Creative Meal Planning on Vacation

I hate meal planning in general, but doing so when on vacation just seems cruel. The tricky part is that most people are on a budget when they travel, so even though we get tempted to throw caution to the wind, and buy everything in sight. I’m like that. I get tempted to try all sorts of local cuisine when I’m travelling. That doesn’t do much for the budget that I had set.

But, eating on a budget doesn’t have to be boring. No, you don’t have to have a cooler full of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. You can find inexpensive, delicious alternatives with a bit of pre-planning and some imagination.

 

Find where the locals eat

Let’s face it, the locals don’t alway dine at 5 Star restaurants. They also know where the hidden gems are and what to get where. One of the tricks I’ve learned is to ask people I meet in coffee shops where their favorite street food vendor is. They are more than to happy to share, and I get to eat something that I normally wouldn’t have found out about.

Do Your Homework

If you’re too shy to ask the locals, or street food isn’t your thing, make sure you do your research and find out if there are deals going where you’re visiting. I always make sure I consult the locals when I travel, but sometimes there is a language barrier. Sometime the local tourist website has deals/promotions for local restaurants. You can find all sorts of stuff online. Don’t forget to check your credit card offers just in case they have something for your next vacation.

 

all inclusive vacations

Choose an All-Inclusive Vacation Package

 

You all know my love for all- inclusive package. I mean it’s fool proof. You pay one amount, and you get all the food, and liquor you could ever want in that week. The only suggestion I would make here is to read the reviews before you pick a resort just based on price. I have a steel stomach so I can normally eat anything, but there have been resorts where I’ve just eaten fries, and fruits for the week. On the bright side, I lost weight on vacation which is something unheard of.

 

Look for Food Festivals

Most of the major cities have multiple food festivals throughout the year. I’ve been to 4 in Toronto this year already. You can find the info on google, or better yet- Twitter!

 

Find a Kitchen.

One of my favorite places to stay in is a bed and breakfast. Well, actually, anything with breakfast but you get the drift. Bed and breakfasts normally feed you enough that you don’t have to hunt for an early lunch.

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Picking the free pool slides

One of the biggest attractions at the water theme park used to be the water slide, zipping down a sliding tube and splashing joyfully into the water below. Now, homeowners can recreate the same thrill and enjoyment in the comfort and safety of their own home. With the developments in today’s technology, you can now take home a pool slide and install it easily to recreate the same wondrous experience you had the first time on a pool slide.

 

Picking the best swimming pool slide for your home will depend on the sort of pool you have installed in your home, as well as the type of pool slide you are thinking of purchasing and installing. Safety should be a primary concern whenever you are picking the pool slide to be installed in your property. Unnecessary frugality might carry a significant risk whenever you’re contemplating the purchase of a pool slide. There are distinct types of pool slides made for both types of pools, be they over the ground or in-ground. You can then make your choice from within all the options made available to you regarding the shape, color and design of the pool.

 

There is a decently wide variety of pool slide designs which can be accessed by those interested in their purchase and installation, so recognizing and understanding these options is a must before making the final purchase. But no matter which type of pool slide you end up choosing, making sure that it is fit for use is your responsibility. Making sure that the construction quality of the pool slide is capable of handling heavy weight loads, produced out of material that will not erode or lose strength, how it is to be secured to the ground and lastly how well does it compliment the overall design scheme of your pool and the property around it.

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Financial responsibility is for the long term

A lot of consumers think that financial responsibility is a matter to be left to the future, but it actually depends on what you’re thinking and doing right now. Making sure that you have enough cash to cover your bills at the moment is important, but what will you do in the case of an emergency that drains your checking account? And how will you save for retirement? These are the kinds of questions that lead to a rock solid financial plan that you can put in place today. Here’s how.

Make a savings plan. The foundation of any successful financial plan is learning how to save. While this financial concept strikes fear in the heart of even the most diligent planner, saving doesn’t have to be difficult. Start your plan by working backwards: at the end of the year, how much do you want to have saved? Break that amount into smaller monthly installments so that you can go step by step.

Decide how you’ll cut your budget. A lot of people focus on where to cut their budgets instead of answering the question, “how?” It is easier to trim your spending if you develop a financially holistic approach. Instead of saying that you’ll give up on all the little pleasures–like that $5 cup of coffee–make a resolution to do those things limitedly. Also, you should strategize how to save on necessities, too. A lot of your budget cutting can come from paying a lower rate on your cable or finding a cheaper phone service provider, for example. [Read more...]