7 Ways to Slash Vacation Food Costs

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      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


      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


      From Erin Huffstetler

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