How to Save Money on Tailgating

It's fun to hang out with friends and tailgate before the football game. However, it can get expensive! Use these 5 tips to save money on tailgating before the game.

Tailgating is a great way to get ready for the big game. Whether you’re supporting your local university or pro football team, tailgating can be awesome.

Some people even spend the entire game out in the parking lot. It’s a huge activity, but it can also be expensive. If you want to save money, there are some easy things you can do. Let’s take a closer look at how to save money on tailgating.

Clip Coupons

During football season you can find some awesome coupons for snacks, hot dogs, and other tailgating essentials. Check to see which coupons will be available that week and purchase the number of Sunday papers that makes sense to you and your needs. You can also find great printable coupons from These coupons can save you some serious money, especially if you match them to sales.

Look for Sales

There are also awesome sales to be found during football season. You can find great deals on chips, pop, meat, and almost anything else you need, even paper plates. If you match these sales to coupons, you can save a lot of money. You may even walk away with free items.

Plan Your Menu by Sales

Check what’s on sale and plan your tailgating menu based on those sales. For example, if ground beef is on sale, plan to have hamburgers. If chicken breasts are on sale, and you’re in the mood for buffalo chicken, cut the chicken into strips and do buffalo tenders. When you plan your menu based on the sale, you can save even more money.

Use Overages

We all know that there aren’t coupons available for some items. However, if you have coupons that will result in an overage, you can use that overage to pay for meat and other items you don’t have coupons for. There are stores that will allow overages, such as Walmart.

Tailgate with Friends

Last, but not least, tailgate with friends. You can then split the costs of the items needed. This is such a great way to save money. It also allows you to tailgate more often with less worry about the total cost.

Tailgating has grown so much over the past few years that some people enjoy it more than the actual game. If you want to enjoy the experience without spending a lot of money, follow the tips listed above. You will drastically cut the costs and be able to enjoy tailgating more often.

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