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Light Up This Fourth of July with These Low-Cost Ideas

June 29, 2018 | By Daniel Dewitt

July 4th is the perfect occasion to catch up with friends and family at a backyard barbecue. But if you’re the one stuck paying for the food and drinks, it could quickly turn into an expensive get-together. Don’t let this year’s Fourth of July festivities leave you reaching out for an installment loan to cover the cost. Here’s a few smart and easy ways to light up your Independence Day without blowing your budget.

Have a Potluck

If it’s your turn to host the Fourth of July party this year, you don’t have to feel pressured to spend half your paycheck to entertain your guests. Instead of buying all the food and drinks yourself, ask everybody who is attending to bring something to the party. To make sure you’ll have everything you’ll need, assign everyone something different that they could bring. This way you don’t end up with 10 bags of chips and one small package of hotdogs.

Wear Red, White and Blue

Don’t go crazy with the USA getup this year. Though you may be tempted to go out and buy a whole new outfit to show off your new Fourth of July spirit, it’s really not necessary. Chances are, you already have a red, white and blue ensemble hanging in your closet that you could pull together. If not, you could always check out the local thrift stores for something with a patriotic appeal. The main point is, don’t spend too much money on something you’re only going to wear once a year at best.

Use Small Fireworks

You don’t have to skip the fireworks entirely this year, but you should really avoid spending hundreds of dollars on something that’s going to go boom and light up the night for a few seconds and then disappear forever. Instead of handling the fireworks yourself this year, why not check out where there’s a fireworks display near you? Local fireworks shows are usually free and you and your family could enjoy a dazzling display while leaving all the dangerous work to the professionals.

Make Your Own Decorations

This is something fun you could do with the kids. They’ll have a blast making star-shaped cutouts with red, white and blue cardboard paper. Find some clever DIY decoration ideas on YouTube or Pinterest. Making your own holiday décor is way more fun and budget-friendly than shopping at the stores for them.

Shop Ahead of Time

Come July 5th, it’s a good idea to stock up on leftover Fourth of July goodies. Clothes, décor, partyware and fireworks will all be marked down. Way down. It is all priced to go, so grab everything you need for a fabulous Fourth of July now and save it for next year. This is clever little life hack that almost everyone thinks about, but almost never remembers to follow through with.

Keep in mind that no matter what you’re celebrating, you don’t have to spend huge amounts of money to make it special. There’s always plenty of ways to have fun while keeping your money in the bank. Use these smart ideas to light up this year’s Fourth of July celebrations without -breaking the bank.