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  • Lorna

    Hi Leah! Your article about using hotwire and some of the resulting comments get me to thinking I should be using some cash back sites for online shopping in general. Might you have referral links you’d want to share for ratuken(ebates) or giving assistant? Thanks!

    February 29, 2020 at 7:09 pm Reply
  • Bill Crocker

    such a proud Dad to see his daughter working so hard to make the Frugal South and Budget mouse such great sites

    November 21, 2019 at 9:55 pm Reply
    • Leah

      Thank you so much Dad it means the world to me. Love you.

      November 22, 2019 at 6:09 am Reply
  • Debi Walton

    Hi Leah,
    I was happy to see on your site that I can get groceries from Whole Foods through Amazon Prime. Lots of food allergy issues in our family.
    I’m checking with you to see if this information is still current. My daughter told me that she had heard that you can no longer get groceries from Whole Foods delivered to WDW resorts. If the Amazon Prime/Whole Foods is no longer available, which source do you feel is best to obtain organic foods?

    October 8, 2019 at 7:57 pm Reply
  • Ken

    We have the dining plan, but one person in our party is not on it because he has an annual pass and we just wanted to pay out of pocket for his meals. We want to maximize our savings by using the dining plan for the more expensive meals. I believe the server will ask who is on the plan right away, so we have to look at the menus in advance so we are ready to answer that . I was just wondering if you had any suggestions for us?


    August 20, 2019 at 10:03 am Reply
    • Leah

      Hi Ken! In the past I have never had trouble using Dining Plan table service credits for anyone eating with us (even if they weren’t on the plan). In my experience the server just asks if you are using a Dining Plan but doesn’t specifically ask if everyone at the table is on the plan. If so you can just say you’d like to use your plan for everyone at the table. I would be shocked if it was questioned or challenged, Disney usually is incredible about accommodating what guests want to do.

      August 24, 2019 at 8:04 am Reply
  • John Bayles

    Hi Leah Hey I have been going to Disney World andstaying on property for years only way to go! Were a family of five that struggles to make money work for us and always seem to get stuck at the POR resort because of the size of our family. We would never be able to pay the prices for other resorts and would like to look into try renting DVC resorts but worried we wouldn’t get all the perks we normally get. One being free dining! We try to only go during this time since it’s usually the only way we can buget a trip. I read that we wouldn’t get free dining and that’s a make or break for us. Were planning on try for a 2020 trip. Thanks for your help!

    July 13, 2019 at 8:02 am Reply
    • Leah

      Hi John! Well, I have some thoughts. First, we don’t know for sure if free dining will be offered in 2020 (though likely it will in some form). Unfortunately it becomes less of a good deal every year with requirements for Park Hopper passes and limited resorts, etc. I think it would be helpful for your to run the numbers comparing this year’s free dining at POR with full price PH tickets from Disney to renting points with discount tickets. You could add the dining plan on to your stay if you wanted – I think the QS plan is the best value when you pay out of pocket. Or you could just pay for your food out of pocket with discount Disney gift cards. Depending on where you want to stay it definitely could end up being the same price for a Deluxe resort when renting points that you were paying for a Moderate. Here are some posts that might be helpful:

      July 14, 2019 at 7:30 am Reply
  • Felicia Thornton

    Can you please tell me which room and how you got at Port Orleans French Quarter? We are staying there in February and I am unsure of what to ask for. Thanks, Felicia

    June 18, 2017 at 9:56 pm Reply
    • Leah

      I suggest requesting a room “as close to the main building as possible” if you want to be close to dining, pool, and buses. I did and we were placed in building 4 which is to the directly to the left of the main building. Since February is one of the least crowded times of year (unless you are going over President’s Day weekend!) you should get your request met. If you want a river view or pool view you will have to book a room in those categories. Hope that helps!

      June 21, 2017 at 5:33 am Reply
  • Amy Disney

    I am interested in trying out Renting Disney Vacation Club Points for our next trip. Planning a 7 Day Cruise on the Disney Fantasy in October of 2018. Will be staying one or two nights before the cruise and one night after the cruise. I want to stay on property. If we rent points for our stay do we receive Magic bands? Will we be able to use our My Disney Experience App and get fast passes 60 days in advance? Will Disney still pick you up at the airport and bring you back?

    January 5, 2017 at 2:05 pm Reply
    • Leah

      Hi Amy! The short answers are yes, yes, and yes! You get all of the benefits you mentioned of staying on Disney property when you rent DVC points. After the owner makes the reservation, she/he will email you the resort confirmation from Disney. You then link the reservation to your My Disney Experience account with the confirmation number and you are good to go. You can make Magical Express reservations here: or over the phone using your confirmation number. You do have to purchase your tickets in advance of the 60 day FastPass window in order to book your FastPasses. I recommend buying them through Undercover Tourist. Hope that helps!

      January 5, 2017 at 2:40 pm Reply
  • Shalini


    Thank you for the information shared. Wanted to confirm one thing about the price paid to broker like David’s for booking Disney world stay. It shows per the calculator, the total cost of stay in 990 for the entire stat. So is this the total cost we pay including the resort stay and broker commission? How is the broker making money? In your information, I thought you mention about partial stay fees if 110 approx which is non refundable if the broker finds the points. So do we pay 110 plus the cost per their cost calculator? Please clarify. Also we are probably late in planning for Disney for feb 2017, what do you suggest how to shop for points considering the last minute. Thanks

    December 30, 2016 at 1:21 am Reply
    • Leah

      Hi Shalini! I think you are referring to booking a stay at a DVC resort through a broker? IF so, the total cost includes the broker’s commission. They make money by “buying” folks’ points at a lower cost (I think around $10-$11 per points is the norm) and then finding someone to rent those points to at a higher cost per point (usually around $15 per point). DVC owners who have extra points but don’t want to hassle with renting them out still make money (since they only pay $5 – $8 per point in annual dues) and the broker does all of the work of finding a renter and completing the transaction. Hope that makes sense!

      I know both David’s and the DVC Rental Store have last-minute points available for stays 60 days out. Thanks for stopping by!

      December 30, 2016 at 4:44 am Reply
  • Ashley

    Do you rent from the same person for the dvc rentals each time? or do you have anyone you can recommend to try renting from?

    December 27, 2016 at 1:20 pm Reply
    • Leah

      I have a few go-to DVC owners that I rent from, and I can check with them to see if they have more points they’d like to rent. Just drop me a message or email and I’ll try to connect you!

      May 24, 2017 at 7:19 am Reply
  • diane mullally

    Can u clarify for me at the end of my trip im planning to go to a 2 table service if i dont have enough credits i can always pay the difference correct?

    September 11, 2016 at 9:19 am Reply
    • Leah

      Hi Diane! It depends… if you only have one TS credit left you can not apply it towards a 2 TS credit meal. However if there are 2 or more people in your party and you have 2 TS credits left you can use the credits for one person’s meal and pay for the rest of the meals out of pocket. Hope that makes sense!

      September 11, 2016 at 9:23 am Reply
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