Take Me Out to the Ball Game: For Less

May 4, 2012

By Katie Bryan, America Saves communications manager

The high for Washington DC today is close to 90 degrees. Summer has arrived. Tonight, I have plans to go to the ballgame. I can’t control the weather, but I can control how much I spend at tonight’s game. The ideal baseball game for me includes indulging in great food. Our DC ballpark offers fabulous nachos from Hard Times Cafe, burgers and fries from Shake Shack, and chili dogs from the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl. It is so tempting to sample these and other great food, but they come at a steep price. Two of us can easily spend over $25 in food alone at games.

So tonight we bring our own food. Make sure to check the food policy at your local sports stadium. Our ballpark allows for outside food items and one factory-sealed plastic water bottle per person.

In addition to stopping at our local drug store and picking up two large water bottles, we will bring our own hotdogs to the park. We have tried this in the past and it works surprisingly well. Cook up the hotdogs right before you leave home and wrap them in tin foil to keep them warm. Once at the park add any of the free condiments the park has to offer. In addition to ketchup and mustard, our park offers diced onions and BBQ sauce. I like tomatoes and pickles on my hot dog, so I will bring those from home as well. The result – a hot dog your way and a large bottle of water at half the price.

Look for more ways to save at the ball park. Our stadium frequently offers $2 Tuesday tickets and deals for kids.

What are your tips for saving at the ballpark? Let us know on our Facebook page.

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