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[2 Oct 2012 | 7 Comments | 6,470 views]
Our Disneyland Experience: The Planning Stage – Tickets

Yesterday, I shared our thoughts behind our Disneyland budget, so let’s break that down.
We’ll start with Tickets:  We chose 5-day park hopper passes for 2 adults ($290 each) and 2 children under 10 ($270 each) = $1120 (plus a $5 shipping and handling charge)
I think there are some discounts out there, especially if you live in Southern California, but if you live outside California, just save your inner nerd a little stress and pay what is listed on the website.  I looked and looked, and the only way I would save a little …

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[1 Oct 2012 | 10 Comments | 8,121 views]
Our Disneyland Experience: The Planning Stage – Budgeting

We have been home from our family’s first Disneyland vacation for less than a day and I am still experiencing the Disney high.  I’m completely Disney obsessed. It was AMAZING!  Truly the best vacation we have ever had.  It was everything that I had hoped it would be, and then some.
I’m VERY excited to tell you all about it!  Hopefully it will help you if you are planning a trip to Disneyland!
The Planning Stage –
Our Disneyland trip planning began about 15 years ago.  Back in married years 1 and 2, …

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[21 Apr 2012 | 16 Comments | 13,609 views]
Our Micro Accounts: How we save for expected expenses

A LONG time ago, I wrote a post on our cash envelope categories and what works for us.  At that time, I promised to post about our micro accounts!  This is that post. FINALLY, right?
Let’s recap.  I’m writing these posts to demystify the topic, not because I think I know everything or because we are doing it all right.  I’ll be the first to tell you that we made some poor decisions back when we were DINKs (double income, no kids) and we have major regrets that we hope others …