Football season is finally back, so it’s National Tailgate Day! I think we can all agree that nothing goes better with football than food and friends. As fun as tailgating can be, without careful planning and shopping it can get very pricey. Luckily, there are ways to save money while having everything you need to have a good time. Before you buy tickets and pack up the truck, here are some football savings tips to keep in mind.
Plan ahead. Just like with any event, one of the most important things you can do to save money on your tailgating party is to plan ahead. Make organized lists of essentials so you won’t have last minute expenses.
Be a smart shopper. Buy food, drinks, plastic cups, napkins, and other needed items in bulk to save money. Preparing recipes at home such as pasta salad, potato salad, chili or sandwiches will also cut back on expenses. Skip the prepared foods at your grocery story.
DIY decorations only. Instead of worrying about expensive school or team gear, visit your local discount store to purchase plates and napkins in your team’s colors or logo. Take a quick look online for all kinds of crafty, do-it-yourself ideas that will keep your tailgate team entertained until game time.
Team up with friends and family. Ask each person or couple to bring a dish or beverage that fits into your menu. Everyone loves a potluck, especially while tailgating and the more the merrier. Driving to the game with other people also saves money on gas.
Keep it simple. Football may be a competition, but the tailgate doesn’t have to be. Instead of trying to overdo or outdo your friends, enjoy the fun, being outdoors and being with friends with minimal amenities. Less is more. In this case, try sticking to one main dish and three sides max.
While going to the game and tailgating can be a great time, when you’re on a budget, attending every home game might not be an option. However, remember that all of these tips and tricks will work just as well in your own backyard.
Have any other tailgating tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments below!