5 Ways to Save on Memorial Day

Do you plan on having family and friends over for Memorial Day? If so, hosting a party could cost you. Here’s how you can host a fun Memorial Day on a budget for your loved ones on a budget.

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  1. Make it a potluck.

Try turning your gathering into a potluck! This is a fun way to save money and get guests involved in the party planning. You can make your menu impromptu by allowing your guests to surprise you with a food of their choice. Or, you can try a lax planning approach and give your guests a party theme, but allow them to select which food they’ll bring within the concept. If you like to have a little more control, you can send your guests a list of the menu and they can choose which item they’ll bring. Think of this like a Memorial Day cookout registry.

If some guests prefer not to bring food, they can substitute their dish with utensils, napkins, beverages or decorations. Each contribution by one of your invitees means one less thing you have to spend money on.

  1. Serve “mocktails.”

A “mocktail” is a sweet drink that imitates a cocktail, but doesn’t have any liquor. Since alcohol can be costly, eliminating it from your menu will save you some money. Plus, Memorial Day cookouts are usually family friendly, so there should be no issue with drinking juice and water. If your guests are really adamant about drinking alcohol, an alternative is to let them bring their own. BYOB, or “bring your own bottles,” is another method to saving money on your drinks. Again with this approach, you can allow your guests to bring the drink of their choice or you can provide them with a drink menu to choose from.

  1. Hit Memorial Day sales.

Just about everything, from cars to home appliances, goes on sale during Memorial Day weekend! Popular big box stores are offering up to 40 percent off on appliances. That’s nearly half off in savings!

Check your local grocery store for sales as well. Many offer discount prices on traditional cookout foods like ribs and hamburger meat.

If you’re looking to buy a car, Memorial Day weekend is a great time to take advantage of great deals like low interest rates.

And be sure to check out sale prices on patio furniture, clothing, home goods, mattresses and bedding. >> Learn more about online sales.

  1. Use an app to find cheap gas if you’re planning a road trip.

Are you heading out of town for Memorial Day? If so, you might want to compare gas prices before you fill up your tank. Mobile apps like GasBuddy and Gas Guru can help you find the cheapest gas near you. You can also search for gas stations through your phone’s navigation system. Use your smartphone’s map app to search for gas stations near you. Google Maps, for example, shows your exact distance from the gas station and gas prices at each location.

If you know you’re going to get hungry on the road, pack your own snacks and drinks so you won’t be tempted to buy snacks when you stop for gas.

  1. Check a list of cheap BBQ foods.

Deviled eggs anyone? Deviled eggs are a popular cookout dish and you can make them for less than $5. A crate of eggs will cost you anywhere between $2 and $4. If you already have mayonnaise, vinegar and mustard in your fridge that’s all you’ll need to make a dozen deviled eggs!

Whip up a refreshing batch of lemonade! You can make traditional lemonade with water, lemons and sugar. Or you can get creative and infuse your lemonade with tasty fruits like berries, peaches, watermelon or lime. >> Find other cheap cookout recipes.


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