Best Tips to Save Money on Food and Drink
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Trying new foods and beverages when on vacation is what many look forward to. However, one of the most expensive aspects of being on vacation can be the food and drink.
You are in luck because I am here with the best tips to save money on food and drink while on vacation.
Know before you go
When planning your trip, research the area you will be staying in. Check out the restaurants to see the price of the entrees and kids’ meals. Also see if there is anything special going on at the time you will be there, like Restaurant Week, where a 3-course meal with wine will cost around $20, or a Lobsterfest, Oktoberfest and so on.
Research the area you will be and download any phone apps for places you might want to eat or see if there are printable coupons to bring with you. Joining restaurant or bar mailing lists might get you a one time coupon as well.
Make sure to check out Groupon for the area you will be as sometimes there are deals that are amazing!
Choose your accommodation wisely
Choosing a room with a refrigerator and microwave and shopping before you arrive to your hotel so you can stock the in room fridge with things like beverages, yogurt, snacks, waters, string cheese, lunchables, and more.
Many accommodation can sometimes include meals. For example, many of the hotel chains offer a free hot breakfast. Eating well in the morning and that can tide you over for many hours.
In many cases, you can also make your own sandwiches from the toast, bacon, egg and so on, which you can wrap up and take with you for lunch. Most places won’t mind, but just don’t be too obvious about it. In this case, all you would then have to worry about would be dinner and snacks.
Other hotels and resorts include all meals, or dinner. This is usually the case if they are in a remote location and it’s called all inclusive. Be sure not to miss out and make the most of each meal.
Enjoy a big lunch and a light dinner
The lunch menu is often the same food, but far cheaper. If you hit a restaurant right before dinner, you can enjoy a late lunch, at lunch pricing and be full enough to carry you on thru the night till morning.
Go for happy hour and early bird specials
These usually offer the best value. And don’t be shy about asking for a doggie bag. If the portions are really large, avoid the temptation to overeat by taking one third to one half of the food and putting it on your bread plate, and asking them to pack up the rest. You will save money and calories too!
Look for buffets
They will usually charge you per person no matter what the age of your children, but buffets are a great way to taste everything. You cannot take food back to a hotel with you as majority of buffets don’t allow this. But, still a great place to eat a lot of food on the cheap.
Check out this neat site to find buffets around you.
Head to your local warehouse store like SAMS or Costco and buy granola bars or other snacks in bulk. Bring a reusable water bottle for each person. Have nuts on hand. Buy bread and a jar of peanut butter. The sandwiches will hold up well no matter what the weather.
Have a backpack to carry the snacks and water in. Bring a Thermos and fill it up each morning with coffee at the hotel. Bring a collapsible containers for storing leftovers from buffets, or from your doggie bags.
Ask the locals
The hotel staff or people who live in the area will usually know what’s good, at a good price. You can end up discovering some fantastic meals for great prices. Sometimes staying away from chain restaurants can save a lot of money.
Steer clear of drinks on the menu
It is important to stay hydrated, so be sure to drink the water, but if you do have to have a drink, steer clear of fancy cocktails, and go for beer or wine. Drink one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you have to keep costs down. Order one soda and divide it into the water glasses. You will get the taste without all the sugar and calories.
All in all the best part of traveling can be the food and drink but you don’t have to arrive back home with a credit card bill of $1000 or more just because you had to eat. Do you have some great travel tips? Drop me a comment below.