More than 50 million Americans are expected to tailgate this year, spending more than $20 billion. Factor in parking fees, gas and ticket prices, and one modest tailgate party could drain your discretionary cash quick. But we have some cash-saving tips for your tailgate and football parties.
To save yourself some dough on cooking ingredients and paper goods, head to the dollar store. One review found everything from pans to tongs can be bought for up to 90 percent less than Target and Walmart.
To save on ice, turn your bottled water into ice packs. Freeze them the night before and drink them later or use them as future ice packs.
Also, buy your booze at the warehouse. A Smart Money report found you can save 30 percent on beer and liquor at discount club. And check first because some allow you to buy the booze without a membership.
On average, tailgaters spend more than $500 a year on food, not counting the booze. And, while the average tailgater attends six to ten parties a season, almost 30 percent of tailgaters never set foot inside the stadium.