With the weather warming up grilling season kicks off soon. Hosting a summer barbecue is a great way to get people together and enjoy some good food, but it can get expensive and even lead you to acquire credit card debt. You don’t have to overspend just to host a good party. Follow these ideas for a budget-friendly BBQ.
Tips For Budget-Friendly BBQ Food
- First of all, take a quick look at your fridge before heading to the grocery store to see where you can save on items you already have. See our saving tips at the grocery store to find great deals for your budget-friendly BBQ.
- Make your own marinades and sauces for your BBQ ready meat. The store bought marinades and sauces can be very costly and you can make your own unique sauces from all the ingredients that are already in your pantry.
- Cut vegetables and fruits are always more convenient, but can cost a lot more. Instead of spending extra money on those convenient trays from the grocery store, why not cut your own? You’ll save a lot of money and be able to customize the trays to your tastes to create your own budget-friendly BBQ feast.
- A potluck can be a good way to enhance a budget-friendly BBQ. You can add some extra items in the menu as the host. But the variety from your friends can help you offer a complete cookout meal.
- Consider making your party BYOB. This will cut a significant amount of money out of your weekend BBQ budget. Plus, everyone can be sure to have their drink of choice available.
Other Budget-Friendly BBQ Tips
- Make sure your guests RSVP to your cookout. It will be easier for you to plan and prepare the right amount of food to avoid waste. You can send invites out via email or Facebook. It’s alright to plan a little extra so that you can have something for brown bagged lunches to bring to work in the week to follow.
- Hit the dollar store for cheap décor, cups, plates, cutlery, and more.
- Take good care of your grilling utensils as well s your grill. Clean them off thoroughly before and after each use, get rid of the ashes when they’ve cooled, and oil the grate before and after cooking. The better you take care of these the longer they will last.