Friday, September 4, 2009

Budget Friendly Labor Day

I came across some last minute tips to save on food and drink at your barbecues, picnics, and other gatherings this holiday weekend. An example… go for store brands.

1. Bring Your Own Meat
This is probably one of the best ways to have a great BBQ, just ask your guests to bring the meat. This has several benefits. First of all, it saves you money. Second, you do not have to worry about who likes what. As some people are from various backgrounds, some eat beef, some only chicken, others do not eat pork, etc. By asking them to bring their own meat, everyone is happy.

2. Stock up on Charcoal
If you are planning on hosting a BBQ, stock up on charcoal when it is on sale. It lasts forever!

3. Bring Your Own Drinks
If you provide the meat, then ask your guests to bring the drinks. Everyone may have different preferences, this way you will be sure that there is something to drink for everyone.

4. Forget Paper Plates
Paper plates may seem like a good idea, and although they are easy to clean, don't do it. They are not the cheapest way to go. If you have regular BBQs, then I suggest you use reusable dishes. This will not only save you money in the long run, but will also save the environment.

5. Buy in Off Season
This tip can apply to many things in life; make your equipment purchases during the off season. Between November- April is a good time to purchase BBQ equipment it will save you some money.

6. Have Ice-Cream for the kids
If you going to a park for your BBQ, make sure you have some ice-cream for the kids. No matter how much you feed kids they always want ice cream, so having some with you will ensure you do not have to purchase from the ice cream truck for triple the price.

7. Purchase Bone-In Cuts of Meat
When looking for money saving ideas that let you do more with your budget, purchase bone-in cuts of meat. Bone-in meat will not only save you money but the bones help keep the meat from drying out on the grill and add additional flavor.

Bonus Tips
*Labor Day decorations are very easy and can be inexpensive to arrange. Draping large flags over trees, tables and chairs will do the job. Using anything you already have in the red white and blue theme works great!

* Hold your own mini parade. Have the neighborhood kids decorate their bikes with Cree paper and have them lead a procession around the block. Labor Day party favors or prizes for the kids can be anything that they can play with outdoors like bouncy balls or beach balls for the pool, all of which are on sale at this time of the year or can be found at your local Dollar Store.
Kids ideas

* Great Bargain Wines and Beers,
all $10 or less.

* How to feed a group on location—say, at a beach house or cabin—without spending a fortune or making three dozen trips to the supermarket.

* Marine Corps Railroad-Style Barbecue Sauce, a simple, inexpensive recipe made for spicing up (salvaging?) just about any piece of cheap meat, from The Dollar
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend. Have fun and be safe!

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