budget tips for dvc members? - Page 2 - PassPorter - A Community of Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and General Travel Forums
PassPorter.com
Award-winning travel guidebooks
Thank you to our forum sponsor:

   guidebooks   |   news   |   podcasts   |   boards   |   blog   |   worksheets   |   photos   |   articles   |   updates   |   register   |   follow us on


Forums Closed
As of January 1, 2019, we have closed our forums. This is a decision we did not come to lightly, but it is necessary. The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk. The server software itself must be updated, and it cannot be without removing the forums.

So it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our long-running forums. They came online in 2000 and brought together so many wonderful Disney fans. We had friendships form, careers launch, couples marry, children born ... all because of this amazing community.

Thank you to each of you who were a part of this community. You made it possible.

And a very special thank you to our Guides (moderators), past and present, who kept our forums a happy place to be. You are the glue that held everything together, and we are forever grateful to you. Thank you aliceinwdw, Caldercup, MrsM, WillCAD, Fortissimo, GingerJ, HiddenMickey, CRCrazy, Eeyoresmom, disneyknut, disneydani, Cam22, chezp, WDWfan, Luvsun, KMB733, rescuesk, OhToodles!, Colexis Mom, lfredsbo, HiddenMickey, DrDolphin, DopeyGirl, duck addict, Disneybine, PixieMichele, Sandra Bostwick, Eeyore Tattoo, DyanKJ130, Suzy Q'Disney, LilMarcieMouse, AllisonG, Belle*, Chrissi, Brant, DawnDenise, Crystalloubear, Disneymom9092, FanOfMickey, Goofy4Goofy, GoofyMom, Home4us123, iamgrumpy, ilovedisney247, Jennifer2003, Jenny Pooh, KrisLuvsDisney, Ladyt, Laughaholic88, LauraBelle Hime, Lilianna, LizardCop, Loobyoxlip, lukeandbrooksmom, marisag, michnash, MickeyMAC, OffKilter_Lynn, PamelaK, Poor_Eeyore, ripkensnana, RobDVC, SHEANA1226, Shell of the South, snoozin, Statelady01, Tara O'Hara, tigger22, Tink and Co., Tinkerbelz, WDWJAMBA, wdwlovers, Wendyismyname, whoSEZ, WildforWD, and WvuGrrrl. You made the magic.

We want to personally thank Sara Varney, who coordinated our community for many years (among so many other things she did for us), and Cheryl Pendry, our Message Board Manager who helped train our Guides, and Ginger Jabour, who helped us with the PassPorter-specific forums and Live! Guides. Thank you for your time, energy, and enthusiasm​. You made it all happen.

There are other changes as well.

Why? Well, the world has changed. And change with it, we must. The lyrics to "We Go On" for IllumiNations say it best:

We go on to the joy and through the tears
We go on to discover new frontiers
Moving on with the current of the years.
We go on
Moving forward now as one
Moving on with a spirit born to run
Ever on with each rising sun.
To a new day, we go on.

It's time to move on and move forward.

PassPorter is a small business, and for many years it supported our family. But the world changed, print books took a backseat to the Internet, and for a long time now it has been unable to make ends meet. We've had to find new ways to support our family, which means new careers and less and less time available to devote to our first baby, PassPorter.

But eventually, we must move on and move forward. It is the right thing to do.

So we are retiring this newsletter, as we simply cannot keep up with it. Many thanks to Mouse Fan Travel who supported it all these years, to All Ears and MousePlanet who helped us with news, to our many article contributors, and -- most importantly -- to Sara Varney who edited our newsletter so wonderfully for years and years.

And we are no longer charging for the Live Guides. If you have a subscription, it's yours to keep for the lifetime of the Live Guides at no additional cost. The Live Guides will stay online, barring server issues and technical problems, for all of 2019.

That said, PassPorter is not going away. Most of the resources will remain online for as long as we can support them, and after that we will find ways to make whatever we can available. PassPorter means a great deal to us, and to many of you, and we will do our best to keep it alive in whatever way we can. Our server costs are high, and they'll need to come out of our pockets, so in the future you can expect some changes so we can bring those costs down.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your amazing support over the years. Without you, there's no way us little guys could have made something like this happen and given the "big guys" a run for their money. PassPorter was consistently the #3 guidebook after the Unofficial and Official guides, which was really unheard of for such a small company to do. We ROCKED it thanks to you and your support and love!

