For anyone curious about our Disneyland Budget… I thought I would share the details.
- 5 nights at the Hojo for $99 a night + tax = $580
- 1 night in Palm Springs (using hotwire) = $91
- Disneyland 5 Day Park Hoppers (2 adults and 1 child) = $608
- Gas = $250
- Disneyland Dining ($75 a day) = $375
- Other meals = $100
- Upgrade to Annual Pass (2 adults and 1 child)= $379
- Total Budget = $2383
Disney Funds Saved:
- $879 Disney Rewards
- $400 Disney Gift Cards
- $930 Cash (Deposited this week into our bank account to pay off our credit card bill after our trip)
- $55 in prepaid credit cards (mail in rebates and test drives)
- $255 in gas gift cards ($10 chevron ones leftover from previous trips, $20 Exxon ones from a speed pass offer and $225 in shell)
- $15 Subway Gift card (if we get a chance to use it)
- Total Saved: $2534!
I have been saving for this trip for over a year… basically since we returned from our last trip in September 2009. I saved any extra funds we came across like selling things on craigslist, doing test drives or reward checks (ebates, mr. rebates, bing, etc).
I saved most of it by doing rebates. Most rebates were money maker deals, although sometimes I just did them to convert CVS Money (ECBS or gift cards from RX transfers) into cash. Any Safeway gift cards were directly converted to Disney or gas gift cards. These came mostly from RX transfers or big orders with overage from coupons that I need to cover. I also used some saved cash to buy Disney gift cards in the spring when Fry’s was running a bonus promo.
And I scored a big chunk of Disney money with our Disney Rewards Visa!! We pay a lot of our bills on it and then just pay it off each month.
Plus we received an awesome post card offer for an additional card. We each opened a 2nd Disney Visa each in order to get the bonus $200 for doing so (just had to make ONE purchase)! That extra $400 is paying for our annual pass upgrades, as they were not originally part of the budget.
I had hoped to score bonus mall money after buying our Disneyland park hoppers on black Friday. The mall was running a spend $100 and earn a $10 mall gift card promo. However they run out of promotional gift cards before we got over to customer service. This is the type of bonus deal I like to try and do though.
Now I have to confess… we are already planning our trips(yes plural )for 2011 which is why we decided to upgrade to annual passes. Upgrading will allow us to go back to Disneyland without purchasing tickets again for another year. Basically you upgrade paying the difference from what you paid for your tickets to the price of the annual passes. Even going back one more time makes it a money savings. If we had to buy park hoppers again, we would most likely spend another $600 for each trip!! This way we spend under $400 and cover tickets for our next couple trips!