My husband is a big football fan. I am not. And yet, the game is on. And this Sunday, the BIG game is on – the Super Bowl.
If you’re the type of person who only takes a passive interest in the game while other fanatics in your house remain glued to the TV screen, I have some ways you can save money during the Super Bowl.
Stay home. The biggest budget buster on game day is heading to your local bar. You’ll spend a fortune on drinks and food. You can still be social by hosting a potluck gathering of your own for far less money.
Bake your own pizza. Don’t spend your money on delivery when you can make your very own pizza from home. The $5 Dinner Mom has a fabulous homemade pizza dough recipe – just add the toppings! If you’re feeding a crowd, this is a fabulous way to save money. And the best part – everyone gets the kind of pizza they want and you don’t have to wait for the delivery person to arrive!
Clip coupons. I use game time to clip and organize coupons. It’s a mindless activity that I can do and still pay attention to the game (if I want to!). Getting that task done puts me in the position to save money at the stores during the week.
Get organized. How is it that a small pile of mail becomes an avalanche of paper in just a few days? Grab that mountain of papers and sprawl out on the couch (or floor if you need more space), and start going through it. Write out the bills and tackle those little things that need attention. Plan out your weekly (or monthly) menu and write your shopping list. You’ll save money when you’re organized.
Take advantage of freebies and deals. This is one of my favorite things about Super Bowl Sunday! Watch the ads and keep your eyes on the internet. A lot of companies offer freebies and deals during the Super Bowl ads. In years past, I’ve seen some great freebies like free pancakes, soda, snacks, deodorant and more!
Pay attention to the advertising. Super Bowl ads are insanely priced – with advertisers paying $3 million dollars (or more!) for a 30 second spot. At that price, they should be entertaining and effective. Watch the ads closely. What works? What doesn’t? When you are are more aware of the tricks advertisers use to get you to buy, you become a more savvy consumer. Savvy consumers save money at the store.
I’m a great believer in the art of making use of time that may have been previously wasted. If you’re just not that into the game, these simple tasks can give you something to do during the Super Bowl that can help you start your week off on the right financial foot.
So will you watch the Super Bowl? Or will you be tackling some money-saving projects?
About Christina Brown
Christina is a wife and mother dedicated to figuring out how to live a simpler, happier life on a budget.