If you miss us, you can still find some of us online. Sara started a new blog at DisneyParkPrincess.com -- I strongly urge you to visit and get on her mailing list. She IS the Disney park princess and knows Disney backward and forward. And I am blogging as well at JenniferMaker.com, which is a little craft blog I started a couple of years ago to make ends meet. You can see and hear me in my craft show at https://www.youtube.com/c/jennifermaker . Many PassPorter readers and fans are on Facebook, in groups they formed like the PassPorter Trip Reports and PassPorter Crafting Challenge (if you join, just let them know you read about it in the newsletter). And some of our most devoted community members started a forum of their own at Pixie Dust Lane and all are invited over.

So we encourage you to stay in touch with us and your fellow community members wherever works best for you!

Best wishes for a wonderful and magical new year!

Go Back   PassPorter - A Community of Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and General Travel Forums > PassPorter's Walt Disney World Resort (Florida) > Owning the Magic: Disney Vacation Club
Register


Welcome! We're happy you've found the PassPorter Community -- the friendliest place to plan your vacation to Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland, and the world in general! You are now viewing the PassPorter Message Board Community as a guest, which gives you limited access. As our guest, feel free to browse our messages by selecting the forum you want to visit from the list below.

To post messages and ask questions, join our FREE community today and you'll get access to tools and resources not available to guests, such as our vacation countown timers, "living" avatars, private messaging system, database searches, downloads, and a special PassPorter discount code. Registration is fast, simple, and completely free. Just click the Join Our Community link.

If you think you've already joined, log in below now. If you don't remember your member name or password, please visit our Member Name and Password Recovery page. You are also welcome to contact us.

Forum Sponsor: DVC By Resale
Learn Why PassPorter Recommends This Sponsor
 
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-14-2011, 07:19 AM   #16
rescuesk
Magic Happens!
PassPorter's Club Passholder


What's this?

PassPorter Guide

Community Rank: Legend
 
rescuesk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: E. Stroudsburg, PA
Concierge Level: 6
Posts: 29,184

Post Thanks / Like
I'm gonna make this a sticky, so it can be accessed by other DVC members and easily found!
__________________


http://www.passporter.com/images/lizardcop-memorial-ribbon.png




"Never have an ordinary day."
My Countdown Counting down to: Walking for a cure in Philly, year 7!
Because everyone deserves a lifetime!
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous TripsVillas at Wilderness Lodge, October 2015. Awesome trip!!!
rescuesk is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2011, 08:47 AM   #17
Eeyore Tattoo
PassPorter's Club Passholder


What's this?

PassPorter Guide

Community Rank: Explorer
 
Eeyore Tattoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Texas
Concierge Level: 6
Posts: 11,304

Post Thanks / Like
I also cook dinners at home. Mike takes his lunch to work everyday so that saves a bunch. We only go out to eat maybe 3 times a month because we can cook the same meals here for a fraction of the cost.
From what DH says I am a good cook.
It's cool to see coin jars are a big hit with everyone. It's surprising how much we get out of the coin jars I bring mine to the market where they have the coin machine so I don't have to roll them..
__________________
My Previous TripsCBR: May 1999, CBR:October 2001 Disneyland: June 2002, CSR: October: 2003, POR: May 2005, POFQ: Dec-Jan 2005-2006, POFQ: May 2007, POR :Dec. 2007, Disneyland:May 2008, Mousefest: Dec. 2008 Disneyland: June 2009 AKL Savanna: Oct. 2009 December Gathering BLT: Dec. 2009 BLT Oct. 2010 Paradise Pier Aug. 2011 BLT Nov. 2011 Disneyland/California Adventure 2013 AKV May 2013 SSR March 2015
Eeyore Tattoo is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2011, 06:30 AM   #18
kazanimo
Community Rank: Traveler
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: port jefferson NY
Posts: 362

Post Thanks / Like
I know it's only pennies but I go to a bank that has the coin counting for free. Most of the banks around me do not even require you have an account.
__________________
My Countdown Counting down to: honeymoon 18 years later
mom and dad alone
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous Tripsdvc member since 1999 dixie landings 1996, asm 1999, BWV 2000, BWV 2001, BWV 2003, BWV 2005, BWV 2007 OKW 2010 AKV 2012, BWV 2014! Poly Studio 2015!!!! BCV, BLT 2016
kazanimo is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2011, 06:55 AM   #19
mzozzietj
 
mzozzietj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Southeastern MA
Concierge Level: 7
Posts: 2,774

Post Thanks / Like
I use the coinstar machine but I use it towards an amazon gift card so it's also free. If you want the money they charge 9%. I have changed a few habits myself to save up. I now order my daughter's diapers, wipes, food through amazon mom subscribe & save. The same box of diapers that I used to pay $41.99 for at BJ's wholesale club only costs me $28 with the subscribe and save program. That's a $14 savings on every box of diapers... believe me that adds up! Not sure if you have little ones but I wanted to mention it just incase.

