Vacation

52 Weeks: Vacations – Disney

I’ve lived fairly close to Disney World for a long time and have been there several times. The first time I went to Magic Kingdom, I followed the family group around all day with my mouth hanging open. I could ride that silly Small World ride all day if I didn’t have to stand in line again every time.

A way to make a Disney vacation cost less is to buy Disney souvenir products on eBay or at garage sales in advance and give those out to your kids after you get there. Security requirements are different now than they used to be. If it’s allowed, a fanny pack full of granola bars, string cheese, and fruit will cut down on food costs.

No expiration Disney tickets cost $20 years ago. If I had bought a dozen, that would have been one heck of a fine investment. Buying ahead can still work if you have reason to think you’ll be back and if they still offer no expiration tickets.

If you don’t mind listening to the timeshare sales pitch, some of them give free Disney tickets as a reward for listening. Once when Cliff and I were there we got a full breakfast with the sales pitch and free tickets to Disney. Cliff tried to pay the parking attendant with a roll of quarters and he waved us on in rather than deal with coins. We already had free lodging from a different timeshare company. So all we spent on that vacation was for meals and the room tax on the hotels. (And the dollar store package of underwear because he forgot to pack any.)

Some sources for discounted tickets to theme parks and attractions:

  • Your credit union
  • Your union
  • Your employer’s HR department
  • AAA
  • AARP

 

Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=marie+brack

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52 Weeks: Vacations – Cruises

As fancy vacations go, a cruise can be a good value. I found them to be on-beyond relaxing. All the food and entertainment was already laid on so I didn’t have to make any decisions, and had no need to pay for extra things. (Bring your own soft drinks. They charge a lot for the ones they put in your room.) If you don’t drink, shop, or gamble, the price you pay covers everything except the optional shore excursions.

If you live near a cruise departure port, you may be able to get a steep discount by showing up with your luggage just before they sail. They’d usually rather get a little money than sail with an empty cabin.

 

 

Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=marie+brack

52 Weeks: Vacations – Staycations

“Staycation” is a recently coined word for a period of time when you are on vacation from work, but you don’t travel anywhere. Lodging is not an issue and you aren’t driving or flying anywhere. You’re cooking at home so there aren’t any additional costs as there would be with actually going somewhere. I’ve done this more often than not, before it had a name. Having plenty of time to rest and to catch up on household projects does relieve a lot of stress. You could also take day trips to nearby interesting or educational places and activities. Perhaps there’s a time-consuming creative project that could enrich your time off.

 

 

Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=marie+brack

52 Weeks: Vacations – National Parks

Summer vacation season is coming up. Frugal people already know that visiting family or friends not too far away is the least expensive going-somewhere vacation. Next up is simple travel with low-cost lodging and inexpensive or free activities.

For day visits, more than half of National Parks in the U.S. don’t charge an admission fee. Those that do charge have free days. Some have bicycles or canoes for rent and some have interesting guided walks. Anyone sixty-two or older can get a Golden Age Passport from the National Park Service, for free entrance to any site run by the NPS.

 

 

Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=marie+brack