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Budget Friendly Summer BBQ

Summer is officially here! Although the occasional cold, wet days makes it feel otherwise! But hey, it’s here! The flowers are in full bloom, beaches are packed with people and the grills are firing on! Hosting a budget friendly summer BBQ is a great way to get people together and enjoy some good food. Our debt counselors believe you don’t have to acquire more debt just to host a good party. Follow these  ideas for a frugal and fun summer barbecue.

Have a fun budget friendly summer (and avoid debt) with these tips!

Have a fun budget friendly summer (and avoid debt) with these tips!

Budget Friendly Summer BBQ Food on a Budget

  • Always check your fridge before heading to the grocery store and follow these 20 money-saving tips to get the most bang for your buck at the store.
  • Dress up the standard barbecue food options. Stuff burgers with cheese, avocado, or bacon before they hit the grill. Try a make-your-own-burger/ hot dog bar. Consider grilling up a bunch of plain hamburgers and hotdogs and putting out a spread of cheap toppings like chopped onions, pickles, peppers, tomatoes, jalapenos, cheese, and sauces like salsa, barbecue sauce, and aioli.
  • Don’t overspend on store-bought marinades and sauces. You’d be surprised how easy and cheap it is to make your own, and you’ll probably already have most of the ingredients sitting in the pantry. DIY is key to a budget friendly summer BBQ party.
  • Serve what’s in season. Fruits, vegetables, and fish are always cheaper when they are in season. Check your local farmer’s market or see what’s on sale at the grocery store.
  • Cut your own veggie and fruit trays. Instead of spending extra money on those convenient trays from the grocery store, why not cut your own? You’ll save a lot of money and be able to customize the trays to your tastes.
  • Consider making it a potluck. If you assign dishes to different guests (one way is to have everyone with a last name starting A-L bring apps, then M-Z bring dessert), there will be plenty to eat without breaking the bank of the host.

How About Beverage Options?

  • If you’re having a larger party, a great way to save on alcohol is to think back to your college days. Get a keg, especially if most guests are beer drinkers. Kegs are a great way to save some money.
  • Consider making your party BYOB. As a host you may feel obligated to have some alcohol on hand, but most people drink different things and want their drink of choice. This will cut a significant amount of money out of your Memorial Day BBQ budget.

Use these tips to save money on party supplies and keep your finances on track!

If you’re struggling to pay off debt, ACCC can help. Schedule a free credit counseling session with us today. 


Dilini is a Marketing Communications & Programs Associate at ACCC. To anyone, managing finances can be a real challenge! Any tips and tricks to help get through this are great! Dilini will share her experiences, tips, and tricks along the way through the Talking Cents blog. Stay tuned!

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