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7 Money-Saving Tips for a Spring Bash on a Budget

If you’re a true-blue value seeker, then you probably already turn to the The Whole Deal value guide for coupons, budget recipes and Sure Deals for your everyday shopping.

Well, what about when you want to host a gathering? Don’t even entertain the idea of overspending! The Whole Deal can help you save and celebrate too. Here are seven ways to wisely save on seasonal soirees and let your savings grow.

1. Bulk up. Buying candy and nuts from bulk bins lets you get just the amount you need and try a variety without paying for excess packaging.

2. Real food. Choose whole foods — veggies, potatoes, legumes, grains — versus highly processed foods.

3. Double-duty décor. Potted herbs, berries, artichokes and lemons make beautiful arrangements and can be used in cooking.

4. Go for 365 Everyday Value®. Party hardy with high-quality goods at everyday-value prices. There are hundreds of organic offerings too!

5. Off-peak entertaining. Forgo a dinner party and host a brunch, an afternoon tea, hors d’oeuvres or dessert party.

6. Party planner. It pays to make your shopping list in advance so you stay within your budget. You can even build your list from our website or create one on our iPhone recipes app.

7. Meat & greet. Meat won't blow your budget if you look for value packs and lesser-known cuts. Serving ham means loads of leftovers (look here for inspiration).

Do you want to see more green this spring? Check out the current The Whole Deal, online and in stores. With $48+ in coupons, more than a dozen Sure Deals, 10 new budget recipes and 32 money-saving tips, saving money this spring is a sure thing — unlike everyone RSVPing to your party by the deadline!

How do you keep spring party costs down and still keep quality and standards up?