What to Do with All Those Disney World Key Chains? Put Them on a Tree!

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Disney key chains are cheap. They are one of the least expensive souvenirs you can purchase on vacation at the Disney parks, and the amazing part is, that for a low price, you get a quality product that could last for years.

But now let’s be real; how many key chains does one actually need? We only have so many cars and a limited number of locking house doors.

I solved that problem. The answer is you really can’t have too many. You simply need a place to display them.

Read – Disney Springs Must Do: Shopping for Jewelry

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Cheap Disney World Souvenirs: Where to Purchase a Silhouette

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Simple items that can stretch your Disney World vacation budget are souvenirs. T-shirts for $30, sweatshirts for nearly $60, and toys that can soar into the hundreds. A small trading pin will cost $10. How can you make the most use of your money without skyrocketing your overall budget?

We’ve searched all over the “World” for the best bargains, and we’re going to suggest a silhouette…

Wait, a what?!
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Disney Souvenirs Under $10? Lollypops!

Updated for 2017!

Disney World vacation souvenirs are expensive. As soon as you announce plans for your upcoming Orlando trip, friends will start casually saying, “Hey, bring me something back from Disney World.” Well now the pressure is on, and you have to decide if you will spend the big bucks or look for small trinkets. $35 t-shirts and $59 sweatshirts will kill your budget; I don’t always fit those items in my budget for myself. You may need something way less expensive.

I spent a lot of time looking around the gift shops as a child in the 70s, and these items remind me of childhood vacations munching on candy we could afford to buy in the parks. You know kids usually can’t afford much else.

Say hello to the Disney lollypops! [Read more…]

Disney World Cheapskate Souvenir Picks: Fridge Magnets for Under $20

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Updated for 2017!

You may run out of time on your Disney vacation, but you certainly will never run out of souvenir options. Gift shop after shop, your choices are endless. They are also expensive; sticker shock is a common sight among shoppers. What can you bring home that won’t bust your souvenir budget? This may not sound too original of a purchasing suggestion, but you haven’t seen the pictures yet…

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The Top Three Disney World Souvenirs You’ll Use Every Day

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Updated for 2017!

Disney World is an amazing playground of entertainment, roller coasters, and fabulous dining. After you spend lots and lots of money on tickets, a hotel room, and food, you will be visually overwhelmed with souvenir opportunities. Everywhere you turn on Disney property, there are stylish gift shops in which every single merchandising item looks like something you need to buy immediately.

You don’t believe it now, but just wait.

And a great percentage of what people bring home winds up in a closet or in a drawer for their next trip. What should you buy?

Read – Disney’s Charmed in the Park Jewelry: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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While you certainly don’t need every item you see in the gift shops, you will surely be tempted. Coffee mugs, pencils, t-shirts, mouse ears hats, Dooney & Bourke handbags, plastic bags full of candy, swim suits…The list of items for sale is really limitless. So again, what should you purchase?

Well, a lot of that answer depends on your personal taste and what you like to have and wear. I’m cheap. I like nice stuff but I can’t stand to pay retail prices. So buying souvenirs at Disney World is often a dilemma. If I’m spending all that money on souvenirs, I want to see and use the items I bring home more than just a couple of times a year.

We’ve got a Top Three suggestion of Disney souvenirs that can provide substantial use in your everyday life. If you’re going to buy it, you might as well use it every chance you get.

Read: Love Disney Inspired Jewelry? Head to Etsy!

Jewelry

I try to pick out one piece of jewelry every trip, because with a job in a public school classroom, jewelry is something I wear every day. A Mickey hanging around my neck at work reminds me of vacation, and the thought of vacation makes me happy. Being happy at work can equal productivity, so your boss could promote you!

There are jewelry pieces ranging from $4 to over $8,000, although obviously being cheap, I’m going to shop on the lower price tag side. I have sterling silver pendants that are six to seven years old and still look brand new with a little polish.

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Mickey Mouse necklace souvenir

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Most people could wear the same Disney watch every day, and watches are priced from under $50 to over $150 to fit every princess budget.

