Disney Vacation Must Do: Shop at Disney Springs’ Basin

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If you ever cut a bar of soap in three pieces to make it last a few weeks longer, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess! Some of my favorite “free items” to bring home from a Disney vacation are the free H2O soaps from the Disney Resorts. Ok, I paid for them with the cost of my room, but they feel free, and who doesn’t like free?

Just where is a Disney Princess to go when she wants to pay for soap with a Disney theme? While you are shopping in the amazing newly remodeled Disney Springs, make a stop at a store called Basin. They also have a location called Basin White at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. [Read more…]

Do You Have a Favorite Disney Child, and Would You Admit It?

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Did you hear the story about the dad who blogged about having a favorite child?  Today Moms’ editor Rebecca Dube blogged about it here. It seems a dad announced on his blog how he definitely had a favorite child between his two sons. While he hasn’t specifically told his kids he has this chosen favorite, he announced it to the world through his blog. This guy couldn’t understand why there was such a controversy surrounding his decision to publish this personal information. He told  his critics, “they must be ‘perfect’ parents.” Other writers chimed in to say that lots of parents have favorites, but you shouldn’t actually say that out loud.

Read: Love the Disney Princesses? 10 Ways to Act Just Like One!

Growing up, both my parents had an obvious favorite among their three children, the irony being they both favored the exact same child. He easily knew he was the golden child; we actually nicknamed him “the Lamb” or “Lambie-pie,” because my dad frequently referred to my brother as “my lamb.” Probably like every kid growing up as the un-favored sibling, I swore that would never be my parenting style.

Yet with Disney forever on the brain, I had to ask myself, being honest deep within, did I have a favored Disney vacation child? Was there one kid I enjoyed spending time with more than the others?

Duh, like I’m going to announce that!

What I needed was a contest to decide the favorite. I needed a contest winner.

Read: Life Lessons with a Disney Twist: Teach Kids to Save Their Money

I immediately went and asked all three of my kids whom I should choose as my favorite Disney child. “I need to decide who is my favorite Disney kid on vacation. I need a favorite kid to hang with. Why should I pick you?”

Here are the candidates.

  • 5th grade son, child #3.
  • 7th grade son, child #2.
  • 9th grade daughter, child #1.

My 5th grade son talks about Disney just about every day. He helps me plan our days, saves his money for the trips all year ’round, and offered to buy my breakfast at Chef Mickey’s for my Christmas present. Looking out the window of the car, he has been known to say, ”Mom, I miss Disney.”

My 7th grade son loves Disney roller coasters, offers me samples of the snacks he buys with his own allowance, and will not turn down late night adventures at the parks no mater how much his feet hurt. This kid went to bed every night when he was five saying, ”When I wake up, I want to go to Disney World and ride the monorail.”

My 9th grade daughter likes to look in gift shops with me, is the first one dressed and ready to head back into the Magic Kingdom at night, and insists we skip all rides to watch the Magic, Memories, and You! show that was formerly displayed on Cinderella Castle right before and after Wishes. She can walk for Disney miles without complaining.

Let the “Pick Me!” arguing commence to determine the winner.

Read: Can a Disney Princesses Afford a Vacation at WDW’s Bay Lake Tower Resort?

5th grade son, child #3, said he truly appreciated being at Disney (way more than the other two, he unhesitatingly pointed out.) He also looked forward to spending time with me all by myself, quality mom-time, he said. He reminded me that one day, he really wants to go to the Magic Kingdom with just me, just he and I hanging out, rather than having everyone else tag along. “Everyone else,” he said, are the family members who don’t appreciate Disney World’s qualities like he does, and they most certainly do not appreciate alone time with me like he does. He made a strong case.

My 9th grade daughter, child #1, was texting when I asked for her sales pitch. By the way, the running joke in my house is that she is already my “favorite daughter.” Now, this particular favoritism is psychologically acceptable, because she is my only daughter, and there is no step mom in the picture. She stopped texting long enough to see me lying on her bed, waiting for her reasons why she should be favored, and she came up with this deep sentiment. “I love when you buy me stuff at Disney.” “That’s it? That’s all you have?” I enquired? “I can’t wait to look at purses with you in November.” She does have good taste in merchandise, and she doesn’t hesitate to tell me when a t-shirt is not for me.

