No Frills NFL on the Cheap
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) For the past generation, football has clearly become America's favorite sport, as the Super Bowl continues to set television ratings records, and the weekly suspense of the college football season holds alumni and fans alike with baited breath.
But before you throw a pigskin party this season, follow these tips to save money:
Looking for some new team apparel at a cheap cost?
Try an old player.
Jerseys and memorabilia for college players who have recently graduated, left to the National Football League (NFL) or professional players who have been traded are often reduced up to 75%. This means that you can buy three or more different jerseys for the cost of one current player's jersey.
Team Tip: For NFL teams, look for this opportunity twice during the yearright before the season starts when older, higher-paid, well-known players are sometimes cut from the team and in mid-October before the trading deadline.
Tickets for Cheap
The secondary sports ticket market has become a $1 billion industry in the last decade. The ability to access last-minute tickets for a cheap price has been dramatically expanded thanks to technology . Take advantage of this trend and surf major sites like StubHub.com and even your local classifieds for tickets either months before the game or even last-minute. These are your best opportunities for great ticket deals.
Team Tip: The rules for onsite ticket scalping before games varies from state-to-state. Make sure you verify your local laws before purchasing scalped tickets onsite.
Tailgating the Right Way
Tailgating is a tradition that goes hand-in-hand with the football experience. Tailgate the right way and save money by going to the grocery store the morning of the game to find meat specials on items expiring soon. These meats can be immediately thrown on the grill for all to enjoy!
For your adult beverage needs, start monitoring sales three to four weeks before the game. Most grocery stores have a monthly cycle of promotional specials, so you are sure to find a few at a discounted cost.
Team Tip: Visit grocery stores Saturday and Sunday mornings at first opening for the best daily bakery and meat specials before the inventory is sold out. Don't forget to use technology to cut your technology bill .
Host a Wonderful Watch Party
Can't make it to the game? Still need to see all the action?
Host your football watch party with your budget in mind. Assign specific food responsibilities for your guests to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. If you don't want to do the cooking, look for new restaurants and smaller mom-and-pop establishments in your area that do catering. The new locations often offer special catering promotional deals to help build their consumer base, while the mom-and-pop stores often have lower overhead costs for better prices.