Ok, so this heart isn’t a necklace most people could afford, but we can sure dream! They offer way less expensive versions in the low to mid $100s.

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Kitchen Items

So let’s put this out there; I am no chef. I can barely cook my own oatmeal for breakfast. But plenty of you princesses do spend a great portion of your day in the kitchen, so why not stare at a white-gloved hand while you scramble some eggs in the morning?

Flatware, cups, mugs, plates, popsicle molds, snack trays, pitcher sets, tumblers, napkins, placemats, and the list goes on and on in every color and Disney character theme imaginable. You’ll pay more than you would at Wal-mart for compatible non-brand items, but the quality is high, and you can use cooking and dining accessories in the kitchen every day.

Read: Fabulous Disney-Inspired Wedding Rings, Perfect for a Disney Princess!

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Kitchen utensils and equipment are really common in resort gift shops throughout Disney property. Disney store.com also offers a wide variety of kitchen products for sale, in collections like Meal Time Magic for KidsBest of Mickey Kitchen CollectionGourmet Mickey Kitchen Collection, and Disney Parks Kitchen & Dinnerware.

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While it stinks to come back home after a fun vacation, who wouldn’t enjoy eating at a fabulous table set like this?

Disney kitchen products

For some pre-vacation window shopping, you can see all the online kitchen and dinnerware items using this link to DisneyStore.com 

Frames and Pictures

There are so many events you can attend and buy tickets for at Disney World besides theme park tickets. In the fall alone, there is Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Or you can hop over to Disney Springs and see animatronic dinosaurs at T-REX or take a captain’s guided tour on a rare Amphicar that drives on land and floats in the water. This experience has a $125 price tag.

Who has a lot of money for souvenirs after paying for that?!

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Well, after the experience, purchase a Disney picture frame and put your photo in it. They are priced under $30 and good quality items.

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Taking photos in gift shops is always fun too, because shopping at Disney is a way different experience than shopping in Wal-mart.

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DVC brochures and park maps make great backgrounds for vacation pictures. This photo below shows a Dollar Store frame, so including printing, we’re looking at a cost of about $1.40. That will leave lots of money for tickets to an event like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Cool Disney World Pressed Penny Jewelry!

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Everybody has their favorite souvenirs, but now you know our Top Three souvenir suggestions for maximum every day use.

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you eating PB&J sandwiches for lunch, saving up for a sterling silver necklace purchased in a resort gift shop.

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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.

Memorable Disney World Souvenir? Christmas Decorations!

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Updated for 2017!

You can’t escape merchandise at Walt Disney World. There’s a gift shop or shops in every resort, and most rides deposit you into a room filled with Disney charactered-merchandise ready and available for purchase. Window shopping in the gift shops during the Christmas season is a visual feast for the eyes, and actual shopping can lead to some memorable purchases.

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Now every Disney vacationer will have a favorite item to bring home, but we like to suggest items that you can use for years after your vacation ends.

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Christmas ornaments are certainly not the cheapest items for sale at WDW, but if you take good care of them, they are high quality enough to be passed down to your children one day. Plus the cuteness level for ornaments is through the roof.

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What better way to celebrate baby’s first trip to Disney than with a Mouse ear ornament?!

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Several parents I know purchase a dated ornament for every year they travel.

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Julie gets her ornaments from a different off property source. “I purchase at Disney Store and each year, I pick one that has a meaning. For example, this year my daughter is in a school play of Jungle Book, so I bought a Jungle Book ornament. In past years when her favorite princess were Mulan and Ariel, we have those too. The funny thing is, when she was three-years-old, she HAD to have an ornament which was a princess. I wrote the year on it with a Sharpie. She just recently asked ‘Where is my favorite ornament? I need to hang it on the tree.’ She is now 10!”

Speaking of year after year…Imagine if your favorite “ornament” was this gift card holder. I’d be like, “Where is my favorite gift card holder hanging on the tree, and did Santa leave any cash in it this year??”

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Cheapskate Princess.com reader Elizabeth sent us a picture of one of her ornaments.

