Announcing Disney World Room Discounts for Summer 2019!

Have you been dreaming of a Disney World summer vacation? Room discounts for summer 2019 were just announced, and you can save up to 25% at select Disney Resort hotels for stays most nights from May 28 – Aug. 28, 2019. Are you ready to save some money?

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Decline Disney Housekeeping to Save $10 a Day?

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Walt Disney World Value and Moderate Resort hotels (including the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort) are still offering a trial phase Service Your Way program that gives you the ability to decline housekeeping services during your resort stay. If you decide not to have your room cleaned each day, you will receive a Disney Gift Card worth $10 per night for all nights of your stay except one. So if you spend 7 nights in a Disney resort, you will receive a $60 gift card if you decline housekeeping, which Disney fans in-the-know call “Mousekeeping.”

Should you save money by cleaning your own resort room or simply enjoy being pampered?

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Disney’s Enchanted Evening Honeymoon Package: A Cheapskate Guide

Updated for 2018!

Have you ever dreamed about enjoying a honeymoon at Walt Disney World? The beauty of a Disney honeymoon is, you don’t actually have to have the wedding on property to honeymoon there.

Maybe a few travel incentives can push you in the right direction… [Read more…]

The Beach Princess: Kayaking at Blue Angel Recreational Center

Updated for 2019!

I’m one of those really fortunate people who gets to live with a 50 mile radius of places other people pay thousands of dollars each year to visit. We bought kayaks several years ago as a way to go boating without spending a lot of money, and with spectacular spring weather here, we dragged several kayaks out and drove toward Pensacola, Florida.  [Read more…]

Jewelry Bargains Found in the Disney Parks Collection by Rebecca Hook

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Let’s talk a little bit about souvenir shopping. The word “bargain” is really a relative term; what you call a bargain, I may call insanely expensive. While jewelry may not generally be regarded as cheap, I really believe it’s one of the best souvenirs you can bring home from a Disney vacation. You’re buying a quality item, often produced using high-class metals like sterling silver and gold, which can last for generations if you take proper care.

Most of these styles are no longer for sale in 2019, but you can get an idea regarding how much you’ll pay for high quality jewelry. 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.

See, this $4,000 diamond necklace could be the un-doing of someone’s vacation budget… [Read more…]

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 World Extravagance: Helzberg’s Enchanted by Disney Jewelry Line

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Updated for 2018!

If you can find some room in your Disney vacation budget to bring home a nice souvenir, jewelry is often great choice. Prices can range from $10 to over $4,000, both in the on-property gift shops and online at the Disney Store. If you spend a lot of time in the parks, you will notice that the same jewelry will hang around for sale for years. Let’s take a look at something different from the usual gift shop merchandise, and you won’t even have to set foot in a park to make a purchase.

While this article was written in 2016, nearly all of these same designs are still sold on the Helberg website, some priced more and some actually priced less. We have the website for you at the bottom of the article, for after you’ve finished browsing the product.

Helzberg Jewelry opened their first store in Kansas City in 1915. They are one of the oldest jewelry chains in America, and they have a brand new line of Disney inspired jewelry designs. We’ll take a look at some of their new designs priced from $49.99 to $1299.

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

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Pros and Cons of Staying Off Site at Disney World

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Planning a Disney vacation can be very overwhelming, especially considering where to stay in Orlando with so many options for all budgets and accommodation preferences. The first step in deciding where to stay should always be asking, “Do we stay on site at a Disney Resort or do we stay off site?” There are pros and cons staying off site at Disney World, while being in the middle of the magic at Disney World is fabulous and convenient, it comes with a price. On the flip side, off site resorts not operated by Disney or located outside the Disney World property can truly make a Disney vacation thrifty budget friendly, however sometimes offsite isn’t the best option.   [Read more…]

Where Can You Find Disney Character Watches Under $20?

Updated for 2018!

Ever need a cute gift that also shows off your all encompassing love of all things Disney? Head over to Wal-mart, where you’ll find a large assortment of watches for under $20. 
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Cheapskate Princess Extravagance: Haunted Mansion Madame Leota Souvenirs by Dooney & Bourke

Updated for 2018!

The Haunted Mansion is a very popular ride at Disney World, and thanks to Dooney and Bourke, now you can feel at one with the spirits while you take Madame Leota with you all day. Prices are not for the cheap at heart, but especially with the handbags, if you take care of them, they can last for a lifetime of vacations.

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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Doing Disney World for Less: Souvenir Picture Frames

Updated for 2018!

Souvenirs are expensive at Walt Disney World. It’s not like walking into Wal-mart of T.J. Maxx where items go on sale. There’s almost nothing on sale at WDW, and paying full retail price hurts.

I like to recommend that vacationers purchase souvenir items they can use every day at home, or at least something you can see every day, so you feel like you got the best use of your money. [Read more…]

Disney World 4 Le$$: Pony Rides Under $10

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Updated for 2018!

Looking for activities for the younger crowd on a Disney World vacation that won’t cost a fortune? Head over to The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort for some true horse play! [Read more…]