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Money Monday: Help your kids gain financial knowledge

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Are you doing enough to help your kids learn about finances?

“When it comes to dealing with financial decisions, many parents wonder whether they’ve done enough to prepare their children to make wise choices, avoid debt problems and be able to become financially independent.” (Forbes. “Give Your Graduates the Gift of Financial Know-How”. Forbes.com)

View Forbes suggestions and recommended resources on their article here.

San Diego County Events for May 17 – 19

There’s many events going on in San Diego County! I recommend checking the events’ websites to see if it’s a rain-or-shine event, just in case.

San Diego county events this weekendGrand Avenue Festival

The Grand Ave Festival, Escondido, takes place in their historic downtown on Grand Ave, from Center City to Ivy. You’ll be able to shop from hundreds of vendors for unique hand-crafted gifts and imports, and enjoy international cuisine, local entertainment, and much more!

When: Sunday, May 19 | 9am – 5pm
Where: On Grand Ave from Center City to Ivy, Escondido
Cost: Free
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Kids to Parks Day

Kids to Parks Day – celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May – is a national day of play that connects kids and families with their local, state, and national parks. By discovering our public lands, kids across the country:

— Enjoy outdoor recreation
— Learn STEM and history
— Embrace their role as park stewards

When: Saturday, May 18
Where: Local, state and national parks: search for one near you here
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Taste of Julian

Taste of Julian gives you the opportunity to sample many of the culinary delights Julian has to offer all at once, including apple pie. This year, many of the town’s restaurants, wineries and breweries will be participating in this self-guided culinary tour of the historic mountain town’s unique restaurants.

When: May 18 | 1 – 5pm
Where: Town-wide, but begin at town hall | Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main St, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 day-of
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Fiesta del Sol

The 40th Annual Fiesta del Sol will be on May 18th and 19th from 9AM to 9PM each day. The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce has been hosting this FREE 2-day Arts & Music Festival for 40 years as a kick off to Summer in Solana Beach! The event takes place at Fletcher Cove.

When: May 18 and 19 | 9am – 9pm
Where: Fletcher Cove, Solano Beach, CA
Cost: Free
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Van Go! STEAM Festival

Van-Go! is a free event in the beautiful and historic Little Italy San Diego, showcasing the accomplishments and talents of San Diego county STEAM enthusiasts. Van-Go! is an opportunity for schools and businesses to highlight their interests in science, technology, engineering, art and math through multiple interactive experiences throughout the day.

This event features a silly soap box race; fine arts exhibition, live music as well as visual & performing arts entertainment and a beer & wine garden.

When: May 18 | 10am – 2pm
Where: Little Italy | 1789 State St, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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SoCal Taco Festival

91X presents SoCal TACO FEST 2019! Over 25 of your favorite restaurants at Waterfront Park for San Diego’s biggest taco festival! Plus, Lucha Libre wrestling, Chihuahua races & beauty pageant, and the Milagro Cantina Margarita Tent.

When: May 18 | 11am – 10pm
Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $25-$125
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Ocean Beach Kite Festival

Spend the day at the Ocean Beach Kite Festival enjoying live music, street fair, carnival rides and, of course, kites.

When: May 18 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Robb Athletic Field | 2525 Bacon Street, San Diego, CA 92107
Cost: Free
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America on Main Street 2019

Join El Cajon for this annual event in Downtown El Cajon, America on Main Street 2019 . Three live stages, free amusement rides and attractions, contest and scavenger hunts, interactive zones, food and refreshments.

This year is a “Out Of This World” theme with a variety of entertainment and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Come join us as we have fun in the sun and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 lunar landing at this annual event.

When: Saturday, May 18 | 2pm
Where: Downtown El Cajon | 200 Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: Personal financial steps for parents

With all of the excitement of adding a new baby to the family, it’s easy for the parents to overlook some key financial steps to take. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are seven tips you might want to share with them or consider for yourself (all from Forbes’s article):

1) Add your child to your health insurance policy
2) Update your will, trust, and beneficiary designations
3) Ensure you have adequate life insurance
4) Plan for childcare expenses

More tips from Forbes: “7 Important Financial Steps For New Parents To Take.”