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Elizabeth said, “We get them as gifts from other people when they go to Disney but we’ve also bought them as gifts in Disney Springs. We’ve had the ones made with hand painted words on them.”

Longtime Cheapskate Princess.com reader Melanie reminded us that you can purchase Christmas ornaments and decorations all year ’round. “We buy Christmas ornaments at Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Magic Kingdom.” There is also a shop at Disney Springs as well called Disney’s Days of Christmas.

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To buy or not to buy – that is the question!

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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.

Cheapskate Princess Extravagance: Disney Runway Princess Handbags by Dooney & Bourke

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Updated for 2016!

A fashion show- that’s what vacationing at the Disney parks has become. Your vacation will cost a lot of money, but have you saved any for a souvenir for yourself?  When you want to treat yourself to something nice, splurge on a really special keepsake from a fantastic vacation, where can a Cheapskate Princess spend her money?

Hang onto your wallets, Disney Princesses, while we check out the Runway Princess handbags by Dooney & Bourke… [Read more…]

Cheaper Than Disney Dooney & Bourke? Loungefly Handbags!

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Updated for 2016!

If the word “cheapskate” is a part of your vacation vocabulary, well, then perhaps the words “Dooney & Bourke” are not. Their handbags are simply fabulous, but the prices are unfortunately out of many souvenir budgets. If you just can’t set aside $200-$300 for a real Disney Dooney, then perhaps the handbag designer name “Loungefly” should become a word you are familiar with.

Because Loungefly can deliver really adorable handbags with a Disney World flare at a fraction of the cost of a Dooney.

Hang onto your Disney Visa cards while we look at Loungefly handbags, for some potential money-saving fashion.

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Minnie Mouse Floral Tote Bag – $90

You’ll be the epitome of Disney Princess style when you tote this spacious faux leather bag, part of the Disney Boutique Collection, where Minnie stars among a trendy mix of polka dots and florals. 10 1/2” H x 16” W x 5 1/2” D. The details:

  • Includes detachable faux leather Minnie icon key chain with 3D bow
  • Golden Minnie signature at back 
  • Faux leather tote 
  • Minnie floral pattern at center
  • Polka dot print at sides 
  • Zippered opening 
  • Interior zip pocket and open pocket 
  • Reinforced carry handles 
  • Silvertone hardware
  • Disney Boutique metal logo plate 
  • Fully lined with Disney Boutique print

Minnie Mouse Floral Tote Bag by Loungefly

Minnie Mouse Floral Tote Bag

Minnie Mouse Disney World Floral Tote Bag by Loungefly

Use this link to Disney Store.com for ordering information.

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Minnie Mouse Floral Crossbody Bag – $85

This spacious faux leather cross body bag, part of the Disney Boutique Collection, stars Minnie among a trendy mix of stripes and florals. 8” H x 14 1/2” W x 3 1/2” D. The details:

  • Striped panel at center 
  • Minnie Mouse appliqué with embroidered details 
  • Floral print with Minnie at sides 
  • Zippered opening 
  • Interior zip pocket and open pocket 
  • Carry handles 
  • Adjustable and removable shoulder strap 
  • Silvertone hardware 
  • Fully lined with Disney Boutique print 
  • Disney Boutique metal logo plate

Minnie Mouse Floral Crossbody Bag by Loungefly

Minnie Mouse Disney World Floral Crossbody Bag

Minnie Mouse Floral Crossbody purse

Use this link to Disney Store.com for ordering information.

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Minnie Mouse Satchel – $74.95

A faux leather bag spacious for your essentials, this sturdy handbag is effortlessly on-trend while embossed with the face of fashion icon Minnie. 9” H x 11” W x 5” D. The details:

  • Embossed Minnie faces
  • Minnie Mouse by Loungefly logo plate
  • Two interior open pockets, including one fit for cell phone
  • Interior zippered pocket
  • Reinforced carry straps with Mickey icon
  • Minnie Mouse decorative tag with detachable buckle
  • Silvertone hardware
  • Four metal feet
  • Fully lined

Minnie Mouse Satchel by Loungefly

 

 

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Minnie Mouse purse by Loungefly

Use this link to Disney Store.com for ordering information.

