Hi. Jeanne here. From a Vegas hotel room overlooking the historic Strip …
We left home on Tuesday. Got here on Wednesday afternoon. And it’s been non-stop since we arrived. Running from event to event. Lots of walking. Lots of site-seeing. Lots of eating out. Basically, we’re running on sensory overload these days.
And we’ve still got four days before we hit the road home.
You probably know that I stress out a little about food. And just thinking about all those restaurant meals … Not knowing where the food comes from. Not having control over how its prepared. Spending way too much money on food that we’re not sure the kids will eat. Um … yeah … I can feel the cortisol coursing through my veins.
Think about it: breakfast out (for three plus a baby) costs on average about $30/meal … at a modestly priced diner. Which, over the course of 8 days would run you at least $240.
Plus snacks (A soft pretzel at the rodeo is $3. A bag of popcorn is also $3. A muffin at Starbucks can run you $3.95) … So let’s assume that everyone gets one or two snacks a day … about $20/day in snacks, for 8 days … add $160.
That’s $400 … just for snacks and breakfast.
So we made a simple decision that has turned into about $300 worth of savings for this adventure … and gone a long way to ensuring that the we are all eating at least one good and good for you meal a day, plus snacks.
You see, we arrived on Wednesday afternoon. And as the littles and I settled into the hotel, the Cowboy went on a trip to Whole Foods. He bought $95 worth of groceries
- six 6 oz containers of brown cow cream on top yogurt (on sale for $.47/container)
- 2 nice loaves of sourdough bread from the bakery ($2.69/each)
- a 1 lb wedge of Uni Kaabo Robusto cheese ($16.99)
- a half gallon of organic milk ($3.99)
- a box of Arrowhead Mills organic whole grain cereal ($4.99)
- some roast beef and turkey from the deli (I forgot to look at label price before it got thrown away … must have been around $6 or $7, I think),
- six organic apples ($2.69/lb)
- a 1 lb container of pre-washed and cut carrots & broccoli ($4.99)
- a box of 18 assorted Larabars ($36.00) – NOTE: this same assorted box is available at Costco for about $14.99 …we don’t usually pay retail for Larabars, but sometimes … you gotta do, what you gotta do.
- a pint of fresh guacamole ($6.99)
- and a bag of fresh made tortilla chips from the deli ($4.27)
And that’s it. About $95 worth of groceries.
Obviously, he wasn’t price-shopping. And he wasn’t cutting corners. These are full-priced (sometimes over-priced) items. And every one is delicious … fairly nutritious … and every one is a treat we don’t often get at home (so we still feel like we’re on vacation). But this is breakfast and snacks for four people (sandwiches, cereals, yogurts for breakfast … apples and larabars make great portable snacks and tortilla chips for munching while we’re in between events at the hotel room), for 8 days, without having to succumb to Denny’s or IHOP or some unnamed diner where the kids will eat four bites and be hungry half an hour later.
I know they’ll have at least something in their bellies that’s good and good for them. And we’re saving more than $300 … $300 that could be spent on something a little more interesting than not-so-nourishing food …like maybe a downpayment on a greenhouse?
Hmmmm … I’m going to have ask the Cowboy about that!