This is a Frugal
Friday Saturday post. I was going to finish editing this post on Thursday and post it on Friday. We were staying in a beautiful hotel in Seattle this weekend attending a conference. Like we have found with a lot of nice hotels, some of the small perks have a price attached to them. Wireless Internet had a fee. We joked about running across the street to the Super 8 and using their free Wi Fi in the lobby, but we didn’t feel right in doing that. But no problem, better late than never!
We are departing for Disneyland next week. These are some fabulous tips that mostly came from my dear friend Christina who was at Disney three weeks ago with her kids. I wanted to remember them and share them with you all…
1) Take Crystal Light On the Go packs to pour into your water bottles. This will save you from spending extra money on drinks with your meal. You will not need to purchase bottled water or pop. Many restaurants and pop machines in theme parks charge more on beverages than what you would pay outside of the park. Drinking pop when you are in the hot sun will only make you thirstier anyway.
2) Buy your own glow sticks/glow bands from the dollar store before your trip. If you go to a laser light show or fireworks at places like Disneyland, vendors everywhere will be selling them. And you will pay much more if you buy them in the park. And my kids are young enough that they won’t care.
3) Buy Disney character t-shirts before your trip from department stores. My girls are all about Disney princesses and you can find character shirts at stores like Old Navy or Kohls. My kids each have about two to three shirts to wear for the first time on our vacation.
4) Use restaurant gift cards for eating out. If you get restaurant gift cards as gifts, save them for when you are on vacation. You can also earn restaurant gifts cards if you utilize Swagbucks.
5) Make a meal plan and take along recipes. If you are staying in a place where you are able to cook, make a meal plan! That way you do not over buy with groceries. And take along easy family friendly recipes. The beauty of traveling with multiple families is each person can take “a night” and cook a meal for everyone. That way it still feels like vacation for the rest.
I am linking this up with Life As Mom Frugal Friday