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HeatherPage
09-02-2005, 09:44 AM
I'm probably a lone tiny voice amongst the sea of budget posters here, but I was wondering if it would make more sense to have two co-budget boards. One board for saving money throughout the year before your Disney trips and one board for saving money while you were actually at Disney? Any opinions? Thanks for your time :)

barkley
09-02-2005, 10:33 AM
you are not alone-i totaly agree. i used to hit this board a few years ago when planning a trip to wdw, i was totaly shocked (and kind of put off) to start hitting it again a few months ago (again in planning for a trip) to find it had changed to a lot of post about sales and rebates not remotly related to disney.

my vote is 2 boards-one for saving, the other for budgeting "in the mouse's house".

BethR
09-02-2005, 11:09 AM
I am torn on this issue. While I feel badly that some people are put off by the genericness of this board, I think that if we had a board that was devoted ONLY to savings at Disney, it would a lot less active board.

Budget-teers? What do you all think? And if it were a board that only discussed the savings for Disney, how would we restrict the conversations? Would we only allow discussions on transportation, rooms, tickets, food and souveniers at Disney? We are open for suggestions.

KaitlinsMom
09-02-2005, 12:05 PM
I really like this board - but if you had to change it, I would have 2 boards, one for general budget ideas, and the other for tickets, hotel rooms , etc -

But the thing is, usually I find those kinds of deals on the specific board of where I am going. For example, if I am going on a Disney Cruise, I just head on over to the cruise board and there are plenty of people there to help me with where I should go to get a good deal - Same with the Disneyland board, great ideas on hotel and ticket savings, etc -

Saving money is always good for everyone!! Can't believe how well I am doing just with the Grocery Game! and I learned that from here!

Karen

aka-mad4themouse
09-02-2005, 12:13 PM
I think that you would find a "Disney Deals" board would become very repetitive. It's usually the same questions that are so patiently answered here: "Where do I get the best price on tickets?" "Are the any room codes out for mm/dd/yy?" "How can I get cheaper airfare?" "Can a trip be done for $X,XXX?"

Personally, I like the many deals that get posted on the current Budget Board because any $$$ I don't spend on the routine stuff can be spent on WDW. If a thread doesn't appeal to me (like deals on strollers, diapers or kids' clothing), I just skip over it. There's no need to ready every thread on the board.

wendyl
09-02-2005, 12:15 PM
It's very easy to skim past thread titles that don't pertain to the particular topic that brought you to the Budget Board. I LIKE having all money saving subjects posted in one place--because MANY times I have come here looking for Disney saving hints--and discovered other GREAT money saving tips and discounts for everyday savings that have really helped me. OR...I've come to the Budget board looking for Disney resort room codes, and found out that Baskin Robbins is free that day, and our family took full advantage.

In the end--for all of us Disney addicts--isn't every dollar saved REALLY just another dollar you can spend at Disney!!! That's they way I like to look at it.

geetey
09-02-2005, 12:22 PM
I just don't think the deals for WDW are available like they used to be, so the board has naturely evolved into what it is now. I know when I booked our first WDW trip, I spent a couple of hours on the boards and was able to shave over $1000 from our trip expense. Those same kinds of things just aren't out there anymore. I feel the board would become quite inactive. Sorry :(

If there were lots of Disney deals we were missing because of the other posts, I would agree about a split board. I just don't think there is anything to post about.

goofy4wdw59
09-02-2005, 12:22 PM
The DVC board split into two boards and I don't like it--usually have to go to both boards. I think it got more traffic as "one" board...at least, I don't visit as often. It's sometimes confusing why threads are on one board or another.
Just my opinion, I like one "Budget" board. I also think that if the board was split up, it would get less traffic. It could be a problem deciding what thread goes on what board, etc.
Budget board Threads can be clearly labeled about subject matter and passed over if not interested. :confused3

ceecee
09-02-2005, 12:40 PM
I like it as is. I just don't read the threads that don't interest me. I have saved money on other things from this board and most people like me, put any extra $ into the Disney fund!

granmanh603
09-02-2005, 01:00 PM
The DVC board split into two boards and I don't like it--usually have to go to both boards. I think it got more traffic as "one" board...at least, I don't visit as often. It's sometimes confusing why threads are on one board or another.
Just my opinion, I like one "Budget" board. I also think that if the board was split up, it would get less traffic. It could be a problem deciding what thread goes on what board, etc.
Budget board Threads can be clearly labeled about subject matter and passed over if not interested. :confused3

