San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) May 24, 2013
Memorial Day weekend - the unofficial start of the American summer - is finally upon us. For most Americans, the long weekend means celebration, reflection, sunshine, family, friends and ... barbecue!
For consumers hosting the main culinary event this upcoming holiday weekend, Creditnet.com - an online authority on personal finance tips - reveals 5 ways Americans can save on Memorial Day BBQ festivities.
Check out the 5 money-saving tips below before rushing off to the grocery store this holiday weekend.
1.) Buy in bulk
Costco and Sam's club members are quite familiar with the advantages to buying in bulk. Be it hot dogs, burgers, buns or all of the above, buying big is the economist-backed way to save, especially for consumers that plan on feeding the entire extended family this weekend.
For consumers that are privy to the benefits of bulk saving at Costco, Creditnet recommends applying for the TrueEarnings® Card from Costco and American Express, which requires no annual fee with a paid Costco membership. Costco memberships start at $55 a year.
Buy big and pay less when purchasing in bulk this holiday weekend.
2.) Make it a Potluck
Then again, consumers can also pass off some the expenses to those attending by making it a potluck-style Memorial Day BBQ.
Odds are that friends, family and neighbors are going to show up at the front door with contributions, anyway; why not prepare the smart way by making it an official potluck to avoid doubling up on items?
Potlucks foster sharing, creativity, community and usually some really good food. Cut costs by making this Memorial Day celebration one in which everyone contributes.
3.) Pay with a cash back card
Some cash back credit cards reward more than others when it comes to BBQ-friendly purchases like gas and groceries. For example, the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express offers 6 percent cash back at US supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases. That means cardholders checking out at the local supermarket this holiday weekend will earn 6 cents for every dollar spent on groceries, assuming the $6,000 cap hasn't been met yet.
Another card, the BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Credit Card, offers 2 percent on groceries and 3 percent on gas for the first $1,500 in combined purchases each quarter.
Other cash back cards - like Discover it® - are currently offering 5 percent cash back on up to $1,500 in home improvement purchases through June, 2013 in case consumers need to tidy up the premises before the big BBQ.
4.) Get coupon-savvy
The holiday weekend is a hotbed for great sales at local supermarkets. Make a list, check it twice, and leaf through the usually annoying stack of mailbox coupons to get a feel for the best available deals this Memorial Day.
A list is crucial, and don't forget to carry a membership card for the best possible deals. Stay focused, don't stray from the plan, and keep those coupons crisp upon checkout.
5.) Not everyone needs a steak
The key to saving money on Memorial Day shopping goods is to stick to the affordable foods. Yeah, it would be awesome to provide everyone who wants them with their own steak tips, but ultimately it's not sensible. And who wants to get stuck at the grill all day taking well-done or medium-rare orders? No thanks.
Stick with the old-time American favorites - hot dogs, burgers, veggies and pasta salad. Not only are all of the above delicious, they give vegetarians some filling options, too; Veggie burgers are also a popular and inexpensive alternative to red meat.
Go the traditional route and save some money using the above tips for a BBQ this Memorial weekend.
For more information regarding personal finance and money saving tips, contact Creditnet Vice President Jason Bushey on Google+.