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How to Save Money on Road Trip Food
Traveling by car can be fun and adventurous. If you are planning a vacation this summer and will be traveling by car, you will probably need to eat somewhere along the way. Here are some tips for saving money on food on the go.
How to Save Money on Road trip Food
Pack your own snacks. Bring a cooler full of drinks. Convenience stores are notorious for being expensive when it comes to snacks and beverages. If you buy a larger sized box of chips, crackers or even fruit, you can portion them out for snacks for a much lower price. Buying juice boxes and bottle juice and water will be much cheaper if you buy it before heading out.
Bring refillable containers for drinks. If you want to be able to fill up drinks on the go, bring refillable containers. Most gas stations allow people to refill containers for a very low price, sometimes even close to free. This is usually cheaper at truck stops where they have specials for truckers.
Map out where you will eat. Look for deals along the way before you go so you know where you will be stopping for meals as well as being able to stay within your budget. Look for chain restaurants that offer “kids eat free” specials.
Stop at grocery stores along the way to get stuff for meals rather than eat at expensive tourist trap restaurants. Most communities have grocery stores right off the road where you can buy cheaper deli hot food like fried chicken or stuff to make sandwiches. Plan to picnic in your car or at a local park in the area.
Get free meals at hotels. If your road trip will lead you to need to stay in hotels half way through, make sure to stay in hotels that offer free meal options such as a free breakfast. This is one way to avoid having to eat out when you leave in the morning. Another great way to save on snacks with this? Most of these places have fruit like bananas, oranges and apples. Have each family member take a piece with you to go and you have a snack for on the road as well!
Another idea for on the go breakfasts is to pack cereal in bowls with lids and stop and buy milk along the way. This is something that can easily be eaten in the car and it is not too messy as you just pop the lid back on when you are done.
If the idea of a cooler full of melting ice is not your idea of convenience, try freezing your drinks before you go and having them ready to drink as they melt. It will keep them cold and some can be enjoyed as slushies for an extra fun treat.
Kids love Lunchables, but they can be expensive. Try making your own for quick lunches. You can get divided food containers with lids from the dollars store or even thrift stores to make them and fill them with cheese cubes, meat slices, fruit and crackers.