The children and I were very lucky this trip, most of our meals have been provided. This has been a very enjoyable experience, but tomorrow we return to reality and cooking. Typically the change of scenery is about all the splurge that fits our budget.
To keep costs in line with our vacation budget we:
- *Plan our meals.
We’ve gone so far as to bring our crock pot on trips.
- *Locate a reasonable grocery store.
If you are staying in an area geared to tourists, you may have to increase your search radius to find more reasonable prices.
- *Bring our own spices.
Use twists of wax paper or plastic wrap to transport.
- *Don’t underestimate the savings of bringing reusable water bottles.
In my experience the “I’m thirsties” lead to trips through the drive throughs. Additionally, I have never been asked to return spill resistant bottles to the car at any venue. I would always honor that request, so I don’t feel guilty bending that rule.
- *Pack snacks
When we’re looking for treats, I usually hit Big Lots. We aren’t picky and don’t care if the cookies are holiday themed.
- *If you have attractions on your list, an Entertainment Coupon Book may be a worthy investment.
- *Reward kids for not begging for items from hucksters by having a stash of favorite treats.
How do you stay on budget when travelling with kids?