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Old 03-02-2013, 07:59 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Koh1977 View Post
How did you get a room discount AND free dining??
They are from UK plus Disney has a hard time filling SSR without incentives.
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OP, based on all of your resort posts, I feel like you are trying to justify the cost of deluxes (or even CL) for yourself. But, you are doing it by making assumptions about people instead of asking questions.

DH and I are extremely financially responsible. Both of us have great salaries. Right on track with our retirement funds, our kids college funds, our regular savings, etc.... We have no credit card debt. We have been able to do this by living well within our means. Our mortgage is the amount some people pay to rent an apartment around here, and I love our house! Our cars are sufficient for our family and though I'd like a Range Rover, I drive a Honda Pilot. Our priorities when it comes to our "entertainment/travel" always come down to take a nice lengthy trip to Disney once a year.

So, we book well in advance (9-12 months). We do stay deluxe CL, because we really enjoy it and for us, it's worth it. That being said, we have a 40% discount so the rates are not extremely high. We then budget the amount of monthly payments to Disney that it will take to get us paid off a couple of months before our trip (I.e, had our upcoming April trip paid off in January).

So yes, we save and no, we don't use credit. We plan. And we live well within our means with a priority placed on family vacation every year. When we are at the store and our kids want an expensive toy, we say "would you rather have that toy or go to Disney?" Enough said, they chose Disney every time.

Well, I've rambled long enough and if you are really trying to figure out "how people do it" rather than criticizing, than hopefully this helped.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:53 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by DebbieB

They are from UK plus Disney has a hard time filling SSR without incentives.
Yes. We are from the UK and they offer often a discount on SSR and OKW. (Plus free dining.) They also often offer discounts on moderates and other deluxes plus free dining, usually 20% off or less. Better than the US discounts, but we do have to pay for the expensive flights too.

We also have better value tickets, IMO. The US only gives you the option to get up to 10 days. We can get a 21 day ticket, and the 14 day ticket can be bought for the price of a 7 day ticket.

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