Please pardon the lateness of this article, as my family got caught up in the holiday festivities and didn’t return home when I originally expected. I hope you can take this information and apply it to another holiday!
Holidays, including the 4th of July, can be expensive. If you are planning to cook out today, you will need burgers, hotdogs, drinks, desserts and many other items—especially if you are feeding a large crowd. Believe it or not, there are ways to have a frugal 4th of July and enjoy it as much as your next door neighbor does even if he spends a fortune.
If you are inviting a large group of family and friends to your barbeque, try making it a potluck cookout. Ask everyone to bring a dish, bag of chips or drinks—while you supply the hamburgers and hotdogs. For some, this may seem a cheap way of having a family cookout; however, it allows each guest to bring a dish they love and ensures that everyone has a taste of Aunt Ruby’s famous casserole AND Aunt Lana’s banana pudding.
You also don’t have to forgo the traditional fireworks show just because you don’t want to spend a fortune on bottle rockets and firecrackers. After the family cookout, take the family into the nearest town to enjoy a free fireworks show. Most every city or town—even the small one I live close to—hosts a fireworks show. If you don’t want to breakup the festivities early, form a caravan and take all of the family and friends with you to enjoy the fireworks together.
Not everyone can afford to throw a huge bash for every holiday; the point should be that you get to spend time with your family and friends and enjoy their company.
What frugal tips do you have for celebrating the 4th of July—or any other holiday?