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  1. #1
    Liss
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    Default 7 Ways to Slash Vacation Food Costs





    Food costs can take a big bite out of your vacation budget. Discover seven ways to minimize the impact.

    1) Use Coupons and Gift Certificates

    Don’t leave home without those coupons! You can cut your food expenses considerably by purchasing an Entertainment Book for the area that you’ll be visiting, or by picking up discounted restaurant gift certificates from restaurants.com. All it takes is a little forethought to save.

    2) Get Your Order to Go

    Most hotel rooms and vacation rentals come with a folder of take out menus. Sift through the folder until you’ve found something that looks tasty and affordable; then place an order, and skip out on the cost of drinks and a tip.

    3) Never Pass Up a Free Meal

    Does the hotel you’ve booked offer a free continental breakfast? If so, that’s one meal a day that you’ve got covered. How about cocktails, coffee or an afternoon snack? Find out what’s included in the price of your room, and then take advantage of any and all food freebies.

    4) Eat Where the Locals Eat

    Those tourist hot-spots that seem pricey to you also seem pricey to the locals. Talk up the clerk at the hotel desk, and find out where she likes to go for cheap eats. Then, enjoy an affordable night out minus the vacation crowd.

    5) Eat Out at Lunch

    Skip the pricey entrees and long wait times by eating out at lunch instead of dinner. Lots of establishments offer lunch specials to drive in business during the slower part of the day.

    6) Pack Snacks

    Snack foods purchased from vending machines and convenience stores receive a hefty mark up before they reach you. Avoid this expense entirely by bringing along your own snacks from home, or stocking up at a grocery store once you arrive at your destination.

    7) Dine In

    Eating out three meals a day is fun, but pricey. Hang onto a little money for souvenirs and sunscreen by eating some of your meals in your room. It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a mini-fridge and a kitchenette.

    From Erin Huffstetler




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    Carrie
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    Default 7 Ways to Slash Vacation Food Costs

    We save on vacation food costs by going to the grocery store when we

    are driving. Each year we do a cross-country trip to visit family.

    Some days are spent entirely in the car driving. We often will stop

    for one big meal at the grocery store. Many grocery stores have the

    ready to serve chickens. Then we will buy a side such as mashed

    potatoes. We buy one of the complete salad mixes and a package of

    pre-washed baby carrots. This makes a great meal for much less than a

    restaurant would cost. We always take paper plates and plastic

    utensils. We always a cooler stocked with drinks and snacks.

    Carrie





    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Liss" <liss@...> wrote:

    Food costs








  3. #3
    Dee Webber
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    Default 7 Ways to Slash Vacation Food Costs

    On the trip we took two years ago, we stopped at Sam's Club for pizza. The Kroger affiliate my son works for has fried chicken in the deli for significantly less than KFC. Super Walmarts have pre-made, foot-long sub sandwiches for around $3.00 a piece.
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    <FONT face="Helvetica" size="3" style="font: 12.0px Helvetica;">We save on vacation food costs by going to the grocery store when we

    <FONT face="Helvetica" size="3" style="font: 12.0px Helvetica;">are driving. Each year we do a cross-country trip to visit family.

    <FONT face="Helvetica" size="3" style="font: 12.0px Helvetica;">Some days are spent entirely in the car driving. We often will stop

    <FONT face="Helvetica" size="3" style="font: 12.0px Helvetica;">for one big meal at the grocery store. Many grocery stores have the

    <FONT face="Helvetica" size="3" style="font: 12.0px Helvetica;">ready to serve chickens. Then we will buy a side such as mashed

    <FONT face="Helvetica" size="3" style="font: 12.0px Helvetica;">potatoes. We buy one of the complete salad mixes and a package of

    <FONT face="Helvetica" size="3" style="font: 12.0px Helvetica;">pre-washed baby carrots. This makes a great meal for much less than a

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    <FONT face="Helvetica" size="3" style="font: 12.0px Helvetica;">Carrie



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    farmnurse@cox.net>
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    Default 7 Ways to Slash Vacation Food Costs

    I booked a room o\n priceline with the bid part and the room we got is suppose

    to be a studio, with full kitchen, one queen bed. It is normally $90 plus tax a

    night and we got it for $26 plus tax. Granted since we plan to take the kids we

    needed two beds, so I called the hotel and they said we could upgrade for $10 a

    night.





    ---- Carrie <graycern@yahoo.ca> wrote:

    > We save on vacation food costs by going to the grocery store when we

    > are driving. Each year we do a cross-country trip to visit family.

    > Some days are spent entirely in the car driving. We often will stop

    > for one big meal at the grocery store. Many grocery stores have the

    > ready to serve chickens. Then we will buy a side such as mashed

    > potatoes. We buy one of the complete salad mixes and a package of

    > pre-washed baby carrots. This makes a great meal for much less than a

    > restaurant would cost. We always take paper plates and plastic

    > utensils. We always a cooler stocked with drinks and snacks.

    > Carrie

    >

    >

    > --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Liss" <liss@...> wrote:

    > Food costs

    >








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    Liss
    Guest

    Default 7 Ways to Slash Vacation Food Costs

    Food costs can take a big bite out of your vacation budget. Discover

    seven ways to minimize the impact.



    1) Use Coupons and Gift Certificates



    Don't leave home without those coupons! You can cut your food expenses

    considerably by purchasing an Entertainment Book for the area that

    you'll be visiting, or by picking up discounted restaurant gift

    certificates from restaurants.com. All it takes is a little

    forethought to save.



    2) Get Your Order to Go



    Most hotel rooms and vacation rentals come with a folder of take out

    menus. Sift through the folder until you've found something that looks

    tasty and affordable; then place an order, and skip out on the cost of

    drinks and a tip.



    3) Never Pass Up a Free Meal



    Does the hotel you've booked offer a free continental breakfast? If

    so, that's one meal a day that you've got covered. How about

    cocktails, coffee or an afternoon snack? Find out what's included in

    the price of your room, and then take advantage of any and all food

    freebies.



    4) Eat Where the Locals Eat



    Those tourist hot-spots that seem pricey to you also seem pricey to

    the locals. Talk up the clerk at the hotel desk, and find out where

    she likes to go for cheap eats. Then, enjoy an affordable night out

    minus the vacation crowd.



    5) Eat Out at Lunch



    Skip the pricey entrees and long wait times by eating out at lunch

    instead of dinner. Lots of establishments offer lunch specials to

    drive in business during the slower part of the day.



    6) Pack Snacks



    Snack foods purchased from vending machines and convenience stores

    receive a hefty mark up before they reach you. Avoid this expense

    entirely by bringing along your own snacks from home, or stocking up

    at a grocery store once you arrive at your destination.



    7) Dine In



    Eating out three meals a day is fun, but pricey. Hang onto a little

    money for souvenirs and sunscreen by eating some of your meals in your

    room. It's amazing what you can accomplish with a mini-fridge and a

    kitchenette.



    From Erin Huffstetler












 

 

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