If you are looking for a good cost saving camping tip, we have one for you today. This camping tip is a reader submission. We love that our readers are willing to share what works for them on their camping trips. Maybe this cost saving tip will come in handy when preparing for your next camping trip.
Becky’s Cost Saving Camping Tip
I have a tip for anyone who goes camping lots and is on a tight budget.
I always check the clearance racks after the holidays. We stock up on tablecloths, napkins, light sticks, and party favors. I usually pay 25 cents each. Some are crazy designs for camping but at that price, it’s too good to pass up. So yes, the princesses and super heroes have gone camping on our tablecloths. I usually have 4-5 spare tablecloths that we take with us.
We have recently introduced one of my friends to camping, so we tend to have 4-5 children with us. With kids, things can get crazy and messy quickly. We used to have the nice cloth tablecloths we took, but that was before children. After camping at a campground with no washer and dryer, we learned that spilled drinks on cloth attract all kinds of nasty pests, and with kids, spills are unavoidable. They make clean up easy and can be reused if not too messed up. If they are nasty, it’s still easy to clean up.
The party favors are great for a campsite scavenger hunt, or when the kids are getting cranky and you want to reward good behavior and discourage bad behavior. We do a lot of rewarding good behavior. It reduces the need for bad consequences and temper tantrums. And the light sticks are always great. They make bedtimes fun!
Thanks for the great tips, Becky!
I love to stock up on clearance items as well. We like to stock up on vinyl tablecloths with polyester backing while they are on sale. They are easy to wipe down and they don’t slide around on the picnic table. For more cost saving tips, see my post Tips for Tent Camping on a Budget.
Do you have any cost saving camping tips?
I’ll see ya the campfire.
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