Camper spot and park tickets: $5700
Golf cart rental $727
Gas for Trip $430
These numbers are not exact but a good representation of what I recall.
Snacks in Park average of $35 each day. $210
Lunch meals $500
Dinner Meals $1200
Breakfast Meals $500
Memories made and family time = priceless and worth every penny spent!
I am sure this is only the first set of pictures that I will be sharing!
Our next big adventure of camping is going to be a trip to Disney World. I will be the first to admit that this is one of the reason that I agreed to buying the camper. I thought today I would share some of the ways that we are saving money on and during this upcoming trip.
The camper is the biggest savings for several reasons. First the cost of a campsite is approximately half that of a resort room that would hold our family. The campsite also allows us all the perks of being on property except for one thing which is clean towels. We are fully expecting and planning to need to wash at least towels twice during our upcoming trip but even with this cost factored in the savings are huge! When we take into consideration the additional gas needed I will still venture to say that we are still saving at least 1/4 the cost of a resort room. The second reason is that by bringing the camper we are not limited to what items we can bring. I am planning to bring a fully stocked refrigerator, we will be able to carry water and drinks in the parks which is also a huge saving. We will not be taking in many snacks because we prefer to enjoy all the good food that Disney has to offer. But at $4 a bottle, even bringing one water a day per person is a saving of $20 a day or $100 for the week! We will also be bringing 4 or 5 days of breakfast with us. We typically spend about $65 for a resort or even a quick breakfast at the resort. With the camper, we will be shopping and bring our favorite breakfast including lots of fruit and yogurt. So it will still be a huge treat but just a much cheaper treat. We will also plan to eat our favorite breakfast meals as well so no hurt feelings here.
The next way we are saving is gift cards. We were actually given gift cards at Christmas and I have rescued several old unused ones as well.
A great way to save is by purchasing gift cards at Target, you automatically get 5 % off so you get an instant savings. I currently have $150 in gift cards for myself! Depending on what happens in the next couple of months, I would ideally like to have $2000 on these type of gift cards to cover all of our “restaurant meals”
Along the same lines as gift cards is my Disney Credit card. I earn “Disney Dollars” with each purchase. I have been using this card for our trips and paying it off immediately. I also pay for this trip on the card and then pay it off. Currently I have $379 on this card. I anticipate around $500 to be on this card before we actually head to Disney!
I talked about purchasing food for this trip earlier. My initial plan was to use the grocery money for the month of April to cover the cost.
However, we will be receiving our Costco Cash from our Costco credit card in March. This should cover most if not all of the food expenses.
IF I do need to use some of the grocery budget it will allow me to stick to $200 or less in April instead of $600!
The final way to save money on our trip to Disney is to make the kids each responsible for their wants and “needs” At around 100 days I started reminding the kids that they will want to have extra money for Disney. I typically only buying Christmas presents for each kid at Disney. I do purchase all the food and drinks they want but just by not buying say a shirt for each kid saves at least $500 on the overall trip cost.
Simple ideas that stretch the budget!
I think that April has been one of the busiest months that I have had in a long long time. Today April 23rd is the first night of the month that I have not had a need for a place to go!
Honesty is always the best policy so I am going to admit right now that this is also the first blog post that I have written the entire month. I did make a decision that I am going to post 5-7 pictures a day for the time we were in Disney. I also need to make a birthday post for Matt, update on the square foot garden and of course talk about Zach and his baseball as well. I am very hopeful to get all these pictures post in the next week.
We have decided to turn the playhouse that is no longer in use into a greenhouse for next year. My goal is to re-use and re-purpose as much as possible but also provide a watering system and organized way to use the space. I have already gotten plants started in the new square foot garden. I am looking forward to lots of fresh vegetables this year!
Financially we are still on the right track. Our gas budget is getting close for the month but his does include taxes and tags on the car in addition to the gas for our Disney trip. Grocery so far are really low but we have a Costco trip planned for tomorrow.
Now to enjoy some quiet time.