You’ll Love the New Princess “Key” Handbags by Dooney & Bourke

Disney has announced a new addition to their Dooney & Bourke collection, just in time for you to spiff up your summer wardrobe. Keys are a big deal in fashion and jewelry these days, and now they are featured on a Disney Dooney along with icons representing your favorite princess characters.

Spending hundreds of dollars on a handbag definitely isn’t a cheapskate move, but taken care of properly, these totes and wallets can last 10 years or more. Sometimes bringing home an expensive souvenir, which we call a Cheapskate Princess Extravagance, pays off financially through years of use and enjoyment.

Ready to see the new handbags and some prices?

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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.

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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Updated for 2018!

Simple items that can skyrocket 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? Lollipops!

Updated for 2018!

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 to purchase something way less expensive.

I spent a lot of time looking around the gift shops as a child in the 70s, and these sweet items remind me of childhood vacations munching on candy, one of the few items we could afford to buy in the parks on a 1st grade budget.

Say hello to the Disney Parks lollipops! [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…

You need a fridge magnet! [Read more…]

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

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Updated for 2018!

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.

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

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Updated for 2018!

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. These handbags were released back in 2015, and while these styles are no longer for sale in 2018, you can get an idea regarding how much you’ll pay for Dooney and Bourke Handbags. And if you are heart broken you will be unable to make a purchase, I would definitely try eBay to see if someone has a gently used version for sale.  [Read more…]

Cheaper Than Disney Dooney & Bourke? Loungefly Handbags!

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Updated for 2018!

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.

While these styles are no longer for sale in 2018, you can get an idea regarding how much you’ll pay for Disney handbags that are less expensive than Dooney & Bourke Handbags. And if you are heart broken you will be unable to make a purchase, I would definitely try eBay to see if someone has a gently used version for sale.

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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

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Minnie Mouse Disney World Floral Tote Bag by Loungefly

 

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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

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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 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

 

Make Your Own Disney Inspired Picture Frames for Super Cheap!

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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Disney World Tote Bag by Loungefly

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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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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…]

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

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Updated for 2018!

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.

While these styles are no longer for sale in 2018, you can get an idea regarding how much you’ll pay for Dooney and Bourke Handbags. And if you are heart broken you will be unable to make a purchase, I would definitely try eBay to see if someone has a gently used version for sale.

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