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 San Francisco 49ers fan, a Kansas City Chiefs fan or none of the above, there’s no hiding from the “big game.”
Come Sunday, football lovers, pizza eaters and nearly 100 million others will come together in celebration of the game, the food, the Jennifer Lopez/Shakira 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 food, televisions and video games.
How to Save Money on Your Super Bowl Party
Whether you’re a football fanatic or just love a good time, you don’t have to bust your budget to throw a swinging shindig. Here are a few of our favorite ways to save on your Super Bowl party.
Save Major Dough on Pizza (and Other Snacks)
Whether you’re hosting friends or spending the evening solo, eating is a game day priority. Look for promo codes on sites like RetailMeNot (here’s a link to their pizza promo codes) to discover deals on bulk orders of pies. At Cicis Pizza, you can grab three large one-topping pizzas for $15 with this coupon, for instance.
For other cheap snacks to round out the lineup, check out these cheap Super Bowl snacks.
And if you’re looking to class up the joint a bit, you can also present this charcuterie board that you can throw together for less than $25.
Score a Deal on a TV Upgrade
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.
People will buy TVs specifically for the game and then return them after. Say what you will about this practice, but it could mean open-box deals on returned merchandise if you’re willing to wait.
Even if you’re not looking to splurge, there’s still good news: Electronics deals aren’t just reserved for Black Friday.
Retailers know that the newest TVs and other electronics are revealed at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in early January. This makes January the best time to buy a TV, thanks to major discounts — as long as you don’t sweat the new, fancy models too much.
Save on Video Games That Put You Closer to the Action
Being part of the big game action in Miami might be slightly out of reach: Tickets are a few thousand dollars. 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.
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.