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bbaltes
07-23-2006, 06:09 PM
Once you're on board... what is your best money-SAVING tip?

Ben, Jenny and Lily (3.5)
9/2 Magic Eastern

lbgraves
07-23-2006, 06:30 PM
Keep track of what you are spending/charging to your card. You can get a print out of your account balance from GS at any time. I also wait before buying anything in the shops...no impulse buying.

Kissimmee
07-23-2006, 06:33 PM
Once you're on board... what is your best money-SAVING tip?

Ben, Jenny and Lily (3.5)
9/2 Magic Eastern

Don't take any.

Seriously? If your purchasing desires are Disney branded , you will do better in Orlando at the Disney Character Warehouses and other discount places.

Also have the young kids cards punched so they can't charge. My 6 year old was getting talked into letting older kids use his card to buy arcade tokens until we put a stop to it. Disney, by the way, removed the charges from our bill.

Don't use you Disney credit key card as a book mark by the pool. Mine was never disturbed but a constant stream of well meaning cruisers and staff kept pointing out how foolish I was. So for peace and quiet if for no other reason keep your's hidden.

Oh and don't drink and bid on art. As another cruiser pointed out. $25,000?

You won't win at bingo so keep your money unless you really love the play of the game.

Pretend there is Rum in your coke. Seriously, on our cruise there was a guy I came to know that always had a rum and coke beside him. Turns out it was only coke in a bar glass to keep from getting asked so often by friends and staff if he would like a drink.

Bet that is a trick you hadn't heard before.

goin2disneyagain
07-23-2006, 06:37 PM
I like that Rum in the Coke trick. :thumbsup2

bbaltes
07-23-2006, 07:45 PM
bump....

Jillpie
07-23-2006, 10:05 PM
Stick to a daily budget. We take travelers checks and budget no more than 200.00 a day (if its a day at sea, just 100.00). I go to guest services almost every night and pay up. I love having a zero balance at the end of every day.

My other tip is don't buy the 6x8 photo package. They just don't take enough of this size anymore, so its not worth it.

If this is your first cruise, don't be tempted to buy everything in the gift stores. We were on our first 4 day cruise last year, and I spent over 1000.00 that cruise! And it was all because "I thought we would never be back". Oh was I wrong. We booked a 7 day very soon after that. I spent much less on the 7 day.

The quality of the clothes they sell are excellent. Even if its expensive, buy at least one casual top, you'll live in it the whole Summer. Love my DCL clothes. I guess thats not a savings tip, but don't be afraid to spend that money, its well worth the cost.

Sue (mom of 3 boys!)
07-24-2006, 07:38 AM
Don't spend any money on food-like outside the theaters, or the stateroom celebrations you can pre-order. There is so much to eat on board I can't imagine ever being hungry. You can always get food and bring it in to watch a movie. The same goes for soda-get it at the deck 9 drink station (I think it costs $ at the bars?).

Give your kids a pre-determined spending limit, and when it's gone, it's gone. We do this with our kids. They have to pay for everything they want (we pay for the excursions and major tips). It's amazing how smoothies are less desirable when they have to pay for them, and they really think about what souveniers they want before they get them.

We also ckeck our stateroom account each night. Sometimes if you know how much you are spending, it's easier to slow down.

musicgirl
07-24-2006, 07:57 AM
I'm going to try to stay away from the "froo-froo" drinks. I probably on had may be 10-12 the entire trip, but there really isn't that much alcohol in them anyway with tons more calories!!! They are actually reasonably priced compared to restaruants.

When you are in port, we always find a way to eat on board rather than somewhere in the port. Of course if it is an all day outing....and even then an excursion will probably include some kind of food. Why pay in port when the food on the ship is "free"!!! :rotfl2:

Look for the clearance items, especially on the first night! Usually they are on a rack, but sometimes they put them in the regular sections. I got a sweatshirt jacket last time for $20 and sweatpants for $20 this time. Both are normally around $50+++.

I agree with Lisa, don't buy on the spur of the moment. Come back later, you'll find that you probably don't want it as much later. I do that in stores all the time.

