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Sunday, January 6, 2013

52 Week Money Challenge-Saving for a Disney Vacation!

I'd go to Disney every day if I had the money. Ok, I'm sure I'd mix in a few visits to Paris, Hawaii, and a few other tropical places. Who wouldn't? 

See, the only problem is- we don't always have the money. The money tree has yet to sprout, I don't drive Fred Flintstone's car, and I'm not much of a gardner-so to make up all of these deficiencies, I have to spend a little bit of my paycheck.

I also give lots of free quotes to Disneyland, Disney World, or a Disney Cruise to people. Some people get it so they can see how much money they need to save so they can go to Disney.

Well-it's a New Year, and why wait any longer? You CAN go to Disney this year, and you CAN save the money. Here's a way you can make it happen.

I saw this posted all over Facebook- and hey, what an easy, simple idea it is. The 52 Week Money Saving Challenge- maybe the 52 Week Disney Saving Challenge, if you will!

The concept is simple- it breaks down saving into easy, manageable steps, and provides a path for you to reach a goal. In this case, you would end up with $1,378 dollars. 

You can start the easy way- with just a dollar the first week (and the first week has passed, so if you haven't started yet, it would just start with you putting $3 away, to take care of the first two weeks) OR you could chip away at the larger amount, and start by putting the $52 away.

Why not have something to show for yourself at the end of the year? It's up to you to hold yourself accountable. This will provide a tangible goal that anyone can do. 

The next thing I thought of- let's make this fun... it has to be Disney something! This way, each time you put your money away, you know it's going towards Disney.

I came up with the Disney Savings Box. It puts a fun spin on something that is not as much fun-putting away money-but the end result will be!

I went to my local craft store- you can go to yours, whether it be Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or wherever- and picked up these supplies. 

I actually lucked out and found this Mickey Head paper cutter- I'm going to have fun with it!

Below, you can see all of my supplies.

I started with just a small box-really, you can just a box around your house, but I liked this small one (and it was only $3 anyway).

I also picked up some Disney paper in the stationery section. All of these styles came in one packet.

You'll see my original cut above (and how it turned out below)- I just a little hole in the box to put the cash in.... Kind of like an adult's Valentine's Day box-except I don't have random people walking around a room stuffing money in it. Wouldn't that be something!

I also couldn't resist the sticker section. They really helped make this a Disney vacation box. Plus, my 3 year old daughter loved helping out with this part-stickers are so fun at that age!

And after applying a little bit of tape to the paper, some stickers, and a little cutting- there it is! A Disney Vacation Money Box for the 52 Week Money Challenge. In all, it took about 10 minutes, and it was a lot of fun.

So, who wants to go to Disney? Imagine if you did two of these boxes-it really would pay for all of your vacation!

Remember, all it takes is $200 deposit to reserve your room, make dining reservations, and get you officially "in." And you want to cheat a little? I have all kinds of promotions where I give you Disney gift cards. You could slip that in for one of your weeks!

Anyone can do this- all you have to do is make the first step and try. You'll be rewarded with a lifetime of memories.

For your own free Disney quote, email me at who books in January will get a free Disney gift card!


  1. I found that by donating plasma twice a week, I can save over $2,000 in a year!They just put the money on a prepaid card, and we spend it just like a credit card, works great for vacations!