The column was one with which I have a love-hate relationship–Ms. Cheap. I love Ms. Cheap when she’s talking about saving a few bucks on your groceries or at the dry cleaner. I honestly believe there’s a difference between frugality and outright stinginess, though.
Nowhere does stinginess bother me more than at Disney World, which is why Patrick and Lydia’s final “tip” pleased me so much.
Be realistic. This is a vacation. There will be some things that you will want to do that will cost more than you would ever spend in another situation. Plan your splurging opportunities and enjoy them when you experience them.
I would live at Disney World if I could. But Husband and I simply won’t go at all if we can’t afford to do a trip in a relaxed, non-worried fashion. I know it’s a personal taste thing. But my personal taste does NOT include such “money saving ideas” as
- Make a salad for your meal by using the condiments bar at one of the hamburger restaurants. Mix mustard and mayonnaise (provided for free) for a tasty salad dressing!
- Ask for free water in the parks and make your own soft drinks using Crystal Light packets.
- Buy one kids’ meal for up to three children to split, and take turns deciding who gets the main course on which day.
These and countless other ‘money-saving tips’ are at Ms. Cheap as well as dozens of other Disneyphile websites.
They drive me nuts. I know it’s a personal taste thing, but I honestly can’t see how vacation-like it is to put yourself on wartime rations to save eleven bucks a day.
I’ll tell you something right now. Disney World is expensive. It is more expensive to eat a hamburger at Disney World than at your local McDonalds. But not by much. I believe last time we went I calculated that a DisneyWorld hamburger meal was 17% more than a local McD’s combo. The sticker shock comes from being accustomed to paying one price in your daily life.
The thing is that you know Disney World is going to cost some money. You can’t spend a week there as cheaply as you spend a week at home.
We’ve never gone to WDW with unlimited finances. We always have a trip budget, and we always pay cash. But it doesn’t feel so punishing if we just acknowledge our limitations and have fun within our means.
Speaking of “means”, the Irish would call many of the ‘Save Money At WDW’ tips ‘mean’. That’s their word for “stingy”. And I think it fits.
Funny Update: I swear to you I wrote this after reading “Patrick and Lydia”. P comes before W in my feedreader, which is why I wrote this before reading Sarcastro