1. Take your own water with you. Fill bottles with water to take in the car on short or long trips. On long trips fill a large water cooler and store it in the back of your vehicle. Use this to refill your water bottles. A bottle of water costs about a dollar at a convenience store. With nine in our family it would cost us $9 just to get a drink. If we buy the water ahead of time at Wal-Mart, it will cost about $1.75 for 9 water bottles. This is a much better price, and sometimes we go this route. However, the most cost effective method is to fill our own bottles with water and take them with us.
|Some of our water bottles we take with us in the car. Rummage sales are a great place to find these.|
2. Pack some snacks. The least expensive snacks are the homemade variety--cookies, muffins, etc. However, if your schedule gets crazy like ours, sometimes there just isn't time to make something up. I solve this with a quick trip to the grocery store. I grab a couple bags of baby carrots, some fruit, and snack crackers of some sort. If there is time to make a snack mix--I get some cheerios, peanuts, raisins, pretzels, fish crackers, and m&m's and mix them together. Although these things cost more then our regular fare, it is much cheaper then buying things at a convenience store. If we do need to stop for a sandwich, we stop someplace with $1 burgers. We order 18 hamburgers, drink water, and fill in the rest of the meal with the snacks from our car.
|A sampling of some of the snacks you might find in our van on a road trip.|