Those two DVC boards are a real agrivating pain.....things are always MOVED sometimes 10 or 15 on one page.....I like this board the way it is all combined...if I want something more specific like transportation or hotels etc. I go to those board that is if I can't find it here. I also because of the post on here have saved hundreds this year for my trip to Disney. A big vote Yes for the way the boards are now. Carol :earsgirl:

pearlieq
09-02-2005, 01:12 PM
Meh. I don't really see the need for two boards. First of all I prefer the "one-stop shopping" here, plus I really don't think there's enough content for saving at Disney to justify it's own board. I think folks would be better off posting their Disney questions to the budget-minded Disneyphiles here, or better yet, using the search function!!!

lmountford
09-02-2005, 01:18 PM
I love this board just as it is but I'm sorry if its wider scope is putting off certain users. Could we perhaps have a method of indicating at a glance what is about generic saving and what is about specific Disney saving, it could be as simple as a m for mickey or maybe a differing colour? Still, it would sometimes be hard to decide which to use, foe example where would Disney Direct deals belong ?

Mad4Dizne
09-02-2005, 01:39 PM
We just love the Budget Board, just the way it is !!!! Very helpful and informative. Love all the tips!!!!

Flo

poohfriend
09-02-2005, 03:18 PM
I'm with those that think one dollar saved is another dollar for my vacation. I am easily able to skip over what I don't need.

A couple times I thought I'd never get something out of a thread, but when I opened it up, I found some money saving ideas I'd missed. (grocery game, 50rewarddollars, code stacking, overstock $10, etc.)

No longer do we have lots of DISNEY codes to pass along, but having disney hints mixed in with the money saving tips keeps me excited about our upcoming trip. (loved that FREE at the parks thread a few months ago... :rotfl: anybody for an MRE?)

I have come to trust the opinions and guidance of this board, and if the DISNEY were taken out of it, it would just be another savings board...we can find those all over the internet. But most of those savings boards would never congratulate you on "saving" money with a DISNEY vacation. :rolleyes:

Still, I like the idea of having something to make it evident when the savings is MICKEY related. How about using the same Icon at the beg. of header?

End of my long vote.

OceanAnnie
09-02-2005, 03:21 PM
I'm with those that think one dollar saved is another dollar for my vacation. I am easily able to skip over what I don't need.


Me too.

RichNKatHolly
09-02-2005, 03:32 PM
My favorite board! Please do not change it. We really NEED to save $$ on everything, now especially. Often, this the only board I visit when I have a free minute. Very informative.

And, I think this issue has been raised before. I think a Disney Deals (only) board would be quite sparse as there are not THAT many deals.

JMO

paladin
09-02-2005, 03:37 PM
Here's another vote for keeping the Budget board the way it is. As others have said, it is easier having everything in one place. As I do with all the boards, if there is something that doesn't pertain to me, I just skip it. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Debbie
09-02-2005, 04:03 PM
Adding my voice to leave it, please. Being Canadian, there are a LOT of posts that do not pertain to me. I just pass 'em over and hit what I want. My time (like yours, I'm sure) is really stretched, so I don't want to dig for what I am looking. Please, please, leave the board just as it is.

DMRick
09-02-2005, 04:12 PM
I too, prefer it just as it is.

umaangel00
09-02-2005, 04:14 PM
I prefer it just the way it is. I hate having to go to multiple boards to get all the information.

powellrj
09-02-2005, 04:25 PM
I like it just like it is. I don't think there are enough Disney only bargains to have a Disney only board.

disneymom3
09-02-2005, 04:52 PM
I just don't think the deals for WDW are available like they used to be, so the board has naturely evolved into what it is now. I know when I booked our first WDW trip, I spent a couple of hours on the boards and was able to shave over $1000 from our trip expense. Those same kinds of things just aren't out there anymore. I feel the board would become quite inactive. Sorry :(

If there were lots of Disney deals we were missing because of the other posts, I would agree about a split board. I just don't think there is anything to post about.

