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Emme
08-18-2005, 02:29 PM
I need your help please... We have the free dining so lunch and dinner are taken care of, breakfast will probably be a breakfast bar in the room. we aren't big breakfast eaters. So how much extra should I bring? Can you think of any "hidden" costs I should be aware of other than souvenirs and an occasional drink?

Think hard everyone and please be specific in your amounts so we can be prepared. Thank you so much!

Emmy :wave2:

thelionqueen
08-18-2005, 02:54 PM
How many are in your family..adults & Kids? That makes a difference in my opinion. Also your own personal spending habits will make other estimates off. But, all that said, here is what we budget.

We are a family of 4 (2 adults 2 DS's 4 & 8). The main considerations for extra $$ for us are.

1. Rental Car
2. Refillable Mugs (@ resort $13.00 each)
3. Souvenirs - I budget $10 per day per person some days we spend more,
some less
4. Dole Whips/Fresh Dole Pineapple Juice - These are a MUST HAVE for all
of us. If we are at MK we budget an extra $30.00 for Dole..not
incl. :smooth:
5. Wal-Mart items. We always make a stop at Wal-mart before we check-in
to the room. We buy beach toys, towels, food (mostly breakfast) post
cards and other extras. Usually around $50.00
6. Photpass photos. We try to wait until we get home, but usually don't, so I
budget $30.00 on photos.
7. Extra snacks. We all tend to eat 2 snacks per day (popcorn & ice cream
since only 1 snack is included, we budget $12 per day extra.
8. Kids Clubs. My kids LOVE the kids clubs (almost more than anything else
at Disney) so we have to MAJOR budget for 2 stays during our 10 day trip.
For 2 clubs, 2 nights 5 hours each is $200.00. Much worth it, but big $$
9. Water parks if you don't have option on pass. We have it on our passes
but they are a MUST DO, if you have it or not..our family of 4 $95.00

Basically, we budge $150.00 per day above and beyond "prepaid" costs (rental car, room, tickets & food) which is not a ton, but enough for us.

Good luck!!

Emme
08-18-2005, 06:45 PM
Thanks Lionqueen!! Anyone else have any hidden costs that you can think of? Thanks!

hercamore
08-18-2005, 08:11 PM
Cash for tolls if you're driving from the airport.

Cash for misc at departing airport ....snacks, maybe.

herc.

LisaRay
08-18-2005, 08:45 PM
Well I am pretty cheap and we have been so many times that we don't require alot of souvineers so here are the things I can think of.

Tolls as mentioned above
walmart trip $25 ( just some breakfast stuff and bottled water & misc.)
gas for rental car
egg roll from the cart in adventureland at MK $2.50 each. Yum!
any additional sodas or waters especially if it is hot!
arcade for kids at hotel!! we spent at least $20-$30 in here and the best time is during the day when everyone is at the parks.
something from the barkery or the candy shop as they are not snacks on the plan.
water mice rental, or surrey bike rental
ride photos or when you enter the park pics.

Basically what I do is have a food budget ( before the meal plan) and a souvie budget and anything else I just charge to the room. I keep this within reason of course and just always plan an extra $100-$200 for those misc. things. Like the pics or just small little things that I am not thinking about when planning. Gives me a little buffer. It usually is closer to $100 than not and by allowing that buffer of things not planned for it allows me to say yes to some smaller things that I hadn't thought of ahead of time.

Colinsmom
08-18-2005, 10:10 PM
Tips for the hotel staff - bellmen, Mousekeeping (some do it, some don't) - and ME folks.

becca011906
08-18-2005, 10:46 PM
Good thread i'm looking for our hiddend costs too! :) We are leaving in 2 weeks and still trying to get out budget down...
I'm thinking
$100 a day on food in parks or out of park resturants (w/ breakfast in room)
$50 as spending $ in the parks for 5 days
$250 for gas downt here and back
$25 for food at walmart once we are there (taking LOTS with us)
This is $1025 but still have $2000 saved back and already bought tics so what eles will we spend $ on???

crafter23
08-19-2005, 03:51 AM
This is a great thread! We leave Tuesday .. flying down but my husband is already down there with the car. We're sort of on a budget, and I was trying to figure out what extras we needed money for.

