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...

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Review: Refurbished Rooms, an Incredible Pool, and Some Drawbacks

on March 23, 2018

Refurbished rooms, an amazing pool, and some drawback at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. Get all of the details in this Caribbean Beach resort review. #disneyworld #familytravel

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort sometimes gets a bad rap for being the oldest Moderate resort or for being huge/spread out.

While this is true, I think Caribbean Beach has a lot of strengths, including an incredible pool complex and recently refurbished rooms.

In this post, I’ll share my experience staying at Caribbean Beach as well as the pros and cons of the resort!

Refurbished rooms, an amazing pool, and some drawback at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. Get all of the details in this Caribbean Beach resort review. #disneyworld #familytravel

It took me MANY visits to Walt Disney World until I stayed at Caribbean Beach, and here’s why: up until 2016, it was the only Moderate resort that still sported double beds as opposed to queen beds. Read more...

Cheap & Easy Homemade Fresh Salsa

on March 19, 2018

Cheap, easy, and delicious homemade fresh salsa that you can make in 5 minutes! #easyrecipes

I go through phases of being totally obsessed with chips and salsa. I’m not the only one… right??

I’ve been on a salsa kick recently and dragged this fresh recipe out of the archives. It’s super fresh and tastes like summer in a jar – just what I need when winter seems to drag on FOREVER.

The best part is that this homemade fresh salsa takes five minutes or less to make. Read more...

The New Disney World Resort Parking Fee + How To Avoid It!

on March 14, 2018

Disney recently announced that they will begin charging a parking fee of up to $24 per night at all of their Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

But don’t fear! There are several ways around paying the new Disney World resort parking fee so it might not ever affect you. Read on to learn all of my suggested ways to avoid the new fee!

Disney World Resort Parking Fee Details

Parking fees have long been standard practice at many Orlando resorts, including the Swan and Dolphin and Universal resorts. Read more...

NEW! Free 2-Day Shipping With Target Debit Card!

on March 10, 2018

I’ve had a Target debit card for years and I absolutely love it. The perks of the card got even BETTER this week when Target added free 2-day shipping on most items for REDcard holders!

Read on to learn about the excellent perks of this card and how you can use it to save on your Disney vacation.

Target Debit Card Perks

If you do any shopping in Target stores or Target.com it makes sense to get this card. Read more...

Get an EXTRA $5 Off Already Discounted Disney World Tickets!

on March 9, 2018

For a limited time, my preferred discount ticket Walt Disney World ticket provider is offering an additional $5 off three-day+ tickets when you opt for electronic delivery!

You can already save up to $68 per person when you get your tickets from Undercover Tourist, so saving even more just sweetens the deal!

I suggest opting for e-delivery of your tickets anyway so you get them as soon as possible. Read more...

How To Get Statistics for Your Podcast Hosted on Amazon S3

on March 8, 2018


Starting any new endeavor is intimidating and podcasting is no exception! I started a podcast in conjunction with my Disney-only site The Budget Mouse and I had to learn everything from scratch. It was like starting to blog all over again but with a different medium!

Similar to blogging, finding someplace to host your content is one of the first steps to getting things going (check out how I blog on a tight budget here). Read more...

Will The New Disney Dining Plan with Alcohol Save You Money?

on February 23, 2018

One way to enjoy the incredible food at Walt Disney World is to use a Disney Dining Plan. The plan changes slightly from year-to-year, but 2018 brought a big change – alcoholic drinks are included in all dining plans!

People frequently ask me if they should get the dining plan for their vacation and my short answer is – it depends! This decision has gotten even more complicated with the addition of alcohol to the plans. 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...

Easy Veggie Fried Rice

on February 19, 2018

This post is sponsored by Harris Teeter, but all opinions are my own.
Easy Veggie Fried Rice Recipe - Get a healthy dinner on the table in 20 minutes with this organic fried rice recipe #sponsored @harristeeter

Homemade veggie fried rice is one of my all-time favorite things to eat. I swear I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and sometimes I do!)

Today I’ve partnered with Harris Teeter Organics to show you how to make a super-easy organic veggie fried rice at home.

This veggie fried rice is WAY healthier than take-out and uses frozen veggies to cut down prep time. Read more...

