Throwing a Big Game party on a budget requires just a few deft plays.
Nearly 39 million people plan on throwing a Super Bowl party this year, according to the National Retail Federation, and another 62 million plan on attending one. It’s big business: Spending among those watching the game is expected to top $1.23 billion, or an average $68.27 per viewer.
Fortunately, if you’re not in the market for team gear or a new TV, that total is likely to be lower. Much lower, with these smart spending strategies.
Prep a buffet
If you just eat during the entire game your friends are going to run up quite the grocery bill. Try having a buffet dinner during halftime, with simple dishes such as ziti, meatballs and garlic bread. Everyone can serve themselves buffet style with a salad, and it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Take the party out
Look for local Super Bowl viewing party specials at bars and restaurants. They may have free food or offer one low price for the duration of the game. Depending on pricing, this may be a more cost-effective alternative to hosting a Super Bowl party.
Look for football-friendly fare in your local supermarkets’ sales circulars. MVPs or “most valuable purchases,” include 2-liter bottles of soda, salsa, tortilla chips, smoked sausages and frozen pizza.
Use an app like Favado, she says, to figure out which supermarket has the best prices on items on your list.
Shop at a warehouse club
Premade platters of sandwiches and other finger foods are often much less expensive than buying premade foods at your supermarket. Beer and liquor can be up to 40% cheaper than local liquors stores, too.
Ask each attendee to bring a dish. Think of it as a team effort to throw the party and you’ll have much less food to purchase.
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