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Ten Ways to Save for a Disney Vacation

Let’s face it, a Disney vacation is certainly not cheap. If you go online, you’ll find a myriad of suggestions as to how you can visit a Disney park on the cheap. However, no matter the cost of your Disney vacation, you still have to pay for it. The earlier you begin saving, the sooner you can go! So start saving for your Disney vacation with these helpful tips:

10. Chore Jar

The chore jar is a great idea to get your kids to help you around the house, while teaching them the valuable lesson about saving for a goal. You can write chores on Popsicle sticks and stick them in a jar filled with coffee beans. Upon completion of each chore, reward your child with an allowance. But there’s a catch – the allowance goes in the Disney fund.

9. Clip Coupons

Clipping coupons is a way to save on your everyday food and essential needs. For every coupon you clip and use, place the amount of the coupon – including any bonuses awarded from the store in the form of double or triple coupons – in your Disney fund! You’ll be surprised how quickly the savings can add up!

8. Round up Your Checking Account Deductions

Each time you swipe your debit card or write a check, round up the amount to the next highest dollar and keep note of this in your ledger. Even if it is five cents or ninety-five cents, add it up at the end of the month and transfer it to your Disney fund.

7. Change Jar

Everyone has a love/hate relationship with loose change. Start by digging in your pockets, dumping your purse or wallet, and scrounging under the couch cushions. Then each day, add whatever change you’ve accumulated to the jar. By the time you’ve saved for your Disney vacation, this jar should provide you with some extra spending money you would have otherwise not known you had.

6. Have a Yard Sale

Having a yard sale or a garage sale is a great way to get rid of household clutter and items you no longer use, while at the same time making a nice amount of money to add to your Disney fund. Don’t hesitate to put items out for sale! One person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Another option would be to sale larger items via the website Craigslist. Check here for the Craigslist city nearest you to get started on posting your items!\

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5. Evaluate and Cut Your Monthly Expenses

Sit down with all of your monthly bills and see where you can cut. Could you combine your insurance premiums under one company and save? Are you paying for more cable TV options than you watch? Is your cell phone data plan more than you need? Are you paying for a gym membership that you don’t use? The impact of coming up with incremental savings over a number of items could be substantial. Of course, these new monthly savings should then be transferred to your Disney fund.

4. Monthly Budget Savings

Sometimes we over budget, sometimes the electric or gas bill was a few dollars less than usual, and sometimes we just didn’t spend as much discretionary income as we expected during a month. As you evaluate your monthly budget, take these budgetary savings and transfer them to your Disney fund!

3. Make Monthly Payments

Something people might not know is that you do not have to pay for the entirety of your Disney vacation in one full payment. Usually, Disney requires a small down payment and then gives a date by which the vacation must be paid in full. How you pay the remainder is up to you. For some, it is easier to make small monthly payments that have been budgeted for rather than a large lump-sum payment. Utilizing the monthly payment system can make paying for a Disney vacation seem that much more manageable.

2. Visit During Free Dining

This suggestion isn’t necessarily a way to save for your trip, but is the way most families can afford to take a Disney vacation. The Free Dining offer is the largest savings opportunities provided to guests by Disney. This special offer allows those families that book a non-discounted hotel room with park tickets to enjoy dining throughout the course of their vacation on Disney’s dime! Considering most meals run upwards of 10 to 35 dollars per person, this could add up to substantial savings for most families.

1. Start a Disney Vacation Account

The Disney Vacation Account is a program provided by Disney to help families save for a Disney vacation. Through this website you can estimate the costs of your Disney vacation, create a plan on how you will save for your vacation, transfer money to the account, track your savings progress, and then finally book your trip! Through this program, you will have saved for your trip prior to booking so you won’t have to worry about how to pay for your Disney vacation, and can worry about which ride to ride first or how many Dole Whips you’ll eat!

About Lauren Wallis

Lauren Wallis was destined to love Disney. Her Mother found out that she was pregnant with Lauren after her honeymoon at WDW. After moving to Florida in 1990, every school trip, family vacation and weekend getaway was at Disney World! Lauren attended the University of Central Florida and spent her weekends looking for the most delicious restaurants on a college budget. She and her husband have relocated and now live in Central Florida, just minutes from Walt Disney World. She has stayed at every single resort and is currently working on eating at every single restaurant! She has been on WDW property over 400 times…lucky Floridian!