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.
- 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.
- Stock up on coupons at the visitor center in town or the chamber of commerce.
- 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.
- 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!
- Go out to dinner early (before 5:00) when some restaurants are discounted.
- Checkout coupondivas.com to find a list of places where kids can eat for free.