Hey folks, I have been in Orlando since last weekend, and won't return until this weekend. My Fiancee and I are completely theme parked out. I am finally at a computer with working internet. There have been some very interesting stories to share that relate to personal finance, and I can't wait to get back to share. A short preview: our $50/day experiment has gone very well. In fact, we're under budget, and not holding back at all. I have had beers with meals, and eaten pretty well. I'll definitely share all about how we managed to spend less than fifty bucks a day for food while staying in Disney and Hilton hotels.
Also, we attended a time share presentation at the Hilton vacation resort. As always, it was very enticing, but we didn't buy. I had a question for the guy that he didn't really answer. "Why are timeshare sales so profitable for the resorts?" I backed this up by saying that we routinely get email and phone call invitations to attend presentations. They give us free dinners, weekend getaways, and movie tickets. There is always "no pressure to buy." So, that must mean that they are making a tremendous amount of money on the ones who actually buy.
I'll have a whole post up later about our timeshare presentation.
It's late here in Orlando. I'll post more when I return to Los Angeles.