Like others have said already, we buy APs every other year and group our trips. For example, we went to WDW last October 10-18 and bought our APs that trip. We used them for 8 days that trip. We just went back last week and used them 6 days that trip. Our next trip will be October 1 - 8 so we will use them another 7 days so we get a total of 21 days from those APs. Then we wait about 14 or 15 months to go again and buy our APs again that trip. So we are only paying for those APs about every 2 to 2.5 years. Hope that makes sense.

We do enjoy table service meals on vacation so we also bought our Tables in Wonderland membership but with DD approaching her terrible twos now we plan to eat more counter service on our next trip. I feel less obligated to order my own meal with counter service so sharing meals will save a lot of money too.
__________________

Stacey 40, DH (Bill) 46, DD (Mary) 4
My Countdown Counting down to: Spring Break... 2016
On our way to our favorite place!
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous TripsWDW TRIPS: April 2015 (AKV/POLY), February 2015 (OKW/CBR), May 2014 (AKV), October 2013 (AKV), May 2013 (OKW), March 2013 (AKV), Dec 2012(AKL/SSR), Oct 2011 (SSR), Feb 2011 (BLT), Oct 2010 (AKV), Dec 2009 (AKV), Sept 2008 (OKW), June 2008 (AKV), March 2008 (AKL), Feb 2008 (SSR), Dec 2007 (SSR), Dec 2006 (CBR/PC), Sept 2005 (PC), Oct 2004 (AKL), Aug 2003 (Offsite), Oct 1999 (off-site), Spring 1993 (off-site), Spring 1987 (I drive), Summer 1985 (off-site), Spring 1978 (Disney Golf Resort) DL TRIPS: Dec 2006, Nov 2004, June 2002, May 2000, August 1998, Nov 1996 (My first trip to DL) - all DL stays offsite so far...
mzozzietj is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2011, 09:20 AM   #20
RobDVC
Facebook Addict
PassPorter's Club Passholder


What's this?

Community Rank:
Legend Extraordinaire
 
RobDVC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Philadelphia
Concierge Level: 6
Posts: 39,682

Post Thanks / Like
Things we do that help make our DVC trips affordable:
-Drive to WDW instead of fly. Instead of buying 4 airplane tickets and renting a car, we spend a day in the car driving down the Eastern Seaboard and enjoying each other's company. It takes us about 15 hours drive-time to get from Philadelphia to Orlando. Amount Saved: $1500.

-Purchase Annual Passes, and get two trips minimum out of them. At the DVC member rate of about $400 each, Our park time costs us $200 each trip.

-Disney VISA - we have the Disney VISA credit card, and use it exclusively. We then request a Disney VISA Rewards gift card that we apply towards our WDW purchases.

-Grocery Shopping - I can't implore enough the importance of stocking your DVC kitchen each trip - the money saved by eating a meal or two a day in your room instead of at the parks is significant.

Those are money-saving ideas to use to make your vacation more affordable and still very enjoyable.


__________________
RobDVC - about me
My Countdown Counting down to: Another BLT visit
..See Ya Real Soon!
My PassPorter Bookshelf <table width=100% height=75 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 border=0><tr><td width=86 style='background-image: url(http://www.passporter.com/concierge/ticker/countdown7873-428.png); background-repeat: no-repeat;'><a href='http://www.passporterboards.com/concierge/back-to-the-beach-club-villas-trip428.html' border=0><img src='http://www.passporter.com/forums/club/images/bookshelf/transparent.png' height=75 width=86 border=0></a></td><td align=left style='background-image: url(http://www.passporter.com/forums/club/images/bookshelf/shelf7873.png); background-repeat: no-repeat;'><a href='http://www.passporterboards.com/forums/club/bookshelf.php?member=7873&name=RobDVC' border=0><img src='http://www.passporter.com/forums/club/images/bookshelf/transparent.png' height=75 width=200 border=0></a></td></tr></table>
My Previous TripsMay1991 Treehouse Villas - May1993 POFQ - July1998 CSR - May2002 ASSP - August2004 ASMO - December2005 SSR - August2006 BCV - April2007 POFQ - August2008 BWV - May2009 AKV Kidani - AugSep2010 BLT - Aug2011 BCV - Aug2013 BLT