Laurajean1014
07-24-2006, 08:20 AM
Don't go out of your room :teeth:

lillygator
07-24-2006, 08:27 AM
I have to agree with the food and the stateroom celebrations....we ordered dessert platter with champagne and it really went to waste - well the food anyway - we were stuffed from lunch and couldn't eat any more!!

crisi
07-24-2006, 08:35 AM
Watch excursions. I think that is where the money adds up really fast. Entertain yourself in port - walk around town, find things to do that are cheap or free. Consider bringing your own snorkle equipment to cc - definately bring your own airmattress and sandpail!

KimK2006
07-24-2006, 10:01 AM
1. Bring your own beer/alcohol.

2. Give your kids Disney Dollars for Christmas/Birthdays. My kids knew any extras (arcade games, toys, smoothies, etc.) had to by paid for with "their" money. They were a lot more thrifty with their own money than with mine!

3. Don't buy the picture package at first. Set aside all of your pictures and look at them the last night. You couldn't buy a package that was a combination of 8x10's AND 6x8's. I didn't have enough of each size that I wanted to buy a package of either size. I just bought one 8x10 and two 6x8's. If I would have bought the package at first like they encourage you to do, I would have spent money on pictures I didn't really need!

lbgraves
07-24-2006, 10:06 AM
3. Don't buy the picture package at first. Set aside all of your pictures and look at them the last night. You couldn't buy a package that was a combination of 8x10's AND 6x8's. I didn't have enough of each size that I wanted to buy a package of either size. I just bought one 8x10 and two 6x8's. If I would have bought the package at first like they encourage you to do, I would have spent money on pictures I didn't really need!

If you end up not using a package, they will give you a refund at the end of the cruise. :)

mattmommy
07-24-2006, 10:10 AM
I went with a group of 14 so there were many "group" pictures I wanted along with the "kid" pictures. I went in halfsies with my aunt of the pictures. Try to get with somebody in your group to do this.

I limited myself to only a few (3) virgin pina coladas.

We did spend on excursions for GC and Cozumel. We bought our own snorkel gear for cc. We spend the day on the ship at Key West. I figured I might get back to KW, but not the other ports.

We mailed our snorkels and snacks down. Although adults are usually full, you'll see how quickly kids get hungry when they see the candy and popcorn concessions on the way in to see a show. The prices make AMC and Loews seem like a bargain.

Trixiezzz
07-24-2006, 10:20 AM
.....We mailed our snorkels and snacks down. ......

Please tell me how you did this. I'd love to take care of some bigger stuff this way.

What is the address?

How do you label your package?

Thanks!

Marypoppinsiam
07-24-2006, 11:07 AM
We are bringing our own liquior. All I need is a bottle of rum and while at St. maarten I will buy a bottle of guavaberry. Add it to lemonade or coke what ever you like.

I agree about the picture packages. Wait until the end of the cruise to decide. Many of my digital pictures look as good if not better than the professional ones.

The gift shops can get you so I would go in and look the first night to decide what you really want and then go back later in the cruise to see if you still really want it. They typically don't run out of things.

Now CC is a different matter all together. We did buy shirts there because that is the only place you can get CC items.

dizneykids
07-24-2006, 11:31 AM
My other tip is don't buy the 6x8 photo package. They just don't take enough of this size anymore, so its not worth it.

When did this happen? When we last went (last year, in June), they were still taking primarily 6x8 candids and only the formal pics were 8x10 or whatever.

Can someone who has been on the cruise recently post the current package prices?

lillygator
07-24-2006, 12:04 PM
Pretend there is Rum in your coke. Seriously, on our cruise there was a guy I came to know that always had a rum and coke beside him. Turns out it was only coke in a bar glass to keep from getting asked so often by friends and staff if he would like a drink.



Or you could always bring your own bottle of rum to liven up that Coke....would even add to the pirate costume!! ;)

mmouse37
07-24-2006, 12:55 PM
Please tell me how you did this. I'd love to take care of some bigger stuff this way.

What is the address?

How do you label your package?

Thanks!

The shipping info is listed under the FAQ thread at the top of the page....that thread should be able to answer all your questions.

