Even if you don’t have tickets to the game, tailgating can be expensive. And let’s face it, if you’re doing this every weekend, then those expenses really start to add up. For those of us on a budget, tailgating might be something that needs to be skipped. However, there are a few steps you can take to do your tailgating on the cheap. So, if you’re interested in making this a more budget-friendly expense, see if our tips below can’t help you out. One this is for certain, they are sure better than skipping tailgating all together!
1. Move the fun to your patio or living room once in a while.
I know, I know – having your fun before the game at home isn’t exactly the same as the parking lot outside of the stadium. But here me out for a minute – think of how much money you could save just by moving the fun to your home (or a buddy’s home) every once in a while.
Or, you could mix it up a little and all gather down at the local bar. Either way, it will definitely be cheaper than normal. Plus, you won’t have to deal with all of that game day traffic!
2. Skip going into the game.
Let’s face it – tailgating is often the best part of attending the football game, right? So, do like my parents and only go to the stadium for the before-game fun and then watch the game at home. Of course, their willingness to skip the game could be due to the face that they live in Cleveland and who really wants to sit through another embarrassing Browns game?
If you don’t spend the money on the game ticket, then you’ve just saved yourself quite a bit of money. Money that can be spent on more beer. Especially when you consider the jacked up prices of all the food and drink inside the stadium. Yup, skipping the game and only doing the tailgating is a great way to do tailgating cheap.
3. Make it a meat-free tailgating party.
Yes, I know that burgers and dogs at a tailgating party go together like the Browns and defeat, but all that meat can be kind of expensive. Just take a look at your next grocery bill when you gather all the goods for game day.
So, maybe every so often go meat-free and focus on things like seven-layer bean dip to fill everyone up. You’ll save some money and everyone still gets to eat some yummy junk food with their beers. Get some food ideas on our no-grill tailgating tips.
4. Get food supplies at Costco or Sam’s.
Instead of getting all your food from the local grocery store, head over to your local warehouse club (Sam’s, Costco, etc.) and stock up. Not only can you buy everything in bulk, but you can do so at insane discount prices. Most of the time, you can even get your beer there!
5. Crash other people’s tailgating parties.
I know that is kind of a douche bag move, but if you’re really cheap (and maybe a bit of a freeloading jerk), then you could head over to the stadium parking lot and crash other people’s tailgates.
This is best after everyone else has gotten a little drunk. All you have to do is wander the lot and chat with people. Once you get chummy, you can attempt to get some of their grub before moving on to the next victims partiers.
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