Mom And Son On Run
  • On Jul 1, 2008
    Edie from TX Asked

    We have always stayed in value resorts and have taken advantage of the free transportation and dining plan. A cousin plans to go with us on our next trip and wants to use her timeshare. I fear we will spend more on food and transportation. Any ideas?

    I would do a estimated comparison of your expenses.

    Since you have been to WDW, you probably have an estimate of what you've spent on your past trips.

    I would itemize your expenses as if you were going on your usual trip and then do the same for the scenario of staying at the timeshare.

    Is your cousin offering your family the timeshare for free? If so, this might make up for the transportation costs. Often, the accommodations expense at WDW can be your family's largest expense.

    Staying off-site, you will probably need to rent a car and then plan on the daily parking fee. Research your car rental costs and stop by www.mousesavers.com for great information on securing discounts. Next, decide if you will eat some meals at the timeshare. If so, this could help considerably with your meal expense. Stock up the fridge with your basics, including breakfast items and late night snacks. You may find that this strategy is more cost-effective than you think.

    Whenever I'm planning our trips, I estimate the cost of different types of vacations. I use a spreadsheet and save the various scenarios so I can print them out and digest the info carefully. Price out each type of vacation (on site vs. off site) as if you were really planning that type of trip. You won't know which is best for your family until you have the figures in front of you.

    Make sure you work out with your cousin if any expenses are going to be shared. Sharing the rental car, timeshare cost, etc could really help!

    Best wishes to you for a wonderful vacation - no matter which route you decide to take!
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I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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