Holidays are a fabulous way to unwind, relax and have a change of scenery. Darren and I have always made it a priority to have a least one holiday each year. Sometimes it's just a night or two away and other holidays have been as long as four weeks. We live frugally, save all year and get the best deal we possibly can by doing lots of research.
Booking a holiday is just the start of the spending. Transfers, activities, spending money and souvenirs add to the cost of having a good time. Then there is the eating. We all have to eat - right ? How many people factor in the cost of eating everyday ? Sure they say they'll eat out every night but that can be unrealistic for budget conscience people.
Depending on where we are holidaying we try to bring as much food as we can to keep our food bill right down. Here are some examples of what I pack -
* Tea bags
* Coffee sticks ( when Darren was a coffee drinker )
* Biscuits - a couple of varieties
* Tinned tuna or salmon for sandwiches or salads
* Sugar sticks or a small container of sugar
* Single serves of Vegemite, peanut butter, jam, honey
* Packet of jelly crystals
* Custard powder, milk powder and sugar in a snap lock bag to make custard
* Seasonings for a variety of main meals each in a labelled snap lock bag. For example, all the chop suey seasonings are portioned into one snap lock bag. All I need to do is cook the meat and veg, then add the entire contents of the snap lock bag. Tastes just like what I cook at home.
* Muesli bars
We take all of the above listed items plus these -
* Fruit and veg from our fridge - Whatever needs using.
* Cheese, grated and block
* Cereal ( wheat biscuits or porridge )
* Pasta, tinned tomatoes and seasonings to make spag bol
* Spag bol meat sauce from the freezer
* Tinned fruit
* Tinned spaghetti and baked beans
* Tinned chunky soup or homemade from the freezer
* Homemade meat pie from the freezer.
* Chips and chocolate ( always bought on sale )
* Thermos for tea and coffee drinking
* Take packets of biscuits in your backpack on the plane. If you are worried about them crushing, put them in a container. I use the Tupperware collapsible containers. When we've eaten the biscuits, I collapse the containers to save on room.
* Take some containers as well as foil, cling wrap, bread bags and snap lock bags wherever you go. It saves on wastage or spoilage of food.. Also great for taking snacks on outings instead of buying.
* I always menu plan before we go away. Then I pack the food accordingly. We always allow for a couple of lunches out and one dinner out especially when we travelled with our girls. It as too expensive to eat many dinners out so we always looked forward to the treat.
* Write a shopping list for your holiday destination before you arrive. Then when you've unpacked, dick up to the shops with your list in hand. This avoids buying unnecessary food with the family in tow.
* Pack at least one water bottle each and make sure you fill them up each night ready for the next day..
* Pack at least one insulated bag and a couple of green bags to buy your groceries.
How do you save on holiday eating ?