Saturday June 28, 2014 is the “Great American Backyard Campout” day. If you are looking for something fun to do with your family that weekend, why not make some new memories by camping under the stars? If you don’t have your own backyard, call up a friend that does and have your families camp together!
Every year since we thought the kids were old enough we’ve done a backyard camping day during the summer. The kids have such a great time and the best part is…if it starts to rain or the bugs get overwhelming, you just go back inside! (Not to mention, you still have the use of a clean toilet nearby!)
Here’s a list of few things to consider picking up for your backyard camping:
2) Sleeping Bags
3) Air Mattress
4) Lawn Chairs
5) Lantern and Flashlights
6) Cooler and Water Jug
8) Mosquito Spray, Sunblock, First-Aid Kit, etc.
9) Games, Magazines, Books, etc.
We actually have a little firepit where we roast hot dogs and marshmallows. And if you want to make a special treat, pick up a “Pudgie Pie Maker” that you can use to make sandwiches or little pies. All you need is bread and a can of pie filling. We tried these for the first time last year and they tasted like a warm apple pie straight out of the oven! Check out some cool Pudgie Pie Recipes on Pinterest!
Here are a few ideas of some fun to have during your backyard camping outing:
1) Play a game of tag. Better yet, play a game of flashlight tag!
2) Try to catch some fireflies.
3) Do a little stargazing and try to find some constellations
4) Make S’Mores and “Pudgie Pies”
5) Have a good chit-chat in front of the fire.
6) Bring out a board game and have a boys vs. girls battle
And here are some money-saving coupons for items you may buy:
$1.50 Off OFF! Clip-On Mosquito Repellent Coupon
$.75 Off Reynolds Wrap Product Coupon – you can take some meat/veggies, wrap them in foil and cook them over the fire. Just use caution when you open them!
Also, SavingStar has an eCoupon that will earn you $1.50 back wyb 2 Lucky Leaf Pie Fillings that will come in handy for making those pudgie pies. I highly recommend the apple!
While the first year may be a bit of an investment if you don’t own your own tent and camping gear, it is a very frugal outing going forward as you can reuse everything annually. I hope you’ll try this fun way to camp if you haven’t already. Happy Camping if you do!