Save Money at Your Memorial Day Barbecue

Posted on 05/24/2010

Mark the unofficial beginning of summer by inviting over friends and firing up the grill. Fill this three-day weekend with food and fun. With these helpful tips you’ll be able to kick off summer with a Memorial Day barbeque that won’t cut into your summer vacation budget.

Print Free Invites - Don’t bother buying invites for your barbecue. There are lots of online options for free printable invites for your Memorial Day barbeque. Check out these cookout invitations or these featuring a red apron. They’re festive and free—two great qualities!

Drinks on a Dime - Soda may seem like a BBQ staple, but it’s actually an expensive beverage option. Try switching to pitchers of iced tea or Kool-aid for the kids. Keeping guests hydrated will cost you pennies. Make extra ice ahead of time so you don’t have to buy any.

Avoid Prepared Foods - Buying pre-made potato salad, macaroni salad or baked beans may be more convenient, but it’s certainly more expensive. Plan ahead and make your own side dishes for Memorial Day. Potatoes, pasta and beans are among the cheapest foods at the grocery store so whipping up your own will save money, although it may take a little more time.

Use Free Decorations - The Hostess with the Mostess is offering up free printable decorations for your summer bash. Print a buffet sign, place cards, or even drink parasols. They’re all coordinating in bold colors perfect for your Memorial Day barbecue.

Ask for Help - Don’t be afraid to ask guests to pitch in. No one expects you to handle every last detail. Ask friends and family members to bring an item like dessert, chips or drinks. Create easy assignments so everyone feels like they’re kicking off summer in a fun and laid back way.

By Alison Storm

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