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Save on Dining Out While Traveling

Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Dining out can be expensive! Here are some tips that can help you to save money on food while you travel.

Dining out can be expensive. If you are traveling to visit with friends or relatives, you are going to end up going to restaurants. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help you save money while dining out.

How to Save Money When Eating Out While Traveling

Pack some snacks.
Borrow your child’s lunchbox and bring it with as you travel. A lunchbox provides a simple way to store and carry food. Use some small plastic containers, with lids, to prevent things like crackers or cookies from getting crushed.

If you are trying to cut down on the cost of dining out, snacks are essential. It gives you more options. Do you really want to stop by a fast food place to pick up a quick bite to eat, or would some snacks do? If anyone in your family has food allergies, snacks are vital. They may be the only safe food you find.

Eat the free breakfast.
Many hotels offer a free breakfast for guests. Typically, the breakfast is available sometime between 7:00 and 10:30 in the morning. There are some places that go all out with a full breakfast that includes eggs, toast, sausage, and potentially even pancakes. Others will offer muffins, doughnuts, and fresh fruit.

Wake up early so you can grab some free breakfast. This saves you the money you would have spent on one meal at a restaurant. You won’t start your day hungry and can probably hold off on buying lunch for several hours.

Use the hotel discounts.
Some hotels have special offers for guests that visit certain restaurants. The most recent hotel I stayed at gave guests a 10% discount at Denny’s (if the guest showed the server their key card). This helped cut down on what was already an inexpensive meal!

Other hotels will give guests coupons for some of the local restaurants. It never hurts to ask questions about restaurant discounts while you are checking into the hotel. You might find out about a deal that was not advertised.

Split a meal.
Have you ever noticed how large the portions are at restaurants? One meal could easily feed two people. This means that you, and a family member, could share a dinner or lunch. It is a simple way for both of you to cut down on the cost of dining out.

Splitting a meal also solves the problem of what do to with leftovers. Many hotel rooms lack a microwave or refrigerator. If you cannot refrigerate your food, it will quickly become unsafe to eat. If you can’t heat up the leftovers, it is unlikely you will eat them. Splitting a meal means there won’t be any leftovers to worry about.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.