BBQ on a Budget: 8 Tips You Need This Summer
Want to put together the perfect summer BBQ? No sweat. Just follow these easy tips and you’ll soon be grilling — and saving money — like a pro:
1. Share the workload.
Find volunteers to prepare salads, do the grilling or set out the food. Assign jobs the day before to make your BBQ go off with a minimum of stress and a maximum of fun.
2. Decorate for the occasion.
3. Put the drinks outside.
A handy cooler or tub full of ice in a shady spot keeps things easy — and cuts down on kitchen traffic, too.
4. Make it easy to keep an eye on the grill.
Get all of your utensils in one convenient place before you light up the grill. Having everything in easy reach means that you won’t be tempted to leave the grill unattended. Bonus tip: if your grill has seen better days, remember that Walmart has grills now starting at just $19!
5. Put out extra trash containers.
One by the grill, another near the guests. With paper plates and plastic utensils, clean-up is a snap.
6. Keep your guests comfy.
Protect them from the hot sun with an umbrella (from $59 at Walmart) and new cushions (from $25).
7. Have a wrap-up plan.
If your BBQ stretches into the evening, make sure you have a warm gathering spot for your guests. Walmart has fire pits and patio heaters now starting at just $29.
8. Remember, the perfect BBQ doesn’t have to be expensive.
In fact, for a limited time you can earn 5% Cash Back on your entire Walmart purchase, just for shopping with ShopAtHome.com.
What are you grilling up this summer? Share with us in the comments.