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Travel Tip: Disney Gift Card Discount at Target

Today’s Tuesday Travel Tip: Get a 5% Disney Gift Card discount at Target. This could save you a few hundred dollars on your next Disney trip.  Erin Benge first shared this tip in an interview she did with me on Affording Disney: Expert Tips for Disney Savings. I took her advice and saved me almost $300 on our upcoming vacation. I’m sure I’ll come up with something to do with the extra cash! Erin’s expert tip: Buy Disney gift cards using your Target RedCard. You’ll get an instant 5% discount off the face value of the gift cards. That means if you buy $1000 in Disney gift cards, you’ll only pay $950. You’ve instantly saved $50 that you can put toward your travel expenses. I did some research and found a lot of conflicting information about this, so I decided I needed to try it out for myself and...
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4 Road Trip Disasters – And How To Avoid Them

My family took a quick road trip to Chicago last weekend. It’s only about three hours away, and it’s a trip we’ve done hundreds of times. No big deal, right? It was the poster child for road trip disasters! And most of the things that went wrong could have been avoided, had I followed my own advice and been more proactive about planning and preparation. I was lulled into a false sense of security – It was just a weekend getaway, and we had done this trip so many times, I didn’t need to do any special planning. Or so I thought. To save you the stress of a weekend getaway that leaves you needing a vacation, I’ve listed out my top 4 road trip disasters, and offered advice on how to avoid them. “Where’s the __________?” “Wait – you forgot WHAT?” Just a short list of the stuff...
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Moms Get Bored Too – #DearSantaLoveDragyn book giveaway

Sometimes, we spend so much time and energy focused on keeping our kids entertained and engaged that we Moms forget to pack something for ourselves to do while we wait for the plane to arrive. Sure, half the time, my kindle stays firmly entrenched in my carry-on because I’m frantically busy trying to keep four kids in the same general area, but at some point in every trip I stop and realize: everybody’s occupied, except for me. I have a hard time finding just the right book to read sometimes. I have enough drama and stress in real life, so I don’t really want it in my entertainment too, but at the same time I want something smarter and more sophisticated than your average Harlequin romance. (You can only read so many virtually identical novels before you start to see the formulas.) So I wrote the story I wanted...
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Disney Countdown Calendar

When I was growing up, I had an Advent Calendar every December. Every night before bedtime, I remember opening another window to see a Christmas scene or a verse of scripture or poetry. It was something that marked this time as different and special. It helped me count down the days until that magical night when we would go out in the middle of the night to the church, to celebrate light in the darkness. When I had kids of my own, I hoped to carry on the tradition, but there isn’t a large Catholic population where we live, and none of the stores carried them. This year, I’ve been thinking a lot about that simple tradition from my own childhood – perhaps because I’m looking forward to Christmas, then a few weeks later I’ll get another dose of magic in Walt Disney World. This week I decided I...
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Should I Book my Vacation Through a Disney Travel Agent?

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which help support Return to Disney when you request a free Disney vacation quote from Destinations in Florida. All opinions expressed are my own. DIY or Call a Disney Travel Agent? I know how to plan a Disney vacation. I’ve researched all the attractions, shows, and experiences. I watch for the best discounts and promotions, and can tell you when to travel to minimize costs and avoid the crowds. I’m also freakishly busy. With kids, work, deadlines, and all the other stuff that goes into keeping life going, I won’t turn down a little help now and then. When we went to Walt Disney World in 2010, I planned the whole thing myself. Honestly, it just didn’t occur to me to contact a travel agent. When we started planning our current trip, we really went back and forth over whether to do it ourselves...
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