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Operation: Disney Fund

Hi friends, Danielle here!

I know, it’s been a while.  Have you missed me?


Just kidding. 😉 The truth is, I’ve just been super busy! Like, way too much going on, don’t have time to breathe busy.  The good news is, things have finally settled down.  For now.

Today I wanted to share a little news/kick off a little personal financial challenge of sorts.  It’s no secret, I have a bit of an obsession with visiting Disney World.

Ok….maybe more than a bit of one.

What can I say, I just love that place!  More importantly, I LOVE spending that week with my family, almost completely unplugged from the world, having fun and experiencing things that only happen in the most magical place on earth.  There’s simply nothing on earth like it and it’s something I believe everyone should do at least once.

Well, we just visited this past November/December and, much to my dismay, that usually means we have to wait two years to return.  Partially for financial reasons (it isn’t cheap) and partially because my husband claimed he couldn’t stand to go more than once every other year…he doesn’t share the love.

Well… at least he didn’t.  It seems he may have been bitten by the Disney bug because…he told me the other day that we can go back THIS FALL!!!

Guys, I almost jumped out of my skin!

Then….there was a ‘but’.

There’s always a ‘but’ with really good, like too good to be true, news isn’t there?

Well, the ‘but’ for this news… We have to make the money to go without using any money we have or know we have coming. Ex. My husbands extra pay for coaching basketball, our tax return, etc.

At first I was kinda annoyed but quickly remembered we also have a home renovation we’re hoping to complete within the next year and those funds are somewhat earmarked for that.

All that to say, I had to get creative and quick because we don’t have a lot of time.  Which immediately made me think… Operation: Disney Fund!

Creatively building our Disney vacation fund via budget savings, selling unwanted items, and doing odd jobs.

For the next several months I’m not going to spend a dime without first running it through a filter.

     Do I really need this?

     Is there a creative way I can make some Disney money buying this necessary item?

     Oh look! A dime on the street! Disney fund!

Ok, maybe not that last one.  Maybe. 😉

I am going to be very intentional about what I spend and how I go about spending money.  I’m going to be on the lookout for creative ways to earn money. And, I’m going to report back here with what I’ve saved and how I made the money along the way!

Now, this clearly is not exclusive to visiting Disney World.

     Do you have another big vacation you’re itching to take?

     Do you have a home renovation you want to complete?

     Debt that needs to be paid down?

These tips and tricks I’m going to be seeking out will apply to all of the above and then some.  Whatever your big financial dream may be, we can work together to find new ways to save up for it!

Once we reach our goal, I’ll pay a visit to a certain mouse and you’ll go on that vacation, get that new kitchen, or enjoy whatever dream you had set for yourself.

So far I’ve come up with a short list of ideas to make some extra cash and a couple ‘outside the box’ type ideas to add to our Disney fund.

First the money makers…

  1. I have an existing Etsy store where I sell handmade hair bows.  I made up a few that are ready to ship and listed them for sale.
  2. I did a quick walk through my house and found new/like new unwanted items and listed them on Ebay.
  3. Larger items, I didn’t want to mess with shipping, I listed for sale on local yard sale groups on Facebook.
  4. I started gathering other items for a BIG yard sale I’m planning for the moment the weather breaks in PA.  I’m doing a HUGE purge so there should be a ridiculous amount of stuff to sell, depending on what I have left after my first sale I may plan a second.
Outside the box ideas…
  1. I have a few items from Christmas that need to be returned to Kohls.  Because that money was budgeted for and spent back in December (or before) the funds received from the return will be added to our Disney fund.  If I get store credit, I’ll apply that money to our monthly clothing allowance (I shop there all the time so this is a very safe idea) and move the amount of store credit from our clothing budget to the Disney Fund.
  2. Because gas prices are bottoming out (THANK GOODNESS!) we have far too much budgeted for gas for our cars each month. For the next few months we’re going to take the overage at the end of each month from our gas budget and apply it to our Disney fund.  Should the prices remain low after the trip we’ll adjust our budget at that time.
That’s all I have for now.  It’s not much but it’s a start and I’m going to be on the lookout for other budget saving and money making ideas all the time.  I’ll be sure to update everyone with my new findings and give Disney Fund balance updates along the way.
Do you have any budget saving ideas? How about some sneaky ways to earn some extra cash? I’d love to hear about it! Leave me a comment or reach out via email or Facebook.
Are you in?

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