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  • On Jan 12, 2009
    Stacey from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    help? 4/10 on basic dp,6nights.adr tusker house,crystal pal,royal table/tep edo/holly&vine/cape may/50 diner/chef mickey/over my tscredits which ones should i pay out of pocket for,need to eat nightly,any advice on how to budget, the TS and QS and sn

    Hello Stacey!

    I always put a lot of thought into which meals and restaurants I should use my dining credits on. With a little careful planning and math you can figure out how to get the best value for your meal plan.

    The first rule of thumb that I go by is to pay out of pocket for any breakfasts when I have more meals than credits. Breakfast is usually the least expensive meal of the day and is usually not worth spending one of your table service credits on. Some of the restaurants you've listed serve breakfast, but I'm not sure if that is the meal you plan on eating there!

    The next thing I would do, would be to visit and click on the 'Dining' tab at the top of the page. When you get to the dining page, click on 'The Menus' on the left hand side of the page. Most of the menus here are very newly updated and will give you an idea of prices for the meals you have chosen. I always look through the menus and choose what I think we might order so that I can get an estimated idea of how much the meal would cost. Write down the approximate cost of all of your meals, and pay out of pocket for the least expensive ones.

    On our last trip, we had the dining plan and we ate breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table. I paid out of pocket for this meal instead of using the 2 table service credits per person. When I divided the cost of the meal by 2, it just wasn't worth it to use the credits on this meal. I would advise you to pay close attention to that as well.

    I have found that the best way to use the meal plan is to pay out of pocket for breakfast, use the quick service credit for lunch, and your table service credit for dinner. Some people like to use their snack credit to get pastries or muffins for breakfast, but I like to save them for a treat later in the day.

    Have fun with your final planning!
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My name is Amber and I’m a stay-at-home mom from southwestern Pennsylvania. Planning my family’s Disney vacations is always so much fun. I love spreading the magic by getting others excited for their trips.
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