How are you planning on enjoying this gorgeous spring weather? If family bonding in the outdoors is high on your list, our frugal finds for family fun will make for an unforgettable day!

1- Patagonia Kid’s Interstate Hat – MSRP: $25.00 Frugal: $20.00
These adorable hats will keep the sun out of their eyes and their manes tamed.
2- Columbia Peak Freak TeeMSRP: $22.00 Frugal: $14.99
3- Columbia Outdoor Elements Tank Frugal: $25.00
These moisture wicking shirts offer UPF 50 sun protection, to keep your little explorers protected and dry on warm days.
4- GSI Backpack BocceFrugal: $16.95 *BOGO 50% off all GSI games*
This compact bocce set can accommodate up to 4 players – perfect for the whole family.
5- Pocket Disc Sports DiscFrugal: $14.99
This bright disk can be folded to take up minimal space, and is a great way to include fido in the fun.
6- Kelty Bestie BlanketFrugal: $24.95
This lightweight throw works well for picnic spreads and chilly peaks alike.
7- Kelty LoveseatFrugal: $89.95
Portable seating doesn’t get any comfier than this roomy loveseat.
Our most coveted sample set of the season lands at our Asheville location on Saturday, March 2nd – and it’s going to be awesome! Stop by between 10am – 2pm for a first look at brand new spring samples from Patagonia. This sample set includes one of almost everything from Patagonia’s spring line for men, women, kids, and babies.
These fresh arrivals are already frugally priced at 20% off MSRP. But Saturday only, you can score them at an extra 20% off sample price. Check out our favorite finds below + stop by this weekend to check out the whole line.

Our Favorite Finds for Women

1. Low Tide Cardigan – MSRP: $89.00 Frugal Price: $71.00 Saturday Only: $56.80
2. Lost Wildflower Dress – MSRP: $129.00 Frugal Price: $103.00 Saturday Only: $82.40
3. Airdini Cap – MSRP: $35.00 Frugal Price: $28.00 Saturday Only: $22.40
4. Planing Roll Top Pack – MSRP: $129.00 Frugal Price: $103.00 Saturday Only: $82.40

Our Favorite Finds for Men

1. R1 Tech-Face Pullover MSRP: $129.00 Frugal Price: $103.00 Saturday Only: $82.40
2. Lightweight Bluffside Shirt MSRP: $69.00 Frugal Price: $55.00 Saturday Only: $44.00
3. Duckbill Trucker Hat – MSRP: $35.00 Frugal Price: $28.00 Saturday Only: $22.40
4. Hydropeak Boardshorts – MSRP: $59.00 Frugal Price: $47.00 Saturday Only: $37.60

Our Favorite Finds for Babies

1. Baby Nano Puff – MSRP: $79.00 Frugal Price: $63.00 Saturday Only: $50.40
2. Baby Graphic Tee – MSRP: $19.00 Frugal Price: $15.00 Saturday Only: $12.00
3. Baby Boardshorts – MSRP: $29.00 Frugal Price: $23.00 Saturday Only: $18.40
4. Capilene Sun Hat – MSRP: $35.00 Frugal Price: $28.00 Saturday Only: $22.40
Patagonia samples come in women’s small, men’s medium, kid’s medium, toddler 2T, and baby 24 months.

Spring break is just around the corner, are your clothes up for outdoor adventures? Our new arrivals from Columbia can handle anything your family getaway throws their way. Check out our favorite finds below + stop by to shop our whole line up.

Top Picks for Women

  1. Flash Forward Printed Anorak – MSRP: $75.00 Frugal Price: $49.99
  2. Pilsner Peak PantFrugal Price: $65.00
  3. Anytime Casual Short Sleeve Shirt – MSRP: $49.99 Frugal Price: $29.99

Top Picks for Men

  1. Flash Forward Wind Breaker – MSRP: $75.00 Frugal Price: $49.99
  2. Silver Ridge Convertible PantFrugal Price: $60.00
  3. Silver Ridge Lite Plaid ShirtFrugal Price: $60.00

Top Picks for Girls

  1. Arcadia Jacket – MSRP: $75.00 Frugal Price: $49.99
  2. Outdoor Elements TankFrugal Price: $25.00
  3. Silver Ridge Pull On ShortFrugal Price: $30.00

Top Picks for Boys

  1. Watertight Jacket – MSRP: $75.00 Frugal Price: $49.99
  2. Silver Ridge Pull On ShortFrugal Price: $30.00
  3. Outdoor Elements Baseball TeeFrugal Price: $25.00
Tidal Watersports Logo

Whether you’re brand-new into kayaking, or a paddler with years of experience under your belt, dropping thousands of dollars on a single boat is a hard decision to make. So, we here at Frugal Backpacker made your decision just a bit easier by adding Tidal Watersports’ affordable Coast and Dually kayak models to our store. You can find more information about both of the kayaks below!

The Coast

Woman in single kayak

  • Specs

    • Material: LDPE
    • Dimension: 9.64’ x 31.50” x 16.77”
    • Weight: 48 Lbs.
    • Loading capacity: 350 Lbs.
  • Features

    • 2 carry handles
    • 2 molded handles
    • 4-rod holders
    • 1 right side paddle holder
    • Rear tank well with a bungee cord
    • Two 8″ access hatches
    • One molded seat
  • Price

    • $559.00

The Dually

Tidal Watersports Dually

  • Specs

    • Material: LDP
    • Dimensions: 12.2’ x 34.96” x 17.76”
    • Weight: 75 Lb
    • Loading capacity: 500 Lb
    • UV resistant
  • Features

    • Side, front and rear handles
    • 2 paddle keepers
    • Rear tank well with a bungee cord
    • Two 8″ access hatches
    • 2+1 seat positions
    • 4-rod holders
  • Price

    • $749.00

Another great feature about Tidal Watersports’ boats is that they come with seats and paddles (1 of each for the Coast, 2 of each for the Dually); saving customers even more money! So, if you’re just now entering the paddling game, or looking to add another boat to your quiver, Tidal Watersports offer great boats at affordable prices. Come and see us at Frugal Backpacker in Westgate Shopping Center to take a look at these boats for yourself!


Jackets and Hats

Short Answer: Samples are current season items from top brands that we make available below MSRP.

But seriously, where do they come from? Producing high-quality clothing is an involved process. About a year before you see items hit stores, top brands have already designed their lines and received finished samples of the final line. They use these samples to show retail partners the new line and help them make purchasing decisions.

Why are they all one size? Typically, each brand rep will have a sample set that consists of one of each item, in a single size. Most brands produce their samples in a small or medium for women and a medium or large for men. However, sample sizing is not always precise. Occasionally you’ll find a small that fits more like an extra small or a medium that fits more like a large, so if you’re close to the marked size, try it on, you may be pleasantly surprised.

How do you get the prices so low? At the end of the showing season, brands sell their samples to us at a reduced cost and we pass the savings on to you. Often you’ll find current season items, that are just hitting other retailers, for 30-50% off MSRP.

How do I find out about new sample sets? Make sure you’re on our email list and like us on Facebook. We try to let our frugies know when we get sweet new products in, and sometimes offer exclusive deals.