Glenda's Question of the week??

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Glenda's Question of the week??
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Tue, 05-01-2007 - 11:47am

How do you Budget for Camping?? or don't you??


I have to watch how far we go with the price of gas.


We also research the camping prices and what is at the campground. If you have to travel to do stuff...that is an extra expense!


We also try and eat all the stuff at our campsite. The restaurants are expensive...and some camp restaurants only sell fast foods! We do a lot of bulk shopping ahead of time. I pack frozen meats with marinade in the ziplocs with the food. I also try and prepare stuff ahead of time...who wants to be the one busy making stuff all the time!!


Do you take disposable stuff??? That can be a big expense too!!


Some campsites charge for showers, laundry, and wood. We have a shower now in the new camper . I also hand wash a lot and try to take enough clean clothes...we have also snuck in our own wood.

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Tue, 05-01-2007 - 12:28pm
Our biggest expense was always going out to eat

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Tue, 05-01-2007 - 2:49pm
We usually don't worry about a budget.

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Tue, 05-01-2007 - 3:55pm

We have a vacation fund, so I just get the money from there when we camp. Our expenses aren't very high for camping and we don't go for very long at a time, so it doesn't add up to much. One of these years we are going to to a Utah national parks road trip, and in that case, I will budget like a regular vacation since we will be gone so long and expenses will add up.

We generally camp at state park, national park, or national forest campgrounds, so our activities center around that park or parks close by - which means we don't have to drive very far to do things. So no extra gas. Also, with the exception of Yosemite, our site fee isn't generally more than $20/night.

For food, we would have to buy food if we were at home anyway, so we just add what we need to get to the weekly grocery shopping trip. We generally have some extra food expenses, like meat to grill out and some snacks like cookies and chips and sodas that we normally don't buy. We rarely eat out when we camp. A lot of times there isn't any place to eat out for miles anyway.

We don't use much disposable stuff - we have camping dishes, utensils, and all that. We use them year after year. It is cheaper and more environmentally friendly that way. Plus, I just like to have that bit of luxury and civilization when we are out - to eat off real plates with a real fork and knife :)

We also bring our own wood many times. A box of wood at our local grocery store is a couple bucks cheaper than a box at a campground. Or I get some from my dad - from a tree that fell down over the winter or something.

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Wed, 05-02-2007 - 12:55pm

Believe it or not dh cooks all the breakfasts while camping. He thinks we need bacon,

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Wed, 05-02-2007 - 1:02pm

I hope you can find a new job soon Martha!! One that allows for losts of camping *wink*


We can't transport elm here! Some people take wood pallets home from work or where they give them away, and find wood scraps at construction sites to take and burn too! I have also seen people bring the logs you buy at walmart and other stores. They say they can be longer burning and cheeper than buying at a campsite.


We take a old roof carrier and put it in the back of our truck full of wood scraps. We have never had any stollen and it stays dry. Nobody knows it is in there!!


Good to buy all the food you can at home, as camping areas usually inflate the prices in the summer!! We buy disposables for when we have company. The warehouse club is cheap!

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Wed, 05-02-2007 - 1:12pm

Hi lucy!


We do short trips too. In a couple years thomas will leave home , and we will maybe get a permanant site!


We generally camp at state park, national park, or national forest campgrounds, so our activities center around that park or parks close by - which means we don't have to drive very far to do things. So no extra gas. Also, with the exception of Yosemite, our site fee isn't generally more than $20/night.


Here $20 can be cheap. The prices are climbing every year. Like at national, provincial and regional parks there is an extra fee to pay(yearly, monthly, daily...ect)...so you might pay anywhere from $75 - $200+ for a five day week. You really hav to watch the prices and get a park pass early on!


That is a great way to get your food!! That is what we do!


I like using reusable camping plates and stuff too! Not only can it get expensive...but they can be a messy thing when the wind gets up!


We also bring our own wood many times. A box of wood at our local grocery store is a couple bucks cheaper than a box at a campground. Or I get some from my dad - from a tree that fell down over the winter or something.


Good way to do it!! Last time we bought wood at a campsite it took two bundles for one night at $5 a bundle!! Some places here charge up to $10 a bundle!! The bundles seam to be getting smaller too!


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Wed, 05-02-2007 - 5:48pm

we dont. Usualy it only cost about $80 to camp. We tent camp and use reusable utensils, plates, ect. We bring

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Wed, 05-02-2007 - 10:26pm

You have a worm box???


Does this mean you grow your own??? If you do , how and what do you need to have a worm box???


That is very reasonable for you to camp!!


Our gas is what kills us!! We have a ford sport trac...a 4 door truck , 4 x 4 and covered box. We pull a 17 ft trailer with it!!


I can't do the tent anymore. We tried two years ago and I was so stiff in the morning I had to crawl out of the tent...sad huh!! Car accident and arthritis!!


So we bite the bulle5t and pay for the gas...and extra for a fully serviced site!!


Camping starts at the government sites on may 18th. (our long weekend!). I cant wait!!

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Thu, 05-03-2007 - 8:33am

Yup, i have a worm box. When it is properly fed and watered the worms reproduce. I have one behind my shed thats about 1 foot by 3 feet. I juts took some 1x2's for the frame, plywood for the back side and 2 side side's. And strong thick screen ( like for screen doors) for the front side and bottom. Then i put a hinged top on with a foam seal so the worms dont crawl out the top. I filled it with dirt/potting soil combo and bought 4 dozen worms to start. Every so often i lighty water it and thro compost in it. My nightcrawlers grow huge.

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Thu, 05-03-2007 - 10:06am

Too cool!!


I printed it off for my son.

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