This year, once again, we are trying to save every penny we can for a trip we have planned in September. Our kids know we can’t go if the money isn’t saved before the deadline, but sometimes still need some motivation when faced with the temptation to spend.
I made this board a few months ago with my Cricut and the Mickey Fonts cartridge. Each Mickey head shape on the board is equivalent to $50 and when that amount is saved they can put one of the letters on the board, which I have cut out ahead of time and put in a little jar by the board. When complete it will read:
Soderstrom 2011 Family Vacation
Walt Disney World Here We Come!
The countdown could only fit 85 days around the edge, which they will cover up with little castles when it is time, but in the mean time, I made bunches of ballons with the Mickey heads and wrote the days left in 10s. Every ten days we cover one of the balloons in glitter glue.
My son is collecting all the change from the family members to help save and averages a little over $50 per month. I admit that I often ask for four quarters in change at the grocery store to help him out a bit:blush: My DD14 got a job cleaning a chiropractor’s office and contributes quite a bit that way, and my youngest does chores for grandparents and they give her a little bit. DH and I pay a lot of attention to a site “Couponing to Disney” and “Pocket Your Dollars” and find ways to save up.
Just thought I’d share how our family gets to the World. It’s always a bit of a sacrifice to get there, but SO worth it.