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Fabulous DEALS Friday: Womens Summer Clothing from Groopdealz

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It is finally heating up where I live and today is my kids last day of school.  This can only mean one thing!  SUMMER TIME!  There is nothing that I love more than the laid back summer life full of pool days, popsicles, and bbqs!

I decided to do a little researching and found so many darling clothes from Goopdealz, all perfect for summer wearing!

I love wearing casual tees all summer.  They are cute, comfortable, and the perfect “mom uniform.”  This Hustle Tee immediately caught my eye.  It is only $15.98 shipped and I love the meaning!  We are hustling, right!?!

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This is another darling tee!  Floral print is so popular right now and I’ve found I just can’t seem to get enough!  This Floral V-Neck is only $15.98 with shipping!

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Here is another fun tee, perfect for summer bbqs and holidays.  The Stars and Stripes Tee is just $19.98 shipped!

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There really is nothing more flattering than a peplum shirt.  I wear these all.the.time.  Seriously so great for the “mom tummy” or even that “taco tummy!”  The Empire Waist Top only costs $16.98 after shipping!

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I am seriously obsessed with this dress!  I was immediately drawn to it and just might get one for me…AND my daughter!  It looks comfortable, stylish, and very flattering, plus it is a really good deal!  It comes in 7 different colors, but this blue was my favorite.  You can get the Short Sleeve Swing Dress for only $16.99 shipped!  Such a great deal for a dress!

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I don’t usually wear bikinis, but when I saw this one I fell in love.  It is really cute and I love the high waisted bottom.  Plus, the price tag is SO good!  There are two different colors/styles to choose from.  This Ruffle Swimsuit is only $20.98 after shipping!  Such a good deal!

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Happy Frugal Shopping!  And HAPPY summer!  YAY!

 

Disclaimer:  A good deal is NOT a reason to use credit cards or spend money that has not been budgeted for.  Budget first, and IF you have money in your budget, then it’s time to bargain shop and see how far you can stretch that budgeted money!

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Why we Cut the Cable and NEVER looked back!

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I remember very well telling my friends that, “I could never live without my DVR!”  I loved having my DVR and being able to record shows whenever I wanted and watch them whenever I wanted.  I loved skipping through commercials and I really could never imagine myself going back to life before DVR.

Well, I am here to tell you that I CAN actually live without my DVR!  🙂

Five years ago we decided to begin cutting some costs out of our budget.  When the talk of whether or not we should cut out the cable I wasn’t super thrilled with the idea.  But, I wanted to trim our budget and knew that my precious DVR was not a need.  We canceled our cable, including that DVR.

And you know what.  There has not been a single day when I have regretted it.  There have definitely been a few times when I have MISSED having a DVR (usually when I have to sit through a boring commercial),  but I have never regretted getting rid of it.  The amount of money that we save yearly is so worth it.

There are so so many alternative TV options available today.  It wasn’t hard to find a few cheaper services for our family.

The first and cheapest option we did was to buy a digital antennae.  This was a one time purchase of $30 and enables us to get all of the public channels for free.  The only TV we had for a few months was this digital antennae.  If you are on a strict budget, this is a GREAT option for you.  It provides great TV without any monthly payments.  My kids love watching PBS Kids and my husband and I enjoy the news and a few other evening shows.

We have since added a few subscription services to our TV options.  They are all still so much cheaper than cable or dish.  Here are a few of my favorites:

We use Netflix every single day.  My kids have a couple of favorite shows they always want to watch and I have my favorites (Gilmore Girls!).  We use the cheapest Netflix option of $7.99 a month and we think it’s worth every single penny.

I have recently fell in love with Hulu.  I only signed up to take advantage of the free month trial, but I became hooked and decided to keep the service for a few more months.  I have been so impressed with all of the TV options available on Hulu and new releases they have available.  Fixer Upper and This Is Us have been my favorites lately.

My sister loves using the Roku.  The Roku gives you the ability to access all of these subscription services in one easy place.  We already have a smart TV so felt the Roku was unnecessary.  My sister didn’t have a smart TV so it only made sense to need something a little easier.  It is a one time price and very user friendly.  There are hundreds of apps/channels available to add to your device.

