Now that the weather is warming up, people are thinking about vacation. No matter where you go or what you do on vacation, you have to eat. 🙂 Costs add up quickly when you’re feeding your family at restaurants for all three meals every day! Here are a few ways you can save money on each meal while on vacation!
1. Bring your own breakfast
Breakfast is the easiest meal to eat on the go. Muffins, fruit and yogurt with granola are easy to eat in the car. Grab a few cases of the little milk cartons and juice boxes from Costco, and you can store them without refrigeration! I always travel with a container of the International Delight creamer singles, some coffee grounds and a few filters – just in case the only coffee I have available is what they stock in basic hotel rooms. No thanks. 🙂
2. Eat the big meal of the day at lunch
Most sit-down restaurants offer smaller portions of their dinner menu during lunch – at a much reduced price. If you’re staying at the beach, of course you need to eat seafood. Hit the hot spots at lunch! If you plan ahead where you want to eat, just look up the restaurant’s menu online to make sure they offer a cheaper fare at lunch. Be aware of cutoff times for ordering lunch (usually 4 PM) and that most places don’t offer lunch menus on the weekends.
3. Keep it light for supper
If you can plan ahead of time for certain restaurants, look for Groupons offered by local pizza or Mexican restaurants. Keep your eye out for gift card deals – my grocery store often runs promotions where you save money on a future grocery purchase when you buy restaurant gift cards.
4. Bring your own snacks
The grocery markup in gas stations just kills me. The easiest way to save money on food while traveling is to buy snacks before you leave home! I even “splurge” for pre-packaged snacks like goldfish or trail mix – it’s still a huge savings over gas station prices. Head over to Polka-Dotty Place for a great list of road trip snacks!
How do you save money on meals during vacation?