The Best Tailgating Ideas
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What NFL fans spend on tailgating
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Who doesn’t love a good tailgate party?

With an estimated 50 million tailgaters in the U.S. that spend up to $12 billion a year

It’s no wonder that many people refer to it as America’s second-favorite pastime.

And just how stand-alone popular is tailgating?

Why as many as 35% of tailgaters never even enter the stadium to watch the game, choosing instead to live it up out in the parking lot.

But is it a deal breaker?

According to this, the average fan spends $198 per game on tailgating.

Now as a stand-alone cost, that’s not too bad when you consider that you can easily drop 200 bucks at a restaurant.

But when you pile that on top of the $920 that the average family spent (2015) on a single game, well, it can be a real deal breaker.

Unless you’re this person, a tailgate party is the most fun you can have with your pants on, so it would be a damn shame to miss out on the ultimate NFL game day experience just because of the money.

What you need is some tailgating ideas that are frugal, yet fun… cheap, but not embarrassing.

What you need are…

Tailgating ideas that will save you money

  • Use your meat wisely.   Sorry Miley Cyrus - meat is a tailgating essential, and most NFL fans love a good cut of steak. But that doesn't mean that you should serve filet mignon all the time.

    • Tip #1: Dry brining. Despite what you may read, salting your steaks does not perform miracles, but done right, it will make a lesser cut taste more expensive.
    • Tip #2: Use different grades of ground beef. Leaner may be healthier, but it’s also more expensive and not always necessary. Beef with a higher fat content may be optimal for certain recipes.

  • Buy a tailgate grill that’s functional.  Well jeez, how else are you going to cook all that great food? Tip: Unless you're all that, save the top-of-the-line Weber for your backyard and base your selection more on portability than functionality. Learn how to find the perfect tailgate grill..

  • Scale down the games.  Unless you play in professional tournaments, why shell out big bucks for a regulation-size cornhole board or beer pong table? At 3/4 scale, the smaller versions aren't that much smaller but they are that much cheaper. More on tailgating games.

  • Brew your own beer.  Home brewed beer not only tastes better, it's cheaper and easier to make than you might think. Read all about it here.

  • Do it yourself.  Whether it’s brewing your own beer or building your own cornhole set or barbecue smoker, doing it yourself will not only save you money, it’s extremely satisfying. Get the 411 on DIY.

The best tailgate parties need the best tailgate party gear. Find incredibly useful, yet affordable, tailgating accessories here.

Stop freezing your a** off!  Stay warm with these cold weather tailgate food ideas.


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