UPDATE-HOUSE PARTY LINK
So how do you host a party when you are broke? Can you still have friends over? Can you socialize? Well yes you can but it takes a lot of planning and prep and creativity. Tonight we crammed 13 adults 9 kids and 2 babies into our home for a party and fed all.
Here is how we did it.
Initially, I won a House Party, House Party is a great site that is an advertisement vehicle for companies. Various popular companies that have new products for people to try will select people via an online application to host a party for their friends to try their new product. I won a party from Philidelphia Cream cheese for their new Phillidelphia Creme sauce. They sent me a gift pack for gratuity coupons for the product plus tons of coupons and freebies for my friends. They also sent me a brand new skillet that sells on Amazon for about 100.
So how did I keep everything in budget.
First, I asked friends to contribute a veggie.
Second, I used things I had on hand and items I had gotten free in the past. Brownie mixes, pasta, paper plates etc,.
Third, I watched adds for several weeks before hand to get everything I needed cheap. Remember that shredded cheddar and lemonade I got for free using overage!
Total: Excluding items that I had or will continue to use eggs, oils, Parmesan cheese, etc. I spent about 5.70 out of my normal grocery list to purchase items just for the party.