I’m headin’ for a little bit of fun now
Time to be moving along
Time to be moving along
You guys, I’m going to ride Splash Mountain 300 times.
Splash Mountain is my favorite ride at Disney World. It hits all the sweet spots for me. It’s a dark ride with amazing animatronics and delightful storytelling, with just a little bit of a thrill in the middle, and one big drop at the end. I’m a wimp. I like my thrills in small, palatable doses.
Splash Mountain opened the year I took my first Disney trip, 1989. We’re twins, in a way. Of course, I ride it multiple times a trip, and it’s always the last ride I do on my last Magic Kingdom day. My first solo trip, I rode Splash Mountain three times in a row. There was no one to stop me, and I used the time in line to dry off. Perfect.
When I first started the Saving for Disney course, whenever I would get savings fatigue or the amount of money I needed to coupon, Swag, and earn to became too overwhelming, I would find myself humming the theme song of Splash Mountain.
How do you do, a fine and pleasant greetin’
How do you do, to everyone you’re meetin’
How do you do, surely bears repeatin’
Pretty good sure as you’re born
The one small blight on an otherwise perfect pregnancy trip to Disney when I was carrying the Teacup was that I didn’t get to ride Splash Mountain. In fact, no one did. In solidarity with me, Mr B skipped it. The Glass Slipper was finally tall enough for it, but since I have this long cherished dream of doing it with her for her first time, we decided not to tell her it was even an option. Don’t feel too bad for her. She’s was perfectly thrilled to ride Mine Train at every opportunity.
When my pal Hillary said she was coming with me on my solo trip to Disney, I told her, “you should know, my primary objective ss riding Splash Mountain 300 times.” She graciously agreed, and a Girls Trip was born.
I won a Visa Gift Card on Mother’s Day that I decided to turn into a Disney Gift Card- my “trip” card that I would load all my other Disney cards onto. Guess which design I chose.
Side commentary here: if you are purchasing Disney gift cards from the Disney store as part of your vacation savings, send yourself an encouraging note. It’s free, it’s part of the gift card purchase, and it can be very motivating! I had forgotten I did so when I got mine, so tore open up that gift card to see my lovingly crafted note to myself…I was just delighted! I literally laughed out loud. Saving can be hard, serious business. It’s nice to bring a little fun, a little joy, into it.
I made out like Brer Rabbit this period with my Fund. And guess what? Officially 30 days to go until I get to my laughing place!
August 11th Deposits
2021 Family Trip
After Last Deposit: $7738
Total Deposit: $0
Still Need: $7738
2019 Solo Trip
After Last Deposit: $0, Over Budget $44.25.
Total Deposit: $102.53
$46.82 from Grocery Surplus
$15 Amazon Giftcard from Swagbucks
$15 Amazon Giftcard from Receipt Hog
$9.18 Paypal Deposit from Rakuten
$6.53 from Childhood Stardom
$5 Amazon Giftcard from Swagbucks
$5 Amazon Giftcard from Fetch Rewards
Still Need: $0!!!!!!!!!!
Over Budget: $146.78
Child stardom pays, you guys. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
This was a great saving period, with some things I did not expect (another residual check!), some things I had forgotten about (what’s up, Rakuten!) and some things I worked hard for (looking at you Swagbucks!) The big surprise here is the grocery budget. We did not expect to be so under budget last month, and there was much debating about what to do with that cash. Go the grocery store and just buy a ton of steak? Save it for leaner times? But Mr. B reminded me, we made the rule that cash surplus goes to the Disney fund, because 1) it’s easy to access if there is a dire emergency and it’s needed elsewhere and 2) couponing and shopping to sales, etc, is what got us these dollars, and couponing etc is the domain of the Disney Fund. Considering my grocery surplus is usually like, $2, that was an easy rule to make. But we’ll just chalk this one up to good luck and add it to the fund. Time to be moving along.
What’s your favorite ride at Disney World? What’s the most under budget you’ve been for the month in groceries? Is the Splash Mountain theme song stuck in your head now? Sing it with 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 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!