Sometimes buying in bulk isn't a good thing. We'll admit, it is extremely hard to forgo the cute, convenient veggie trays and pre-sliced cheese and cracker setups. After all, they are right there, done, and ready to go. But planning ahead and avoiding those pre-packed trays can save you an average of $15 to $50 a pop!
Instead, buy your ingredients individually, from farmers markets or discount stores. This allows you to createcreative and personalized snacksthat your guests will love, giving your event an edge that a standard packaged food tray couldn't give you. Also, making sure you are stocked early with regular party essentials will help cut costs at crunch time.