Next weekend my son and I are driving from NV to an East Coast beach town for at least 6 months. My husband is deployed and we're so far from any family that it just makes sense for us to do so. The House is rented to a coworker, legal loose ends are taking care of, and now it's time to start packing. We are driving across the country because I do not want to be without my car for 6+ months and because I hate to fly. Two birds with one stone I have a membership to Sam's Club for gas and being a military family there are some places that give us good discounts for lodging. My big issue is I don't want to live on fast food for the 5 days it's going to take us to drive, but I'd also like to not spend tons of money on food. I am hoping for continental breakfasts in hotels (hopefully with fruits, oatmeals, etc, not just muffins and Lucky Charms) but lunches and dinners are going to be harder without spending lots of money in restaurants. Does anyone have any tips to make this a bit thriftier?