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Five Budget Tips For Saving Money On Your Super Bowl Party

By Erik Folgate

Super Bowl XLIIIt’s that time of year again when we watch a football game involving teams that many of us don’t care about with overblown headlines, cheesy commercials, big parties, and GREAT food. Most people usually say that the best part about Super Bowl parties is the food and the commercials. Super Bowl weekend has become more about the parties than it is about the game. I love Super Bowl parties as long as I’m not throwing it. All I have to do is bring one dish and feast on everyone elses munchies. If you’re the poor soul with the big house and the sweet, big-screen TV, then here are some tips for saving money on your Super Bowl party this year.

  1. Make your party BOYB. Instead of saving money by making your party pot-luck style, save by providing the food, but making everyone else bring the drinks of their choice whether that be beer, wine, liquor, soda, or mineral water. The reason I say this is that alcoholic drinks are much more expensive than preparing nachos, and sometimes pot-lucks turn into a lot of stuff that no one eats and not enough of the few things that are good. You know what I’m saying! Keep control of the food provided, and let them figure out what they want to drink for the game. Also, some people drink much more than other people, so that the heavier drinkers will account for the amount they consume.
  2. Prepare your food from scratch. Yes, it’s going to take a little bit more time and effort on your part, but your bank account will thank you for it. Catering food or buying pre-made food from the grocerty store is ALWAYS more expensive than preparing it on your own. Plus, you can control the types of ingredients you put into the food, how fattening or unfattening you want it to be, and how much salt you want to add to it. Check out these great ideas from the Food Network for menu ideas.
  3. Buy in Bulk.If you’re having more than 10 people over for the game, consider shopping at a wholesaler like Costco or Sam’s to buy some of the staple foods that you know you’re going to use a lot of in your food. Price it out first at the wholesaler to make sure it makes sense, and MAKE SURE that you’re going to use all of it all at once. You don’t want to buy something that’s a better deal, but waste half of it in the process.
  4. Scour the newspapers for coupons. Yes, the savings does add up!
  5. Make foods that cater to large parties. A great example of this is Chili. People love chili, and the ingredients are relatively inexpensive. You can make a lot of it for a little price. Also, a taco bar would be a good idea too. Cook up a ton of ground beef, and put out cheese, sour cream, lettuce, and diced tomatoes.

So, who do you think is going to win? Personally, I don’t care, but I’ll still watch it. I was pulling for Green Bay to make it to the Super Bowl, because I wanted to see Favre (old school) versus Brady (new school). I thought it would have been very interesting. I’ll be bold and say the Giants win 34 – 31. Have fun and be safe at your party.

Erik Folgate
Erik and his wife, Lindzee, live in Orlando, Florida with a baby boy on the way. Erik works as an account manager for a marketing company, and considers counseling friends, family and the readers of Money Crashers his personal ministry to others. Erik became passionate about personal finance and helping others make wise financial decisions after racking up over $20k in credit card and student loan debt within the first two years of college.

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