Super Bowl Sunday should be all about fun, friends, and (of course) football! There’s no reason to obsess over maintaining budgets when there are more ways than ever to save money and still throw a Super Bowl party for the books.

Here are five simple ways to save while you’re hosting friends and family for the big game.

Search for the best deals ahead of time, but don’t forget about last-minute savings

In the weeks leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, you’ll find tons of coupons and discounts around town. A quick search on Flipp can help you identify the best coupons for everything you need – from foods and snacks, to party décor, and even electronics (in case you need an excuse to buy a new TV).

Since the app is always up to date with the latest coupons and deals, you’re also likely to find some great last-minute savings. Check in with Flipp a few days before the party to see if there’s anything else you might want to pick up.

Make it a potluck

If you have several households joining the party, ask each to bring a shareable dish, snack or beverage. You’ll share the meal prep costs and party costs, plus you’ll get everyone excited to show off their favorite game day dish. Consider making it a friendly competition with voting at halftime!

Pro tip: Share your shopping list and the coupons you found on Flipp to help your guests enjoy some savings as well!

Pass on the paper and plastics

A really great way to cut back on expenses is to serve food on real dishes rather than paper and plastic. The drawback to this, of course, is having to clean them after the party. However, how much fun would it be to make party clean up a chore for fans of the losing team?

Make your own party décor

You guessed it – Pinterest time! Even if you’re not the most crafty person, you’re sure to find some simple DIY projects to spruce up your party. You’ll probably have a lot of the supplies at home already, and you can check your local dollar store or Target dollar bins for anything additional you need.

Borrow what you can

If you’re expecting a lot of people, there’s no need to rent or buy additional tables and chairs. You can ask your guests if any of them have any extras. If you’re still stuck, your local churches, schools or community centers may be able to lend some for free or at a low cost.

To help kick off your planning, here’s my crowd-pleasing nacho recipe:

Baked Nacho Platter with Shredded Chicken

Ingredients:
  • One can of black beans
  • One can of olives
  • One can of corn
  • One pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 3 cups of seasoned, shredded chicken (can be prepared in a slow cooker)
  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheese (choose your favorite, but I recommend cheddar or pepper jack)
  • Toppings of your choice (guacamole, avocado, raw onions, or any type of salsa)
Directions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Use a square pan approximately 3-4 inches deep. Line the bottom and edges of the pan with aluminum foil.

  3. Spread a layer of tortilla chips along the bottom of the pan.

  4. Top the chips with corn, beans, olives, tomatoes, shredded cheese.

  5. Distribute the shredded chicken on top with a second layer of cheese. Make this layer of cheese thicker than the first.

  6. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.

  7. Once the nachos are finished baking, add chopped onion, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, or any herbs to use as a topping.

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