Are you planning on packing your house for the big Super Bowl game? Whether you are in it to cheer on your favorite team or watch the halftime show, the food is always front and center. Kristin Colella, a writer for www.thestreet.com says you can huddle up with your own team for a big Super Bowl Bash for a low price. She says, even though your pals bring their own beverage, the rest of the menu can cost a pretty penny unless you have a game plan. "Appetizers, beer, cups, plates and other party essentials can add up quickly, especially with a large group. To find out ways to keep costs down without skimping, we spoke to a few savvy deal and food experts. As an extra challenge, we set the total party budget at $100 or less for a guest list of about 10 people."
She recommends skipping paper invitations, and sent out invites on Facebook, email or texting. It is a Super Bowl Party, not a wedding. Your friends will come.
To save a few bucks, ask your friends to bring a dish to pass. So far, we haven't spent anything. Andrea Woroch, a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli, said, "Buy a few bagsof munchies, such as pretzels and potato chips -- but cut costs by buying generic labels rather than the big-name brands."
Veggie platters are another great snack to serve early on in the game, and they don't have to be pricey if you assemble them yourself. "Avoid the temptation to buy a pre-packaged tray of veggies -- you're only paying for convenience and presentation," Woroch said. As far as the dip goes, you can often find a generic ranch dressing for less than $2. After stopping at the dollar store for a bag of pretzles, potato chips, bag of carrots, celery, broccoli, zucchini and generic ranch, Colella's total grocery bill was up to $13. Not bad. Looks like a FIRST DOWN!
To save some cash on the main event appetizers, make them yourself instead of buying them frozen. Colella says you can whip up potato skins with just a few simple ingredients from the grocery store: potatoes, cheddar cheese, sour cream and salsa.
Every Super Bowl Party has to include chicken wings.You can buy the, but she shares this easy recipe from allrecipes.com. It simply calls for chicken, hot sauce, Cajun spice and an oven. The total for 6 potatoes, shredded sharp cheddar, sour cream, chicken wings, hot sauce, Cajun seasoning, tortillas, and salsa added up to just over $53 so our runny tally for this party so far is $66. Not bad.
Not everyone comes with a packed cooler, so you have to offer more than water. "I'd suggest buying two-liter bottles rather than cans," says Andrew Schrage, co-owner of personal finance site Money Crashers. "It's more cost-effective and there's less of a mess." We always use plastic Solo cups and have our guests write their names on them so we don't have as many wasted cups and that also saves a few pennies. Add another $5 to the total for soda. Include a case of an all-star favorite beer and you will add another $25 to the total. Now we are up to $96.