Andrew DEREK UK
07-24-2006, 01:20 PM
Pre pay a bit at a time, pre order yourself a wine or two so it feels free when you get there, You doent want ot worry about money and staeroom bills so put a credit on your account before you go, then it all seems to be FREE!

lbgraves
07-24-2006, 01:21 PM
When did this happen? When we last went (last year, in June), they were still taking primarily 6x8 candids and only the formal pics were 8x10 or whatever.

Can someone who has been on the cruise recently post the current package prices?

They have been printing the pictures with borders that make them 8x10. The embarkation shot is one example and the character shots on CC that use to be 6x8 have borders as well. Did they not do this on your cruise?

lbgraves
07-24-2006, 01:24 PM
Please tell me how you did this. I'd love to take care of some bigger stuff this way.

What is the address?

How do you label your package?

Thanks!

The information you need to do this is in the FAQ thread near the top of this forum. :)

Maxicat
07-24-2006, 04:46 PM
Can you bring snacks on board for the movies? I'm bringing a soft sided cooler with a water in it. I was thinking of putting M&Ms and snack bags in with it. Can't wait to get on board our first cruise this weekend!

Linda pixiedust: DH pirate:

DD15 :sunny: DD12 :artist: DD9 princess: DS6 :bounce:

ibouncetoo
07-24-2006, 07:59 PM
Can you bring snacks on board for the movies? I'm bringing a soft sided cooler with a water in it. I was thinking of putting M&Ms and snack bags in with it. Can't wait to get on board our first cruise this weekend!

Linda pixiedust: DH pirate:

DD15 :sunny: DD12 :artist: DD9 princess: DS6 :bounce:

Yes, but bring them in their original packaging, unopened. Once you are on the ship if you want to divide them up into separate baggies for each child to take to the theater, you can do that.

cruisinthecarribean
07-24-2006, 08:27 PM
I paid for the shore excursions way before the cruise, so it "felt" like it was not a cruise expense. NO tiki drinks, brought on my own wine. Absolutely buy your own snorkle gear, Disney charges an obscene amount on CC to rent theirs.

bbaltes
07-24-2006, 11:07 PM
KEEP THE INFO COMIN! I'm frantically taking notes from all you experienced cruisers!

wildernessgirl
07-24-2006, 11:41 PM
For our up coming Oct. cruise,we have paid for the cruise already, BUT I have been adding money to our ship board credit little by little. SO when our cruise comes around, we won't feel sooooooo overwhelmed with the bill. I have enough on our credit for the premiere wine package ( I love wine and this package is the best for the money. I've gone to the stores around here to see what the prices are around here and the premiere package is ACTUALLY the best for the money!) and all the tips for the crew members so far. (it's the tips that get me in the end, we do ok with charging, but it's the $100 plus tips at the end that add up! We are a family of 5). All I do is email my TA (DREAMS UNLIMITED, YEAH!!!) and tell her how much I'm adding to our ship board credit and she charges the credit card that amount. Then I pay off our credit card before the cruise. This is the first time I have done this, but I'm thinking that SO FAR I'm ahead of the game this trip. Knowing that I have the "big costs" paid for is a load off my mind. We get a shipboard credit since we rebooked on our last cruise, so in my thinking ahead, that credit will be used for the "fun" of shopping or drinks and Flounder's (that is if I can't get me youngest fully potty trained!). I know that I will probably spend more, but I have time to add more ship board credit to my account.

Just another idea. Hopefully this will work out great! By the way,I got this tip from these boards! Aren't they great!!!

Lindy Loo
07-25-2006, 03:06 AM
Pack glow stixs and necklaces etc and take with you.

Buy your pirate gear from E Bay, or a dollar type shop.

down load your digital camera card, before you cruise, and buy a spare card to take with you. We will then down load all the pictures when we get off the ship. The spare card, is *** I kow I will take lots of photos, and Im not sure if Shutters would sell all the types of cards????