Read: Life Lessons With a Disney Twist: Teach Kids to Be Appreciative

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7th grade son, child #2 immediately asked about the answers from his competition. “What were their answers?!” he inquired. “Cheater,” I declared. He said that he was always willing to go anywhere with me when the other kids were too tired. I can never relax on vacation in Orlando,with my ADD motored revved up to Main Street cotton candy overdrive. He was there for me, he stated for the record, so he was my partner in Disney crime. Point well taken.

The beauty of my children is that five minutes after I talked to them, they forgot I had even asked. Not one kid came to find out who won, which told me I must be doing Ok on not actually playing favorites. There are no “lambs” in this Disney home.

And the winner is? Me, of course, for I am truly the actual winner as the mother of  kids who love visiting Disney with me, and how cool is that?!

So, do you have a favorite Disney child, and would you ever admit it?

Read: Avoid These 10 Mistakes That Can Wreck a Disney World Vacation

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you, walking through the park with the kids…

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

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Making Your Own Disney World T-Shirts: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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There’s probably not a Disney World t-shirt I haven’t given a look-over, held the fabric between my fingers, and pondered if there was enough cash in my vacation budget to bring it home. Some I liked more than others, but it seems for a few minutes, I liked them all. What can you do if the money just isn’t there to but your family Disney shirts that start at around $20 and sometimes soar over $40? How about make your own! [Read more…]

Life Lessons with a Disney Twist: Teach Kids to Save Their Money

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If it seems like it’s been forever since you started saving money for your family’s vacation to Disney, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess. It’s no secret that Disney World vacations are really expensive, but they can also provide an excellent opportunity to teach your child life skills before, during, and after the vacation.

Money. Mullah. Cash. Greenbacks. Dap. Cha-ching! [Read more…]

Lower Your Stress on a Disney Vacation: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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A Disney vacation, that will cost you a fortune and make amazing memories that last a lifetime, can be extremely stressful. Kids walk slow. Adults get irritable. Surely that’s not rain? Favorite rides break down. Plans have to be altered. Meals have to be delayed. Children get over stimulated, throw screaming tantrums in crowded gift shops while strangers stare at you. Lovers fight, parents fuss, and teens complain.

You have huge expectations regarding how your expensive and long-planned vacation should play out, and when things go wrong, people start to stress out. Just worrying about how much money you are spending is enough to turn up your stress level to high.

I ran across this photo on Pinterest (follow us using this Pinterest link ) that simply shared 10 ways to Stress Less, and I’ll expand upon those ideas a bit with a focus on vacation application, because these ideas can add greatly to your life, but more specifically, your next Disney vacation. [Read more…]

Acting Like a Disney Princesses: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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A funny thing about growing up with Disney movies, or watching these movies with your kids, is that you get a glimpse into the life of a fairy tale princess. As children, we dream and daydream of living in castles and marrying our own prince, but of course, the reality is, we are just mere mortals, occasionally visiting Cinderella Castle for a short-lived glimpse of the regal life. And while there have been some negative criticism on female characters waiting for a Prince Charming to rescue them, there are certainly positive princess traits girls and ladies of all ages can adopt as their own.

The Disney Princess are a Walt Disney Company franchise based on fictional characters currently numbering eleven ladies in total.  The members of the franchise are Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel and Merida.

Read: Avoid These 10 Mistakes That Can Wreck a Disney World Vacation

My usual focus, as (self-proclaimed) Disney’s Cheapskate Princess, is trying to cheapskate your way to a Disney vacation. But half of being a Cheapskate Princess is being just that…a princess. Ever dreamed of being a princess? Here are 10 surefire ways to act like a Disney Princess yourself.

1. Speak up and be willing to fight for what you want.

Princesses like Ariel and Jasmine are known to be to be straightforward. Once she leaves her tower and overcomes her initial anxiety, Rapunzel is not afraid to stand up for herself when she needs to. Cinderella was incredibly honest and faithful, always standing for what she thought was right.

