My wife scored a great deal on a two room suite with a full kitchen at a hotel with an indoor water park for a quick weekend getaway. We’ve been to this hotel several times, and I vowed never to eat another meal inside the water park. The on site restaurants serve a nice breakfast, but tourist trap prices apply. With two adults and 4 teenagers the bill to go out to breakfast would be rather sizable.
We don’t have to worry about that, because of the full kitchen in our room. When we arrived at our destination, we made a quick trip to nearby grocery store and got supplies to make breakfast in our room. Here’s how cheaply we made breakfast for our group:
- Shake ‘N Pour Pancake Mix: $2.38
- Mini bottle of syrup: $1.00
- Cinnamon Rolls: $3.78
- Disposable baking sheet (for cinnamon rolls): $0.88
- 6Pk 10oz Bottles of Orange Juice: $3.98
- Dozen Eggs: $1.00
I’m positive that we saved some big time money by making breakfast in our room. Eating breakfast at one of the hotels restaurants would have likely cost $10-$15 per person, slightly less than that at an off site restaurant. Instead we’re having pancakes, cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs and orange juice.
We didn’t even try to be exceptionally frugal at the grocery store. We bought single serving bottles of orange juice instead of a jug for convenience as well as to avoid as many dishes as possible. We also bought a mini bottle of syrup which is more expensive per ounce than a larger bottle so we didn’t have to take it home with us. Even with these less than totally frugal purchases, our breakfast bill still comes in really low.
Food accounts for a very large chunk of vacation budgets. If a way can be found to cut down on food costs, the price of the overall vacation can be significantly reduced, or that money could be used for other fun activities.
Do you look for ways to cut food costs while on vacation? Do you purposely book hotel rooms with at least a partial kitchen to help you do so?
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