Yes, it’s that time of year again – summer’s kicked off all across the US and Fourth of July is just around the corner. And whilst throwing a party can be a lot of fun, it can also leave you out of pocket. If you’ve bought a winning ticket with us recently, you won’t have to worry about ending the day out of pocket but for those of you that aren’t millionaires yet, here are five ideas to have a fantastic day without breaking the bank:
- Make your own decorations – Get the kids involved too – buy some red, white and blue cardboard and cut out shapes to make flags and garlands. Pick up some colored balloons too from the 99 cent store – they’re guaranteed to bring some cheer to your 4th July hangout. Decorate red and blue paper napkins with silver stars. And if you need more ideas, check out Pinterest.
- Dress in Red, White and Blue – You don’t need to go out and buy a brand new outfit for this holiday. Just dig deep into your closet and see what you can come up with. Navy trousers, a white shirt and a red hat? Turquoise blue dress, white sandals and a red necklace? Worst case scenario, pop down to the Goodwill Store and rummage around in their bargain bin.
- Host a Potluck – Tell all of your guests to bring something, so no one person ends up broke. Just make sure you organize it beforehand – delegate to make sure you don’t end up with 15 deserts and no beer. If your sister’s great at salads, put her in charge. If your best friend makes a mean home brew, put him in charge of the drinks. You’ll have a great party and even pick up a couple of new recipes…
- Skip the Fireworks – Or don’t skip them, just head down to the local park or town square. Fireworks cost a packet and if you’re not careful can cause a serious accident in your backyard. Take the stress out of the day and go to a public event. You won’t just see fireworks – you can watch parade, listen to a live band or even enter a competition. And many of these events will be free, that’s for sure.
- Make some extra cash – and for those who don’t like parties, it’s a great day to pick up some casual work. Find out if your neighbours are away and need a dog walker. Offer to wait tables at someone else’s party. Babysit kids if their parents want to go out for the night. Put an ad online, or at the local grocery store – you’d be surprised who’ll want your services.
You don’t need a million dollars to enjoy the Fourth of July! Have a great day, whatever you do.