TO SAVE ON AND GET THE MOST OUT OF
RIVER EXCURSION DOLLARS!
money, finding bargains and getting the most for your bucks
has always been wise, but in today's economy
and job market it can make all the difference between a great
outing, a limited outing and/or no outing at all.
The following precepts, suggestions and advice can and will
make a difference for you.
AROUND! Use the these
price comparison charts. There are many camping
and floating providers, some of which offer significantly
lower prices than others. See the comparison charts
of canoe and raft prices below, soon there will be similar
charts for kayaks, tubes and camping. We suggest you
pick a reasonably priced float outfitter and the cheapest
priced campground nearby, and realize some significant
CLOSER TO HOME, the shorter the drive the less gasoline
used/needed, pick a provider on the part of the river
nearest to you.
EVERYTHING WITH YOU: purchase everything you need
at discount stores near your home and bring with you,
resort stores are there as a convenience for you to
purchase needed supplies but are notoriously pricey.
Make a check list of the things you will need, get
them at a local discount store and bring them with
you. Use the resort stores for souvenirs and other
items you can't get anywhere else.
RID OF BATTERIES: use crank style or solar powered
electric devices for lights, radio or whatever. Over
time you will realize some real savings. Batteries
are expensive and bad for the environment when discarded.
BARGAIN FIREWOOD: it used to be a good idea, if
at all possible, to bring your firewood with you,
but since the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer
from Asia has occurred in the US, moving wood in infected
area's is risky and/or illegal. Missouri is an infected
and quarantined state. In that light we recommend
that you buy your campfire wood from a discount dealer
along the way, somewhere near your destination. There
are usually discount wood dealers set up on the roads
near the resorts. Those dealers exist because buying
it by the small bundle at the resort or campground
can be very expensive, a medium to large campfire
can be quite costly, which created the market for
small scale reasonably priced campfire wood dealers
to exist. They are usually locals, who can really
use the revenue. In addition, if you have wood left
over when your excursion ends DO NOT take it back
YOUR BOATS: put three persons per canoe instead
of two and switch places along the way, same principle
with rafts, this can reduce the number of boats needed
and significantly reduce your total costs.
YOUR CAMPSITE OR CABIN: filling your choice of accommodation
will often reduce the "per person" cost.
DISCOUNTS: many providers offer significant discounts
for weekday or off-season services and facility rentals.
and appreciate the river and outdoors, but do so wisely
and safely, obey the laws and drink in moderation."