Last edited by home4us123; 03-04-2011 at 05:35 AM.. Reason: fp562
RobDVC is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2011, 10:37 AM   #21
kazanimo
Community Rank: Traveler
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: port jefferson NY
Posts: 362

Post Thanks / Like
Excellent! I really need to look into ap they def seem worth it. We drove down just once and it was many years ago and the kids were small and it was small torture! We left at 11pm and stopped several times to rest and once to sleep but since they are older it may be time to revisit driving from long island especially since my dd will soon have a drivers license!!!
__________________
My Countdown Counting down to: honeymoon 18 years later
mom and dad alone
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous Tripsdvc member since 1999 dixie landings 1996, asm 1999, BWV 2000, BWV 2001, BWV 2003, BWV 2005, BWV 2007 OKW 2010 AKV 2012, BWV 2014! Poly Studio 2015!!!! BCV, BLT 2016
kazanimo is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2011, 01:00 PM   #22
Coop
Community Rank: Scout
 
Coop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Michigan
Concierge Level: 1
Posts: 4,792

Post Thanks / Like
Here's what we are doing to save. At home - eat out less, entertainment consists of movie marathons of dvd's we already have ( ex - Pirates of the Carribean all 3) and community theater. We have 2 piggy banks (one a pig and one a cow) The pig gets "fed" every payday with $100-200. Then DH and I both get $100 allowance for the 2 weeks. Whatever we don't use of the allowance goes into the cow. (ex - $20 for gas, $20 to eat out, $15 on makeup then $45 goes to the cow at the end of the pay period and we start over) Travel - we drive. We take 2 extra days and drive from Michigan. My car gets 35 mpg and even using premium gas, it only costs us $160 in gas and the cost of a hotel and food. Can't get 2 airline tickets for that! At the parks - We are planning on buying an AP in Nov. Then we will use it for our Nov trip and planning a trip the following spring and then October again before the pass expires - 3 trips on one pass! And finally - DDP! Love it. We always eat well when we go down to Disney. This year I am planning to use some of our income tax refund for the DDP and AP - so really just saving $ for travel and misc spending. It's painless. If you really look at where your $ goes - it's not hard to make a few easy changes to find the cash.
Coop is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2011, 01:26 PM   #23
Disneylvr1971
Community Rank: Day-Tripper
 
Disneylvr1971's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 5

Post Thanks / Like
We drive from Wisconsin every year and the savings are huge. Cost is about $450 for gas round trip when prices were at their highest. We usually leave around 3 am (beat Chicago traffic) and drive until we hit the Florida border then rest for a few hours. We get to Disney early in the AM and most of the time we can check in already. We take extra food, water and snacks and rarely need to purchase food. It is also nice to be able to pick up groceries or any other necessities you may need instead of purchasing at the hotel. We take at least 1 day and go to the outlet malls in Orlando. If you have a daughter, she will love it. We purchase almost all of our Disney souvenirs there for a fraction of the price at the parks. ( I got a pink hooded sweatshirt for $17 that was at Hollywood Studios for $50.) AP's have a lot of perks with them. (Savings on meals and DTD). We also ask for Disney gift cards from friends and family for birthdays and holidays.
Disneylvr1971 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2011, 01:55 PM   #24
kazanimo
Community Rank: Traveler
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: port jefferson NY
Posts: 362

Post Thanks / Like
i started my jar of cash and would like to buy disney gift cards so I am not tempted to "borrow" the money. What can I use them for in the parks besides the stores ?? I usually buy the park tix through undercover tourist? can I use them for dining? but not the dining plan right?
__________________
My Countdown Counting down to: honeymoon 18 years later
mom and dad alone
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous Tripsdvc member since 1999 dixie landings 1996, asm 1999, BWV 2000, BWV 2001, BWV 2003, BWV 2005, BWV 2007 OKW 2010 AKV 2012, BWV 2014! Poly Studio 2015!!!! BCV, BLT 2016
kazanimo is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2011, 02:17 PM   #25
MichaelF
Community Rank: Explorer
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 8,175

Post Thanks / Like
We put all of our change in a Planters Peanut jar. We just emptied it and it had $191 worth of change in there. It took us about a year to fill it with out loose change.
MichaelF is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2011, 03:32 PM   #26
kazanimo
Community Rank: Traveler
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: port jefferson NY
Posts: 362

