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Grocery Shopping Tips for Vacation

Nikki FInkle's avatar By Nikki FInkle Follow me on Google+

Planning a summer vacation and worried about the expense? Besides the hotel charges, the food expenses are often the next highest cost of a trip. Wouldn't it be nice if you could save half of the money you spend on food and use it for fun activities and souvenirs? Well, here are a few simple tips to help you maximum your budget and make the most of your next vacation!

Knowing what you can afford and how much you want to spend can make a huge difference. Having no budget in mind will cause you to overspend, but with a little forethought, you can be much better prepared.  Depending on the size of your family, you could potentially spend $30-$100 or more on one meal! If you had to eat out for three meals a day, that could add up to as much as $100-$250 a day spent on food alone! Add the cost of snack foods to that, and you've spent a small fortune.  But don't worry ... there are several ways to stretch your dollar.

Snack foods are expensive, and that is why it is best to buy when items are on sale.  Most people don't realize it, but the best time to stock up on munchies is the first and last week in July.  This is actually the time when snack items go on sale for their lowest prices.

Booking a hotel with in-room kitchens can also be very helpful to you. Having access to a refrigerator, microwave, stove, oven and other kitchen appliances while on vacation gives you the ability to bring food and beverage items with you. Make a list of food and drink items you will need prior to going to the grocery store.  Having a list will help prevent those last minute impulse buys. Plan to eat several meals in your room. If you are planning to eat out, research different dining options in the area you will be traveling. Then when you do treat yourself to a meal on the town, you will have a better idea of how much the dinner will cost.

We don't always think about it, but doing a little research can be really beneficial. Implement these tips on your next vacation, and see how much money you can save!

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