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How a Stay At Home Mom Can Pay for A Disney Vacation


disney vacation tipsDisney vacation tips:

Being a Stay at Home Mom can be such a rewarding and fun job! I know that I cherished every moment with my kids as a SAHM, and have also worked outside the home for countless hours on the day shift, the night shift, and everything in between too.

Wherever you are in the mommy world, I know that we can all agree on one thing:

SAVING MONEY IS HARD!

Sometimes going on a family vacation, seems like such a far off dream that you can’t imagine.  Going to Walt Disney World can seem so unrealistic for some budgets, especially for stay at home moms who are not bringing in an income.

I’m here to help you have a plan, and a roadmap of how you can contribute in a real way to your family’s Disney vacation fund!

Disney Vacation Tips:


 

Before anything else, get a DEBIT Target RED card.  This will be a key part in your Disney savings plan.


Next, sign up for Swagbucks, and start earning! I wrote about how to get the most out of Swagbucks here.

Use your Swagbucks points to get Visa gift cards, or Paypal

PAYPAL: Have Paypal send you a check, and then use that money to buy Disney gift cards with your Target Debit RED card and save 5%.

or

Put the Visa gift cards into your Disney Savings Account (every $1000 into your Disney Savings account will get you a free $20 Disney gift card!)


Use the RecieptPal app to buy Starbucks gift cards to use for dining in the parks.  You can also use RecieptPal points for Amazon gift cards, which you can then use for Rainforest Café gift cards which is at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.


RecieptHog app: scan your receipts and then trade them in for Paypal money.  Use the Paypal money to buy Disney Gift Cards at Target with your Debit RED card and save 5%.


Walgreens Balance Reward Points: I linked my Fitbit to the Walgreens app and get points for walking around! Use the Walgreens points to buy travel essentials like snacks, sunblock, bug spray (learn here now to avoid Zika in Florida!), ponchos, etc.


Bing Rewards: use your points from searching the Internet to get Starbucks gift cards to use for dining in the parks.  You can also use BING REWARD points for Amazon gift cards, which you can then use for Rainforest Café gift cards which is at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.


MY COKE REWARDS:  use your points for Amazon gift cards, which you can then use for Rainforest Café gift cards which is at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.


Always check Raise.com for discounted gift cards, their selection is always changing.  They don’t usually have Disney gift cards, but they have gas gift cards, airlines, restaurants, etc.


 

When it comes time to buy your Walt Disney World tickets, buy them at a discount at Undercover Tourist, or Best of Orlando.  They are the exact same tickets you can get from Disney, just cheaper! (make sure to link them to your account on the My Disney Experience app)


When you get to Orlando, check out the Disney Outlet store for Disney Parks Souvenirs at a huge discount so you don’t get stuck paying park prices!


With all these Disney vacation tips in play, you can save up a ton of money to put towards a Disney vacation!

 

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6 thoughts on “How a Stay At Home Mom Can Pay for A Disney Vacation

  1. Another way to save is through a Sam’s Club membership. You can buy $150 worth of Disney Gift Cards for $142.98 or $500 for $479.98.

    You can also purchase Southwest e-gift cards. $100 for 96.98 or $200 for 192.48. Best thing about the Sam’s Club Southwest gift cards is that they don’t expire, so anything leftover from this trip can be saved for your next trip. But be advised, Southwest only allows a certain amount be paid from gift cards. I’ve managed to get around that by booking my flight first and paying with the gift card, then booking my granddaughter’s and paying with the gift card. Since the child is a minor, Southwest will ask if she’s flying unaccompanied, which is when I link her ticket to mine so there’s no worries about being seated separately.

    While these small amounts don’t seem like much, when you buy enough gift cards to pay for your resort room, you’ve saved a minimum of $50.

    Tack on the expense for food (we’ve found the dining plan ends up costing roughly $300 more for one child and one adult than if we paid out-of-pocket, so we don’t get that), PhotoPass Plus, souvenirs, or whatever else is Disney, and you can end up saving a LOT by using these gift cards!

    Sam’s also has a Rainforest Cafe e-gift card if you want to eat at the Rainforest in Disney Springs or The Animal Kingdom, but you only save $1 with that.

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