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Frugal in Florida

You don’t need to scrimp and save. You just have to be frugal.

Whatever your budget, Florida is always feasible.

 

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1. Attraction tickets

Do not buy your tickets on the gates. What you would pay for a one day ticket can most of the time get you a 14 day ticket by buying before you go. Most attraction ticket sites also have special offers and freebies so everything works out at better value. Book your tickets from Attraction Tickets Direct.

2. Coupons

Your accommodation will certainly have free coupon books as will many shops in the Orlando area. If you have a printer you can search online for these coupons and print them before you travel. These coupons are so valuable when it comes to saving you money. They offer discounts in the local restaurants or money off in stores. Even money of entry to some of Orlando’s must do attractions.

3. Kids eat free cards

Kids eat free cards can be bought before you travel but the majority of the time are given for free when you purchase your attraction tickets. It enables kids to eat free in many restaurants across Orlando and is a big money saving tick!

4. Breakfast

Breakfast doesn’t always come as an added bonus to your hotel stay and eating out every morning can quickly eat in to your spending money. Head to Wal-Mart, Publix or Walgreens and stock up on cereals and pastries to eat in your accommodation before you head out for the day. So much cheaper and will keep you going till lunchtime.

5. Eating in the parks

Choosing to eat in the theme parks can become expensive. Even the cost of quick service dining can be costly. Take a rucksack filled with sandwiches and snacks and use these to get you through the day. You can even nibble while in the queue line too. Ready made sandwiches are available to buy in the local supermarkets but it is even cheaper to buy the ingredients separately and make your own.

6. Groupon

Check out Groupon Orlando before you take your holiday. They have lots of great offers on excursions, experiences and dining.

7. Drinks

In the Florida heat needing to drink more is essential but in the parks and out and about the cost of drinks can get pricey. Buy a case of bottled water for around $4 from the local supermarkets or bring a drinking bottle from home and make use of the free iced water offered in the theme parks. Unlimited refills and at no expense.

8. Parking

Theme park parking is extortionate and it isn’t included in the cost of your ticket. Make use of the free hotel shuttles to cut down on parking costs or visit Universal after 6pm where the parking is free. If you book your SeaWorld ticket before you travel from Attraction tickets direct then parking at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens is included with your ticket.

9. Merchandise

While the merchandise inside of the park can really tempt you to part with money it must be known that away from the theme parks you will find merchandise for less than half of the cost. Official Disney merchandise can be found cheaper at the Disney character warehouse located at the Orlando Premium Outlets. Wal-Mart and Target also have some fantastic merchandise as well as the hundreds of gift shops which surround the international drive area and the 192 in Kissimmee.

10. Food portions

The American food portions can be overwhelming and sometimes unfinishable. Save money by sharing a main or order an appetizer instead. If you don’t mind a big plate then save money by having your children share a plate together.

It is also best to check out the happy hours of the local restaurants as they can sometimes offer dining deals or free kids meals.

Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, Subway, KFC and McDonald’s all offer cheap combo meals that can be taken back to your accommodation.

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