I have many friends and family that use Amazon Prime for TV watching.  We are content with Netflix and Hulu for now, but Amazon Prime really is a great deal if you take advantage of all it has to offer; including their TV/Movie options, free shipping and music available.

I did a conservative estimate of how much extra we are saving a year by cancelling our cable service, it came to $480 yearly savings!  In the 5 years since we cancelled the cable we have saved $2,400.  Think about what you could buy for $2,400!  I don’t know about you, but I would rather put that money somewhere more useful than spending it on TV!  If you only use the digital antennae, with no other TV services, you will save over $650 a year.  These little expenses ADD UP!

How do you save money on TV Viewing?  What is your favorite subscription service?  Tell me in the comments so we can all help each other out!

 

 

 

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Fabulous DEALS Friday: Mothers Day Gifts Under $15!

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Mothers Day is just a few weeks away!  This is the time to start thinking about the perfect gift to give to the special mothers in your life.  If you are looking for completely FREE gift ideas check out my post Mothers Day Gift Guide: 15 FREE Gift Ideas.  If you are wanting to spend a little bit of cash on mom, but still want to stay within budget than THIS is the post for you!

Today on Cents of Style you can get Mothers Day Gifts 40% off when you use the code MOMGIFT.  Shipping is ALWAYS FREE, so this is a great opportunity to buy the perfect gift for mom!  Here are some of my favorites!

 

I may have sent a screen shot of this necklace to my husband!  😉  I love the mama bear phrase and thought this Mama Bear Necklace was so darling.  After the coupon code it is only $11.97 shipped!!

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What mom doesn’t relate to the phrase, “because I said so”????  I’m pretty sure we have all said it and heard it multiple times!  This Because I Said So Tee is so cute and would be a great t-shirt for summer.  You can get the Because I Said So Tee shipped for only $14.97 after the coupon code.

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This gold bracelet is simple yet beautiful.  Mother is my favorite title and I would love wearing that title around my wrist daily.  The Mother Gold Bracelet is a steal of a deal at only $5.97 shipped after entering the coupon code!  My MIL loves jewlery, so I ordered one for her, I know she is going to love it!

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I love this #MomLife Tee so much!  It is the perfect description of what life is like being a mom of young kids.  This would be the perfect for a young mom in the thick of raising their kids, perhaps for your sister or friend (or maybe yourself 😉 ).  After entering the coupon code you can get the #MomLife Tee for only $14.97 shipped!

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I really love simple jewelry., and this heart necklace is no exception.  It is simple, yet will makes a bold statement that you love and care for mom.  You can get the heart necklace shipped for just $7.77 shipped after coupon code.  This is another really really good deal!

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This Cuff Bracelet is a good reminder to enjoy whichever season you are currently in.  Motherhood can be quite a bit daunting and overwhelming, but the reminder to “Enjoy the Ride” is a great way to look for the happy wonderful moments that Motherhood also brings.  After entering the coupon code the Cuff Bracelet comes to only $8.97 shipped!  Hooray for cheap jewelry!

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This Felt Bag is so cute!  I love the coloring and it pairs perfectly with any and all “mom” outfits.  It looks large enough to stuff all the kids toys and snacks in while leaving room for moms essentials (sunglasses are essentials!  😉 )!  The Felt Bag only costs $14.97 after coupon code!

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Happy Frugal Shopping!  Let me know if you find the perfect gift  for the mom in your life!

 

Disclaimer:  A good deal is NOT a reason to use credit cards or spend money that has not been budgeted for.  Budget first, and IF you have money in your budget, then it’s time to bargain shop and see how far you can stretch that budgeted money!

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What we cut from our budget to save over $2500 a year

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I am not naturally a frugal person.  I was raised by two frugal parents, but I lean more towards wanting to shop and buy things.  It has been a huge learning process for me to become more frugal and to learn the value and beauty in cutting back and saving money.  This learning process has been over the course of years, and quite honestly, I’m still learning and trying to better myself.  Today though I started thinking about all the things we have cut from our lifestyle over the years, and they have all been slowly cut out, and I was blown away with the amount of money we are saving ourselves just by making a few different lifestyle choices!

