It’s been forever since we’ve gone camping. The last time we went camping was the summer before we finally got married, which was in 2009. My honey and I love to go camping; it’s one of the best things ever. If you already have the gear, you can do a weekend trip for next to nothing, if you’re good.
Camping for us always seems to be expensive, even though we already own what we need. First we have to buy alcohol and then make a special trip to the grocery store for “camping food” which is then followed by a stop at the gas station for ice.
Why buy alcohol? My honey says that it’s a necessity for camping and in all honesty, it certainly makes things interesting. The first time I ever went camping was with my honey, so I’ve never been camping without alcohol. For those of you who think we’re out in the woods getting crazy-drunk and being bad parents…we don’t bring our daughter with us. She always has a fun-filled sleepover at Grandma’s house for the weekend. If she did end up going with us, we wouldn’t drink—well I wouldn’t at least.
Why not bring food from home? Aside from my honey cooking hot dogs on a stick, we don’t actually cook while we camp. It probably seems weird because everybody else I know does. Also, I wasn’t as into saving money 2 years ago as I am today. So, we would just load up on a ton of snack foods (really unhealthy) and hope for the best. This is mostly my fault since I’m like the pickiest eater in the whole world—aside from the girl who only eats pancakes and Mac & Cheese (not my kid). I don’t mean to be so picky; it just seems to be unavoidable most times.
Why not get ice at the grocery store? We never thought about it back then, of course now we do, so we will get it there from now on.
So between all our weird pre-camping expenses, we usually end up spending about $100-$125 per weekend trip. We don’t end up eating/drinking everything from camping, so we always have leftovers for a while. In the last couple of years, I’ve come so far with watching our money and saving…but the nice weather got me thinking. If we were to go camping soon, how could we save money on the food we bring? Hopefully, you can help me out…
What kinds of foods do you bring camping that don’t need to be cooked?
How much do you usually spend on camping trips?
Any neat ways you save money on camping expenses?