As you have read, I am a Disney shopper. It can get expensive at times, especially with no budget set. I have learned to use Disney gift cards to assist me with no getting caught up in the “magic of Disney merchandise.” I set a budget, load the amount on the card, and cross my fingers that I can stick to it. I have been successful at times and others I had to reload the gift card before the end of the trip. The gift card can be reloaded at most registers on property. Besides using the card to stick to a budget, it is easy to use in stores, resorts, restaurants, and most snack carts. I also like the fact that I do not have to count out cash or carry around all the coin change as a result of using cash. However, remember to treat your gift card as cash.
I purchased my Disney gift card from DisneyStore.com. I personalized it with a picture I took on one trip. It does offer a special touch and gets the attention of Cast Members.
I also discovered a free Disney gift card app for the iPhone. I am not sure if it is available for other smart phones. It becomes a chore to keep up with receipts to know your balance. You add your gift card or cards, give it/them a name, and it lists the balance. The app will also list the recent transactions. At the present time, you cannot reload the gift card using this app.