It amazes me how quickly the cost of camping can add up!
For those of you who enjoy camping, let's share tips on things we can do to keep the cost down.
True. Though yard sales became quite rare in my area that's still a thing. Moreover, you can search for sites like this and read reviews about hiking clothes and portable cookware. Later with this knowledge, you may plan your backpacking list accordingly. Then you may check eBay and Craigslist for a better bargain as I do.I shop for our camping supplies at yard sales -- pots/pans, sleeping bags, plastic plates, etc. Even got an 8 person tent for $10 because someone bought it, used it once and decided camping wasn't for them.
A cooler with frozen food and ice will keep foods safe for several days if you limit opening the cooler too many times. Keep drinks in a separate cooler so you aren't opening the food cooler so often.
Freeze water in large blocks (we use 2 liter soda bottles) -- as it melts we use it for drinking water.