Save Money on Food while traveling
Do you really need to budget $500 for food when traveling for a week? HELL NO! The way to save is by planning and preparing your meals ahead of time! My husband and I have been executing this idea for several years now while going camping, traveling with others and by ourselves. It saves a lot of time and tons of money! The recipes I choose are always approved by husband, since he is the voice of reason,logic and simplicity when I want to make things more difficult than necessary. I’ll want to make Lobster and Steak, he says “how about chili instead?”
We are currently in Lake Tahoe and I planned for this trip several weeks ago. We are with family and there are approximately 14 of us so we divided up dinner between the 5 families. This way we cook, clean and prepare for one dinner instead of each night that we are on vacation. We decided that we would be on our own for breakfast and lunch, but I even made a general itinerary of what we would eat for those meals as to encourage sticking to our low-budget plan!
We have found that this works especially well when camping! I make the meal itinerary, shop accordingly, prepare (chop up veggies and make some meals ahead of time), then execute. It’s always nicer when traveling with others because it splits up the price and planning time.
Here are some examples of easy dinner plans we had this week:
Day 1: Chili Beans, Cornbread and Broccoli
Day 2: Spaghetti Bake, Garlic Bread and Caesar Salad
Day 3: Chicken tortilla soup and Green Salad
Day 4: Chicken Enchiladas, Beans and Green Salad
Day 5: Turkey Tacos, Veggies and Beans
Here are some of our camping dinner plans:
Tilapia, Cornbread and Green beans
Dutch Oven: Chicken Pot Pie
Dutch Oven: Rosemary and Bean Stew
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Questions for you: How do you save money while traveling? What are some of your go-to recipes?