How to Save Money Tailgating

by Sami

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Whether tailgating at your favorite game or hosting a group at home, I have your top tips for how to save money tailgating this fall!

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My Ultimate Tailgate Tip: How to Save Money Tailgating

Pick a Food Focal Point

Don’t try to cover everything under the sun. Go for one big wow moment (like the Lobster Roll Dip recipe we made on The Sami Cone Show) and then supplement with staples like chips. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your guests to bring their favorite dish over too!

Stock Up on Sales

Let the sales dictate what you serve. Canned tomatoes on sale? Consider making homemade salsa or an easy crockpot marinara sauce for bite-size meatballs. 

And don’t just shop the grocery stores: consider drugstores and even gas stations like MAPCO for your game day necessities. 

Right now, MAPCO has some great tailgating essentials on sale:
– Any size coffee $.99 with MAPCO MY Reward$ Card
– Reese’s King Size Buy 1, Get 1 for $1 with MAPCO MY Reward$ Card
– Mt Dew/Pepsi 12/15 Pack 2 for $9 and earn 200 Points with MAPCO MY Reward$ Card

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Take Advantage of Free Events at the Game

Whether college or professional, many teams offer free events for fans before their games. Here are just some of the experiences available before a Titans home game:

  • Delta Dental Smile Zone: Open 2 hours before the game and located next to Lot D. Extremely kid-friendly – we have inflatables, slides, field goal kicking games and more
  • Black Tie Moving 40-yard dash for kids/adults alike (NE side of stadium)
  • Zipline experience south of the stadium
  • TitanUp Tailgate – Live Music Each Week, Titans Radio Pregame Broadcast, Food Trucks, Discounted Beer and Soft Drinks, Titans Tailgate Games – Cornhole, Jenga, Connect Four, Interactive Photo Opportunities, Face Painters and Balloon Artists
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The Titans also just announced their new Titans Tailgate Lounge package, which fans would purchase in addition to a game ticket and is all-inclusive of music, Martin’s BBQ catering and an open bar. It will be on the south side of the stadium and be available beginning at the Buccaneers game on 10/27.

Tailgate at Home (or at Your Kids’ Home Game!)

Who says tailgating has to be at a stadium? While it’s fun to be there in person, don’t ignore the opportunity to create a party at home or, better yet, at one of your kids’ or friends’ games. Between all the football, soccer and baseball games going on right now, there is ample opportunity to open up your home, set up a tent, or throw open your hatchback to create community.

Keep Everyone Entertained

As important as food is, make sure you have ample viewing area to watch the game, plus activities for those who are just there to socialize. Plus consider creating a kids’ area with games and coloring. If the weather is nice, have a football and cornhole outside for everyone to make some plays of their own.

So there you have it, some of my top tips for how to save money tailgating. If you’re looking for more ways to tailgate on a budget, check out some of these posts:

Watch the segment on The Sami Cone Show below:

What are your favorite tailgating tips?

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