[QUOTE=jen9804;1113028]We just figured out what food would cost out of pocket for 5 adults for an 8 night, 9 day trip. It came to $2500 with 8 table service meals and 9 quick meals and 9 snacks per person plus tip for the table service. We drink fountain water in the parks and bring a camelbak and get the resort mug so we don’t purchase beverages at the restaurants. Of course, I figured this out using the biggest ticket items on the menu so that we wouldn’t have any surprises. I also know that a lot of times the meals are too big for me and my girls, so we end up splitting a lot of meals. I doubt it will really cost us that much, but want to be prepared.
For souveniers, we make a list of things we want ahead of time and then don’t divert from that list. We usually get a few pins, a t-shirt or sweatshirt, Christmas ornaments one kitchen item and the kids get a stuffed animal. We budgeted $200 per person last trip and we had enough. My kids added a little bit to their kitty and came home with cash to spare (except for my son who bought a few clothing items he liked.)
I always try to figure our budget on a worse-case scenario so we end up bringing money home. Makes the trip way less stressful.[/QUOTE]
Are you an accountant? Just asking b/c you budget like we do. The managers I pass budgets down to can’t figure out why I put the worst case budgets to them and ask them to operate on that…then every Christmas we hand them a big bonus for turning profits that would not have happened w/o following a conservative budget. Then a week later, they are fighting me on the budget again.
Anyway, we plan our vacation the same way…everyone gets steak, everyone gets a t-shirt and toy, we plan to buy at least 1 nice snowglobe, tatoos and facepaint at least one day for everyone, arcade money…we have never come home broke or had one second where we said “not enough $$$”, but it takes some planning and some saying no to other stuff.