Meal Planning: Heading for the Hills

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This is where we’re going later this week. Yes, yes, we are.

Those of us who live in Southern California pay money to go to the snow in the same way that others might pay to get away from it. And we are soooo excited.

My boys have wonderful memories of snow days in Kansas, so here’s our chance to relive those memories and see the Sierra Nevadas at the same time.

Freezer Meals To Go

While the FishMobile will be packed to the gills with sleds, jackets, coats, and warm socks, I’m making room to take some freezer meals as well. Our accommodations include a full kitchen which should help us offset some of the costs of the trip. Lasagna, enchiladas, quick breads, and oatmeal packets all pack well and will help us avoid the high price of eating out while we’re away from home.

I had to do a little rearranging in my monthly meal plan, but not much.

12. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Garlic Bread, Vegetables

13. Garlic Butter Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Veggies

14. Grilled Tri-Tip, Twice Baked Potatoes, Salad

15. Beef Enchiladas, Beans and Rice, Salad

16. Lasagna

17. Take-out

18. Shredded Beef Tacos, Rice, Beans, Salad

What do YOU do to save money on food costs while on vacation?

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  1. My kids like eating snacks in the car. So I pack up in snack size zip bags, things like: ham, cheese sticks (that I cut up), pretzels, crackers, cereal(granola, cheerios), fruit (apples, pears, canned fruit). I put in in small bags so that we have less food all over the car and less waste. We eat in the car for some thing to do. When we stop we run around. The driver eats when we stop.

  2. We usually just hit pack some snacks and then hit up the dollar menu at various fast food joints. I know, I know… it’s unhealthy blah blah blah but hey were on vacation!!

  3. We look for hotels that offer a microwave and refrigerator in the room (preferably for free). And free breakfast. It is not hard to find!

  4. What a wonderful trip you have planned and what wonderful memories you will have. Safe travels and you have a great week!

  5. Beautiful location. We try to picnic inside or outside the car depending on the weather. Dinner is always at a restaraunt where we can share meals. The servings are always huge, no food goes to waste, and big savings to spend on the activities we want to do.
    Happy and safe travels.

  6. If we leave home early, I definetely bring a coffee cake or some breakfast to dole out in the car so we don’t have to stop until lunch. We’ve stayed at the Residence Inn, 2 bedroom which has a nice full kitchen and separate bedroom for our 3 little ones. I make the meatballs for spaghetti ahead of time and freeze them, freeze the meat for at least half of our dinners, so that acts as ice in the cooler for the long drive. We always have breakfast in our room and I bring groceries to have a couple of picnic lunches and definetely snacks! Having dinner in our hotel room gives our kids
    time to play with their toys and relax
    after a day of sightseeing or traveling.

  7. I would have loved to house swap with someone close to Disneyland! We live in Montana close to ski slopes and have lots of snow. We are paying to have a vacation down south! Thanks for the ideas for food. Our hotels come with free breakfasts and some free dinners, but I am trying to think of ways to cut costs since we have 10 people going.

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