Can YOU afford a trip to Disney?
First let me say that ONLY YOU can really answer this question. In order to honestly answer this question, however first you must be informed, which is where DWDads hope we can help.
The first step in deciding on whether you can afford a trip is to find out how much it will cost by answering these 4 simple questions:
- Who is going [# of Adults + # of Children (with ages)]?
- When do you want to go and for how many days/nights?
- Where do you want to stay?
- How do you think you’ll eat – table service or counter service meals?
Here is an example:
- Who is going? 2 Adults and 2 Children (ages 8 & 5)
- When do you want to go and for how many days/nights? October for 6 nights and 7 days
- Where do you want to stay? Anywhere on property – Value is fine
- How do you think you’ll eat – table service or counter service meals? We like to eat one big sit down meal and the other meals we will eat on the go.
Given the information above the Hotel (Pop Century), Meals (Dining Plan with 24 Table service, 24 Counter Service, 24 Snacks & 4 refillable mugs) and Tickets (7 day base tickets) would cost just about $3,000 before any discounts that might be released.
So how do I save $3000?
Here are some ways the DWDads recommend saving:
Put $250 per month or $60 a week in a separate account = $3,000 after 1 year
- *Better yet each month go to Target and purchase $250 in Disney entertainment cards with your Target REDCARD (saving 5% on each purchase) – By the end you’ll have spent $2,850 on $3,000 in Disney Cards a $150 SAVINGS – Stack the REDCARD with a 5% Pharmacy Rewards Card (not valid in NJ) and you will save $300 on the $3,000 in cards.
Use your income tax refund
Many people receive a tax refund when they file their yearly taxes. What better way to use this “found money” than on a family trip.
- In 2012 my federal and state return totaled – $3,248
Use your credit card cash back or miles balances
- Disney Visa Card gives you 1%-2% (depending on the card) on all purchases and also saves you 10% on purchases of $50 or more at select locations including the Disneystore and Disneystore.com – Current Disney Visa Balance – $126
- Discover Cash Back Credit Card – (2% on all purchases and 5% on select purchases each quarter) – Current Discover CASH BACK balance – $1,204
Save pocket change or even every $1 or $5 bills when you break a large bill
- Every time you come home, empty your pockets into a jar or milk jug. You’d be surprised how much you can save over time.
- DO NOT use Coinstar machines that charge a fee or spend your time rolling your change – many banks (TD Bank in my area) have FREE coin sorting machines and you do not even need to have an account there to use these machines.
Make a sacrifice for Disney
- Quit smoking – $8 per pack per day = $2,920 in one year. Not only can you save the money, but you’ll be healthier and touring the parks will be easier too.
- Give up Dunkin Donuts/Starbucks for daily coffee – $3-$5 or more per day
- Pack your lunch daily – Lunch can cost you $5-$10 or more per day and those savings add up