By Alyssa Goldman, Cheapism.com
We've compiled a list of eight cheap camping tips to use this summer. Why? Because camping, believe it or not, can cost as much as hotel/motel stays. In an ideal world the outdoors would always be free, but it's not. So if you want to spend time with Mother Nature, here's how to do so on the Camping can be surprisingly expensive..
Buy used. This is especially true if your family is new to camping -- no reason to invest in an activity before knowing it will be a winner. Search Craigslist and Freecycle (a site where you give and get stuff for free) for major purchases, such as tents and camp stoves. Check seasonal deals on sites like Amazon and Overstock.com or go to Retail Me Not to find coupon codes for camping gear. For cheap cooking supplies, sift through yard sales and thrift stores. And always ask family and friends about borrowing their supplies before making any purchases.
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