Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Vacationing on a budget
Most of the old fifty-dollar motels don't serve breakfast, so I cooked pancakes once and French toast another time. We had cereal a couple of times, too. We have a stainless steel percolator coffeepot that gets lots of use on the road, too.
Considering that we were on the road for over a week, I feel we did well to only eat fast food three times (not counting the senior coffees we frequently picked up at McDonald's). We ate one real, sit-down meal out the whole time we were gone, and that was in Canada. When we were on the road, we stopped for lunch at rest areas and ate sandwiches: the daughter-in-law left a full package of lunch ham in our refrigerator, so we used that up. We also had tuna sandwiches a few times. I took along a dozen eggs that were in the refrigerator, half of them raw and half of them boiled. A boiled egg is a great snack when you are really hungry.
Two of the meals we ate at fast-food restaurants were because we were running late and I didn't feel like cooking a meal, even an easy one, at bedtime. Oh yes, and on our last day, the motel only had donuts or cereal for breakfast, no fruit or yogurt. So I had a breakfast burrito and a fruit-and-yogurt parfait.
We honestly cannot afford to eat out often, and this was one way to keep our costs down on our road trip.