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Cruise Shopping at the Dollar Tree!

hey friends today I am sharing all of my
Dollar Tree hacks for crews we’re going shopping for crews at the Dollar Tree welcome to freedom in a budget I’m Kelly
and I am all about living a full life on a budget I paid off $23,000 of student
loan debt i cash showed a $30,000 wedding paid for a Jeep Cherokee and
cash which was $25,000 and we are currently saving $100,000 at for a down
payment on our first home and Skylar is excited so today I’m teaming up with my
girl budget girl Sara she is such a dear friend of me I have been binge-watching
her channel for about four years now I watched her Channel for hours and
hours and hours when I was on my debt free journey and this past September I
actually met her it was so much fun just to meet her in person I felt like we had
been friends for years and it was so cool just to just to spend
some time with her and get to know her really well which was incredible so
today we’re gonna team up and we are talking about our favorite dollar tree
hacks so if you haven’t checked out budget girl go check out her channel
she’s incredible let her know that Kelly from freedom in a budget sent you on my
channel I get real personal I show you line by line our budget how much we’re
bringing in how much we’re spending it things really really personal but I love
sharing with you guys and sharing exactly how we’re making it work how
we’re saving so much money we’re putting away three to five thousand dollars a
month towards our down payment on our home which is just incredible and such a
dream come true so I share grocery hauls grocery tips on
how to we only spend $200 a month on groceries how I lose weight on a budget
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you know if you like and comment down below please let me know your favorite
cruise destination or dream cruise destination and I would love to hear
from you guys on what is your dream cruise ours is a Norwegian cruise
through the fjords of Norway I am Norwegian and so that is something
that is just we’re so excited for but an Alaskan cruise is probably second top
we’ve been on the couple Caribbean cruises in they’re so much fun but I
live in South Florida so Caribbean cruises it’s very similar to my normal
lifestyle we live at less than a mile from the beach so you know it’s
something that we see every day but the mountains like that is just crazy to me
so I’m so excited for the glaciers and everything we’re gonna go dogsledding
we’re gonna do on a whale watch there’s a train that we’re gonna do we’re going
to go to I think it’s British Columbia and there’s like this tulip thing it’s
I’m so excited it is gonna be such a blast so we are pumped I’m pumped for
our cruise and Sarah is going to Mexico which is also a really fun destination
it is her first cruise so we are teaming up together on our ways to save a little
bit cruises can be expensive yes I know that they’re expensive but I love that
cruises are all in one you know you can see different parts of the world and and
our country which Alaska is part of our country and see different parts of you
know the world in our country and have everything included in the price you
don’t have to worry about rental cars you don’t have to worry about hotels you
don’t have to worry about foods it’s all in one price so they are expensive but a
great way to have that is by shopping ahead of time at the Dollar Tree so I
will also have a full blog post at for you guys down below in the description
at freedom in a budget comm where I’m gonna have some more cruise tips for you
and more hacks that I didn’t get into this video so go check that out also on
my Etsy shop I have a vacation up budget template for you guys which will show
you line by line how to budget for your vacation and everything that you don’t
want to forget and how to do it and how to stay on budget and make sure that you
do not go over budget so that is not something that you want to do so let’s
get shopping you we are guys dollar tree let’s go find
some deals for the cruise you’re gonna get to know your room attendant really
well so we always like to leave thank-you notes and just cards of things
just to just appreciate them and let them know that we care and just a
handwritten note to the room attendants really really goes a long way they super
appreciate it and you know they’re pajamas they’re a
stuck on a ship for six months at a time so something handwritten like this just
means a lot to them decorating they’re doing so much fun it really helps kids but they’ve worked great for putting on
the door all the doors are magnetic so super cute different things you can do
to decorate the door and it’s open to walked in the island know exactly which
stores yours and to have something fun to come back to them to every name if
you’re going on a cruise you’re on a certain holiday you can find different
things like this these are all for Easter but if you’re going around fourth
of July or different holidays these would be so cute for your door they’re a
little just kind of cardboard a type of pieces that you can hang with magnets or
painters tape and they are just adorable so no fun to celebrate birthdays or
holidays on the ship these are also great for decorating the door and it’s
something that the kids can color themselves and do as an activity and
then hang up and then they’re so proud of their own artwork they have all
different kinds here and there’s so much fun here are some really cute dry erase
boards that would be perfect for the door and leaving loose they are magnetic
so they’re going to stick on the door as well as the walls in the cruise room so
here are some one different colors that would do orange and this is great for
like just reminders of don’t forget sunscreen tomorrow or don’t forget this
or tomorrow is formerly doing things like that
so fun to leave notes for your spouse you’ve kids anything like
that or just a have fun tomorrow type of thing here is so helpful so these
clothes pins are really really great for hanging up clothes they need to wash or
bathing suits that are wet hanging on the shower or something like that
these Jumbo clothespins these are amazing these are good for your towels
and clipping them onto the back of the beach chair at the pool or import we’ve
used these many many times and they’re really sturdy and really really good
these storage bags are awesome they help with minimizing space in your suitcase
