Tips

Regardless of your spending habits, there are lots of ways to Feed the Pig. While the savings from changing a single habit may not seem like much at first, making changes in a few areas of your life can add up to big bucks within a single year. Here are some of our favorite financial tips.

Weekly Savings Tip: Today's Top 3 – Host a Frugal BBQ

Independence Day is just five days away, and that means summer BBQ season is in full swing. If you're planning to celebrate the 4th with a backyard get together, here are three great ways to save money:

  1. Make it BYOM. Meat is often the most expensive part of hosting a BBQ, so save some money by asking guests to bring their preferred item to grill – you just supply the grill, chef, sides and festive atmosphere.
  2. Assign sides. If fall-off-the-bone ribs are your personal specialty, ask guests to bring a side to complement. Try to assign specific sides so that you don't end up with three tubs of potato salad and no corn on the cob.
  3. Give it a punch. Instead of individually bottled drinks, mix up a punch for the kids with mixer options for adults. If people prefer something else, let them know they're happy to bring their own.

Bonus tip: As you take advantage of bargains at the grocery store, track how much you're actually saving, then transfer that amount to your savings for a little boost. Even the little thing adds up!

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