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How To Host A BBQ On A Budget

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BBQ season is offically here!  I love using the grill as much as possible during the summer…especially after our endless winter this year. When you’re hosting a BBQ, it can get pricy—be sure to take people up on their offers to bring a dish to pass. My biggest piece of advice is to make sure you assign people a category though so you don’t end up with 3 potato salads and no dessert!  I like to set a budget before shopping and I’ll even go as far as to put cash in an envelope so I don’t spend too much.  

For plates, check the Dollar Tree or Party City. When it comes to meat, always check for markdowns while browsing the section at the grocery store. Don’t be afraid that they aren’t safe to eat: just be sure to check for any discoloration with beef products. When you get home, use the meat immediately that day, or put in the freezer. I like to put chicken pieces individually in baggies, and then I place them on a cookie sheet to freeze.  

Once frozen, you can put them in a larger baggie. This keeps them from all freezing in a big clump.  You can also put with marinade the chicken BEFORE putting them in the freezer, so as they defrost you will get extra flavor. Also consider a large roast, like a pork shoulder, to throw in the crockpot for pulled pork! It’s inexpensive, yet super tasty!

This weekend, the grocery store should have hot dogs, buns and other BBQ friendly food on sale. This is the time of the year to check for coupons and stock up your freezer! NOTE: While buns freeze well, I tend to just buy them as needed. They take up a lot of space! Also check for those handy ketchup, mustard and relish condiment bundles at a cheap price. If you catch salad dressing on sale, stock up for marinades!

While your grocery store has many deals, don’t forget to check Target!  Since we don’t have doubled coupons in my area, I have been finding great grocery deals at our local Target store.  Paired with their store coupons, Cartwheel app and manufacturer coupons, there are many deals to be had!  I love to watch the site Totally Target for weekly deals. Having people over can be stressful, but keeping it simple ensures your guests will have fun.  

Don’t overdo the food—pick one meat, one veggie or salad and one additional side. Try to have everything done before guests arrive (aside from grilling) so you can enjoy everyone’s company. This also ensures you’re not stressing out for the whole party—when the hostess is stressed, so are the guests! For drinks, try one pitcher style drink (Think: sangria or watermelon margarita) and have guests bring beer if they want it.  

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