Father’s Day falls on the first day of summer this year, creating the perfect combination for a backyard BBQ celebration. From hamburgers and hotdogs to tater tots and beer, there’s no better way to show the leading man in your life how much you care than with his favorite meal.
While Dad is worth every penny, he likely doesn’t want you to spend a lot on his big day. Afterall, he’s the one who taught you the importance of retirement savings and managing your spending. Luckily, hosting a backyard party doesn’t have to be expensive if you plan well. Just follow these tips for a frugal-yet-fun BBQ this Father’s Day.
1. Pre-make your patties.
Buying pre-made burger patties might be tempting from a time standpoint, but preparing them yourself will save you money and flavor! With the price of ground beef by the pound at an average of $4.25, it’s really not that expensive to start from scratch and prepare a bunch of grill-ready patties. Even store-brand pre-made patties can go for as much as $10 for just four burgers! Whipping up hamburger patties is also a good activity for kids to help with, and when you make your own you can add your own seasonings for a better flavored burger.
2. Pick up finger foods from warehouse club stores.
While cooking and baking from scratch is the best way to save, if you’re a newbie or don’t have time it can backfire. Pick up appetizers and frozen finger foods for 30% savings at warehouse stores like Costco. If you’re preparing food for a large amount of people and can’t afford a caterer, this is the way to go. Buying in bulk will always save you more in the long run, and leftovers that can be frozen put you ahead for next time.
3. Look for manager markdowns.
To save on meat, peruse the manager’s markdowns at your local grocery store for savings on all cuts. Since these packages are close to their expiration date, butchers want to get them off store shelves before they go bad. They’re perfectly safe to consume when you prepare them right away, so shop this section right before your BBQ! Otherwise, consider swapping out less-expensive cuts of meat. For example, a tri-tip steak is a less-costly alternative to a rib-eye, offering tender meat without the hefty price tag.
4. Make your own marinade.
Concocting your own marinade is an easy and delicious way to get the flavors you want without paying for expensive plastic or glass bottles. Top-of-the-line marinades can sell for as much as $30, and cheaper marinades are often lacking in flavor or taste too sweet. Ultimately, nothing compares to the taste of fresh ingredients! If you have just a little oil and vinegar and basic spices like onion and garlic, the rest is fairly easy! Find recipes online or try your hand at creating a signature marinade!
5. Don’t pay for convenience.
Unfortunately, the pre-chopped and pre-cut options for fruit and veggies is marked up anywhere from 60 to 300%. That means you’ll need to do a little prep work yourself to save money. Simply carve out some time on Saturday to do all your chopping and slicing so that there’s less work on Sunday and more time for fun with the fam.
6. Seek out seasonal produce.
Summer is a great time to pick up popular fruits and veggies for less, including cherries, cucumber, strawberries, bell pepper, watermelon, corn cobs and more. Stick to the in-season produce for the best value (and taste!), and compare grocery store circulars to find the best price.
7. Save on beer, wine and spirits.
Put the finishing touches on a patio get-together with the necessary libations! You may be surprised to learn you can find coupons for liquor in addition to shopping sales. For example, the grocery section of CouponSherpa.com has several coupons for popular liquor brands, including $2 off Tanqueray gin. What better patio treat than a crisp gin and tonic? You can also save up to $2 off Ketel 1, Smirnoff, Crown Royal and Captain Morgan depending on your dad’s preferences.
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SpaceX Is Sending A Japanese Billionaire On A Trip Around The Moon
A few days back, SpaceX tweeted that they had signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard their BFR launch vehicle, with a cryptic Japanese flag emoji providing the only clue as to who the passenger might be.
Today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to the stage at a press event at SpaceX’s headquarters and announced that Japanese fashion magnate Yusaku Maezawa would be the first person to make the journey around the moon. The BFR Lunar Mission will last an estimated four to five days and will take place as early as 2023.
Maezawa is the 42-year-old Japanese billionaire founder of the custom clothing online retailer ZOZO, with a reported net worth of $3.6 billion. Needless to say, he’s got the wherewithal to afford such an extravagant expenditure.
“Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon,” Maezawa said during the press conference. “Just staring at the moon fueled my imagination; it’s always there and has continued to inspire humanity. That is why I do not pass up this opportunity to see the moon up close.”
But that’s not all. Maezawa is inviting six to eight artists from around the world to join him on this mission to the Moon. The billionaire said he will invited painters, sculptors, musicians, and architects from around the world. Upon their return all he requests is that they create a work of art using their stellar trek as inspiration.
“These artists will be asked to create something when they return to Earth,” said Maezawa. “These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer inside all of us. Needless to say, we’ve always been inspired by the Moon. Take for example, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and The Beatles’ Mr. Moonlight.”
If successful, Maezawa and the people who join him will be the first humans to travel to the Moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972. But before history is made, the BFR needs to be constructed, and they’ve got five years to do so. An ambitious time table, but Musk and team believe they can do it.
The BFR Lunar Mission is the first step in Elon Musk’s master plan, as he wants humanity “to become a multi-planet civilization as soon as possible” and that he hopes to “make people excited about the future.”
