8 Tips How to Plan Family Vacations on a Budget

How to plan family vacations on a budgetSummer is approaching and most of us are looking forward to planning and going on family vacations. And while summer is a good time to travel since the kids are out of school, it can also be an expensive time to travel with prices going up during this time. Even though prices may be higher, an enjoyable vacation doesn’t have to be expensive. You can plan fun and inexpensive family vacations on a budget. Some of our children’s most fun vacations are the simple ones like camping, swimming, hiking or going to the beach.

Here are 8 tips for planning and budgeting for family vacations:

 

1.  Research Vacation Places & Costs

Decide on your top 5-10 places you want to vacation then begin to research how much it will cost to visit to each place. Do research online and make phone calls to ask questions. Then add up all of the expenses and figure out how much money an entire trip will cost to each of your vacation spots. The expenses should include travel, housing, food, rental cars, gas, souvenirs and entertainment. You will then need to decide how much you can realistically afford to spend on a vacation and how much you are willing to spend on a vacation.

You can do fun vacations, even if it’s on a small budget. If you can’t afford a vacation this year, that’s okay. A vacation isn’t a need, it’s a want. You can still have a great summer without going into more debt. And you can start setting aside money for an upcoming vacation you want to take.

A few years ago our family decided that we really wanted to go to Disneyland. We researched how much it would cost, and then we began to plan and save for it. It took us about two years to save for it, and we were finally able to go. It turned out to be so much fun! Our kids still talk about it today. You can head over here to read all about our experience, how much money we spent, and how we were able to vacation at Disneyland on a Budget.

 

2. Start Saving

I highly recommend that you don’t go on a vacation until you’ve saved up money for it. Once you’ve determined which vacation spot you want to go to, and you researched how much money it will cost, figure out how much money you need to save each month to have the necessary funds for your trip. For instance, if your trip will cost $2,000 and you can afford to set aside $100 a month, then it will take 20 months until you’ve saved enough money. Sometimes it takes time to save up enough money, but it’s worth it to not go in debt and have that stress of paying off your vacation on top of all your other expenses.

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For our family when we decided that we wanted to take a family vacation to Disneyland, we made it a family goal to save together. We helped our kids create Disneyland savings jars (above photo), and they did extra chores around the house to save money for Disneyland. They also had a lemonade stand and sold baked goods. The money earned went into their Disneyland savings jars. They were so excited to save that they would regularly ask us how they could earn money to go to Disneyland. Be sure to check out these 13 Tips to Help Children Save Money.

As a family, we also looked for additional ways to save money such as not eating out one week and putting that money towards the vacation or not buying clothes at the store that we didn’t need. And we looked around our house and sold items that we didn’t need and weren’t using anymore. Make sure to get the whole family involved in saving for the vacation. And as you save money, place your money in a special trip bank account or envelope.

As you get closer to your savings goal and prior to booking your vacation, search online for deals and call around to see if there are any special rates. This can save you money and may change how much money you need to actually save up for the vacation.

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Disneyland Ticket Prices Increasing! Get Tickets Now!

Disneyland officially raised their ticket prices February 11, 2018. But the good news is that if you have plans to vacation at Disneyland this year, you can still get the current discount prices with Get Away Today as long as you book by Tuesday, February 20, 2018. You’ll be able to save anywhere from $20 – $35 per ticket! That’s an average savings of up to $175 for a family of five!

You can purchase the tickets only or an entire package for even more savings. And if you book a 2-night or longer Southern California vacation package including tickets and hotel stay, use the promo code SCBC to get an extra $10 off. Every little amount of money saved helps out.

 

Get Away Today Layaway Lock In

Get Away Today has a layaway plan that’s only $125 down, and they will LOCK in your discount package price. If you can’t pay for your whole trip up front, you can book it to get the discounted ticket prices and make payments each month until 14 days before your trip, when it needs to be paid in full.

Purchase your tickets now by booking online Get Away Today.com or call Get Away Today directly at 1-855-GET-AWAY. Be sure to use the promo code SCBC.

 

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Be sure to read these tips on How to Vacation at Disneyland on a Budget. I share with you how much we spent on Disneyland, and how to save money on hotels, Disneyland tickets and souvenirs, as well as how to save time while at Disneyland.

 

 

 

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Disneyland Adults at Kids’ Prices Summer Ticket Sale

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Right now, you can get Disneyland adult tickets at kids’ prices on all 3-day and longer Disneyland Resort Park Hopper tickets for travel in 2017, including peak season dates. In order to get the Disneyland Adults at Kids’ Prices, you must book your tickets with Get Away Today by May 31, 2017. This special offer coincides with the Summer of Heroes, which includes the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, and that officially begins at Disney California Adventure Park on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Head over here to read all about the Summer of Heroes.

Disneyland has also extended its Main Street Electrical Parade until August 20, 2017, and the Rivers of America and Fantasmic! are re-opening at Disneyland Park this summer.

