We do this too-- it saves us time and money because we don't have to stop as
frequently for food. cut up veggies, fruit, and sandwiches keep the crew happy.
also the night before a drive we fill drink bottles halfway full with water and
put them in the freezer, at water and drink mixes like iced tea and lemonade the
next day and you've got drinks that double as ice for your cooler.
on July 30, 2009 5:05 PM
We do this as well. We also bake our own bread, french and pumpernickel and
make our own turkey breast and corned beef for sandwiches. Some pickles in a
separate plastic bag or a small plastic container and a separate little
container with some homemade desert or fresh fruit... yum!
on July 31, 2009 9:02 PM
We eat tuna salad. You can either splurge and buy the tuna packed in
individual serving pouches are divide up a can between several ziplock baggies.
Squirt some mayo and pickle relish in the baggie and instant tuna salad. We eat
it straight from the pouch or you could put it on bread. Great for the side of
the road - but can get stinky in the car when four people are eating tuna.
on August 03, 2009 3:35 PM
When my family is going on a longer trip, we do pack meals from home, but by
day three, cooler is getting warm and empty! Many small mom and pop type motels
have microwaves and a small fridge, so I go to a local grocery store where I buy
pre-packaged salads and already cooked chicken strips to make salads. Or buy
pre-cooked barbeque chicken from the grocery deli. I also buy cut-up fruit, also
rolls and deli meat to make our own subs. It is more expensive then packing from
home, but still cheaper then a restaurant.
I refill our water bottles and repack the cooler with ice from the ice machine.
I have a small George Foreman electric grill that I have cooked chicken on and
then microwaved rice to make chicken and rice. My family has stayed in camping
cabins at campgrounds. There is electric, but no kitchen. I bring my Foreman
grill and a toaster, if we are staying long enough, I bring my small microwave!
on August 06, 2009 7:16 AM
I do the same thing.I am a stay at home mom of four and I do what I can to help
my husband not to spend unneccesary money. I will make sandwiches. Maybe
PB&J (the kids favorite) or leftovers from the day before and turn it into a
sandwich.(maybe meatloaf,chicken and chop it up and make chicken salad or beef
and make quick and easy sloppy joes)Large bag of chips then is divided into zip
lock sandwich bags.(the kids have their own individual bag And not name brand
zip lock)Recycled water bottles I place in the freezer the night before and use
that as my cooling system for the sandwiches.Baggies of fruits and veggies. The
kids really do enjoy the system I have going on. Sometimes my 4 year old will
pull out the bread and other things to get our lunch started for the road before
I'm even in the kitchen.Let them know how lucky we are that we don't have to
spend so much money on getting food that we are not even sure we will like. We
don't have to wait in long lines and our food is always readily available
whenevr we are ready to eat.I don't know anyone who like s to hear "It'll
be 5 minutes for the fries and 10 minutes for the nuggets.
on September 04, 2009 8:09 PM
These tips are great. Thank you!!!
on September 21, 2009 8:56 PM
In addition to being frugal, I like to know exactly what I'm eating so that I
can watch my calories and figure. Only by preparing in advance do I find that I
can be successful.
I have discovered flatout light wraps (1 point on Weight Watchers) and they
taste great! I use hummus instead of mayo, lean turkey or chicken, along with
lowfat cheese. Wrap it with some sprouts and tomato for a hearty, quick,
lowfat, low calorie, portable meal. For those of you on Weight Watchers, this
wrap is roughly 5 points.
I'm traveling on business this week and will definitely take one along for the
two hour car ride.
Kimberly A. Griffiths
on November 17, 2009 7:45 PM
Great ideas. My husband and I have always LOVED to travel, and in the past
money was a bit harder to come by. Here are some easy ideas you can do in any
hotel...because we watch what we eat today pretty close we have even used some
of these ideas in 5 star hotels. It's not always about the money.
Breakfast: this may be provided, but if not, bring oatmeal packets and use the
hot water from the coffee pot (wash your own dishes, the maids shouldn't have
to in this case).
This recipe is good and can be put in ziplocks for each person, each day:
1/2 cup oatmeal (we use reg., but you can use quick even easir)
2 T dried milk
2-4 T nuts of choice
2-4 T dried fruit
1 T ground flax
sugar to taste
Add boiling water and stir, let sit for awhile.
Dried chicken soup, with hot water from the coffee pot.
Look at recipes for hikers...a lot just need hot water added.
on December 08, 2009 9:09 PM
I love all the above ideas. My family has done them all at one point or
another. I would like to add a couple more.
We boil up a dozen eggs. You can even do this a day or two early. We add onion
skins to the water to stain them light brown and then we know these are the
hard-boiled eggs and not raw ones. Bring some garlic salt and eat them right
out of the shell for a snack, or slice some up into a salad for added protein,
or peel a few into a zip lock add some mayo, relish and a dash of mustard and
squish, squish squish until you have egg-salad. This is especially fun for the
kids. We like to eat this on crackers, but it makes a nice sandwich too and by
using the ziploc, there is no cleanup.
Tortilla Roll ups: Spread a large flour tortilla with cream cheese or a lo fat
cheese spread or with hummus up to one inch from the edges. Add your favorite
ingredients chopped inside and roll up. We enjoy chopped pickle slices or
cucumber, carrot shreds, roasted red peppers, you can add your favorite
lunchmeats and lettuce too.
Plain white flour tortillas are the cheapest, but we have tried using colorful
flavored ones like pesto, garlic- herb, sundried tomato flavored tortillas with
great success as well.
Roll up tightly and slice 1-2" thick just before serving them. The colors
are pretty and the kids can help make them too.
Julie from Oswego
on July 16, 2010 1:57 AM
We used to do this forty years ago with a slice of Baloney and a slice of
bread. The kids hated it. They still remind us of how bad it was.
on July 22, 2010 9:55 PM
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