There was a time when we were deep in debt, no savings in site, and had zero hopes of being able to make a Disneyland trip happen. Then we realized that if we were intentional about our vacation spending then we could have an amazing Disneyland vacation on a budget! Can I show you how to do the same thing for your family?
Our family has started planning our second ever trip to Disneyland. Our first trip in 2017 was amazing and I have been dreaming about our next trip ever since we started walking out of the park on that last day!
Has your family ever done a Disneyland Vacation? I would love to hear how you saved money on your trip! Where did you splurge on your trip? Comment below and we can chat!
Main Costs of a Disneyland Vacation
There are four main costs associated with planning a Disneyland vacation.
If there is one category that you guys want to splurge a bit on, you will have to rework your budget and find other areas that you are willing to cut costs in order to fund your splurge.
1.Save on Travel to Disneyland
My rule of thumb is that usually if we are traveling with two or more people, it is cheaper to drive than to fly. Now there is so much more that plays into that decision. Schedules, timelines of driving, or drivers.
If you decide to fly make sure that when you are searching for flights to take into consideration cost of luggage and times of flights. Depending on what time you are flying will decide how many meals you will have to pack or purchase at the airport. 🤑
2.Save on Park Tickets
You will NEVER find a discount if you shop tickets directly from Disneyland’s website when you’re planning a Disneyland vacation! Well… there is an exception for locals that I’ll tell ya about in a sec. So how in the world do you save money on your Disney tickets?
The only place I have ever seen offer savings on Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park tickets is through a FREE travel agency called Get Away Today. They are the experts in all things Disneyland!
One of their most popular ticket sales is when they offer adult tickets at kids prices! If you make sure to follow me on Instagram then you will be the first Pearls to learn about any promotions that Get Away Today is offering.
A recent amazing sale that you might have heard about if you are signed up for my newsletter was when they offered your 4th day free ticket! An entire day at the park for free!
As soon as I saw this deal I immediately started to see if I could plan a “business trip” to Disneyland next month! Just the hubby and I!! Ahh! I can’t wait! I sure hope we can get the babysitting figured out! SHHHHH!!! This trip is going to have to be kept a secret for eternity from our kids! They CAN NOT know that we went without them!
The exception for Southern California residents is that most years Disneyland offers So Cal residents a 3day park hopper or 3day one park per day tickets for just around $160. Which is a major deal! But tickets are only valid usually January through May. This option also is not guaranteed to happen every year. Fingers crossed!
If you are local and can hold off till the beginning of next year, you might want to take your chances because that is the very best deal on tickets I have ever seen! That’s what we plan to do next year for our family Disney vacation!
BONUS TIP: The more days you spend at the park, the lower the daily ticket price will be.
3.Save on Lodging
In my eyes there are three options to help you save money with lodging when planning a Disneyland trip.
Stay with someone you know (Lucky!!!)
Find a hotel that offers free parking, free breakfast, and 3rd or 4th night free
Find a vacation rental to split with friends or family
If you know someone to stay with, do that!
If your not that lucky (like us…) then you need to know if you will be vacationing as a single family or if you will be going in a group.
When our family travels just the five of us I look to Get-Away-Today again to stack the savings! I’ll look for ticket sales and they make it super easy to find hotels that offer free parking, free breakfast, mini fridge (to keep lunch/dinner food cold), microwave, AND a 3rd or 4th night stay totally free!
If you purchase your park tickets and hotel stay with Get Away Today, you can use code: PEARLS to save a little more!
Let’s be honest! This is where our family likes to splurge! We sure love to try out all the fun treats that can only be found at Disneyland! The copycat recipes come close but it’s just not the same!
I plan to do as many videos as possible when hubby and I go to Disneyland and one of those will be searching out the best bang for your buck when it comes to the food at the Disney Parks! Would that be an interesting video to you?
If you don’t care that much about the food from the parks, then be sure to load up your backpacks and strollers with all the food from home! Disneyland says that this is 100% okay! One of the many reasons we all love them so much!
When we went last year, we were able to find Disney themed snacks all over Walmart and the Dollar Tree. Stocking up on the themed foods BEFORE you go in the park will save you a ton!
When is Your Next Disneyland Trip?
Now that I went through writing you this letter, I am giddy with my planning! Reply to this email and let’s chat all about your next trip and brainstorm together how your family can save on your next Disneyland adventure! I would LOVE to hear all about your Disneyland savings hacks and vacation tips!
Thanks so much to Annabelle from the blog Wunderlabel for sharing all her holiday shopping money savings tips with us!
Tis the season and that means it’s time to give gifts to all your family and friends. However, that ache in your wallet can be relieved a bit when it comes to buying presents and preparing.
Before you get your bows and tags out, there are some holiday shopping money savings tips that we have for you save the very most money this season! In this article, make sure to give every tip serious consideration. It’s the little changes to spending habits that make a big impact on your wallet.
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A few weeks when I was attending FinCon (financial influencers conference… sounds boring but it was actually super fun!), I had the opportunity to sit down with Sarah from Budget Girl and ask her five money questions!
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Remember when you were a kid and the biggest purchase you had to worry about was which candy bar you were going to invest your dollar in? That one decision could take you a long time! The same thing happens as adults. We can end up being stuck on deciding between different brands but the purchase price is a tad bit higher!
There are a few big purchase items that are necessities when it comes to furnishing your home. You can’t really live without a fridge, you could possibly make due without a washing machine or dishwasher, and a mattress is probably one of those items you can’t live without.
Meal planningis one of the two lifestyle changes our family made that has helped us get out of $20,000 in debt and has also helped us avoid overdraft fees and actually stick to a budget! One way we maximize our savings with meal planning is by stacking the savings at the grocery store. So let me tell you about my very favorite, and in my opinion, the very best grocery rebate app.
I use it all the time and talk about it in my monthly grocery hauls and get tons of questions. My very favorite way to get free gift cards using my very favorite rebate app, Ibotta!
Wouldn’t it be nice to see the exact numbers of another family’s finances? A family who has successfully paid off over $20,000 of debt on one income. A family who has found a way to live on one income in one of the most expensive cities in the USA.
I know that’s what I wished for back when we were trying to figure out how to make a budget that actually worked for our family.
Which is why we have started sharing our real life family finances with you! Every single month I get on here and lay it all out there, holding nothing back. You can learn how to live on one income by learning from our trial and error to help you achieve your financial goals even faster!