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5 Ways to Save on Campgrounds

Looking for ways to save while you're camping? Check out these tips to help you save while staying on campgrounds.

Now is the time of year with campfires, smores, bug spray, and sleeping under the stars, otherwise known as camping.
Camping is one of those activities that you feel should be cheap, but doesn’t quite end up being that way. Here are some great tips to keep camping as a frugal, fun family activity.

Skip The Crowded Parks

The fancy, shiny campgrounds also come with a shiny expensive price tag. Make reservations at state parks and campgrounds off the beaten path. You will end up paying less than half the price of the big campgrounds.

Look into Memberships

With certain RV campground memberships you can save up to 50% off the price of some campgrounds. Look into Escapees, KOA, and America’s Discount Camping Club.

Camp with a Group…and on the Weekdays

Some campgrounds will offer discounts if you camp as a group and their prices will also possibly be lower on the weekends. Call around to find the best prices before you go.

Get a Weekly Price

Most campgrounds will offer a discounted daily price or sometimes a day for free if you stay for at least a week. Make sure to ask for any discounts when you make your reservation.

Camp For Free

Look up campsites on sites like or to find campsites or campground that you can stay for free at. These campgrounds won’t have any facilities but if you are really into roughing it this is a great option!

Also, many disabled veterans are eligible to camp for free at state parks. Check with your park to understand the requirements for eligibility. This site has some information as well.

With all these tips you shouldn’t ever have to pay full price at a campground and if all else fails, just ask the campground what kind of discounts they offer, they may have some that you wouldn’t have even thought about!

Do you have great ways to get discounts at campgrounds?
How do you save the most most when camping?

About Andrea Deckard

Andrea Deckard is a personal finance expert and speaker. She lives by the following motto, "save on what you need so you can spend on what you want." She started Savings Lifestyle in 2008, and long-time readers remember the site as Mommy Snacks. Andrea is a go-to resource on frugal living for local news outlets such as WDTN, WGRR, and as well as national outlets like Good Morning America. She has also been featured in multiple national publications.


  1. Kim on September 16, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Ohio State Parks offer a rewards program. Points are accumulated with camping/cabins stays and any purchases made at the parks and can be redeemed for free camping/cabin nights.

  2. JAN DESMOND on October 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Senior passes to National Parks give you a 50% discount per night. We jus spent 3 wonderful nights at Kendall Campground (5 miles from Lake Cumberland State Resort Park) in Jamestown, KY for $30. ($60 without discount). We had water and electric hookups and the sites were HUGE. Ditto on the Ohio State Parks. KY State Parks give a discount for active and veteran military.

  3. Carly on November 8, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Active, reserve, or retired military members can use camp sites on military bases too in such areas like New Orleans, Jacksonville, or even Key West. Look under their MWR sites.

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