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Minnie Mouse Duffle Crossbody Bag – $69.95

Wear the many faces of fashion with our stylish faux leather crossbody bag starring Minnie Mouse. This bag has plenty of room for all your beauty and work essentials. 8” H x 10 1/2” W x 6” D. The details:

  • Minnie pattern
  • Minnie Mouse by Loungefly logo plate
  • Two interior open pockets, including one fit for cell phone
  • Interior zippered pocket
  • Reinforced carry straps
  • Adjustable and removable shoulder strap
  • Silvertone hardware
  • Fully lined

Minnie Mouse Duffle Crossbody Bag by Loungefly

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Disney World Minnie Mouse Duffle Crossbody Bag by Loungefly

Use this link to Disney Store.com for ordering information.

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Minnie Mouse Icon Crossbody Bag – $54.95

Minnie Mouse lends her classic silhouette to our must-have faux leather crossbody bag. With quilted front and metal studded Mickey icons, this designer bag is crafted especially for a leading lady of trends. 8 1/2” H x 8 1/2” W (at ears) x 2” D. The details:

  • Faux leather quilted bag
  • Zip opening with faux leather pull 
  • Metal Mickey icon detailing 
  • Faux patent leather bow with embroidered trim
  • Braided metal and faux leather shoulder strap 
  • Silvertone hardware
  • Fully lined with polka dot print
  • Minnie Mouse by Loungefly logo plate
  • Part of our D/Style Collection

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Minnie Mouse Icon Crossbody Loungefly

Disney World Tote Bag by Loungefly

Use this link to Disney Store.com for ordering information.

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you in the gift shops, comparing handbag prices and doing some mental math!

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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.

Disney’s Glow with the Show Hats: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Disney World and Disneyland are both vacation fashion runways. Turn your head in any direction, and you are sure to see Mickey Mouse t-shirts, jewelry, and character hats. In October of 2013, Hollywood Studios became the first WDW location to introduce the addition of “Glow With the Show” ear technology into the “Fantasmic!” show. [Read more…]

The New “it’s a small world” Disney Dooney & Bourke Handbag: Can You Afford It?

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As if saving money for your next vacation wasn’t chore enough, the Disney Company keeps teaming up with these clothing and handbag designers to bring us merchandise that is almost too irresistible. While I personally have not spotted this item in any park or resort gift shops (let me know if you have!) it’s all too easy to find online.

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”it’s a small world” Tassel Bag by Dooney & Bourke

Ready to carry your happy childhood memories of one of the best-loved Fantasyland attractions around with you? Check out the ”it’s a small world” Tassel Bag by Dooney & Bourke. The design features the ride’s well known colorful facade surrounded by dolls from around the world.

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This handbag was created especially for the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. The print on the bag features artwork inspired by Mary Blair’s ”it’s a small world” design plus those international dolls.

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The ”Dooney & Bourke Since 1975” metal label is found on the front in the usual style, which of course highlights the doll characters.

Small World Dooney & Bourke

Where Can You Find It?

Use this link to to the Disney Store.com. 

How Much Is It?

Whew. $285. Gulp.

How Much Will Shipping Cost?

You’ll catch a break on that right now, with free shipping on orders over $75 through June of this year. Here is the info.

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If we could save you some money on your next vacation, this might be just the bag you need to tote around your Magic Bands. Or your sunscreen. Or snacks for long roller coaster lines.

And there are some excellent travel deals going on right now:

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Could you do it? Could you spend hundreds of dollars on a splurge item before or after your vacation? Is this the style just waiting for you?!

Thanks for stopping by to preview the ever-changing landscape of Disney upper end merchandise. If you ever ate ham sandwiches on a theme park bench so you could vacation for an extra day, or so you could splurge on a purse to carry for years to come, you just might be a Cheapskate Princess!

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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!

Earn $20 Rewards for Vacation Referrals!

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.