A great way to save money on your family beach vacation is by preparing meals, according to www.rentmyrtlebeach.us.

Restaurant dining can add up, especially in coastal or tourist cities when seafood dishes abound on the menu. I’m all for splurging on vacation, but dining for breakfast, lunch dinner and snacks in restaurants can truly add up.

When you choose a beach location with a kitchen, such as all the rental units at www.rentmyrtlebeach.us, you’ve taken the first step in meal savings.. With proper planning, you can make great meals that don’t take much time or energy.

A quick grocery stop on the first vacation day can help alleviate dining costs on a trip. All of our units have grocery stores close by that offer pricing better than convenience stores, so be sure to check out local WalMart Food Stores, Lowe’s Food, Food Lion, Kroger or Public stores nearby.

Breakfast ideas 

  • Croissants with ham and cheese slices.
  • Toaster waffles topped with whipped cream and fresh berries.
  • Pita bread pockets stuffed with scrambled egg, cheese and spinach leaves.
  • French toast casserole (the night before, cut bread into chunks, then pour beaten eggs, milk and cinnamon mixture on top, refrigerate overnight and bake the following morning).

Lunch ideas

  • Cold salads! Chicken or tuna salad served on lettuce or in a sandwich.
  • Pastas! Make a cold bowtie pasta with olives, diced chicken, olive oil and spices, (make a big batch and serve for several days).
  • Make-your-own sub sandwiches with rolls, a variety of cold cuts and sliced cheese.
  • Fruit salads served with a protein like fish sticks or broiled chicken.
  • Nachos (microwave shredded cheese sprinkled over chips, then top with sour cream, guacamole, heated-up can of beans, shredded cabbage and salsa).

Dinner ideas 

  • Spaghetti with store-bought meatballs, mixed salad and garlic bread.
  • Taco night! Both hard and soft tacos filled with spiced ground beef, lettuce, tomato, guac and sour cream.
  • Chili and hot dogs served with chips and dip.
  • Steak salad (use leftover cold steak from previous night’s dinner, sliced thinly. Top salad greens and add sliced strawberries and crumbled feta cheese. Drizzle with a dressing blend of olive oil, red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard).

Beach snacks

If you’re planning to spend the entire day waterside, you’ll need to pack in plenty of snacks for the family. These are a few budget-friendly snack tips for a day at the beach:

  • Bring a rolling cooler or a cooler bag from home. Freeze several water bottles in the condo freezer to keep in the bag. Otherwise fill up gallon-sized zip plastic bags with ice to keep foods cold.
  • Water is going to be #1 priority when you’re in the sunshine. Pack your refillable water bottles from home and fill up at the condo. Bring an extra gallon jug to stay hydrated throughout the day.
  • Bring plastic zip bags from home in snack sizes. Purchase large bags of chips, crackers and treats at the grocery then divvy them into the smaller bags at the condo.
  • Don’t forget fruit slices and vegetables such as carrots!