You don’t have to shell out a lot of money to host a barbecue everyone will enjoy! You’d be hard-pressed to find anything that says “summer fun” more than having friends or family over for a lovely afternoon of barbecuing and good company, but sometimes, hosting a BBQ can make a serious dent in your family’s budget.
Here are our five best tips that will help you organize a perfect grilling get together without breaking the bank.
#1 Let the Sale Section Inspire You
Let’s be honest: after sizzling on a grill, even the cheapest cuts and plainest meats turn to a mouth-watering meal. Your guests are not expecting you to pull out all the stops and toss a ribeye on the grill, so use that to your advantage. First, check if the grocery store has some good deals on meat and plan your menu around it. For instance, substitute chicken breast for thighs or go with pork if there’s no deal on beef. The same goes for everything else on your BBQ shopping list!
#2 Seasonal Produce Is the Way to Go
Don’t blow your budget without-of-season veggies, fruits or fish. Check your grocery store or local market for some good deals on produce that is currently in season: not only that you’ll get fresh, better-tasting foods, but you’ll also save a few bucks doing it.
#3 Get Creative with Simple Ingredients
The only thing that fits in your budget is the plain burger, cheap hot dog, or the boring chicken? No problem! Whip up some DIY marinades or spice mixes to dress your run of the mill meats with a restaurant-worthy flavor. It won’t set you back, and it will make all the difference: if you could choose between a hotdog with ketchup, or have the option of garnishing it with relish, DIY spicy mayo, or homemade pico de gallo, what would you prefer?
#4 Don’t Shy Away from Store Brands
When you host BBQ on the budget, you can save a great deal of money on opting for store brands rather than the regular ones (in some cases, your expenses can be cut down by a quarter with this simple change!). Get store brand condiments, snacks, sodas- if applicable, just transfer them to your own bowls and containers to get them out of their original packaging if you want none to be the wiser.
#5 Ask Your Guests to Pitch In
Considering that you’ll be doing all the work and providing the food for the evening, why not ask your guests to bring their own drinks? Not only that it will ensure everybody will be able to have the drink they want, but it will also seriously lower your expenses. Additionally, you could make it a potluck and rally your guests to bring desserts or sides while you focus on turning that meat on the grill!