Money Saving Ideas for Summer Barbecues
Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at 7:00 am
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!