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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Benefits of Staying at a Disney Resort: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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When planning to visit Walt Disney World, some might say “to do it right, stay at a Disney Resort”. While there is no one “right” way for everyone to vacation at the most magical place on earth, there are benefits of staying at a Disney Resort. Staying close to the parks does come with a price, but keep in mind, you get more than “just being closer to the parks” for your money at a Disney Resort. Comparing what is included can sometimes make off property the same or more cost than staying at a Disney Resort, with less convenience.  [Read more…]

How Cooking Your Own Meals Can Save Money on Food in Orlando

Updated for 2017!

Welcome to Chef Carl’s. Can I take your order?

I have a good friend who used to stay at the Beach Club Resort for a week, and when I asked how they afford such lush accommodations, she mentioned they cooked a lot of their meals “in house.” I though to myself, why would you go on vacation and cook for yourself? When my small kids turned into hungry teens that wouldn’t dream of sharing a kids’ meal, because they were hungry enough to eat their own adult meal, then suddenly realized, this cooking gig might not be so bad…

Food prices really hurt my adult-meal eating family of five. On many trips, we typically only eat one counter service meal in the parks, but that can run $75 or more per day for just one meal and soft drinks. Ordering water can help, but this is a vacation, and Orlando water isn’t always that pleasant tasting.

Snacks can be WAY less expensive as well. For the cost of two Disney strawberries covered in chocolate, we made an entire tray.

 

 

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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. 

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Disney Vacation Much Have Snack: Joffrey’s

They have a menu full of drinks and snacks. 

Maybe the best snack I had at Disney, and my friends, I have partaken of FAR too many snacks through the years, was a doughnut and frozen slushy drink.

They have a case full of delights, waiting under the drink menu.

 

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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. 

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Best Disney World Meals Under $20: Beaches & Cream Soda Shop

Disney World Beaches & Cream meal under $20

Updated for 2017!

Food is expensive at Walt Disney World, but if you look hard enough, you can find some excellent places for a great meal that won’t bust your budget. You want to make a reservation and then drop in Beaches & Cream Soda Shop over at the Beach Club Resort.

What can you get for under $20? Tons of entreés and sides, plus a long list of desserts!

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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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20 Cheapskate Tips for Souvenirs and Activities at Disney World: How to Save Money!!

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Updated for 2017!

Disney vacation souvenirs…I really dream about them at night after we get back from vacations. If I bought everything I wanted when cruising isles in the Disney gift shops, I would spend more on t-shirts and jewelry than I spent on our resort room. One of my best pieces of advice is for people making vacation budgets is to add more to the amount set aside for souvenirs. Kids and adults alike will easily overspend, and it’s too easy to do because all their merchandise is so enticing. Souvenirs are expensive at Disney, so where will you get the money? And do you always have to pay retail?

We have some tips on saving money for your actual trip, plus ideas on how to save money on souvenirs and activities for your next Disney World vacation. So put your Visa card away, hide your checkbook, and let’s see how the cheapskates do Disney!

Read: Almost 130 FREE Walt Disney World Resort Activities!

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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 World Preferred Parking: Do You Need It?

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Updated for 2017!

Disney World now offers a preferred parking program, allowing theme park visitors to get a closer parking spot at entrances to all four of their theme parks. Other theme parks in Orlando have charged for preferred parking for years now. (The following are updated prices as current as 2016) Regular car parking at Universal Studio’s garage is $20, with a preferred parking upgrade cost of $30(total). Universal offers valet parking ranging from $20 to $50. SeaWorld parking is $18, with a preferred parking upgrade cost of $23(total).

These are the 2017 prices for parking at Walt Disney World:

  • Preferred parking: car or motorcycle – $35 per day
  • Standard parking: car or motorcycle – $20 per day
  • Shuttle, Limo, Camper, Trailer or RV – $22 per day
  • Bus or Tractor Trailer – $25 per day

So do you need to splurge on the up-charge for closer parking or take your chances just parking in the back?

Read – Understanding Disney Park Closure Phases: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

How to Get It

By paying $15 on top of the regular parking fee, you will be allowed to pull into designed areas of currently existing Disney parking lots. Since the current parking fee for automobiles is $20, the preferred-parking total then becomes $35.

If you stay in Disney resort hotels, you have parking fees included in your room rate. You will simply need to pay $15 for the closer preferred parking place.

