Tips for Affordable Tailgating

Have some fun and save some money while tailgating this season.

Have some fun and save some money while tailgating this season.

Autumn is a favorite season for many folks and we have a pretty good guess on why that is: it’s football season! Whether you are a Packer fan, Badger fan or even a Vikings fan, tailgating is a part of what makes going to football games so enjoyable. However, hosting a tailgate for not only one game, but for multiple games can become very costly, very quickly.

Timberwood Bank offers you ideas on how to save while tailgating this football season:

  1. Buy in Bulk – If you plan to tailgate for as many games as you can, consider buying in bulk when purchasing items like meat, plates, napkins and silverware. It may cost more up front, but will save you in the end if you plan to tailgate for lots of games.
  2. Homemade meals – If you are planning to bring a lot of food to a tailgate, your best bet to save on costs is by making your dishes at home from scratch. Although prepared food bought from the store is more convenient, these food items can be expensive and add up quickly leaving you spending way more than you initially planned.
  3. DIY Decorations – Around this time each year, stores start selling game day apparel and decorations. Although these items are tempting, it can be costly to buy all of your game day decorations from the store. If you want to spruce up your tailgate with some decorations, look into DIY projects and crafts instead of buying them straight from the shelf.
  4. Team up – Instead of having one person in charge of food and drinks, talk with your friends and family about bringing a dish of their own to the tailgate. You can never go wrong with “potluck style”!

We hope that your favorite team has a great season and, more importantly, that you have lots of fun while saving at your game day tailgate!


Timberwood Bank, member FDIC