Frequent campers are well aware of the costs that can accumulate while purchasing camping supplies. Camping equipments need to be durable, for the purchase to be optimal. Food and other more expendable supplies, on the other hand, are a recurring hassle because they have to be bought over and over again. If you can save on the cost of supplies, it will earn you more money for more trips.
Make a list of the supplies you find yourself buying over and over. Look for ways to stock up and save money during the off-seasons. 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. Even though you may not need them right now, you might be able to save money by buying items like ponchos and miscellaneous camping gear when they go on clearance in early fall as well.
Think about the food you normally bring along on your trips. No matter what time of year, Grocery stores will have sales on dried soups and drinks you usually bring with you. Make full use of any sales on frozen vegetables and ingredients that you might need for a trip if there are any. You can cook them up before taking them along for the ride, and you can store it in the freezer if it is not yet needed.
You might also consider taking a trip to your local bulk supply store. Paper plates and cups, dried fruit, trail mixes, snacks and dried soups or drinks can always be purchased in bulk, and parceled out over the camping season. Good deals on grills and other supplies can be also found in some bulk supplies.
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. Cans of waterproofing solutions are available at most department and hardware stores, and can be applied yearly to make sure that water damage is no longer a concern.
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. Some supplies like paper goods and dried foods are okay to buy in bulk. Be aware of any sales and clearance rack during the off season for cheaper supplies. You can save more money by following these guides and will allow for more trips all year round.