Parking fees are included in the cost of an annual pass.  If you are an Annual Pass holder, you will have to pay $15 for the closer preferred spots as well.

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Do You Need It?

How close do you need to park to the theme park entrances? Are you in rush to get there or get back home?

The first thing I would ask myself would be if there was any reason I couldn’t just park out further in the lot. I realize not everyone who has physical issues will have a handicapped sticker, so it may depend on your circumstances on the day/s you decide to pay for closer parking.

I may be a cheapskate, but I am not all that big a stranger to paying for extra vacation benefits. I have paid the up-charge to park in Universal’s preferred parking garage. While owning a perfectly good stroller, long ago I paid to rent a Disney double stroller on multiple days during multiple trips. I know if I was parking today at Magic Kingdom, I don’t have any reason to pay for an upgrade in order to cut some steps out of my day. That’s not to say I might not have reason in years to come.

Read – Understanding Disney World Bus Transportation: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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The current trend in Disney vacationing is to pay for upgrades and extras. Extra time in the parks, special parties and t-shirts, and now closer parking may one day be on your list of Disney World extravagances. I sure hope it’s not on MY list anytime soon, but I try to never say never. On the day I need to pay for the parking upgrade, I may have to pull out my toll road roll of quarters and hope for the best. 

If you do a lot of walking in the heat of the day, you certainly may need this information:

How to Beat the Disney Rash!

 

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you debating the merits of closer parking…

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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. 

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Buying Disney World Souvenirs on Ebay: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Updated for 2016!

When I set foot in a Disney World gift shop, I immediately wonder if I could have found a better price on eBay. There are many items you’ll have a hard time locating anywhere but in a Disney gift shop. There are many items, however, that I know I can find on Ebay, just possibly not at a price I think is a deal. Shopping online isn’t nearly as much fun as retail shopping on vacation, but it can save you a lot of money.

Just as you have to know your prices when you shop in grocery stores or Wal-mart for true deals and actual sale prices, it’s the same thing with shopping on eBay. While you can often find amazing deals, you really need to know your prices pre-bid, or you could wind up paying way more than you would pay on vacation.

What are some items you should avoid or be careful purchasing on Ebay?

The Best of the Best Disney World Shopping Guide

1. Picture Frames

Sample Ebay listing: Walt Disney World 2014 Sorcerer Mickey Mouse 4 X 6 Resin Photo Frame

This picture frame would probably be around the $25 mark in a gift shop. Resin and wood frames are generally $20 to $30. This particular auction was a BUY IT NOW price of $24.95 plus $9.00 shipping. That’s more than you would pay on vacation. There are often a large number of picture frame auctions going on, most of which cost more than Disney retail. The most I have ever paid for a Disney frame on Ebay is $17 and the least was $10.

Unless you just need a certain Disney picture frame right this minute, watch your auction prices.

Suggestion: If you can find picture frames under $20, preferably under $15 including shipping, then you found a deal.

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*Why the Wrong Shoes Can Cost You Money on a Disney Vacation…

2. Resort Toiletries

Sample Ebay Listing: Lot H2o Disney World Park Resort Toiletries (Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Shower Gel, Body Lotion.)

There is a plethora of toiletry auctions on eBay, probably because people know how popular these little resort soaps and shampoos can be. These six items were listed for $10.99 on a BUY IT NOW auction with free shipping. But hello, shampoo is FREE at the resorts. Or it’s included in the price of your room, which means you aren’t paying an additional price. Do you really need a walk down a soapy memory lane at this price?

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Sample Ebay Listing: Vintage Mickey Mouse Travel Bottle Conditioning Shampoo from Walt Disney World 

This solo bottle of shampoo was listed at $9.99 plus $3.99 for shipping. I am almost speechless. Again, shampoo is FREE at the resorts, but not this particular type of shampoo anymore, because Disney Resorts now provide H2O bath and body products to their guests.

I’m not sure I would ever order resort toiletries from eBay, ever. Unless you are buying these vintage bottles as just that, vintage items for your shampoo bottle collection, then goodness, steer clear of these high-priced auctions.

items you should buy on a Disney vacation and not on ebay

Suggestion: Retailer T.J. Maxx often stocks H2O products at slashed prices. I have purchased several $15 H2O lotions and toners for $4.99 each. T. J. Maxx doesn’t always have the same items in stock, but H2O makes a quality product. Were they the same toiletries sold at the gift shops with the same “Disney” scent? No, but when you compare those prices with most auctions, I can live with it.

