How to Tailgate on a Budget

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September equals college football season and there is no better way to spend a Saturday than to tailgate before the game. Tailgating has a rich tradition in Iowa, from grilling out to tossing bean bags while playing corn hole. Whether you’re a Hawkeye, Cyclone or Panther fan, tailgating is the heart and soul of pregame festivities.

State Bank is always looking for ways to save you money and time, so we are bringing you ways to tailgate on a budget and a few recipes that can serve a crowd for under $1 per serving.

How to Tailgate on a Budget:

  1. Plan ahead and make foods that are cost friendly to your budget. Deviled eggs are easy to make and many people love them. At about nine cents per serving, you can’t go wrong with whipping up a dozen.
  2. Skip the meat. Meat is typically the most expensive part of a tailgate, so why not skip it for a game and see how much you can save. You can still have cost effective meats like little Smokey’s, but skip burgers and see how much you save.
  3. When you skip the meat, no one will notice if you have several dips, a breakfast casserole, or nachos. Everyone loves these food items and they won’t notice that there are no burgers.
  4. Make a large batch of chili. Chili can feed a group of people without breaking the budget. Test out your favorite recipes and you can bring a crock pot to your tailgate. It is perfect for the colder fall mornings.
  5. Have a pot luck style tailgate. What’s it hurt to ask your family and friends to bring a side dish or two? This way you will have more fun enjoying the party than preparing all of the dishes yourself.

Tailgating is a long standing tradition all across Iowa, so keep it going with your budget. Enjoy tailgating and football season this fall. We know all of us at State Bank certainly will!


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