The Super Bowl is this Sunday, and you know what that means: less than a week left to plan your Super Bowl party. But that’s no reason to panic. Hosting a Super Bowl party is easy. All you need to do is put out some snacks, dust off your football decorations, flip on the TV and invite all of your friends to join you on the couch.
Wait. What’s that you say? You don’t have any of those things? Not even friends? Oh. Sorry. Of course you have friends. How rude of me to think otherwise. Anyway, do not fret if your living room is a barren wasteland devoid of any trace of football pride. We at FatWallet are here to help you find the best deals on all of the essential items for a truly super big game party. Just sit back, relax and get ready to have the bowl bash to end all bowl bashes!
First Down: Embrace the Magic of Television
Tired of listening to the Super Bowl on the radio? Telegraph updates just not cutting it anymore? Then you, my friend, need a television. And not just any television; only the biggest, clearest and most perfect television for watching football you’ve ever seen!
Did you know that most consumers would rather shop for a television around Super Bowl time than on Black Friday? This is because TV prices often drop significantly this time of year. We have created a comprehensive list of some of the best deals on great state of the art TVs to help you find your perfect football-worthy screen. So be sure you and your guests will be able to see every single blade of grass on that field in pure, pristine 4K Ultra HD by getting the perfect TV for the lowest price.
Second Down: Couch It Up
Don’t sit on the floor! No one should have to sit on the cold, hard floor to watch football. Since the dawn of time, humankind has revered the glorious couch as the most optimal seating choice to watch sporting events. Why not join that tradition by buying your own comfy sofa? FatWallet shoppers get 3.5% cash back at Ashley Furniture and 4% cash back at Cost Plus World Market, so those might be two great places to start your couch search. Just make sure you have enough cushion space for all of your many, many friends. (I still feel bad for assuming you didn’t have any before. Sorry about that.)
Third Down: Cover Up Them Naked Walls
A great way to make your living room live and breathe football is to cover up your walls with some football themed decorations, like the ones from FatHead.com (4% cash back). Even if your team isn’t in the Super Bowl this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t still make it perfectly clear to your guests where your loyalties lie. After all, the Super Bowl is a celebration of football, so celebrate football your way by defiantly declaring to the world, “Next year will be my team’s year!” (Or this year, if your team’s still in it, you lucky dog.)
Fourth Down: Snacks, Snacks and More Snacks
This one should be a no brainer. A Super Bowl party is nothing without its snacks. So whether you make your famous taco dip or order a pizza, make sure you have plenty of food for everyone. And make sure that everyone has something to eat it on. This means plenty of paper plates, plastic silverware and paper towels to go around. Dollar General is a great place to find all of the paper and plastic kitchenware you’ll need to make your Super Bowl party easier for yourself in the end. Don’t be caught having to wash the dishes late Sunday night after the gridiron adrenaline has worn off. You have to work in the morning, so just throw it all away and go to bed. That’s the magic of cheap, disposable cutlery!
Half Time: Get Some Coldplay Stuff
Okay, maybe you’re not the biggest football fan. Maybe the real reason you’re excited for the Super Bowl is the half time show. You just love the spectacle of it: the amazing moving set pieces, the incredibly talented performers, the uniquely coordinated left sharks. All of that just makes you foam at the mouth as those seconds tick down to the end of the second quarter.
But this year you’re not all that familiar with the featured performers. You’ve heard of Coldplay before, but you haven’t really heard Coldplay. Well now’s as good a time as any to give your ears a taste of the ultra-talented British alt-rock group. You can listen to their new album “A Head Full of Dreams” in its entirety on Amazon with a prime membership. Amazon also has plenty of live performance DvDs to get you familiar with the band’s performing style.
Timeout: Buy Some Gear, Do It Yourself
Let’s face it. Super Bowl parties aren’t always the healthiest of occasions, what with all of the food and the couch sitting. Why not make your Super Bowl party a little healthier this year by getting outside before the game and throwing the pigskin around with your guests? This is an especially great idea for those of you that live in warmer climates.
Don’t have any football gear? There are a lot of great sporting goods stores that give cash back to FatWallet shoppers, including Dicks Sporting Goods and Augusta Active. So why spend yet another Super Bowl party gorging yourself and feeling miserable afterwards? Get up, get out there and get your own victory before watching the pros get theirs.
Touchdown: Skip the Living Room. Go to the Game!
Perhaps this whole “living room viewing party” thing is too small time for you. Perhaps you’re tired of just watching at home and long to experience this ultimate gridiron spectacle live and in person. Well we admire your spunk, kid, and want to help you get to San Fran for the big 5-0!
Believe it or not, there are still ticket merchants out there that have tickets available for the big game, such as Ticket Liquidator, TicketNetwork.com and Ticket City. But be forewarned: buying Super Bowl tickets is not for the faint of heart. You’re not likely to find any tickets cheaper than $2,000. And if you live far away from San Francisco, planning your trip there isn’t likely to be cheap either. FatWallet offers cash back at a lot of great travel sites, like Priceline, Expedia and Hotels.com. So if you’ve got the kind of money for a Super Bowl trip, then more power to you. Enjoy the game! The rest of us will enjoy watching you from our awesome party-ready living rooms!
How are you preparing for the Super Bowl? Let us know in the comments below!