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How To Get Deals on Myrtle Beach Hotels & Avoid Tourist Traps!

on June 23, 2018

I am one of the rare people who grew up in the 80’s near the East Coast and didn’t visit Myrtle Beach. I finally checked it out this year and am sharing how we avoided the tourist traps and got a deal on a fantastic resort right on the beach for under $75/night!

If you want an affordable beach trip away from the touristy scene that is Myrtle Beach, read on…

Where To Stay: North of Myrtle Beach

When I was researching a visit to Myrtle Beach, I noticed that most of the extremely touristy attractions were located in central and South Myrtle Beach. Read more...

How Priority Pass Can Elevate Your Airport Experience + Special Father’s Day Discount!

on June 8, 2018

I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own. 

Can you imagine grabbing a hot shower, some delicious food, and complimentary alcohol all while waiting for your next flight at the airport? If you are a frequent traveler like I am then this probably sounds too good to be true.

Airport lounges provide an oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of traveling, and it’s possible that you’ve walked past them before and never know they were there. Read more...

Disney’s Pop Century Resort Review: Is It Actually a Good Value?

on May 1, 2018

Walt Disney World resorts are split into three main categories: Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. Value resorts are the most affordable and the most basic in terms of amenities.

Today I’m sharing a thorough review of Pop Century, one of Disney’s Value resorts, with a focus on what you get for your money when staying there. Is Pop Century actually a good value? Read on to find out what I think!

What It Costs

What you will pay for a room at the Pop Century Resort varies greatly depending on what time of year you visit. Read more...

Budget Friendly South Florida With Kids: Miami, Everglades, & Key Largo!

on April 7, 2018

I love visiting South Florida in the winter to get a dose of sunshine and warmth. In this post, I’ll show you how to take an affordable family vacation to Miami, the Everglades, and Key Largo that your kids will love!

Tip #1: Choose Affordable Activities

There are some pretty pricey things to do around South Florida, from harbor cruises to airboat tours. The key to keeping your trip under budget is to find some affordable activities everyone in the family will love. Read more...

How to Rent DVC Points & Stay at Disney Deluxe Resorts For Up To 70% Off!

on February 19, 2018
Stormalong Bay pool at Disney's Beach Club Resort

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

About five years ago I discovered a way to stay at Disney World Deluxe Resorts for a small fraction of what you’d pay by booking directly through Disney. This strategy has made it possible for our family to stay at places that we never dreamed we’d be able to afford.

I will share how to rent DVC points below in the hopes that your family can experience a stay at one of these amazing resorts, too! Read more...

An Overview of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge FREE Resort Activities!

on January 13, 2018

An overview of the amazing FREE resort activities at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge! Cookie decorating, face painting, tours, and more, all for free!

Every resort at Walt Disney World offers daily resort activities for guests. I’d argue that Animal Kingdom Lodge offers the widest array of resort activities and the best options for kids of any Disney resort.

This fall my family stayed five nights at Animal Kingdom Lodge and only went to the theme parks one day, so we had lots of time to explore the resort and try out the many offerings! Read more...

Hawthorn Suites Lake Buena Vista Review: One-Bedroom Suites Near Disney World From $75/night

on January 12, 2018

How to get a one-bedroom suite near Disney World from $75/night. Resort review of an affordable off-property Disney World hotel. #disneyworld #budgettravel #familytravelWhenever possible, I recommend staying on-property at a Disney resort when visiting Walt Disney World.

But sometimes that’s just not possible, such as on a last-minute trip when Disney resorts are booked or if there isn’t a Disney resort available that fits your budget.

When we planned our short trip for December there were zero rooms available at Disney resorts so I began researching cheap hotels near Disney World.

How to get a one-bedroom suite near Disney World from $75/night. Resort review of an affordable off-property Disney World hotel. #disneyworld #budgettravel #familytravel

I booked us a one-bedroom suite at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Lake Buena Vista based on the great reviews of the property (four and a half stars on Tripadvisor). Read more...

How To Rent DVC Points With a Broker & Save Thousands on Your Disney World Vacation!

on December 28, 2017

The EASIEST way to save thousands on a Disney World vacation is to rent DVC points through a broker. Tips and tricks for using a points broker to arrange your Disney vacation. #disneyworld

The single easiest way to save thousands on a Disney World vacation is to rent DVC points for a stay at a Disney Deluxe resort hotel. My family has been doing this for years and it allows us to visit Disney World often, even on a limited budget!

