on shopping at Target!  If you are anything like me I have a hard time staying away from Target however there are different ways you can save there; whether you are using printable Target coupons, coupons from the paper or online, Target's Cartwheel App, mobile coupons or a Target Debit card.
When shopping at Target they allow you to stack 1 Manufacturer Coupon with 1 Target Coupon. Target Printable Coupons:  You can head on over to Target's Coupons on their website and find the coupon link at the bottom of the page. Manufacturer Coupons: These can be found in the Sunday paper (need a subscription, contact me!) the LA Times offers the best coupons in Southern Cali or you can find some printable manufacture coupons online at
As you can see below here is a picture of how you can tell what is a Target Coupon & a Manufacture Coupon.  These can both be used together for the same item.
Target Debit Card: Target also offers a Target DEBIT Card that you can sign up for in the store.  It is completely free, and they don't check your credit or anything.  All you need to provide is a voided check and this Target DEBIT card works just like a normal debit card but you only use it at Target and you save 5% on every purchase.  You also can get FREE shipping on any orders placed on
Target's Cartwheel App:
Cartwheel:  In order to use this app you have to have a Facebook Account.  This is Targets new app & all these exclusive discounts offered can also be applied with a Target Coupon & a Manufacture Coupon only at Target.  I recently did a little post on my blog on this App. Click Here.
Mobile Coupons: Target also offers Mobile Coupons I know 2 that are available right now. If you text OFFERS or BABY to 827-438 you will get these coupons. Also when shopping at Target I always check the end aisles as they usually have good finds that are on clearance that when applied with a coupon makes for a really good deal! Lastly I follow Totally Target she is fantastic and does the weekly match-ups on her blog and post Target finds that are good deals!  I hope you all found this post helpful.

May 30, 2013

Fabulous So-Cal Drive In Theaters

There aren't too many of them out there but I yes, they do still exists.

With summer right around the corner and the beautiful evening weather already here, it's a real shame to spend your time indoors.

My favorite thing to do when we're strapped for cash but still want to catch the latest flick is head to the local drive-in. Two movies for $7, you can beat it. Even when we used to live in OC, the hubs and I would endure the 45 minute - 1 hour drive to Riverside just for our drive-in date nights. I tell ya, it's totally worth it!

So next time you're bored at home and need something to do for the evening, grab the lawn chairs, a light blanket, a bunch of junk food (and/or Little Caesars $5 pizza) and head to the nearest one near you. And, if you can't find a sitter for the kiddos, no problem, let them tag along and experience the outdoor movie fun.

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May 29, 2013

A Great Beach Location

I went with family to a new beach location recently that was beautiful and pretty secluded called Crystal Cove in Newport Beach off of PCH and Newport Coast Blvd. Definitely check it out!

What are some of your favorite beaches?


May 28, 2013

Surviving A Long Commute

Does this look familiar? If you said no, then you're pretty damn lucky because most of us So-Cal peeps have to make our way through this disaster in order to get to or from work. Sometimes, both.

I know, pitiful.

I work in O.C. and live in Riverside so my commutes an average of like 45 minutes (on a good morning) to 1.5 hours (on a tough afternoon) every day. How do I survive it?

With the help of these key items:
commute must haves

XM Radio - No commuter should ever go with out it. I know because I tried & didn't survive more than two months. With over a hundred stations that very from 50s - 90s music, talk radio to news & traffic, you'll never get bored.

Flip Flops - Most of the time I drive barefoot but it's always convenient to have a pair of these in the car in case you have to run out to pump gas or grab something from your trunk.

Lumbar Pillow - What can I say, I have horrible posture. Yes, even when I'm driving.

Coffee - Any kind will do but I prefer a Frapp to help keep me alert while on the road. Nothing like a cold iced coffee on a hot day when you have to sit through traffic.

Snack - Who am I kidding, my snacks not always fruit. But that does look good doesn't it? Heck, most of the time my snack's a candy bar or stale crackers. The point is, by the time you're in the middle of traffic you'll probably get hungry and wont want to jump off the freeway for some grub so it's a good idea to have something handy. Hunger only leads to being grumpy-hungry which of course then leads to road rage. Ain't no one a fan of that!

So yeah, that's how I manage to get through long commutes on a daily basis. There's no way to avoid it but the least I can do is make the best out of it.


May 27, 2013

Giveaway: "The Way Way Back" Advanced Movie Screening Tickets (Inland Empire)

Are any of you SoCal-ers in the mood for a free movie? And we're not talking about just any old movie either, this is a movie you'll see days before it premiers in theaters.

As a bonus to today being our blog launch we thought it would be amazing to offer you all a chance to see  Steve Carell & Toni Collette's new movie, "THE WAY WAY BACK".

SYNOPSIS: THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming-of-age story of 14-year-old Duncan's (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up and begins to finally find his place in the world—all during a summer he will never forget. {view trailer here}

This advanced movie screening is being held at AMC Victoria Gardens on Wednesday, May 29 @ 7:30pm

Tickets can be RSVP'd by going HERE & entering the code: GFBCCWH

Easy right? Totally. No following three different people on twitter or jumping through tons of hoops. Go there, RSVP by simply creating a username & prepare to watch a fabulous (free) movie on Wednesday night.


Launching Southern California Blog!!

Welcome to the launch of Southern California Blog!!

First, allow us to introduce ourselves.

Hey, everyone! Shelley, here! You may know me from my blog over at Hand In Hand.

I'm a California girl through and through. I was born here and have never moved out of state. I married my husband in 2007, we adopted our dog and bought our first home in 2010, and then we had a baby girl in 2011. I love living in California and I especially love raising our daughter here!

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Hola peeps, I'm Lin!

Yep, that's me hanging out with my home-girl Lucy at Universal Studios last summer. We're close.

Enough bragging, lets move on to who I am...I've lived in So-Cal since forever, I mean, with all the fabulous things it has to offer why in the world would I ever leave?!  My husband and I met online 10 years ago and were married in Vegas a few years afterwards. No kids yet, but we do have a not-so-ferocious tortoise named Dexter. I've been blogging for the last 5 years and absolutely love the community and relationships it's given me. Hopefully this place will do just that for you, especially with all the awesome meet-ups we're gonna be setting up, but at the very least it'll be an entertaining read.



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