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How to Host an Affordable Super Bowl Party, Even if You Don’t Care Who Wins
Another year, another Super Bowl. Whether you’re a New England Patriots fan, a Philadelphia Eagles fan or none of the above, there’s no hiding from the “big game.”
In fact, more than 60% of Americans plan to watch. Come Sunday, football lovers, pizza eaters and 100+ million others will come together in celebration of the game, the food, the Justin Timberlake performance, or the excuse to invite friends over and show off a brand-new flat-screen TV.
Whatever your reason to celebrate, you’re probably aware that hosting a Super Bowl party can get expensive. But rather than call a timeout on your festivities, keep reading to score the best game day deals on the most wanted items, including pizza, televisions, video games and sports apparel.
Save Major Dough on Pizza
Whether you’re hosting friends or spending the evening solo, eating is a game day priority. According to the National Restaurant Association, Super Bowl Sunday is the busiest day of the year for pizza. And RetailMeNot is predicting that, on average, game watchers will spend $31 on the cheesy goodness this year. That’s a lot of dough.
Plenty of places want your business, so get smart and save with a pizza promo code. You can find deals at Papa John’s, Pizza Hut and Domino’s. If you’re paying full price for pizza, you’ve already lost the game.
Upgrade Your TV and Score a Deal While You’re at It
Hosting a party for the biggest sporting event of the year requires a decent-size television — or, if you’re living large, more than one television to broadcast the game.
Honestly, even if you’re not looking to splurge, there’s still good news: Electronics deals aren’t just reserved for Black Friday. Retailers are rocking deals that will let you replace your current tech for an agreeable price. Check out Walmart, which has up to 85% off electronics, or try Best Buy for 4K-TV discounts, which you can stack with cash-back offers.
Pro tip: People often buy TVs specifically for the game and then return them immediately after. Say what you will about this practice, but this could mean open-box deals on the returned merchandise for shoppers willing to wait.
Save on Video Games That Put You Closer to the Action
Being part of the big game action in Minneapolis might be slightly out of reach: Tickets are a few thousand dollars, and temperatures might dip below zero. But there’s still another way to feel as if you’re on the sidelines: video games.
The best part is that video games are notoriously discounted during this time of the year. I’ve even heard gamer friends refer to this period as the “release doldrums”: — Companies publish the big name games before the holidays, so they need something to drum up interest once the blockbuster titles have had their run and the industry prepares for spring and summer launches.
Whether you like to get your game on with PlayStation or Xbox, make sure to grab a deal at Target or GameStop before making your purchase.
Shop Fan Apparel at Unbeatable Prices
If you’re looking for outfit inspiration for that game day Instagram post you’re preplanning, keep in mind one important thing: Now is a great time to find spectacular savings on sports apparel. Doesn’t everyone want a cute photo showcasing their team spirit?
Here’s are tips for creating a winning outfit on a dime and avoiding any fashion fumbles:
Step 1: Buy a cute hat at Dick’s Sporting Goods, where select NFL gear is up to 50% off, or go to Fanatics for 20% off.
Step 2: Throw on a pair of your favorite jeans. I suggest going to Macy’s, where you can find top brands and get cash back at the same time.
Step 3: This one is very easy. Add a basic white tee from J.Crew Factory. The top will be high-quality, and the store almost always has a BOGO deal on tees.
Step 4: Throw on a pair of cute kicks, and you’re Super Bowl chic without breaking the bank.
Again, no matter whom or what you’re rooting for (I hold no judgment if the chips and dips are your MVP), you’re now set to host a big game bash in festive — and frugal — style.
Sara Skirboll is a beauty aficionado with an advanced degree in savvy savings. In fact, she's the Shopping & Trends Expert at RetailMeNot.