Welcome to Blogmas Day 18! A question I get asked each time I announce a Disney trip is How can you afford to go to Disney World often? In this blog post, I share 10 things I have given up over the years and I still don’t do them to be able to afford vacationing at Disney World with my family.
I live states away from my happy place in Illinois, so our family Disney trips include airfare, Disney resort accommodations, park tickets, Disney dinning, and more.
The secret to afford all that?
Something has to give. I can’t have it all.
Here are 10 things I have given up to afford Disney Vacations for a few years now.
- Getting mani/pedis
- Car payments
- Buying full priced items
- Impulse buying
- Paying fees
- Buying breakfast/lunch everyday
- Eating out often
- Buying a new phone just because there’s a new one
- Gym membership
- Relying on my credit card
The only time I can remember getting my nails done in the past 4-5 years ago was when I got married. I prefer to save my money and do my own nails when I want to. For the most part, I don’t do much to my nails. I work in healthcare, so I’m often washing my hands, using hand sanitizer, or putting and taking off gloves.
My husband and I don’t have new cars. They are both over 10 years old. Sure, we could have had a new car or two (or at least “newwer” cars) by now if we wouldn’t travel, but we choose Disney. We have no car payments. We have never had car payments, actually. My plan is to pay in cash when the time comes to upgrade our cars.
Buying Full Priced Items
There are so many ways on how to avoid buying full priced items. I stopped couponing YEARS ago. I look for sales, clearance sales, and outlet sales. I’ve gotten a couple things from Facebook garage groups and I’m planning to start thrift shopping (I curious about thrift shopping–new hobby?
You know…you go into Target for milk and come out with a cart full of things? I don’t ever do that anymore. I have my list and I stick to it. If I do want to buy something, I think about it for 24 hours and then decide if it’s worth it.
All of our credit cards are paid in full every month. We avoid credit card fees. I have NEVER paid for a late fee or interest fee. Esteban and I currently got a 0% APR credit card, but you best believe, we will not be paying any interest in it. I avoid ATM fees and any other fees. There are places like the DMV who charge to pay with a credit card. Guess what? I take cash! I’m not a fan of fees no matter how little it may be.
Buying breakfast/ lunch everyday
I make my own breakfast each morning and I pack my lunch everyday. Sure there may be a time here and there where for some reason I didn’t have time to make it and I might buy breakfast or lunch, but that only happens like one or twice a year! Pretty much, never.
Eating out often
My husband, daughter, and I eat out or order in at least once a week (2-3 times a week at the most). We do treat ourselves, but we don’t go crazy.
Buying new phone just because there’s a new one available
Phone are expensive! $1,000? No thank you. I can get airplane tickets for us three with that money and have a little left over. I had the iphone 5 for the longest time until it started to fail on me. I upgraded to an iphone 8 a bit after it came out only because my iphone 5 was not working properly anymore.
This one I gave up a couple years ago. I would literally go to the gym to only use the treadmill. I now have my own treadmill at home. For work outs, I use Youtube or DVDs that I already have.
Relying on my credit card
I have several credit cards and all except one have a $0.00 balance. I stopped relying on credit cards. My husband and I are currently working on paying off all of our debt (on a 0% APR credit card). How does this help with being able to afford Disney? I see it this way, if you can’t afford to pay for Disney in cash or won’t be able to pay for it on a 0% APR credit card (YOLO), you should probably rethink about going. You will enjoy it 100x better if you know it’s paid in full. Find more ways to save money to put towards a Disney vacation.
If you are looking for ways to save money, I hope you found this blog post helpful!
Let me know in the comments below what do you give up to save money?
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