3 Tips for getting your money’s worth out of a hotel.
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You chose a hotel over an Airbnb or staying at a friend’s house. Maybe it seemed a little more economical at the time. Quite possibly the comforts of having a conscience and a cleaning staff was something you just couldn’t turn down. Whatever the reason, you are now trying to justify it to your budget. Below are three great ways to help you save money on your trip to make up for any extra money you spent on the luxury of a hotel.
Tip 1: Make breakfast into lunch, too. Most free continental breakfasts have Jam, butter, peanut butter, eggs, and quite possibly even cream cheese. To accompany these condiments usually is a toast machine and bagels or regular bread. Snag a combination of this that you can make into sandwiches for the family lunch.
*The trick is to bring all of these supplies back to your hotel room after or with all of the normal breakfast stuff. Do not try to make up the sandwiches in the lobby of the continental breakfast. You will look like a cheapskate and it can be very offensive to whoever owns the hotel. By bringing them back to your room, no one is the wiser and you get breakfast and lunch included in your hotel price. Also, don’t forget to grab enough plastic utensils, paper napkins, and plates to accompany both breakfast and lunch so you don’t have to buy those as well.
Tip 2: If the hotel in question also has free snacks at certain hours, take advantage. Either make sure that you’re back in time for the free snacks, snag some at the front desk, or ask them to drop them by your room later. Make sure that if they drop them by it is still free.
*Oftentimes hotels like the Doubletree have free cookies at the desk. This can be a great snack item or something to pack away for a snack when you’re on the go, traveling to whatever destination you’re doing next.
Tip 3: Save your leftovers in the fridge for other meals. If you have leftovers from dinner, store them in the fridge at the hotel. Then use them the next night instead of going out to eat again. The microwave and fridge can make leftovers worth keeping, even on vacation. This way you’re only eating out every other night.
Need more tips to save money eating out on your next trip? Check out our article Chop Your Restaurant Bill in Half Here.