Money Saving Ideas for Summer Barbecues
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Money Saving Ideas for Summer Barbecues

Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Is your budget able to handle the costs of a backyard barbecue? Try these ideas to help save money on the total cost of the party. Is your budget ready to handle the cost of a backyard barbecue his summer? It can get rather expensive, especially if you will be having a lot of guests. Fortunately, there are ways to cut down on the cost of a barbecue. These money saving ideas might be just what you need!

5 Tips to Save on Summer Barbecues

Don’t spend too much on meat.
Consider less expensive versions of the meat you are planning to serve. For example, you can save money by purchasing chicken legs and thighs instead of the more costly boneless chicken breasts. Another option is to serve less expensive meats like hamburgers, brats, and hot dogs. Jazz them up with some bacon or cheese, and your guests will be pleased.

Learn how to grill.
Will this be your first time having a barbecue? If you are unsure how long to grill something, or how high the heat should be, it pays to look it up before the party starts. YouTube has a bunch of cooking videos. You may want to start searching for the answers to your questions there. This “homework” may be a bit time consuming, but it will save you money. You won’t have to throw away food that you accidentally burned!

Avoid the deli counter.
Many people figure it will be a lot easier if they just stop by the deli at the grocery store and pick up pre-made potato salad, macaroni salad, or deli trays of appetizers. It might save time, but it won’t help you save money. You can make your own for less that what it would cost if you bought it pre-made.

Plastic instead of paper
People waste a lot of money on paper plates for parties. They get used once and then thrown away. Instead, stop by the dollar store and pick up some cute, colorful, reusable plastic plates. They will be sturdier than the paper plates. They can be washed after the party is over and used at the next one. You won’t have to worry about someone dropping and breaking the frugally priced plastic plates (or accidentally tossing them in the trash).

Split the costs.
One simple way to make a barbecue less expensive to host is to ask the guests to bring a dish to pass or some beverages to share. Put this request in the invitations you send out. This lets everyone know what is expected. Splitting the costs this way is perfectly acceptable for family barbecues. It might not go over so well for barbecues that will include your boss or co-workers. Choose wisely!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.