Grocery shopping is something most people do on a regular basis. Based off of a combination of sale prices, personal cravings, and what you already have around the house, you make a list (or not), head to the store, and pick up mostly items that you need or want and a few fun additions here and there. You can leave room in your budget for impulse buys and if you go over by a few dollars, it’s not the end of the world.
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But shopping for entertaining is a completely different ball game. When planning a party, there are tons of budgeting issues to take into consideration (decorations, favors, party activities) that there is little room for error in how you shop for your party food.
In order to shop quickly and cheap for your party, most of your work should get done before you even leave the house. You’ll need to have a finalized guest list, a fully planned menu, and a grocery list that shops the sale aisles and seasonal offerings.
Here’s how to shop fast and cheap for any party.