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Pack that Lunch:  $1000

Packing a lunch for work, instead of eating out with coworkers, has been our biggest money saver.  Every night I pack a lunch for my husband to take to work.  The lunch mostly consists of some leftovers from dinner, occasionally he will bring a sandwich.  I was so surprised to find out this simple habit is saving us over $1000 a year!

Change your own oil:  $210

My husband taught himself how to change the oil in our two vehicles, all it took was watching a few you tube videos.  It takes him less than an hour to do and he claims it’s super easy.  He uses this oil drum to drain the oil.  You can deposit the oil for free at most auto parts stores.  This is not some natural talent he has, he had to get out of his comfort zone to learn this skill, however this simple task saves us $210 a year.

Cut the Cable:  $480

A few years ago we decided to get rid of our cable TV.  We were actually already on a fairly cheap rate, but we decided we could do without it.  We have saved $480 a year by doing this!  There are so many great options for cheap TV.  We use Netflix.  But I have friends who use Hulu, Roku, or Amazon Prime.

At Home Haircuts:  $200

I bought clippers 14 years ago for $20.  You can find a similar pair to ours here:  Wahl Complete Hair Cutting Kit.  I have been cutting my husbands and sons hair ever since.  This is a $200 annual savings.  If you know me, you know that hair is really NOT a talent of mine.  I have watched a few you tube tutorial videos and both my husband and son get very basic cuts.  I have made my some a few mistakes on both of them, but I keep learning and trying.  And luckily boys hair grows out fairly fast!  😉

Workout at Home:  $840

We have never had a gym membership and this decision saves us $70 a month.  We have learned to get a good workout in at home.  We go for a run or bike ride during the summer and find great you tube videos to follow during the winter.  I buy cheap weights and exercise equipment to use from the thrift store.  My favorite you tube channels to follow are fitness blender and yoga with Adrienne.

The Results:  $2730

Just by making these 5 adjustments to our lifestyle we save $2730 a year!  So in five years we have saved $13,650!  Ten years it will be $27,300!  Those little expenses don’t seem like a big deal, but over time they add up to be a very very BIG deal.

It really has not been hard to cut any of these things from our budget.  We have been living this way for years and honestly never seem to miss a gym membership or cable TV.  It has just become our way of life, and it’s a great life!  It can be hard to form new habits, but once you do those habits become your way of life and you often never really look back!

Take a look at your budget and lifestyle.  Can you find a few things that you could change in order to save money?  I promise the pay off is so worth it!

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Fabulous DEALS Friday: Extra 25% off on Gymboree Clothes with coupon code

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For this week Gymboree has EVERYTHING on their site 40% off and if you use coupon code HAPPYDANCE at checkout you will get an EXTRA 25% off the already discounted price.  Gymboree has very high quality clothes and I know when I buy something from them it will actually LAST!

I searched through the website and found some darling clothes!  EVERYTHING I am posting is UNDER $10!  🙂  I only shop if it’s a GREAT deal!

Girls Clothing Deals

These Frenchie Leggings are so cute and after the coupon code they are only $2.70.  I only buy leggings for my girls if they are under $3.

This Leopard Infinity Scarf is only $3.60 after the coupon code.  This would be really cute to buy and save it for back to school next fall.

This Classic Tee is really cute.  I love the little extra detail in the shoulders to the original tee style.  After the discount this shirt is only $4.50!

I love this Quilted Sparkle Skirt.  My youngest daughter loves to wear skirts all summer and I think this one looks perfect for play or dressing it up a little.  After the discount the skirt is only $6.39.

I was really excited to find these Skinny Jeans.  They come to only $9 after the coupon code.  For high quality jeans, this is a really good deal!!

 

This Pineapple Tee is so cute and fun for summer.  It is only $6.75 after the coupon code!