And here are also three hot summer deals that provide the best value for a Southern California vacation:

Extra Day Free at Disneyland: Get a 5-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper ticket at the price of a 4-day. With the kids out of school and longer park hours, your family will be able to take advantage of having more time at the parks!

Southern California CityPASS: Save over $160 per person over gate prices and get a 3-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper ticket, and 1-day admission to both LEGOLAND California and SeaWorld San Diego.

Disney/Universal Combo Ticket: Save even more on your Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood tickets when you bundle them! Both Park Hopper and 1-Park per Day options are available for either two or three days. All combo tickets include a 1-day ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood. Experience everything the Disneyland Resort has to offer this summer and explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and more at Universal Studios Hollywood.

And If you book a 2-night or longer Southern California vacation package including tickets and hotel stay, use the promo code SCBC to get an extra $10 off. Every small amount of money saved helps out!

Get Away Today Layaway Lock In

Get Away Today has a layaway plan that’s only $125 down, and they will LOCK in your discount package price. If you can’t pay for your whole trip upfront, you can book it to get the discounted ticket prices and make payments each month until 14 days before your trip, when it needs to be paid in full.

Purchase your tickets now by booking online Get Away Today.com or call Get Away Today directly at 1-855-GET-AWAY. Be sure to use the promo code SCBC.

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Hurry! Get Your Disneyland Tickets Now Before Prices Increase

Disneyland recently increased their ticket prices on February 12th, but you can still get the current Disneyland discount ticket prices and save up to $32 per ticket through Get Away Today through Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

You don’t have to travel by Feb. 21st, you just need to purchase your tickets by then to get the discounted price. You can travel anytime between now and December 31, 2017, so if you have been thinking of vacationing at Disneyland, now is the time to book your travel for summer vacation, fall break and even the holidays.

If you book a 2-night or longer Southern California vacation package including tickets and hotel stay, use the promo code SCBC to get an extra $10 off. Every small amount of money saved helps out!

Get Away Today Layaway Lock In

Get Away Today has a layaway plan that’s only $125 down, and they will LOCK in your discount package price. If you can’t pay for your whole trip upfront, you can book it to get the discounted ticket prices and make payments each month until 14 days before your trip, when it needs to be paid in full. So hurry and purchase your tickets now by booking online Get Away Today.com or call Get Away Today directly at 1-855-GET-AWAY. Be sure to use the promo code SCBC.

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Sale on LEGOLAND Tickets & Disneyland Electrical Parade Started

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Right now, Get Away Today is having its biggest sale ever on LEGOLAND® California tickets. You can save up to 25% on tickets and get a second day free when you travel by March 31, 2017. Adults and kids tickets are just $85 each and are good for two full days. This is a $32 savings of each adult ticket off the gate price and $22 off each child’s ticket.

LEGOLAND® California and the SEA Life Aquarium has over 60 attractions, shows and more. Explore 10 themed areas geared for kids ages two through 12, including the new LEGO® NINJAGO® World and LEGO® Friends Heartlake City.

 

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Also, there is always something new going on at Disneyland! The Main Street Electrical Parade began last week at Disneyland Park and will continue nightly until June 18th of this year. Season of the Force has also returned to Disneyland Park. Get Away Today has Disneyland specials including Adults at Kids’ Prices on select dates, 25% savings at the Disneyland Resort Hotels and free night specials at Anaheim area hotels.

If you book a 2-night or longer Southern California vacation package including tickets and hotel stay, use the promo code SCBC to get an extra $10 off. Every small amount of money saved helps out!

If you are looking to vacation in Hawaii, Mexico or the Caribbean, get an exclusive $100 off any 3-night or longer beach vacation from Get Away Today.

 

Get Away Today Layaway Lock In

Get Away Today has a layaway plan that’s only $125 down. If you can’t pay for your whole trip upfront, you can book it to get the discounted ticket prices and make payments each month until three weeks before your trip, when it needs to be paid in full. So grab your tickets now by booking online Get Away Today.com or call Get Away Today directly at 1-855-GET-AWAY. Be sure to use the promo code SCBC.

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Get Away Today Black Friday Special + $20 Off Promo Code

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Starting Monday, November 21, 2016, Get Away Today is kicking off its early Black Friday Sale that will continue through Cyber Monday, November 28, 2016. Giving the gift of a vacation to your kids or family for the holidays would be amazing!

Through this week, you can get Disneyland Adults at Kids’ Prices valid for travel through ALL of 2017 on all 3-day and longer Disneyland tickets. This includes both Park Hopper and 1-Park per Day tickets. This is the first time Get Away Today has ever extended the offer to the 1-Park per Day tickets! In many cases, you can lock-in your 2017 ticket prices for less than this year’s prices.

In addition to Get Away Today’s Black Friday Sale, you can get $20 off per package on any 2-night or longer Southern California vacation package (2 ticket minimum) when you use the code SCBC or let them know you heard about this deal from Saving Cent by Cent. And this deal can be used with Get Away Today’s extra night free hotel offers.

