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How To Save Big On Your 4th Of July Party

by Jennifer Hall
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Throwing a 4th of July party is the perfect way to get friends and family together to celebrate.

If you think that planning the perfect red, white, and blue celebration will require tons of money, then think again.

Here are some tips for hosting a cost effective Independence Day jam!

(Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Use Coupons! Food –meat in particular, is usually one of the priciest items that you need when planning a cookout. Now, through various online sites like Groupon, Coupon Mom, and Coupon.com we have access to discounts galore. If you’re expecting a hefty crowd a few coupons will definitely help you cut the cost.

Potluck Style. Consider asking guest to bring their favorite side dish while you supply all the meat. To encourage participation, you can even add a side dish competition where all guests vote on their favorite.

Photo By: PAUL J. RICHARDS / AFP (Getty Images)

Photo By: PAUL J. RICHARDS / AFP (Getty Images)

Variety on the Grill is Essential. Cooking only steak for a large number of guests will put a dent in your pocket. By including a variety of grill-worthy eats, you can save a few coins.

Don’t Forget the Dollar Store. Red, white, and blue themed decorations, utensils, paper products, and balloons can easily be found at your favorite dollar store.

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(Photo by Universal Orlando Resort via Getty Images)

Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals. Fireworks are a July 4th staple that are both fun and dangerous. Instead of attempting to ignite your own show–at the risk of setting ablaze your home, grab your guests and head down to some of the local fireworks in your area. Local shows are usually safe and FREE.

Buy Food in Bulk. When feeding a large group of people buying the food in bulk at a discount warehouse such as Sam’s Club is a great way to literally get more for your money.

With these points in mind you are sure to make your July 4th festivities unforgettable!

If you can think of any other ways to save please let us know in the comment section below!

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