Face paint, nachos and high-fives? It must be football season! And whether you’re watching the game highlights from home or rooting on your favorite team from the 50 yard line, all the fun that comes with football season can take a toll on your budget.
To kick-off the official start of the football season today, here are four budget-friendly tips to ensure that your wallet is the true winner this year.
Instead of hitting your favorite sports bar for pre-game snacks, camp out in your home stadium’s parking lot (or your own backyard) and cook some classic tailgating dishes. You won’t pay a mark-up on food and drink and you’ll be able to put your own spin on your spread. Pro tip – invite your guests to bring their favorite game-time snack or drink to even out the cost of hosting.
Save on tickets
In 2013, the average football ticket price was $203 (!!), which didn’t even factor in the costs of transportation, food or home team jerseys. Instead of paying inflated costs, try shopping secondary markets using websites like StubHub, SeatGeak or even Craigslist for discount tickets.
Secure some thrifty threads
Purchasing official team gear in a pro-shop or stadium store is expensive. To cut costs, drop by your local thrift store to see if they have team gear in stock – you may even find some retro team swag to rock at the next game.
Plan ahead for that big screen TV
Resist the urge to spend your entire paycheck on a new TV this season, and budget for next season. If you put away $40 each week leading up to the Super Bowl on February 1, you’ll have enough money saved up to buy that 65” TV you’ve been eyeing.
And go (insert name of your favorite team here)!