And if you didn’t know, Get Away Today has Kids Free to LEGOLAND for travel now through December 24, 2016, which is an amazing deal!

Get Away Today Layaway Lock In

Plus, Get Away Today has a layaway plan that’s only $125 down. If you can’t pay for your whole trip upfront, you can book this week to get the discounted ticket prices and make payments each month until three weeks before you trip, when it needs to be paid in full. So grab your tickets now at the discounted ticket price by booking online Get Away Today.com or call Get Away Today directly at 1-855-GET-AWAY. Be sure to use the promo code SCBC to get an additional $20 off.

 

And be sure to read these posts:

 

how-to-vacation-at-disneyland-on-a-budgetHow to Vacation at Disneyland on a Budget (Part 1)

 

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How to Vacation at Disneyland on a Budget (Part 2)

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How to Vacation at Disneyland on a Budget (Part 2)

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As you might know, our family went to Disneyland at the end of September. It was so much fun! If you missed reading How to Vacation to Disneyland on a Budget (Part 1), head over here. I share how much our trip cost and how to save money on Disneyland hotels, tickets and souvenirs. I’m not an expert at Disneyland, but I researched a lot of information about how to save money and save time at Disneyland. I’ve compiled the tips below and am sharing our experience with you how we vacationed at Disneyland on a budget.

 

While we were at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, I put together a video of how we vacationed at Disneyland on a budget, as well as fun rides and parades we did as a family. After you watch the video, be sure to read this post and also How to Vacation at Disneyland on a Budget (Part 1) to get even more details. If you can’t play the video above, head over here to my YouTube channel to view it.

 

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How to Vacation at Disneyland on a Budget (Part 1)

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Welcome!

I’m glad you stopped by! Today I want to share with you how to vacation at Disneyland on a Budget.

My family had a chance to go to Disneyland this year during Halloween time, and it was so much fun! This is the first time we have been to Disneyland as a family. We have been saving for two years to be able to go. The way we saved was that every month as we had extra income, we would place money in our “Vacation” envelope. Sometimes it was $20 and other times it was $100 or $200. We also used some money from our tax returns each year to set aside additional money. In addition, we involved our children by talking about our goal to go to Disneyland and we made Disneyland jars for our girls so they could help save money. Every time they earned money, they would add it to their jar. My girls were so excited that they would ask to do extra chores around they house so that they could earn money for their Disneyland jars. Our whole family was involved in saving to go to Disneyland.

I’m not by any means a Disneyland expert, but I researched a lot of information about how to save money and save time at Disneyland. I’ve compiled the tips below and am sharing with you our experience and how our family vacationed at Disneyland on a budget. And many of these tips could be used to help your family save money and time at Disneyland. After you read these tips, head over here to read How to Vacation at Disneyland on a Budget (Part 2). And if you want even more tips, get the Disneyland on Any Budget book by Jessica Sanders from The Happiest Blog on Earth. She is a Disneyland expert and has useful information and tips on flights, hotels, rentals, food and more that will help you to visit Disneyland on a budget.

 

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disneyland-jars-with-girlsSaving Money for Disneyland

 

Disneyland isn’t cheap! It costs a lot of money to go to Disneyland, but it is a fun experience for the family. If you plan on going to Disneyland, you’ll want to estimate that it will cost roughly about $3,000 to $4,000. How much it costs depends on how many people are in your family, if you fly or drive there, how long you stay, where you eat, as well as other factors. Our family of 5 spent about $2,500, with the largest cost being the hotel and Disneyland tickets. Here is the break down of what we spent:

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Universal Studios Hollywood Raising Prices Oct. 12th

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Universal Studios Hollywood is raising ticket prices Wednesday, October 12, 2016. If you or someone you know is planning a trip this year to Universal Studios Hollywood, you’ll want to book the tickets with Get Away Today by next Tuesday, October 11, 2016 to save the most money, which is up to $23 per ticket.

At Universal Studios Hollywood, you can explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, go to the all-new AMC’s The Walking Dead attraction, head to the recently refurbished Jurassic Park – The Ride, plus so much more.

If you want to do a vacation package to Southern California, use the promo code SCBC on Get Away Today and you’ll get $10 off a 2-night or longer Southern California vacation package including tickets and hotel stay. Every small amount of money saved helps out!

 

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October is Kids Free Month in San Diego

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If you are planning a family vacation, October is the perfect month to take a trip to San Diego, because the best San Diego attractions are offering free admission for kids the entire month of October, which include Sea World San Diego, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and LEGOLAND. And if you book a 2-night or longer Southern California vacation package with Get Away Today, including tickets and hotel stay, you can get an extra $10 off when you use the promo code SCBC.

Get Away Today Layaway Lock In

Get Away Today has a layaway plan that’s only $125 down. If you can’t pay for your whole trip upfront, you can book your trip and make payments each month until three weeks before you trip, when it needs to be paid in full. You can book online Get Away Today.com or call Get Away Today directly at 1-855-GET-AWAY. Be sure to use the promo code SCBC.

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