Nothing says summertime vacation quite like a camping trip in the wild. And with the right gear, you can sleep under the stars without even leaving your home. Backyard camping is a fun and frugal alternative for any outdoor-lover.
With these 11 frugal camping tips and deals, you’ll be well on your way to camping bliss in no time.
11 Frugal Backyard Camping Tips for Summertime
Pitch the perfect tent
No worries if you’re not the best tent-pitcher. Pop-up tents are a great option for low-maintenance campers, and you can get a nice deal on one by signing up for REI’s newsletter.
Repel those pesky bugs
Create an ambiance
Fire-pit, Fire-pit, Fire-pit!
Every great campground needs a campfire. Feeling handy? Try building your own fire pit. Not quite Bob-the-Builder? All good. Nab a fire pit like this one on sale at Wayfair. It’s perfect for s’mores or grilling outdoor food faves like hotdogs and hamburgers.
Go for a neighborhood ‘hike’
Play a game or two
Corn hole, cards and board games are all great, budget-friendly summertime camping games! Take advantage of Dick’s Sporting Goods BOGO sale, or find all your gaming goodies at Target.
Watch a movie
Enjoy one of your favorite summer flicks on a projector like this one for under $20 bucks at Walmart.
It’s scary story time
Uh oh. It’s that time of night when you and your fellow campers take turns spinning terrifying tales. Good thing Bass Pro Shop has some great quality flashlights on sale.
Stargazing is a lovely and free way to enjoy your frugal camping night. But to upgrade your gaze, consider snagging a budget-friendly telescope like this one from Barnes and Noble.
Sleep like a baby
Wake up with a cup of Joe
Don’t forget to snag those receipts!
Nothing beats a backyard camping adventure more than a fun and frugal one. You can even use your reward points to get some high-quality bug spray for your family and friends (talk about summertime must-haves!)
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