We are going to Disney World this October, and I am already starting to plan for it. I know based on our last trip that we will easily spend at least $3,000 on this trip (more like $3,500-$4,000), so I am getting a jump start on my savings plan.
I don’t mind dipping into savings for big trips like this, but I would much rather save up the money ahead of time. I kind of like knowing we have the money allotted in advance and can have fun worry-free.
Last time we went to Disney World, my youngest daughter got a double ear infection on top of just recovering from pink-eye, so that was worry enough! :/ Praying THAT doesn’t happen again!
Saving Up $3,500 for Our Disney World Trip
There are 9 months between now and our Disney trip. This means I have 9 months to save up $3,500. That’s $388.90 per month or $97 per week.
That’s kind of a lot of money to just “find” in our budget, so I’m starting with my go-to form of making ends meet – I’m going to earn more money this year to help pay for our trip.
Idea #1: $2,000
First, I plan on creating more blog content to get more visitors to my blog, which will result in more blogging income. I know most people reading this post aren’t bloggers, but seriously this is the easiest way I know to make extra money – by blogging. Specifically, I plan on writing a lot about weight loss for moms, newborns, holidays, and Disney trips – I figure if I’m already planning the trip, I can write about it as I go to share my tips and help other moms plan their own trips. I’m also going to write a post about how to invest in Disney stock, a post I’m pretty excited about! I’m going to conservatively say that I can increase my income by $2,000 with just these types of posts.
Idea #2: $750
The second thing I’m going to do is challenge myself to spend as little as possible on “extras.” I couldn’t tell you how much random stuff I buy throughout the year just because it’s something cute or convenient. You know, like when you go into Target for razor blades and leave with Valentine’s Day decorations, a blanket, shoes, and lip gloss? :/ I do it all the time! I’m going to ask myself these 5 words before making every purchase. I did this a couple years ago, and was able to save up hundreds of dollars in a couple months. Back then, I used an app called Impulse Save to do this, but it’s no longer around, so I’m just gonna use the same principle and put the amount I WOULD HAVE spent on random stuff into our savings account and earmark it for Disney. I estimate I can easily save $750 in 9 month by doing this.
Idea #3: $360
The third thing I’m going to do is make two meatless meals per week. We eat meat (chicken, pork, or beef) about 4 out of 7 dinners each week. So I’m going to take this down to 2 times per week. We used to eat meat almost every day, and I was easily able to decrease that to 4 times per week without anyone really noticing that much (well, my husband did, but he got over it! 🙂 This will mean we do chili (we eat it weekly) without beef and making a pasta or bean-based dish one evening instead of chicken & veggies. I estimate this could save us at least $10 per week, or $360 over 9 months.
If you’re following along, this has me at $2,000 in extra income + $750 by curbing impulse purchases + $360 by going meatless two more days per week. That’s $3,110. That means I need to find $390 more…
Idea #4: $390
The fourth thing I’m going to do is try my hand at creating Pinterest graphics for other bloggers. I tell my friends all the time that if I needed money ASAP, the first thing I’d do is become an assistant to other bloggers. I wrote all about the kinds of services you can offer to bloggers in this post: 13 Ways to Make Money as a Virtual Assistant to Bloggers. I am pretty decent at creating images for my blog, so I am going to offer that service. I am pretty sure I can charge $15 per pinnable image. That means I need to create 26 images over the next 9 months. They take me approximately half an hour to one hour to create (while I’m watching tv!), so I can just set aside a few hours here and there to get them done.
So there you have it – my exact plan on how I will build up $3,500 to pay for our Fall 2016 Disney World trip.
$2,000 + $750 + $360 + $390 = $3,500
What do you think?
Update – we just got back from our Disney vacation and it was wonderful, exhausting, and HOT! Wow, I didn’t expect it to be so hot in September!! Never again. Looks like our last trip in the month of January was a much better idea. 😀
I’m making a Disney World photo album, and I just found out that Shutterfly actually offers a Disney World themed photo book! I never could find a Disney themed book for our last trip. A long time ago, SnapFish offered one, then it went away.
I’m pretty excited about my Disney theme photo book. I’ll post some previews of it here when I get it done.
I’m ordering the book through Ebates so I can get the best discount AND cash back on it. If you need anything from Shutterfly, it’s the best way to go. All you have to do is start your shopping experience on Ebates, then access Shutterfly, and you will automatically be able to get 2% (or more) cash back on your purchase in addition to using Shutterfly coupon codes.
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