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Super Bowl Party on a Budget

The big game is coming up and many of you will be preparing for a big party this week. Big events don't have to equal big dollar signs, though! Here are some ideas on how to have a Super Bowl Party on a budget.

1. Plan a Potluck. Prepare a few dishes yourself, then ask everyone to bring their favorite football food. You can set a theme for the party (chili bar, taco bar, etc.) and assign certain toppings to your guests, or you send your invitations electronically and ask your guests reply to the list with what they’ll bring to avoid duplication (although you really can’t have too many meatballs, can you?). It's always fun to see what people come up with and having a variety of snacks is ideal for a football party. 

2. Grab a co-host. Having a friend help with the party will save you both time and money. Choose the house ideally with the most seating and split the cost of food and essentials.

3. Eat on the cheap. Just because you are hosting the party doesn't mean you need to break the bank on shrimp coctail and smoked salmon. Some of my favorite football foods are chili, nachos and potato skins, none of which are expensive to make, but delicion nonetheless. Check out Pinterest or Google for some fun and frugal recipes. 

4. Don't be afraid to ask guests to BYOB. Beer and other alcoholic drinks are the most expensive part of most Super Bowl parties, so don't hesitate to ask guests to bring their own.

5. Skip decorations. Although it may be fun to have plates and napkins with your team logo, but you'll also pay for it.  Save money by buying items in solid colors at a discount party store or the dollar store.

6. Make it a Pizza Party! Pizza, beer and there anything better? If you’re looking to keep things simple, you might want to order pizza or stock up on some frozen ones. (Heggies is our favorite. It's a Minnesota thing!)

8. Go Green, use real dishes! The price of paper products are contiuing to rise. Sure, it's convenient, but it's most cost effective and friendly on the environment to scrub a few dishes instead.