Do you like to save money as much as you love camping with your RV? Today, it seems that almost everyone is looking for more value in goods and services, such as handy retractable card holders. From grocery coupons to free email, we are constantly looking for ways to save a penny here and there. Saving money on unnecessary expenses frees up money for other things. While an RV is one of the biggest investments we can make, the ways we can save when camping with our RVs are almost limitless. Here are some tips to free up some extra cash on your next RV camping trip:
1. Get an inexpensive motorhome. While an RV is an exceptional investment, it becomes worthless when you don’t have funds to spare for essential RV camping equipment, including stoves, coolers, chairs and tables, flashlights, and plastic badge reels. You could go camping in a huge, luxurious caravan, but can you also have fun with a cheap new or used caravan? Yes, and this will free up more funds for RV camping gear.
2. Reason for the region. Certain regions of the US and Canada have offers that you can enjoy while camping in your RV.
3. Reduce camping costs. When camping with your RV, commercial camping can take a big bite out of your wallet. You can find better deals on RV campgrounds in campgrounds that cities, counties, states, and national governments support. You can even find a few places to park for one night or multiple nights, for free!
4. Supermarkets can be very expensive. Not only can you save money by shopping in places other than supermarkets, but sometimes the food is fresher as well. Try the following places for great deals on meal ingredients:
o Canning plants
o Charity bazaars
o Discount stores
o Dollar stores
o Flea markets
o Roadside fruit and vegetable stands
o Self-service gardens
o Second-hand bakeries
5. Never eat out of your home or RV. You can use several ways to save money on meals when dining out on your RV camping trip. You can eat out instead of dinner. Also, eat meals at diners rather than large chain restaurants. You can take advantage of early bird specials and use 2-for-1 coupons.
Probably the cheapest way to save money on food is to prepare your own meals. Buying the ingredients directly and then preparing them on your Coleman camping stove or grill can save you tons of money. And you will never have to settle for canned pork and beans at every meal! Several excellent camping cookbooks are available.
6. Beat the crowds. You can usually enjoy big savings at RV parks, campgrounds, theme parks, etc. before and after peak season. While the weather conditions may not be perfect during these times of the year, they are bearable, allowing RV camping trips to remain as practical year-round as using plastic badge reels. Plus, camping out of season can help you avoid large crowds and long lines at various attractions.
7. Fix yourself. Various books and websites can provide excellent advice on basic repairs for your RV.
8. Save more when you stay longer. Some RV parks and campgrounds offer huge discounts when you stay there longer.
If you want to enjoy a motorhome camping trip on a budget, you can. Following a few basic guidelines can make the journey easier on our wallet, but still be as enjoyable as using the heavy duty badge reels. Being thrifty on your RV camping trip doesn’t mean it’s “cheap.” It means you will have funds left over for your next RV camping trip!