BBQ on a budget


Throwing a party doesn't have to drain your wallet. One way to save is to buy meat with the bone still in. Chicken breasts with bones are about half the price of their boneless counterparts. To cut costs even more, opt for dark meat like thighs and legs, which are great for grilling because the high fat content keeps meat moist.

For people with charcoal grills, stock up on charcoal. During summertime, many stores have sales on charcoal with buy one get one or 20 percent off deals. 

Finally, make your party BYOB. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates Americans spend $50 billion on alcohol each year, so it's no surprise it's one of the biggest expenses at parties. Instead of providing a full bar, make a signature drink and ask guests to bring their favorites.

When deciding what sides to serve, go with corn and potatoes. Both vegetables are inexpensive and can be bought in large quantities. They are also the most popular barbeque side dishes, making them real crowd-pleasers.