Tailgate Thrift: How to Save on Game Day Costs

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on September 21, 2016

These clever tips and tricks will help you pinch pennies on game day—without missing out on any of the fun!


How to Win Game Day: Planning the Perfect Tailgate




Embrace Apps — Download Parkopedia (free, Android, iOS), a smartphone app that helps you quickly locate and compare the closest, most affordable places to park. A recent partnership with Apple Maps means iPhone users with the iOS 9 update can get additional info on lot hours, lighting and electric vehicle charging stations.

Tailgate Thrift: How to Cut Costs on Game Day




DIY Drink Storage — Save the cost of a cooler and ice by using the case the beer comes in as a cooler, say Heather Wheeler and Joanie Demer, bloggers at The Krazy Coupon Lady. “Line it with one to two trash bags to protect against leaks, add frozen water bottles, then add beer.” When the tailgate is over, recycle the box for easy cleanup.

Get more inspiration from the Best Beverage Tools for Tailgating.

Best Beverage Tools for Tailgating



Alumni Perks — If you’re headed back to your alma mater for a game, ask the alumni association if it’s sponsoring any pregame events that are low cost or offer free food. Some organizations may request voluntary donations, but the price will be less than hosting your own event.


Feed a Crowd — Stretch meat by making kebabs. Cut an inexpensive cut of meat (like chicken thighs) into cubes, then thread between pieces of in-season vegetables, suggests Kalyn Brooke, blogger at Creative Savings. Plus, no need to buy forks and knives.

Want more ideas? Check out these 18 Simple and Delicious Tailgate Recipes!

18 Simple and Delicious Tailgate Recipes



Superfan Frugal — Join your team’s fan club. While it may cost a small membership fee, you’ll get exclusive offers and alerts for ticket discounts.


Now, get out there and show your spirit! Check out the 13 Best Tailgating Destinations in America to get inspired.

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