How to Cut Food Expenses When Traveling
Traveling is full of expenses – airfare, gas, hotel, attractions, spending money, and one of the biggest expenses that is often overlooked – dining. If you keep track of how and where you are spending your money on vacation you will find that a huge chunk of it is going towards food. Don’t worry though; I have some easy ways to save you money on food while traveling.
The simplest way to cut down those food expenses when you are on vacation is to cook or make your food and not dine out. Renting a hotel with a kitchen will often save you money because you can prepare many of your meals there. Take advantage of your hotel’s free continental breakfast and prepare as many other meals as you can in your kitchen. Packing a cooler with soda, water, sandwiches, and fruit will make lunch quick and inexpensive. Have fun with it and throw in a blanket and hold a picnic for you and your family. Munch on healthy snacks such as carrot sticks, nuts, and granola bars to curb your appetite while you are on the go and away from your kitchen.
You are on vacation and you more than likely will want to eat a meal out. Don’t deprive yourself; just limit eating out to a few times during your trip. Research inexpensive dining options on the Internet before you go (many restaurants have their menus and prices online now) so you will have some great places planned. While you are researching be sure to see if there are any coupons for the restaurants in the area where you are traveling. The restaurants website, the areas chamber of commerce and newspaper are great places to look for online dining coupons.
A great way that I save money while traveling is with Entertainment.com books. These books are catered to each major city/area and they have tons of coupons for not only dining but also hotels and attractions. I get one every year and they always more than pay for themselves. I also like to order certificates from Restaurant.com where you are able to search by zip code or state to find discounted coupons for tons of restaurants. I’ve been very happy with the service I’ve received from them and I plan on using them again.