I don’t know about you, but part of the fun of being on vacation is the food! It seems as though there are so many new places to try and flavors to explore. You can easily try a new place each night and taste everything the destination has to offer! But as you can imagine, this exploration can become quite costly! If you are not careful, your travel budget can get easily “eaten up” right before your eyes. If you are traveling this summer and doing so on a budget, you will want to read below the 7 tips for how to eat on vacation for less.
This summer, enjoy the foods you love while spending less. Take a look at how easy it is!
7 Tips for How to Eat on Vacation for Less:
1. Fill up on hotel freebies.
Many hotels offer a free breakfast and free afternoon or evening snack and beverage. If it is being offered, take advantage of it! This is free food just waiting for you. Load up on breakfast so you can get away with a light snack for lunch, and then not spend again until dinner.
2. Use smart phone apps and save.
There are plenty of smart phone apps out there that can save you money when you dine out. Even if the app does not offer a coupon for the location you are visiting, you might be able to earn points on your food purchase which can later be redeemed for a gift card or other perk.
3. Dine early.
Visiting a restaurant just an hour earlier can save you big bucks. For example, many eateries offer lunch specials until 5 p.m., so patronize them before 5 and get lunch hour prices during an (almost) dinnertime hour.
4. Opt for large appetizers.
It seems as though appetizers are dinner sized portions these days. Instead of spending $20.00 on a dinner, buy a few appetizers for your table to split. Compliment your meal with an inexpensive soup or salad. It is a great way to still fill up but save.
5. Look for local coupon books.
Many vacation towns have coupon books for tourists floating around all over the place. Keep an eye out for these in hotel lobbies or ask the hotel clerk if they know of any. Many of these promo books include B1G1 coupons as well as other high value coupons that can help you eat for less.
6. Try local eateries as opposed to chains.
Chances are if you visit a local hole in the wall, your costs will be cheaper than if you hit up a large chain. Chains usually inflate prices in tourist towns, so opting for a smaller locally owned eatery will be cheaper, and probably more fun!
7. Earn gift cards before you go.
There are so many survey sites on the web that can earn you gift cards that will be redeemable when you travel. Start now accumulating points that you can redeem for gift cards to redeem later. The National Consumer Panel, Swgabucks, and Valued Opinions are all great places to get started.
Ready to eat? Give these dining tips a try when you travel and see how easy it is to dine out, enjoy yourself, and still have some money left at the end of your vacation!