 

Boys Clothing Deals

I bought this Plaid Bow Tie for my boy.  I love little boys in bow ties and this one was a good deal!  Only $4.50 after the coupon was applied.

This Spider Man shirt is so cute.  My son loves superheros and is going to be excited when I pull this out for him to wear.  After the coupon code is applied it is only $5.85!

I love this Plane Lunchbox.  I kind of wish my son needed a new lunch box so I could get him this one!  It is just $5.85 after the discount.

This is a great deal on Cargo Shorts, just in time for summer.  These shorts come to only $6.75!

 

This Hooded Tee is really cute.  I think it would be a great one to buy and save for the Fall for Back to School Time.  Only $9 after the coupon code!

 

Everything on the website has the 40% off with the additional 25% off with coupon code HAPPYDANCE.  There were to many good deals to post, so feel free to check them out and see what darling things you find!

 

Disclaimer:  A good deal is NOT a reason to use credit cards or spend money that has not been budgeted for.  Budget first, and IF you have money in your budget, then it’s time to bargain shop and see how far you can stretch that budgeted money!

 

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Fabulous DEALS Friday: Children’s Spring Clothing on Groopdealz

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Spring has finally arrived!  Except for where I live it is actually snowing right now…..yeah, not so happy about that!  I have hopes that the snow WILL melt soon and then it will finally feel like Spring!  With the changing of the seasons it usually means it’s time to update my kids wardrobe a bit.  I searched Groopdealz today and found some great deals on Spring Clothes!  I’ll share a few of my favorites with you all!

When I see all the cute baby fashion it makes me wish my kids wouldn’t of all grown so fast!  These Spring Knot Headwraps are darling!  You can get them for just $7.98 shipped!

Another cute baby item I found were these Bandana Bibs.  I wish they made bibs this cute when I had little ones!  They have over 15 designs to choose from, the arrow bib is my favorite!  I might just buy a few to save for baby showers.  You can get these shipped for just $4.98.

I was really excited to find these darling Girl Coats for only $12.98 shipped!  They have a lot of different styles to choose from; puffer coats, trench coats and a couple of jean jackets.  I ordered a jean jacket for my daughter.

These Spring Ties would look darling for a family photo shoot or to wear on Easter Sunday.  I am a sucker for anything Aztec.  They are only $11.98 shipped!

I am a sucker for Raglan Tees and loved these Trendy Boy Shirts.  They come in sizes from 3 months all the way up to 12 years with lots of different styles and colors to choose from.  They are only $10.98 shipped!

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Happy Frugal Shopping!

Disclaimer:  A good deal is NOT a reason to use credit cards or spend money that has not been budgeted for.  Budget first, and IF you have money in your budget, then it’s time to bargain shop and see how far you can stretch that budgeted money!

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Fabulous DEALS Friday: Coupon Code plus Clearance at Gymboree

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I really really love Gymborees clothes.  They are high quality and always last much longer than many other brands.

One of the best ways to bargain shop is to stack a coupon code with items on clearance.  I was excited to see Gymboree put an additional 40% off their already markdown clothes. But, it gets even BETTER than that.  Right now they are offering an EXTRA 20% off your purchase, and that includes these extra marked down prices.  Enter code SILVERLINING at check out to get the extra 20%.  I LOVE when they have this deal.  This is a great time to stock up on some good value clothes for your kiddos.  Click the link to browse all the great deals:  Gymboree extra 40% off.

Below I shared a few of my favorite deals I picked out for my own kids.  These are the price it will be AFTER you enter your coupon code during checkout.  Happy Frugal Shopping!

Fuzzy Owl Hoodie
Fuzzy Owl Hoodie originally $39.95 now only $7.20
Striped Shift Dress
Striped Shift Dress originally $39.95 now only $7.20!
Sparkle Tulle Skirt
Sparkle Tulle Skirt originally $36.95 now only $7.20
Canvas Joggers
Canvas Joggers originally $32.95 now only $7.20
Incredi-Soft Fleece Shirt
Soft Fleece Shirt originally $32.95 now only $4.80!

