Between the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, March Madness, Wimbledon and the World Series, there’s no shortage of major sports events to celebrate. Apart from watching your favorite team compete in the championship, these sports events are also a great time to get together with friends and family and have a party!

Group of people watching sports on the couch

Of course, like any other time you’re providing food, drinks, and decor, hosting sports viewing parties doesn’t exactly come cheap. So, the next time you’re preparing for your Super Bowl or March Madness festivities, try using these six tips to save money before the big game.

Don’t Opt for Pre-Made Trays

While cooking yourself no doubt takes more time, purchasing pre-made party trays and
hors d’oeuvres will likely cost you significantly more money.

Bowls of snack foods next to a football

Instead of going store bought, purchase groceries and opt for some tasty homemade recipes. Along with being more budget-friendly, the food will likely be fresher and healthier, too!

Keep in mind you don’t have to be in charge of a large, elaborate meal. Stick to small appetizers and finger foods to keep costs down.

Have a Potluck Party

People having a potluck party

Just because you’re the host doesn’t mean you have to pay for everything. Offer to provide one major staple, like hamburgers or some kind of main dish, and have guests bring sides, desserts, and drinks to fill in the meal.

You’ll not only lessen your workload but keep yourself on budget as well.

BYOB

Drinks, especially alcohol, can often be your biggest budget busters. If you’ve offered to host, the cost of food and decor alone can be pricey, even before you add in drinks.

Group of men on a couch with drinks watching sports

While it’s a nice idea to provide for your guests, there’s nothing wrong with keeping cost to a minimum by having them bring their own beverages. Furthermore, make it fun by telling them all to bring their favorites to share, so everyone can switch and swap with each other.

Choose Off-Brand

Somewhere along the line it was ingrained in consumers to always go for the name brand product. While there are some items you shouldn’t skimp on, in most cases, the off-brand will do just fine.

Woman grocery shopping

More times than not, you’ll find that the off-brand product is not only cheaper, but usually tastes exactly the same. Ergo, for your sports party, opt for the thriftier option instead. You can always put items in fancy bowls if you don’t want anyone to know you went for the off-brand.

Utilize Your Big Box Store Memberships

Man putting a box into a cart at a wholesale store

Unless you have a large family, there might not be too many times you use your wholesale or warehouse memberships. If you’re having a large viewing party, however, those Sam’s and Costco memberships can help you buy more food for a lot less. And if you truly want to simply purchase your snacks, wholesale clubs can be a great place to do so.

Don’t Go Overboard on Décor

When it comes to championship parties, you don’t have to go overboard on décor. After all, the game is your main focus anyway.

Group of sports fans

Don’t shell out cash for pricey team-licensed gear. Instead check out your local dollar store for simple streamers, banners, and décor in your home team’s colors. No one will be the wiser and you’ll stick to your budget.


All around the world, sports are one of the many aspects of life that serves to bring us together. Hence, there’s nothing quite as fun as getting together with fellow fans to watch some of the greatest games of all-time as teams compete for champion titles. But, hosting your own viewing party doesn’t have to take a chunk out of your budget. Stick to a few simple tips and you can host a game-winning party for a lot less the cost.

What are some of your favorite simple and inexpensive snacks? Have you gotten good use out of your club memberships?


About Kayla Sloan

Kayla Sloan is a freelance writer who covers business and personal finance. She has been featured in The Huffington Post, Time, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Kayla is passionate about helping people improve their finances so they can pursue their dreams.

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