Ok, this may not be technically true, but I am definitely paying closer attention to it this time. In the past, we have always used the dining plan, done a tour or ticketed party at some point, and had plenty set aside for souvenirs and extras.
This January, I am basically taking it as a challenge to see how little I can spend (per day/per person) while still having fun.
Knowing full well that at some point while on the trip I am likely to cave and let the kids start spending, I am looking for other tips to keep things on track.
Here is what I have in place so far.
I have booked flights for a total of $764.72 (Southwest down $331.92, JetBlue back $432.80) Coming from Western NY I have had people suggest driving, but that is not an option for me. And I will debate on the cost effectiveness as well if you want.
We are staying at All Star Sports, plus a night at All Star Movies at the end. (Was actually cheaper to stay another night and catch the deal for JetBlue than to fly home on the original departure date.)
No dining plan this time.
My two sons will each get $25 gift cards for the 8 days we have in parks. This has been a standard practice for us the past couple trips and limits their spending to just what they have. They can use them however they want, but that’s all they get.
OK, your turn, tell me your best tricks for staying on budget and not overspending.