Stand up for what you believe in, don’t be afraid to say what you are feeling inside.  Snow White, always polite, voiced her opinion. There are ways to talk to people where you speak up for yourself that don’t push them away.  And smile when you speak, because you look more confident and likable when you speak up for yourself through a pretty smile.

Read: Top Ten Cheapskate Tips Every Disney World Visitor Needs to Know

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2. Be graceful.

Look at those Disney Princesses and the way they carry themselves. Belle is graceful, twirling in her ball gown. Pocahontas is noble, but she is also known as athletic, skillful, and strong, all of which can be defined as traits of grace. Aurora is very sophisticated and exhibits a refined air about her, as does Cinderella. We can’t all walk around singing and looking stunning in ball gowns. We can throw our shoulders back, tilt our chin up, and walk in confidence and grace to meet the world.

The Disney Princesses are all just gorgeous, yet because they are very humble and modest, they would never tell you how attractive they are. When people tell you that you are pretty, accept those comments without self-deprecating humor.  Above all, don’t be vain and shallow, the opposites of true grace, and try not to be stingy with your own compliments toward friends and family.  If you love someone’s hairstyle or their outfit, let them know.  No matter what other people do, carry yourself with grace.

Read: The Top 20 Best Disney Restaurants, So Says the Fans!

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3. Be proud.

In their own way and own time, all the Disney Princesses were proud to be who they are.

Be proud of who you are; don’t try to be somebody else. Don’t ever be afraid to be yourself and take pride in your accomplishments. If you can’t think of anything right now to take pride in, there is no time for change like today. Stand up straight, walk with pride, and look into your mirror on the wall and remind yourself that you are the loveliest Princess of them all.

4. Be sweet and kind.

Belle is always kind, Aurora is kind and selfless, and Snow White cleans the dwarves home and is kind to all the forest animals. Ariel is kind to others no matter what their circumstances.

As a princess, you need to be sweet to other people, which can be hard for even the best of us on a trying day. You must appear innocent and sincere in your sweet disposition, however, so you don’t come across as being laughably fake.

To be sweet and kind, try to live your life without a trace of evilness. You, my pretty, are not evil whatsoever unless a spell has been cast on you. You, sweet princess, are working toward being kind and affectionate. Speaking of villans, if you run into an evil male villan, he will naturally fall madly in love with you because of all your grace and charm, so be prepared to work your magic or run away to the castle over yonder…without him!

Read: The Top 10 Best Disney Vacation Planning Web Sites

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5. Be stubborn, to a point.

Belle is known for being stubborn. Mulan is very strong-willed and determined but always well-meaning and caring. Ariel was often quite stubborn and determined. Princess Jasmine is rich and powerful and often comes across as sharp-tongued and arrogant, but she is also fiercely independent with plenty of self-confidence and willpower.

When Cinderella grows tired of being bossed around, she says, “Well there’s one thing; they can’t order me to stop dreaming, and perhaps someday, the dreams that I wish will come true.”

Don’t let people step all over you like a doormat. People will treat you the way you allow yourself to be treated, so decide what you want, and be stubborn until you receive or achieve this. Dream your dreams, and use a bit of stubborn perseverance to get what you want. This may take hard work as well, but all the Princesses had to put some work into some sort of project to reach their dreams.

Read: A Cheapskate Princess Guide to Less Stress on Vacation

 

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6. Be positive.

Cinderella has a positively cheerful and sunny attitude no matter what the circumstances. She is extremely patient, endlessly kind, and believes that through hard work and perseverance, all her dreams can come true. Snow White is unfailingly optimistic and never judgemental. Ariel she is depicted as being willing to do anything to be with Prince Eric, even giving up her voice to become human, and she remains positive even with this drastic end in sight.

You are what you think. If you can see a positive light at the end of your rainy day, you can achieve your dreams. Is your glass half empty or half full? If you want to be more successful, tell yourself you can do it. If you want to be sweeter and kinder, more graceful, then tell yourself you are! And soon you will be…

7. Be independent and brave.

Although Mulan is a clumsy character, she makes up for it with courage and spunk. While she is very independent and self-reliant, she is also very brave and even heroic.  Jasmine’s impetuousness and curiosity often lead her on exotic adventures, but because she is independent, she goes!  Pocahontas is free-spirited and independent. Princess Tiana is independent and self-motivated. She is a disciplined, hard-working individual who is not afraid to do things herself.

