Have you ever seen a bargain brag and thought to yourself, “Well, that wouldn’t work for me, because XYZ”?
Have you ever been jealous of other people’s ease at using coupons and finding deals, all the while thinking “well, that wouldn’t work for me, because XYZ”?
Been there, too.
I’ve been following Couponing to Disney for three years, since my eldest was born. I ooohhhed and aaaahed over the ways Kristin and her crew found deals, stacked coupons, and grew those Disney funds. But in the back of my head I was always thinking, “That’s not for me…I couldn’t possibly…because of XYZ.”
What’s your XYZ? Mine is a husband with Type 1 diabetes. Because of his illness, our diet consists of primarily protein and produce. Even the most novice couponer knows that meats and produce aren’t as heavily discounted as other items. But after three years of watching and learning, I couldn’t ignore the song of the savings. I started small, with Target Cartwheel and building a gift closet through clearance sales. Next, I built up to digital coupons and a few apps. Now that I’ve started, I can’t stop. So what happens next? Uncle Walt said, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” For me, that meant picking up the Saving to Disney course.
The course is broken down into five eBooks: Budget for Disney, Couponing Binder, Couponing, Save on Your Weekly Allowances, and How to Grow Your Disney Fund. There is a lot of great information in this course, and having it compartmentalized into five separate books not only allows you to go at your own pace, but it makes absorption so much easier. You also receive the Budget and Coupon binders. You might be thinking, “Oh, well I already have a system…” But trust me, you ain’t seen nothin’ like the detail in these binders.
The Budget Binder instructs on how to establish a budget, track spending, and how to find more money. There is a breakdown in eBook 1 detailing how to create your Budget Binder, complete with illustrations of the Budget Binder’s applications. My favorite thing about the Budget Binder is that it accommodates many different lifestyles. No matter where you are financially, it can help you stay on track, and plan for the road ahead.
The Saving to Disney course breaks things down to a degree that many wouldn’t normally think of. You’ll be educated about the different apps and how to use them. I didn’t think the apps would work for me, as the cash back tends to be for things that we normally don’t buy. But I was wrong. Saving Star features a different Healthy Offer every week. Ibotta routinely has Any Brand offers for both produce and meats. This week I could redeem for apples and bacon. That might seem like a small cashback redemption, but these micro-details end up making a macro difference on your bottom line. CoinOut, Fetch Rewards, and Ebates don’t care about what spend your money on, they just want proof that you spent it! These apps give you a percentage back in the form of gift cards. Ya’ll, that is some easy money no XYZ can get in the way of.
The five eBooks are easy to navigate, even though they are chock full of information. The Contents section reads like a clear map of your progress. Peppered throughout is the story of the Darling Family, your typical American family that many of us can identify with. Watching the Darling’s progress chapter by chapter encouraged me but also illustrated many of the more complicated savings rules. Testimonials from other readers reiterate that success is possible.
As Kristin says, “it will take both a time and a financial commitment” to make this course work for you. This is a course developed through years of trial and error. Kristin has done the work and her experience gives way to major knowledge. Using that knowledge to work for you is a key factor here. Let me give you an example. The books feature hundreds of money saving tips, big and small. One of them is this gem: “Try not to run your dryer during the day, as it heats the whole house and makes your cooling system work overtime.” Remember what I said about details that never would have occurred to some of us? This blew my mind! But, I have a toddler who is a light sleeper and happens to sleep perilously close to the laundry room. Running my dryer at night isn’t an option for me. But running it during bath time, when my toddler is otherwise occupied? That works. You might not follow every tip in these books to the letter, but now you have the knowledge. You know the route to success.
My next Disney trip is slated for 2018. We’re looking to do five nights at a Moderate to celebrate my littlest’s third birthday. I’ve committed to doing much of this trip, including the flight, using the Saving to Disney course. We’re talking $3500 in 17 months. A few years ago, I would have been too afraid to even try, but now I just feel excited about the possibility. Uncle Walt told us that if we can dream it, we can do it. So I’m going to do it. I can’t wait to share my journey with you. I hope this is your year to let your dream be bigger than your XYZ!
To get started with your own copy of Saving to Disney, go here!