How to enjoy football season without breaking the bank

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated November 23, 2019

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September 15, 2017

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Football is a way of life in many parts of the country. Tailgating, hosting neighborhood parties and going to the games are all highlights of the season. All that activity can put a strain on your pocketbook, but you can save some cash without sacrificing the fun.

Heading to the concession stand is expensive, but you can’t cut it out completely. Having a beer — or two — during the game is what it’s all about. You can reduce your level of snack temptation, however, by consuming a quick meal before you head out. Better yet, join a friend for a tailgate.

You might love that bells-and-whistles tailgating setup, but it isn’t necessary to have a good time. So get rid of the satellite hookup and focus on what’s really important: good food, friends and conversation. If you’re in a busy enough lot you won’t have to go far to get a television fix if necessary.

Speaking of good food and friends, invite both over for game day. Just because you’re the host doesn’t mean you have to pay for all the snacks. Ask everyone to bring food to share. Depending on your social circle, you might be able to convince people to contribute to the cost of beverages.

Season tickets take a huge bite out of your budget, but you can recover some of that money by splitting games with a friend or selling off dates you can’t use. If you decide to go in 50-50 for all of the matches, figure out the schedule beforehand. The last thing you want to do is fight with your buddy over who gets the seats on a preferred Sunday.When you’re cutting costs, it’s great to start out just by accepting that you don’t have to blow your budget just to have a good time. Take a minute to remember what’s really enjoyable about football season. Focus on making that the center of game day and you’ll find you can get involved without going broke.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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