It's football time around the country, and for many folks the joys of a Saturday or Sunday afternoon hanging out at a football stadium go far beyond watching the actual game.
We're talking of course, about that amazing American tradition known as tailgating, where people meet up in parking lots outside stadiums before the game to unwind, root on their favorite teams, and eat and drink the day away. What's more fun — than that? So, if you're thinking about tailgating this season but would rather it didn't cost you an arm and a leg, here are five great tips on having a fun tailgating day while also sticking to a budget.
Do It Yourself
When tailgating, it’s always tempting to pick up pre-made sandwiches, platters, lunch buckets – you name it. A better option? Spend the time before heading out cooking for yourself and your friends. You’ll save a ton of money – and have more satisfying food besides.
Find a Friendly Potluck
The best part of tailgating isn’t the food – it’s the people. Find the right spot on the parking lot, pitch in with your food, then share with others – a great, low-cost way to feast and have fun.
Shop in Bulk
Don’t go at the last-minute to convenience stores or even supermarkets on the way to the game; instead, go a day or two before and buy certain food items in bulk such as chips, beer, bread for sandwiches, grilling supplies – you name it, there’s a way to buy in bulk in advance and save money.
Travel to the Stadium Together
Is it always necessary to meet your friends at the Stadium – and have each of you shell out hard-earned cash for excessive parking fees? We don’t think so. Consider carpooling and loading up your car or truck with food and friends, so you can have a jump on a great and affordable day.
Of course we are not talking about “used” food. But the cost of tailgating also involves coolers, grills, plastic cups and plates, and other supplies – all of which you can find at great prices on such websites as Craigslist and eBay.
Unrelated to any money-saving tip, last but certainly not least is just our hope that however you tailgate, you keep the party safe and act responsibly both before and after the game!
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