Food is the one area that is firmly in your control. It is also the area of your vacation budget where you can find the best deals.
Restaurants often offer dining specials. Meals may be less expensive before 4:00 pm. Appetizers may be on special after 6:00 pm. Senior prices and kids menus are often cheaper. If you are a light eater, ask about order from a kid's menu.
Coupons for national chain restaurants are usually good at any location. Be on the lookout for coupons before you leave home. Ask family and friends to help. Just be sure to return the favor when they go on vacation.
Restaurant portions can be huge. Diners can get a good deal by sharing an entree without walking away hungry. The extra plate charge is less than a second dinner. Travelers usually lack the refrigeration capability that a takeout box requires. Why not share an entree?
Forgo dining out and pack a picnic. A small lunch cooler is big enough for a package of sandwich meat and fruit. Bring along bread and a few bottles of water. Not only will you save money but your meal is ready when you are.
These are a few money saving travel tips for your next vacation. What other ideas do you have? Help other people afford a great getaway. Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.