Savings touchdown! How to score great gear for your Super Bowl party
Are you ready for some football? Like, really ready—armed with the best game-viewing gear and Super Bowl essentials?
Whether you’re a “12th man” for the Seattle Seahawks, a Pats fan or, hey, you’re just looking forward to Katy Perry’s half-time show and some commercials that will make you LOL, you’ll want to have your living room looking its Sunday best for the big game. (After all, when it comes to watching the Super Bowl, nine out of 10 viewers will be doing so from a home—either at their own or somebody else’s, according to the Nielsen Company).
Tune in to NBC for Super Bowl XLIX at 6:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 1 to watch the Seattle Seahawks square off against the New England Patriots in the University of Phoenix Stadium.
And, while the teams are watching game film, go ahead and do your own prep for for the championship game by shopping these essentials for an epic Super Bowl party.
An armchair quarterback needs a comfy place to call the plays and critique the refs, right? Tackle the deals on recliners this time of year: Sears is having a half-off sale on all recliners, including La-Z-Boy and Simmons. The Aspen Driftwood Power Rocker Recliner with padded arms and seat, and push-button back and leg controls is on major sale at $664.99. It comes with microfiber upholstery (read: It’s easy to clean if your drop a chicken a wing). Or, the La-Z-Boy black Cantina Reclina-Rocker (pictured above) is both a recliner and a rocking chair, and is on sale for $569.99.
Big game on the big screen
Oftentimes, you can score better deals on televisions leading up to the Super Bowl than you can during Black Friday sales. Prices on televisions run 5 to 10 percent cheaper during the week before the Super Bowl than in the the three months before and after the game, Ben Arnold, executive director and industry analyst for The NPD Group, tells CNBC. Trending this year? Smart televisions, which either come with an Ethernet port or built-in WiFi so you can stay connected to the Internet and run apps like Twitter, Pandora, Netflix and more. (Go ahead and check out what the Twitter-sphere is saying about the game while you’re simultaneously watching it real-time).
Among the best deals? The LG 55-inch 1080p Led Smart HDTV, on sale for $899.99 at Kmart, that comes with a remote with voice controls and built-in WiFi with web browser capabilities. You also can save big on HD TVs at Best Buy, including the VIZIO P-Series – 65-inch Class – LED – 2160p – Smart – 4K Ultra HD TV (pictured above), marked down to $1,499.99 from $2,199.99. The VIZIO television is great for game day because the Spatial Scaling Engine delivers sports in sharp 2160p resolution, with minimal motion blur.
Game day snacks are synonymous with the Super Bowl. Last year, the National Chicken Council predicted that football fans would consume 1.25 billion wings during the event. To put that in perspective, if 1.25 billing wing segments were laid end to end, they would stretch from CenturyLink Field in Seattle to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. … 30 times, according to the council.
If you’re hosting, put a crockpot to work so that you can enjoy the game while soup or chili simmer and the wings cook. (Here’s an easy and delicious slow-cooker teriyaki chicken wing recipe from Betty Crocker. Find more crockpot and recipe ideas here.
We love the Crock-Pot 6.5-qt. programmable slow cooker with automatic stirring, on sale for $84.99 at Kohl’s. The product has a programmable control panel that allows you to set cooking time anywhere from 30 minutes to 20 hours. If you’re making a chili, the automatic stirring system includes a general purpose paddle that will stir every 30 minutes to ensure mixing and even heating.