5 super savings tips for the big game
Are you ready for some football? And savings?
Don’t let your budget fumble as you get ready for the big game. The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers square off for the finale of football season on Feb. 7.
So huddle up! Here’s 5 ways to save on the big game.
Save on your groceries:
Whether you’re hosting a game-watching party or headed to a shindig with a snack to share, save on your next trip to the grocery store. You can get free, printable grocery coupons at ShopAtHome.com. Other ways to save at the grocery store: Check out your store’s circulars and draw up a gameday menu based on what’s going to be on sale. And, buy your own veggies or fruits for trays. Pre-arranged trays with cut-up veggies always cost extra.
Buy snacks, not meals:
Your strategy for gameday: Forget planning an expensive meal for your guests or family. It’s all about the snack attack. When it comes to food consumption, the big game ranks second only to Thanksgiving, according to the American Institute of Food Distribution. Football fans will be munching on chips, wings, and bite-size snacks throughout the game. You don’t have to spend a lot to keep the crowd full. Have your guests bring a snack to share. Set up a theme: Like a “nacho bar” or “chili bar” or “sandwich shop.” Save on utensils and servingware at Walmart.
Get discounts at the sports bar:
Get a group of buddies together and head out to the sports bar to watch the big game on a big screen. Plan where you’ll go and check out the sports bars and restaurants on Groupon. You can save up to 60 percent at bars and restaurants in your neighborhood — plus earn an additional 8 percent Cash Back from ShopAtHome.
Save on sports apparel:
Will you be rooting for the Broncos in orange and blue or cheering on the Panthers in black, blue and silver? Show your spirit in some new gameday duds. Toss on a cap from Fanzz to show your allegiance or pick up fan T-shirts at Sports Authority.
Plan extra seating:
Hosting a big party? If you sense you’ll run out of seating on the couch, pull in chairs, benches, bean bag chairs and ottomans from other areas of the house. If you think you’ll still come up short, pick up some folding chairs for under $20 at Home Depot. You can use them for future parties and gatherings, too. Resin Folding Chair, $19.98 (plus Cash Back), Home Depot.