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Summer barbecue on a budget

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — With school soon out for summer, outdoor activities are getting into full swing. One fun summer time activity is outdoor grilling. Barbecues are a great way to celebrate summer holidays such as Independence Day, Father’s Day, Labor Day, or to simply celebrate the carefree days of summer. Even if you are on a tight budget, a laid-back backyard barbecue is an inexpensive way to enjoy time with friends and family.

To save money without sacrificing all the fun follow these tips for a budget friendly barbecue:

The meat: One way to keep costs low is to choose only one protein to serve. If hot dogs are on sale at the grocery store, grill hot dogs and set up a hot dog ‘bar’ with all the popular toppings. Also save money by being resourceful and using what you already have on hand. Grill chicken or shrimp if that is what you have. Keeping it simple with only one main protein saves time and money.

Side dishes: Potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans are all popular and fairly inexpensive barbecue side dishes. However, if you are looking to keep things easy and inexpensive, stick with fresh veggies. Summertime means an overwhelming amount of fresh, seasonal vegetables which are available at low prices. Corn on the cob, zucchini and squash all grill beautifully.

Dessert: With fresh summer fruit available try grilling some peaches, making a cobbler or simply enjoying some fresh berries with homemade whipped cream.

Beverages: Lemonade and ice tea are extremely inexpensive and will keep your guests cool in the heat of the summer. If you are looking for a cost-effective way to serve alcoholic beverages, choose one variety of beer to serve, one specialty drink or ask guests to bring their own.

Serving: While paper plates and plastic cups may be convenient for gatherings, they add extra unnecessary costs. Using what you have on hand will keep your shopping list down to the essentials.

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