How to Save Money On Food When Traveling to Chicago – or anywhere for that matter

So now that we are planning to go to Chicago this spring I started thinking about how we will save money on food on our trip. So I figured I would rack my brain and start jotting them all down for you!

  • When headed on a road trip, stock a cooler with some homemade sandwiches, chips, bottles of water, and snacks. Just make sure when packing it you put it in a place that you can easily get in and out of it. ┬áThis will not only save you money, but also will save in time. You won’t have to make as many stops and eating inside restaurants can really take some time.
  • If you want to splurge and eat out then do so at lunchtime instead of dinner time. So many times you can get the same meals at a fraction of the cost.
  • Check your hotel for free breakfast. Many hotels provide a free continental breakfast, made sure you grab yourself some to stock up on that fuel. Try eating something that will stick with you. A choice I always go for if they offer it is oatmeal. I feel satisfied for hours.
  • Try eating earlier and take advantage of early bird specials. On any given day of the year most restaurants will run early bird specials. This will help you save a few bucks.
  • Have a picnic. Either pack a lunch or check out the local farmer’s market and grab a cheap lunch on a country road or at a local park.

Here are some breakfast idea if you don’t have a refrigerator.

  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Bread/Bagels and peanut butter
  • Granola
  • Breakfast bars
  • Cereal


  • Fruit, fruit leather, and fruit snacks
  • Rice cakes and peanut butter
  • Granola bars
  • Pretzels
  • Trail mix



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