The Super Bowl is just around the corner, and you've decided to host a party for all of your friends, but how can you cut the costs of your soiree while making sure that it's still a win?
Well, when it comes to certain food items, you're going to be paying more than you did last year. According to the Christian Science Monitor, chicken wings have gone up by 52 percent in 2012, which means buffalo wings are going to cost you more in 2013. This is due to a high demand and shortage of product.
One way to save a few bucks is to make your own wings at home. Buy family packs of bone-in pieces, and bake them in your oven using this Kitchen Daily recipe. This way, you can make them as hot or mild as you like. However, the money you save may not be worth the time spent away from the game.
Pizza has not seen a rise in the last year, so serving your guests some non-inflated slices during halftime is another great option. Pizza Hut is offering its $10-for-any-pizza deal for another year in a row, and better yet, the company has a $10 Dinner Box that includes a medium pizza, breadsticks and cinnamon sticks. Order a few of these and you'll have dinner and dessert covered.
To save more on crudite platters, make them yourself. Supermarkets charge a 40 percent markup when it comes to pre-cut platters, which is money you could be spending somewhere else. The beauty of making your own spreads is that they can be prepared ahead of time, and you can include all the veggies and dips you like instead of being cornered into what the grocery store offers.
As for decorations, head to the dollar store. Here, you can grab utensils, napkins and plates at bargain prices. Stick with team colors instead of team-branded items and you'll save even more, as products with logos are usually much more expensive. With a little prep and forethought, you'll be able to save some cash and score great deals on game day.