The very first blog I ever read on Couponing to Disney is when Kristin was planning a trip with her whole family, including 4 month old Molly Kate. Traveling to Disney with an infant is no joke, and Kristin was wanting to upgrade their hotel to be on the monorail: closer to the parks and easier to get back to the hotel for the baby to nap. She wasn’t sure if she was going to be able to swing it…when a last minute funding source appeared and BAM! The Coopers were staying at the Contemporary.
I thought about that blog this week because a truly crazy thing happened that felt like BAM! It reminded me that while vacations are built on scrimping, saving, and hustling, sometimes there’s just that little something extra that sets you over the top. It’s not planned, it’s not worked for, it’s not expected. It’s just a little magic, a little pixie dust, a little BAM!
Sometimes it seems like saving for this solo trip has involved a lot of BAM! for me; unexpected gifts, unexpected prizes, unexpected earning opportunities. But I’m starting to wonder if maybe it’s not so much that I’ve seen a lot of BAM!s, but because I’m working so hard on this trip, I’m able to really see the pixie dust when it floats down. Because I have a short savings period, all those gifts or found money that would go towards a Target trip, or a meal out, go straight into the Fund. The money flow hasn’t changed; I have. I’m not getting more gifts or more opportunities than I usually do. Now I’m just more grateful, so I notice them more. When you go into a situation thankful for everything, then you find a lot to be thankful for.
Which leads me to this bananas story.
A million years ago, I had a blink and you’ll miss it role in a major motion picture. All things being equal, the nice movie business people paid me for my time and I went on to have a normal, non-child star kind of life. For a few years after this movie was released, I would get royalty checks. Royalties are the money you get for appearing in media that is presented in a format other than the original one your contract is for. So when the movie is on HBO or Pay-Per-View, when they run it at 2am on TBS, those types of things produce royalties.
After a certain point, the royalties stopped and that makes sense because the movie was getting old. Twenty years, might as well be a million, go by and I rarely think of this small, cool, little sliver of a chapter in my young life.
My father calls me during Tax Season and is like, “Hey, I got this form from the movie studio about unclaimed revenue from the movie?” At first I was like, “What movie?” And then I was like, “Ohhhhh, MY movie!” And then I was like, “Unclaimed revenue?” Because you guys know me. If there is revenue around, I’m claiming it. Gimme all that revenue.
After a week of calling, emailing, and smoke signaling the powers that be, I finally wind up at the union for screen actors, of which I am not a part, but who have kindly been holding onto my revenue for 25 years. Twenty five years! Turns out the studio’s payroll lost track of me after I stopped being a child and became an adult who went to college, went to graduate school, moved across the country, got married, and moved across the country again. Fair enough. Much paperwork and verification of my identity later, I am told a check will be in the mail.
Which I promptly forgot about. Because I lead a full, rich life and am not out here waiting by the mailbox for 25 year old royalties.
Today! You guys, I got a check for $149.16.What is up, Disney Fund money?? Talk about a BAM! moment. I’d like to thank the Academy, my family, the fans, my co-stars, but most importantly, the people who kept my money safe for 25 years, not knowing that one day, it would be the provider of untold Mickey Bars.
While you’re hustling with those cash back apps and earning sites, making dough with your budgeting and couponing, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the magic, the pixie dust, the BAM!
June 4th Deposits
2021 Family Trip
After Last Deposit: $7811
Total Deposit: $31, from Selling My Old Books*
Still Need: $7780
2019 Solo Trip
After Last Deposit: $457.06
Total Deposit: $151.94
$149.16, from Childhood Stardom
$2.78, from Grocery Budget
Still Need: $305.12
*Eagle eyed readers will note that I actually made $38 dollars selling my books (my beloved boooooooks). Where did that $7 go? Chick-fil-A nuggets. Sometimes you gotta bribe the kids when shopping trips get long. $7 well spent.
BAM! With three months left to save, I am just a few hundred dollars away from hitting my savings goal.
Have you had any BAM! moments lately? What was the first Couponing to Disney blog you ever read? What’s the craziest found money story you have? Gimme all the deets after the jump!
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 five 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!