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.

Eat Before the Game

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.

Back-to-Basics Tailgating

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.

Potluck Game Days

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.

Economize Season Tickets

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.