One of the most helpful budgeting ideas that I got from one of Izzy’s care takers is to gather all the things Disney in your home and take it with you so they have toys already there with them and they won’t want to buy anything in the stores. In my mind, I would assume that it also links the toys to the experience.
As a mother of the year, I do try to limit my child’s television viewing by only having a TV that receives whatever is already free and can be watched with ‘rabbit ears’. In the beginning years, I thought that I would NEVER let my child watch TV and I would have a child reading by 2.
Turns out that I also fell prey to the lure of a quiet hour or two that comes from a 3 year old chilling on the couch with a bowl of blueberries (<—–see! I am a good mom!), her blanket (it only had a little bit of pee on it) and Ice Age 3 (which of all her movies I have a problem with due the fact that the chronological timeline is all out of whack with dinosaurs and Woolly Mammoths roaming around together. Also the fact that the dinosaurs aren’t really REAL dinosaurs) but back to the real problem.
In my failed attempts to shield my child from the devil television, I didn’t think I bought too many Disney items. I thought she would be toting around her Rapunzel doll and sipping from her Tiana cup but that would be it…
Holy Cow! Turns out we have a whole table worth of stuff. 2 princess dresses (not the mention the whole box of dress up items and another princess dress that I purchased from Target). The Tiana dress is the $50 dress from the Disney store BUT i bought it on clearance for $25. Her Wonderful Mema bought her a princess lunch set. She has two of those snowglobe cups.
undies (probably more with the ones in the wash), A Tiana crown also from The Disney Store on clearance, a Rapunzel swimsuit and night gown, Pair of light up Princesses tennis shoes, Princesses flossers.
Mickey Towel: 8.00
Tiana Tiara: 5.99
Tiana Light up bracelet: 3.99
Princess Goggles: 3.99