America’s greatest camping deal! Winter stays in Southwest deserts

By Bob Difley writer Wintering in the Southwestern deserts offers some of the nation’s most frugal camping and boondocking opportunities. Making it possible is: (1) the abundance of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the desert areas, and (2) cheap, privately owned land outside of urban areas, enabling entrepreneurs to build campgrounds with lower... Read More

RV park owners say: ‘Wal-Mart campers are cheapskates’

By Chuck Woodbury editor, Originally published in July, 2011  My original essay back in 2011 sparked more than 100 comments from readers. The idea was this: Why don’t some RV parks offer $10 a night “no-frills” camping for self-contained RVers (only) who just want a place to sleep — no hookups, no use of the restrooms, pool or WiFi,... Read More

Charge your cell phone with a campfire

By Chuck Woodbury I suspect that headline grabbed you. It sounds ridiculous! But it’s true. It’s about a device called the Power Pot, which for gadget freaks like me is just about the coolest camping accessory to appear in a long time. The Power Pot uses hot water to generate power — essentially acting as a mini thermoelectric generator.... Read More

Don’t gamble with your restraurant budget: Try a casino buffet

By Bob Difley If you’re not a gambler and you’ve never been to Las Vegas, Biloxi or Atlantic City, you may not realize the full-scale delights of a casino buffet. The hotels and casinos figure that you wouldn’t be there if you didn’t engage in gaming, and they want you to choose their casino to spend your gaming dollars —... Read More