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Enjoy a great BBQ this summer with these money saving tips.

Do you have plans to host a barbeque at your house this July? Iowa State Bank is going to bring you budget BBQ tips so your party can be a success without spending too much money. Today’s tips will bring simple ways to save money at your next grill out.

Budget BBQ tips from Iowa State Bank-

Make it a potluck- A potato salad or macaroni dish goes a long way when it comes to feeding a larger group of people. You could also let your guests know it’s a potluck and to bring a side dish to the barbeque to make the event less stressful on your wallet. If you do not want to have others bring sides to the party, you can easily find budget-friendly side dishes to make on Pinterest.

Don’t go overboard on the meat- When having your friends over, they don’t expect you to provide steak and chicken for everyone. You can watch local grocer ads for sales on burgers, brats and hot dogs. If it’s a special event, you could ask everyone to chip in for more expensive meat like steak and chicken. Or have a party and make it clear to have everyone bring their own meat. If you have plans to make kabobs, add more grilled vegetables than meat to lessen the expense of meat.

Plates, napkins and utensils- With a little bit of time and thought, you can stick within your budget when it comes to plates and utensils. If you’re comfortable, you can use the plates and utensils you already have on hand in your home. If you’re not comfortable with that, the local discount stores have utensils and paper plates available in different colors and designs.

Iowa State Bank wants your budget BBQ in your backyard to be a success. Put these tips to use when planning your next grill out or summer get-together, and don’t forget to come by Iowa State Bank for all of your banking and lending needs!


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