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Saving for Your Disney Vacation- 11 Tips You Can Use Right Now!

July 15, 2014

I have had so many people tell me that they want to go to Disney one day, but just don’t have the funds to do it. Well once I left my corporate job to be a SAHM and build my MickeyTravels business, I have learned how to save even on a budget! I am not an accountant, so I will not go into all the math involved (YUCK!) but I can tell you some great ways to save for your next vacation!

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1) Saving on your grocery bills… This is an area that I have really decreased our spending on over the past 2 years. There is no extreme coupon-ing involved, just some basic principles. Make sure to shop the sales that week and use coupons on items that are already on sale. Make sure to look at the unit cost on different sizes, especially when there is a sale. Try to buy a store/value brand when possible. Buy less meat and boxed foods and more produce (not only great for your wallet but your heart, health and waistline!)

2) Use Cash… I can’t even tell you how much money I have saved used cash for most of my everyday spending. As much as I love getting credit card rewards, I have found that spending less is far more valuable than the rewards. I use credit for gas, large purchases (to get my Disney Visa points), and online purchases. Other than that, cash it is. Try it for a month and see how much you save!

3) Stop buying bottled water… We have a water filter on our sink so we just fill up our Tervis cups instead of wasting money on bottled water. Even if you don’t have a filter, Brita and other brands make bottles with a filter. This is an easy way to save cash.

4) Stock up on baby supplies during sales… I always buy my diapers and wipes in bulk during a sale. This saves a ton of money!

5) Get a Disney Visa…I know I said use cash, but you can’t pay cash for everything. When you do use your card you will be earning money towards Disney! I love that I just transfer my rewards balance to a gift card to use for tips and souvenirs.

6) Save your coins… Since I use cash, my purse tends to get weighed down with a lot of change. Each week (or so) I empty out my purses into a Disney popcorn bucket for our next vacation. This is not a huge amount, but it is FUN! I went to the bank and had $67 since our last trip. I also put the change I find doing my families laundry in here 🙂

7) Disney Gift Cards— Get in the habit of asking for Disney gift cards for holidays. I always get these and they can be applied  towards your Disney trip or be used while you are down there. I have many clients that buy them at Target to get the 5%. I always do Kroger so I can get the fuel points. If you are thinking about Disney, just buy some when there is a deal and put them in a safe place.

8) Eat a home…This is huge, especially for a family! Make pizza night fun by making your own pie. You will get exactly what you want and save money! This also goes for skipping the drive thru. We go out on weekends and special occasions but other than that, we eat at home. It saves money and is much healthier too.

9) Skip the gym membership…Really, how often are you really using it? You can get a great workout at home using a video or even just looking up routines online. So many people are fooled into thinking they need fancy equipment to get in shape. I can tell you, I am in great shape just running outside, carrying around my toddler, being active, and doing random workouts with my husband. You can also go on groupon for deals on fitness. For one month I did a $200 bootcamp and only paid $39, it was worth it before my beach vacation

10) Prioritize your money… Look back at your credit card reciepts and bank statments and really think about where all your money is going. Chances are you are spending it on impulse buys at Target, hitting up Starbucks a little more than you should and eating out more than you thought. If you gasp when you see the totals, time to make some changes. Figure out what you can cut from your budget to make room for that dream vacation.

11) Sell old stuff…Look around your house and I am sure you have some things you can sell. I have sold books, designer purses, and even some of my Disney pin collection on ebay and on yard sale sites on Facebook. I have gotten the most for my gently used designer clothes and purses. You could even have a garage sale. I love using ebay because the money goes into my paypal account and then I can use it from online purchases or transfer to my bank account. It was fun to buy my son and I some olaf shirts off Etsy with cash I made selling old stuff!

I hope this has inspired you to save money and I would love if you put that money towards at Disney vacation!

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Make it a magical day!

