Shopping Superstars: Saving on a Trip

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I’m on a trip this week, and have so far saved money on food and beverage in four ways:

1. Getting organic foods that are discounted at local grocery stores.
2. Using certificates for local restaurants.
3. Bringing inexpensive snacks with me that I bought at Costco.
4. Accepting the complimentary items like coffee, when at hotels and restaurants.

By doing all of these, I can cut my cost of food on trips by half or more. What are some of your tips for saving on food costs during a trip?

How did you all do this week? Go ahead, show off all those awesome deals you got! Please link directly to your posts, and I ask that you do not link to giveaways or posts mainly promoting affiliate deals. Let’s encourage one another with our thrifty ventures. No giveaways please. Thanks!

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  1. 1. Check out the Living Social like deals for the area you are visiting. Just be mindful of their expiration dates.
    2. If you know far enough in advance, sometimes buying the Entertainment book for that area can more than pay for itself.
    3. Visit the local “Welcome Center” where you can find both coupons for restaurants and deep discounts on hotel nights if you have not reserved a room in advance. The hotels would rather sell them at a discount for that night than not have any revenue for an empty room.
    4. We always take the debit card size mini-registers we get free from our bank along with us and track everything we spend as we go on a trip. This way we can easily add it up and make sure we are not going over our budget.
    5. AAA and AARP discounts.

    Happy Travels!

  2. This may not be the right place to post this, I had a great and terrible experience today at Whole Foods. The great was that our family for the first time is trying raw honey and the jars were $7.99 each, since I informed the cashier it was our first time “going raw” with honey she gave it to me for free. The bad was So Delicious coconut milk was on sale 2 for $4.00 and I had saved all my coupons I had left over from previous so I would have to pay only $1.00 each, so “STOCK UP TIME” was ringing in my head I grabbed 8, go to the cashier, she rings them up, hand over Q’s, she stops and reads, then says I could use only 1 per purchase, I tell her fine, I will ring them up separately, she calls another associate, he tells me that it is ONE per VISIT, I see clearly on the per purchase and then told him very sternly that it was fine I will just keep getting back in line till every carton is paid for. Well they let me go ahead and do it, but has anyone had this experience before with Whole Foods? Usually they are all happy to take the coupons because as I was told before “we want everyone to be able to eat healthy without going broke”. Other than that I made it out with my coconut flour, raw honey, Probug drinks for the kiddos, 8 coconut milks, 2 coconut creamers for my coffee, for under $20.00, I believe this was a good trip, being my total before Q’s was around $42ish. Sorry for such a long post ! :)

  3. I’ve had also bad and good experiences at Whole Foods, but let me tell you this- every time I shop there I save 50% on my bill – every time! They have a problem with their registers, though. It always beeps on me when I stack coupons up. First I hand her MCs -I’ve never had a problem, all are going through great. The problem starts when I use their store Qs. OMG! I get so frustrated- every single time they beep on me and the cashier calls the manager with a key who stands there and keeps unlocking the register every single time she scans the store Q. It sucks, but I do it because I’m trying to save for my family, but it just is soooo frustrating. Can’t Whole Foods fix/ adjust it’s registers? It would be so great! I love Whole Foods.

  4. Another good way to save on vacation, especially road trips, is to pack your stainless steel water bottle. Car trips are the only time I buy bottled water, so this really helps me.

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