Since most of us can’t afford tickets to the big game, having friends over for a Super Bowl party is the next best thing. But even that can get expensive, especially if you have a lot of friends who are football fans. Whether you’re rooting for the Broncos or the Seahawks, here are some tips that can help save you some money on your game day party:
- Enlist a co-host. Having a friend help with the party will not only save you money, but will also save you time. Choose the house with the most seating and divvy up the costs for food and other party essentials. You can also divide the chores so you’re only doing half the work.
- Make it a pot luck. Invite everyone to bring a football dish (e.g., chicken wings, nachos, potato skins, chopped veggies and dip). You might want to have a sign-up sheet so you don’t end up with 10 trays of cheese and crackers.
- Order pizza. If your friends don’t cook, or you’re just looking to keep things simple, you might want to order pizza. A lot of pizza places run Super Bowl deals, so you can sometimes get multiple pies without spending a fortune. For example, Pizza Hut is currently running a deal where you can get two medium two-topping pizzas and two sides (or three medium one-topping pizzas) for just $19.99. Domino’s has a deal that’ll get you two select items for $5.99 each. You can choose from select pizzas, sandwiches, pasta, chicken, and stuffed cheesy bread. Papa John’s is celebrating its 30th anniversary by offering customers a large one-topping pizza for just 30¢ with the purchase of a large pizza at the regular menu price. Keep in mind that these deals might change before Super Bowl Sunday, so check the Living on the Cheap’s “Dining” page for the latest deals before making any final decisions.
- Use real dishes. The price of paper products seems to have skyrocketed over the past several years, so if you have enough glasses and plates to use real ones, you can save yourself some money that way.
- Visit the dollar store. The dollar store is a great place to pick up inexpensive party decorations. You don’t need to spend a great deal of money decorating, but you might want to pick up a few items (think pompoms and streamers) in both team’s colors (that would be orange and blue for the Broncos and blue and lime green for the Seahawks). You might also be able to get some supplies that you can use to make your own decorations, and some cheap snacks like pretzels and nuts.
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