Quick question though -- what is the kids club and where does it take place? Our daughter is 5, it's her first trip to Disney (and she doesn't know we're going yet!)

thanks!
:flower:

luvthatdisney
08-19-2005, 07:58 AM
The only other things we spent money on (just returned on 08/13) was our trip to Universal Studios/IOA. We did only have to buy 1 adult 1 day 2 park ticket and upgrade an old 1 day 2 park child ticket to an adult ticket. Then we had to buy food for 5 adults (lunch and dinner) about $200 for the day as DD got a hair wrap done there. Oh, we also bought the pictures made at the Spirit of Aloha dinner show was about $26 (get 2 big pictures a few wallet size and a keychain picture).

We didnt get alot of souviners (sp???) but did buy myself and DH a mickey watch (both of us had our birthdays while we were there) so that was about $150 for both. We also gave many extra tips over the amount of the dining plan tip. We had excellent service everywhere we went. The only place we didnt tip extra was at Hollywood and Vine as it was a buffet and she only brought us drinks twice. She did get a tip from the plan! We also tipped our Wishes Cruise driver $30 (had the birthday cruise $220). He was excellent! We spent about $1500 for the week.

Oh, that $1500 does include a $65 pair of school shoes for my DS (age 15). We went to a skateboard shop (Galactic G - if anyone is interested very reasonable prices) one day for the boys and we ahead and got his shoes as I could not get them that cheap at home or on the internet.

Gosh,

ziggystardust
08-19-2005, 02:17 PM
We also have the dining plan. The major extra that we are alloting for is alcohol. We are 2- 20 somethings with no kids and plan on having fun. So that is a big budget killer for us, but hey its a vacation. We've also been a few times in the recent years so we don't go as crazy with the souvies, but we aren't going to stop ourselves from buying something we love.

Tnkrbelle565
08-19-2005, 03:16 PM
We having Dining Plan too:

We budget about $300 for spending for 4 days. But we plan to bring home so stuff for DD and have an evening out at Pleasure Island. We also spend $$ on photos in the park, tips, and may want to buy an extra snack/drink.

Goobergal99
08-19-2005, 06:41 PM
In the end we are going to bring $950 for misc spending (we have the MYW with free dining too) I figure this will covers mousekeeping, bellman tips, a lil extra tip at the resturaunts, breakfast, refillable mugs,locker rentals at the water parks and any other lil souvenir we may want to buy. We will definently be hitting the everything under $10 store :flower:

Oh BTW, we are four ppl (me, Dh, dd and dsil) DH and I are paying for everyones mug and breakfast as well as tips and all that jazz. DD has her own $150 of disney dollars and dsil is bringing her own spending money :flower:

disgram
08-19-2005, 08:09 PM
don't know if you have people at home that you want to check in with but I would also include a calling card if you don't have a cell phone. Cannot beleive how many times we called to check on the house and pets while we were in the World. :wave:

marcyinPA
08-19-2005, 11:37 PM
Also on the dining plan here...the only extra money I'm bringing along is $100 in cash for tips and stuff like that, and the nearly $300 I have in rewards points from my Disney Visa.

We'll use the rewards for souvies, and "adult beverages", and an occassional snack that is not on the included list.

There are 4 of us...2 adults and 2 kids. Both kids will probably have $30 of their own money to spend too.

pamouselover
08-19-2005, 11:45 PM
We also are on the dining plan and I have budget $ 500.00 and the kids both have $100.00 disney dollars for our six night stay.
We plan on eating breakfast or dinner with the dinning plan and snacking on snacks from home and fruit for lunch.
:earboy2: I cant waite ONE MORE MONTH!

powellrj
08-20-2005, 08:22 AM
parking for your car at your home airport. We use to travel every year with a couple that would be counting loose change every year to get their car out of airport parking! Also make sure you have enough gas in your car when you leave it to get it home from the airport (yes it happened to the same couple)

Kira G.
08-20-2005, 09:22 AM
I don't think anyone has mentioned renting a stroller. I would recommend a stroller for anyone with kids 5 or 6 & under - SO much walking!

