With summer officially upon us, and July 4th just days away, we thought it would be a great time to talk about how to host a barbecue on a budget. Fortunately, there are a number of great ways to “grill” the day away outdoors with friends and family, without it costing you a small fortune. Here are just a few of our favorite suggestions:
– Don’t overspend on the meat
For a great outdoor barbecue, you don’t need fancy or expensive cuts of meat. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken are the classic favorites, and will leave everyone satisfied.
– Buy in bulk
If you’re hosting a lot of people, visit wholesalers or superstores like Costco, Sam’s Club, or Target to buy large food items at great prices.
– Consider making at least part of the meal a potluck
You’ll man the grill (whether you’re a man or woman!), so there is nothing wrong in proposing that others bring their favorite homemade side dishes of baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni or potato salad, desserts – the list is truly endless, and people will love to contribute to the festivities!
– Two “drink secrets”: lemonade and iced tea
Not only are lemonade and iced tea perfect drinks for the outdoors, they’re both also very affordable and easy to make.
– Go coupon-hunting
Whenever you throw a party of any kind, you should always go online and look for coupons and daily deals. You should also purchase a Sunday newspaper a week ahead to see what specials and deals your local supermarkets are offering.
– Make your own rubs and sauces
Another cost-saving tip is to avoid overpaying on premade rubs and sauces that line grocery shelves. Not only will you save money, but you can also put your mark on a seasoning-style you like best.
– Be serious about grill maintenance
Last, but certainly not least, is a tip that may save you the most money – even though it doesn’t even apply until after the barbecue is over! We’re specifically talking about “grill maintenance”, and the best way to keep your grill in good shape, without having to replace it. You can do this by 1) cleaning the grill both before and after you use it; 2) throwing away all the used ashes (after they’ve cooled down, of course) and making sure not to simply leave them in the grill for days on end; and 3) oiling the grate before and after you cook on it. This will go a long way towards keeping your grill around for years, even decades, without needing a replacement.
We wish you a terrific summer grilling season ahead, and certainly hope these seven tips will get you started on hosting both the most affordable and best barbecues on the block. We also encourage you to continue to check out our Money Smarts blog series, which offers a wide range of tips, large and small, on the best ways to live life to the fullest, while always keeping one eye on your bank account. Finally, if you are considering selling your structured settlement or annuity payments, please call J.G. Wentworth – the nationwide leader in offering cash now for your future payments – anytime at 877-227-4713.