Going to Disney on a Budget
Have you been thinking about taking your family to Disney World? Do you need a way to cut a few corners and save a little cash?
As Rumpelstiltskin says, “All magic comes with a price,” which is true about any family vacation. However, being the thrifty mom that I am, I’ve discovered a few ways to save, and I want to share them with you! I really hope they’ll be beneficial in helping you reach your savings goals. Here’s how we’ve been able to Go to Disney Without Going Broke =)!
Guys, I’m all about that Dollar Tree. Seriously, I just love hunting for new things in there. They have great deals that have helped us save a ton of money over the years. I have found great items that have made our Disney trips extra special. Here’s a short list of what I like to look for for our trips:
- Breakfast foods
- Entertainment for the little ones
- Décor for Magic Bands (i.e.temporary tattoos)
- Clothes baskets for my sanity
- Water bottles
I know, super short, but I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much information in the beginning. I usually try to get the kids a few little things just to add more to the Disney Magic. A few examples are balloons, glow sticks, and actions figures (all Disney themed). I’ve also used their temporary tattoos to make our Magic Bands extra special.
For more great Dollar Tree ideas, check out my Making Disney Magic at the Dollar Tree Post.
There’s an App for That
Do you like making a little extra money here and there? Every little bit helps, right? There are actually quite a few apps that you can use to supplement your savings. Here’s a few of my go to apps that I use regularly:
- Ibotta – My number one go to. Earn money on items that you’re already buying. Use my referral code and we’ll get an extra $10 =) https://ibotta.com/r/tuqavyv
- Checkout 51 – My number two, it’s very similar to Ibotta, but takes a little longer to cash out.
- Swagbucks – My husband has done great using this app. Earn money for surveys, shopping, and more. Use our referral code and receive a $3 bonus http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/mackyboy1983.
- Mypoints – Very similar to Swagbucks, receive a $10 gift card bonus when you spend $20 in the first month. Use our referral link: https://www.mypoints.com?rb=40512947
- Ebates – Receive cash back on online shopping. Use our referral code and receive a $10 bonus: ebates.com/r/AHOWEL78.
- Fetch Rewards – This one is super easy, just scan your receipt and earn points to cash in later. Use my referral code and we’ll both receive 2,000 points – https://www.fetchrewards.com/ Enter referral code VC2YB.
- Receipt Hog – The same concept as Fetch Rewards, but it also has slots to play to earn more points.
- Savings Star – Is also similar to Ibotta. Earn cash back on your purchases. CANNOT BE USED IN ADDITION TO CHECKOUT51.
There are also a lot of Facebook groups out there that can teach you how to use these apps and others to completely pay for your Disney vacation.
Paying for the Magic – Disney Gift Cards
Did you know you can use Disney gift cards to pay for your Disney vacation? Turning your Ibotta and Swagbucks earnings into Disney gift cards can really add up to significant savings especially if you know where to get your gift cards. Two great places to find gift cards at a discounted rate are Sam’s Club and BJ’s Wholesale.
- Sam’s Club – Membership is required, but you will receive a percentage off
- BJ’s Wholesale – No membership required and you can order online and receive a percentage off with free shipping. Percentage discounts vary.
Think about it, if your vacation is going to be $4,000 and you can get 5% off of your gift cards, that’s $200 worth of savings. What what?! Think of what you could do with that extra $200, it could even pay for your Memory Maker. That’s pretty much Disney magic right there.
Another great resource if you do decide to go with gift cards is disneygiftcard.com. With this site, you can combine your gift cards up to $1,000 to make it more convenient.
Those Credit Cards Tho
I’m not a big fan of credit cards mainly because the idea of going into debt with one is terrifying. That being said, the Disney Visa Rewards Card can save you a good bit of moolah in the long run.
Now, just so we’re clear we NEVER use our card if we don’t already have the funds to pay for something. I don’t want anyone to think that we’re encouraging you to go into debt to pay for a vacation. Alrighty, now that that’s out of the way let’s get on to the benefits on Disney’s Visa Card.
With the Disney Visa Rewards Card you’ll receive 1% cash back on all purchases plus receive 6 months free financing on your Disney vacation. If you decide that you want to sign up for the Disney Visa Rewards Card, you can sign up under a current user (such as myself), and you’ll receive a $200 statement credit when you spend $500 within the first 3 months of sign up. Click here to sign up and receive your $200.
Are you ready to go? Just talking about these money saving ideas puts me in a mood to head to the World. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my post and can use some of these ideas to help save on your dream vacation.
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