If you prepay for all the days you will be there the first time you rent the stroller you save a bit of money, 10% or something. You also time because you don't have to stand in the line every morning.

sabrinadv1
08-20-2005, 10:00 AM
Does anyone know what the stroller prices are? We have a 6, 2, and 1 year old. I am thinking umbrella stroller for the oldest and rent a double stroller for the other two. Do ya'll know how much that would be for four days?

Emme
08-20-2005, 10:09 AM
We also are on the dining plan and I have budget $ 500.00 and the kids both have $100.00 disney dollars for our six night stay.
We plan on eating breakfast or dinner with the dinning plan and snacking on snacks from home and fruit for lunch.
:earboy2: I cant waite ONE MORE MONTH!


Just a reminder you get a counter service lunch with the dining plan and a snack everyday is included as well.

pamouselover
08-20-2005, 10:41 PM
Just a reminder you get a counter service lunch with the dining plan and a snack everyday is included as well.
Thanks! Yes, we are going to use the counter service for breakfast or dinner, depending on were we eat.
We either have a TS for breakfast or dinner, and then use the counter service for the other meal that day.

crelange
08-20-2005, 10:49 PM
I don't think you will spend $100 per day on food if you are on the dining plan, do you? We are going for a week and I was thinking we may spend $500 tops on any additional food we need, tips and any gifts we buy. Am I way off base?

Also, I was not planning on bringing much cash. Wouldn't it be better to just charge it to our room and pay it with a credit card when we check out?

Chris

deacondarlin
09-01-2005, 06:29 PM
This thread is making me feel MUCH better :cool1: I was concerned because DH (28) and I (24) had only budgeted around $250 in extra spending money. We already have refillable mugs (yes, I know you're not supposed to use them, but my parents went in June and told us to take them....yes, I understand there are some people that think I'm an awful person...I'm highly aware of the chastisments to come, please don't fuss at me!) and aren't much on souviners, and have the free dining plan. My dad offered to drive us to the airport and pick us up (my little car is MUCH better on gas than his truck, so he'll use it for the week), and we're using Magical Express all the way....and now I think we'll be fine! *Whew*

scrapperjill
09-02-2005, 01:41 AM
Locker use also...I think they're around $5 a day. Not that everyone would need a locker...but if think you might...Were going and planning on getting a locker for our DD MNSSHP costume...I'd hate to tote it around the park ALL day long....

The last thing I read about strollers...listed the stroller rentals at around $7per day. I think you also get a buck or two back at the end of the day if you return it.

icebaby
09-02-2005, 02:10 AM
add about $2-5/day depending on room size and amount of people in the room. . .

justplaingoofy
09-13-2005, 09:14 AM
just saw under magically speakings newsletter that they have added Fantasmic and candlelite to the dining plan :Pinkbounc

MUFFYCAT
09-13-2005, 12:13 PM
We had the dining plan last month. There is so much food in the plan you can't eat it all. I doubt you will be buying extra snacks.
Our cash expenses were:
drinks, sunglasses (we forgot at home), extra film, photopass, water from Walmart for the frig in the hotel room, cab to & from airport at home,
alcohol drinks usually at dinner (about $10.00 each night)
We charged our car rental and any souvenir or shirts we bought at the stores.
It was the first time we came home with half the money we arrived with.
We stayed concierge and had breakfast at the hotel each day.

For 9 days we spend about $450.00 which includes $120.00 for the cab at home.

madge
09-13-2005, 12:43 PM
I think strollers are $10/single and $18/double per day.

WendyMichaelJohn
09-15-2005, 12:45 PM
Wow, we have MUCH less set aside for spending, and we're not even on the dining plan. We'll have a full breakfast in the room (in a villa.) I consider that part of our regular grocery budget because we'd be eating the same breakfast at home.

