Lumberjack season can be very expensive. Most competitions have an entry fee of $20-35 although we are doing one that is $40. Then there is the gas to get there and food for the day and other random things. Don’t even get me started on the cost of the equipment and repairs.
It can make for a very tight July and August. Usually by the end of August things are better as all the entry fees are paid and winnings from competitions already done are starting to come in. Either way, it can be tough to get the money to stretch those couple of months. I have found ways that make it easier.
Bring All Of Our Own Food
We used to at least buy breakfast even when I would pack our lunch for competitions. Now I make a bunch of muffins to put in the freezer then take out what we need the night before. I also make coffee the night before and put it in the fridge. If it is a hot day, perfect for iced coffee. If not, very easy to heat up in the microwave.
Split Gas Money
Some competitions are quite far. We try to ride with others and split the gas money when we can. It’s perfect as grandparents always want Abby so not only do we get to split the gas money, we also get some baby free time too.
Often we will go out to eat after a competition with friends. That can add up. At the beginning of the summer, I try to sign up for e-mail mailing lists for different restaurants. This usually comes with coupons which help make those meal a little cheaper.
Stay With Friends
If the competition is far enough away that it isn’t a day trip, we try to stay with friends in the area to save money on a hotel. This summer we do have one hotel stay just due to the way things worked out. But we are splitting the room four ways so still not too bad.
Sometimes we just have to go without. When there are two entry forms to get mailed in the same week, that takes a big chunk of our income. So sometimes we just have to go without other things so we can pay the entry fee.
Most of these tips can be applied to most any other type of activity. In no way are these things lumberjack season specific. Do you have any ways that you save money when you aren’t going to be home? I’d love to hear them.