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Theme Park trips can get to be EXPENSIVE.
Over the years, we’ve now learned how to cut costs and save money at the theme parks we visit. And we want to share those tips with you! So with that, let’s look at one of the biggest hidden costs that can surprise a budget-conscious family at attractions: Food.
Saving Money On Food at Theme Parks
Here are a few ideas of what we like to stash in our backpacks that keep us from getting “hangry":
- Protein bars, pre-mixed protein shakes (we like Chocolate Soylent…they’re very filling and make it easy to “eat lunch” while in line! Add ice if you want it cold)
- Snack foods: nuts, raisins, apple slices, veggie straws, beef jerky. Plastic sandwich bags are your best friend for these!
- Frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (they thaw throughout the day!) or meats like Vienna sausages/hot dogs, pre-cooked grilled chicken strips or deli meat.
Saving Money On Drinks
Drink purchases can REALLY add up, when you have a thirsty family who walks around in the sun all day.
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Bringing Your Own Food Doesn’t Mean You’re Depriving Yourself.
Remember, the whole point is to save money, not to make your food the blandest possible, or to starve yourself. Bringing your own food simply helps you keep the edge off, when your growling stomach might cause you to make decisions that empty your wallet.
Try to weigh what is important to you about your trip…is it maximizing your time riding rides? Being able to afford one super fancy family meal at the themed restaurant? Picking out a special thing in the gift shop?
What are your favorite snacks to bring to theme parks? Do you have any tips to share with other families about saving money on food there? Tell us in the comments below!