Keep Super Bowl Sunday Fun, Safe and Affordable

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union
Last year 114.4 million tuned into the big game, making the Super Bowl the most watched event in American history (as well as getting more people to bet than any other event in American sports). If you’re throwing a Super Bowl party this year, following are some tips to make your event one to remember, without going broke.

Serve Casual Food

No one expects fine dining at a Super Bowl party, so keep the food casual by serving items that don’t require a lot of attention. For instance, instead cooking burgers on the barbeque opt for pizza that you can pop out of the oven, or better yet have delivered, so you’re not missing the game because you’re outside grilling. Just remember that pizza delivery on game day can take longer than usual.

Better yet, serve appetizers that guests can grab, and even bring, without a lot of fuss. For more ideas and recipes click here.

Make Pools Affordable

If you’re in charge of creating a game day pool, consider your audience. There could be dozens of people at the party, but if many don’t normally watch football chances are they aren’t going to participate in the pool if it costs too much.  You also don’t want to create a pool that has too many squares if your group is small, because you’ll end up trying to buy them all.

Stay Safe

Whether your team is in the big game or not, cheering the game on with a couple of drinks is normal.  However, remember it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to drinking and driving. If you don’t have a designated driver, don’t hesitate to call for a taxi or enlist Uber, now in Nevada. And if you’re the host, remember, you can be held liable if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration site to for more information about staying safe on the roads during Super Bowl time.

Don’t Over Spend

Sure, lots of money gets spent during the Super Bowl, though that doesn’t mean hosting your own party should set you back financially.  Plan your party in advance, including who to invite and how much to spend, and stick to your budget. You can still host a great party without overspending by shopping for supplies and food at discount stores, using coupons for things like pizza, and leveraging the potluck concept so guests also bring food and beverages to share.   

One final tip to keep costs in check: Use your debit card to make your purchases so you’re only spending what you can afford, not adding to your debt. Plus, if you use a debit card that rewards you, like Greater Nevada’s Rock checking account, you can earn rebates along the way!
1/22/16