Thrifty Thursday: How to Save While Dreaming of a Disney Vacation

Dreaming of a Disney vacation? Don’t want to charge it to be in debt for years to come? Whether it is your first trip or your fifth, you are most likely needing to save some money before you start planning. Our Facebook fans have come up with some ways that you might find helpful to pinch those pennies to get to Disney.

Don’t fear change! No need for anything fancy just something to stash those coins in. When your container is full, I bet you will be surprised by how much you have. Did you know a 2 liter bottle filled with dimes is about $700. That’s a pretty good chunk of change.

Turn trash into cash! You have your Great Aunt Millie’s dining room table sitting in the garage collecting dust. You could put it up for sale in your local paper or Craigslist. Not a Craigslist kind of person, or you don’t have a Great Aunt Millie, what about a garage sale? If you look thru your house there may be things that you are no longer using that someone may be interested in buying from you.

Just say NO! No to ugly sweaters and useless scarves. Let friends and family know that you are working toward saving for a Disney trip. Any gift giving occasion is a perfect opportunity to suggest a Disney gift card. If you get cash as a gift, go buy a gift card to add to your fund. Then you won’t be tempted to buy an ugly sweater or useless scarf.

Go red with the Target Red Card! The money you spend with this card comes out of your checking account so it is not a credit card. All purchases made at Target (except tobacco and alcohol), earn 5% instant savings. That includes purchases of…you guessed it, Disney gift cards! You could even take the 5% you saved on your purchases and put that amount toward your fund.

Get perked up! If you use a credit card, use one that rewards you for using it, like the Disney Premier Visa card. You earn 2% in rewards dollars on card purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants and most Disney locations. You earn 1% on all other card purchases. The reward dollars can be redeemed for Disney tickets, Disney Resort stays and dining, Disney movies, toys and more. There are also other perks that are available at Walt Disney World with this card. Since this is a credit card, be sure the benefits out way the risk. It would be a shame to go further in debt just to get the perks that are associated with this card.

Stop by Sam’s Club to get on your way! Sam’s Club sells Disney gift cards at a discounted price. Last month at the Tampa, Florida Sam’s Club they had $50 gift cards for $46.56 and $25 for $23.27. I am not sure if the cost is the same at each location but it doesn’t hurt to look.

Hopefully you find one or more of these money saving ideas helpful as you start saving for your dream vacation.  

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Denise has loved Disney as far back as she can remember. She has two teenage girls who were raised with Disney. Their rooms were decorated, and their closets were filled with Disney articles. Denise’s house now has Disney on every wall. Her wardrobe is made up mostly of Disney clothes. She feels that being surrounded by Disney keeps the memories and magic alive! Her friends affectionately call her “the crazy Disney lady”. Denise was born and raised in Oregon. Currently she lives in both Oregon and Florida splitting her time between both parts of the country. She lives with her youngest daughter (15) and her roommate. Her daughter goes to high school In Oregon. Denise and her roommate sneak away to Florida several times a year, as often as possible. Her daughter tags along when she can, without missing too much school. Her oldest daughter (20) doesn’t make it to Florida much anymore, but hopes to again very soon. Denise’s first trip to Walt Disney World was for her birthday in 2009. She fell more in love with the magic of Disney that day! Ever since then, Denise and her kids have been annual passholders. Last spring she upgraded to a premier pass to include Disneyland. Over spring break her youngest daughter had the pleasure of her first visit to Disneyland. With Denise helping them plan, her brother and his family enjoyed their first family trip to Disneyland at that same time. Denise is looking forward to helping you with money saving tips as well as sharing the excitement and magic of Disney!

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