San Diego County Events for May 10 – 12, 2019

Check out what’s going on in San Diego County this weekend!
San Diego county events this weekendTaste of Grossmont

Sample delicious food from Grossmont Center’s fantastic collection of restaurants at the annual Taste of Grossmont. Taste of Grossmont is an amazing opportunity to feast on cuisines from around the globe—Mexican, Italian, Irish, American, and more—all in one day. More than 20 of Grossmont Center’s participating restaurants will serve delectable bites of their signature dishes that can be savored while spending the afternoon shopping.

When: May 11 | 2 – 5pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa
Cost: Free
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Festival of Arts – North Park

The 23rd Annual SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park is back Saturday, May 11th from 11AM to 10PM! Experience this local North Park tradition, with live music, live street art demonstrations, music stages and local food! This event is FREE and for all ages! Don’t miss a fun-filled day and night of entertainment in San Diego’s hippest neighborhood.

When: Saturday, May 11 | 11am – 10pm
Where: University Ave in North Park, San Diego
Cost: Free; $27 for Craft Beer Block tasting tickets
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Mountain Man Rendezvous

Visit a “mountain man” encampment to meet characters from the North American Fur Trade era (1815-1840). See demonstrations of flint and steel fire-starting, archery, tomahawk & knife throwing, blackpowder shooting, trap setting, primitive cooking, and candle making. Listen to the stories of those who followed Lewis and Clark into the western mountains. Primitive camps, teepees, a blacksmith shop and period-dressed people will be ready to talk with you and show you around.

When: Friday, May 10
Where: Northcote Ranch, 2294 Lake Morena Drive, Campo
Cost: $5
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Tacotopia

The largest, unlimited taco event in San Diego. Tacos from TJ to LA, from established taco chains to mom and pop taco stands and trucks. A diverse selection of crispy fish tacos, fancy gourmet tacos, and savory street tacos from 60 of the best taco vendors. Unlimited taco tasting, beer tastings from 20 local breweries, full-sized pours and margaritas available at the bar, live music, lucha libre wrestling, and lawn games.

When: Saturday, May 11 | 1 – 4pm
Where: Golden Hill Community Park|2590 Golden Hill Drive, San Diego
Cost: $15 – $55 | 21+
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31st Annual Balboa Park Pow Wow

The Balboa Park Pow Wow showcases the heritage of American Indians. Participants of all ages will be present from American Indian tribes, drum groups. and communities, wearing ornate regalia. Kumeyaay singers will open the event both days with Birds Songs. Gourd Dancing will follow, and then the Grand Entry, which opens a day of inter-tribal dancing. Vendors will be selling handmade jewelry, pottery, basketry, clothing, fry bread, and Indian tacos.

When: Saturday, May 11 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Boulevard, San Diego
Cost: Free
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Gator by the Bay

Music, Louisiana food and crawfish festival!

When: May 9 – 12
Where: Spanish Landing Park | 3900 North Harbor Drive (Across from San Diego Airport), San Diego
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: Affordability for renters and homeowners

“Affordability is a much more pertinent issue for renters than homeowners, according to new research from CoreLogic, a real estate data firm. Since 2005, the monthly cost to rent a single-family home has risen significantly, while the monthly principal-and-interest mortgage payments of homeowners dropped slightly.

“CoreLogic’s national rent index jumped 36 percent in December 2018 compared to December 2005. On the other hand, the typical mortgage payment fell 4 percent over that same period…” (REALTOR Magazine. “Report: Do Homeowners Fare Better Than Renters?” 18 April 2019.
https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2019/04/18/report-do-homeowners-fare-better-than-renters)

Read it on REALTOR Magazine.

San Diego County Events for May 3 – 5, 2019

Here’s some of what is going on in San Diego County this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

Celebrating 36 years of fiery fun, Fiesta Old Town is sure to be muy caliente as it transforms the historic Old Town area into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration on the West Coast: a bustling mercado, non-stop music and live entertainment, lucha libre wrestling and huge display of lowriders and other incredible autos!

When: May 3 – 5
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St., San Diego
Cost: Free
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Cayote Music Festival

An all student-run music festival on the grand lawn featuring local musicians, artists, and vendors!

When: Saturday, May 4 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Cuyamaca College | 900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy, El Cajon, California 92019
Cost: Free
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Point Loma Garden Walk & Evening in the Garden

A walking tour of eight home gardens in the area, with artist demonstrations, garden marketplace with local crafters and artisans, food trucks, etc. This a self-guided walking garden tour and is at your own pace. You can choose your own route and tour the gardens and homes in any order you wish.

