Start Saving Today Part 3

This is the third post in a series on how to save ahead of time for your vacation. These ideas will reduce the stress that comes from worrying about money and lack of stress equals happiness squared. With each post I will present a simple approach and an advanced approach. Use whichever one makes your life easier. Remember you should be living your life as you save for your vacation, not postponing happiness thinking you will recoup it on your trip. My plan is that you reach your goals while enjoying what every day has to offer.

Saving Idea #3

Save the change from your pockets or save the change from every dollar spent.

 These two ideas may seem the same, but they involve very different intensities. On one hand you could just drop the change from your pockets at the end of the day into a jar. Depending on what you did with the change during the day this could be a lot or just a few pennies. However, if you want to increase the speed of your savings then you should try to spend no change. Buy everything with just paper bills and pocket the change. Ask for dollar change back in president dollar coins. All the coins you accumulate during the day then go into the jar.

This is a great way to get the family involved in saving for the trip. Everyone adds coins to the jar and when the jar is full everyone helps count the coins so they can be deposited in your Disney savings account. I have a Pirates of the Caribbean popcorn bucket that I use to save change. When it is full it holds around $100. I usually fill it up every six months by myself. Imagine how much more a family could save by working together.

Goofy Tip: Clean your surroundings and add change to your jar. Have you checked between sofa cushions, in junk drawers, or under your car seats for any change? Combine spring cleaning with saving for a Disney trip and you’ll be whistling while you work.