I take Aldi when I  go on holiday

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. 

We always take a flask!

 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?

14 thoughts on “I take Aldi when I  go on holiday

  1. ilona

    If I am walking I get a cheap B & B or a hostel, and have a breakfast, that lasts me nearly all day. I know what you mean about the Co op, very expensive, so are Spar shops. I never have an evening meal, but get something snacky and have it in my room. Have a look at the YHA, they have private rooms en suite at a reasonable price.

    If you are a pensioner, free travel with a bus pass. I am not fussed about looking inside stately homes, I am happy to stroll around the grounds and gardens and take photo’s.

  2. Mrs LH

    We do much the same. Now we no longer have school age kids, we never holiday at school holiday times. We’re off to a caravan in September – £ 250 for the week – £800 for a week in August! Little wonder that we went camping a lot when we had our 3 children with us. It makes me chuckle when people class a staycation as holidaying in the UK – whereas to me it means not having a holiday and staying at home in the house.

  3. Sam

    Besides the cost savings of self catering meals, it makes the occasional meal out more special. I get tired of restaurant food anyway! I always plan, plan, plan, and try and scout out the best overall value, and if even continental breakfast is included, all the better because that feels like a little extra treat-someone else brewing the coffee and providing the fruit!

  4. Robin

    We have Farmer’s Markets weekly in the area I live in and the disturbing trend with these is they are anything but cheap. There are usually one or two veg stalls and one or two egg sellers, but the rest is high priced luxury items. Lots of soaps and care products – (homemade I guess). But the Bread, cheese, meat, seafood, honey and mushrooms are VERY expensive. And the fruit it not any riper than in the stores. They pick fruit quite green in the US for shipping purposes. I do better buying organic produce in the regular supermarkets here – Organic everything is BIG in the US and I must say the price has come down and the quality has gone up in the last 10 years or so. Thought you might me interested for comparison! I really like your blog.

    1. shoestringjane@outlook.com Post author

      Interesting! Organic is less popular here since the recession I would say, beyond my budget as its expensive. Thanks for your kind comment

  5. Catherine

    We go self catering for all our holidays. It used to be camping but now we do cottages. I plan all our meals for the week and make and freeze them.

    I don’t like eating out, but do love cooking. I also get recipes I fancy and put them in a ziploc bag with the small ingredients like garlic clove, ginger or herbs and spices in small bags already measured out. Then if I feel like making it when we get back from somewhere I have everything to hand. Just make sure there is a freezer in the cottage as in spring, although the information in the cottage said freezer, it was just a freezer compartment in a fridge and we struggled to put all our meals in it! The day before we go away I make a big bowl of couscous and add lots of chopped veggies, fruit and herbs and then this keeps for several days in the fridge and we take it out on our walks and bike rides in little tupperware boxes for our lunches with a small bag of fruit and nuts.

    1. shoestringjane@outlook.com Post author

      I bet you take a saucepan or two just in case they don’t have any suitable? I have done this!

      1. Catherine

        Always take the frying pan.!! lol. I have hardly ever been anywhere that has a suitable, nice, frying pan. In one cottage in the Lake District, where we had stayed several times before, We arrived to find the grill pan had not been washed and there were dirty pans in the cupboard! Apparently they had new cleaning staff! That was their excuse anyway.

  6. Margaret Powling

    When we used to holiday we used to do all this, too … self catering (only a few times as we had few holidays even when our sons were young, holidays being an expensive luxury we could ill afford) and taking our food with us. We always took a flask of coffee out with us during the day, too, and instead of today’s wet wipes I put a damp flannel in a polythene bag so I would wipe sticky fingers – no anti-bac in those days, but we survived!
    One way we did holiday cheaply was to do house exchanges. We didn’t do this abroad but in the UK, and had five lovely holidays this way. Of course, it takes a bit more organizing if you’re having people coming to stay in your home while you’re away, but a bonus is that the will usually look after your cat for you! So no cattery for the moggy! And toys at the other end for our sons, if we swapped with people who had children of a similar age. I do recommend it, but only if you’re prepared to prepare our home for guests as well as preparing for your own holiday.
    We swapped via the National Women’s Register, and I’ve no idea if they still do this, but there are commercial organizations, I thin, whereby you can organize such swaps for holidays.

    1. Margaret Powling

      PS We live in a lovely seaside town in Devon so now, even though we are retired, we seldom feel the need to ‘go away’! We have it all on our doorstep!

    2. shoestringjane@outlook.com Post author

      Yes, I have done this too. I found it worked well as the kids even played with each other’s toys!

  7. Cloie

    I save on hotel expense by venturing to places where I have family or friends to stay with … otherwise I wouldn’t be able to head out, either. I do take snacks and other nutritious food items for the trip to my daughter’s and then back home. It’s not only economical – it’s much healthier than finding stuff at the Kwik Shop …. I have to travel 7 hours to get to her home in Colorado from Kansas …. thanks for sharing your tips!

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