Mission accomplished Elon, 2023 can’t get here soon enough!
You’ll Never Run Out Of Power Again With The 20,100 mAh Novoo AC Power Bank
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Omars Electronics, but all thoughts are our own.
How many of you suffer from charge anxiety, worried about one of your devices (phone, tablet, laptop, etc) running out of juice when you’re out and about? We’ve all been there, frantically searching for a free outlet to plug into and get charged up.
As someone who travels frequently, this is something I constantly struggle with, as it’s easy to drain your battery on a cross-country flight while playing Candy Crush or watching movies… especially if the airplane you’re on doesn’t have a USB port or power outlet.
To combat this, I always travel with a “pocket power bank”, which can charge up my phone or tablet in an emergency. But they’re not good for much else, as these little power banks simply don’t have a lot of juice, not to mention the fact that you can’t charge other devices, like your laptop (assuming it doesn’t draw too much wattage), DSLR, Bluetooth headphones, or drone.
So what’s the alternative? The 20,100 mAh Novoo AC Power Bank is your energy solution to keep your laptops, tablets, smartphones and other digital devices charged anytime, anywhere. Not only is that a CRAZY amount of battery capacity (enough to charge a smartphone more than five times), but you can charge multiple devices at once, and it supports three different types of ports: USB, USB-C, and an AC outlet.
It’s that last one that had me perk up and take notice, as I am rarely able to get through a long flight without my laptop running out of juice. With the Novoo AC Power Bank, I can plug in my laptop when I’m running low on juice and keep on going. It’s also handy if you’re traveling abroad and don’t want to buy a power adapter, or if you’re camping out in the woods. Simply charge this bad boy up before your trip, and use it to recharge your devices instead.
This actually would have been a lifesaver when I visited London last year, as I totally forgot to pack a power adaptor in my haste. Both my laptop and GoPro ran out of juice while I was out there, and I had no way of charging them back up. But if I had the Novoo AC Power Bank with me, I would have been good to go. Talk about a rookie mistake!
Best of all, the Novoo AC Power Bank won’t take up a lot of room in your backpack, as it’s only a little bigger than a soda can, measuring in at 80mm x 80mm x 155mm and weighing just 2.12 pounds. So what are you waiting for? If you’re constantly worried about running out of power, pick up the Novoo AC Power Bank (using coupon code NOVOOESS for 15% off) and leave that charge anxiety behind.
While you’re at it, make sure you check out the other sweet gear that Omars Electronics offers for power users, like their Omars 10-Port Hub (use coupon code OMARS10P for 15% off) and the Omars Beast – a crazy huge capacity 26,800 mAh 90 watt AC power bank (use coupon code NOVOOTPB for 10% off).
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Here’s Your Chance To Shop Local While Giving Back To A Worthy Cause
There’s no question that online retailers like Amazon have changed the game, allowing people to purchase virtually anything with the simple click of a button, and have it delivered within a few days. It’s super convenient for sure, but at what cost?
Over the years, we have seen these massive companies put the little Mom & Pop shops out of business. But fear not, because today’s younger generation is looking to change of all of that, all while giving back to some worthy causes.
Currently, 75% of millennial consumers consider it very important to support brands that give back to society, and 37% of those same consumers are more likely to buy items associated with a particular cause. And they want to support the Maker Movement by purchasing unique and innovative products made by inventors, designers, engineers, artists and true craftsman.
One company helping to facilitate this movement is IndieDoGood.com, which helps connect small businesses with consumers through their website, with tons of unique and innovative products to choose from. And best of all, they donate 5% of your total purchase price to your favorite charity. Seriously, how great is that?
You can check out this video to learn more about the IndieDoGood story.
The company was founded by Ron and Sue Otten, driven by their passion for giving back to charities and local communities along with their desire to provide an environment where entrepreneurs can tell their story, quickly go to market, and bring high-quality, artisanal products to shoppers around the world.
Here are a few products on IndieDoGood.com that caught our attention:
Shore Boards started by building hollow-wood paddle boards, that can even be customized and are gorgeous pieces of art. These top-quality boards are handmade for all types of board sports including Stand Up Paddle Boards, Longboards, and Wakesurf boards. This video gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the way these boards are made and provides some insights to this home-grown artisan company.
MotionWise Standing Desk
Studies have long shown many health disadvantages of prolonged sitting, they call it “Sitting Disease”. As someone who spends most of my day sitting in front of a computer screen, I could definitely benefit from MotionWise’s creatively-designed standing desks that provide improved blood flow throughout your body, increased energy, better posture, while actually helping you to burn more calories while working.
Hammer Head Swim Caps
Hammer Head Swim Caps is the world’s ONLY protective swim cap. Did you know that water sports have more ER visits than football, rugby, and hockey? Hammer Head swim caps protect swimmers thanks to a patent-pending layer of honeycomb material inside the cap that helps to absorb and dissipate the shock of impact with the wall and other swimmers.
These are just a few examples from the ever-growing catalog of unique products available for purchase from IndieDoGood.com. So what do you say, who’s ready to support the Maker Movement while doing some good for your favorite charity?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by IndieDoGood, but all opinions are my own.