We'll also make a second meal, either late lunch, late dinner, snacks in the villa.

So we plan on one meal a day at the parks, plus two snacks. We don't plan on any sit downs except for one character breakfast. So we've budgeted that dh and I will have the most expensive counter service meal each time ($10 each) plus a drink and a snack each day (we'll also have snacks in our bag just in case) and a kids meal and a snack and drink for each child each day. That puts us at about $55 each day for food. We are using MME each way. So we have $385 for food. Each child has $50 for souvies and dh and I will almost certainly limit ourselves to one simple item. So our total for our 10 day trip is approximately $500. That's including food. We'll have an extra $500 just in case.

To the person who thought it might be better to charge to your room rather than just use cash: if you've got cash, use it, if you don't plan on paying that card off right away. Who wants to pay finance charges on a Mickey bar? ;)

Shel

HayGan
09-15-2005, 01:04 PM
To the person who thought it might be better to charge to your room rather than just use cash: if you've got cash, use it, if you don't plan on paying that card off right away. Who wants to pay finance charges on a Mickey bar? ;)

Shel

I believe that they meant that it is easier to carry around your room key and use that to charge things in the park than carrying around a bunch of cash. You can settle your bill at the resort with the cash/travelers checks/credit cards when you check out. Or I believe that you can give the resort (you are staying at) cash to use as a credit throughout the park. It doesn't necessarily mean that you are charging to a credit card your :mickeybar

:flower:

disgram
09-15-2005, 01:15 PM
We look forward to our trips and we save as much as we can leading up to them. These trips are our one big splurge every other year. When we go, we want to enjoy ourselves. We are getting the dining plan for our next trip but even without it, we would have enough money to go and enjoy. We will be buying whatever we want because all of us have saved for the opertunity (sp) to do so. We will have an emergancy fund but other than that,,we go to enjoy ourselves. I hope to have 2000$ to spend by August. My DD will have close to 500$ to spend. What isn't spent, comes home and goes into the jar for the next trip. We are not rich by any means, and we stay at the moderates because we like them, but we love WDW and I just don't see why anyone would want to skimp on this particular vacation. We want our DD to have great and wonderful memories of these times and being told NO all the time just doesn't fit in there. Are we wrong?????? :confused3
Sorry this is so long.

BethR
09-15-2005, 01:16 PM
I don't know exactly how much we will bring, but we tend to be on the lower end when it comes to cash.

I want to get some 5's and 1's for additional tipping, if warranted. And for tolls, etc. Perhaps for a food cart or two that does not take credit cards.

Almost everything else I will use a credit card for. (We pay it off entirely when the bill is due.) For Dole Whips and souveniers - whatever else we need - at the parks or at Wal-Mart. I find that so much easier than worrying about how much cash to carry. And then I am accumulating points for our NEXT trip! :)

HayGan
09-15-2005, 01:24 PM
We look forward to our trips and we save as much as we can leading up to them. These trips are our one big splurge every other year. When we go, we want to enjoy ourselves. We are getting the dining plan for our next trip but even without it, we would have enough money to go and enjoy. We will be buying whatever we want because all of us have saved for the opertunity (sp) to do so. We will have an emergancy fund but other than that,,we go to enjoy ourselves. I hope to have 2000$ to spend by August. My DD will have close to 500$ to spend. What isn't spent, comes home and goes into the jar for the next trip. We are not rich by any means, and we stay at the moderates because we like them, but we love WDW and I just don't see why anyone would want to skimp on this particular vacation. We want our DD to have great and wonderful memories of these times and being told NO all the time just doesn't fit in there. Are we wrong??????

