Take Advantage of AAA Membership Benefits and Discounts


The Automobile Club is a non-profit service organization with over 51 million members, including 6 million in Southern California.  If you are not already a member, you should consider becoming one.

Basic membership is $51 per year plus a one time $20 admission fee (as of August 2019). Membership provides for towing up to 7 miles, discounted rental cars, emergency fuel delivery, locksmith service, access to AAA offices and services, free maps and travel planning, etc. Upgraded plans (AAA Plus and AAA Premier) are available, with additional benefits.

But where membership can really pay off are savings on products and services.  Here are a few that really stand out (updated May 2019...subject to change).

  • Getting a AAA rate on hotels like Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton, Best Western and others can easily save you 5% to 20% on your room, which can more than pay for your AAA membership.

  • Visit a AAA office and buy Regal/Edwards and Cinemark/Century movie theater tickets at up to 40% off regular prices!

    • AMC Theatre Black Tickets $10.74 online (vs $15.50 at the gate).

    • Regal/Edwards Theatres Premiere ticket $10 online vs $15 at the theatre.

  • $2 off admission to the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena.

  • 10% off admission to the Autry National Center in Los Angeles (next to the LA Zoo).

  • 40% off regular admission and 10% off merchandise at Knott's Berry Farm. Also save 25% on tickets to Knott's Soak City at AAA branches.

  • Up to 20% off when you purchase advance tickets to Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach at an AAA branch and 10% off at the gate or online.

  • Save up to $34 on advance tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood and $3 off when you show your AAA card at the gate.

  • 25% off Crocs online and at all Crocs-owned stores and outlets.

  • Save up to 37% off passes to Six Flags Magic Mountain online.

  • Save 5% at the gate at LEGOLAND California Resort

  • Save 20% off certain Sea World passes at AAA offices, 10% off online and $5 at the gate

  • If you plan on a multi-day visit to Disneyland, save by buying passes at a AAA office

  • 10% off at Mimi's Cafe (locations in Thousand Oaks and Ventura)

  • 10% off food, games and non-alcoholic drinks at Dave & Buster’s

  • 10% off all regularly priced menu items at Wetzel’s Pretzels.

  • 10% off Dell PCs

  • 10% off haircuts with a shampoo at Supercuts by showing your card.

Hundreds more discounts listed on the AAA website. There's also a free AAA iPhone and Android app to find AAA discounts in your area.

So even if you don't think you'll need roadside assistance or towing, it could really pay off having a AAA membership.  Visit the Auto Club of Southern California website at www.calif.aaa.com/home.html for more information.

Ventura County Area Daily Deals, Coupons and Other Bargain Hunting Websites


Launched in November 2008, Groupon popularized the deal-a-day concept for daily discounted "coupons" or gift certificates good for deals at local retailers and service providers, such as spa treatments, classes, restaurants, massages, tanning salons, haircuts, offering 50% to as much as 90% off retail price.

There are now hundreds of daily deal sites around the world. Locally here in the Conejo Valley and Greater Ventura County, ConejoDeals.com was the first site to launch a daily deal program, back in April 2010.

Below are websites and apps that offer daily deals, anytime deals and/or good old fashioned coupons in the Ventura County area*:

ConejoDeals.com - Daily deals centered in the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas.

Travelzoo.com - Offers a variety of discounted packages for restaurants, activities and getaways in the Central Coast and San Fernando Valley areas.

Groupon Ventura County - Groupon started this VC daily deal site in October 2010.

Restaurant.com - Offers an array of discount gift certificates at local restaurants. Worth checking out. Do be aware of minimum purchase requirements when you buy.

MOGL.com - Sign up and receive 7 to 10% cash back when you dine at a number of local restaurants, including (as of June 2019): Karma Indian Cuisine T.O., Baja Fresh Camarillo, D’Amore’s Famous Pizza Camarillo, Johnny Rockets Camarillo, Zin Bistro Americana, Subzero Ice Cream Simi Valley, The Alamo Bar and Grill, Bandits’ Grill & Bar, Grabbagreen, Marie Callenders, Hatch Cafe and others.

LocalFlavor.com offers a number of deals in the Ventura County area.

MoneyMailer.com - Offers printable coupons for hundreds of local businesses as well as a mobile app. Type in your zip code and look for coupons when you need them.

LocalSaver.com - Printable coupons for local restaurants, retailers and service providers.

CouponsAndMoreVentura.com - Printable coupons for businesses in the Ventura area.

* Note that this list is current as of June 2019 but is subject to change at any time. Feel free to CONTACT US with any notable changes.

Buy Gift Cards at Costco and Save a Lot of Money Elsewhere


If you're not already a Costco member and have no intention of becoming one, gift cards are a reason to consider a Costco membership. Costco offers an assortment of gift cards for sale at bargain prices; typically 20% off.  A $55 annual Costco membership fee can quickly be recovered if you use these cards. Here's a summary of what several (Oxnard, Westlake Village and Simi Valley) local Costco stores either currently have on hand or have carried in the past.

  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: $100 in gift cards for $79.99 (also available online)
  • Buca di Beppo $100 in gift cards for $74.99 (online)
  • Smashburger $100 in gift cards for $79.99 (online)
  • CPK $100 in gift cards for $79.99 (online)
  • P.F. Chang's $100 in gift cards for $79.99 (online)
  • MB2 Raceway: $100 in gift cards for $79.99
  • Peet's Coffee & Tea $100 in gift cards for $79.99 (available online)
  • Build-a-Bear Workshop $100 Gift E-Cards for $79.99 (available online)
  • Cinemark Theaters 4 Pack for $33.99 (available online)
  • 24 Hour Fitness discounted 2 year memberships
  • Baja Fresh $100 in gift cards for $79.99 (online)
  • Cold Stone Creamery $100 in gift cards for $69.99
  • Yogurtland four $25 gift cards for $79.99

All of this of course is subject to change and availability.


Family Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo Saves You Time and Money

If you and your family visit the Los Angeles Zoo at least two times a year, the Family Membership is a no brainer. Not only does it save you money for a family of four or more when you visit the zoo at least twice a year, but it saves you time by bypassing lines into the park. Los Angeles Zoo membership also saves you 10% in shops and restaurants and gets you free or discounted admission to over 170 zoos and aquariums around the country.

The current cost of a one year family membership is $134, but there's a limited opportunity to purchase it at the discounted price of just $90 at THIS LINK!

Gentle Giraffe

Gentle Giraffe

Restful Rhino

Restful Rhino

Reggie the Alligator

Reggie the Alligator

Hippos relaxing

Hippos relaxing

Grinning and Bearing it

Grinning and Bearing it