Ah, 4th of July; a time to sit back, relax and enjoy a great summer day. I’ve had a few great 4th of Julys but they weren’t always cheap. You know, extra food, fireworks, driving somewhere for a party or to hang out with friends. It seems like spending 4th of July with family and friends always becomes a big expense, and of course we don’t really think about it until the next day when we’re hungover, fat from all the eating and our wallets are empty. Well this year I’ve decided to add some green to my 4th of July. Both in my wallet and to the environment.
I don’t know what it is about 4th of July, but people always feel like they have to do something. In 2010, I went skydiving – the best experience of my life, besides my wedding day of course. Not very green if you ask me. It was a 2 hour drive from my house, plus almost $200 to jump out of the plane, plus looking at it from an environmentalist point of view, that plane used up a lot of gas just so that I could have a bit of fun. Plus we had some bbq and a party afterwards so again, not very cheap.
Then we have 2011; that year I went to Pensacola, FL. Also, not very budget friendly. We had hotel costs, plus gas, plus the added activities of being in a cool town.
Last year, 2012, it was surprisingly cheap for my usual 4th of July shenanigans. Mr. CrazyRichLife and I had just gotten married and we were moving in a couple of weeks so we decided that staying home was the best plan.
I had the day off work so I’m pretty sure I just laid around the house watching TV. Pretty big difference in entertainment.
Well it doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t have to have one or the other. You can have a great 4th of July without racking up your spendings and killing your savings.
Food, Drinks and Fireworks oh my!
You don’t have to go somewhere to have an adventure. If you dont’ have the room at home or at a friend’s house, then check out the local community park for some much needed fun. A lot of these places will have grills just waiting to be used. You can also have a more quiet get together in you apartment where you’ll be in the comfort of your air conditioner. Another way to save on your independence day feast is have everyone bring something to the feast. There’s no reason you should have to buy it all yourself. Even if they only bring some soda or beer, or a small side dish; that’s one less thing you have to buy or worry about. Trying buying in bulk as well. That’ll usually save you a few bucks, especially if you have a big party.
For dessert, why don’t you just buy some popsicles or even make your own. 4th of July tends to be pretty hot, so a simple popsicle will be much appreciated. Fruit is also a good dessert option, it’s healthy and they make for great decorations.
Who says you have to have drinks. That is usually one of the biggest expenses at party. Just serve up some nice cold water that will keep everyone hydrated. If you want to add a bit of red, white and blue to your festivities, then add some blueberries and strawberries to your water. It will taste great and it will go perfectly with your theme.
Red, white and blue decor sure look great, but are they necessary? I’m sure your food will still taste the same on a regular plate, and same with your drinks. Yes they look cute, and yes it’s 4th of July so you have to have red, white and blue, just don’t over do it and you’ll be fine.
Independence Day is not about how many burgers you can eat, or how much red, white and blue you can put up around the house. You don’t need to follow all these crazy rules that society (mostly companies trying to make some money) have come up with. Just remember to add some green to your red, white and blue, and you’ll have a great time.
Quick Reminder: Most things you can make yourself or buy it for super cheap at the dollar store. If you need some ideas, check out my 4th of July Pinterest Board.
Happy 4th of July!