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Thursday Thrifty Throwdown: Fun on A Budget Challenge #1

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All of this talk of summer eating inspiring you to make some fun? Well, welcome to the Fun on a Budget Challenge #1! Yup, for the next few weeks, every Thursday, we will have hints on how to have a good time while on a budget or how to get some extra cash to go forth and make some fun.

First up: the BBQ party. Perhaps you do an annual Fourth of July soiree or host all of the dads for a Father's Day Backyard BBQ. Awesome fun, but anytime you host a party, the costs add up, especially if you are grilling meat, steaks or anything really for a lot of people.

Here are some fabulous tips on keeping costs down while boosting the fun.

DIY Decorations - Enlist your kids to help with this one. Have them gather things from the garden to make centerpieces. Even a cool rock pile that the boys arrange is a cute idea. Better yet, have them paint rocks in with the colors of the theme (red, white and blue for Independence Day). Have them make paper fans or other origami ornaments for the buffet table.

BYOB or BYOD or BYOA - You are providing the main food and fun, no one will mind pitching in a little. Sure, have a few sodas and lemonade on hand, but ask your guests to bring their own beer or wine or a pitcher of sweet tea. Same goes door desserts or appetizers. Have folks to bring their favorite cookie or a bag of chips and some dip.

Keep it Simple - Don't be a restaurant with a gazillion options. Have two choices - burgers or chicken or hot dogs and chicken...limit it and you can then buy the ingredients in bulk. Make it interesting by providing different toppings or types of mustard or hot sauce. Same goes for drinks if you are providing them. Stick to beer and wine only or make a large batch of sangria.

Share your best BBQ planning tip!

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by on Jun. 7, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Jun. 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM
In south Louisiana its usually Crawfish boils and not bbq
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by Bronze Member on Jun. 10, 2012 at 9:14 PM

 sales. byod is a good idea, as well as possibly asking if someone could help out with brining a dish.

by Suzie on Jun. 10, 2012 at 9:27 PM

I love BBQ

by New Member on Jun. 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Everyone neesds to bring a dish or their own meat if they want something else and of course BYOB

by on Jun. 21, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I like to pre soak my meat ahead of time so they get a great seasoned flavor. 

by on Jun. 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I also like to do the shopping at least a week ahead of time, so I know what I have and maybe what I might still need to get.  Plus searching for good deals can be hard. 

by Dawn on Jun. 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM
[quote name="TheBabyFactory4" id="0"]In south Louisiana its usually Crawfish boils and not bbq[/quot

Dh took our ds to his first crawfish boil and he loved it.
by Ashley on Jun. 21, 2012 at 7:27 PM

we always bring a dish to pass

by Ashley on Jun. 21, 2012 at 7:27 PM

a lot of ppl bring their own drinks too

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