Skip to main content

How to Host an Awesome Barbecue on a Budget This Summer


Summer is barbecue season and everyone wants to break out the grill to share their skills with friends and family. However, hosting a barbecue can be expensive if you don't know the right tips and tricks that the frugal living pros use. To help give you a better idea of how you can host a great barbecue without breaking the bank, here is what you need to keep in mind.

1. Keep it Casual

The barbecue business is booming and this trend is only continuing to grow year-round, according to a survey by the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association. However, just because the barbecue business is heating up doesn't mean you have to throw a lot of money into the fire. People are often happiest with a simple burger and hot dogs, and there's no need to splurge on fancy, expensive cuts of meat when hosting a barbecue in your backyard. Keep it simple and let your grill skills do the work, not your wallet.

2. Supplement With Sides

Instead of making meat the main staple, consider supplementing less meat with a wider variety of less expensive sides and snacks. Chips and dip are great for pre-dinner munching, and there are many side dishes that you can make yourself to keep costs low. Homemade salsa, pasta salads, potato salads, coleslaw, and bean dip are all low-cost options that can give your guests something else to fill up on, aside from more expensive meat options.

3. Consider a Potluck

Another great way to keep costs low is to spread them out so that everyone contributes. Consider having a potluck-style barbeque that encourages guests to bring a special dish of their own for everyone to sample. This can help take the financial burden off of you, while still ensuring that your guests have plenty to eat.

4. Shop At Discount Stores and Check Sales

Stores like Costco or Sam's club can offer great deals on all of the barbecue essentials. However, these only work if you currently have a membership. If you don't, stores like Aldi should be considered so that you can stock up on food without breaking the bank. You can also consider basing your menu around sales that are currently going on at other stores near you. While this may require some diligence, many stores have great weekly deals that frugal living barbecuers can take advantage of.

5. Keep Guests Occupied with Activities

Barbecues are a great opportunity to get everyone engaged in various activities. Now, this doesn't mean running out and investing in a pool -- something that's not only expensive but can only offer a 7% increase on a home's value -- but even something as simple as a cheap lawn sprinkler can give the kids (or adults) a great way to stay cool and have fun. Similarly, if you have yard space and spare golf clubs, you can set up a make-shift driving range for guests who love golf. Americans regularly spend over $600 million every year on golf balls, which is impressive given most packs only cost around $15.

If you don't have the lawn space for these options, you may want to ask guests if they have any activities that they could bring. Chances are at least one owns a set of bean bag toss boards.

Great Barbecues On a Budget

Hosting a barbecue doesn't have to break the bank, and there are numerous ways to help you save money without throwing a lame party. Consider these frugal living ideas, and feel free to mix and match them to create the best budget barbecue combination for you.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Copycat Boston Pizza's Bandera Bread

Have you ever had a craving for something but then once you looked at it you realized, I can make that myself for next to nothing? That's how I felt last night I thought about ordering in some food but then realized I really don't want to spend any money. I really wanted pizza bread from Boston Pizza. So I recreated it and oh my goodness was it ever good.  Don’t knock the simplicity this dish is sweet and salty and savoury all in one. The best Bandera Bread you can make is at home in your own oven, it costs Pennie’s on the dollar making it a frugal craving fixer that anyone can create!   Pizza Bread Dough 1 cup warm water 1 tsp instant yeast 1 tsp sugar 2 cups flour 1 pinch of salt  Seasoning 1 tbsp melted butter 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion salt 1 tsp parsley 1 tsp rosemary 1 tsp basil 1 tsp oregano 1/2 tsp sugar 1. Combine the water, yeast, and 1 tsp of sugar and pinch of salt in the mixing bowl and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the flour and salt

Affordable Ways To Make Your Home Look Luxurious

How do they do it? Professional designers seem to pull it off so effortlessly, but how will you make your home look more luxurious? You could just employ a professional or you can personally undertake the task of transforming your home into a place of luxury on a budget. In order to save money on your purchases, be creative and vigilant in your pursuit for the perfect style. Follow our budget-friendly ways for making your home a vision of luxury. Think it through, choose a style Luxury look isn’t enough to go on, so before you start shopping and wasting your money on furniture and decorations you might not even use in the end, first do some research. Go online and do some window shopping and find which style is more to your liking . An elegant Victorian style or something more modern and chic? Don’t get me wrong, you may want to mix and match, but before you commit by buying anything, consider what look you are going for. White is the color of elegance Choosing white as yo

DIY Table Revamp

I wanted to share a little DIY with you guys that involves duct tape! A few months ago my daughter's little chair that goes with her table she sits at every day tore and she made it worse by pulling all of the stuffing out of the seat! What started out as a quick fix turned into a great idea. She loved her seat so much that she has now decided that her table has look cool too so being the smarty pants that she is, she tore her table!