Published On: Fri, Feb 5th, 2016

How to Throw a Frugal Super Bowl Party

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The Super Bowl is February 7th this year.

Will you be visiting friends to watch the big game or will you be hosting?

When you host friends and family for a get-together – let alone to celebrate a huge sporting event – a lot can go into the preparation process. If you’re thinking about hosting a super bowl party, you don’t have to spend a ton of money.

Here are five ways to throw a frugal super bowl party!

Propose a Super Bowl Potluck

Hands down, one of the most expensive parts of a super bowl party can be the food. Sometimes there seems to be no way around it because a party isn’t a party without yummy food.

You can cut your food costs by organizing a potluck style party and asking guests to bring a dish of their choice. Most guests will be happy to contribute. Organize a menu and make sure each guest is bringing a different food item.

Use Coupons

Check the Sunday paper a week prior to the super bowl and see if you can find any coupons. There will be a lot of sales going on but having a coupon can help you lower costs and save even more.

Take Advantage of Seasonal Sales

For your own food shopping, be sure to check out the super bowl sales at the grocery store. Lots of finger foods and snack items should be on sale. However, steer clear of the customer traps like prepared foods and party trays. Convenience items are expensive.

Try to set a budget for how much you’d like to spend on food. For example, if you’d only like to spend $25 on food but still want to feed your guests well, you can look for ingredients for meals that you can prepare at home instead of pre-made items.

Purchasing 1.5 lb of ground beef, taco seasoning, cheese dip and tortilla chips can make lots of nachos for cheap. Or you can cook mini cocktail sausages in a slow cooker with barbecue sauce. For a fairly cheap and healthy appetizer, serve frozen fruit.

Decorate Courtesy of the Dollar Store

When it comes to decorations, keep it simple. Everyone’s main intent is to watch the game so they may not even notice your fancy napkins. If you want to decorate though, head to the dollar store. Choose from their generic sports-themed decorations, disposable tableware and paper ware.

Paying for decorations with specific team logos on them can be expensive, especially around this time of year.

Don’t Place Any Bets

Some people love to place bets on the Super Bowl. Whether you are confident about a certain team or not, it’s not always the best idea to place monetary bets on games. While it may sound fun at first, you could lose a ton of money.

The safest and most frugal alternative is to just enjoy the game and steer clear of placing any bets. That way you don’t gain anything, but you don’t lose anything either. At the end of the day, it’s the friends and family you have over that make the super bowl party fun and enjoyable. Keep these tips in mind, keep your eyes open for deals and offers, and relax.

Do you have any super bowl party tips?

Source: Young Finances

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LaTisha Styles

LaTisha Styles is a motivational speaker, millennial money expert, and spokesperson specializing in simple finance for millennials.
LaTisha is the producer and host of Young Finances TV, a weekly series featuring funny, insightful videos on the basics of personal finance. LaTisha has been quoted in Forbes and Mainstreet, featured in The Economist, and mentioned in US News as a top personal finance expert to follow on Twitter.
You can follow LaTisha on Twitter for daily millennial money tips to budget, invest and achieve success!
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- LaTisha Styles is a motivational speaker, millennial money expert, and spokesperson specializing in simple finance for millennials. LaTisha is the producer and host of Young Finances TV, a weekly series featuring funny, insightful videos on the basics of personal finance. LaTisha has been quoted in Forbes and Mainstreet, featured in The Economist, and mentioned in US News as a top personal finance expert to follow on Twitter. You can follow LaTisha on Twitter for daily millennial money tips to budget, invest and achieve success!

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