Turn Yourself Into a Disney Character!

Disney has a cool webpage where you can create a character that looks just like you, only with Disney perks like backgrounds and Mouse-decorated clothing. Are you read to Disney character yourself?!

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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.

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The Disney Holiday Gingerbread House Kit: Is It Worth the $10?

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Updated for 2017!

How do you entertain three older teenage kids during the holidays? Buy them a gingerbread house! We found a Disney “Crafty Cooking Kits” Mickey and Minnie house for $10 at Big Lots.

Here’s what you get for ten bucks: [Read more…]

Don’t Throw Out Those Old Disney World Souvenirs Just Yet…

Disney Vacation Club

Several years ago, I played a game at a Disney Vacation Club meeting and won some cool DVC stuff, like a lunch bag, a bottle cover, and a license plate frame. That frame has graced my license plate for so long, the sun bleached out the letters. I contemplated throwing it away, but I have a hard time getting rid of sentimental items. Sound familiar?! After a quick peek on eBay, there are currently none of these frames for sale. And those DVC games are long gone.

The DVC license plate frames were never for sale to begin with, but it seems I can’t buy one if I wanted. Now this has turned into a cheapskate dilemma.

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So what did I do with it?

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The New LEGO Disney World Castle Costs How Much?!

I want the Disney Cinderella Castle

Updated for 2017!

For those who have been searching for years to find THE perfect Disney World vacation souvenir, one amazing item that hit the LEGO store in 2016 is an authentically detailed replica of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort, and the tiny details are amazing.

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Let’s be real here; the price is just as amazing as the details. How much will the LEGO Cinderella Castle set you back?! You cheapskates might want to have a seat…

where to buy the Lego Disney World CastleBefore we talk money, let’s talk details.  This LEGO set is appropriate for ages 12 and over, although the box says ages 16+. The Disney Castle measures over 29” high, 17” wide and 12” deep and contains 4,080 LEGO pieces. Highlights include:

  • mosaic-tiled floor
  • suits of armor
  • wall-mounted shields
  • grandfather clock
  • magic carpet
  • ornate chandelier and golden lamp
  • ornate balconies
  • flag-adorned towers
  • soaring golden-spired main tower complete with fireworks function
  • chest with book of spells
  • mop and bucket
  • a spinning wheel
  • a chest containing brush, scissors and lock of black hair
  • a golden mirror, plus red apple and glass vase

Disney Cinderella Castle cost of the Lego Disney World castle

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Five mini-figures are included:

  • Mickey Mouse with a tuxedo
  • Minnie Mouse with red dress
  • Donald Duck with classic outfit
  • Daisy Duck with pink skirt, lavender colored shoes and a bow
  • Tinker Bell with wig, skirt, wings and a magic wand

Mickey Minnie Mouse Lego Disney Castle

Disney Castle for Lego fans

Both the main four-story building and the five-story, golden-spired main tower contain rooms with assorted Disney-inspired features and elements.

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LEGO Disney Castle

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Disney fans, to aid with this purchase, it may be time to sell your Dooney & Bourke purse on eBay or sell your beloved Arribas Brothers princess crown to your neighbor.

The price is $349.99 before tax.

Or maybe it’s time to write Santa a letter and tell him you just have one simple item on your list. Better yet, just forward him this article.

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Shipping will not be an issue for you at this price.

LEGO Free Shipping

Another bonus about LEGO is their rewards program. You could earn $15 in VIP rewards by purchasing this set.

LEGO VIP

And there are several ways to become a LEGO VIP.

Instructions to become a LEGO VIP

You can use this link for more information.

So will you buy another handbag this year or clean off space in the dining room to display your mini home away from home?

Decisions, Deci$ion$…

Thanks for stopping by, and maybe we’ll see you opening up that big box, a big smile on your face?

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

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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.

Create this Swirly Mickey Mouse Picture Frame for One Dollar!

how to paint Mickey Mouse craft

Updated for 2018!

Gather the kids around your kitchen table and get ready for a Disney-inspired craft. What supplies do you need? Some craft paints and a $1 craft/picture frame from Michael’s Craft Store. Google images is swamped with photos and clip art of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. When I paint these inexpensive frames, I pick an image I feel like I can fairly easily reproduce. As you will see from my photos, I am certainly not an artist. I never took a single art class, and as a high school teacher, when I draw anything on the board, students laugh, and not because what I drew was funny on purpose.

If I can do it, it’s time to grab your pencil and take a chance! [Read more…]

Planning a Disney Vacation? You Need a Disney Change Jar!

Make a Disney World change jar

Updated for 2018!

Everybody collects change; it’s just one of those things that accumulates. Many families saving up for a vacation, from Disney World and Disneyland to a cruise, collect money in a “Disney Change Jar.” We recently asked our  Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans what they used their change for, and we went searching the Internet for super cute jar ideas, in case you want to start pitching your change into your own vacation jar. [Read more…]

Love Disney Inspired Jewelry? Head to Etsy!

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I’ve seen a lot of Disney World jewelry in my time, so I just love to find something out of the ordinary. Put new Disney inspired jewelry together with a less expensive than retail price, and that’s a cheapskate dream come true! I’m all about finding some deals on eBay, but what I seem to locate there is almost always used Disney jewelry or antiques. So I spent a late Saturday night window shopping around Etsy, and you won’t believe the amazing Disney inspired jewelry that can be yours for under $30.

That price is a deal in my book, plus you may be the only princess on your block sporting these amazing jewelry designs, until your friends find out where you got it. Check out what I found for your Disney princess.

