Does your work involve extensive travel across the United States? Are you looking to save some money on food while on the road?

If your answer to both of the above questions is yes, this post is for you. Whether you travel for work or leisure, it is always possible to save some money on food. Often, when on the road, we are tempted to try out cuisines and dishes local to the city we are traveling to. Trying out local food can be fun and exciting, but it can also take a toll on your wallet. Particularly when you are a seasoned traveler. This post is all about cheap and healthy food options that can be found while traveling in America.

1) Find out What the Locals Eat

Locals will never eat at an over-priced place serving low-quality food. Usually, pricey restaurants are never overcrowded with locals. Hence, let them lead you to an affordable restaurant that serves healthy food. Ask about the local restaurants to a waiter/waitress in the hotel you are staying in. Also, find out if any place around your hotel accepts discount coupons

2) Make Sure the Room You Are Booking Has a Kitchen

This tip can save you hundreds of dollars if you know how to cook. Make sure the hotel you are about to book a room in has a fridge, kitchenware, and microwave. If you are unable to find a hotel with a kitchen, consider carrying a hotplate, pot, and skillet with you on the road. 

You will save plenty of money even if you can cook your breakfast. Carry oatmeal packets, protein powder, peanut butter, or cereal with you.

3) Look for Free Food

You will be surprised to learn that, in the United States, it is possible to get free lunch 7 days a week. You do not have to pay a penny. However, you do need to be prepared beforehand. 


Here is an example of how you can get free food while traveling: Let’s say you are into Mexican food and wish to eat a free taco every time you visit a certain city. For example, in such a scenario, you can download the Baja Fresh app on your phone and get a taco for free. You can also check out this post by WalletHack to find out more about free food. 

4) Stay at Hotels That Offer Free Breakfast  

Although the price for the so-called free breakfast is included in the total charge for the room, it is wise to look for hotels or motel who have this policy. According to TripAdvisor, breakfast in a decent restaurant anywhere in the United States can cost you $10. If you are not hungry in the morning, just store it for later in the refrigerator found in your room.


Whether you are on a short 2-week trip or a year-long tour, it is both wise and frugal to avoid unhealthy fast food. Most people prefer fast food as it is cheaper which makes total sense as fresh fruits can be quite pricey. But you can stay healthy and also save money by preparing your food in a hotel room or any other place of your temporary residence. 

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