The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. Not just because it’s a break from the “real world,” but because you get to enjoy the warm weather by grilling out, watching fireworks, and decking yourself in everything red, white and blue. Who doesn’t love that? Don’t worry; I haven’t lost sight of what Independence Day) really means. I think our Founding Fathers would be proud of the way I choose to celebrate this holiday and display my American pride!
As much as I love a festive Fourth of July cookout, I know that hosting the perfect shindig can cost a pretty penny. It may not seem like your spending a lot at the time, but when you add up that $20 here and $30 there, the costs can accumulate fast. Next thing you know you’ll be out $150 and you haven’t even factored in any last minute purchases! To help ease the ease the pain on your checking account, we’ve created a list with some helpful tips on how to have a frugal and fun Fourth of July!
1.) Host a Potluck-This is a great way to stay on budget for any party. If you’re having a classic Fourth of July barbecue provide the main dish; hotdogs, hamburgers, buns, and condiments. Have your guests bring the side salads, drinks, chips and anything else they desire! This is also a great way to try new things and expand your palette.
2.) Pass on Personal Fireworks-If fireworks are legal in your state, you may want to consider not purchasing them this year. Since they can’t be purchased in every state, they tend to be extremely over-priced and not to mention dangerous. Save your money and attend a local fireworks display happening in your area. These displays are far more impressive than any fireworks show you try to put on at home.
3.) Get Crafty with Decorations-Shopping for decorations might be the most fun part, but it can get pricey if you don’t watch what you buy and where you shop. Check out your local dollar store for basic party items and Fourth of July themed decorations first. Chances are you’ll find a majority of the things you’re looking for here. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, Pinterest is a great resource for fun and creative decoration ideas. Check out these great frugal Fourth of July party ideas from Bare Feet on the Dashboard! You don’t have to be an artist to make your own decorations, have fun and let your creative juices flow.
4.) Buy Frozen Not Fresh-Many Fourth of July desserts call for festive raspberries, blueberries and strawberries; however, you can spend upwards of $5 for one small container of berries. Cut down on costs without sacrificing festivity, by purchasing frozen berries instead. They will taste just as good buried in a pile of whip cream, so no one will ever know that they aren’t freshly picked.
5.) Plan Outdoor Activities-If you plan on having children at your cookout, it would be good idea to have a variety of games and outdoor activities planned. This will keep the children occupied, provide them with an outlet for fun, and give the parents some much needed relax time. After all, everyone should enjoy the day! Family Fun Magazine has a great collection of kid-focused, 26 Outdoor Games that even the adults can enjoy! You can never go wrong with classics like kickball, flag football, or an old-fashion relay