Saving Money

Seven Dwarfs in Disney World Parade

I get gift cards all the time for things like eating out or going to the movies. Sometimes I get them from rebate apps like Fetch Rewards, sometimes I redeem credit card points for gift cards, and sometimes we’ll get them as gifts for birthdays or Christmas. But what does this have to do with how to save for a Disney vacation? Well, there is a strategy I’ve been using ever since we started saving for our Disney World vacation that has really given our travel budget a boost. And like most of the tips you’ll find on this blog, this strategy can be used to save for any big trip you have planned. But keep reading to find out how you can turn any gift card into savings for Disney. 

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Woman holding jar with cash and coins saving for a vacation

We have very little margin in our monthly budget, so when we want to splurge on a family vacation or any other non-necessity, the funds usually have to come from somewhere other than our paycheck. That might feel impossible, but here are 10 ways to boost your savings when money is tight.

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Person holding piggy bank with outstretched arms

It can be hard work to stay out of debt. But I think the freedom that comes with it is so worth the sacrifice and effort you put in. And even if you have some debt it’s not too late to make some changes in order to become debt free…

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empty Cart in grocery store aisle

As long as I can remember my family and friends have made fun of me for being a penny pincher. Leave it to me to pull out a coupon for the most obscure things almost anywhere.

But I didn’t just stumble across my frugal ways. I’ve closely studied the habits of people who always seem to score the best deals. And I’ve compiled a list of 11 of their habits that you can easily mimic yourself…

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Balloon Souvenirs at Disney World

I don’t have to tell you that the prices at theme parks are inflated for almost everything. And Disney is no exception. Before we left for our last Disney trip I made sure to buy everything on this list. Because you won’t catch me paying $15 for a plastic poncho, even if it does have that cute Mickey on it. I’d rather be soaked in silent protest.

Of course you can buy almost everything on this list when you get there. But if you buy them ahead of time you’ll save a ton…

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Suitcases stacked on a beach

If you know anything about me, you know I love a good deal.

Scratch that. If you know anything about me, you know I love getting things for free. Yeah, free is always better.

I’ve pretty much mastered the art when it comes to toothpaste and shampoo. But last year I was introduced to something that totally upped my game. I’m talking about the next level of extreme couponing. A little something called…

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Minivan with open hatch full of groceries

Nobody likes to spend more than they have to on gas. In fact, my husband will often go out of his way to save a few cents per gallon (although I’m not sure the math works out when you take into account the extra time on the road, but I digress).

But by making a few changes and keeping up with a few key items you can make a significant difference in the amount of gas you’re using…

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Children in the backseat looking at map and playing with electronics

When we bought our first minivan in 2013, one of the “must-haves” during our search was a built in screen and DVD player. But after a car accident last summer that totaled our minivan, we found ourselves searching again for a minivan with the perfect set-up.

But because this purchase was not a planned expense, we were on a budget. And the more we looked at our options the more we realized how much we would actually be paying for just that one feature…

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Little Boys asleep with mom

Hi! My name is Kim. I’m the mom of 3 boys, the wife to 1 husband, and the driver of a 2013 Toyota Sienna. I love Jesus and my family, I have an obsession with getting a good deal, and if I had it my way I’d spend every weekend at Disney World trying a new food shaped like a Disney character.

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