When we went to Wales recently Mr S sighed and said, ‘Don’t take too much food. They do sell it there.’ Of course they do! However the village we were going to did not have an Aldi or a Lidl, just a small, expensive Coop. They have a lovely weekly market but this tends towards luxury foods like cheeses, speciality cake and bread.Because we are holidaying on a tight budget we go self catering and we hardly eat out, apart from the occasional fish and chip supper. We make dinner each night and take a flask of coffee, our water bottles and a picnic lunch each day. So I take lots of basics. Usually a meal ready for when we arrive; perhaps a curry, chilli or bolognese in a Tupperware. Some onions, tinned tomatoes, dried herbs, bread, cheese, eggs, bacon, wine, juice, milk, teabags, coffee and snacks. We then top up locally as we need it. It saves loads of money!
We have another cheap week booked in Devon in September and will do the same, although there will be less room in the car because there are four of us, so we might get settled and then go in search of a supermarket.
I feel a bit guilty not to support local businesses more when we are away, but the truth is if we didn’t self cater and buy in advance we wouldn’t be able to afford to go away at all.
Anyone else have any holiday money saving tips?