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A lantern in front of a stack of wood.

Saving Money on Camp LightingThere are a some great options for camp lighting, including solar lights and crank flashlights, in addition to the traditional battery powered ones.


A sports drink with a light behind it, making a lantern.

Emergency Light from a Sports DrinkAttach a regular light to a bright colored Gatorade or other energy drink to amplify it as an impromptu lantern. This is a page about making a emergency light from a sports drink.


White Plastic Bucket

Using a Bucket as a Camping ToiletIf you camping in a primitive space, a bucket can easily be used as a toilet. This is a page about using a bucket as a camping toilet.


Lighting a match on a box of matches.

Lighting Matches in the WindEven a light breeze can make lighting a match a battle with nature, unless you come up with ways to shelter the flame. This is a page about lighting matches in breezy areas.


Painted Rock Camp Craft

Games and Craft Ideas for Camp?This is a page about games and craft ideas for camp. There are many fun games and craft projects that are suitable for a camp experience.


a girl doing crafts outside

Craft Ideas for Camping?This is a page about craft ideas for camping. A variety of craft activities can be brought along on a camping trip.



Ice Cubes

Making Ice Last LongerThis is a page about making ice last longer. The ice in the cooler you use for camping or picnics often seems to melt too quickly.


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Dryer Sheets To Deter MosquitoesTake a box of dryer sheets along with you camping. Tear the sheet neatly in half and hang within 10 feet of your sitting area. If you use four or five half sheets surrounding your area, you will be mosquito free!


Eating dinner at a campsite.

Washing Hands at the CampsiteThis is a page about washing hands at the campsite. While great fun, camping can require some ingenuity when it comes to providing a few of the comforts that you are used to at home.


Children Laughing in Campground

Camping with ChildrenThis is a page about camping with children. Camping can be a fun family activity, however, camping with children does require some extra planning and considerations.


Washing Clothes While Camping

Washing Clothes While CampingThis is a page about washing clothes while camping. When on an extended camping trip, in particular, it is often necessary to wash your clothes at your campsite.


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Tips For Forgotten Camping ItemsIf you forgot the filters for your coffee pot, tear off a piece of paper towel or use a paper napkin in the bottom of the basket. Add the grounds, and water and go ahead with your normal coffee routine.


Girls roasting marshmallows over a campfire while camping.

More Frugal Camping TipsCamping can be an inexpensive and fun way to travel and spend time with family and friends. Check out all the money saving tips and tricks that have been sent in by our active members.


Orange camping tent pitched near a mountain lake.

Tent Camping TipsThis is a page about tent camping tips. Tent camping is a very different experience than motor-home or trailer camping. This more primitive camping choice can be made even more enjoyable by incorporating a few important camping tips.


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Use Film Canisters for SpicesWhen camping, place spices in empty film canisters. Once you get the campsite set up, poke holes in the lids for shaker tops if desired. Film canisters are also good for storing fish hooks, etc.


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Check Unused Campsites for Fire WoodOnce we arrive and get our assigned campsite, my husband begins to unload and the kids and I go to nearby deserted (checked out) campsites and look for leftover firewood.


Use Freezer Baskets In CoolersI bought some freezer baskets at a garage sale to use in my upright freezer. I had a couple left over and thought of a great idea for them. I cut the corners off and then I folded the ends up and I use them in my coolers for camping.


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Disposable Camping ToothpasteWhen I go backpacking and don't have one of those tiny travel tubes of toothpaste, I'll make my own so I don't have to cart the large tube of toothpaste with me.


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Be a Workamper to Cut Camping CostsA fun way to cut your vacation costs is to be a workamper. What that means is that you go to a campground and help them with whatever they need help with. In exchange, they let you stay and use the park for free.


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Keep Cooler Odor Free with Baking SodaAnother great way to keep camping cooler fresh and odor free between uses is to wash and dry, then sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of baking soda inside before closing the lid.


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Save Juice Cartons for Camping IceIf you like to camp, rinse well and save empty quart and half-gallon cardboard orange juice cartons. Fill with water an inch from the top and freeze.



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Baby Wipe Clean Up When CampingAfter a day of camping, spraying bug spray, and using sunscreen give your self a quick bath using baby wipes before you hop into your sleeping bag. Save the baby wipes and they can be used to wipe up the tent floor before you pack it away.


marshmallows over a campfire

Money Saving Camping TipsIt's almost camping season! Here are tips for saving money on camping trips from the ThriftyFun community.


Use Leftover Candle Wax for Firestarters

Use Leftover Candle Wax for FirestartersI save our empty toilet and paper towel tubes, stuff them with waste paper and junk mail or even pine cones. Then I melt my small, leftover candle pieces in a old candle warmer just until it melts.


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Scout Camping on a Shoestring BudgetWhen my son was younger, I was the Cubmaster for his pack. Most of the scouts had single moms. The whole family goes camping in Cubscouts, but money was an issue.



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Keep Mosquitoes Away With Listerine?Has anyone every tried the homemade remedy for repelling mosquitoes using Listerine? If so, does it really work? I tried it and it didn't seem to work. How is it made?


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Camping Tips?I would love to hear other people's camping hints. Here are some of mine:


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Craft Ideas for Camping?We enjoy camping and would like some ideas on some craft ideas to do while on a 3-5 day camping trip. Recently, we took a 5 day camping trip and made the bowling ball garden ornament.


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Hammock Made from Six Pack Rings?A few years ago I saw a pattern for a special hammock out of six-pack rings.I have been collecting them. Now I can't find it. Can someone help me out? If so thanks in advanced.


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