So by now you have probably figured out your safe number. The minimum amount of money you need to have saved to make your Disney Dream come true. What is that number (you can tell me in a comment below) If you still don’t have that magic number yet, head on over to DisneyParks.ca and price your dream vacation. Check out week 1 to see how I came up with my number.
I have to tell you that just as I started writing this, a commercial for Walt Disney World’s new Fantasyland came on. I’m so excited to check that place out! I love coming back to this, and writing each week! It keeps me motivated, and excited! I love that I think about Disney every single day.
Week 1 update:
Last week I broke down my daily/weekly/monthly amounts that would get me to my end goal. My weekly amount was $119. I have to tell you, I didn’t quite reach my goal this week – and I’m totally ok with that. I had to buy heating oil unexpectedly which took $200 out of my budget. Even with that unexpected expense I was able to save $67.16 which is a little more than half of my weekly goal. Yay!
USD $33.01 – every time I received an American coin in my change I put it in a separate jar. I also bought an American $20 bill when one came in where I work. (Canadian coins are not accepted in the US like we accept US coins)
CAD 27.06 – this was just putting my change in a jar. That’s it, that’s all.
Bank $7.o9 – I set up my bank account to automatically transfer 50 cents into my High Interest savings account with every transaction. ( I also set it up so that $50 every two weeks will transfer into my savings account as well, this will start this coming Friday)
Tips on How To Save For Disney
This weeks tips are a fun. More of a challenge of sorts.
1.Open a separate account for your Disney Savings. I highly suggest the High Interest Savings Accounts. Set up your everyday account to automatically transfer an amount that you can easily afford with each transaction. In your online banking you can sometimes nickname your accounts…mine is nicknamed Disney.
2. Get your kids involved. Now, you may want your Disney Vacation to be a surprise, and that is fantastic. You can still get your kids involved without telling them what you are saving for. Give them each a jar labelled savings. When ever they receive money for birthdays, holidays, or allowance, have them put a portion into their savings jar. It is a great way to teach them how to save money while their young. And when the end result is having their own money to spend at Disney, it will help them realize that saving is a good thing.
3. When ever you find a shiny American penny, put it somewhere safe. WHY? Because when you’re in the parks there are a ton of those machines that roll your pennies into fun keepsakes, with your favourite Disney Characters imprinted on them. They cost a quarter and a penny. So you may want to match up your shiny pennies with an American Quarter.
4. Save your American change. As I mentioned above, in the US, our Canadian coins don’t flow as freely as American coins do here. If you don’t want to transport a whole lot of American coins on your trip, roll it up and take it to the bank. Trade it in for Canadian currency, then buy American bills with it!
I’m excited to find out just how you are doing in your Saving For Disney efforts. Let me know in a comment below, and if you’re blogging it, leave me a link!