Personally, I can't imagine saying yes or allowing my kids to purchase every single thing that they see and want to buy. We would end up with alot of expensive junk that would get thrown in a corner or drawer. But if that is what you like to do then by all means go for it! Disney is a huge expense for many families. It takes alot of saving just to afford the trip itself let alone all the merchandise that is in your face while you are in the parks. I certainly feel that you can have a wonderful vacation filled with wonderful memories and not a ton of souvineers. Most people have budgets that they need to follow and I don't see any reason to question anyone for having to travel that way. :sad2:

rocky41102
09-15-2005, 01:26 PM
We just got back from Disney and had the dining plan. Including tips, alcohol, and souvenirs, we spent about $125 out of pocket. We were there for 5 nights and it was just the 2 of us. However, we didn't buy the refillable mugs-no point since we would have only used it for coffee and we had a coffeemaker in the room. We used disney transportation so there was no car rental or other fees. Also, we did not buy any extra food because we ate so much from the dining plan we weren't hungry at all any other time. We brought snack food and breakfast type food with us.

Also, we were told tips for the Magical Express drivers were included in the service and paid by Disney-same with the restaurant servers. We left tips for mousekeeping each day.

WendyMichaelJohn
09-15-2005, 01:42 PM
Personally, I can't imagine saying yes or allowing my kids to purchase every single thing that they see and want to buy. We would end up with alot of expensive junk that would get thrown in a corner or drawer. But if that is what you like to do then by all means go for it! Disney is a huge expense for many families. It takes alot of saving just to afford the trip itself let alone all the merchandise that is in your face while you are in the parks. I certainly feel that you can have a wonderful vacation filled with wonderful memories and not a ton of souvineers. Most people have budgets that they need to follow and I don't see any reason to question anyone for having to travel that way. :sad2:


I agree with the pp. First, we wouldn't have to be constantly saying "no" because my dd doesn't ask a lot. She's just used to not being indulged. And even if we do have to say no at times, no big deal. I'm her mom at home and I'm her mom on vacation, so she's still subject to rules and restrictions, one of those being that she can't have everything she wants. She just has to accept that vacation is not a fantasy world where mom's rules at home suddenly don't apply.

The perk of this is that the vacation doesn't become a big spending trip for her. It's about the rides, about being together, etc. Just because we limit ourselves doesn't mean that we won't have a good time. We're still at WDW. :) Plus, I agree about the stuff ending up in a throw-out pile. I don't buy dd everything she'd like because I ask myself, "Will this end up unused or in the garage sale bin?" :) She tends to have um, tacky taste, so she likes the shiniest, flashiest, and most often junkiest things she sees. Too much junk for too much money. When she's limited in her spending, she makes much wiser choices. (She's 4, but she is actually pretty responsible in her piggy bank spending, lol!)

Again, it is your vacation. Enjoy it as you wish! :Pinkbounc If you're meeting your financial obligations, saving for your dd's future and you can afford to splurge, then do so. We just know that if we wanted to, we could spend $5000 in one week there. But for us, we would rather put it to other use.

Shel

stschaefer
09-15-2005, 01:49 PM
Refillable mugs: $11.99/piece
collectors popcorn bucket for kids - $3.95
Dole Whip - $4
Snacks in Epcot bakeries - $2-$5
photos from rides - $14-$18/piece
photopass - wait till you get home
occasional glass from dinner - $5-8
pictures from Chef Mickey - $14-$25
box of potato head Disney pieces at DTD - $21
mickey ears - $8
autograph books - $7

All depends on what you want out of it. If no souveniers and stick to the snacks you could theoretically get by with no out of pocket. Enjoy your trip!!!

deadhedjen
09-15-2005, 01:55 PM
We look forward to our trips and we save as much as we can leading up to them. These trips are our one big splurge every other year. When we go, we want to enjoy ourselves. We are getting the dining plan for our next trip but even without it, we would have enough money to go and enjoy. We will be buying whatever we want because all of us have saved for the opertunity (sp) to do so. We will have an emergancy fund but other than that,,we go to enjoy ourselves. I hope to have 2000$ to spend by August. My DD will have close to 500$ to spend. What isn't spent, comes home and goes into the jar for the next trip. We are not rich by any means, and we stay at the moderates because we like them, but we love WDW and I just don't see why anyone would want to skimp on this particular vacation. We want our DD to have great and wonderful memories of these times and being told NO all the time just doesn't fit in there. Are we wrong?????? :confused3
Sorry this is so long.

