Mr. Penny Pincher and I have been fortunate enough to be able to go to Disney every other year since 2014. We’ve gone during July, October, and will be going again in 2018! The most common excuse I hear for people not being able to go to Disney is that they just don’t have the cash. While I totally get that, and I’m not saying it’s not a legitimate excuse. For those of you who want to go to Disney, but are still wondering how in the world to make it happen, this post is for you!
The time to start saving for your Disney vacation is last month! Booking a last minute trip to Disney can actually keep you from a lot of experiences and may even limit your dining reservations. I’m going to show you how you can save up for a Disney vacation in just a single year!
Set a Budget
The first step in planning any Disney vacation is to set a budget. The average Disney vacation will cost $5,000 once it’s all said and done. For the sake of simplicity in this article, we are going with that. When determining your budget, it’s all about choices. If you decide to stay on site, you can enjoy the perks of after magic hours, a Disney experience at your resort, and free parking at any of the Disney parks. However, if you are looking to save a little money, it might make more sense to stay off site. A Disney vacation is all about choices, and it’s up to you to decide what the right choice is for your family.
Once you have a budget in mind, it’s time to turn it into a reality. This means it’s time to start saving! My recommendation is to plan your trip at least a year in advance to give you enough time to save and plan your trip. However, this is not required at all.
By making small changes to your budget, you can easily save up for a Disney vacation in just one year. Challenge yourself to make one small change each week to help you save up for your trip. If you regularly purchase Starbucks drinks, that habit is costing you about $5 a day, which is $35 a week, or $140 a month! Instead, put the money you would have spent into your Disney vacation fund for a few weeks, and you’re already well on your way!
Here is a printable Weekly Countdown Savings Plan to get you started!
If you’d prefer, you can also choose to save monthly instead. While these numbers may be harder to swallow, it can easily be achieved! Maybe now is a good time to try for a lower grocery budget. Start couponing and look for ways to cut back on your grocery budget, and put the leftovers into your trip fund! You can also give a number of these side hustles a try to help you earn extra cash for your trip.
Here is a printable Monthly Countdown Savings Plan to get you started!
Saving for a trip to Disney isn’t always as difficult as it may seem. While a $5,000 trip is certainly a tough number to look at, it can easily be achieved! I can’t wait until my next trip to Disney, and I hope this has helped you prepare for yours as well!