Essential Camping Gear for That Amazing Camping Trip

Do you feel it?  It’s in the air.  That time of year.  Days of hiking, biking trails, swimming in a lake.  Also bug bites, ticks, sunburns and sleepless nights in a strange environment.  I love it and crave it every year.  IT’S CAMPING TIME!!!

I’ve been camping every year since my early twenties and it’s one of my favorite things ever.  There’s seriously nothing more relaxing.  Last year on our camping trip we got to witness hundreds of lightning bugs doing their thing while we just sat mesmerized at all the lights twinkling around us.  It. Was. Awesome!

If you’ve never been camping and aren’t sure if it’s something you want to do, I wrote a post detailing what I think are some great benefits of camping.  It is the best frugal vacation!

We normally go camping towards the end of summer or beginning of fall.  It’s less crowded, there are less bugs, and it’s a lot cooler while we’re out hiking.  However, I’ve been camping during the middle of the summer and it’s just as fun!

Mr. Frugal Turtle was a Boy Scout when he was younger.  His ideal camping trip is to head out with extremely limited camping gear and “rough it.”  Me, not so much.  I prefer having showers and toilets nearby.

I’ve compiled a list of all the camping gear we take with us on camping trips.

Tents

We’ve had this tent for several years now and it works great!  It’s a four person tent, but it’s perfect for two people.  Plus, it’s reasonably priced!  Camping gear can be expensive!
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September Financial Update with Net Worth

september-updateTime flies by way too fast.  How is it almost November already and I’m only now updating the blog with September’s numbers??

You should know, however, that right at this very moment I have pumpkin seeds roasting in the oven.  I can’t wait!!  So. Good.

Also, the trunk of my car has about fifteen small pie pumpkins that I’m excited to make into pies, crisps, breads, cake, muffins and a lot more dishes that I can’t think of right now.  But my pumpkin obsession isn’t why you’re here, is it?

No, no.  You want to hear how I hit $100,000 net worth don’t you?!  Yeah, me to.  Unfortunately you’ll have to wait for that.  I’m still inching closer and closer to that goal.

September was pretty good to me.  I enjoyed a day at the Renaissance Festival with Mr. Frugal Turtle on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  It was a rather non-frugal day for us.  We could have spent quite a bit more there however, and I’m happy with the amount that we spent.

Also in September I bought my most expensive pair of shoes ever.

Was this pair of shoes for a hot date you ask?  No, no it was not.

Were they expensive running shoes tailor-made for my feet?  No again!

Were they a beautiful pair of leather boots that go with just about any outfit??  Sadly, no.  Not that either.

They were…work shoes.  More specifically, Keens.  They really are a nice pair of shoes.  Very comfortable and roomy.  I’m on my feet all day, so having a nice pair of shoes is a must.  Many people at work wear Keen shoes so I figured I’d try them out.  I would say they are worth the money!

Our cat needed food as well in September.  As always, I ordered Orijen.  I love this cat food because it’s biologically appropriate for cats.  However, I’ve noticed that prices have been creeping up and up.  It’s getting a little difficult finding prices that aren’t completely outrageous.  The company has responded by making the packaging smaller.  I’ve noticed they have started selling 12lb bags instead of 15lbs for some of their flavors.  I hate it when companies do that!  The consumers (me) know what you’re up to!

I also had to renew my car registration in September.  However, it wasn’t too expensive for my old beast of a car.  My 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix is running great with 188,000 miles on it!  Hopefully I can keep it running for 2-3 more years!

On to the Numbers!

September Net Worth

I ended September with a net worth of $95,916.14.  

Not too bad!  Still inching ever so closer to my goal of $100k by the end of the year.

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