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Tips for Hosting Budget-Friendly Backyard Barbecue

Summer is here which means it’s time to grill, eat and celebrate! Many are eager to reunite with friends and family this summer but be mindful of how much cash you put toward your backyard bash. These seven simple tips will help you save on your summertime soirée:

Ask others to chip in.
Consider asking your guests to bring beverages, a side dish to share or even their own camping chair. They’ll most likely be willing and happy to contribute!

Forgo fancy meats.
Instead of trying to wow your guests with lobster or filet mignon, opt for more affordable options like hot dogs and hamburgers. Take these classics to the next level when you pair them with a spread of toppings and condiments – your guests will love the endless combinations!

Purchase in-season produce.
Seasonal fruits and veggies are not only easy on the wallet, but they also boast superior flavor and may only be available for a limited time.

Do your own chopping.
While it is convenient to buy pre-cut foods, the added convenience comes with added costs. Save money by doing the chopping at home.

Be frugal with decorations.
Place leafy branches from your yard in leftover wine or soda bottles to dress up your table without spending a dime. Even have your kids do arts and crafts to create wholesome and unique decorations. If you’re in need of specific decorations for a theme or holiday, check out your local dollar or discount store for cheap décor finds!

Skip paper plates and plastic utensils.
If possible, serve guests with your regular dinnerware. The extra cleanup will be well worth the savings. When this is not an option, your local dollar or discount store is again a great option for inexpensive disposable dinnerware.

Organize free outdoor activities.
Skip the professional baseball game and instead host backyard game of your own! Other free or almost-free outdoor activities include nature scavenger hunt, running through the sprinklers, lawn games, or stories by the firepit.

Backyard barbecues with family and friends is one of summer’s finest activities. Keeping these tips in mind, planning your next get together should be easy and stress-free. From everyone at UNCLE, we wish you a fun and safe summer!

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