 

Waffle Tee
Waffle Tee originally $19.99 now on sale for ONLY $4.80

 

 

Disclaimer:  A good deal is NOT a reason to use credit cards or spend money that has not been budgeted for.  Budget first, and IF you have money in your budget, then it’s time to bargain shop and see how far you can stretch that already budgeted money!

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How we visited San Diego on a Budget

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A couple of weeks ago I blogged all about our trip to Southern California.  We spent a couple of days in Anaheim and a couple days in San Diego.  You can find the blog detailing the Anaheim portion of the trip here: Our Disney Savings Plan: How we paid for our Disney Vacation while on a small budget.  Refer to my Disney post to read all the details about how we saved money on food, souvenirs and transportation while on this trip.  Today’s blog is all about our couple of days in San Diego.

Once we arrived in San Diego we checked into our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express San Diego Circle.  We loved this hotel.  It was a really good value.  It had a modern layout and design.  The kids always had the pool to themselves, and the room was the perfect size for our family of five.  It had two queen size beds and a couch that could be made into a bed.  It was nice to have a little elbow room while in the room.  We found the hotel on Get Away Today.  I am so in love with Get Away Today.  They offer the best discounts on any Southern California Vacation, and they are so easy to work with.  I used them a few years ago for a trip and knew that we wanted to use them again for this trip. Get Away Today is offering my readers an additional discount, I’ll share the coupon code at the end of the post!

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We had two full days in San Diego and wanted to spend one of those days at a beach. I researched San Diego beaches and came across Coronado Beach. It looked and sounded beautiful so we decided to spend our beach day there.  The parking was FREE, which is a huge bonus to me.  The beach was beautiful with soft golden sand and a great view.  We spent a Sunday there and were expecting large crowds, we were so pleasantly surprised when we found the beach quiet and we seemed to have our own little space all to ourselves.  The waves were calm enough for my school aged kids to swim in, they spent hours laughing and swimming in the waves.  Our favorite part of the beach were the sea shells.  When the tide went out around 2 in the afternoon we were able to find dozens of perfectly round beautiful sand dollars.  We had so much fun walking up and down the beach collecting our treasured sand dollars.  We ended up finding 53 perfect sand dollars in only about an hours time.  If you are looking for a great San Diego beach and love finding great shells go to Coronado Beach.

 

Our other day in San Diego was spent at Sea World.  This was a highlight of our trip. The park was so empty, we were able to walk right onto every ride, had great seats for all the shows and loved learning more about the beautiful sea animals.  Get Away Today offers 7 day Sea World tickets for a great price.  If you are wanting to spend a few days at Sea World be sure to buy those tickets from Get Away Today.  We only had time for one day though so we bought our tickets directly from Sea World’s website.  If you are only going to spend one day there then definitely buy them from their website, you won’t find a lower price anywhere else.

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My only regret about San Diego was that we didn’t spend more time there.  I wish we had planned a few extra days and I want to go back and visit again sometime.  It is a really beautiful city with so many activities.

If you are planning a Southern California vacation through Get Away Today feel free to use the coupon code:  SweetFrugal at checkout for an extra $10 off your vacation package.  Happy Frugal Travels!

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Fabulous DEALS Friday: Great Sale on Womens Clothing at Jane

I LOVE to shop,but I also LOVE to save money.  This is where bargain shopping comes in.  Nothing thrills me more than being able to go shopping, buy some great products, but spend very little money.  When I shop, I try to ONLY shop the sale racks.  I’ve decided to start a feature on my blog titled Fabulous Deals Friday.  This will be a time when I can share some of my favorite bargain deals for any other bargain hunters to enjoy.

Disclaimer:  A good deal is NOT a reason to use credit cards or spend money that has not been budgeted for.  Budget first, and IF you have money in your budget, then it’s time to bargain shop and see how far you can stretch that budgeted money!

 

One of my favorite places to bargain shop is Jane.  They are an online store offering great discounts on childrens clothing, home decor, womens clothing and accessories.  The discounts on Jane are only available for a short amount of time and a limited quantity.   I have learned the hard way that if you find something you love you should buy it immediately or else it might be gone the next time you go to look.

