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Celebrate the Big Game Without Breaking the Bank

The Chiefs are officially getting their chance to #RunItBack this weekend! Although it may look a little different due to the pandemic, I'm sure everyone still plans on safely celebrating. Here are a few tips to celebrate the big game without spending the big bucks: 

Watch Party

Now more than ever, I would suggest hosting a watch party with your closest friends to celebrate the game on Sunday. Not only is this the safe route with the ongoing pandemic, but it is also going to save you way more money than going out and eating and drinking at your favorite sports restaurant all day. If possible, set up a couple TVs so that everyone feels comfortable and can be socially distanced while still watching the game together — it can be streamed for free, so no cable is necessary. Check out your nearest dollar store for some cheap red and yellow decorations and you will be set to cheer on our boys, safely, from home.

Potluck It Up

If you decide to get together with a small group of friends and family for the game — a potluck is the way to go. Do not feel that just because you are hosting, you are responsible for preparing a big meal for everyone. Pick a theme, or prepare the main dish, and have everyone else bring sides or appetizers to go along with it. This will provide a great variety for your guests and take the pressure off of you for having to buy and prepare all of this food. If you decide to go out and watch the big game at a restaurant — do some research. A lot of places will have discounts and specials all day.

Playoff Merchandise

As the Chiefs keep winning, more and more playoff and big game merchandise is being released — and it is very tempting to want to buy them all. Speaking from experience after last season, if you can hold off and wait until a month or so after the season is over, you can find this merchandise at most stores for a greatly discounted price. I am allowing myself to purchase one new item for the big game, but everything else is going to have to wait until we see those sales prices again. If you are dead-set on getting the newest, coolest shirt before Sunday — be sure to shop around to find the best deals.

It can be hard to stick to your budget with the hype and excitement around the big game, our Chiefs, and Kansas City in general – but there are easy ways to cut spending and not break the bank. Take some time to plan out the big day and do some hunting to make sure you find the best deals and you will be set to celebrate the big game with just as much fun, or even more, as those big spenders.

Kat’s Money Corner is posted in the Kansas City Star every week. Kat Hnatyshyn, when not blogging or caring for her little ones, is a manager with CommunityAmerica Credit Union. For more financial chatter, follow us on Twitter @CommunityAmerCU.

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