You have decided that this is the year you are going to take your family on vacation.
You are on a budget and you would like to be able to do more than a Staycation.
Not that there is anything wrong with a Staycation. Part of A Traveling Thought is to discover the exciting things my own town and eventually my State have to offer.
But this year, you have decided that it’s time to travel a little bit.
So whether you decide to fly or roadtrip or even take the train, there are areas in which you can keep the costs low.
And today we are going to talk about the food budget.
Here are some simple tips to use for food.
- Shop for easily portable items at home. Like snacks and breakfast food. Designate a piece of luggage just for food. Sort out what you want to make sure you have when you arrive and what can be travel snacks. Packing a cooler with beverages will cut down on that expense.
- While you are still at home, make a list of groceries you want to purchase at your destination. You may be flying or will not have enough space to lug a cooler or an extra food bag. So pack just a few travel snacks and purchase food at a local grocery store once you arrive.
- Set aside only $25-$50 for “emergency” snacks. I’m talking about those times at the gas station/airport when you really just want that candy bar. Decide that you will not spend more than your allotted amount on junk food.
- Decide ahead of time which meals you would like to eat at a restaurant. You can eat out. Totally. It’s your vacation, but make a plan. By making a plan, you will avoid unintentionally spending money.
- Choose meals you will enjoy making. Again it’s vacation. You don’t want to be slaving over a little burner stove in an unknown kitchen for the whole time. To save money, making your food is helpful, but make sure that you choose meals that you enjoy and the family will enjoy.
- Make food prep a family affair. Family vacations are about spending time together. If everyone is involved, it doesn’t matter what exactly you are doing. It just matters that you are doing it together.
- Anytime you think you might need to grab take out, use coupons or deli food from a grocery store.
We all have to eat. It’s inevitable. But we don’t need to waste every spare cent we have on food. By making a plan and some food spending guidelines, you can eat reasonably well within a budget.