Independence…are you making your own decisions? Have you turned control of your life over to those around you, to drugs or alcohol, to other addictions? Are you making the type of independent decisions that will lead to the type of future you want for yourself?

Brave…when is the last time you took a risk and did something brave? I’m not talking about the bravery involved in riding the Hollywood Tower of Terror. Changing occupations, changing relationships, changing your eating plans, trying to stop a bad habit – all these things take bravery and can lead you to a more independent life. Change is hard; go out on your own and take a chance.

Read: Ten and 1/2 Tips for 1st Time Walt Disney World Visitors 

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8 Be Smart.

Pocahontas was known as very wise, noble, and brave. Ariel has a great passion for discovery and adventure. We don’t seem to know where the princesses got their education, but words like dumb and uneducated are not words used to describe our Disney Princesses.

Educate yourself. In a day and age of instant information, knowledge is literally at your fingertips. Educate yourself in areas you feel you could learn more about. Think about signing up for a class on the internet. Haven’t started or finished that college degree you always wanted? Now is the time; don’t put it off. Read a book. Reading leads to a greater vocabulary, increased knowledge, as well as providing stress relief, and we could all use a bit of that.

Knowledge is power.

Read: The Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Disney Vacation? It’s a Four Letter Word!

9. Have fun!

Ariel has a very sophisticated and refined air about her, but she is energetic, fun-loving, and outgoing, qualities that all make her fun to be around. Princess Tiana is very funny, friendly, and down-to-earth. Picture Snow White dancing around with the dwarves having fun!

Do we have enough fun in our lives when we aren’t riding Space Mountain? Ever stop to take a few minutes and watch America’s Funniest Videos with your kids? Ever stop to play a video game with your teens? When is the last time you threw a football in the yard with your husband or threw a frisbee to your dog? Holy Mickey Mouse, life is too short to go through every day without some laughter and fun!

Here is a great rendition of the Disney Princesses as superheroes from buzzfeed.com, which is certainly a fun idea, and Halloween is right around the corner.

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Read: Here’s Why the Wrong Shoes Can Cost You Money on a Disney Vacation

10. Have the capacity to love!

This is the one area the Disney Princesses seem to have caught the most grief from feminist writers through the years. Some of our Disney Princesses have been saved by men, relied upon men, and given up precious things all for the love of a man. Cinderella was able to escape her horrible living conditions all thanks to the love of a rich prince who barely knew her. Ariel left her family, changed her body, and was willing to give up her most prized possession for a man she hardly knew. These sound like drastic steps for mere mortals like the rest of us regular women!

But the Princesses show us through themselves that we have a  strong desire to be loved. When these ladies find love, we sigh a collective, “Ahhhh” because all seems right with the world.

Should you leave your family, change your appearance, and give up your most cherished possessions all for a prince? Heavens no. Yet I think the world needs more love, and I think we could all open our hearts and find a little more room for love. Once bitten, twice shy, they will say. If love has hurt you badly in the past, just think of those Disney princesses, think positive, be sweet and wear a big smile, and maybe a little Disney magic could head your way.

And after all, what could a little more love hurt?!

Read: FREE Disney Virtual Vacation…Check Out the Walt Disney World “Parks” Maps

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I located a site called fanpop.com that has a great little poem about the princesses and love.

Cinderella walked on broken glass.

Aurora let a whole lifetime pass.

Belle fell in love with a hideous beast.

Jasmine married a common thief.

Ariel walked on land for love and life.

Snow White barely escaped the knife.

Rapunzel had to find a new dream.

Tiana kissed her prince and turned green.

Mulan left to be a man.

Pocahontas stayed to save her land.

It’s all about the smiles and tears, 

because love means facing your biggest fears.

 

One last thought and one last image with a photo from www.listal.com

Read: There is No “Bad Time” to Visit Walt Disney World. True or False?