What works for one family may not necessarily work for all families. We all save up what we can reasonably afford to spend and leave a little room for the "extras". If you are able to have $2500 to spend on souvies then more power to you. But to say that those who can't let their kids have unlimited spending, or have to tell their kids "NO" won't have "wonderful memories" is kind of harsh IMHO.

I've told my kids "no" plenty while we were at Disney. Actually I say "no, maybe next time". They still have a wonderful time and have plenty of "wonderful memories" from our trip. Our Disney scrapbook gets dragged out so many times during the rest of the year with all 4 kids piled together on the couch re-living their stay there. It is why we go back time and again.

And not once have I ever heard from any of my 4 kids "do you remember when mommy said "no" we couldn't have that". Instead I hear them say "I remember going on Tower of Terror over and over...remember you got us all those fast passes mom???" And "remember when Stitch took my hat mom?", and remember this mom, remember that mom.....

Jennifer. :flower:

disgram
09-15-2005, 01:55 PM
Sorry If I gave the impression that my DD never hears the word NO...She will have her OWN money and can spend it any way that she wants. She is very mature for her 13 years, is very careful how she spends her money because she is the one that has saved it. I do not just give it to her.
I agree that it takes alot to save for these trips and when we go, we want to eat where we want and do the things that we want. That is why we save to go. We don't take many trips thru out the year between our trips to WDW. This year I have had 4 days at my son's. That is the extent of my vacation. But now next year, I will be at my favorite place and I want to have fun!! What money is left over will be put away for the next trip with my Granddaughters in 2008 at Christmas time. They will have a good trip and so will I.

WendyMichaelJohn
09-15-2005, 02:09 PM
Sorry If I gave the impression that my DD never hears the word NO...She will have her OWN money and can spend it any way that she wants. She is very mature for her 13 years, is very careful how she spends her money because she is the one that has saved it. I do not just give it to her.
I agree that it takes alot to save for these trips and when we go, we want to eat where we want and do the things that we want. That is why we save to go. We don't take many trips thru out the year between our trips to WDW. This year I have had 4 days at my son's. That is the extent of my vacation. But now next year, I will be at my favorite place and I want to have fun!! What money is left over will be put away for the next trip with my Granddaughters in 2008 at Christmas time. They will have a good trip and so will I.


I think some families may only spend $150 on souvenirs and still feel like they had fun and got everything they wanted. As for food, we love food, but we are people who don't eat out much, so even counter service is a bit of a treat. We're ride lovers at heart, so we don't really like to spend a lot of time in full-service restaurants. So for us to spend $2500, we would really probably actually have to work at it. So a full, splurging vacation to us just costs a bit less. We do however like interior hallways and monorail/boat transportation, so we're staying deluxe. It's all a matter of priorities. We could have gone full moderate or value and had more to spend on food and souvenirs, but that's not where our priorities are for our trip.

I think it is really an individual thing.


As for saying "no," what I meant is that saying "no" to dd on the trip won't be a memories-killer because she just isn't phased by it. So having to tell her no just won't affect her memories of the trip in the least.

JMO

Shel

justplaingoofy
09-15-2005, 02:38 PM
can someone please tell me what these dole whips are, and where to get them? Sounds like I need to have one...
My usual "must have" is an icecream cookie sandwich at Main St. Bakery! Chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream... yumm

stschaefer
09-15-2005, 02:42 PM
Dole Whip is a sweet combination of pineapple and ice cream - come in ice cream or float with pineapple juice. Find it across from Swiss Family Robinson Tree house. First place I had one was at Dole Plantation in Hawaii and was great!!!

Delilah Bleu
09-15-2005, 02:47 PM
I was planning to bring about $500 for souvenirs, snacks and food not included on the plan. My DD (8) will have about $80 of her own money to spend on whatever she would like (not food or snacks as I will pay for that). I am sure she will think about the things that she wants since she earned that money!

