Well, get ready, because I’m back, baby!
Back saving, that is.
After having the Teacup, I literally could not think about saving. My brain was mostly occupied with the new human in my arms. But with tax season upon us, Mr. B and I had a good sit down where we talked about what we wanted to do with our refund and what our financial goals looked like for the next few years.
So there’s good news and there is better news, which do you want first?
Good news: we’re going back to Disney! In 2021. I know it seems like a long time, but it will make sense when I tell you the better news.
Better news: I’m taking a solo trip in 2019!
The solo trip was actually Mr. B’s idea. It all started with a plane ticket. Before we found out we were pregnant with the Teacup, I had plans to go visit some friends in the Southwest. I had to cancel my trip because it came during the first trimester where I was violently ill pretty much every day. Fun times.
When it came time to book our 2018 Disney Trip, I put the credit toward my plane ticket, and still had non-transferrable plane ticket funds left over. Flash forward to now, where we realize I have a month to redeem my flight credit. Obvious first question: “What do I do with my plane ticket?” And Mr.B said, “I think you should take a solo trip.” Ok, great. But where will I go? “Well, why don’t you go to Disney?” Oh my gosh, why DON’T I go to Disney? It has been almost ten years since my last solo trip. The last time I took a solo trip, there was no such thing as Frozen Ever After or a Slinky Dog Dash. It would be fantastic to explore my favorite place since we’re both a little older and improved.
Once we had the solo trip established, things fell into place pretty easily. We considered 2020, but 2021 not only meant we would be there for the big 50th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom, it gave a us an extra year to save. An extra year to save meant we could really save for something special.
When we plan for Disney trips, we normally say something along the lines of, “this is how much we’re going to save, how much vacation can we get for this amount of money?” But this time we’re doing something a little different. This time we’re shooting for the moon. We sat down and planned out our dream vacation. If we had everything we wanted, what would that look like? And that is going to be our savings goal.
We’ve got two and a half years to save. When we are approaching the 180 Day Mark, we’ll look at how much we have saved and make adjustments. Depending on how much we have saved at that point, we’ll adjust our trip as need be. We may change the number of days we’re vacationing, or days in the park, or type of resort. We don’t know. We’re saving for the moon, but even if we don’t save as much as we want, we’ll still land among the stars.
So let’s look at my two different trips. Remember, we’re dreaming big. These are guesstimates for now, since neither trip has been booked. But as soon as flights start shaping up, I’ll update with actual trip costs for the solo trip.
Solo trip, September 2019
- 1 adult
- 3 days, 2 nights (possibly 3 night, depending on flights) at a Moderate or Value: $400
- Mickey’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party: $100
- 2 table service meals, 5 quick service meals: $225
- Souvenir, Tips, Misc: $75
- Total Savings Goal: $800
Family trip, October 2021
- 2 adults, 2 children 3-9, 1 child under 3
- 5 nights, 6 days at the Grand Floridian (big dreams!)
- 3 day park tickets
- Disney Dining Plan
- Plane Fare for 5 people
- Total Savings Goal: $8000
And now the 8000 dollar question: how are you going to pay for all of this, Kristen B?
Savings, my friends. Savings.
Here’s my plan. Every month from now until August (when my solo trip will need to be paid in full) I am going to put $25 of what I earn through the various apps and budget surpluses towards our 2021 trip. Everything else will go towards the solo trip. Once the solo trip is done, everything will go straight to the 2021 trip. Along the way, tax refunds, Christmas and birthday money, as well as whatever money falls from the sky and into my lap, will be put in the 2021 trip fund.
February 2/8 Deposits
2021 Family Trip
Total Deposit: $25, from Pinecone Research
Still Need: $7925
2019 Solo Trip
Total Deposit: $22.52
$12.52, from Grocery Rollover
$10, from Receipt Hog
Still Need: $777.48
Look at that! It feels so good to be back on the saving train.
I’m so excited for this new dual savings journey, and thrilled that you’re doing to be riding shotgun. Buckle up, pals. We’re in for a fun ride.
What are you saving for? What is an important financial goal you’re hoping to achieve? When is the next time you’re going to Disney? Break it down for me in the comments!
Kristen B. is wife to the best Prince around, mama to the spunkiest little princesses, and lover of all things Disney. She started her savings journey three years ago and is now dedicated to making her family’s wishes come true one coupon at a time. She is so excited to take her love of saving to the next level and share her journey with you! Click here to catch up on Kristen’s Savings and join in on your own savings adventure!