Disney’s Glow with the Show Hats: Should You Buy One?

 

3. Trading Pins

Sample Ebay Listing: Disney Trading Pins-Lot of 50-No Duplicates-Free Shipping-USA Seller

These pins were listed at $24.25 on a BUY IT NOW auction with free shipping, and from this company, there had been 2019 sets sold.

Lets’s take a look at prices for 100% authentic trading pins on the Disney Store.com as of July 2014.

  • 11 Epcot World Showcase pins on a card retails for $54.95 before shipping.
  • 5 randomly selected pins out of 16 in the Ear Hat Mystery Series series retails for $26.95 before shipping.
  • One Mickey Mouse and Friends Happy Birthday pin retails for $9.95 before shipping.
  • 7 Star Wars Emblem pins retail for $34.95 before shipping.

So at just $.50 a pin, the Ebay auction appears to be a tremendous deal. But let’s take a look at the wording on the auction.

You are buying a random assortment of 50 Disney Trading Pins which may include HM-LE-Rack-Cast pins with no duplicates. Each pin has the official Disney Logo on the back and comes with the rubber Mickey Ear backing. Each pin is 100% tradeable at all Disney Parks and with Cast Members. The pins in the picture are samples and you may or may not receive some of the pins in the picture. If you win more than one lot you may receive doubles.

The pins you are purchasing are “used” and may have minor scratches, bent or wobbly posts, color imperfections, rough edges or a missing part such as a strap, dangle, etc. Some of the pins are considered factory seconds and are recommended for trading at the Disney Parks and with Cast Members and may not be suitable for a personal collection.

why you shouldn't buy Disney pin lots on ebay

You can find Pin Trading instructions on this official Disney site. 

Be careful about the pins you purchase on Ebay, as many can be called “scrappers.” Pixiedustsavings.com reports that a scrapper is a pin made during an official run that was meant to be discarded or destroyed (thus scrapped) for not meeting quality control standards. It can also refer to someone getting an old pin mold and remaking the pin. They describe how probably over 75% of pins on Cast Members lanyards are scrappers.

Use this Pixiedustsavings.com link HERE for instructions on how to spot scrappers. I read the article and viewed the photo comparisons, which unfortunately made me realize I couldn’t spot a fake pin in the parks. The Ebay lots of 50 and 100 pins for $1.00 each are too good to be true and will most assuredly be scrappers. When you find authentic pin traders in the parks, they will not trade scrapper pins, which can be confusing for many of the small children you probably bought the pins for.

Suggestion: If you are making picture frames or bulletin boards using pins to keep in your home, these pins would be a good deal, and it would actually take the scrappers out of circulation. But if you or your children want to trade for any authentic Disney trading pins, these super cheap scrapper pins are definitely not the route to go. 

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4. Alex and Ani Bracelets

Alex and Ani are an affordable souvenir jewelry item introduced to the Disney World and Disneyland parks within the last several years. Alex and Ani are an American company producing products “infused with positive energy.” The ancients referred to this precious energy as chi and prana, while modern science simply calls “vital force.” The Alex and Ani company believe positive energy is the natural energy that supports life.

Sample Ebay Listing: Disney World Parks Alex and Ani Minnie Ears Hat GOLD Charm Bracelet Bangle NEW

By gold, they are inferring a gold color, not actual 14k gold by the way. This Minnie Mouse bracelet was listed for $55.95 on a Buy Me Now auction with $2.50 for shipping. The regular pre-tax price of these bracelets at the Disney parks starts around $31.95 and goes up to $39.95. You can pay the same thing at the Disney Store.com, and if you purchase over $75 in merchandise, you usually get the shipping for free.

Unless you just NEED an Alex and Ani Disney bracelet jingling on your wrist immediately, or for a gift, then the bracelets on Ebay are not a deal. I have yet to even see an auction start under about $45.00.

Suggestion: For better prices, you want to pick up these bracelets in the parks or order from the Disney Store.com.  To see many more styles of Alex and Ani Disney bracelets with prices, use this link:

Who Makes Disney World Jewelry Under $40? Alex and Ani!

