Money Saving Monday: Tailgating Tips To Live By!

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(Photo by Kevin C. CoxGetty Images)

(Photo by Kevin C. CoxGetty Images)

“Are you ready for some football?” Football season is finally here! Fans disappear from parks, malls, and trade shows to lockdown their Sunday afternoons, attached to the living room sofa or glued to a chair at their favorite sports bar.

However, the devotion doesn’t stop there, as tailgaters head to stadium parking lots for the ultimate in pre-game fun. Tailgating is the perfect opportunity to show your team spirit while hanging with other loyal fans.

Now, mobilizing your meal doesn’t have to be costly. Here are a few tips to help you save while going all out for your favorite team!

Plan Ahead

It’s good to have an idea of how many people to expect, because this will intern dictate how much you need to purchase for the party.

Keep the Menu Simple

Hamburgers and hotdogs are a staple at tailgates. Don’t feel pressured to buy chicken, fish, or steak unless you really want to. Burgers and dogs  are just as fun and are more cost effective.

Everyone Bring Something

Not in a position to pay for all of the food and supplies  by yourself? Make it a potluck! Have all the guests bring an item. This way you don’t have to worry about over-extending your wallet.

The Dollar Store is Your Friend

Forget the expensive decorations with the team logo. Instead, save money by purchasing party basics – plates, napkins and cups – in the team’s colors at a party or dollar store.

Buy Beer in Bulk

Merchants like Sam’s and BJ’s are your best bet when it comes to buying enough beer for a large crowd.

These simple tips will help you plan a great tailgate without completely emptying your pockets.

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