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'Tis the season to party, but if you're hosting a crowd for dinner at your home, it can also be the season of stress and money spending. But it doesn't have to be that way! Jimmy Rhoades talked to shopping and money-saving expert, Lisa Lee Freeman, to find out how your next holiday party can be for the ages, and you don't have to lose your head, or your savings, to do it.
1. Invite Guests to Play with Your Food
Not in the gross, hands-in-the-food way. Make dinner time fun, and more affordable, by inviting them to bring a dish that fits your theme. You can do this by calling your party a "Potluck Party", which immediately implies that attendees should bring a dish. Or, you can pick any old theme – Homestyle Food, Beach BBQ, Favorite Foods, Italian Food – whatever sounds good!
Not only will you spend less on treats, you'll also spend less time cooking and more time socializing. And don't feel like you're putting your guests out by asking – people love to feel like they're contributing to a good time!
2. Time of Day Matters
When it comes to dinner time foods, you can rack up quite the receipt at the grocery store. So consider throwing a party that centers around cheaper food – like breakfast or brunch! Lisa says that breakfast foods for ingredients usually cost less at the store – and since there aren't multiple courses involved (aside from pre-meal mimosas), you won't have to buy as much, which means you won't have to spend as much.
3. Be Smart About the Booze
To save yourself from buying hundreds of dollars worth of different liquors for different tastes, take your libations back to high school and make boozy punch! This way, you don't have to buy more ingredients than your punch needs – saving you cash – and you don't have to worry about running out of one particular liquor because it's everyone's favorite. And if someone would rather drink straight bourbon than sip on punch – no problem.
Let your guests know that you'll have the punch ready for them, but if they'd like to sip on something specific, they're welcome to bring it along! And for the partygoers that are big fans of wine, don't spend more trying to impress them with the latest (and most expensive) bottle of wine. Grab boxed wine from your grocery store and put it in a decanter – no one will know the difference!
4. Don't Let Discounts "Fly" By
While most of us usually toss out those supermarket flyers we get in the mail, hang on to them during the holiday party season! That way, you'll know what big menu items are on sale, and can tailor your party menu to it – helping you get your menu off on the right, cash-saving foot!
WEB BONUS: Want a few more cash-saving tips for hosting this season – or any time? Check out Lisa's 3 exclusive, extra cash-saving tips below!
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