“Save Big on Your Labor Day Barbecue with These Budget-Friendly Tips”
– Despite rising food costs, people are still preparing for Labor Day barbecues, according to Stew Leonard’s in Yonkers.
– Food prices have increased by nearly 5% between July 2020 and July 2021.
Home and lifestyle writer Dina Sciortino of westchesterwoman.org encourages people to not let financial constraints stop them from hosting a great party. Here are some tips she suggests:
1. Stick to a budget: Before you start shopping, create a budget and stick to it. Check out the store website to find the cheapest options and see what items you already have in your pantry from previous parties.
2. Get creative with ingredients: If you have leftover ingredients from past holidays or celebrations, utilize them. For example, if you have condensed milk from Christmas that is still good, make a key lime pie.
3. Skip pre-made items: Pre-made items tend to be more expensive. Save money by making your own dishes from scratch.
4. Buy in bulk: Consider purchasing items in bulk from wholesale stores to save money on commonly used ingredients.
5. Opt for cheaper cuts of meat: Instead of splurging on expensive cuts of meat like filet mignon, choose cheaper cuts and season them with memorable flavors.
6. Emphasize the company over the food: Remember that the most important aspect of any gathering is the people around the table, not the food on it. Encourage guests to bring a dish they love, making the event more special and diverse.
7. Check out local foodie recipes: Explore recipes from local foodies who often share affordable and delicious ideas for meals that won’t break the bank.
By following these tips, you can enjoy a memorable Labor Day barbecue without overspending. Source: westchester.news12.com