Terry--I think it is cheating to write my post before I do. :flower:

In otherwords--ITA with Terry!

canwegosoon
09-02-2005, 05:03 PM
I like the board the way it is...but I have often wondered if a seperate EBAY might help those intrested in Ebaying/issues with ebay. But I think saving money is saving money, and agree with others many of the deals are gone (for a while :rolleyes: ) but I try to check the codes board too. The pop up window is a great tool... :cool1:

PrincessKitty
09-02-2005, 05:32 PM
I love this board exactly as it is, with a mix of money-saving tips for WDW, frugal living tips, and Ebay posts. I think dividing it into 2 boards would make each board a bit dull. Really, there just AREN'T that many ways to save money at WDW, and a board devoted to just that would (I believe) quickly become abandoned.

SUSIEQ
09-02-2005, 07:29 PM
I like this board just the way it is! It's also my favorite board!

Lisa loves Pooh
09-02-2005, 07:31 PM
all budgeting---helps with the goal of going to Disney!

hlane
09-02-2005, 07:38 PM
This same question is posted every couple months but my answer stays the same....I LOVE this board the way it is!!! :goodvibes

Marbear
09-03-2005, 02:43 PM
I like it as is. I just don't read the threads that don't interest me. I have saved money on other things from this board and most people like me, put any extra $ into the Disney fund!

I agree!

disneysteve
09-03-2005, 02:56 PM
Another vote to keep the Budget Board as it is. I like seeing tips for saving in any way, not just at Disney.

ncbyrne
09-03-2005, 02:59 PM
all budgeting---helps with the goal of going to Disney!
I couldn't have said it better.

lizziepooh
09-03-2005, 03:21 PM
I say keep it the same. I just skip over the posts that don't interest me.
Since the DVC boards split up, I still have trouble figuring out which place to post a question. I would probably have the same trouble with two budget boards.

eeyore45
09-03-2005, 04:18 PM
I say keep it the same. I just skip over the posts that don't interest me.
Since the DVC boards split up, I still have trouble figuring out which place to post a question. I would probably have the same trouble with two budget boards.

I agree!!

OKW Lover
09-03-2005, 04:58 PM
I'm with the OP on this one.

I come here to read about Disney, but the vast majority of the posts in this section have no relationship at all to Disney. Yes, I agree that there is a lot of interest in this stuff - just ask my daughter-in-law - and some accomidation should be made for the discussion. But I'd much prefer a Disney board with stuff that actually relates to Disney.

Just my opinion.

indylaw99
09-03-2005, 05:20 PM
As one of the biggest offenders of posting non-Disney freebies, I can say that I would be totally cool with posting only Disney freebies. I promise to look even harder for the Disney deals than I already do. :earsgirl:

calypso*a*go-go
09-03-2005, 11:01 PM
I enjoy the board just the way it is. My only preference would be for people to be more specific in the title as to what the thread is about. I personally don't like "teasers" and wish I knew exactly what subject is being discussed just by skimming over the title.

~Kathie
09-03-2005, 11:41 PM
I enjoy the board just the way it is. My only preference would be for people to be more specific in the title as to what the thread is about. I personally don't like "teasers" and wish I knew exactly what subject is being discussed just by skimming over the title.

Agree with calypso*a*go-go. I like it the way it is.

njziggy
09-04-2005, 07:37 AM
I say keep it the same. It only takes a few seconds to scan over the titles of the posts to see which ones really interest me. By including the "non- Disney" posts I have saved a lot of money over the years. If they separate the posts, I would just have to read 2 different board areas.

momtoce&j
09-04-2005, 10:30 AM
Just putting my 2 cents in. I vote for keeping it the way it is. If there is a title of a thread you are not sure interests you, you can always mouse over the title and read the beginings of it. Open it if it appeals to you or not. Another Budget board? I just don't think it's a good idea. Just my 2 cents.

Candleshoe
09-08-2005, 12:47 PM
I enjoy the board just the way it is. My only preference would be for people to be more specific in the title as to what the thread is about. I personally don't like "teasers" and wish I knew exactly what subject is being discussed just by skimming over the title.

I concur. One board, but definately keep titles more informative! I just skimmed one page worth of titles and really the worst offender of non-information was this very thread ;)

"Moderators/DIS'rs"...what? "Moderators/DIS'rs I have free tickets to Disney for you!" hehe! :) woohoo!

ps: i too get turned off by e-bay thread after e-bay thread but as long as they're marked I can skip it. if any split happens I'd say give ebay their own board! at least it would be very easy to decide on which board to post a topic.