Many of us are going to be hosting a Memorial Day gathering this year. Yet, for many of us, money is tighter than ever. However, this doesn’t mean we have to cancel our plans. It just means we need to plan a little better. Hopefully, these tips can help.
Start your plans off with a trip to the Dollar Stores
These types of stores are perfect for buying such things as:
• Paper plates
• Plastic spoons
• Candles, including the outside variety
• Outside decorations
• Charcoal for the grill
Next consider where in your town you can buy the least expensive lawn chairs and tables, if you need them. Of course, if you can borrow these from a friend or relative, this would be a better choice.
Once you have the basics considered, think about a menu. What would be the easiest menu for you to prepare at the lowest price? You might want to consider a small buffet dinner or lunch and add to your invites for everyone to bring a favorite dish of their choice, to the gathering. This can help save you in the amount of food you need to buy. This will also give your friends a chance to show off their cooking skills. As you are considering the type of menu, you should also stop and think if you want to serve alcohol during this event. Remember alcohol can create another added expense to your overall budget. If you wish to have alcohol during the event, you could skip having your friends bring a dish and ask them to bring some wine, etc, instead.
Now you should have an idea of menu in your head. The best way to shop for your gathering is to consider which of your local stores will carry most of what you need at the best prices. It may even be necessary to shop at a couple of grocery stores to actually save money. Many cities will have one store that is known for having greater savings on such staple items as can foods, breads, and basic items. Yet, they can be lacking in the produce and meat departments.
Finally, consider the setup of the party itself. Consider lowering your electric cost, by adding low key solar lamps, candles and battery operated CD players. Finally, you could play games that actually get people up and moving such as volleyball and tennis, instead of computer and video games.
If you use your imagination, you can find many ways to trim your party budget and still have an amazing Memorial Day gathering while staying on your budget.