Posted on August 29, 2016 in Saving Money

5 Savings Tips for a Labor Day BBQ on a Budget

School is starting, summer is winding down and Labor Day weekend is almost here. If you’re planning on hosting a BBQ, here’s some tips to put together an inexpensive, fun party while staying on budget.

1. Host a potluck, share the cost.
BBQ parties are always more fun when everyone joins in. Cut down your party costs by asking everyone to bring a side and a six-pack of beer. The key here is to communicate and plan in advance to ensure you don’t have too much (or little) of anything.

2. Find the deals or choose cheaper cuts of meat.
As the host, a pricey cut of meat may taste delicious, however, it may also break the bank when providing food for friends. In order to stay on budget, look for deals or consider cheaper cuts of meat. Chicken legs and thighs are much cheaper than chicken breasts. Several cheaper cuts of beef, such as flank steak, tri-tip and skirt are all great for grilling. Even better, go to a wholesale store and buy your meat in bulk.

3. Don’t waste fuel when grilling.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s often the case when hosting a party and not paying close attention to the grill. Whether you are using charcoal or propane, keep an eye on how much fuel you are using and always remember to turn the grill off when you’re done.

4. Stick to simple decorations.
Since it’s the end of the summer, a season of eating outdoors and frequent parties, you may have the decorations and paper goods you need. If not, don’t be afraid to keep things simple with end-of-summer sales or dollar store items.

5. Keep the day going with fun, free activities.
Even if you don’t have a ton of decorations and flare, you can win on creativity points with fun entertainment and activities. There are a ton of free summer activities – frisbee, music, yard games – that you can set up for kids or adults to have fun during the day.

Plan ahead, be creative and save money. The main idea for a Labor Day BBQ is to enjoy the company of your guests. By spending less money and sticking to your budget, you’ll be able to relax and soak in the last days of summer with friends.

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