How To Tailgate On A Budget

Just as the summer season comes to an end, the football season begins with much fanfare and anticipation — from little league to big league to college to national leagues. Which also of course mean endless games and tailgating parties. And if endless spending also springs to mind, you have hit the ball right out of the ball park.

But, Luvleen Sidhu, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of BankMobile, the first to offer an all-digital, fee-free banking experience in America,  says there are ways to make sure cost on food and essentials is kept low and offers four tips to help ensure that you have a blast while keeping a few extra bucks in your pocket.

Sidhu’s 4 tips to score big on savings:

  1. Stock up on Football Season Essentials

Get in on tailgating and party essentials at the end of summer.  Stock up on re-usable items such as foldable canopies or tents, chairs (lounge and foldable), folding tables, and ice chests. Check out sporting goods sites such as DICK’S, Home Wet Bar for sales on drinkware and even try CVS for those extra essentials that can transfer season to season.

  1. Buy Food in Bulk

Buying in bulk is usually cheaper.  Membership clubs such as Costco, BJ’s, or Sam’s Club are great stops to buy in bulk to stock up. Buy a bigger package of burgers, chicken breasts, chips, and a tub of guac. Rather than buying five packs of meat, get one jumbo-sized package and instead of getting three individual bags of chips, get one big bag. And don’t forget to grab the necessary condiments; buying the store brand means even more savings.

  1. Make Pitchers of Your Favorite Drinks

Buy beverages in bulk and bring out the pitcher to save even more. Make pitchers of homemade iced tea, lemonade, limeade and spritzers (water infused with fruit and vegetable flavors for a little health kick!).  Your wholesale club — Costco, BJ’s, Sams carry your favorite beverages in bulk.

  1. Take Advantage of the Law of Numbers—the More the Merrier

With tailgating the more people involved, the more fun, the lower the costs. Invite more people to the party, and if one person picks up all of the supplies, that’s what Venmo or the BankMobile app is for—pay your friend back in an instant! Also, try carpooling (or if possible public transportation), where everyone rides together to save gas and fees on parking.

Want to have a stress-free and cost-effective tailgating party?  Go ahead, implement these tips and have a blast.