Saving Money on Food When You’re on Vacation
Entertainment Book, Kids Eat Free Cards, and Grocery Shopping
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to cook when I’m on vacation. As a 24/7 cook for three growing children, one hungry husband, and myself who needs extra calories for nursing, the last thing I want to do on vacation is worry about food. I’ve lucked out when planning our Orlando, FL, and Walt Disney World vacation. We will be staying in a time share condo and my mother-in-law and sister-in-law will be cooking many of the dinners. So, we are only planning on eating out for dinner a couple of times. Still, there will be times that we’ll be out and about with our tummies rumbling. So, I’ve found a few ways to cut back on food and restaurant costs while we’re having fun around Orlando, in the Disney Parks, and also in Universal Studios.
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- Entertainment Book– Go to Ebates.com and sign up, then search for Entertainment.com and shop through Ebates to get 17.5% cash back. Wait for Entertainment.com to have a 50% off sale. That is how I got my Orlando Entertainment book for only $12.37! *Since purchasing my book, they have changed the website to focus more on the digital membership. So, when you go to the website, you have to scroll to the bottom and click on “interested in the book membership?” You will only get the Ebates cash back on the Entertainment Books.
- Kids Eat Free Cards– If you have children, you will want to get one or two of these. They are only good with the purchase of an adult meal, but that shouldn’t be a problem. Who takes their kids out to just watch them eat? They sell for $19.99 retail, which seemed a bit much to me since we will only be in Orlando for 7 days. So, I scoured the internet for discounted Kids Eat Free Cards. I ended up on eBay and found a few that may work out. Some are selling for around $16, plus $0.99 shipping. You just have to make sure that they are unused and unsigned Kids Eat Free Cards.
- Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free in Orlando – The Kids Eat Free Card is great for those that will be going out to eat a lot, but I’m not sure we would use it enough to even make up for the cost of getting the card. So, I went to a website called My Kids Eat Free and found a list of restaurants in Orlando, FL, where kids eat free on certain days of the week. Some of the Restaurants include Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Denny’s, and Perkin’s. The list includes a few that will only have free kids meals for a limited time, so make sure you visit the restaurant’s website or call for details. Most of the restaurants have Kids Eat Free Tuesday nights, so we will be going to Magic Kingdom on Tuesday and out for dinner later that day. We will not be eating at any of the sit-down restaurants in the parks. Most of them require a reservation 6 months in advance, or you’ll be waiting for a very long time. They are also super pricey. They can be between $30 and $50 per person. Yikes!
- Grocery Shopping– Make a shopping list of everything you’ll need while you’re there, and search for any coupons you can find that will help you save on the food and items on your list. We will be doing most of our shopping once we get to Orlando. That way, we will save on luggage space. So, here is a list of what we will most likely be getting once we’re there.
I may add some more things to the list as our departure gets closer. For now, I would say we’re sticking to the basics and things that we can take into the parks. The Disney Parks used to say there is no food allowed, but they have since changed their policy. You are now allowed to take in food and drinks that do not require heating (click here for Disney Park’s FAQ.) This makes it a lot easier to save on food while in Orlando, FL, and the Walt Disney World Resort and Theme Parks.