5 Ways to Cut the Cost of Your July 4th Party

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June is coming to a close fast, and that means that it’s almost time to celebrate Independence Day. Yes, the holiday that most people have off from work celebrates the fact that we adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776, which allowed the thirteen colonies to become independent states. For many people, this holiday is about showing how much we love America. For others, it is simply a day to get together with family and friends and have a party.

If your holiday plans include a celebration with others, you are probably planning to spend some money. Depending on how many people you are inviting and where you are having your party, you could be facing a large bill. Everyone likes to get together and celebrate, and July 4th is a great day to do it. You can celebrate and have fun without breaking the bank, though. Here’s how.

1. Set a budget

If you want to cut costs, you need to set a budget. This should be your goal whenever you are planning any type of party, because without a budget, you are liable to spend on a whim. Your party budget might depend on how many people you are having over, because that will affect how much food you need. You should break your budget down to include all the different aspects of your celebration (food, decorations, and anything else you need.) Once you have your budget, make sure you stick to it. If you need to, print it off and bring it to the store with you. Having set numbers for the different aspects of your party will help you spend less money; otherwise, it’s temping to just pick up more and more decorations (or food) in the spirit of throwing a fun get-together.