and you can just kind of roll out the air we’re gonna be using these for our
big down coat for Alaska because it’s going to take up a lot of space but this
really helps to save that space here are some many containers of Dawn dish soap
as well as Palmolive if you want to get the soda package they give you a
reusable cup but I always like to wash it out and it just makes me feel better
of having some legit good dish detergent to make sure I’m cleaning it properly
before taking it out and filling it with my photos they have lots of different
dish soaps here here’s another dawn one here
Palmolive oxy so they are great quality and they’re great travel size so super
convenient these medications are a game changer just to have on hand if you get
something with you know they with HIV it bit somewhere you need that to the
tylenol advil PM some migraines and sleep beds some allergy anything like
that we’ve even taken these hot cold patches that you know if you’re climbing
up something and doing something super you know stressful on your joints or
different things like that or your muscles and having this is really
helpful to have just kind of leave that pain at night and acid all of these are
so so helpful to have on ship having a liquid hand soap is a
game-changer for me all they have in the rooms is just bar soap and I don’t like
to wash my hands with bar soap so I like bringing this antibacterial soap and I
just feel better I feel more clean and it’s just something that I like to have
in the bathroom always on ship these at travel
antibacterial wipes are really nice to have on hand and just have them in your
tote bag or have them in the room just to wipe down different services wipe
down the remote the remote has so much germs is disgusting we keep them so that
if we eat something poor after you know handling an animal or different things
out in the port we can just wipe our hands and have it super easy mess free
they are awesome these shower caps are really great for covering your shoes in
the suitcase we put them kind of upside down so that hold your shoe and doesn’t
get your suitcase our clothes all dirty from your dirty bottoms of your shoes
they have individual ones here that are a little thicker or more plastic ones
four to four dollars so super great deal on shower caps earplugs are vital
freeing on a ship especially if you are not used to sharing a room with your dad
or bowsers Owen and they snore they’re really great to have or if you’re close
to the engines depending on when you’re coming in and out of Port it can be
really loud so definitely have earplugs just in case you need them these little
mini laundry detergent are awesome they are perfect for bringing on the
cruise I like to wash like two or three items typically just because I need some
extra shorts or different things like that or things get dirty or spilled on
so having this and using the clips to hang them up in the shower just makes it
so easy and convenient at night the rooms get like a pitch black so having a
night light it’s really helpful for that they do also have these super cute kid
wands if you have kids that are so fun toy story Peppa Pig and they are awesome
so having these night lights can really help make it different and just making
it easier if you do have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and
not just tumbling and tripping or waking up everyone else
super super convenient instant coffee to me is really important I do not feel
like it’s in coffee but I do need coffee and just like one cup in the and the
main dunya is not enough for me any two or three cups in the morning and I don’t
know about other cruise lines but world– Kirby and you only get a coffee
maker in your room if you are in a suite so we learn that the hard way and our
last room did not have a coffee maker so we were without coffee so instant coffee
and then they have these little powdered creamers which are really easy to use in
different french vanilla and regular flavor as well so instant coffee it’s
definitely helpful my dollar tree has tons and tons of hygiene items with
toothpaste never even like that they even have a lot with the toothpaste
right there for you and it’s a little travel kit and ones for adults they have
ones for kids they have so many different types as well as the flossers
I have forgotten floss on a cruise before and it was miserable not having
cloth so those are really great super convenient to have flossers and
everything right there for you I don’t think I realized how expensive sunblock
was until I became an adult but it is very expensive and the Dollar Tree has
really great price support sunscreen so this is SPF 50 for four ounces they also
have it for kids they have thirty thirty sport different ones like that those are
really great also sunglasses sunglasses are great from the Dollar Tree of just
having around the pool the easy if you lose that you are not concerned such a
great investment to have extra extra extra sunglasses on accrues also goggles
goggles are really great to have bring it for yourself for the cruise for your
kids in the pool area they also have a lot of toys and everything if you’re
going into port and going to the beach these are great they are kind of small
and compact and you can just blow them up on the beach with tons of bubbles and
different toys are really great for playing around in the pool a lot of
times at night they will have different things with glow sticks and they sell
them on ship but they’re so expensive so bring your own glow sticks to walk
around with and have your kids is so convenient would they have the necklace
ones the bracelets the wand all different types of glow sticks which
your kids will just absolutely love even if there are the only kids they will
feel like the coolest kids on the whole entire ship all right guys I hope that
was fun it was so much fun to go shopping and check out all the great
finds of Dollar Tree has now some dollar trees are different than other different
dollar stores Dollar Tree Dollar General all of those can vary a little bit
depending on where you are in the country in the world but that was my
local Dollar Tree and I hope this was helpful let me know down below some of
your favorite crew tacks whether they be from Dollar Tree or just other cruise
hacks in general as well as your dream cruise destination let me know down
below also please leave the cruise ship emoji if you made it to the end of the
video I would love to hear from you guys alright I will talk to you later bye



