NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s never too early to start thinking about the weekend and this week many of you are planning on throwing or attending a Super Bowl party! If you have a tight budget, there are ways you can still impress without spending too much.
If you’re heading to the supermarket to stock up on food for your Super Bowl party, all you have to do is get a little creative this year to stretch your dollar even further.
The decorations are hung and turf laid out, all to get grocery shoppers in the football spirit. From sandwiches to chicken wings – the super bowl is a day of treats but as North Haven’s Erica Cadavid figured out, the fancy spread doesn’t also have to be expensive.
“I used to get the platters of things and then I realized it’s just cheaper to buy your own ingredients and prepare them yourself,” she said.
Preparing your own food is one of the best ways to save money on your spread. Sal Fazzino, Big Y’s Store Director in North Haven, says this year they’re serving prepared foods but are also fully stocked on ingredients for those people looking for do-it-yourself savings. He suggests preparing easy finger food that’s cheap and feeds a lot of people.
“Make a big casserole and put it out there with a bag of chips and it just about looks like a full meal,” he said.
Moneycrashers.com says buying in bulk can save you money as well, as long as you know you’ll use it and it won’t go to waste.
Also, alcohol is expensive, if you’d rather spend your money on food, consider a BYOB party.
Here’s something else to keep in mind. A lot of the circulars go out on Thursday so you can sift through them, see who has the best deals before you put in your order or make any buys.