Meals are often among the last categories you account for in your vacation budget. If you’re not careful, meals could eat up a good chunk of what you’ve set aside for a trip. Apps, discount websites, or even the local paper are all great resources to help you keep your food budget intact while on vacation. Here’s how to eat well and affordably away from home.
Try social dining
If you’re adventurous, consider apps that connect folks who like to cook with those who enjoy going to casual dinner parties. For less than the price of a restaurant visit, you could enjoy a home-cooked meal and make new friends while traveling. Exercise caution when entering your credit or debit card information into an app, and when making arrangements with strangers.
Seek out meal deals
Look for websites and apps that deliver discounts to local dining hot spots. This can save you money while still allowing you to experience the local culture. Already have an idea of where you want to dine? Visit the restaurant website to check for deals or specials.
You can also check whether your hotel offers a free breakfast buffet (or breakfast to go) as part of your full night’s stay. Some hotels offer a free evening meal and/or drinks as part of your stay. Also, your association memberships (e.g. AAA) or nearest visitor’s bureau may offer restaurant savings. Your budget will thank you later.
Eat well and inexpensively
Shake up mealtime with a nice lunch, instead of a fancy dinner. Or find an early bird special, when meals usually cost less than at dinnertime. Pull together a no-cook meal from among the locally-produced foods and drinks found at area farmer’s markets and local shops. Another option is to choose accommodations where you’re allowed to cook. This way you can prepare fresh, local food yourself.
And finally, be social. On your next tour around a new neighborhood, ask a local where the best cheap eats are. Remember, a good meal doesn’t have to bust the bank.
Article provided by Local Government Federal Credit Union.
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