Long time campers know that costs can stack up while purchasing supplies for camping. Durable equipment is a must, because you want this purchase to last a long time. Unlike long lasting equipments, a recurring hassle for campers are food and other expendable supplies that need to be bought over and over again. There are ways to save money even on these and saving money means more trips to come.
Make a list of the supplies you find yourself buying over and over. Then, during the off-season, look for ways to stock up and save money. Chain retail stores, like Target and Wal-Mart will often have sales on camping equipment during the fall and winter, especially on tents, sleeping bags and camp stoves. You can buy ponchos and other camping gear when they go on sale in early fall to save some money, though you may not need them yet.
Think about the food you normally bring along on your trips. Grocery stores will have specials on dried soups and drinks you like to take along even if you camp year round. Make full use of any sales on frozen vegetables and ingredients that you might need for a trip if there are any. You can store them in the freezer until you need them, and then cook them up before taking them along for the ride.
You might also consider taking a trip to your local bulk supply store. Stuffs like paper plates and cups, dried fruit, trail mixes, snacks and dried soups or drinks can be split throughout the camping season even if bought in bulk. You also may be able to find good deals on grills and other supplies as well.
The most important way to save money on your camping supplies is to take excellent care of all of them. Maintenance on gears like tents and sleeping bags will save you money, caring for camping gears will prevent from having to purchase new gears again. You can purchase cans of waterproofing solution which are available at most department and hardware stores to protect your tent and increase it's life span.
Careful planning and purchasing of camping supplies throughout the year, not just when you need them, can save you a lot of money in the long run. Do not be afraid to buy in bulk on some supplies, like paper goods and dried foods. Look for sales throughout the off season and keep an eye on the clearance racks in your favorite stores. You can save more money by following these guides and will allow for more trips all year round.