Ways to Save Money While Camping
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Ways to Save Money While Camping

Posted on Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Does your family enjoy going camping? Here are some hints to help you cut down on the expense.Does your family enjoy camping? The gear, the food, and the fees can make what at first glance appears to be an inexpensive vacation into something pricey. Here are some helpful hints that you can use to save money while camping.

How to Save on Camping

Entrance Fee Free Days
The National Park Service has special days every year when the entrance fees to the National Parks will be waived.  Visit a National Park (or camp there) on one of those days and you can save yourself the cost of the entry fee.

Save the Recycling
Start saving some items that you would typically toss in the recycling bin (or trash) in the months before your camping trip. You will need plenty of empty toilet paper rolls and old dryer lint. These make great fire starters!

Tuck some dryer lint inside each empty toilet paper roll. Don’t stuff it too full! Ideally, you want a loose fit in order to allow for optimal oxygen flow and the best burn. This saves you the trouble of searching for kindling and the cost of purchasing wood to bring with and burn.

Borrow From Friends and Family
Buying brand new camping gear can get expensive. Before you make a purchase, see if any of your friends or relatives would be willing to let you borrow some of their gear. Most people go camping once a year and then store everything away. It won’t trouble them to let you borrow it.

Make sure you take really good care of the camping gear that you borrowed. Return it in the condition it was when you borrowed it. Repay your friend or relative by letting him or her borrow your camping gear when you aren’t using it. Another option is to pair up with a fellow avid camper and split the cost of a new tent, cooler, or other camping gear.

Camp Day-To-Day
This isn’t always possible, but can save you money. Instead of pre-paying for your campsite for an entire week, see if you can pay day-to-day instead.

This prevents you from losing money if you end up going home earlier than expected. The weather may get cold, rainy, or nasty. Someone you are camping with might get sick and need to leave. Pay by the day, and you avoid the potential of losing money on days you couldn’t stay at the camp site.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.