It’s no secret, eating out is expensive. When planning your Spring Break trip or other vacations, keep in mind a few money saving tips.
On the grocery shopping trips prior to your Spring Break trip, make sure you grab some additional snacks. Be sure to watch your sales circulars, for additional money savings. Avoid buying personal or serving size packaging. they tend to cost more. Instead purchase the regular size, and package them into serving size containers, yourself.
On Spring Break, you can save money by taking along your own refillable water bottle(s). You can save money refilling it yourself. Bring your own water, juices and soda. Purchasing them from vending machines or vendors on the street, will cost you more. Hotels and other lodging places usually offer ice or have refrigerators in your room, utilize those.
On Spring Break, you can save money by using coupons. Coupons are great for saving money. Look for printable coupons online. Ask the desk clerk when you check in at the hotel. Look at those free papers by the door or on the place mats. Ask your waitress if there are any coupons or discounts available. You have to ask and look but it’s well worth the effort.
On Spring Break, you can save money by requesting a little refrigerator in your room. These are great for chilling beverages and keeping leftovers until later. Most hotels have little microwaves in the lobby, some in their rooms. Use those to heat up leftovers between meals or later in the evening.
If you’re traveling with children, look for places that kids eat or stay free. Children’s portions are usually more then they eat, consider sharing some of your meal with them and cut that expense.
On Spring Break, you can save money by avoiding the convience store. Pack a cooler of waters, sodas and snacks to have as you are traveling. While at your destination, plan ahead for the day. Convience stores are usually higher. If you just need something and it can’t be avoided, try going where the local purchase groceries.
On Spring Break, you can save money by eating a later brunch. Brunches are usually all you can eat. The variety of food choices should please even the picky eater in the group. The brunch should cover breakfast and lunch. Make sure you have some snacks you brought from home, to tide you over until dinner. By doing so you eliminate the cost of one meal. Depending on your group, that could be a large savings.
When eating dinner out, if possible, try to eat early enough to catch the ending time of the lunch specials. Don’t eat to early that you’ll need another whole meal before bed. Just early enough to get the lunch specials, as lunch is generally cheaper then dinner.
If you’re eating at a restaurant, which you order exact meals (not all you can eat). Take a look around at other tables and note the portion sizes. You might consider sharing a meal, if the portions are large enough. You’ll save money and no food will get wasted.
On Spring Break, you can save money by having picnics. Take what you can from home, including napkins, plates and cups. Don’t forget those little packets of ketchup that we all get from the fast food drive thru’s. When it comes to purchasing the cold food or meat to grill, go where the locals shop. travel away from the tourist or visitor area. Things will be cheaper in the local grocery store.
On Spring Break, you can save money by avoiding room service and the wet bar. These are just added expenses plus you’re expected to tip. If you need something, use the Buddy System and go get it. You might make a new friend or see something interesting along the way.
Spring Break Meals don’t have to break the budget, nor do you have to go hungry. With some careful planning, your money can stretch further.