I've gotten better at saving money at Disney... Be sure to also check out this NEW post with four new and totally UNIQUE ways of saving big bucks at Disneyland!
|Me (preggo with Aaron), Zoe, Ellie & my Grandpa at Downtown Disney-2010|
Since we have our 2012 dates picked, I'm starting to plan out the finances and figure out how to save money on this trip. In brainstorming through some of the things that have worked for us, I thought that I'd share my tips here with all of you! And so, here are some tips that I've learned over the years:
- Drive instead of fly (within reasonable distances). We drive because 1) airfare is crazy expensive and 2) can you imagine Ben and I toting 3 kids, strollers, and all our "stuff" through an airport. I can't. I've done it several times with two kids and it was overwhelming. Pass. Plus, it is SO nice to have your own car and to come and go as you please from the park or around town
- Book a hotel that offers a mini kitchen and free breakfast (such as the Embassy Suites). It may be a little more costly per night, but look at all the ways it will save you money (while offering a nice, two room hotel space):
- They offer a free cooked to order breakfast. My estimate is that this saves our family an average of $20-$25 per day (depending on where you would go to eat).
- You can take fruit, yogurt, fruit bars, and trail mix snacks with you after the breakfast to use for your snacks throughout the day. You can also fill up any water bottles or sippy cups with water, sodas, or juice. Estimated savings: $15-$20 per day (maybe more; park snacks/drinks are pricey!)
- You can bring a stash of food/juice, etc. with you from home and store it in your room fridge. We usually bring makings for pb&j's, some fruit, granola bars, and juice.
- You can save any restaurant leftovers in your fridge and eat them for leftovers or a late night snack.
- They offer afternoon snacks and drinks, as well.
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