Sometimes the most well laid out plans in your head don’t work quite as well. Remember my whole I am going to try and get cheaper tickets from my local airport thought process. Well after discussing this idea with Erin (one of the travel agents Kristin works with). She advised me to keep it as it was. Since it’s spring break and I have a value family suite at Cabana Bay. Those are some of the fastest to sell out. She was worried if I get cheaper plane tickets on different days. She wont be able to find me something else at the same price point for those days. Seeing as its a super busy time and it is so close.
Back in November before I booked my flights out of Austin I looked at hotel room prices close by. Every thing was around $125.00 a night. I figured it wasn’t to bad. Well here is my problem I forgot to go back and reserve a room. Flash forward to Wednesday. I was looking over our plans and realized I didn’t have a room booked. We fly out at 5 AM. I wanted to be close to the airport the night before. I started searching hotels near the airport. They are all booked or over $300.00 a night. That is for a family suite. There is 6 of us. I could get 2 rooms but its usually cheaper for one big room. I paid $378.38 for that one night! Moral of the story ALWAYS reserve a room ASAP if you need one. You can always cancel if you find a better price or plans change. We are paying for the room out of our bank account. I am not counting the cost towards the money needed in my Universal fund.
I am working on the park tickets now. I would like to have those done by 2/23. The plan is to get them from Sam’s Club. I have a pass because of that is was cheaper for Erin to book the hotel only using my pass holder discount. If I wouldn’t of had a pass it would of been cheaper to do a vacation package. They are running a special all 3 parks with park to park admission for the price of only 2 parks. So far the cheapest I am seeing the tickets is thru Sam’s Club. It is $295.99 per adult for a 5 day 3 parks park to park pass. That is the best price I have found. I need to earn/save $181.60 a week to achieve my goal. Between now and then. It is a big goal my pile of things to sell it HUGE. I am really hoping to make at least $200.00 from that. If I can continue to not eat out for the rest of the month. That will give me an additional $140.00 that is budgeted monthly for eating out to my fund. Right there that is $340.00 towards my goal. Leaving me with $750 ish left to earn!
*Goal 1 was plane tickets. – DONE
*Goal 2 is the hotel. Need $1509.19 after the down payment. – DONE
*Goal 3 is park tickets. – Need $1175.96 have $86.31 towards this.
*Goal 4 is spending money and the food budget.
1/3 – 1/10
My Swagbucks – $50.00
My husbands Swagbucks – $25.00
Total to date – $3,671.92
Money Spent and cash balances:
Southwest Plane Tickets for 5 – $1433.42
Universal annual pass and two 5 day tickets – $643.00 – Already spent!
Cash Remaining in my Universal fund – $1595.28