So it is week one in my goal for the year. We’re two days in and I’m off to a decent start. Obviously my goal is to save enough money for my family of 4 to go to Disney World in early 2014. The total that I have decided that I need is $6000. I know – that sound like (and is) a lot of money for 1 week of fun, but for what I want out of our trip, it is worth it.
I have spent a few hours on Disneyparks.ca, going to rates and packages…deciding what it is that we truly want out of our vacation and this is what I have come up with.
- We want to stay on site for 6 nights
- We want 5 or 6 days at Disney – we may spend one day elsewhere
- We do not want to rent a car.
- We do not need hopper passes (hopper passes allow you to go from one park to another in the same day)
- We do want a meal plan
- We do want to do at least one Character Meal (These are included in the meal plans)
- We do want to have extra spending money for Pin Trading and souvenirs
So this is what I have priced out:
I used the 2nd week of April 2013 for my prices. Though I will not be going until 2014, it is too early to price the true dates.
- Disney’s Art of Animation Value Resort (Little Mermaid Standard Room)
- 6 day Magic Your Way passes
- Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining
Total price before taxes $2902.42
When you take that, add flights ( we may drive to save money) and spending money I come up with $6000 as my safe number. If I have that – we can go.
Tips on how to Save For Disney:
1. Join the Disney Insiders… It’s free, and you get all the fantastic offers sent directly to your inbox. Throughout the year Disney will add on free meal plans, or put out special package offers. It’s worth it to get those emails, and it helps keep you on track and excited for the end goal.
2. Figure out how much you will need. Like I have above. Then break it down into smaller increments. I use daily goals! Smaller numbers are not as scary. I need $17.00 for 365 days. Now, I know that I wont be able to take $17 and put it in a jar every single day. But I will TRY to. At the end of the week, I’ll see what else I can come up with to make that weekly goal of $119…and at the end of the month I’ll see what else I can scrounge to make the monthly goal of $476 (every 4 weeks). Smaller numbers make things easier.
3. Decide to change how you spend your money. If you truly want this to happen (or what ever else you may be saving for) and you cannot afford to take it out of your every day budget (I cannot…I have to FIND this money) think before you spend. Bring drinks from home instead of buying them when you’re out (put the money you would normally spend in your savings) Take time to use coupons during grocery shopping. Make sure all the lights are off in rooms that no one is in. Simple little changes that will help you reach your goal.
4. Pick a coin – any coin – and when ever you get that coin in your hand, put it in your Disney Jar. (Mine is the dime – so small but they add up so quickly!)
It can happen, even on a mediocre income… if you commit to it.
Be sure to come back next Wednesday for an update on our families #SavingForDisney, and more tips on how you too can make your Disney Dream come true.