Traveling on a Budget: Food Part 2

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As a mom, I hate meals.
Let’s be more specific.

Because I do like to eat.
 I enjoy eating.
 I want to eat.
I don’t even mind the cooking or the grocery shopping or putting the food away (although I’m sure my husband would say differently).

I hate figuring out what we are going to eat.
I hate thinking about it at 4:00 in the afternoon before supper.
I hate thinking about lunch at 11:30.

I don’t want to figure it out at all.
So for me a vacation is a time when I want to revolt.
However, because we don’t have the cashflow to eat out for every single meal for a week or two, that is impossible.
thanks to All You Magazine for expanding my eating-for-less-on-vacation knowledge.

My first post about food was the overall premise of eating during vacation. This one will focus on a few things I hadn’t thought of.

  1. When you look for a place to stay (tips here or here), find a place that has a kitchen or kitchenette.  Even a microwave and fridge would be helpful.
  2. Stock up on coupons at the visitor center in town or the chamber of commerce.
  3. When you buy snacks for the theme parks/museums/attractions, get some snacks that are extra special and you don’t normally have at home.  I remember when I was a kid and we would go camping, we always bought the cold cereal in the little boxes.  They were too expensive for everyday use, but spending a little extra for that one treat saved a LOT of money while on vacation.  
  4. Pack your slow cooker.  Throw all the ingredients for a soup or stew in the pot before you head out for the day and come back to a meal that is already prepared, inexpensive, and easily cleaned up! 
  5. Go out to dinner early (before 5:00) when some restaurants are discounted. 
  6. Checkout to find a list of places where kids can eat for free.
Making meals I enjoy, using the slow cooker, and allowing myself the freedom to eat out a few meals helps to save money and to give myself a break. 
These are great tips.  Is there anything that I’m missing?

About giannarae

I am a child of God who has been given the humbling job of being a wife and a mother to 4. Those whom He has given to me are my Sweet Peas and Buddies and one Honey.
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