I was thinking about ways we are frugal and I happened to remember that these cold winter months are often the perfect time to buy tickets for amusement parks at a discount.
Right now, Southern California residents get the famous "2fer1" tickets at Disneyland. You buy one ticket for at day at Disneyland and can go to California Adventure another day for free but you cannot go to both parks on the same day. Tickets are valid for Southern California residents within zip codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within zip codes 21000-22999. Proof of residency is required. Tickets valid through 4/24/08. Tickets available at Disneyland parks, Vons markets, and elsewhere.
Special discounts for Legoland are available at Ralph's through 4/15/08 and are valid through 12/31/08. Adult tickets are at kid's price for $47 and kid's/senior tickets are $23.50.
And, at SeaWorld, you can buy a Fun Card at a regular ticket price that is valid for unlimited use through December 31, 2008. Offer valid through April 30, 2008. Available online or at the Sea World park. Tickets are $59 for adults and $49 for children between ages 3 and 9.
So, decide which one might be for you and your family and let the fun begin. Although, make sure to consider what you'll be doing for meals. Some of the greatest expenses, of course, are the dining options at all of these parks. None of them encourage bringing your own food and some try to actively discourage it but it can be done because I've done and I've seen others do it, too.