Apr 4, 2019, 10:48 am Reply

Thanks for the tips! We are going on a cruise next month! ?? My dream cruise would be to Antarctica! I went on an Alaskan cruise last year – I did the train ride, helicopter ride, glacier walk, and whale watching!

Scott Dow

Apr 4, 2019, 10:57 am Reply

Budget Girl sent me to this channel!

Freedom In A Budget

Apr 4, 2019, 10:59 am Reply

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Sharon C

Apr 4, 2019, 11:04 am Reply

We are doing the Alaska on Ovation May 2020. We are taking MSC Seaside in 5 days.?. Western Caribbean— not a favorite, but more interested in ship. We splurged on Yacht Club.?

Midlife Woman

Apr 4, 2019, 11:06 am Reply


Melodie V

Apr 4, 2019, 11:10 am Reply


Scott Dow

Apr 4, 2019, 11:11 am Reply

I don't have a cruise ship emoji. Safe travels. Your dollar tree is large!


Apr 4, 2019, 11:12 am Reply

Sunshine is something that you see everyday…? It snowed in Michigan again last night… ?I think anything Tropical or warm sounds amazing right now! ☺️

Lori S.

Apr 4, 2019, 11:36 am Reply

I came over from Budget Girl. My favorite place I've been is St. Thomas. It was magical when we left and seeing all the lights. The people who live there flash their porch lights as the ship leaves. My dream cruise is to Alaska. ?

Connie Porter

Apr 4, 2019, 11:47 am Reply

I just got back from my cruise and there were a lot of decorations on doors. I think I will do that next time if we go with a big group again. Makes it easier to find each others' room.

Passive Income Tom

Apr 4, 2019, 11:50 am Reply

This was really interesting – the title as well as the story.

Debbie Webbie

Apr 4, 2019, 11:57 am Reply

This is great. I have to say I tried that instant coffee and I’m not picky but it was soooooooo horrible I couldn’t even drink it. Lol. Even the smell was awful.

Jo Budgets

Apr 4, 2019, 12:02 pm Reply

Alaska is one of my dream cruises! Along with Europe ?

Laurie Winiarski

Apr 4, 2019, 1:14 pm Reply

? since I live where it snows a lot, I would welcome a Bahama cruise right about now.

Jane Hanson

Apr 4, 2019, 2:15 pm Reply

Great tips!! I think Alaska would be great?.

The Italian Teacher.

Apr 4, 2019, 2:45 pm Reply

I would love to go to Italy love your channel and Sara’s

Diane Lain

Apr 4, 2019, 2:46 pm Reply

Since I’m Norwegian your future cruise sounds so amazing!

The Italian Teacher.

Apr 4, 2019, 2:56 pm Reply


Lena Rhodes

Apr 4, 2019, 3:00 pm Reply

??? have a wonderful time. A lot of things I would never have thought about doing!

miggie 1

Apr 4, 2019, 3:36 pm Reply

?… Can't go on a cruise.. Tooooo claustrophobic…

Iliana Eduardo

Apr 4, 2019, 4:36 pm Reply


Susie McCollum

Apr 4, 2019, 6:15 pm Reply

? Loved this. Hope to go on a cruise someday!

Donna Patterson

Apr 4, 2019, 6:48 pm Reply

?I ? Budget Girl!? Have fun on your cruise.

scrp bookr

Apr 4, 2019, 6:57 pm Reply

Really loved Curacao!

Jana B.

Apr 4, 2019, 7:45 pm Reply


Barb Butler

Apr 4, 2019, 7:51 pm Reply

BG sent me, but I stayed because you seem interesting ?

Ashley McDaniel

Apr 4, 2019, 9:55 pm Reply


Pennies and Planning

Apr 4, 2019, 9:58 pm Reply

We are saving for an Alaskan cruise <3

Dawn E. farmerswife04

Apr 4, 2019, 11:30 pm Reply


Budget Boomer Annie

Apr 4, 2019, 11:36 pm Reply

Hey Kelly. I am Norwegian too! I am going to Norway in September with my sister and my cousin. This will be my second time. I’ve been a lot of places in our beautiful world, but Norway is absolutely spectacular!

