Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Summer Frugal Series One!

Okay so this week I have realized that summer time is right around the corner. With that comes school being out and me needing to keep a four year old entertained. Of course we all know this is a time when we can break the bank but I am challenging each of my readers to stay busy this summer FRUGALLY! Here is Summer Frugal series number one!
So how can you do camping frugally? Choose to go on non holiday weeks/ends. Don't go camping on Labor Day, Memorial Day, or The Fourth of July. Not only will campsites raise their prices for those times but they will be over crowded.
Camping Stuff costs so much Money! This is where deciding what you truly need is so important. Also you have to remember alot of the things you will buy will last your family for YEARS of camping and that needs to be taken into account.
  1. Make sure you spend money on a decent Camping Tent(s). The most important thing is to make sure you buy what will suite your families needs. Spending $200 is actually great when you factor in how many camping trips this will get you.
  2. Folding Chairs and a Cooler. (Cooler can double as a table.)
  3. Pack towels, sunscreen, plenty of changes of clothes. Also pack any balls, horse shoes, or any outdoor games you can find.
  4. Stock up in the weeks before camping on your foods. Hotdogs, Hamburger Meat, Chips, Soda, Snacks all go on sale frequently during the summer months. If you plan ahead and use sales and coupons to your advantage food could cost little to nothing.
  5. Think about inviting other family's to join you. We do this and everyone brings their own breakfast and lunch foods, then each family is responsible to provide dinner for the entire camp one night. This can help lower your costs and gives a great fun camping trip for your family memories.
  6. Remember this is a great time to get away from Modern life and just have fun as a family. The less things you bring in the lower your costs and the more that it is just about your family. Spend your time swimming, hiking, or just lounging in the shade of some trees. 
You can make each camping trip unique and fun. Your imagination is the limit. Two years ago 'Pirates' visited our camp site and left clues that involved swimming, hiking, and exploring to find our treasure chest. The treasure chest was filled with little things found on sale, dollar stores, and anything that did not break the bank. Two years later the kids are still talking about the pirates. 

This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for writing this post yet the experience and thoughts expressed are mine and mine alone.

1 comment:

  1. Great tips! It's been a while since I've taken my family camping. I'll have to talk to my husband and see if we can swing it this summer.


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