Does bringing grocery coupons on vacation seem like a silly idea? Not if you’re looking to save anywhere you can in these shaky economic times. Have you put off a vacation or stayed closer to home because you have less expendable income? You’re not alone. But, deal hounds can snoop out affordable destination condo and home rentals with many properties desperate for visitors, so it’s possible to find some great deals in lodging options. And with grocery coupons in hand, an affordable, long vacation may be more possible than you think.
One of the largest and understandable expenses on a long vacation is dining out. It’s understandable that many travelers will want to try the local fare and flavors (after all, why go to a McDonald’s or Pizza Hut in a far-off place, when it’s going to taste just like the McDonald’s and Pizza Hut at home?). However, if you do a bit of planning and preparation for meals, you may be able to indulge a little more sensibly. There are countless ways you can use grocery coupons to make a vacation less financially stressful, especially if you’re staying in condos or an extended stay hotel with a kitchen.
Most vacation rentals provide a fully-stocked kitchen as far as pots, pans, dishes, utensils, and basic appliances go. With grocery coupons, you can stock up on the staples like coffee, paper towels, and cereal and save money doing so. Most manufacturer’s coupons can be used at any grocery store across the country, not just your local. Savvy shoppers can spend a little time collecting grocery coupons in the weeks leading up to vacation from their local newspaper circular. They do not take up much space and can easily be packed away. Or you can even use a mobile coupon app to collect and organize them
Eating breakfast in the condo is a great way to save. Grocery coupons are available on every cereal brand out there, as well as on bacon, breads, cheeses, milk and other breakfast accompaniments. Making coffee at home base instead of running out to the big chain coffee shops will surely save a lot. For those who want something a little more special than a regular cup of coffee, you can even find grocery coupons on specialty creamers and coffee flavorings.
Surely, vacationers want to get out to dinner and enjoy local gastro-delights, and you should experience the flavors any destination has to offer. You can take advantage of a well stocked kitchen and still enjoy a “home” cooked meal. You can cash in grocery coupons on the basics and ask the locals for some suggestions on specialty food store or farmer’s markets.
Lodging deals abound, food savings opportunities aplenty — families desperate for long trip out of town can get started on booking a long vacation now with grocery coupons in hand.