Get Your FREE 2018 Disney Parks Vacation Planning Video!

on February 1, 2018

Click the image above to get this year’s FREE Disney Parks vacation planning video! It’s easy to watch online and get a bunch of free planning advice straight from the Mouse himself.

I watch this video every year (yes, I’m a total nerd) and it always has lots of great information on planning trips. The sections on My Disney Experience, MagicBands, and FastPass+ are especially helpful.

This year I’m watching the video for Disneyland, because I hope to make my first trip there before the end of the year! Read more...

Get Your Park Tickets BEFORE The Annual Disney World Price Increase!

on January 27, 2018

Like clockwork, ticket prices increase every year at Walt Disney World. One of my recommended ways to save money on park tickets at is to buy your tickets before the annual price increase… and it’s coming soon!

If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World in 2018, I suggest getting your tickets ASAP from Undercover Tourist, my go-to source for discounted park tickets.

My personal choice would be to save $41 per ticket on a 5-day Magic Your Way ticket compared to Disney’s prices… that’s $164 in savings for a family of four! Read more...

Disney World Grocery Delivery: What You Need to Know + How To Get It For Free

on January 27, 2018

Grocery Delivery at Disney World! How to get it for FREE + everything else you need to know about getting groceries delivered right to your resort hotel at Walt Disney World. #disneyworld #familytravel

There are many options for Disney World grocery delivery, including Amazon Prime Now, Garden Grocer, and Instacart.

In this post, I’ll explain your options, describe my experience with getting groceries delivered right to our Disney World resort, and share some tips for having the best possible experience.

You can save a bunch of money at Walt Disney World by getting some basic grocery delivered instead of buying them in your resort food court. Read more...

How Buying DVC Resale Can Save You Thousands at Disney World!

on January 23, 2018

I was compensated for this post but all opinions are completely my own.
How buying DVC resale can save you thousands at Walt Disney World! Becoming a Disney Vacation Club member on the resale market can help you spend less money on your Disney vacations and visit more often! #disneyworld #familytravel

You may be familiar with renting Disney Vacation Club (DVC) points to save money on stays at Disney’s Deluxe resorts. But have you ever considered how much you can save on future Disney stays by becoming a DVC member yourself?

In this post, I’ll break down how much you can expect to save by purchasing a DVC contract on the resale market. Read more...

How To Achieve Your New Year’s Debt Resolutions

on January 17, 2018

Guest Post by Andy from Penny Less Dad

Everyone is fast and prompt at making new year’s resolutions. But very few actually stick to their resolutions through the end of the year.

It’s not that we don’t want to follow and chase our resolutions throughout the year. It’s just that we fix goals that are beyond our capability, and we aim for things that are beyond our reach.

In this post, I’ll keep things simple and steady so that you can actually achieve your new year’s debt resolutions!

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My 2018 Goals & Word of the Year + Last Year’s Goals Wrap-Up

on January 15, 2018

I had a lot of words in the running for my 2018 word-of-the-year… gratitude, connect, and enrich are just a few!

I decided on enrich because it applies to many areas of my life I want to work on this year. I want to make the time to enrich myself. I want to enrich the lives of my readers with content that is helpful and inspiring. And I want to enrich my relationships with my family and friends. Read more...

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge 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...

FREE Disney Parks Family Decal (Shipped To Your Home)

on January 8, 2018

One of my favorite Disney freebies is available again! Click the image above to design a Disney Parks Family Decal and have it shipped to your home for FREE.

Mine arrived last week and I love it… note the Turkey Leg for Mr. Frugal South and Maleficent horns for me. Just click the image at the top of the page to design yours! Read more...

2018 Free Quick Service Meal Deal at Walt Disney World!

on January 5, 2018

Who’s ready for some free food at Disney World?

Disney has just released a new discount for summer 2018 that includes one FREE quick service meal per person (ages 3+) per night of your vacation when you stay at a participating Walt Disney World Resort Value hotel!

When you purchase a minimum three-night magic your way package at one of the value resorts at Disney World with at least two days of park tickets, then you will receive one quick service meal per person (age 3+), per night of your stay. Read more...

Learn How To Save on Groceries & Keep More Money in Your Pocket Every Month!

on January 5, 2018

Groceries are a huge expense for our family, second only to our house payment. And our grocery budget is not a rigid expense – it’s one expense I have a lot of control over!

Therefore I LOVE to find ways to save money on groceries and make my life easier at the same time. Erin Chase (of $5 Dinner fame) has created a course that does just that – help free up your time and money by giving your grocery budget a makeover! Read more...

Expired: $15 Off $45 Groceries Delivered + $10 For New Users

on January 1, 2018

Here’s a great way to begin the new year…get up to $25 worth of free groceries delivered to your door!

Through January 2nd Google Express is offering $15 off a $45 order when you enter the code NEWYEAR15 at checkout to new and existing users. You can use Google Express to get items delivered to your home from local stores including Costco, Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, and more!

And if you are a new user you’ll earn a $10 credit when you sign up (this is my referral link). Read more...

Four Steps To Meeting Your Financial Goals in the New Year

on December 30, 2017

Earlier this month some of you shared your financial goals with me in this post. I loved learning about what you hope to accomplish in the new year!

Here are some of your goals:

  • Save for children’s college
  • Pay down student loans
  • Build emergency savings fund
  • Work from home and have more time with friends and family
  • Have money for travel
  • Figure out to truly live within our means

I’m going to help you meet these goals with a simple plan of attack based on what I’ve learned over the years about achieving goals. Read more...

How To Rent DVC Points With a Broker: The Easy Way to 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...

Tips & Tricks for Mobile Ordering at Disney World!

on December 9, 2017

Originally published at ResalesDVC

Don't wait in lines for your food! How to use Mobile Ordering at Walt Disney World! #disneyworld #travelplanning

Earlier this year Disney rolled out a way to pre-order your meals at select quick-service restaurants using the My Disney Experience app.

I have to admit I was skeptical – would “Mobile Ordering” really improve my dining experience at Walt Disney World? Or would it be more hassle than help?

Well, I tried out mobile ordering at the Magic Kingdom recently so I’ll share my experience (and some tips and tricks) with you today! Read more...