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For those of you who have traveled extensively for work, what are some good cost saving ways to eat? I've been working on the road for 6 out of the last 7 months and the am tired of restaurants.

Generally, I'm not in one location for more then a week, however Tuesday I'm leaving for FL and will be there for 2.5-3 weeks. I hate fast food.. Did I mention I hate eating out?! :rolleyes:

Need some good meal ideas, methods, etc from some of you more experienced road warriors.

I can throw down in a kitchen, so no issue with cooking. Throw some ideas out there!
 

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Sheppards pie with beef or pork ids pretty great. You can make a few servings and freeze. Same with chicken pot pie.

Roast beef is another good one for stretching out the meals. You can make a few days worth of lunch sandwiches off what you don't eat.

Pataks curry chicken is really easy. Just follow the direction on the side of the jar. http://www.pataks.ca/products/ Lots of Indian recipes on their site if you like.

Buy a pre-made pizza crust and throw whatever yo want on there.

Spaghetti is as easy as it gets...
 

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crock pot, different sizes as long as you know how long your gonna be gone. The problem I had is co workers that were also sick of fast food mugging me :laughing: beef and noodles, beef stew, pulled pork , even if ya are in a motel. that a a loaf of good bread.
 

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I don't travel, but maybe you can use these "go to" ideas:

pasta w/ pesto. Either farfale or mezze penne are good choices with this. Costco has a good pesto.

Grilled chicken breasts make good, quick leftovers. Slice and eat w/ home-made italian dressing. I like to keep a bottle handy, made with a "good seasons" packet, NO water, and add some soy & dijon mustard. Eat by itself or over salad, etc.

Crock pot stuff, chili, hearty soups. Very rewarding to get a couple good soup recipes under your belt, and make a pot of it. I just made "chili soup" w/ beef stock, fried ground beef, onion, can of beans, etc. Thicken it, spice as necessary (chili powder, salt, etc.)

All this stuff can be made ahead and be ready to go in the fridge or freezer.
 

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If you're staying in an efficiency (with a kitchen) you have a lot of options. Things like pre-made meals you cook, or just shop like you would for home. Bring the basics from home. S&P, mustard, mayo, ketchup, storage containers (for leftovers), etc. Things you will use in small quantities.

If you're staying in a regular room, do what I sometimes do - I have a box with a small electric stove-type burner, a couple of pots and pans, plates, cups, utensils, S&P, paper towels, etc. Basic camping stuff. And a cooler to keep stuff cold. Works for me. Eating out gets old and you feel like you've had something 'home-cooked'.
 

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Pan-fry some onions, then fry a piece of sirloin in the same pan (cut it up and cook it on the rare side). Microwave a potato or two (soak, poke some holes in it, wrap in plastic, microwave). Good stuff. You can also pay-fry some button mushrooms in butter (low heat).
 

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I havent ever worked out of town much, but I used to use a hot plate and cook up some beef, peppers and heat up some tortillas or a hoagie. Tacos, until I hate it then a steak sandwich.

Not to original here. Pretty much jacked the idea from them boys south of me.
 

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I started doing the same thing. at first they would come in ,whats that smell :eek: then it went from there. I just got so sick of fast food plus like op I can cook.
 

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Typically for lunches and stuff I eat lots of things like yogurt, sardines, seaweed, salad, fruits, veggies, cottage cheeses, protein bars and sandwiches anyways. For me that part would be no different on the road or not.

What do you have to cook with is the big question... I always travel with my trusty rusty microwave and you can do a lot with that.
 

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The owner 5hitballed us before I started and stopped paying per diem when he found out it wasn't mandated. Our wages are good and we stay in decent hotels with a full hot complementary bfast, so that somewhat makes up for it.

Great ideas here, keep them coming. After staying on the Strip in Vegas and paying 300$ that week to eat.. trying to cut back to 100$.
 

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Canned beans and rice is always good...even if you use it as a base for a meat dish.

If I am going to be at a place that has a fridge, I always get a half-gallon of almond milk, a box of cereal or oatmeal, a loaf of bread, cheese, cold-cuts, and condiments. I could probably throw in a couple of big cans of mixed fruit and get it a few days worth of food for around $20.
 

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Canned beans and rice is always good...even if you use it as a base for a meat dish.

If I am going to be at a place that has a fridge, I always get a half-gallon of almond milk, a box of cereal or oatmeal, a loaf of bread, cheese, cold-cuts, and condiments. I could probably throw in a couple of big cans of mixed fruit and get it a few days worth of food for around $20.
A man could like off canned Heinz beans...if you wanna get fancy fry up a sausage and add it in the mix.

Rice makes a complete protein...but who has time to cook rice!
 

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If you get to choose the hotel, try the Residence Inns. I am not sure if they still do this, but we would leave a shopping list, and the staff would do all your shopping, including beer. They usually have a kitchen, so you would never need to go to a restaurant ever.
 

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The Homewood Suites offers a complimentary supper as well. They even have free beer on tap for a few hours.
 

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Primarily Holiday Inns or Expresses. We were just in Little Rock and stayed in a Crowne Plaza. As old as their hot breakfast gets, I still tear it up every morning. To me, free generally tastes good.

I'm going to make a pot of chili, some cornbread, maybe a batch of potato soup. It's gotten so bad that I actually look forward to eating at Cracker Barrel, because that is as close to home cooked meal you can buy at a restaurant.

My checklist thus far includes, some cheap plastic dishes, utensils and roll of paper towels. Stuff I can throw away when finished.

I have an old school skillet similar to this that is bad ass. They don't make them like they used to.



We'll be staying on the beach in the FL panhandle, so I may take a small charcoal grill or buy one while I'm down there.

Packing light is not a necessity but IMO the smaller the footprint the better.

My list thus far includes
plastic bowls
plates
cups
spatula
stir spoon
some cheap silverware

Also. Buying sodas in the malls I generally work in adds up fast. I'm not brand loyal and don't mind generics. And it doesn't even have to be soda.. A batch of sweet tea or even kool-aid.

It's hard because everyone in my crew isn't on this frugal mindset. I'll have to be strong and resist the urge to say **** it.. I'll just go eat with y'all. Plus, sometimes, a steak dinner is just too hard to resist.

Now, if I can roll my own cigarettes and not drink Heineken, I'll be good.

My reasoning behind this is I'm trying to finally launch my own show this year. My goal was to do it by 30, but I wasn't quite ready financially. I've been laying the groundwork for years, and I really don't want to put it off much longer. If I can commit to this for the next couple months, I'll be ready to pull the trigger by late spring.
 

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Chuck roast with some potatoes and onions in a crock pot is good, but not more than once a week. Will also yield some leftovers depending on how many people are eating.

There must be quite a variety of crock pots. We have one which I think can cook a 4 pound roast in 4 hours on low. I think it would go on to scorch the meat. I thought the whole idea was to turn it on in the morning when you leave the house and have it done about 8 hours later.
 
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