A Frugal Weekend: Tent Camping

Well, this weekend the family ventured out into the wild world of tent camping at a state park in the foothills of the mountains.

It was a very cheap weekend, AND we had a blast!

Cost Breakdown

  • Camp Site (2 nights): $45.10
  • Food (no extra cost – we brought our regular groceries):  $0.00
  • Stupid Tax (left our pan at home): $14.95

Total Cost:  $60.05

We had an AWESOME time.  Here are the highlights.

  • We put up the tent.  Our tent attracts rain.  It POURED both nights.  BUT both days were nice and sunny.
  • We saw a copperhead snake up close.  That always makes me feel comfortable.
  • I ate three smores in one sitting and then proceeded to cook another dozen marshmallows.  INCREDIBLE!
  • We saw a pileated woodpecker up close.  Beautiful.
  • I got to spend time with my wife and daughter without the computer, internet access, or my cell phone.
  • We all got our first sunburns of the season.
  • There is nothing like breakfast cooked over a campfire.  Bacon sizzling.  Eggs frying.  100% purple grape juice.  Yum.
  • Melea started the fire herself with matches.  I taught her how to responsibly use matches.  I hope she remembers all of the rules.
  • I had to make an emergency run to a Dollar General store for a frying pan, clothesline, and clothes pins.  I need to go to Dollar General more often!  They really have good prices, and the store was really neat, organized nicely, and clean.
  • I caught ZERO fish.  First time I have been skunked all year.  I don't like that.

I need to put camping on the calendar more often!

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  1. Andy on May 11, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    mmmmmm….smores and bacon…you are making me hungry Joe!

  2. Robin on May 12, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Hey, you are right up my alley there. I love getting out, enjoying God’s handiwork, and having a cheap outing. I like the Burells Ford camp sites. They are up the road from Oconee State Park off the Chatooga river and they are free. Theres alot of things to do locally that are cheap or free, but people don’t know it.

  3. Rindy Walton on May 14, 2008 at 3:44 am

    Camping is an awesome way for families to get away, go on vacation, be together–all cheaply! And really not that much work!! Hmmm….I think you’ve given me a great blog topic! 😉

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