Now that March is here Spring is just around the corner.  I found some darling spring womens clothing for a good price!

This darling embroidered blouse is perfect for spring and summer.  I love the polka dots and the cap sleeves.  The Embroidered Boho Blouse is originally $44.99 now you can get it shipped for only $25.98!  

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I love spring florals!  This dress is an AMAZING deal!  I love the detail on the sleeves and the floral is so pretty and feminine.  This Midi-Dress is on clearance originally $38.99 now ships for only $17.98!  It’s hard to find dresses much cheaper than this.

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These strappy sandals are so cute.  I love the faux leather look and they have a cushioned insole which makes them comfortable but stylish.  I would love these shoes for running errands around town with my kids. and lunch dates.  The Slingback Sandals are originally $39.99 now shipped for only $24.98.

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I have seen these cute criss cross tees everywhere lately.  It looks so easy to dress down with some jeans and sandals or dress up with a cardigan and and accessories.  It’s at a really good price right now.  The Dolman Criss Cross Tunic is sold for originally $24.99 and you can get it right now shipped for just $16.48!  I’m really excited to get this one in the mail, I love the Navy color!

I am looking forward to some warmer weather and some new fun spring clothing!  Let me know if you buy anything and if you loved your experience!

I am a Jane Affiliate and may receive commissions for purchases made through links on my site (THANKS).  I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.  I was recommending Jane to all my friends BEFORE becoming an affiliate with them, because their deals really are great! 

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Our Disney Savings Plan: How we paid for our Disney Vacation while on a small budget

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Last fall we took our family on a vacation to Southern California.  We spent a week exploring California, bonding as a family and playing at many of the fun amusement parks.

We started planning this trip a couple of years before it actually happened (planner by nature here!).  We knew we wanted to go on a family vacation in a year or two and we knew that we wanted to save up for it slowly.   I wanted to share the steps that we went through as we planned, saved, and explored California all while on a budget.

We spent a few nights in San Diego and a few nights in Anaheim.  Today’s post will be all about our stay in Anaheim.  Be sure to check out my post How we visited San Diego on a Budget to read about our few days in San Diego.

Disney Savings Plan

First, we set our budget.  We wanted to spend less than $5,000 on the trip.  Once the budget was set we developed an aggressive 52 week savings plan.  I pinned this chart up on my wall to keep me focused and excited as I saved little by little each week and got to cross off each week as our Disney fund grew.

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Hotel

Once we had our savings plan set I began researching.  I checked daily different travel websites and reading review after review of different hotels.  We needed a hotel large enough to sleep our family of five, one that included an in room microwave and fridge, free hotel breakfast and the kids requested a pool.  🙂

We found a great deal and exactly what we wanted in Springhill Suites Anaheim Maingate.  I purchased the hotel through Get Away Today as part of a Disney Vacation package.  We had the pool to ourselves every single night.  The large breakfast was wonderful, they even had Nutella (my favorite!) for my toast.  The room felt nice and spacious with two queen beds and a small couch (turned into a bed) and desk.  I think my favorite part of the room was the large closet where we could hang up our clothes and stash our suitcases.  I will be sharing below a $10 off coupon from Get Away Today later in the post.

Tickets

Get Away Today is the absolute cheapest place to buy Disneyland tickets.  Promise.  I have searched and searched and could not find any cheaper than Get Away Today offered.

We decided to spend two days at Disneyland and bought a one day at each park pass.  This made it possible for us to spend an entire day at both Disneyland and California Adventure.  The parks are each so large, I find it not worth the extra money to buy the park hopper ticket.  We bought these tickets as part of our vacation package with the hotel.

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We added a one day pass to Universal Studios to our vacation package and had so much fun spending the day exploring Hogwarts and Hogsmeade.  If you are a Harry Potter fan, you MUST visit Universal Studios.  The attention to detail was incredible!

 

 

Transportation

Plane tickets for a family of five are pricey, so we decided to drive the 13 hours to California.  We made it a fun road trip experience for our kids, making multiple sight seeing stops and playing many many car games.

