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This past weekend, my boyfriend took his son, my own son, and myself up to Springfield, Illinois. Along the way we ate breakfast at McDonalds on the road, and then later on we dined at a Chinese buffet. Until we were done and paid the bill, I realized something – McDonalds was becoming increasingly expensive to eat at, especially for families. (We went to the Chinese buffet, as my boyfriend knew they also had a sushi bar too.)


Our breakfast bill was under $23, while our buffet dinner including drinks was just under $28. We got more for our money at the buffet. It kind of got me thinking back to the days when I was growing up and my family just made sandwiches, put some food in a cooler, and overall, saved money. Though the Dollar Menu would have saved money, some McDonalds do not offer what other stores do. For example, some allow 2 hash browns for a $1 or even a Double Cheeseburger for $1, but other McDonalds locations do not.

I am certain this can be said about others, but this just happened to be a particular incident that came to me. I am beginning to feel like I should do what my family did when I was younger and just do picnics for dining on the road. It may be healthier too.

What do you usually do on car trips? Do you always eat out when on the road?

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Comment by Jennifer Bruce on October 22, 2009 at 9:37pm
We do tend to eat on the road, but I try to pack both snacks and drinks. That seems to cut the cost down. We can just get a sandwich at the drive-thru and supplement it with the other things that we packed.

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