Operation Don’t Go Broke: Host a Superbowl party without footing the bill

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ODGB Superbowl Stephen Badger The Broadside
Photo by Stephen Badger The Broadside

Operation Don’t Go Broke is devoted to bringing readers helpful tips on ways to save in college.
Superbowl Sunday is meant to bring friends and family together for food, commercials and football, in that order, but the host shouldn’t be forced to foot a huge bill.
Anna Quesenberry
The Broadside
Don’t fumble on game-day. Try these helpful tips from a pro:
“Potluck” should be the first word out of your mouth when inviting others. Plan to serve an entree like Pulled Pork Sliders (see below) and let your guests provide the sides and appetizers. Encourage them to bring chips, salads, cheese and crackers and beer or beverages.
Stay away from overpriced party platters. Chopping your own veggies, meats and cheeses will save you a few bucks.
Don’t forget to load up on ice. Keep refilling ice trays the days leading up to game-day and store in a freezer bag.
Jello Shot Football Game
Make jello shots in each team’s color and for every touchdown, you take a shot of the scoring team’s jello.
Superbowl Sandwiches

Superbowl Sandwich Photo by Anna Quesenberry
Superbowl Sandwich Photo by Anna Quesenberry

Pig out on these pulled pork sandwiches on game-day.
Pork Roast (shoulder)
Rootbeer
BBQ Sauce
Buns or Kaiser Rolls
Coleslaw (delegate to a guest or purchase it from the deli.)
Directions: Spray slow-cooker with nonstick spray. Place pork roast in slow-cooker and pour root beer over roast just until covered. Cook on low 7-8 hours. Drain. Shred meat and place back in the crock pot. Pour barbecue sauce over meat until desired texture and flavor is reached. Keep warm. Serve on buns, sweet Hawaiian rolls or Kaiser rolls with cheese, sliced onions or coleslaw.

Football brownies by Anna Quesenberry
Football Brownies Photo by Anna Quesenberry

Football Brownies
One box of brownie mix
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup water
2 eggs
One cup chocolate frosting
One tube of white decorating icing
Directions: Heat oven to 350°F. Line 9-inch square pan with foil, letting foil hang 2 inches over sides of pan. Spray foil with cooking spray.
In medium bowl, stir brownie mix, chocolate syrup, oil, water, and eggs until well blended. Spread in pan.
Bake until toothpick inserted two inches from side of pan comes out almost clean. (35 to 40 minutes) Cool completely, about three hours.
Using foil to lift, remove brownies from pan. With football-shaped cookie cutter, cut brownies into football shapes. Don’t have a football cookie-cutter? Use a paper cut-out and cut brownies with a plastic knife or bend and shape a clean, hollowed-out can in the shape of a football. Spread frosting on brownies. Pipe on decorating icing to look like football laces.
First year COCC nursing student, Anna Quesenberry is a wife and mother of two who is passionate about saving money.
(Contact: aquesenberry@cocc.edu)

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