Alex and Ani Disney Bracelet

5. Sterling Silver Charms

Sample Ebay Listing: DISNEY 3-D CINDERELLA CARRAIGE SOLID STERLING SILVER DANGLE CHARM *NEW* *GENUINE

This charm was a BUY IT NOW item for $69.99 with free shipping. There are a lot of “vintage” charms found on Ebay. Make sure you read the auction closely; “silver” is not the same thing as sterling silver.

I actually have this particular charm in sterling silver, and I paid $7.00 for it including shipping. It was an amazing deal then, and it seems even more fabulous now compared to almost $70.00 for this auction.

Suggestion: Sterling silver charms are $20 and up at the parks, so your Ebay goal is to have it delivered to your house for less than this. $10 is not impossible, although a purchase price around $15 is more realistic.

sterling silver Disney charms

To see more about Disney sterling silver charm bracelets, use this link:

What Gift Does a Disney Princess Desire? How about a Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet

6. Theme Park Tickets

Sample Ebay Listing: (2) Walt Disney World One-Day One Park Tickets (Read Description Before Buying!)

These two tickets were on a BUY IT NOW auction for $69 with no shipping, and the seller had 0 feedback. Zero. They tell you at the bottom of the auction, “We are a discount travel and attraction tickets vendor that works directly with the resorts and travel clubs that we represent.” Now these prices appear to be a steal, until you read the fine print, and there is a lot of it.

  • Must attend an approximately 120 minute, no obligation resort presentation.  You will learn about a unique opportunity where you can become a member and enjoy great deals on future vacations, cruises, etc. You are under NO OBLIGATION to purchase anything. At the conclusion of the tour you will receive your tickets just for attending.
  • Married or romantically involved cohabiting couples must be traveling and attend the presentation together.  Single women that meet all other qualifications are also eligible.
  • Both parties must be at least 25 years of age.  
  • Upon arrival each person must present a valid government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license, passport, military ID, etc.  If addresses do not match on your ID’s then you must bring along some type of proof of same residence (utility bill, bank statement, lease, marriage license, etc.)
  • One person must also present a valid MAJOR credit card.  This card must be a MAJOR credit card, it cannot say debit or check, and cannot be a prepaid card.  Your credit card will NOT be scanned or charged, this is just to satisfy the resort’s qualifications for this promotion.  If you do not own a major credit card then you do not qualify for this offer.
  • Must be gainfully employed with a minimum yearly combined income of $50,000 before taxes.  Disability, SSI, and child support do not count towards the income requirement.
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Disney had a one day ticket price increase in March of 2016. Each month in the calendar year has now been divided into peak, regular and value days. If you visit the theme parks during the value dates, for example, your adult ticket price will remain at $105 for one day admission to Magic Kingdom and $97 for the other parks. The prices will increase to $110 during “regular dates” and $124 for “peak dates.”  So an auction selling two one day tickets for $35 each seem like a steal, but do you really want to sit  through a 120 minute sales presentation to earn them?
Every single adult person entering the park has their finger scanned now as you enter, and a finger print is then associated with that ticket. Buying used tickets can lead to all sorts of identity issues you will not be prepared to handle. Auction prices for tickets that look too good to be true should be read very carefully.
There have been many instances of fake tickets being purchased online.  Examiner.com reports that you should never buy theme park tickets from Ebay. “You have no way of knowing whether they are authentic until you get to Disney World. If you discover they are fakes or have no remaining days, you will be out of luck and will be forced to buy new tickets if you want to enter the park.”
Suggestion: While there are some legitimate Disney ticket sellers online, the discounts for Disney tickets are not usually significant. If the price seems too good to be true, then it usually is.
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Ebay is a great source of discounted Disney souvenirs, so what are some favorite Cheapskate Princess items to purchase from auctions? Use this link:

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you shopping on Ebay, but only for certain items.

Disney souvenirs you shouldn; buy on ebay

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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 World Food Tip #9: Why You Should Share Dessert

Everywhere you look at Disney World, you will be surrounded by incredible sweet snacks and desserts. They are inescapable on Main Street, U.S.A, restaurants, Goofy’s Candy Co. at Downtown Disney, and now there are even dessert cases in the resort gift shops. I joke that you cannot walk more than about 100 feet without running into something with sugar as a main ingredient.

But man oh man, you have to see those desserts. Chocolate-covered caramel apples, brownies, ice cream sundaes, Dole Whips, tropical icees, pastries, turnovers… the list just never ends. [Read more…]