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Travel Tip: Outfit Bags

Mornings are chaotic under the best of circumstances. Put six people in a hotel room, and the chaos is amplified. With four kids and two adults, all digging through suitcases trying to find t-shirts, shorts, underwear, socks, it’s amazing how quickly a hotel room can go from pristine to pigsty! I’ve come up with a ridiculously simple solution to the problem: Outfit Bags. Whenever I pack for a trip, I think through how many outfits each person needs, and try to make sure that they have clothes that will go together. Then, instead of putting the clothes directly into the suitcase, I put each complete outfit into a zip-top bag labeled with the owner’s name. If I’m being really organized, I’ll even label it with the day the outfit is to be worn. What You Need Zip-Top Bags I use two types of bags. For adults and older kids,...
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Disney Magic

American Tourister – Official Luggage of Disney Resorts

If you’re in Disney’s Hollywood Studios this week, you’ll see something a little different. Our friends at American Tourister have been named the “Official Luggage of the Walt Disney World and Disneyland #8221; You’ll see billboards and bench signage, but Disney Imagineers and American Tourister really had some fun integrating luggage into the immersive atmosphere of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Check out the props on Sunset Blvd: Personally, I tend to be a little skeptical when it comes to anything being named the official whatever of something. Chocolate milk, apparently, is the official beverage of Halloween. It seems kind of silly to me. Other than being overly sweet, what does chocolate milk have to do with Halloween? And who decides these things anyway? I can see why Disney chose American Tourister’s products as the official luggage of their resorts. Everything we love about Disney resorts – their attention to detail,...
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Affording Disney: Expert Tips for Disney Savings

In this week’s installment of the Affording Disney series, I’m talking to Erin Benge of Adventures with Pixie Dust and Destinations in Florida. Erin helped me plan my family’s Return to Disney trip, and when I added up how much she saved us – $750! – I knew I had to feature her  in this series. I’ve asked a ton of questions, and Erin will be stopping by to answer your questions and comments as well, so be sure to hit the comments section and say hello! Erin, thanks for joining me today! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background in Disney travel? I fell in love with Disney on a whim. When we were planning our honeymoon, we planned on a cruise, but the dates didn’t line up with when my husband could get off work. A commercial came on for Walt Disney World...
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Budgeting

Affording Disney: Shop Smarter – with a Giveaway!

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...
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Budgeting

Budgeting for a Disney Vacation

In the first post in this series, I shared how we afforded our first Disney vacation. Waiting for a windfall to come along isn’t a great way to plan your next trip! But that’s what we did, because, honestly, we’re just not that great with money. It’s such an emotionally charged thing. I hate dealing with it. But after the second or third time that we thought another windfall was in the works, and then it fizzled out, my husband and I finally had enough. We couldn’t keep dealing with the stress of our broken money management habits. We had to figure out some way of budgeting for a Disney vacation. So we went looking for a new way to budget. I looked at Dave Ramsey. So many people have recommended his products and seminars. But I really disliked the heavy-handed morality that seems to be so integral to his...
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