Post Thanks / Like
awesome!!! thats almost $200 disney dollars!!!!!!!
My husband and I have a family "jar" which when filled we can get about $1000! I have started my "secret" stash of cash and I have one of those change things that count your change I figure each time one of them reaches $25 i will buy a gift card.
__________________
My Countdown Counting down to: honeymoon 18 years later
mom and dad alone
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous Tripsdvc member since 1999 dixie landings 1996, asm 1999, BWV 2000, BWV 2001, BWV 2003, BWV 2005, BWV 2007 OKW 2010 AKV 2012, BWV 2014! Poly Studio 2015!!!! BCV, BLT 2016
kazanimo is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2011, 10:03 AM   #27
rinkaknap
Community Rank: Day-Tripper
 
rinkaknap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Bristol, RI
Concierge Level: 7
Posts: 11

Post Thanks / Like
We are thinking of driving in the near future...this April we are flying (paying more for tickets than I like) since our son is only just 3 but I figure in the next couple of years he should be fine to do the drive especially as our daughter has done it a few times and she is almost 11 now. So.....4 & 12 or 5 & 13 should be do able even from Rhode Island...right?
__________________
Marie K
My Countdown Counting down to: DW visit April 2011
We have left the state!
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous TripsCarribean Beach 1996, Dixie Landings 1998, Contemporary 2000x2, All Star Movie 2002, Animal Kingdom/Disney Wonder 2003, Wilderness Lodge 2005, Pop Century/Disney Magic 2006, Carribean Beach 2007, OKW 2008, Kidani Village Animal Kingdom Lodge opening 2009, Wilderness Lodge Villas 2010, BLT/OKW April 2011
rinkaknap is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2011, 10:37 AM   #28
Eeyore Tattoo
PassPorter's Club Passholder


What's this?

PassPorter Guide

Community Rank: Explorer
 
Eeyore Tattoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Texas
Concierge Level: 6
Posts: 11,304

Post Thanks / Like
When ever I get money for birthdays or holidays I add it to my "cash stash"
Yesterday I put in a few dollars I had in my wallet & saw I now have $100.00 saved already! Coin jar is filling up too..
We still have 8 months to go & save ..
__________________
My Previous TripsCBR: May 1999, CBR:October 2001 Disneyland: June 2002, CSR: October: 2003, POR: May 2005, POFQ: Dec-Jan 2005-2006, POFQ: May 2007, POR :Dec. 2007, Disneyland:May 2008, Mousefest: Dec. 2008 Disneyland: June 2009 AKL Savanna: Oct. 2009 December Gathering BLT: Dec. 2009 BLT Oct. 2010 Paradise Pier Aug. 2011 BLT Nov. 2011 Disneyland/California Adventure 2013 AKV May 2013 SSR March 2015
Eeyore Tattoo is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2011, 11:11 AM   #29
smcnaught
Community Rank: Sightseer
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: North Jersey
Posts: 83

Post Thanks / Like
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eeyore Tattoo View Post
I also cook dinners at home. Mike takes his lunch to work everyday so that saves a bunch. We only go out to eat maybe 3 times a month because we can cook the same meals here for a fraction of the cost.
From what DH says I am a good cook.
It's cool to see coin jars are a big hit with everyone. It's surprising how much we get out of the coin jars I bring mine to the market where they have the coin machine so I don't have to roll them..
The coin machine at my grocery store charges 9 cents on the dollar! Too much! My bank has one that can be used for free by account holders. I dump the coins at the bank and deposit the full amount in our vacation fund
smcnaught is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2011, 11:23 AM   #30
smcnaught
Community Rank: Sightseer
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: North Jersey
Posts: 83

Post Thanks / Like
I grocery shop at Shop Rite (north Jersey) and utilize a Price Plus card for in store savings. At the bottom of the receipt is printed the "Amount Saved." I write a check to our vacation fund for this amount. We make a game out of it with my daughter. We like to see how high we can get it! Sometimes it's a small amount - $4-$6, but when I really shop the circular it can be well over $20. The amounts are usually small enough that you don't really feel the pinch in your check book, but they can really add up in the vacation fund. I can usually hit $50 to $80 a month. I've been doing this for a little over a year and I have saved $1,800.
smcnaught is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Budget Worksheet. Who uses it? Tips or questions? AllisonG Using Your PassPorter: Tips and Answers 19 10-09-2002 07:14 PM

Thank you to our forum sponsor:













Please login or register to hide these ads -- it's free and easy!

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:12 AM.

-->

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like v3.4.0 Patch Level 1 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
(c) 1998-2017 PassPorter Travel Press/MediaMarx, Inc.
Celebrating 19 Years of Making Dreams Come True
Ad Management plugin by RedTyger