Summer is a great time to host a cookout. For those that eat out often, the simple act of cooking food at home will be a money-saver, but even if you’re a veteran hamburger chef, we’ve got some ways to save money on your cookout that will still make your yard the neighborhood destination.
The cheapest solution is probably using your own dishes and washing them. But if you’re going to buy disposable plates, cups, and cutlery, check out the dollar store. You can usually score some pretty good deals.
Fresh vegetables are usually the cheapest option, but don’t feel the need to go all out. Pick one or two options and serve them different ways to get the most bang for your buck. Steer clear of pre-packaged vegetables, since they’re almost always more expensive. For a more collaborative event, offer to supply all the main dishes and have people volunteer to bring a side dish or dessert.
Steak, ground beef, and pork are the most expensive. If you want to save some cash, chicken is the way to go. You can get creative with marinades to give chicken that extra “wow” factor. If you must have steak or pork, don’t just buy it from the supermarket – ask a local butcher for deals.
Shop around to find deals on dessert, decorations, and entertainment choices. Cutting costs doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice creativity – get a Frisbee, DIY some lawn games, gather a few baseball gloves, and pump up the jams. For most people, just hanging out outside will be enough!
What have you done in the past to throw a cookout on a budget? We want to know!