Frye7127
07-25-2006, 12:35 PM
Does anybody know if you can purchase the Disney gift cards and use them onboard as a credit to charge against. I thought about doing this, just purchasing cards and adding to them and by the time we cruised, I should have enough money for incidentals. Does anybody know? The lady at the Disney store said she thought you could, but was not sure.

txaggie94gigem
07-25-2006, 01:18 PM
i laugh about the smoothies!!!!

on deck 9 you can get fruit, chocolate syrup, ice cream, and milk all for free but to have them blend it together is $4.00!!! we just packed our mini blender and made them ourselves in all different flavors...the kids thought it was fun ( and gave them a way to burn energy running up to deck 9 for more ingredients!!!) :rotfl:

we last cruised in october 2005 and at that time the character photos and embarkation shots were all 6x8, even with the border...did that change by the dec cruise???

another idea for the gift shop....buy a DCL frame without the year on it so that you can just add a new picture each time you cruise instead of anew frame each time....

te arcade is a waste of $$$$...especially on the magic since they now have the extra games on deck 2!!!

buy the drink of the day or watch for happy hour specials of buy 1 get 1 free!

the glow necklaces are really cheap on ebay....i bought 1000 bracelets that can connect to make necklaces or be used at swizzle sticks on ebay for $50....i use them for everything and i still have about 500 left....they also make great nightlites in the room since they glow for at least 12 hours!!!!

Marypoppinsiam
07-25-2006, 03:55 PM
Great idea about the smoothies. I have one of those mini stick blenders and that would be so easy to accomplish. :thumbsup2

Maxicat
07-25-2006, 04:07 PM
Glow necklaces/bracelets--excellent! I love Disboards!

Linda pixiedust:, DH pirate:

DD15 :sunny: DD12 :artist: DD9 princess: DS6 :bounce:

mott
07-25-2006, 05:41 PM
i laugh about the smoothies!!!!

buy the drink of the day or watch for happy hour specials of buy 1 get 1 free!




I have a question, I remember hearing the 2 for 1 offer on CC but I've never seen/heard that special onboard - where do I find out when/where these will be?

Thanks!

KimK2006
07-25-2006, 06:05 PM
On our at sea day, it was very cloudy. Once the rain started, they announced 2-for-1 margaritas while it was raining. All other drinks we had previously ordered seemed very light on the alcohol. The margaritas were very strong. I guess they wanted to keep everyone happy during the rain. It worked!!

2angelsinheaven
07-25-2006, 06:07 PM
As far as the movies/shows, you could always get snacks from deck 9 to bring down with you. That would save some money, or if you know someone in the group just needs that chocolate fix while watching a movie pick up a few boxes ahead of time.

We ended up with a $700 or so bill on our 4 nighter, if I could only take my own advice...lol!

Float My Boat
07-25-2006, 07:59 PM
Does anybody know if you can purchase the Disney gift cards and use them onboard as a credit to charge against. I thought about doing this, just purchasing cards and adding to them and by the time we cruised, I should have enough money for incidentals. Does anybody know? The lady at the Disney store said she thought you could, but was not sure.
Disney no longer owns the Disney stores. I would be cautious of that advice unless verified by DCL.

KimK2006
07-26-2006, 09:32 AM
I bought Disney Dollars at the Disney Store to give to my kids for birthdays, Christmas, etc. and they used them on the cruise. I am not sure about the gift card, but Disney Dollars do work!

Disneefun
07-26-2006, 11:37 AM
Does anybody know if you can purchase the Disney gift cards and use them onboard as a credit to charge against. I thought about doing this, just purchasing cards and adding to them and by the time we cruised, I should have enough money for incidentals. Does anybody know? The lady at the Disney store said she thought you could, but was not sure.

From disneygiftcard.com (click on "Use the Card" to get to the information):

"The Disney Gift Card can be used to apply payment toward your shipboard account during your cruise, so you can use it to purchase Spa Treatments, Shore Excursions, Photographs at Shutters and onboard Merchandise. You can also use your Disney Gift Card towards your Disney Cruise Line reservation."

HTH

bbaltes
07-26-2006, 05:48 PM
bump.....

PMelhorn
07-26-2006, 11:03 PM
I check the Dollar Tree a few times before we go on a cruise. It seems like I can alway pick up the glow necklaces/ bracelets for a dollar (2 necklaces and 2 bracelet in a pack). Plus alot other stuff....over the door shoe holder, disney coloring books, sand toys and so on.