The Cost of Camping

January 9, 2013  |  Airstream Blog

Yesterday I emailed our friend Bert to see if by chance they were in the area. To our surprise, he and Janie are here as well as Don and Nancy and Adam and Susan who we hadn’t seen since 2008! We had a really fun and loud evening catching up.

Back to my new years resolution. I’ve figured out that we spent a total of $10,429.04 on camping last year. Making our daily average rate $28.57. Which puts us somewhere around $860/month. ($60 more a month than what we paid for our little house with the awesome sunrises on Lummi Island!) Last year we only spent 25 nights boondocking, and they were definitely our favorite nights.

Anyway, if you’re interested, here is our breakdown of camping in 2012.

So here’s the question. We spent $725 on a month of camping in December, with a few days rolling into January. In my previous posts I prorated that and counted it towards money spent this year on camping. Though in my spreadsheet the money came out of our pocket in December so I fully attributed it towards camping last year. So technically, no money has come out of our pockets so far this year for camping. How would you prefer to see us do the math? Obviously I would love to just reset it to zero so our average spent on camping is zero so far this year. Let me know what you think.


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  1. I vote zero for 2013. I mean if you paid the money in December, then it shouldn’t be carried over into January.

  2. I vote putting down the abacus and enjoying your life.

    • I AM enjoying it! I’m fascinated with living differently and beating the system in a sense. To me, it’s a game. I’m just being competitive and want the lowest score!

  3. I see two questions:
    1. How much does it cost to camp from 1/1 – 12/31
    2. How much did I spend on camping in one calendar year (1/1 – 12/31)

    Question #1 would include funds spent outside that time period (reserving two years ahead, for instance) but would more likely reflect the true cost of a years worth of accommodations. If I were to ask you what would a calendar year of lodging cost me, you would answer with #1.

    You’d answer with #2 if the question were how much would I expect to spend on lodging during the course of one year.

    That’s what I think. Your milage may vary.

  4. I agree, Leigh….it is a wonderful game….and you will win….because you are mindful….I am excited about following your site choices this year…as always since 2006!!!

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