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We cram a lot of parties into just a few weeks at the end of the year. I really do love it! I try to host a few parties: one with my friends/neighbors, one for some friends from church, and even a cookie exchange. It can become very expensive, especially this time of year.
I don’t want to go over budget because I love all these parties. So I have come up with a few things that I do to make sure I can host a few parties and not spend a fortune.
How To Plan A Holiday Party On A Budget
Make a Menu:
Pick easy to prepare foods that have budget-friendly ingredients. Make your list but first shop your pantry. You may be surprised how many items you already have in your house. Watch the sales ad and head to the store to grab the items you need when they are at the best price.
The easiest way for me to save money is with Hopster Mobile Rebates. It’s the best app I have used to get paid for items I have on my list.
When you open the Hopster app – there is a large variety of brands and products.
You can shop at your favorite store – I had 10 stores listed – grocery, drug and mass merchandise store. Once you get home, take a picture of your receipt that shows the items you purchased.
Hopster doesn’t just have grocery rebates. They also have rebates for beauty essentials, appliances, pet supplies and new products you’ll want to try.
You don’t need to wait to reach a limit. You can cash out your rebates to your PayPal account as soon as the redemption is validated.
Say “No” To Disposable Products:
Using disposable products is easy. But it’s expensive – unless there is a rebate on the Hopster App. I love to bring out all my colorful plates and silverware for the party. I also have a set of white cloth napkins that I have available for my guests. It only takes a few extra minutes to load everything into the dishwasher and washing machine, and it will save you a lot of money in your budget.
Let Others Help:
You don’t have to be the only one providing all the food. When you make your menu, jot down a list of some of the items your friends can bring. Even simple items like soda or items for a coffee bar helps.
Inexpensive appetizers vs. full meals:
When I host a party, I would rather spend time mingling with the guests. When you serve a full meal, it feels more formal. Plus the cost is much more. My menu usually consists of several appetizers, and as many cookies I can manage to bake before the party. You can make really good appetizers that cost just a few bucks! Below is my recipe for Sweet & Spicy Chipotle Spread. It costs about $5. There are no fancy ingredients, and it takes about 5 minutes to prepare. It could be even cheaper if you find a good sale and a rebate on the Hopster App.
Sweet & Spicy Chipotle Spread
- 1 8oz bar of cream cheese, softened
- 2-4 canned chipotle peppers (in adobo sauce), seeds removed
- 1 teaspoon of the adobo sauce in the can of chipotle
- 1-18oz Jar strawberry preserves
- butter crackers
- Add the cream cheese, chipotles, and adobo sauce to a food processor. Pulse until it is completely mixed.
- Add to a small serving bowl on a serving platter. Add the strawberry preserves into another small bowl next to the cream cheese mixture.
- Put out crackers and enjoy!
To recap: Once you have your menu, save every cent you can with sales and the Hopster App – This app is going to save you money all year long! It’s simple to use, and you get your cash back fast!
Let others help with some of the supplies and make simple appetizers like Sweet & Spicy Chipotle Spread!
Make sure you enjoy your party~ And let your friends know your little secret…the Hopster App. I am sure they would love to save more when they go to the grocery store!