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Tips on Grilling for a crowd on a budget

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With the summer well under way and the weather looking like it may stay a bit-at least here in the Pacific NW- grilling is a great way to get groups together and eat while visiting. Grilling outdoors keeps crowds out of the kitchen and also allows the adults to keep a closer eye on the kids who love to run and be outside. If you have ever hosted a BBQ at your home or park the costs can add up fast if you get too carried away. All summer long my husbands company does BBQ’s at each stores location nationwide for their commercial accounts and he organizes them for his region. They cook a large amount of food in a short time span and it is always a hit and goes flawlessly. We also love to BBQ at home for family and friends. Now is a great time to offer tips on grilling for a large crowd on a budget with Albertsons Banner stores Anniversary sale. You can save huge on great grilling foods like Pepsi, chicken breast and more!


Go Potluck

The best way to save while hosting a BBQ is to make it a potluck meal. Asking everyone to bring salads, chips and fruit will save you time and money. When I host a potluck I always provide the main coarse or meat as the host should and I also offer to provide beverages so that I know I have a good balance of adult and kid beverages for everyone to stay hydrated. To have others be responsible for making salads and cutting fruit will allow you more time to prepare the main coarse.

Prepare your food the day before

There is no worse feeling than realizing you are missing ingredients for a meal shortly before guests arrive. This typically means sending someone to the closest store for you to overpay for an item because you need it fast and the gas station is closer and carries the ingredient you need. Prices on certain foods like spices and dairy can vary within several dollars each depending on what store you head to. Having a plan and a grocery list, checking coupons and grocery specials like the Safeway, Albertsons, Vons and other Banner stores Anniversary sale will lead you to the best deals.




Easy meal planning

While shopping my local Safeway store’s Anniversary sale, I was able to score chicken breast at $1.79/lb. Time to stock up! This was great because one of the easiest BBQ meals you can make ahead of time is taking the chicken breast and sprinkling a bit of seasoning salt on them and fill a gallon ziploc bag with as many chicken breasts as will fit, pour in some Italian dressing, seal the bag and put in the fridge. By the time you grab these bags of chicken out the next day, they are well marinated and ready to throw on the grill. The flavor and juices that come off these marinated chicken breasts are delicious. 

My Safeway store also had Pepsi 24 packs on sale for only $5.88 each when you buy 2! That gives you 4 dozen cans of Pop which is plenty for a crowd for under $12. If you want variety, you can also score deals like Gatorade for $3.99 and 8 pack when you buy 5. That’s 40 bottles for under $20.

Because the Anniversary sale at these Albertsons Banner stores are full of deals, you can even pick up your Italian salad dressing for the chicken marinade at a deal. Dressings are part of the Buy 5 Save 5 deals in this sale. You can also throw some bags of chips out as an appetizer for low cost as I found chip specials as low as $1.99 on popular brands! 

You do not have to go overboard when grilling for guests. Get everyone to bring a dish, shop the sales, prepare for the meal ahead of time and you you will have a better chance of staying on track within a reasonable budget! The Albertsons Banner stores Anniversary Sale deals are happening now through August 11, 2015! Stock up on that chicken and soda now! 

Shop the HUGE Anniversary sale and stock up on your favorite brands 7/29-8/11. What will you stock up on?

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