Do You Budget Your Meals in Advance?

May 27th, 2019, 11:29 AM
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Do You Budget Your Meals in Advance?

DH and I were discussing our travel habits and confess weíre not the best in budgeting for meals while traveling. I plan hotels; transportation (airfare etc.), but meals not so much.

For those of you who do - ideas on how you go about it please.
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May 27th, 2019, 11:48 AM
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I never budget for meals -- I eat cheap sometimes, and splurge sometimes and do a lot of both on most trips. But food isn't something I 'budget' for.

The only meals I 'plan' ahead before going on a trip is when I want to dine a a special place that requires booking far in advance.
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May 27th, 2019, 12:01 PM
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Well, I am one of the world's great "foodies" so I never give meal costs a second thought when traveling or even when not traveling for that matter. I try (and am almost always successful) to scope out restaurants with the best food regardless of price. Like janise, sometimes I eat at casual places, other times I dine more upscale and still other times I eat at Michelin Star restaurants. It all depends on my mood at the time. I have no idea, nor do I care, how much I spend for meals when I travel.
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May 27th, 2019, 01:38 PM
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O.K. now Iím feeling better. If itís a special spot we donít think of cost. We do try the mix and match method as one way to manage.

I think the most expensive restaurant weíve eaten at was the French Laundry for our 10th anniversary. We stayed at Auberge du Soleil which is where we got married and the concierge managed to get us dinner reservations.

Maybe Iím just thinking I should have a better method. Iíve been trying a new app and thatís what got me started.

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May 27th, 2019, 03:31 PM
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Do You Budget Your Meals in Advance?

Nope. We're pretty casual, value for money types. Never stepped foot inside a Michelin Star restaurant. Splash out meals just aren't our thing, so no need to budget for them.
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May 27th, 2019, 03:54 PM
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I eat street fare AND Michelin stars -- still don't 'budget' for it.
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May 27th, 2019, 08:03 PM
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Thanks for the input. Yes, I meant budget in advance.

Iíll continue to use the app for work because I am given a per diem and I have found it handy for tracking then based on that budget. Iíve also used it to track how much a trip is costing during the travel so like that too. Iíll do some more pondering on the plan in advance part for vacation.

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May 28th, 2019, 03:45 AM
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Not really, we rent apartments often so have breakfast in and sometimes dinner if it has been a long day of touring. I got addicted to high-end gin the last trip and my drinks were costing almost 10 euro. We were eating 10 dollar pizzas at O'Connell's beer garden in Galway, The Dough brothers made wood fire pizzas and drinking ten dollar g&ts. I loved it and the atmosphere was great. We do early birds or fix prices meals often in Paris. We try and pick a nice place to eat in each city. We also love big lunches and lighter dinners.
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May 28th, 2019, 04:07 AM
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No. We typically plan for one "big" dinner depending on the nature and place of the trip and otherwise wing it. I think being a couple, rather than a family, and neither of us being picky eaters or on special diets helps with that. We also like discovering places once we get there.
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May 28th, 2019, 07:22 AM
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We don't budget for meal. We often plan in advance to eat at certain restaurants, but we don't budget for it.
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May 28th, 2019, 12:31 PM
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Nope, depending on our destination, do lots of research on popular/new/touted spots from articles, guidebooks, across the spectrum from very casual to very fancy, see if they fit into our mode, and map them out. I know for Paris, I have a long list by arrondissment and metro stop with name/address that has been curated (there's that word again!) for our consideration. The fanciest in Paris was lunch at the Grand Vefour some years back which was so memorable and perfect that I wrote many pages in my journal about it! Another favorite bistro is Guy Savoy's Les Bouquinistes along left bank. But then there was a little out of way "dive" sort of place in Rome where we were the only tourists among the locals who all stared at us -- gotta love it! We like to mix it up.
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May 28th, 2019, 09:23 PM
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Lol, this is an interesting question!

One time I forgot to budget for meals for a 2-week trip to Switzerland -- I ate a LOT of meals in grocery stores that trip!

Normally I budget $50 per day for my meals, but I've upped that to $75 so that I won't miss you on an especially good meal.

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May 30th, 2019, 03:23 PM
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No I don't budget for meals. But I like to eat casual, on the go, street foods, sidewalk cafes, bakeries, grocery stores... not in higher end places. So it isn't really an issue.
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I'm not sure that "budget for" is exactly what we do, but I think my way of doing it falls more into the Yes category than the NO.

We don't drink alcohol so that saves a ton, and we will definitely eat outside my general budget rules, but we try to spend no more than 100 USD for dinner for two. This generally excludes Michelin stars or high end dining, but that's OK because we like big flavors more than we like fine dining.

If I'm researching restaurants, this is the money category I like to make my lists from. This all applies to travel only. We mostly eat at home when at home, but it's because we're saving for travel.
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Jun 2nd, 2019, 03:01 AM
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We don't have a budget for meals, much like the other posters, I'll plan and book a couple of high end restaurants, the rest of the time we will decide where to eat while we are there. It can be casual, cheap places or mid range, a mix of all price ranges. It's more a case of do we feel like spending $$$$ on a meal rather than can we afford to or have we budgeted for it.
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Jun 4th, 2019, 12:42 PM
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Never have budgeted for restaurants. We mix it up by preference, a high end spot followed by a simple ma and pa place. We just did a lot of that in Japan. From $10 Ramen to very pricey kaiseki meals.
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Not really. I may have money set aside for eating out, but I don't strictly follow that budget.
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