Vacations and Food
Let me preface this by saying that our vacations are usually spent at our condo at the beach. I have all my favorite kitchen tools there that I would have at home. I just have to work in a much smaller space.
I admit that it’s great to let someone else do the cooking and enjoy a delicious meal in a great restaurant. At least I think it’s great until the bill comes. Then I start thinking about how I could have cooked a great meal for a fraction of the cost. Then I start feeling guilty for spending so much money on something and not even having anything to show for it except a full stomach.
My daughter turned 21 in June and wanted to go out to dinner at her favorite restaurant in Morehead City. My mom used to take Hayley to this restaurant whenever they were together at the beach and Hayley has special memories of eating there. It was her one birthday request so how could I say no? So, for Hayley’s 21st birthday we made a reservation and went out to dinner. Just the 4 of us. $200 later (including the tip) we left the restaurant and headed back to the condo for birthday cake.
It could cost a small fortune (to me) for a family of 4 to go on vacation to the beach for a week and eat several meals out. Now I agree that vacations are for enjoying time with family and not meant to be spent cooking or shopping in the grocery store. But with just a little bit of advance planning you could pick up 6 meals from Dinner Savvy for about $150-$170 (depending on what you picked) then add in a few sides and for $200 or less you can feed a family of 4 dinner for 6 nights. That’s 6 nights of dinners for the same price as I paid for 1 dinner out for 4 people. Pack those meals and sides in a cooler and they will travel to the beach, mountains or lake just fine. Go to the grocery store when you arrive for some salad or other fresh sides and dinner for the week is taken care of.
Then take all the money you saved on food for the week and go shopping!