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Summer BBQ on a Budget

An informal party or a meticulously planned get-together – if you’re planning a summer soirée don’t break the bank to host it. It’s easy to panic buy at the supermarket or buy extra food and decorations to give your party a little extra pizzazz. Instead – be a savvy shopper and make use of what you’ve got. Keep things simple and - you’ll not only save money but – you’ll have more fun enjoying your party. Here’s our top 11 budget-saving summer tips.

Budget BBQ

  1. Decide on a menu budget straight away. If you’re cooking for lots of guests and don’t want to spend a small fortune on meat, choose cheaper cuts like pork shoulder or chicken thighs. You can cook low and slow in your slow cooker then transform your now tender-pork or chicken into yummy burritos, tacos or burger toppings.
  2. Before going out and buying your food – check your fridge and cupboards and dig out anything going out of date or you’ve got multiples of – half a jar of pesto? Make a marinade or use it in a pasta salad. Got potatoes, peppers, leftover veg? Chop up, bung into a roasting pan with a dash of oil and salt and pepper – and you’ve got one tasty side dish.
  3. Instead of buying individual portions of meat - cook a whole fish or chicken – marinade, wrap in tin foil and grill on the barbeque or cook up in your oven. It’s cheaper and you won’t need to worry about prepping, portioning or extra guests turning up – just serve smaller pieces.
  4. If you can, buy in advance – found that big bit of fish in the whoops aisle? Buy it and freeze it.
  5. Fill up on extras – a couscous salad is super cheap, super easy to make and delicious hot or cold.
  6. Serve a signature cocktail in a big drinks dispenser instead of trying to cater for everyone with lots of different booze and bottles.
  7. For dessert – whip up something easy and low cost – cornflake cakes are a classic – and loved by kids and grown-ups alike.
  8. Instead of buying paper plates and plastic cutlery - stick with your regular serveware – sure it’s easier to clean up paper plates but will guests be more mindful of their food and how much they’re eating if they can’t just chuck it in the bin?
  9. If you want to smarten up your serving table – go natural and use colourful citrus fruits as the centrepiece – you can use them later and add to your cocktail mix.
  10. Don’t buy decorations – if you want to spruce up your garden or patio – have a look what you already have at home – will a few living room throws and cushions add new life to your patio furniture?
  11. If you do want a little extra mood lighting come evening, buy a pack of tea lights – inexpensive but very pretty come sundown.

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