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These are modern times we live in, and ever-changing world, and the listal.com photo reminded me that women’s roles in society have changed through the years.My ball gown doesn’t have to look like yours. We don’t have to sit and wait for our prince to arrive. We can go out and find him, but we don’t have to do that either to be happy. We are strong and competent, and we princesses can make our own destiny, with Mr. Charming or on our own.

10 ways to act like a Disney Princess…take what you like to heart and enjoy the rest of your Disney day!

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you checking out the Disney Princess outfits in the gift shops.

To see more of our Cheapskating Guides, use this link.

Amanda Major Cheapskate Princess

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Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

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Now let our vacation planner help you plan your trip, totally for FREE!

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Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from Mike Ellis, our Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations.

Call Mike at 919-606-6725 or e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

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1st Trip to Disney World: Is Summer the Best Time to Travel?

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If you ever stood in a Disney World line, all sweaty and hot, primarily because summer room rates were cheaper than peak holiday times, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess! Everybody and their Disney loving’ cousin has an opinion about when the best time is to visit Walt Disney World. What is best for your family may not be the best for another.

You may not mind standing in 120 minute plus lines, just as long as you are surrounded by the holiday magic of Disney at Christmas, but your friends may tell you that you are absolutely crazy to travel during holidays. Summer seems to be a reasonable time to take a vacation, but the question must be asked…

If you are planning a first trip to Disney, or even a 10th trip for that matter, should you take the family to Disney during the summer months? [Read more…]

First Trip to Disney World? Tips for the Day You Arrive

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Holy cow, how long have you been saving up for this vacation?  Chances are, you have spent a lot of money on accommodations and tickets, and then you’ll drop even more money on food and souvenirs. So the day you arrive in Orlando, what should you do? [Read more…]

Disney Food Tip #2: Adults Save Money Ordering This Meal!

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If you can remember sneaking food into the Disney theme parks back before it was officially OK’d, then you might have grown up to be a Cheapskate Princess! Walt Disney World has some of the best food around, yet dining at Disney certainly doesn’t come cheap.

Children under the age of three can eat free from an adult’s plate at WDW buffets. But unless your children are still of the “Kids Eat Free” age, or you managed schedule an Orlando vacation during the Free Dining promotion, then you will spend a lot of money on food for you and your whole family. Because I complain constantly that food at Disney just kills my cheapskate budget, I’m always looking for ways to lower my food bill. I would much rather spend money on other things besides my breakfast, like jewelry, or Disney handbags… [Read more…]

Look in Davenport, Florida for Great Disney Vacation Rental Homes

 

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I read all the time on Facebook comments where die-hard Disney fans just cannot understand why someone would ever stay off property during their vacation. I have been on that mental thought train. We have truly enjoyed some fantastic on-property trips. And then we got two dogs, making on-property stays impossible without kenneling the furry members of the family. Not only am I too cheap to pay the kenneling fee, but it just seems like a choice I would rather avoid. And then my children grew taller than me, so sharing a couch bed was no longer so much fun for three kids. I then found myself on the Internet researching the costs of rental homes.

Have you done any research lately on the cost of rental homes? Granted, you are away from the magic and not in the heart of Walt Disney World, but there certainly are perks to renting your own home away from home. [Read more…]

Disney Food Tip #3: Bring Ziplocks In Your Theme Park Bag

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If you ever took part of your dinner out of a restaurant with you to snack on later, then you just might be a Disney’s Cheapskate Princess! Walt Disney World is a vacation spot known for serving great food, but dining at Disney has a reputation for being rather pricey. The good news is that portions are usually reasonable, and many people feel the portions are actually quite large. When you walk away from your meal, your tummy will be full even if your wallet is significantly lighter.

We asked our  Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans if they traveled with Ziplocs to save money on food, and we’re sharing their ideas. [Read more…]

1st Trip to Disney World: Tips on Picking the Correct Shoes

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Planning a first trip to Disney World or Disneyland? Did you realize that you can walk from 8 to 12 miles each and every day on that upcoming  vacation? That, my dears, is a lot of walking, and many hard-core Disney park travelers walk more miles than that per day. If you have ever worn comfortable shoes that didn’t really match your outfit to a theme park, choosing function over high fashion, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess. [Read more…]