When you want a summer cookout with friends and family, or even just your own immediate family, you may want to save some cash in the process. This is especially true if you love to cook out a lot over the summer months.
The weather is nice and it’s great to get outside and enjoy some delicious barbecue but you don’t want to break the bank. So let’s look at five ways to save on a summer cookout:
- Don’t waste fuel – When grilling or cooking indoors, there are ways to be more efficient so you’re not wasting fuel. Don’t turn on extra burners you’re not using, don’t leave the grill burning when nothing is cooking, and keep the lid shut as the manufacturer suggests. These things help conserve your fuel.
- Buy in bulk – When it’s practical to do so, buy in bulk so you can get more for your money. This is often possible for meats as well as fruits and veggies.
- Buy in season – You can opt for foods that are in season and save more money on the cookout goodies you serve up.
- Use the right grill – The right grill can also make a difference in costs related to your cookout. Gas is preferred for summer cookouts over charcoal and is typically more efficient. You should also look into the type of grill and compare that to what kinds of foods you will make and how often you will use it.
- Host a potluck – If you’re planning to invite friends and/or family over for a cookout, you could save some cash by turning it into a potluck, or have each guest bring a side dish, or their own drinks. You’re still hosting the event and grilling up the goodies but the extras others bring can really help out.
Do you have any tricks for saving that you could add to the list?