Spending nine days in Orlando before Christmas is not a budget expense that is part of our unemployment “God Watch.” So as I cook in our condo, and enjoy this spontaneous week away, I thought I would invite you to share your best meal tips for eating on vacation.

For many, vacation equals eating out, and that’s what makes it a true vacation. Yet others can’t stand the thought of seeing their precious dollars disappear on food and would rather spend it elsewhere during their time away. How do you handle food during your vacation?

This past June, we planned a cheap family vacation without being “cheap” and that week included no eating out. This week, since we’re traveling with the football team, we’ve had to have a happy medium between saving our budget and being rude by ignoring the team πŸ™‚Β  Saving money while on vacation comes in many forms.

Fact:Β  We have never taken a vacation without me cooking 85% of our meals in the condo (this doesn’t include those one night trips).

Fact: I always bring at least one cooler filled with frozen/refrigerated items that I know will be really expensive in the stores.

Fact:Β  I always bring one gallon of frozen milk to use as my ice pack in that cooler.

Fact: I always bring some of my stockpiled foods. I refuse to pay full price for cereal on vacation when I get it for free with coupons. πŸ™‚

Fib: Even if I had $1,000,000, I would still cook 85% of my meals in our condo.

Please take a second and let me know some of your best vacation food tips. I’ll do a follow up post with some more of my special secrets, as well as shareΒ  some of yours. πŸ™‚

I know we’d all love to hear about this, so please leave them in the comments.

*Edited to add…there are some GREAT IDEAS being added…love this! Keep it up.

I can’t wait to be inspired by this week’s Tasty Tuesday Parade of Foods. As always, please link to your direct recipe post and not your home page URL, as well as leaving a link back here so that everyone can join in on the fun.

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