Your beloved sports team is starting another season and you can’t wait to get out to show your spirit and host a tailgate party! But even though tailgating is a blast, it can also be stressful and expensive, especially if you’re the organizer. Here are some tips to keep costs low.
Save by Buying in Bulk
Take advantage of discounts, specials, and sales that are offered on folding chairs, canopies, portable grills, coolers, and other tailgate essentials, by hitting shops early. Make sure to check your store websites or download their apps to find deals on food, beverages, and party items. If you plan to tailgate throughout the season, you can save a lot on non-perishable essentials like condiments and disposable utensils, by purchasing them in bulk at stores. Try downloading savings apps to get hundreds of deals sent to your smartphone.
Save on Beverages
Beverages are a big expense for any tailgate party. To keep costs down, consider buying in bulk. Look for sodas and alcoholic beverages at a wholesale clubs or shop at a store that sells its own beer for less than the big brand name beverages. If the cost is too much, remember that you can always go the BYOB route. Everyone brings what they want, and you won’t have to strain your budget.
Save on Fan Gear
If you can’t afford official jerseys, shirts, hats, or other apparel try making your own. A quick search on the web should yield sites with printable team banners and logos. Print them on inexpensive iron-on, sticker or other types of paper to make your own flags and bedazzle your clothing.
Save on Parking
Parking right next to the stadium will be expensive. You can save some cash by parking further out, and either walking or taking a shuttle to the venue. If you plan on tailgating regularly, consider buying a season pass to your home stadium to score a discount. Consider carpooling with your friends or family. Fit as many people and tailgating supplies as possible into each vehicle, so you can split the parking fees and save on gas. Make sure to get to the stadium early to find a good spot.
Save on Games
Don’t buy expensive, pre-packaged tailgate games in the store or at your favorite team’s website. Instead, make your own. You’ll find a variety of online tutorials at sites for how to build a ring toss, bean bag game, or a pong table that you can decorate with your favorite team colors.
Save by Making Your Party a Potluck
To save on the cost of food, try hosting a potluck event. By asking others to contribute, you’ll be able to cut down on your expenses, and you’ll get help bringing everything to the stadium. Just provide the location and the grill, and let your friends and family bring meat, side dishes, and beverages to share.