Monday, July 13, 2009

Frugal Travel: Pre-planning Tip #2 - Save on Food

Another item we can spend quite a bit on when traveling is food. Also, its one area that may not be as easy to control. Given we are on vacation we don't necessarily have access to a kitchen and we will eat out much more. So how can we save? shared some really great suggestions.

  • Before you leave do some research. Check out local restaurants and eateries online to see which have reasonable price ranges for meals.
  • Coupons. Some local restaurants may have discount coupons on their websites. You can also check out an Entertainment Book. Take a peak and print some off before you leave.
  • Easy to prepare meals. Some hotels will offer in room kitchenettes. Consider lodging at these places and find easy meals you can prepare in your room instead of going out.
  • Order to go. Ordering to go avoids ordering drinks and leaving the bigger tips and reduces your cost. Consider getting a meal to go and taking it back to your room.
  • Don't forget about the freebies. Take advantage of any free meals your hotel may offer.
  • Eat out for lunch. Consider eating out for lunch instead of dinner to avoid pricier entrees.
  • Snack it up. Take snacks to keep you satisfied through the day so that the hunger doesn't build to draw to the big expensive meal.
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