T Sapphire

Apr 4, 2019, 12:07 am Reply

? budget girl sent me to your channel. I'm off on cruise to Norway thru Fjords. Your favourite destination! Never done a cruise before so helpful video. Hope you enjoy your cruise! ??


Apr 4, 2019, 4:04 am Reply

Sigh….. I can only wish I had the time to go shopping to pick out door decorations for my cruise. I'm sincerely happy for you and Jayme though. I hope you have a beautiful cruise.

kimberly park

Apr 4, 2019, 4:37 am Reply

Cruises ?I want to go on are Fall foliage New England, Mediterranean and a world cruise. ?

Cat Mitchell

Apr 4, 2019, 6:05 am Reply

That is literally the biggest, most organized, and well stocked dollar tree I’ve ever seen.

Messy with a Plan

Apr 4, 2019, 11:01 am Reply

Loved these suggestions for a ? or any vacation!

Maria C Melo

Apr 4, 2019, 12:25 pm Reply

Love to cruise. I always hit the $ store first.
Dream cruise was Greece celebrity cruise line. I'm blessed to have check that if my buckelist. I was truly amazing. Santorini was the childhood dream destination and I was not disappointed. We have been on 4 so far and God willing we will cruise next year for our 40th anniversary ?????❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

So This Is Life

Apr 4, 2019, 2:13 pm Reply


Katie Landis

Apr 4, 2019, 3:04 pm Reply

Great tips!?
Sounds like lots of fun!

Pennies Not Perfection – A Merry Life, On A Budget

Apr 4, 2019, 3:22 am Reply

Fun collab idea! Dollar tree has some really great stuff! I love cruises so much. I've done Alaska and Caribbean, I want to take another one soon!

Quest to FIRE

Apr 4, 2019, 7:23 am Reply

Going on one in November! Can’t wait!❤️❤️ And you are soooo right about cruises being so convenient! I LOVE not having to think about anything! Food, activities, transportation to events, hotels, cars… nothing! It’s the best way to relax on vacation imho. ?

Lyn Morris

Apr 4, 2019, 9:26 am Reply

When Skyler was pawing at the flowers, I had a huh moment going "that's not Piper, the other one is being mischevious too" but couldn't remember the name.

Rachael Lyn

Apr 4, 2019, 2:20 am Reply

I love this idea! I went to Paris a few years ago (pre getting out of debt) and I can't wait until I can go back again!!

Dawn Knapp

Apr 4, 2019, 4:26 am Reply

I came over from Budget Girl and subscribed

Mother of One

Apr 4, 2019, 10:29 pm Reply

I’ve only been on a cruise once and I could have used these tips. Do they have washers and dryers on the ship?

Mother of One

Apr 4, 2019, 10:32 pm Reply



Apr 4, 2019, 5:59 pm Reply

budget girl sent me to your channel. Never heard from you before. Thanks for the video and have fun!

Ines Terway

Apr 4, 2019, 8:28 pm Reply

Australia newzealand

Ines Terway

Apr 4, 2019, 8:37 pm Reply

They give free coffee in the room with room service.

M J B & J

Apr 4, 2019, 12:56 am Reply



Apr 4, 2019, 4:55 am Reply

My dream cruise is Alaska and the Mediterranean. We cruise twice a year. We’ve been doing a lot of Caribbean cruises. Eastern and Southern so far.

Rita C

Apr 4, 2019, 12:36 pm Reply

Lorrie R

Apr 4, 2019, 9:20 pm Reply

Great ideas??

Jessica 1986

Apr 4, 2019, 5:17 pm Reply

Did y’all notice that the hand wipes were 3 in a pack but 1 is missing?

Stephanie Karen Dunn

Apr 4, 2019, 1:42 am Reply

? Great Video. Thanks for the tips.

Sandy Rodriguez

Apr 4, 2019, 3:54 pm Reply

Disney Cruise with my kiddos.

Debbie Serwe

Apr 4, 2019, 11:27 pm Reply

You can get as much coffee as you want at the buffet. Norwegian, coffee maker in balcony's

Tracy Dickson

Apr 4, 2019, 12:33 pm Reply

You can get a travel mug at the Dollar Tree and then fill it up at the buffet.

