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Budget BBQ Hacks



Are you hosting or attending a BBQ this summer? Save this post and SAVE BIG! Below is my shopping list for an entire backyard party ALL ON A BUDGET 🥳 Or if you’re in charge of bringing a side or dessert, here are my favorites…just wait until you see my no bake cake 🎂❤️



First up is shopping! Here is my list for everything you need to feed 8 people, and its less than $60! I got all of these guys from my favorite… Trader Joe’s.


Grocery List:
Strawberries (1 lb): 2.99
2 Chocolate mini sheet cakes: 4.99 ea. (9.98 total)
1 pkg Hamburger buns: 2.99
1 container crumbled feta: 2.99
1 pkg Sliced Organic American cheese: 3.49
Unsalted dry toasted sliced almonds: 2.99
2 containers old fashioned potato salad: 4.99 ea. (9.98 total)
1 pkg of 3 boneless + skinless chicken breasts: 5.69
2lbs. Ground Beef 80/20: 4.99 ea. (9.98 total)
Baby Spinach Salad (small bag) 6 oz: 1.69
Baby Spinach (big bag) 12 oz: 2.49
1 jar Pesto Basil: 2.99
GRAND TOTAL = $58.25 🎉


Now it’s time to share my recipes! Hack 1 is my garlic butter balls.

LORAfied Garlic Butter Balls
1/2-1 tsp. of minced Garlic to taste (optional)
1/2 stick of Butter, softened


Blend butter and minced garlic until well combined. Roll into 8 balls, approx. 1/2 Tbsp. each. Stick in fridge or freezer for a few minutes to harden.


When cooking your burger patties, place a ball on each patty. You are not going to believe how juicy the butter balls make your burgers!


8 cheeseburgers = $16.49 (buns and cheese included!)


Next up is my pesto chicken. You won’t believe how easy it is.

Thinly slice your chicken breast and marinate them in a jar of pesto. You’ll love how fast these cook and how moist they stay.


Chicken Pesto for 8 = $8.68


My favorite summer salad combo is pure magic and a big money saver!



Summer Salad:
Sliced strawberries
Feta cheese
Sliced Almonds


Poppy Seed Dressing:
1/2 Cup plain yogurt
1-2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise
2-3 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp. Maple syrup
2-3 tsp. Poppy seeds
Salt to taste
Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Refrigerate leftovers.

Strawberry Spinach Salad for 8: $13.15




You are going to laugh when you find out what my secret potato salad is. Hint… it’s 1 ingredient and store bought.😋 I used two containers to feed 8 people.

Potato Salad for 8= $9.98


Lastly, for dessert, you are going to need 2 Chocolate mini sheet cakes and some flowers from your yard (or your neighbors).

This cake is a no bake wonder! Place your first sheet cake down and spread that frosting around to give it a homemade feel. For this dessert, I used my handy straw hack! Simply stick your straw through the strawberry. Cut these guys in half and place them on top of your sheet cake.

After placing your second sheet cake on top, wrap the ends of your flowers in plastic wrap and poke them in the cake.

I topped my cake with powdered sugar. When topping your cake with powdered sugar, cover the flowers with plastic wrap to avoid getting the sugar on them.

The best news? The only thing expensive about her is her looks. Dessert for 8= $9.98


And there you have it! An entire bbq that feeds 8 people for under $60! Make sure to follow for more money saving tips.


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