Easy Ways to Save Money on Food During Your Next Family Vacation

posted: 07/25/16
by: Amanda Mushro
Funny is Family

Budgeting for a family vacation can get really pricey really fast. From how you'll get there, to the perfect place to stay, to those carefully selected activities that will fill up your days and nights--it can do a real number on your wallet. But when you're looking for deals to save a few bucks to save , don't forget you've got to eat while you're there!

So before you pack your bags, here's a few ways to ease the strain on your wallet and save money on food while on vacation.

  • Try to find a hotel that offers a free breakfast. This way you can fill up on the most important meal of the day and take a few items-like fruit or muffins to go.
  • If you're traveling to an amusement park and staying a few days, consider buying the refillable drink and snack containers. In the end, you'll save more money by refilling those containers.
  • Bring your own water bottle so you can refill often and not have to keep buying bottles of water. Even better, grab the kind with its own filtration system so you can use water fountains.
  • If you don't have a full kitchen--or even if you do--try to make sure enough you have quick grab food and snack items snacks so that you aren't paying a lot of money for snacks throughout your vacation. If you can't bring these items with you while you travel, try to scope out a grocery store when you arrive.
  • When you eat out, try to find restaurants that offer "kids eat free" specials. So even when you're eating out, you can save on kid's meals.

Pack your Slow Cooker

If you're traveling by car and you can fit your slow cooker into your car, do it! With a few yummy recipes, you can feed your entire family, have leftovers, and not worry about eating out and spending a small fortune on dinner every night. Here's a few of my favorite recipes:

  • These delicious pork carnitas from Funny is Family are insanely delicious and a real crowd pleaser. The best part is you can put the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning, and not worry about it until dinnertime.
  • These slow cooker cheese tortellini are yummy, easy to make, and will keep everyone full and happy.
  • This recipe for slow cooker chicken chili is the perfect dish because you can have it for dinner one night and use it for nachos or tacos the next night.