Hello lovely liners.
Firstly, how have I only JUST found there’s a forum for deals, this is where I’m most at home!
Anyway, as you may have seen we’re lucky enough to have over a month in Orlando as part of a 7 week visit to the US. As wonderful as this unlike normal holidays where we can splurge on food for a week or two, we just don’t have the budget for that for such a long time.
So in this thread I’d love your best tips on how to make our food budget go as far as possible - and in many cases that means not having your vacation hat on, but your normal experience of eating out and grocery tips from everyday life. Things seem quite different in the States from how we do things in the UK (where groceries are CHEAP OMG! Who knew!).
But you have a much bigger eating out culture than us, and outside of Disney it seems much cheaper too. So I’d love your recommendations on things to do, places to eat and coupons or deals to look out for.
We are staying in a villa, so that means we’ll have breakfast there and cook a lot of our own food in the evenings too.
Here are our basic principles to keep things affordable:
- Breakfast at the villa, simple cereal, toast, etc
- Packed lunches made ourselves or pick up something like a Publix sub and pair with bulk bought snacks and chips plus our own water bottles
- If eating in parks just use QS and split meals if appropriate
- On full days at parks take a break going to a waterpark and visit an offsite restaurant that’s cheap but good
- Get refillable popcorn Day 1 and use it as our default snack
- Making sure where we do go for TS meals they are really memorable (DS10’s birthday on our last day for example).
So, that’s about it really. While we’ve had dining plans at DLP, our home park, we’re just as happy doing it on a budget and we all love to cook so shopping and cooking is part of the fun for us.
Any ideas or suggestions you have would be so welcome. Whether it’s places to eat on I-Drive, best supermarkets, clever ways to save money, where to find coupons or deals, it’d all be so helpful!