Julie Hauck *o*
Authorized Disney Vacation Planner
MickeyTravels, LLC
1-513-313-9531 (cell)
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Why Disney is the perfect “first vacation”

May 1, 2014

I think my OB said it perfectly, “once you have kids, you take trips not vacations”. All the parents out there know there is a lot more planning, gear, concerns, etc when traveling with children. Especially when it is their first vacation. Well in my sons first year, we went on both a Disney vacation and a beach vacation. We were shocked how much easier the Disney vacation was and I would love to pass this knowledge on to you. I want to focus on a few key points for parents to consider when planning their first vacation.

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Car Seats

  • With Disney you do not need a car seat if you stay on property since you can use the FREE buses around the resort and the FREE Magical Express to and from the airport. This is one less thing to carry and frankly it is a bit refreshing to get a break from all that strapping and unstrapping.
  • For the beach, we opted to rent a car seat from the rental car company instead of bringing out own. (You can check them from free on many airlines but I was worried about getting it damaged and dirty with the beach). That as $60 for the week and it was very cheap and a nightmare to install. The rental companies will not install due to liability. I think I would take my own next time.

Sleeping arrangements

  • Disney offers FREE packnplays upon request. This is just wonderful. I always bring my own sheet and lysol it before using but still it is wonderful!
  • For the beach, we brought our own. It was not bad to bring, but it does count as a checked bag. My sister in law rented one and it was around $50. So no matter what you are probably going to pay unless your hotel provides one, which many do. We stayed at a beach house so it was not included.

Feeding arrangements

  • Disney is made for kids and they have high chairs everywhere! They are very accommodating to everyone and do a great job with kids and any special needs, restrictions, allergies, etc. My son had a milk allergy and Disney was amazing at handling it when we traveled.
  • The beach was not so easy. We had to bring a booster (another thing to carry) and then when going out many restaurants are not as kid friendly and honestly not many places are allergy or special diet friendly.

Toys/Entertainment

  • There is so much to do at the Disney resorts and parks that you really only need a few toys for the time you spend in your room. A lot less to pack.
  • For the beach vacation, there was definitely more down time which meant we needed to pack more toys.

With all that said, we had a great time on both vacations. However, Disney really made everything super easy. We needed a lot less gear, didn’t have to worry about transportation, etc.

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Make it a magical day!

Julie Hauck *o*
Authorized Disney Vacation Planner
MickeyTravels, LLC
1-513-313-9531 (cell)
julie@mickeytravels.com
www.mickeytravels.com
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The Right Stroller for Disney World Vacations

April 30, 2014

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There are strollers available to rent on Disney property, but I recommend bringing your own to save money and to have it the entire trip. If you fly, you will want to have it at the airport and most airlines allow you to check it at the gate for FREE. You will also love having it to walk around the resorts as Disney World rentals cannot leave if they were rented. You can also rent from an outside company, where you can have it the entire trip but again bringing your own is FREE .

Travel systems, umbrellas & joggers…. OH MY! Now, I admit I do have multiple strollers at home so let me help you choose which one to bring.

  • If your infant is under 6 months and cannot sit up well, I would recommend bringing whatever brand travel system you have. This will be the best choice so you can shade the baby from the sun and use the infant seat at restaurants since they are too young for the highchairs. It will be a bit more cumbersome folding it up on the buses but for little ones, you are accustomed to the extra baggage 🙂
  • If your child is over 6 months old, I recommend a stroller that is the umbrella style but has the ability to recline. I personally have the Chicco Echo and LOVE it. You will want the lightweight and easy to fold features of an umbrella stroller for the buses (you must collapse them on the buses but not on the monorail) but the recline feature is perfect for napping in the parks.

Renting—Should you opt to rent one at a Disney Park, it will cost you $15 for one day and $13 per day if you rent for more than one day. Double strollers are also available for $31 or $27 (single day vs multi day). You can rent from a number of offsite companies, but I have never personally done this. I have heard good things about “Magic Strollers” from clients.

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Make it a magical day!

Julie Hauck *o*
Authorized Disney Vacation Planner
MickeyTravels, LLC
1-513-313-9531 (cell)
julie@mickeytravels.com
www.mickeytravels.com
Read my Disney Blog!
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