How to Score the Best Savings During Football Season

Monday, October 08 at 09:00 AM
Category: Business Banking

Football season is in full swing and with it comes tailgating and watch parties.

Whether you are a season ticket holder dedicated to being in the bleachers or a fan who prefers the comfort of the living room couch, football season offers plenty of spending opportunities.

Leave the stress to the players on the field and rest easy knowing you are saving money without sacrificing any of your favorite traditions.

Host a Neighborhood Potluck
Do you and your neighbors share a favorite team or even support rival teams? Invite everyone over to watch the game together. Have each family bring a favorite dish to share—you will spend less time in the kitchen and more importantly you will avoid a massive grocery bill.

If you want to be creative, Marie Claire* suggests serving foods related to the teams’ hometowns. Encourage attendees to dress up in their preferred team’s colors and enjoy the festivities together.

Use a Credit Card with Rewards
If you do get stuck with the large grocery bill, be sure to use a credit card at checkout that will earn rewards on everyday purchases. Right now, if you apply for a new Arvest Consumer Credit Card you could receive a $100 rewards bonus.

After you set up the new account, continue to use the card and earn Arvest Flex Rewards on nearly every purchase. Next time you are over-spending on stadium food or splurging on a new team jersey, relax knowing you are earning points to redeem at a later date.

Carpool to the Stadium
For away games that require a road trip, coordinate with other fans and carpool. Keep track of money spent at the gas station and divide the bill evenly. Not only will each person’s portion of the cost be more reasonable, but the car ride home is the perfect opportunity to discuss the game-winning touchdown.

When you stop to fill up the car, offer to use your credit card and earn rewards on the purchase.

Tailgate Affordably
One of the most beloved and well-known football traditions is meeting up with fellow fans, grilling food and enjoying game-day festivities. With the hype of the big day, it can be easy to over-spend.

US News* suggests buying store brand items when possible. Condiments, chips and paper goods are all available for a fraction of the cost, if you are willing to skip the name brands. If meat is a staple tailgate item in your household, choose inexpensive side items and opt for the pricier hamburgers.

Search for Cheaper Tickets
It is no secret college football tickets are expensive, but certain games are more affordable than others. If you do not have season tickets or did not buy tickets in advance, be sure to check out websites like Vivid Seats* for last-minute tickets or deals.

Do not worry if the price for tickets is still too steep. Instead, consider purchasing tickets for a more reasonably priced game, and hosting a watch party at home for the popular game.

Whether paying for the great parking spot you scored at the stadium, picking up last-minute game-day foods or purchasing tickets to watch your favorite team, use your credit card to pay and earn points to redeem later.

*Link is a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

 

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