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Couponing To Disney

Posted by couponingtodisney on July 13, 2009

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My goal is to save enough money by bargain shopping to take my family to Disney again. We went for 10 days (8 days in the parks) in May 2009 and had the time of our lives. We want to go again, but we want to do it without setting aside any money out of the budget. We don’t want to feel the pinch of a Disney vacation.

I decided to challenge myself to see if I can save approximately $2200 in 51 weeks for our vacation. This blog chronicles my efforts as well as teaches you how I am doing it. You can chose to save your money for Disney, other vacations, other pleasures or anything in the world. The resources are out there. You just have got to know how to apply them to your life.

Here are the main ways I am saving the money:

  • Selling Items Around The House

Since I started saving for Disney, I have saved approximately $239. (As this amount increases, I add it to the right side of my blog.) I have lots of pending money (rebates coming in the mail, survey money that hasn’t reached it cash out minimum yet, Paypal that I haven’t cashed out, etc) that I will be adding to the funds in the next few weeks as it starts to arrive.

I opened up a separate savings account at the bank just for the Disney fund. The banker was so excited to learn about my efforts. My kids can’t wait to return to Disney. They are helping me save too.

My husband gets paid every other Thursday. I allow us $150 every week. This money is for groceries, out to eat, entertainment, every item that we might need, every outing we might go on, etc. etc. comes out of this money. I get cash from the bank and I only break dollar bills. All coins go towards our trip.

Every Thursday, before we go to the bank to get the weeks allowance out and deposit whatever Disney funds we have accumulated over the week, my kids help me count out our coins and deposit them into their piggy banks. Here are my cuties helping us to save:

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Whenever I add to the Disney fund, I post about it on the blog and I tell you where the money came from so you can take advantage of it as well. So keep an eye out for those posts! You can find my past post here! I have so much to teach everyone and I am thrilled to answer any and every question you have so don’t be afraid to email me or comment on my blog.

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My Savings To Date

Posted by couponingtodisney on June 21, 2009

PhotobucketI’ve always used coupons. I just didn’t know how much I could really save until 2008. On New Years of 2008, I made the resolution to really educate myself on using coupons at all the stores in my area, and not just on my weekly groceries at Walmart. I started by visiting my favorite site Hot Coupon World. It was a little over whelming at first (all the information I needed to learn) but I stuck with it.

By the end of the first month, I had over a year supply of toilet paper (Cottonelle), dishwashing detergent (Electrasol tablets) and half a year supply of laundry detergent (Purex). My out of pocket expenses for all of these together was right at $20. There were some great deals and coupons!

By the end of 6 months, I was spending less than $150 a month to feed my family of four. And we were eating well too. With the coupons and sales I was able to stock up on all of my family’s favorites as well as trying all the new products. (Coupons are always issued for new products and there are always great sales to coincide with the coupons)

By the end of 12 months (Christmas), I had accumulated so many great products (razors, makeup, beauty aids, etc) that I did not spend a dime on presents for my family. They were all thrilled with their goodie bags that were valued at well over $150 each. I was thrilled at the money I was able to pocket.

By the end of 18 months, I had saved so much money that I was able to take my family of 4 to Disney World for 9 days! We had the time of our life. I can’t wait to take them back again and I am excited to share my bargain hunting tips and tricks with all of you.

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About Me

Posted by couponingtodisney on June 6, 2009

My name is Kristin. I am 26 years old and I live in Alabama. I am a stay at home mom to 2 beautiful children. My daughter is 5 and my son is 2. I supplement my husband’s income by using coupons and bargain hunting. I also work for ChaCha.com as an independent contractor.

I started using coupons diligently in Jan. of 2008. I have learned so much in such a short time and I can’t wait to share my knowledge and skills with people not only in my immediate area, but also around the country. Please join me as I teach you how to save money and how to apply those savings to a wonderful trip to Disney World!

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Disclosure Policy

Posted by couponingtodisney on December 3, 2008

This policy is valid from 02 December 2009

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact Kristin (CouponingtoDisney@gmail.com).

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