Some friends and I are in the beginning stages of planning a trip to Disney World in the fall. We're all recent college graduates which means that money isn't something that have piled up in a bin that we use for swimming.
To that end, we are trying to find ways to make our trip as affordable as possible.
One of the ideas that my wife and one of our friends came up with involves the rooming situation. Our group consists of a few married couples as well as some single friends. Instead of getting rooms for each party, they came up with the idea of having a guy's room and a girl's room. Instead of paying for five or six rooms, we're only going to pay for two.
Quick math lesson:
If we found a place to stay for $50 per night - for three nights, that's $150 my wife and I would have to pay to have our own room.
But if we split the cost of two rooms ($300 for three nights) with seven other people, we only pay $67 ($33.33 for each of us).
We have effectively cut our room cost more than half.
The downside, of course, is that I won't be sharing a bed with my wife for three days. The upside, of course, is that we'll be in Disney World. It's not a perfect situation, but since our financial situation is also not perfect, we can make it work.