With the Fourth of July upon us, it is easy to become shell shocked over some of the price tags associated with this most patriotic of holidays. Between premium seats at firework shows, to expensive firework collections for use at home, the bill can rapidly rise to be out of reach for the average family. Here are a couple of suggestions for a family on a budget this Fourth of July.
Go to a public show instead of spending money on fireworks
An explosion is an explosion, regardless of who lights the fuse. Save the money, and potentially your fingers, by allowing paid professionals to create the show. Since these performances are backed by cities and individual companies, they are often more extravagant and varied than what the average home owner is capable of affording.
Go to your city’s chamber of commerce website, often there will be an advertisement showing where the closest event to you is occurring.
Pack a lunch – instead of going out to eat
A sandwich, can of soda pop, and a bag of chips will run you less than two dollars. A meal at a restaurant can run well over four dollars, and be less nutritious and tasty. Pack a lunch, and make a fun event out of it. Allow your children to pick the toppings, and have them pack it themselves (if they are old enough.)
Just remember to put an ice pack in, to keep everything nice and cold as you find your spot at the show!
Buy smaller fireworks well in advance of the big day
As items become more scarce on the day they are used the most, prices will go up. To save money, buy smaller fireworks well in advance of the big day. The best practice is to think a year in advance.
Go to the clearance sales and stock up then. Just take great care to put the fireworks away from: water, ignition sources, children, ignition sources, pets, and were ignition sources mentioned?
Team up with neighbors to spread out the cost
Instead of having every neighbor shell out over a hundred dollars for the same items, pool your resources together and put on a better show for less on a per-capita basis.
For instance, say that everyone would be satisfied with a show costing $200. If five people chip in, that reduces the overall costs to a mere $40. Not bad for something designed to last only a few moments and bring delight to children.
Check with your city before lighting off any fireworks
A fine, or worse a court appearance, can be a very expensive thing. Avoid this by checking with your city or county government. To protect the peace, and avoid injury, a large number of jurisdictions restrict when and where fireworks can be set.
The thirty seconds of blossoming colors in the sky are not worth a $200 fine. Protect your self and your pocketbook. Who knows, the police might point you to a perfect field with a clear view of the sky.