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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:32 am, Mon Aug 26, 2013.

(StatePoint) Throw on your favorite team’s jersey and break out the grill because tailgating season is here. Whether the party is in your backyard or outside the stadium, you can show your team spirit this season without breaking the bank.

The experts at Dollar General are offering revelers some affordable and fun tailgate party planning tips:

• Pick a spot: To increase camaraderie and fun for free, get in the center of the action for every big game. Arrive early to scope out a choice tailgating headquarters.

• Food and drinks: Potluck tailgating parties are the easiest and most affordable way to celebrate game days.  Ask everyone to bring their favorite items from appetizers to desserts. Set up several small-table grills at once so there is a variety of foods for everyone to enjoy.  Also, serve simple side dishes like potato chips and baked beans.

For snacks during the game, look at inexpensive options like pretzels, nuts and small candy bars.  Chips and dip, spinach dip and cheese with crackers are also great choices.

Great and easy recipe ideas can also be found online.

And don’t forget the drinks.  Fill large plastic tubs and coolers with bottled water and sodas to keep all beverages cold until after the game ends.

Also, pick up disposable utensils for easy clean-up, and remember that inexpensive disposable cups, plates and napkins in your team’s colors make a great addition to the party.

• Get in the spirit: Save money and have fun by creating your own team banners to decorate your favorite tailgating spot. It is easy to create pennants, streamers and unique posters to show your spirit.  Also, grab a few plain white tees and spell out your team’s name on the shirts.

• Have some fun: Avoid throwing a dull tailgate party with a boombox full of great tunes and classic tailgate games like ring toss, ladder golf or corn hole.  Even a game of catch can help make a successful tailgate event.

For more inspiration and coupons for your next tailgate party, visit www.DollarGeneral.com.

A great tailgate can set the tone for a great game. Make this tailgating season the most fun and affordable one yet.

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