My family went on a week long vacation to Florida in January, which was a great get away. Of course, when we got back we had to deal with February record snow falls. Who would have guessed?
January is a the best time to go because there are no lines and the hotels are very cheap.
I mentioned in some earlier posts that we went to Disney on a vacation but with a toddler we knew she wouldn’t be up to going to parks and we didn’t want to spend that much. We went on a fairly frugal vacation.
A couple things we did:
1. FREE – Downtown Disney – Downtown Disney is free for everyone. It is like an out door mall. There are a lot of shops and even a couple paid activities. The fun part is just walking around and seeing the sites. For the little ones there is a Lego Store, and Mr. Potatohead store. We went there a couple times during the week to walk around. If you go to the Mr. Potatohead store it costs about $20+ to fit as many items in a box. Not bad.
2. FREE water taxi rides between Boardwalk hotel, Swan hotel, Hollywood Studies, and Epcot – If you stay at one of the hotels or park at one of the hotels like we did you can catch a taxi ride to each of the parks listed and back again. We just rode on them a couple times before my daughter wanted to run around.
3. FREE – Monorail – The main entrance to Walt Disney World includes the monorail entrance which is free to take you to Magic Kingdom and Epcot and back again.
After having a great time at Downtown Disney, my daughter seemed to be interested in the animals so we decided to go to Animal Kingdom.
Where to find discounted Disney tickets? Thanks to a dear friend we were able to find some discounted tickets. Check out The Official Ticket Center – The Best Deal on Disney Tickets! The best way to buy tickets is in a bundle so we picked non-expiring tickets and paid with a debt card! It cost about $50 per adult per day. We got 6 days non-expiring non-hopping passes. Prices do change but this is a great place to check out for the best prices. The toddler is free for now.
Any other suggestions? What have you done with your kids on vacation that was frugal?
I’m back! My family and I went on a week long vacation. We had a blast and I hoped I would have access to my blog but our mini laptop wasn’t working for most of the trip especially using the blog wordpress software. Thanks to technology I was able to check my email from my phone, but that was about it. I hoped to write this sooner but when I got home yesterday my laptop had some issues too. Got to love technology!
I have a lot of posts I look forward to write about my family adventure. I’m back at work this week so I will have to do that obligation first so please be patient as I get back on track.
A couple posts I hope to write about soon include:
Shoppers Deals 1/22 – 1/27 – Thanks to WeuseCoupons.com
Bottom Dollar Food Deals
How to do a road trip with a Toddler?
How to go to Disney World on a budget?
Shopping Outlet Deals – We found great deals!
Cutting Cost on Traveling – How much did it cost to travel to Florida?
Food Budget on Vacation – How we overspent in some areas and underspent in others! Lessons learned!
Feel free to ask any questions or suggestions for future posts.
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It’s cold outside!
I know, but I want to think about warm weather for a least a minute. It’s too cold. Right now I’m thinking about my 2010 goals for the year and one of them is to think about a vacation. We need one! I’m sure you do too. Why not add that to your 2010 goals? Besides what a perfect time to plan, it might make you feel warmer! I found a couple interesting websites that might help you start thinking towards this goal.
MyKidsEatfree.com – What a perfect website! This isn’t just great for planning vacations it is also good for your local area too.
Here are some great examples:
Denny’s has Kids Eat free on Tuesdays and sometimes Saturdays. Call ahead of course.
Boston Market extended its 2 Kids Eat Free promotion – Saturday & Sunday – to 1/31/10!
For those that don’t have kids Boston Market has some great coupons too! Click HERE to check them out!
The I-95 Exit Guide – If you are on the East coast traveling up and down Interstate 95 this is a great guide of rest stops and places to stay and attractions to go to. I haven’t done a lot of traveling yet with our daughter and I can imagine we will have to make a lot of rest stops. You can use the mileage calculator and even look up outlet malls to go to as a great place to get out and walk around.