Affordable Vacationing: Grocery Shopping

One of the many perks of staying in a condo is the ability to make your own tasty dinners, saving you money for all the other activities in the area. So we thought we’d share a few grocery shopping tips while traveling with Global Discovery Vacations!

Plan Your Week

Taking time to plot your week of meals can save you $10 to $100, depending on the size of your party. It doesn’t sound like much, but that can amount to a souvenir or an amusement park ticket!

To plan, consider how long you are staying, how many people you are feeding and what kitchen supplies your unit has (cooking set-ups change by resort). Some resorts have grills on-site, which diversifies your meal choices. Once you get a good grasp on your situation, make an outline of meals for the week so that you don’t get too much, or not enough, of what you need.

Keep It Simple

Quick meals such as eggs, sandwiches and pasta are universal enough that you should be able to find them pretty much anywhere. Unless you are learning some new cooking tips from the locals, you probably won’t want to stray far from the tried and true because you are on vacation. And we can’t overstate the convenience of leftovers, so make that one night of cooking last as long as possible.

Hit the Local Farmer’s Market

Local produce is a great way to get a taste of the land and to make sure you’re eating fresh while on vacation. Fresh produce doesn’t have a long shelf life, which makes a one- or two-week stay the ideal time to take advantage of crisp, clean eating. Plus, it supports the local economy.

Member Tips

“Because we drive to many of our vacation condos, I prepare simple meals before leaving home and freeze them. Our favorites are homemade soup, chili and spaghetti. Because there are several frozen containers, when packed in our cooler, they stay completely frozen even on a two-day drive. Preparing ahead also decreases time spent in the kitchen on our vacation. Just boil pasta, heat rolls and warm up the entree. Voilà, dinner! And you have leftovers for lunch.”
– Member Shirley J.

I pack all of my staples (dry goods) and usually check the bag when flying. Twenty five dollars is less expensive than grocery shopping for everything at your destination. Or, you can send a box on ahead and have it mailed to the condo.
– Member Janet C.

I always take a plastic tote with everything I think I will need. I plan my meals ahead and buy what else I will need when I first get to our condo. We not only save money but always enjoy sitting on the balcony that overlooks a great scenery. Another perk is meeting new friend while using the grill. Friendships are made and continued sometimes.”
– Member Donna H.

We’ve talked before about how to save money when dining on vacation and you can save even more preparing your own meals, on vacation and at home. You can spend your money on food anywhere, but you can’t find special amusement parks, festivals and museums everywhere, so save your money for the good stuff!

What are your favorite dishes to make while on vacation? Share a recipe or tell us in the comments below!

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.

2 thoughts on “Affordable Vacationing: Grocery Shopping

  1. We always buy our groceries from a delivery service in Nassau Bahamas called FoodStore2Go. They have our groceries ready for us when we check in to Harbourside Resort at Atlantis and we have used them every year for our condo rental. Saves us loads of money not taking a taxi to the grocery store and saves on meals out. Keeps the kids well fed during the hungry times after a full day at the waterpark or beach.

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