Hope73
09-15-2005, 03:41 PM
We stayed at the Poly last year and are returning again in Jan 06. I really tried to save money past the meal plan. I bought one mug which our family shared at our resort. The kids liked running up and filling it. I think it is crazy to see a family of 5 buy muge for each kid and adult. Alcohol you can buy really expensive drinks or beer at the bars or we just bought canned beer at the resort which turned our to only be 2.00 per can and had that by the pool. With the meal plan you got so much food at the counter restaurants that we shared with the kids. Every morning I would go down to the walk in restaurant at Poly and order 2 of the largest meals that were included in the plan and take them back to the room and share. I think we all bought one shirt, kids 15.00 each and my husband and I bought nice sweat shirts that were 50 each. One thing we didn't do were the pins that can get so expensive or for the girls they have these crown things that you snap things onto. I let the kids look all they wanted and just said we can't get them. My kids were so excited about the rides and all of the other things the didn't care.

Make sure to make reservations ahead of time and for many character dinners and your kids won't miss all of the extra stuff you can easily blow money on.

In the delux resorts you can have a fridge for free and keep stuff in there.

There are plenty of WalGreen's to buy food at or I have heard of people ordering food from grocery stores and having it sent to the hotel.

I think you can do without the rental car wiht the ME.

For you Young-ins bring beer with you to the hotel.

Hope73
09-15-2005, 03:44 PM
I first had Dole whip in Hawaii and when I saw it at MK I was like we have to get this and the largest serving. My husband thought I was nuts then ate most of it. Must try

madge
09-15-2005, 03:58 PM
We want our DD to have great and wonderful memories of these times and being told NO all the time just doesn't fit in there. Are we wrong??????

Wrong? That's not for me to decide. Only you can know what is best for your family.

Great and wonderful memories do not necessarily mean buying things. Pictures are fantastic memories...

For example--DD3 & DS9 love to collect autographs. We do the pictures, the autograph books, etc. In April, I had quite a bit of white cardstock left over from an old project. I had the paper bound into a spiral bound book (cost about $1) and used that to collect our autographs. When we got home, I made a scrapbook out of the autographs & pics. It is one of the most treasured souvenirs from the trip.

agotta
09-15-2005, 04:18 PM
We are planning around $200 not counting if we decide to rent a car. We aren't on the dining plan the first night so we have some OOP there. It is just DH and I. There are 2 other meals on our last day that will be OOP and a couple other things like pastries in France and Dole Whip!! Oh and since the dining plan doesn't include alcohol, we needed some money for that.

madge
09-15-2005, 04:28 PM
I didn't even answer the OP's question, LOLOL...

We are staying at the Dolphin the first 2 nights of the trip, so ours is not a "dining plan exclusive" budget:

~ Food & Wine festival goodies
~ treats not covered by the dining plan....but honestly, we'll probably try to eat those before we make the switch, LOL
~ rent mouseboat
~ Christmas ornaments (get one every year for each of my children)
~ sterling charm for DD charm bracelet (get her one every year for her birthday)
~ tips

That's about all I can think of right now. Stuff like film, sunscreen, etc. I already have here and will pack to bring with us.

dawnball
09-16-2005, 01:29 PM
I've got a rough budget of $100 for 10 days/9 nights (just me and a toddler). I think that will work out to..
$18 for mousekeeping
$10 for one boozy drink (I'll probably actually split 2 of them with my sister, since we're both lightweights)
$45 for souveniers (most likely a pair of mouse ears for the toddler if she'll tolerate them, and a CD for me)
$27 for misc (possibly more souveniers, extra tips, snacky things, etc. This is the trip slush fund.)

It's all pretty flexible though, if we want more snacks, we'll get less souveniers, if we want more stuff, we'll have less snacks. If we have a major problem (I'm recalling rotavirus here), then I'll blow the budget, but I don't anticipate that.

DME for transit to/from the airport, bringing our own stroller, no refillable mugs, etc.

Edit: Oh, I forgot, the other souvenier thing is pressed pennies. I'm bringing about $8 in change for that, and extra cleaned pennies. If she likes it then we'll get a book and I'll get more quarters. So I suppose the real budget is $108. ;)