7. Block Your Ice
A 10-pound bag of cubed ice costs 99 cents at my local 7-Eleven. I can bring the same amount of cubed ice from home for free. Better yet, use block ice. It takes a lot longer to melt and, thus, will keep your food and beverages — or your catch — cooler longer. Make your own block ice by freezing water in plastic storage tubs or milk cartons. We easily go through 80 blocks of ice a season, and every one of them saves cash. Or get dry ice from ice distributors the day before an outing for about $2 per pound. Lean one pound against the side of the cooler and refrigerate your drinks the day before. They’ll stay cold all day — for two bucks. Estimated Savings: $80
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