The summer months really get crazy around here. It feels as if we are always on the run. We aren’t far from multiple rivers, springs, and beautiful State Parks and we try to take full advantage of them–especially during the summer months. Between that and driving to see family back in the hometown, we spend a lot of time on the road. If we were to eat out every time we were gone, I’m almost certain we would have to mortgage our home to pay for it all!
Let me put things in perspective real fast (the number side of me is dying to come out again!). One meal out for my family of 5 costs no less than $25. That one meal is equivalent to 33% of my grocery budget, or roughly 7 meals made in my kitchen! Say what?!
Not only that, but my food generally tastes better. I really don’t mean to come off arrogant, but honestly, does anything beat homemade? And better yet, I have full control over the ingredients and the nutritional value. Anyway….
What do you do when you are out and about around lunch or dinner time? Or even for snacks? Be prepared. If you know that you may be gone while everyone gets hungry be sure to pack something to eat, or eat before you leave.
Here are some ideas:
- Pizza Pockets (We love these!) Grab these on your way out.
- Sandwiches on French Bread Baguettes or Whole Wheat Bread. Add some fresh veggies or fruit, and maybe a muffin (or two) and you’ve got a meal!
- Chicken Wraps (grilled chicken, lettuce, ranch dressing inside a tortilla. Yum!)
- Cookies for Snacks (Our Favorite: Oatmeal Raisin)
- Granola Bars
- Fresh Fruit. Our favorite to pack along is bananas, strawberries or grapes–I don’t have to chop them up!
- Armed with a cooler you could pack: Egg Salad/Tuna Salad/Ham Salad/Chicken Salad sandwiches or wraps.
- Leftover Fried Chicken. To me this sounds so wrong, but my children and my husband love leftover, cold fried chicken.
Really–being prepared will save you tons of money! What ideas do you have for Easy Travel Snacks/Meals?
Now, having said all this, I must confess that this evening I was prepared–but hubby was not waiting! We made a run to the big town to shop for cell phones/garden fence. I was fully prepared to cook dinner when we made it home, but DH was not waiting (and really neither were the kids) so we ate out. You win some, and you lose some. Oh the irony.