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You do not have to spend a lot to have family and friends come over to your summer party. You can keep the party costs down with these fun and creative money-saving tips.
Have an afternoon summer party
These get-togethers are just as much fun as night get-togethers but they are easier to prepare and lighter on the pocket.
Guests tend to expect more when they attend an evening party — a more extensive menu, larger portions, more booze, and preparations on a grander scale. You can get away with swimming, simple fun party games for the kids, and finger foods if you have an afternoon summer party.
Visit the dollar store
You can buy plastic spoons and forks, paper plates, and fun party décor from a dollar store. It is cheap and practical to do this — and completely acceptable, particularly for a laid-back fun afternoon get-together. Your guests will remember the fun and camaraderie of your party, not the plates or décor.
Make it a theme party
You do not always have to have a three- or four-course meal for your party. Make it a theme party instead. Limit the party fare to a specific type of food. You have several options — a Pasta Party, Go Pizza, Just Ice Cream are some fun ideas.
You can opt for a Kebab Party. You do not have to barbecue large (and expensive) portions of chicken or steak. Just skewer smaller cuts of flavorful meat and some veggies on sticks for a fun barbecue party.
Inviting 20 or 30 people over for a get-together can be costly, especially if you have to prepare all the party fare on your own. It is practical — and just as much fun — to have a potluck get-together instead. You can ask your guests to demonstrate their culinary skills by bringing food to share.
Have a “Best Homemade Dessert” contest. Have some of your more competitive guests bring their choicest homemade desserts to showcase their baking skills. Other guests get to taste the different sweets and vote for their favorites. Prepare small token gift prizes for the winners.
Go wisely on the booze
You can make a bottle of liquor go a long way by creating a scrumptious fruity punch with it. Add the liquor to sparkling water, fruit juice, and fresh fruit in season. Garnish with mint leaves. You will have a drink with loads of flavor and punch that your guests will love.
If you want to serve beer, get a keg. It is cheaper and goes a longer way than individual bottles of beer.
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Summer brings in the hot weather so people will naturally want to do things to cool them off. To ward off the summer heat, some people go on vacations to places with cooler climate, go to the beach, or take a dip in the pool. Others simply stay in and cool themselves off with their air conditioning. These “cooling” activities entail additional spending that can put your monthly budget out of whack. To help you reduce your spending this summer, here are 3 ways to help you save:
- Find activities that cost lesser or are free – Instead of going to a five star resort for your next vacation, consider a 3 star resort. These resorts usually have the same amenities as the 5 star resort and cost a lot less. Do your research and look for 3 star resorts with good reviews. You still get that family vacation for a fraction of the cost.
If going on a vacation at a resort is not in your budget but you still want to have a nice vacation with the family, consider going to a local public beach nearby. Take your family for a day trip to the local beach to cool off and have fun. Most local beaches are free so you won’t have to shell out any money.
- Try growing your own food – If you have a garden or even just a huge pot where you can plant herbs and vegetables you should try growing your own food in the summer. It can save you a lot of money in groceries and give you healthy and organically grown food. Let your children help with growing them to give them something to do for the summer and alleviate their boredom. Growing your own food makes sure that the food that you serve is free of harmful pesticides.
- Save on gas – During the summer, gas prices tend to increase because of the huge demand. Save on gas by planning your errands so that you won’t have to keep driving out multiple times just to complete them. Consider carpooling with your neighbor and share the cost of gas price. Taking the public transport is also a good idea. If the place you are going to is just a few blocks away try using your bike instead of your car. You can also opt to walk if you only need to go somewhere nearby. The fresh air and exercise is good for your body.
These helpful tips can save you a lot of money not just during the summer but also for the rest of the year. Apply them to your next summer activities and see all the money you can save.