We recently made a trip down to Disney World with our three kids to celebrate recently becoming debt free. We had a blast meeting the characters and going on as many rides as the rainy days would allow us. But because our emergency fund isn’t fully funded yet, we were determined to spend as little money as we could while still enjoying ourselves.
One of the areas that we focused on saving was on food. Eating at Disney is very expensive! We ate two quick service meals at Disney which totaled over $40 each. And we had our kids split meals!
The biggest money saving tip we used was to bring in meals and snacks. This completely allowed by Disney! We packed a backpack of snacks and also brought a small cooler as well. You can store your cooler in a locker in the parks. We placed ours on the back of our stroller.
We ate breakfast and most dinners in our rental condo. We kept it very simple so that we spent little time cooking on our vacation. By packing food and eating in, we saved hundreds of dollars as well as ate healthier on our trip.
- Increase your grocery budget: Buy special treats that you normally don’t buy at home. We also spent more on convenience items like paper plates, frozen waffles and pancakes, precooked chicken, bagged salads, etc.
- Budget in a few Disney brought treats: Most days we got an ice cream or another special treat at the parks. This helped us not feel deprived.
- Keep it cold: We froze water bottles, juice boxes and squeezable yogurts and added them to our cooler’s ice packs. This helped keep all of our food nice and cold. It was so refreshing on those hot Florida days!
What are your favorite ways to save on Disney?