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Review

on February 18, 2018

Everything you need to know about Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge! An Animal Kingdom Lodge review of rooms, dining, pools, amenities and more. #disneyworld #tripplanning #disneytravel

Our family’s favorite place to stay at Walt Disney World is Animal Kingdom Lodge, hands-down.

There is SO much we love about it, which I will share in detail below. But what first-time visitors usually don’t know is that Animal Kingdom Lodge is actually made up of two distinct properties – Jambo House and Kidani Village.

In this post, I’ll share my review of the resort, the pros and cons of each property, and likely overload you with tons of pictures! Read more...

Save $0.05 Per Gallon (Every Day) With Shell Fuel Rewards!

on February 17, 2018

I’ve saved $42.27 on gas just by entering my phone number at the pump! Shell Fuel Rewards is an easy and free program that rewards you for fueling up at Shell.

I’ve used Shell Fuel Rewards for a while now to save on gas. You can sign up for a free account here (this is my referral link) and you’ll save a minimum of $0.05 per gallon just by entering your phone number at the pump before you get gas. Read more...

How To Get FREE Starbucks at Disney World (or Anywhere)

on February 14, 2018

Here I am, enjoying my free Starbucks latte at Epcot this week. Yes, you read that right… free Starbucks at Walt Disney World!

How to earn FREE Starbucks gift cards to use at Walt Disney World (or anywhere else!) #disneyworld #budgettravel #familytravel

I earned an easy $10 Starbucks gift card with Swagbucks, which you can use at any Starbucks location at Walt Disney World. There are Starbucks in all of the parks (including the Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom) and at Disney Springs.

I was even able to add the gift card to my Starbucks app, so all I needed was my phone to get my free drinks! Read more...

A Disney World Christmas: The Ultimate Budget-Friendly Guide!

on February 8, 2018

How to take a Disney World Christmas trip on a budget! The ultimate guide to a cheap trip to Walt Disney World during the holidays. #disneyworld #familytravel #budgettravel

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, especially at Walt Disney World! In this post, I’ll show you how to take an affordable Disney World Christmas trip that captures all of the holiday magic.

I’ll even tell you how much you’ll save using each of my tips and give an overall cost for the ultimate budget-friendly holiday trip.

When Does Disney World Decorate For Christmas?

How to take a Disney World Christmas trip on a budget! The ultimate guide to a cheap trip to Walt Disney World during the holidays. #disneyworld #familytravel #budgettravel

The first question people usually ask about visiting Walt Disney World around the holidays is “When do they put the decorations up? Read more...

How Credit Sesame Is Helping Me Rock My Finances This Year

on February 3, 2018

How Credit Sesame can help your monitor your credit card debt, improve your credit score, and rock your finances this year!

One of my goals for 2018 is to pay down some lingering credit card debt. Since the average US household has over $15,000 in credit card debt, I’m likely not alone in wanting to pay off some debt.

One tool that has already been a huge help to me this year is Credit Sesame. In this review, I’ll explain how to sign up, why it is safe, and how Credit Sesame can help you achieve your financial goals! Read more...

60% Off At Schoola: Save Big On Secondhand Clothing!

on February 3, 2018


Get a whopping 60% off at Schoola through Monday, 2/5/18 when you enter the promo code HEART at checkout!Schoola is one of my favorite sources for quality secondhand clothing for myself and my daughter. I just ordered eight items (four pairs of jeans and four shirts) for a grand total of $18.99 shipped, including items from Calvin Klein, Bershka, and divided.

Shipping is free on orders of $25 or starts at $5.99.  Read more...

My Pick For The Best Cash Back Credit Card + $200 Sign-Up Bonus!

on February 2, 2018

Today I’m sharing my go-to credit card for earning cash back on regular spending. When I’m not trying to earn lucrative sign-up bonuses for travel with points and miles, I’m looking to earn the most cash back possible on my everyday purchases!

There are TONS of cash back cards out there, but here’s why the American Express Blue Cash Everyday card is my pick for the best cash back credit card:

  • No annual fee
  • Earns 3% cash back at grocery stores & 2% cash back at gas stations
  • $200 cash back signup bonus
  • Gives you access to Amex Offers to save even more!

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