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Saving Money to be able to Spend Money

June 5th, 2019 at 08:55 pm

Some of you know me, and so you know that we are completely debt free (even mortgage); I wouldn't have done this back when we were paying off our mortgage. But sometimes I save money in one area just so that we can spend it somewhere else. (PS - we also save a ton for retirement, and everything is budgeted).

I am thinking about this now because F and I just went to Disneyland, and Disneyland is not a cheap place.

Here's how we saved-spent-saved-spent...

- We did only one day at Disneyland but we bought F the super cute $30 mouse ears
- Besides the mouse ears we did not do any shopping but we did a TON of photos so those were our souvenirs (be sure to write down the codes for the photos on the rides and link them in the photo section of the Disneyland app)
- We stayed at the Disneyland hotel for two nights ($$$$!) but the rest of our trip we stayed with my parents so no hotel cost for most of the trip
- We brought food for breakfast/lunch so that we could have one super nice meal out (Blue Bayou)
- We are not going to Europe to see D's family this summer so that we could afford splurging on Disney tickets
- D did not go on the trip for several reasons (work, isn't a Disney fanatic like me and F, can't go on the rides, didn't want to come for my SIL's baby shower which was the real reason for the trip) so we saved his airfare and Disney ticket so we were able to add California Adventure to our tickets
- We brought our own snacks so we were able to buy each a gf red velvet cupcake from Sprinkles (yum!)
- I did a ton of research on how to do Disney so we were able to go on everything we wanted to go on TWICE! We were there from 7 to 11, and we're still exhausted, but it was so much fun!

Just FYI - yes, Star Wars was open, but neither of us likes Star Wars, so we didn't do that. But because everyone there was so into the new Star Wars area, the rest of the park was pretty empty. We never waited more than 10 mins. for a ride (used fastpasses in some cases), and got take photos with Mickey Mouse (my daughter's favorite - she is nearly 14 and actually cried at Fantasmic because she loves him so much). We rode Small World ALONE and I sang at the top of my lungs!

Do you ever trade off your spends and saves?

4 Responses to “Saving Money to be able to Spend Money”

  1. Amber Says:

    Aw the life of being debt free, love it, I can’t wait to say this. Glad you all had fun

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Trading off spending and saving is my life! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip, very well thought out.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Yes, absolutely have not spent on certain things so we can save up to do something like a vacation....also retirement!

  4. rob62521 Says:

    We too have scrimped on certain things so we could spend on something else. Glad you had a great time. We were at Disney in Florida a number of years ago for a conference I attended. We were shocked at how expensive everything was and wondered how so many families come every year.

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