How To Save Money For A Disney Vacation

I’m excited to talk about this as we decided this year we were not going to make any New Years’ resolutions but instead set some goals for ourselves as a family, and one of those goals was saving for a family vacation to Disneyland. ย The only problem was that I had no idea how to even begin to save for a trip of this magnitude.

So I went on the hunt for some ideas on how to save. I got really excited and jumped on board for the 52-week saving challenge – hosted by Queen Mommy and one that has a whole of a lot of people talking. ย 

Basically each week you save the amount for that week. So week one you save one dollar, week two, two dollars, week three, three more dollars and so on. By the end of the fifty-two weeks, you will have saved $1,378. ย Okay, not a ton but every little bit helps.

For us being paid once a month for the above challenge. I am depositing the money directly from my disability into the savings account. I’m heading into week four right now and so far have saved ten bucks. So I can’t quite yell out Mickey here I come, but it’s something to work toward.

Other Ways You Can Save Money for a Trip to Disney

Every penny counts — Ever have a ton of pennies but don’t know what to do with them?  We went to the dollar store and got rollers and rolled our pennies.  We turned them in and after one month had — fifteen dollars in pennies. It adds up when you least expect it and we put it towards our Disney savings fund.

Turn your recycling into cash — If you are like us you have some pop bottles and milk jugs lying around the house. So instead of recycling them in your bin, take them to your nearest recycling center and get some cash.  We are collecting pop bottles from neighbors and friends, too. All going towards our family vacation.

Turn out those lights — It doesn’t have to be dark in the house but leaving lights on can become quite costly. So we have made real efforts to keep the lights at a minimum and to make sure we are turning them out.

Put that GST/HST aside — Every three months we are lucky enough to get GST and instead of using it to pay bills and adding to a budget we have already created.  We decided to treat that money as though it doesn’t exist and add it to our savings account.

Setting up automatic transfer — This is a great way and one of the easiest to do. Saving $14 per week is a savings of $730 per year which can go a long way to helping with your travel plans.  This also helps to put the money aside without really seeing it so you can budget properly for living expenses through the year with what you have.

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I don’t know if we will reach our goal and get to Disney but we are going to try. I’m following as many tips as I can online and will come back and share other tips on saving for Disney with you as they come up.

If you have any tips you’d like to share please chime in below…


  1. Linda March February 25, 2016 at 5:02 am

    I was actually searching for some tips on how not to spend so much money with a nephew of mine on a visit to Disneyland Paris…. and found your blog again. Ha ha. Not really what I was searching for ( I was more interested how to get the most interesting places without spending a lot of money), but I thing some of your economy advice could work well for every family.

  2. Judy C (Judy Cowan) May 16, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Good luck on your saving, each little bit saved is one step closer to seeing Mickey!!

  3. Cheryl @ Kids On A P January 25, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Love this post Jodi ๐Ÿ™‚ As we are always saving for a trip and most of the time it's a trip to Disney.

    We do the automatic transfers into a savings account and have found that really works for us. The set it and forget part helps a lot!

    For everyday purchases (groceries, gas, clothes) we use credit cards with rewards – cash back or travel related and that helps us a bit too. Whatever we get back at the end of the year goes into our travel savings account.

    Love the 52 week savings challenge and just started this week for my kids. Excited that there will be $1400 at the end of the year for them! Hopefully I can keep it up as I'm sure it will get more difficult by the end of the year.

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author January 25, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      Good for you Cheryl on starting the 52 weeks challenge. It's kinda cool to do and yes neat to have that money saved up at the end of the year to put towards the following summer vacation. Thanks for commenting.

  4. tennille January 21, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Just signed up for checkout 51 app. Just take a photo of your receipt and get money back on participating items. $2.00 off bacon, .50 of pasta etc. Any grocery store in Canada. Cheque mailed to you.

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author January 21, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Very cool Tennille thanks for the tip! I'll have to give that a try. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. tennille January 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    We are trying too! You could bring in items in for consignment at clothing or kids goods stores. Join a coupon chain to get more coupons to use towards items you buy anyways. Have a meatless meal a week. Bake snacks instead of buying sweets.

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author January 21, 2013 at 12:12 am

      Hey Tennille, thanks for those great ideas! Those should help save money for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

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