When: Saturday, May 4 | 10am – 4pm
Where: 3111 Kellogg St., San Diego CA 92106 – or – All Souls’ Episcopal Church,1475 Catalina Blvd, San Diego CA 92107​
Cost: $30
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Rally for Science San Diego

Head to the 2019 Rally For Science on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego!

When: Saturday, May 4 | 10am
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego
Cost: Free
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Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Balboa Park

The annual free event is expanding to bring even more Mexican-themed music and dance performances, arts and crafts, and family-friendly activities

When: Saturday, May 4 | 11am
Where: Balboa Park | 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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15th Annual SD Dragon Boat Festival

San Diego Dragon Boat Alliance presents the 15th Annual San Diego Dragon Boat Festival.

Watch dragon boats race to the beat of drums and celebrate Asian cultures and cuisines.

When: Saturday, May 4 | 9am
Where: Tecolote Shores North | East Mission Bays Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free
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Carlsbad Village Faire

The Carlsbad Village Faire features more than 750 vendors selling a variety of unique goods including art, antiques, clothing, items from around the world and much more! The Faire will also feature rides for kids, an international food center, live music and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast.

When: Sunday, May 5 | 8am
Where: Carlsbad Village | 2775 State Street , Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: Free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: Is owning or renting better?

“Affordability is a much more pertinent issue for renters than homeowners, according to new research from CoreLogic, a real estate data firm. Since 2005, the monthly cost to rent a single-family home has risen significantly, while the monthly principal-and-interest mortgage payments of homeowners dropped slightly.”

Read more from Realtor Magazine here on the report.

San Diego County Events for April 26 – 28, 2019

It’s not hard to find fun for the family or for free this weekend in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendEarth Day Festival

Get hands-on with fun Earth Day activities including interactive booths, STEM activities, vendors, Pedal for the Planet Trail Ride (bring your bike and helmet), educational materials, resources and more.

When: Saturday, April 27 | 10am – 1pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
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Encinitas Spring Street Fair

Enjoy over 450 unique food, arts and crafts vendors plus four entertainment stages, children’s rides, Bike Valets, and a Beer Garden! Take advantage of free family fun, entertainment, a National Award Winning Main Street and a traditional So-Cal beach town.

When: Saturday and Sunday, April 27 & 28 | 9am
Where: South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
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Mission Federal ArtWalk

The 35th annual Mission Federal ArtWalk is the largest running arts festival in Southern California!

Attendees can explore 16 blocks of every medium of art including painting, sculpture, glass work, photography, fine jewelry and more. Then enjoy live music, dance performances, interactive art experiences, street food, family-friendly art projects at KidsWalk and more!

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28 | 11am
Where: Throughout Little Italy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Oceanside’s 10th Annual Earth Festival

The Earth Festival offers participants the opportunity to explore more than 100 booths and vendors to learn ways to increase sustainability efforts; peruse the vintage market to find upcycled items from environmentally conscious businesses; discover and taste Oceanside’s local food; and enjoy live local bands.

When: Saturday, April 27 | 10am – 3pm
Where: Downtown Oceanside, Pier View Way and Tremont St., Oceanside, CA
Cost: Free
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Adams Avenue Unplugged

This free, beloved music festival along a 2-mile stretch of Adams Avenue brings 80 performances across 24 stages inside the unique restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries that line San Diego’s uptown communities. The festival spans from west University Heights into Normal Heights and parts of Kensington to the east.

When: Saturday, April 27 | 12 – 10pm
Where: Adams Avenue (From west University Heights through Normal Heights), San Diego
Cost: Free
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Tequila & Tacos Music Festival

The 3rd annual Tequila & Tacos Music Festival returns to downtown San Diego’s waterfront this weekend, featuring exclusive tequila samplings, entertainment and gourmet street tacos.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28 | tequila tasting on Saturday
Where: 200 Marina Park Way, Embarcadero Marin Park South, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10 – $40
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Annual Lakeside Rodeo

The 55th Annual Lakeside Rodeo brings the exciting action of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to the Lakeside Arena April 26th, 27th & 28th, 2019 with four full rodeo performances featuring the 7 events of rodeo to include bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing (WPRA), tie down roping, and team roping…plus, the Kids Stick Horse Race is a hilarious to watch at each performance!

When: Friday – Sunday, April 26 – 28
Where: Lakeside Rodeo Grounds | 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA 92040
Cost: $10 – $20
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!