In this post, I’ll walk you through how to book your Disney World vacation with a DVC points broker, which is by far the simplest way to go about renting DVC (Disney Vacation Club) points. Read more...

How To Use Hilton Points + Money To Save Big on Hotel Stays

on December 11, 2017

I’ve recently come to love the Hilton Honors program because you can now redeem Honors points to reduce to cost of any available hotel room thanks to their Points + Money option!

In this post, I’ll show you how to find the best deals using the Hilton app (which doesn’t work on their website) and how to use the Hilton Points + Money feature to save big on a vacation to Disney World (or anywhere else). Read more...

Our Plans for a Quick (And Cheap) December Trip to Walt Disney World!

on November 14, 2017

One way to visit your favorite vacation destination more often is to get your family members as obsessed with it as you are!

We get to visit Walt Disney World one more time this year, thanks to my mother-in-law’s willingness to make a short trip down for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Here’s how we are saving money on this trip.

My mother-in-law has bravely agreed to stay two nights at an off-property hotel that seems too good to be true.  Read more...

Three Easy Steps To Get The Best Price on Car Rentals

on September 10, 2017

After years of researching how to get the best deals on car rentals, I’ve finally settled on an easy three-step process for getting the lowest price with the least hassle.

In this post, I’ll walk you through my method and show you an example of how I saved on our recent rental!

When Should I Book My Rental Car?

First, you might be wondering how far in advance you need to book your rental car. Read more...

How to Use Orbitz to Save Up To 50% on Walt Disney World Hotels!

on June 26, 2017

If you are looking for creative ways to save money on a Walt Disney World vacation, here is one of my top suggestions. I have used this strategy MANY times and have saved hundreds of dollars!

In a nutshell, it is possible (and pretty easy) to stack two discounts on top of each other for Disney World resort hotel reservations when you book on

With both discounts, you can get up to 50% off of the regular prices of Disney World hotel rooms! Read more...

Trip Report: 2-Night Atlantic Beach Getaway for $100 Total

on June 9, 2017

My daughter and I took a trip to the beach a few weekends back and today I’m sharing how we made the trip for a little over $100. This includes two nights at a hotel, gas, food, and entertainment!

My husband was out of town on a fishing trip so the girls headed to beautiful Atlantic Beach, NC. Here’s how we had a fantastic time on a limited budget:

Two Nights at Holiday Inn Express Havelock: $40

I spent $40 total on our two nights lodging at the Holiday Inn Express – Havelock NW New Bern thanks to my stash of IHG Rewards points. Read more...

How to Stay on Disney Property for $90/Night (Even in Peak Summer Season!)

on June 2, 2017

Here’s a quick post to share how I booked two nights at an on-property Disney resort for only $90/night – in peak summer travel season!

I was able to get us discounted rooms at Disney’s All Stars Music Resort for two nights in June with one of my favorite money-saving strategies – using Orbitz promo codes in conjunction with Disney World discounts!

Save 15% on select hotels: JETSETTER

Orbitz regularly releases 15% off promo codes for hotel stays booked on their sites. Read more...

How I Regularly Fly to Disney World For (Almost) Free!

on May 24, 2017

I fly from North Carolina to Orlando two to three times each year to visit Walt Disney World, and I almost never pay for airfare.

How do I pull this off? I fly for (almost) free using Southwest points! In this post, I’ll show you how to earn and redeem points so you can visit your favorite destination more often.

The main way I’ve earned Southwest Rapid Reward Points is by opening a new credit card. Read more...

Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale Review + Tips

on April 20, 2017

My dad, my four-year-old daughter and I headed to South Florida this March to get some much-needed sunshine and spend some time together. I did a bunch of research to find the right place to stay and settled on the Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale 17th Street.

I chose this hotel because:

  • It has large one-bedroom suites that would allow us to all stay in one room together
  • I could book it using Hilton Honors points and pay nothing out-of-pocket!

How to Put Money Aside for a Disney Vacation and Save 14% in the Process!

on April 17, 2017

I’ve been looking into creative ways to put money aside for a future Disney vacation for my sister, who wants to visit Disney World more frequently with her family. Of course I’m looking for a way to do this that will also save money in the process!

The best money-saving way I’ve found to put funds aside for a Disney trip is to buy Disney gift cards at a discount with a credit card that will earn considerable cash back on your purchase. Read more...

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