I do this every week and I usually have enough gift cards for our family when it's time for the trip and we eat out every day of the trip at night. It doesn't come out of the budget we set aside for our travel from our living expenses.
Urban Fun-Why not choose a beautiful town and see all that can be seen? It sounds like a standard holiday experience, but the reality is that most of this vein's discovery appears to be left to school field trips. Why don't you get the gang together and head to a bigger city than that in which you are?
Follow History-Although sometimes taking a tour of a city or town based on historical landmarks and attractions can be a blast. It's entertaining, it brings things to life that you'd just read about it books, and it takes you places that you might never have dreamed of before.
Stay out of the coffee shops. Starbucks is expensive. When you bring along your own coffee pot and can of coffee, why pay $4 or 5 for one cup of coffee? Take the sugar as well as the creamer. How about tea? Take to you your own. You can drink as little or as much as you want, and on a single cup you don't spend a fortune.
First, settle on one or two paid events such as the zoo or amusement park (remember to stay within your budget) and book online. Most zoos/aquariums offer a bundle package that can save around $10 or 12 a person-you can typically find some great deals online but be careful when purchasing tickets online-make sure you read the fine print.
If you have a question about what you are purchasing, call the specified number and ask before you purchase it. If what you buy online is unclear, so what you get is unclear.
This is perfect when you schedule your trip months in advance. Yet note you're going to have to eat. Due to the Value Menus, we eat out every day, usually once a day at a fast-food restaurant. But one way we do it, and we don't have to take our budget off our journey, is really easy. Gift cards from the store. I fudge $10-$ 15 out of my grocery money every week, several months before our holiday, purchasing a gift card for Burger King, Wendy's, Sonic, Dairy Queen, Little Caesar's Pizza, Applebee's, Denny's and I-Hop. There are also cards available for Cracker Barrel. There may be others, but some of our favorites are these. At dollar stores or Target you can find these gift cards and they can be used at any time.
Take the ride with a thermos. You can fill a large thermos for less than a medium cup of coffee during the drive-in and drive home, typically about $1.59 per thermos. And it has a couple of cups.
Bring the refrigerators. Pack them for the road trip ahead with plenty of water and your favorite drinks.