Frugal Road Trips

We went on a quick road trip today for a funeral that took place a couple of hours from our home. Because of the timing of our trip, I knew we would be on the road during lunch time, so I intended to pack sandwiches and some fruit for a homemade fast food lunch on the road.

Unfortunately, during the hustle and bustle of getting everyone ready and making sure we hit the road on time, I didn’t get those sandwiches made.

That little oversight cost our family around $20 in the fast food drive through, and that was from the dollar menu!

Whenever possible, I like to save those dollars by packing lunches for our road trips.

How do you save money on road trips?

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  1. I’m amazed at how much the dollar menu can add up when the whole family is getting lunch. Good tip. I need to keep more sandwich makings on hand.

  2. A case of water bottles and other drinks in the back of the van stay nice and cold during the winter! I’ve also had small containers under the seats with snacks like goldfish, peanut-butter-cracker packages, Capri Sun, and other easy snacks for the kids.

    If we HAVE to stop, I’ve found that picking up snacks at the convenience store is actually cheaper sometimes. A bag of crackers can be passed around to everyone, and fountain drinks are cheaper there (plus tea and coffee for the tired parents!).

    It’s not the healthiest solution, but then ‘quick’ usually isn’t!

  3. When we travel we travel with not only us but also Grandma, I usually ask for adjoining rooms then ask for a discount on the second because who wants to be that close to so many little kids, almost always get a steep discount.

  4. Oh, it’s much easier in cold weather than in warm weather. I can literally toss peanut butter in the van with a handful of spoons, apples, a baggie of raisins, and a tube of crackers. We call it a meal.

    At this age, we keep books on tape (CD) in the radio to keep the kids occupied. How does this save money, you ask? It reduces stress. Stressed Mommys need more chocolate. Less stressed Mommys can bypass the chocolate more easily. I’m just sayin.

  5. My husband and I take food on trips with us, but only on short ones. By the second day we need to get out and walk around.

    Just wanted to say that lots of libraries have books on CD, so you can save even more if you borrow instead of buy.

    A friend of a friend used to give each child 10 dimes at the beginning of the trip. Every complaint or fight cost them a dime. Any money they had left at the end was theirs to spend. Not exactly an obvious savings, but it would be cheaper than therapy when you get home. :)

  6. HeatherWawa says:

    Thinking ahead is the biggest saver. Nothing worse than forgetting to pack diapers and having to pay $8 for a 10 pack of dipes or wet wipes at the gas station. Bring Tylenol, bandaids, all the usual first aid kit supplies, all more expensive at a gas station.

  7. We stock up on candy bars and snacks so we don’t have to pay up to $2.50 for the same item at the vending machines. We do that for every trip we take, from Disney to Great wolf lodge. I hate to spend so much when I can get them very cheap, or free from my local grocery store.

  8. When we take a day trip I bring along a small ice chest filled with tap water, juice and tea. My daughter likes vintage lunch boxes and we use them for our lunch; they make a plain sandwich more exciting! Sometimes I will bring an oversized wicker basket filled with picnic supplies and we will stop at a pretty park. I even carry a fabric tablecloth in the basket to add to the feel of the picnic.

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