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Hosting a Budget-Friendly Barbeque

Celebrate summer without breaking the bank! While the occasional chilly and rainy days may challenge the summer spirit, don’t give up on it! The vibrant blossoms are in full bloom, people are flocking to the beach, and the aroma of sizzling grills fills the air. Hosting a budget-friendly summer barbecue is a fantastic way to bring people together and enjoy delicious food on a budget. Our debt counselors firmly believe that you don’t need to incur credit card debt to throw a great party. Follow these frugal ideas to create a great budget-friendly barbeque.

Prevent credit card debt by hosting a budget-friendly barbeque.

Prevent credit card debt by hosting a budget-friendly barbeque.

Savor Budget-Friendly Barbeque Fare

  • Before heading to the grocery store, always check your fridge to avoid unnecessary purchases. Additionally, look for coupons or other ways to save at the store.
  • Get creative with the food! Consider stuffing burgers with cheese, avocado, or bacon before grilling them. Another idea is to set up a make-your-own-burger/hot dog bar. Prepare a batch of  hamburgers and hotdogs and provide a variety of inexpensive toppings like chopped onions, pickles, peppers, tomatoes, jalapenos, cheese, and various sauces such as salsa, barbecue sauce, and aioli.
  • Don’t overspend on store-bought marinades and sauces. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how easy and economical it is to make your own, utilizing ingredients you likely already have in your pantry.
  • Serve seasonal produce. Fruits, vegetables, and fish are typically more affordable when they are in season. Explore your local farmer’s market or keep an eye out for sales at the grocery store.
  • Prepare your own fruit and veggie trays. Instead of splurging on pre-made convenience trays from the store, why not create your own? This way, you’ll save money and have the freedom to customize the trays according to your preferences.
  • Consider organizing a potluck. Assign different dishes to your guests—perhaps have those with last names starting with A-L bring appetizers and M-Z bring desserts. This way, you’ll have an abundance of food without straining your budget.

What About Beverage Options?

  • For larger parties, think about your college days and opt for a keg, especially if most of your guests are beer drinkers. Kegs can significantly reduce costs and add a lively touch to the event.
  • Alternatively, make it a BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage) affair. While you may feel inclined to provide some alcohol as the host, most people have their preferences. Allowing guests to bring their own drinks of choice will help you cut down on alcohol expenses and save a significant amount of money for your summer BBQ.

Other Tips

  • Send invites by email or on Facebook, instead of buying paper invitations and paying for postage
  • Use any leftover disposable cups, plates and utensils from any past parties
  • Or if you don’t have any leftover parties supplies, check out the dollar store for cheap options

Use these tips to save on party supplies and stay on top of your finances!

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


Rae Yen is a marketing coordinator at ACCC. She wants to help others optimize their financial resources and plan accordingly.

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