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How to Prep for Your Big Football Party on a Budget

When it comes to to football, and the big game of the season – what’s your favorite part?… Sure, for some it might be the thrill of the game, rooting for your favorite team, and the excitement of all that football tossin’ action. But for me, the fun comes from great friends, great food, and those awesomely great commercials! {Have you checked out this sweet sneak peek of the new Lone Ranger film commercial, which will debut during the pregame show? I can’t WAIT to see this!!}

Gearing up for our big “Game Day” party

Since my boyfriend is a HUGE football fan {serious Seahawks fan, bummer they didn’t make it…} – and since I’m just a huge fan of entertaining and having an excuse to party on a Sunday – we’re hosting a big shindig here this Sunday, for over a dozen or so friends and family. It was kind of a last-minute decision… Abby and I don’t get out of the house enough, so I’d hoped to party at someone else’s house. But no one else was planning a kid-friendly event, so we’re bringing everyone else who needs one to our casa for the fun! To stock up on just about every single supply that we need for the party, we headed to our local Walgreens a couple of days ago, for serious one-stop-shopping. Check it out…

How to save money at Walgreens

Why Walgreens is perfect pick for party planning

Ok, most of you ladies know that I’m definitely a budget-concious momma. I’m all about finding smart solutions for saving, things that are simple, and that allow me to save on basics so that I have more funds for fun stuff. {Did you know that I have a whole freelance column devoted to Frugal Living?} So one of my super smart tips is to shop Walgreens – If you just think of them as prescriptions, or basic household stuff like cleaners and paper products, then you are totally missing out. They are a serious one-stop-shop for everything you need when party planning. {I’ll show you more in just a minute, if you don’t believe me, so keep reading, nay-sayers…} And while it’s handy to be able to pop in somewhere with no big grocery store lines to shop – the real benefits are from their awesome Balance Rewards card, the helpful savings ads, and the super sweet smartphone app. {Did you know that if you or someone you know is an AARP member, they save extra at Walgreens too?}

Walgreens Nice! basics are super affordable

Walgreens basics are super affordable

How much better can you get than a store brand called “Nice!” – right? I mean, who doesn’t like things that are nice? Well, “Nice!” is the right name for these products: the price is nice, the selection is nice, and the quality is super nice. You can get a 2-liter of soda for less than a buck, they carry an entire line of paper products like napkins and plates, and everything is super affordable. And… If you’re a little skeptical of the quality of a store-brand line of foods, let me just show you the amazing-ness. Right here. Ready for your mouth to water and your belly to rumble?….

The best frozen wings for football parties

The best frozen wings for football parties

Are these seriously delicious looking or what? And – they don’t just LOOK delish, they were amazingly good. Good enough that they totally disappeared during lunch time this week – making my Mister, my nephews {6 and 9}, and my 2 year old little sweetie pie very happy. So – if a food can satisfy these big appetites, and totally diverse tastes, you know they’re a winner with any crowd you’re expecting this Sunday!

How to make a snackadium

Building an Epic Football party

Ok – the next thing that I had to shop for was ingredients for my Snackadium. We made one last year, and not only was it a HUGE hit with our friends, but the post on how to build it was one of my Top 10 Posts last year. And you can pick up all of the supplies that you need to build a Snackadium right at Walgreens – chips, beef jerky, dips, and even disposable baking pans. {You can also get awesome baking gear if you want to make fun football shaped brownies like I plan to make!} Are you ready to see what I’m talking about???….

How to build a snackadium

The Ultimate Football Party Food – The Snackadium!

See – Pretty cool, right? It’s one of those totally fun dishes that everyone will remember. And – it seems crazy to say that a big ol’ extravagant idea like this is budget-friendly, but it really is. One, because the ingredients are very basic. Two, it’s super simple to put together. Three, if you shop Walgreens with the tips that I shared earlier you’ll always get the best deals on your basics by shopping there. AND – because you make one BIG dish like this, you can save money by making everything else really simple. They’ll only remember this cool feature.

Football party foods

Walgreens has everything you need for parties

See – they even have awesome football party dishes too. They’ve got wine, beer, soda, juice, and any type of mixer imaginable. They have foods from chips and dips, to deli meats and cheese, plus desserts. And you save big by combining their app and the wellness card. No wonder they call Walgreens the #HappyHealthy destination! Ready to shop Walgreens too? Follow them on Twitter and Facebook for updates on new products and promotions.

What are your football party plans this weekend? Leave me some comments!

{Disclaimer: I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®  and Walgreens #cbias #SocialFabric.}



  1. I love Walgreens, but I never would have thought to shop for our football party there. I love that you can have a fun and unique party and save at the same time!

  2. You are right, those Nice! appetizers look amazing. I’m going to have to pick up a couple of boxes before Sunday!

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