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Summer’s here and it’s proving to be extremely busy. With a daughter graduating from high school, a son graduating from boot camp, another son heading to Honduras for a short-term mission trip, back- to- back travel for me and several family road trips, I’m beginning to wonder how we will ever fit it all in and afford it all!
One way that I save money on road trips is to pack snack items from home. On our trip to California and back last year, I realized that a large percentage of our budget was spent on food costs- even though we did pack some items from home.
When I drove to Florida several weeks ago to visit Disney with my teenage daughter and two of her friends, we wanted to be as frugal as possible when it came to meals. We planned to stay at hotels that offered a complimentary breakfast, pack snacks to munch on throughout the day, grab a late/lunch, early dinner, followed by more snacking. Sounded like a great plan to me, but one thing I worried about was tiring of all the snacks so we put our heads together to make a plan and then shopped for our groceries together.
This is what our shopping list looked like:
Golden Delicious Apples
Homemade Marshmallow Treats
We spent almost $70 for our snacks, but I knew it would save us a ton of money on the road when you figure that a bottle of Gatorade at a gas station typically costs around $2.
To make sure we weren’t “over-snacking” and mindlessly eating while we drove, my daughter and I divided all the snack items into baggies after carefully measuring portion size. It took a little bit of time but I know it helped. I don’t know about you, but when I eat chips, it’s hard for me to stop at just a few as I tend to want to eat the entire bag. Having the proper portion really helped me feel in control of my snacking.
Our road trip didn’t start on the brightest note, as we headed out into a thunderstorm but everyone took it in stride and it turned into a road trip full of memories that we made from Ohio to Florida and back again.
We learned about the ministry opportunities offered by Samaritan’s Purse, shopped in Savannah at Go Fish and Goodwill (even the girls’ can’t resist a great bargain), we paid it forward and offered food and a fresh t-shirt (courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse) to a homeless man, dug our toes in the sand on Jekyll Island, sampled Redneck Egg Rolls in St. Augustine (take our advice and skip anything that has the name “redneck” in it), and arrived at Disney in Orlando just about the same time the rains did.
The rain wasn’t enough to dampen the moods of three teenage girls on the loose in the Disney parks. They learned that rain means less crowds, which means more rides for them with less wait time.
They had a great time and our snacks certainly saved us a lot of money. I learned that while we may pack healthy, it really would have been nice to have a piece of chocolate every now and then. As much as I like chocolate, it’s rare for me to buy an entire candy bar. I prefer to have a bite of chocolate here and there to savor it. That’s when I found TWIX Bites, which I found in the candy aisle at Walmart.
That’s when the light bulb went off! Why couldn’t I make a snack mix with healthy items and chocolate?
In addition to the TWIX® Bites, I purchased yogurt covered raisins, pretzel sticks and cashews to create my own blend of sweet and salty road trip snack mix. I also picked up some shredded coconut, but decided not to use it in this batch of TWIX® Bites Road Trip Mix.
I simply poured the four ingredients that I picked up into a large bowl and mixed it all together. It was ready to eat instantly! Of course, my daughter and I had to taste test it and I’m proud to say, it passed with flying colors. I can tell our newly dubbed “Sweet & Salty TWIX® Bites Road Trip Mix” is going to be a staple on road trips from now on.
Do you think you’ll give the TWIX® Bites a try? What is your favorite road trip snack?
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