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Make Your Own Disney Inspired Picture Frames for Super Cheap!

Mickey Mouse picture frame craft copy

Updated for 2018!

I sure love Disney them park picture frames, but I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t purchase many because they are all priced over $20, and if memory serves, some float up into the $40 range. That’s really not a tremendous amount of money to pay for a souvenir, especially in a fantasyland of gifts that can leap into the thousands, but I’m always on the lookout for a cheaper alternative. [Read more…]

Want a Fun Disney Craft? Check Out These FREE “paperman” Paper Dolls!

Paperman Paper Dolls

Updated for 2016!

Paperman is a short black-and-white animated romantic comedy produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2012. The short film blended traditional and computer animation, and it won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards. Paperman was the first animated short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios to win this award since It’s Tough to Be a Bird in 1970.

If you haven’t seen the short film lately, or perhaps at all, stop now, grab the kids, and take a quick look. [Read more…]

Love Disney Kid’s Crafts? Check Out These FREE Maleficent Paper Dolls!

Maleficent Paper dolls by Cory Jensen

Updated for 2015!

At Cheapskate Princess, we love anything FREE, no matter how big or small. It’s pretty difficult these days to find something that is honestly truly free without some sort of string attached. After spotting Paper Dolls by Cory Jensena Facebook group featuring paper doll designs you could print off for free, I was tripping over myself to get permission to supply these paper dolls to our readers. And here they are, our third set of dolls. You’ll find links for the other sets of dolls at the bottom of this page. 

These paper dolls would be perfect for a rainy day craft you could do with your girls or a project they could do at the kitchen table while you cook dinner. You can find Paper Dolls By Cory using this link.  [Read more…]

For Your Princesses…Free Disney Inspired Paper Dolls!

Paper Dolls by Cory Jensen

Anybody remember cutting out paper dolls in a long ago childhood that pre-dated iPhones and Play Station 4s? I grew up in the era where children were rarely seen and heard from even less often, so I spent some quality time with paper dolls and Fashion Plates. (Leave me a comment if you remember those!)

At Cheapskate Princess, we love anything FREE, and it’s pretty darn hard to come by free these days without there being some sort of string attached. After spotting Paper Dolls by Cory Jensen, a Facebook group featuring paper doll designs you could print off for free, I was so excited we got permission to supply these images to our readers. These would be perfect for a rainy day craft you could do with your girls or a project they could do at the kitchen table one day while you cook dinner. You can find Paper Dolls By Cory using this link. I’ll let Cory tell you about the dolls. 

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“Cute Ariel paper doll, anyone? I had alot of fun with this one! The two dresses on the right were both designed by yours truly, and the top dress on the left was a dress Ariel wore in the Disney Parks. Like the Elsa and Anna dolls in this style, I wanted to keep all the outfits in a similar color scheme, which is the color most associated with the character.”

Ariel doll

Free Ariel paper doll

“The Fairest of Them All, Snow White! I’ve always loved Snow White and I have made several paper dolls of her in the past. When I started making dolls in this style I knew that at some point I would have to make one of Snow White! I had fun designing a new dress for Snow.  This one took me a while to complete but I am happy with how it turned out!”

Disney Snow White Paper Doll

“I started using this style with my Mary Poppins doll a while ago, and I think its fun and cute! The idea of this doll is that all of these dresses incorporate Elsa’s magic in some way. Her ‘classic’ Snow Queen gown, two of my original designs, and the bottom right dress is a dress designed by the legendary Marc Davis for a never built Disneyland Snow Palace attraction.”

Elsa Disney Frozen paper doll

“My latest Elsa doll looked a little lonely, and several of you asked if I would make Anna as well, so here she is!  I feel like green is Anna’s color, so like the Elsa doll, I stuck with one basic color scheme. Two dresses are from the movie and two are my own creations using different motifs used in the movie.”

Disney Elsa paper doll set

“Here’s the latest addition to my Disney Villains Collection, Cruella De Vil! She has always been a favorite of mine even when I was very young, when most children are terrified of her! She is evil but she is pretty fabulous!  I had a lot ot fun designing outfits for her. The red dress is inspired by concept art by Marc Davic, while the last one is my own design.”

cruella de vil

“I’ve never done a coloring page doll, but I felt this time it was appropriate. Every girl is a princess! If you have daughters, granddaughters, nieces, sisters I would encourage you to remind them how special they are! Have them write their name on the doll and use their creativity to color her and the dresses to creat their own Princesses!”

Disney paper dolls for free

These dolls sure would make a great car-ride distraction for anyone traveling long distances to Orlando. And you can use this link to paper dolls inspired by Frozen.

Get These Disney Inspired Frozen Paper Dolls – Free!

Cory said to use the paper dolls, simply click on the photo, and press print on your computer. That’s way easier than dealing with an iPhone.

A couple of tips to make things easier for you.

  • Paste the doll on card stock so it will last longer.
  • Save this page somewhere on your computer. If you need to reprint any outfits, you’ll be able to locate them quickly.

Head over to Paper Dolls By Cory to see what new designs he is currently working on. Disney princesses are not the only dolls he draws, although we plan to share all the Disney creations. We would like to extend a HUGE thanks to Cory for allowing us to share his designs. It’s impossible to look at these amazing paper dolls and not think about what an amazing talent he has! 

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you searching for scissors, keeping your printer humming!

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

Amanda Major Cheapskate Princess

.

Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

.

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.