While in Anaheim we decided to use the ART shuttle to take us to and from the Disneyland resort.  The ticket prices for the shuttle was very reasonable as part of our package from Get Away Today.  It was so nice to just sit down on the shuttle and rest our tired feet after a long day playing at the park.  The shuttle was always available for us with very little wait time and the ride to and from the hotel was short.

Food

I’ll start off by saying that our family are not big foodies.  I would rather spend money on experiences then food.  We decided to only purchase one meal a day.  Before driving to California I packed up a cooler full of snacks and makings for sandwiches.  Breakfast was provided by the hotel daily.  We packed sandwiches, bagels and snacks into the amusement parks with us every day.  For dinner, we ate at budget friendly restaurants inside the parks.  It was so handy having the snacks all packed into individual serving baggies, we whipped them out while standing in long lines and it helped keep the kids happy and occupied.

Below I listed a few of our favorite budget friendly places to eat while inside the parks.

Disneyland

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Bengal Barbeque: The Bengal Barbeque has really tasty meat and vegetable skewers for under $5!

Cafe Orleans:  The Cafe Orleans is not your cheapest option, but I had heard so many great things about the Monte Cristo Sandwich I decided to include it in our food budget.  The Monte Cristo Sandwich is only served at the Blue Bayou and Cafe Orleans.  The sandwich is the exact same at both restaurants, but $7 dollars cheaper at Cafe Orleans. So, if you want to try the sandwich do it Cafe Orleans!  We also decided to split the sandwich between my husband and I and then we split a plate of kids Mac and Cheese between my three kids.  Splitting between the three kids was a little small, next time I would buy two kids orders to split.  For the five of us we spent about $30.  Which is the most we spent on a meal the entire trip, but totally worth it to me to get to taste that delicious cheesy Monte Cristo Sandwich!

Rancho Del Zocalo:  Rancho Del Zocalo offers delicious food with very generous servings.  This is another great option for splitting an entree.

California Adventure

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Cozy Cone Motel:  The Cozy Cone Motel offers different snack options that could be turned into a small meal.  We ordered a couple of chili cone quesos and they were so good and so satisfying, and under $10!  Yay!

Pacific Wharf Cafe:  The Pacific Wharf Cafe has great soup and salads each for around $11.  My favorite is Broccoli and Cheese soup served in their famous Sour Bread Bowl.  So GOOD!

Universal Studios

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We weren’t to adventurous while eating at Universal Studios.  We ate at Panda Express which is located at the bottom lot.  We had a hard time narrowing down which restaurant to try at Universal and ended up going the easy safe route.  Panda Express had good cheap options and the service was very quick.

Souveniers

A month before we left on our vacation I printed off some play money and told my kids that they will need to do chores in order to earn money to buy souvenirs while on our vacation.  They earned between $20-30 total.  We told them that this was their money to spend however they wanted, but once it was gone it was gone.  If they wanted a souvenir or a fun treat that we weren’t going to buy for them they had to make that decision if they wanted to spend their money on it or not.  This really  helped us to not impulse buy and overspending while in the park.  We all had our limit and we stuck to it.

I have also heard a great tip if you are a Target shopper.  Target has Disney Gift Cards available to buy and these can be used within the park.  If you use your Target Red Card you get an automatic 5% off all purchases, and this counts toward gift cards too!  I didn’t try it, but I think it is a really smart idea.

 

We like to use our Discover Credit Card (and pay it off IMMEDIATELY) for big purchases like traveling.  I explained all about it in my blog post titled The one idea I disagree with Dave Ramsey on.  Discover will sometimes give 5% cashback towards travel purchases.  After I have budgeted and saved enough money I then wait for this 5% cashback offer.  Once Discover offers it I then purchased the hotel package.  In this case I was given around $200 cashback.  A great deal!

We had such an amazing family vacation with lots of memories made and laughter shared.  I never feel deprived when traveling on a budget.  We plan, prepare, and spend wisely.  It makes for a guilt free vacation.

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Do you have some favorite budget friendly travel tips?  Please share them in the comments!  I would love to learn more tips!

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