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 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 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.


3 Responses to “How to Cut Food Expenses When Traveling”

  1. bigdisu1 on March 31st, 2009 11:12 pm

    Good tips.

    My parents own a timeshare condo we travel too frequently. These usually have a small or full kitchen right in the room where we can make breakfast and lunches. We usually make a trip to the local grocery store and then prepare all the breakfasts and lunches right in the room. Saves quite a bit of $$

  2. Jennifer on February 13th, 2011 5:31 pm

    Jose peppers is not kids eat free. They quit yrs ago. And we just came and ate and it wasnt free. I spoke to manager.

  3. Farm Girl Corinne on March 30th, 2011 1:37 pm

    When we recently went to Disneyland, we stayed at a hotel that served a free, FULL breakfast. Room was under $80 a night since we traveled off season and we asked if we could take a few things back to our room. We took an english muffin each along with cream cheese and jam or PB and a piece of fruit. These turned into fabulous free mini lunches. We also signed up for the various “deal” sites (Groupon for example) for Orange county (you could sign up anywhere) and ended up getting a couple super discounted certificates that allowed 1 1/2-2 people of our 4, to eat for free. We also knew some of the restaurants in the area and signed up on their website and some offered a free meal while others offered a % discount for giving them our email address. Ended up only spending about $150 for 4 people for 4 days food in So Cal. Give it a try!! You will be thrilled at what it can do for your budget :-)

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