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How to Keep Expenses Low on Football Sunday

The school year has officially started, and while everything else is beginning to fall into place, it’s hard to find anyone that isn’t excited for football season! Fans of all ages are already rocking their jerseys and fantasy football players are excited to see what their teams will bring them this season. Now let’s not forget about what comes along with football sundays, which is the abundance of delicious food. This includes, but isn’t limited to pizza, wings, chips, dip, beer, beer, and more beer.

For my college students on a budget, don’t you fret. Although it may not be mom’s homemade mac and cheese baking in the oven, there are some quick and cheap alternatives to ensuring all of your favorite snacks make it to the table on football sunday. Each recipe below can feed an average of 5 people, or 3 hungry and hungover college students.

 

Buffalo Chicken Dip. $18.74

A crowd favorite, no doubt. The recipe below can be credited to www.franksredhot.comfor supplying a quick and easy recipe that requires ingrediants you may already have laying around. Please note that some of the items listed are Shoprite brand to reduce prices.

  • 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened = $1.99

  • 1/2 cup blue cheese or ranch salad dressing = $1.67

  • 1/2 cup FRANK’S® REDHOT® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce or Buffalo Wing Sauce = $3.39

  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese or shredded mozzarella cheese = $2.29

  • 2 cans (12.5 oz. each) Chunk Chicken Breast = $1.88 (5) = $9.40


For the full recipe, check out it out here!

Mexican Bean Dip. $11.24

This next appetizer comes from an old secret recipe. Just kidding, but it is one of those things that tastes best when your mom makes it. What you’ll need is…

    • 1 bag Tostitos = $3.79

    • 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened = $1.99

  • 15 oz. Chili with beans = $1.67

  • ½ Jar mild salsa = $1.50

  • 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese $2.29

Spread the cream cheese on the bottom of the baking pan, layer (in the order above), bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted, and enjoy!

Pigs in a Blanket. $7.19

  • 14 oz. Nathan’s Famous Beef Cocktail Franks = $4.69

  • 8 oz. Pillsbury crescent rolls = $2.50

Cut crescent into triangles, roll up hot dog, bake, and vuala!

 

Sunday Funday.

Although these recipes require minimum work, we all know the laziness of a Sunday afternoon. Look out for group deals and student discounts from local pizza parlors and other food places that survive off of college students. Chains like Domino’s or Pizza Hut always have something to offer when it comes to feeding a large group of people.

Another great idea is to host a football sunday, and ask each of your guests to bring a little something. This way you can take turns with your friends who will supply the snacks and who will get the week off. Then, when it’s your turn to provide the apps, try one of the easy recipes above and split the cost with a friend. Or, have one buy and one bake.

As provided above, there are many solutions to keeping Sunday Funday well, fun, but also delicious and fulfilling without burning holes through your wallet. Or now that I think about it, burning your house down if this is your first time using an oven.

Please share any recipes you would suggest to other football fans below. Also don’t forget to include who you’re rooting for this season!

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