When we go to Walt Disney World, we don’t follow the usual rules for making a Disney vacation affordable. We get the Deluxe Dining Plan (yes, I know . . . you can eat a lot cheaper without it). We spring for the “expensive” package at Bibbiti Bobbiti Boutique, when there are any number of YouTube videos that show you how to dress up your daughter in your room for a lot less. And the only reason I got talked into a value resort was because Art of Animation was all about the art of Disney. I’ll be the first to admit: I have expensive tastes. Unfortunately, I also have a large family and a budget that doesn’t usually allow for that type of extravagance. We’ve chosen to be more economical at home in order to buy ourselves a few indulgences on vacation. Sometimes that means giving up things we don’t really need. Other times affording Disney means shopping smarter.

Ross Department Store

Ross Department Store

Earlier this month, I was contacted by a representative of Ross department stores. They just opened two new stores near me, and invited me to come check them out and share my experiences with you. I’ll tell you a secret: I’ve never actually been to a Ross department store before this opportunity. It just wasn’t somewhere I happened to shop. But with our vacation on the calendar, plus back to school expenses on top of the normal “hey, next time you’re at the store we need …” stuff, I decided to check it out.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with my experience. The store wasn’t fancy, but it was easy to browse and find things (unlike some of the higher-end department stores I was in later that day). I went in hoping to get some of the kids’ school clothes, but was a bit disappointed in their kids’ section. It was very small – only a couple of racks in all – and the sizes seemed a bit off. Ross keeps their prices low by buying overstocks, so what they have one week may not be what’s available next week. Another store may have had a larger kids’ section.

However, I did find a new set of sheets that I’ve been meaning to get for months, and a pretty top that will definitely go to Disney with me!

Shopping Trip

Shopping Trip

My daughter was happy with the selection of hair accessories, especially this one:

 

Flower Hairband - perfect for the first day of school!

Flower Hairband – perfect for the first day of school!

While I didn’t necessarily come out with what I was looking for, I did find several things I wanted, and saved almost $40 that will go directly into the Disney fund! In all, I spent about $28 for all three items. Not bad…and now it’s your turn! Ross has generously donated a $25 gift card to help you shop smarter for your next Disney vacation!

Ross Gift Card

Ross Gift Card

 

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Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by Ross Department Stores. I received a $25 gift card in exchange for my honest review of their stores. All opinions expressed are my own.