Natasha Newman

Apr 4, 2019, 4:25 pm Reply

I am from British Columbia, I haven't had a chance to see the tulip festival but have seen some posts and looks gorgeous. Alaska is one but my dream cruise is the Norway one as well but on Princess cruise line. I think our next cruise for our honeymoon is going to be Caribbean for our honeymoon. The Norway one is just out of the budget

Cindy Salas

Apr 4, 2019, 11:55 pm Reply

My thing is a plug in with extra plugs


Apr 4, 2019, 3:47 pm Reply


Cindy Salas

May 5, 2019, 9:24 pm Reply

The power plug in isn’t a strip I bought it at $tree they are a square love your channel

Marianne Dressler

May 5, 2019, 7:17 pm Reply

Some great ideas. Like the idea on decorating your door and the thank you cards for the staff. I would always tip but never thought of the card!!

Kathy Brannon

May 5, 2019, 8:40 pm Reply

We did the Alaskan cruise in May of 2017. It was amazing!! We had done 3 Caribbean cruises in the past which I loved, so I wasn't really excited about Alaska. It is now probably my most favorite one we've been on. The landscape is so different and absolutely breathtaking. This is not a Dollar Tree hack, but an absolute must have for the Alaskan Cruise is a REALLY good pair of binoculars You will be passing so many waterfalls and wildlife in the inside passage and at Glacier Bay. You need good ones to see any distance.
You are going to LOVE Glacier Bay. I could have stayed there ALL day. We had very good weather, so I only wore my heavier coat and boots the day we went to Mendenhal Glacier. It was kind of overcast and drizzly , but not too bad. I hope you have an amazing time. Can't wait to see all your photos and your vlog from your trip!

Hollie Ayres

May 5, 2019, 9:46 pm Reply

Thanks for the tips. ?

Jennifer Cross

May 5, 2019, 4:05 am Reply

Hello, this is my first time watching your video's. I am currently on the 338-day countdown to my very first cruise from the Port of Galveston to the Western Caribbean aboard the Carnival Freedom. I didn't know much about cruising and the various cruise lines when I made our booking. I already know it won't be my last so, I have decided my next cruise will be on a Norwegian ship.
I am thinking I would like to cruise Alaska, Canada, The Panama Canal, The Bahama's and one day maybe Europe or Somewhere like that. I have a bucket list but I am disabled and on a budget so I have to plan my adventures in advance and pay them out. I also want to go to Disney World. My adventure buddy is a long time friend of mine who is a double amputee and is just as adventurous as I am. He is going with me next April on my cruise. The only destination we don't agree upon is Alaska because he can't tolerate the cold weather very well.
I am a single woman, who raised her daughter alone with help from my Mom and both my Daddy and Step Dad. My daughter is grown, married with 2 girls of her own that I love to spoil.
I am eager to learn from you the art of budgeting, saving, etc. So that I may make my little income stretch further and get more out of it.
Thank you for your video's and information,
Jenni Cross

Jessica Leathers

May 5, 2019, 4:35 pm Reply


Georgina Reynolds

May 5, 2019, 9:01 pm Reply

Instant coffee????? Really….room service

Julie D.

May 5, 2019, 3:28 pm Reply

How much luggage do you take? Some of this seems overkill. I would spend as much on baggage valets just getting the extra suitcase around!


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Jun 6, 2019, 7:23 am Reply

I like in the UK so Caribbean is my dream destination, although an Alaska cruise sounds incredible too! Definitely got yourself a new subscriber here ?


Jun 6, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply

Thank you for the tips.  I utilized some of your ideas on my lunch shopping today.  We are cruising next Saturday to the Caribbean but my dream cruise is the Alaska.  🙂

Belinda Creel

Jul 7, 2019, 1:43 am Reply

My Dream Cruise would be an Alaska one but Have to work my husband on staying on the boast that long!!


Jul 7, 2019, 2:20 am Reply

Disney cruises; loving your channel

Kickin’ it with Kim

Aug 8, 2019, 6:46 pm Reply

Great tips ?

Jennifer Wilks

Aug 8, 2019, 12:54 am Reply

I'm going on my first cruise in November. You're very helpful!

lou ann Roberts

Sep 9, 2019, 11:37 pm Reply

Did the Alaska Cruise in August 2018. The Train Ride and Whalewatch Excursions were awesome.

J Ibarra

Sep 9, 2019, 5:11 am Reply

Love to decorate our Cabin door!! Awesome video! Also check out the CruisePak, it’s a great little First Aid bag with all kinds of stuff that you may need. ??

Sarah Geyer

Oct 10, 2019, 1:24 pm Reply

Saving for Alaska 2021 but my dream is a river cruise down the Danube ❤️

Kyle Furukawa

Oct 10, 2019, 4:18 am Reply


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