Soon you will hear people saying "War Eagle" & "Roll Tide" wearing their colors proudly. Alabama football is a tradition that is sacred and every year, grows with a few more fans. Tailgating is an integral part of the fall weekend routine in the south and it’s a great way to spend time with family and friends outdoors. The only bad part is that it can get expensive . Here are some money-saving tailgating tips for a party that costs less but is still full of fun for everyone.
PLAN AHEAD: One of the most important things you can do to save money on your tailgating party is to plan ahead. Make organized lists of essentials so you won’t have last minute expenses.
BUY BEVERAGES & FOOD AT YOUR LOCAL WAREHOUSE STORE: Most of these bulk merchants sell quality beverages and their own brands. If you’re buying in bulk, then combine your funds with your tailgating friends and your cost per case decreases. Some other bulk items, especially if you’re the host for the tailgate, are hamburgers, hot dogs, hot dog buns, chips, sodas, and bottled water.
MAKE YOUR OWN FOOD: Sure, it’s easier and less time-consuming to pick up pre-made snack platters at the grocery store, but you’ll pay a premium for that convenience. Instead, make your own classic tailgating food at home, and if you’re having guests over, get them to share the cooking load and pitch in a couple dishes too. For some inspiration, check out this roundup of tailgating snack recipes.
CREATE YOUR OWN COOLER: Take a case of your favorite beverage and empty it out. Line the empty box with two garbage bags to prevent leaking, then layer in ice and drinks. Plus, you won’t have to lug home a cooler home from the game!
CREATE YOUR OWN JERSEY OR BUY ONLINE: If you buy a jersey from the school vendor, you will pay top dollar. If you plan ahead you can order on line or check ebay for great deals or create your own with an online jersey store. https://www.customizationdepot.com/index.php/create/teamwear/football.html
PARKING COSTS: Parking at our local football stadium costs a good bit per game but buying a season pass for parking saves. You can pay in advance then have friends carpool and chip in for the food and parking. Having a season pass for parking also means you can keep the grill, chairs there all season for tailgating. You can also park somewhere else. The prime spots right next to the stadium will cost you the most cash, so be willing to park farther out and then walk in (or take the shuttle) if you’re trying to stick to a budget. If you’re not familiar with the stadium, ask tailgating regulars for parking advice, and get there plenty early to scope out a good spot. A season pass at your home stadium can also get you a decent discount.
BAKE: Bake homemade goodies and deserts, such as cookies and brownies instead of buying them. Store them in Zip Bag Containers for easy transport. You’ll save money and impress your guests at the same time. Homemade treats always hit the spot!
GOT A CROCK POT OR SLOW COOKER? : Now you will need electricity but if you have it, cook something amazing ahead of time and then it will be warm and ready when you are. You can make chili, spaghetti, dips or soups. You may need an extension cord and don't forget utensils! http://coltsroundup.com/2015/10/slow-cooker-money-saving-tips-and-recipes-for-your-tailgate/
SHOP AT THE DOLLAR STORE: For all your plates, forks, aluminum foil, decorations and other odds and ends, go to the dollar store and spend a $1 each.
By: Lori Cummings [email protected] #YourLife