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April 29, 2012

Free Food at Disney

What could be better than relaxing and not having to worry about where you are going to have your meals are while on vacation? How about having those meals for free? If you book your Disney World vacation before May 18th and are traveling in the time of August 25th through September 29th, you are eligible to have the free dining option.

Buy a non-discounted Disney Magic Your Way Package at select Disney Moderate, Disney Deluxe or Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts at the Walt Disney World Resort for stays most nights between Aug. 25th and Sept. 29th and get the Disney Dining Plan FREE! Or if you want to choose a value resort, you get a FREE Quick-Service Dining Plan. Best part, this offer is also available at the brand new Art of Animation Resort that is set to open this May 31.

This is a great value which ever resort you choose. But don’t miss out, you must book by May 18th to get this amazing deal.

Disney Live: Three Classic Fairy Tales

This series on how to make the most out of the time you have with your children is brought to you by Amee at Madame Deals and Sharon at Mom on Dealz.

  We recently went to Disney Live show called Three Classic Fairy Tales. It was a huge event since it was our first. It was just like you imagined a production only Disney could imagine. I decided to make it a real royal event. I went to Amazon and bought my daughter the dress of her favorite Disney Princess Ariel costume. I bought the tickets for around $20 each. They were actually reasonable. We had seat is in the upper level but the view was great. When I purchased the tickets and the dress I knew I need trinkets for my special lady. I made a beeline for the Dollar Store. I grabbed a couple glow in the dark wands and some princess rings.

They had a lot of great stuff to buy at the event. You could even have pictures taken with the princess backdrop. We choose to pass on those opportunities. I was on a budget. I wanted to show my little girl the time of her life but I didn’t want to spend a lifetime paying for it. It is possible to attend this event on a budget. I was so pleased with the show. My daughter sat there mesmerized for the entire duration. She was so excited and clapped often. It was an event I would attend again.

When you create a memory it is important to think about the whole event. She received a royal costume which will fit here for another year or so. She had a royal performance. She then had a royal meal with a royal feast. You see I took her to the Wood Grill because she could eat as much dessert as she wanted. She was also FREE and my meal was $9.99.

It is important when making memories that you save up for the special events in your area. We do a lot of free or low-cost activities so we can stretch our budget farther. This was an event worth waiting for.

Spring Break: Day 1


It is day one of spring break. What am I going to do with the kids. How will I balance work with fun this week? This should be fun. I have to say I had plans and then realized we were a week off. That means today we do not have any fans. I am hopeful the weather holds up. I have out my Fun with the Family Virginia, 8th: Hundreds of Ideas for Day Trips with the Kids (Fun with the Family Series). I think having a book with all the items in your state helps when plans fall through. You never know what is in your area for you to take part in. Today we are going to go on a walk and then to the playground. We are going to bring our bubble and have a wonderful picnic. This morning we are going to make some muffins for our lunch. I am hopeful this morning out will yield long naps so I can accomplish being a good mom and my other job.

What are you or have you done for spring break?


November 3, 2011

Budget Travel: Family Vacation Travel on a Budget

Family Vacation Travel Tips

Traveling is something we do for fun, but it can also be good for your sanity. When you are young and have a lot of expendable income, it’s easy to fit into your life, but as you get older and your family grows, travel expenses multiply. While you make more than you did (hopefully), you also have bills and obligations that might make budgets tight. You have some extra money, but you don’t feel like it’s enough to go anywhere. Maybe you take weekend trips, go camping or just stay home, because you just can’t see how you can stretch your dollars to take a real vacation. Fortunately, there are so many things you can do that can save you money and also make traveling less expensive, especially when you have small children or even a larger family. Here are five family vacation travel tips to help you make your money go further.

Family Vacation Travel Tips

Rent a house, apartment or condo. Hotels charge extra for more than two guests, but they sure don’t give you more room for your money. If you plan to stay at your destination for a week – or even more – a vacation rental can be highly economical and even less than a hotel room, plus you get more room, furniture to sit on beyond a bed and the comforts of home, like Internet access, cable, a kitchen and, many times, laundry facilities. You don’t have to spend your time cramped together in a small room, you have a place if you need to have nap-time in the middle of the day, you won’t have to worry about maid service, and generally you aren’t surrounded by other tourists, making your stay more quiet and comfortable. Check out websites like FlipKey (from TripAdvisor) and HomeAway for huge, reasonably priced selections.Continue reading

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