How To Throw A Game Day Party On A Budget + Homemade Potato Skins Recipe


 In a few weeks, this house will be filled with enthusiastic football fans, so I best get ready! One thing we agree one is how to throw a game day party on a budget means stocking up at out local Save-A-Lot Food Store! #ad

There is a buzz in my house. It is palpable. If you didn’t know us, you would think we were a bunch of agitated folks. In reality, we are a bunch of football fans who are anticipating the big game. We are a house divided on which team we support, hence the agitated feel to the buzz. In a few weeks, this house will be filled with enthusiastic football fans, so I best get ready! One thing we agree one is how to throw a game day party on a budget means stocking up at out local Save-A-Lot Food Store!

Tips To Host A Game Day Party On A Budget


  • K.I.S.S.: Yep, “Keep it Simple Sweetie” works for any party. When I have a group over to watch the game, I ditch the invitations and decorations. I buy napkins, plates and forks from Save-A-Lot, because they always have great products at affordable everyday prices. Because we hosted a birthday party recently, I had plenty of paper products from a previous Save-A-Lot shopping trip.
  • B.Y.O.B.: I do not buy alcohol for my parties. It is too expensive, so if you want it, you can bring it! I will buy a case of water, a few six-packs of soda and I’ll make a pitcher of iced tea.
  • Make It A Potluck: When I’m invited to a party, I’m happy to bring a dish or dessert. I have found most people feel the same way. I will make a few appetizers and a dessert and let my friends and family bring other goodies. We end up with a delicious feast!
  • Shop Smart: When it comes to shopping for a party, I have two rules. I shop early and I shop at my local Knoxville Save-A-Lot Food Store. They have what I need at prices that fit into my budget. They are my Big Game Headquarters!!! You can go here—-> to find the Save-A-Lot Food Store nearest you!

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I enjoy shopping at my Save-A-Lot Food Store. It is bright, clean and the staff are super friendly. I am a busy mom, so I don’t have a lot of spare time. By shopping with Save-A-Lot, I save time as well as money. For our Big Game shopping trip, we first grabbed a bag of potatoes and some then some Sprite. Then we headed to the meat department for a nice brisket for sandwiches. We couldn’t find what we needed, but Paul from the meat department was able to find what we needed in no time!

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Then we headed to the frozen foods and grabbed some Buffalo Style Boneless Chicken Wyngz and a box of Kickin’ Shrimp. They will go perfectly with the Homemade Game Day Potato Skins I am making! My husband will chop up a few of the Boneless Wyngz and a few Kickin’ Shrimp and put them on his potato skins. So good! With these ingredients and a few items from my fridge, I have enough food to get my Big Game party off to a super start!

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Homemade Game Day Potato Skins Recipe

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Are you ready to make my Homemade Game Day Potato Skins? It is super easy to make these delicious appetizers. I love that they are not only tasty but are more affordable than pre-made potato skins. Pick 6-8 of small-medium potatoes from your bag. Wash them thoroughly and pat dry. Melt 1/4 stick of butter and brush over the whole potatoes. Pop in the oven for 30-45 minutes.

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Once the potatoes are fork tender, take them from the oven and cool. Using a spoon or a small cookie dough scooper, scoop out 3/4 of the soft potatoes. Set aside and use for tomorrow night’s dinner! Brush the inside and outside of the potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Turn them face down and pop them back into the oven for 7-9 minutes. Take the potato skins from the oven and turn over and bake for 3-4 additional minutes. Add  your cheese and place in the oven just long enough for the cheese to melt. Top with your bacon bits, green onions and sour cream. These Homemade Game Day Potato Skins are always a crowd pleaser, so be sure to make plenty!

Homemade Game Day Potato Skins


  • 8-10 small baking potatoes
  • 1/2 stick melted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice
  • 1 cup of bacon bits (I use turkey)
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Clean potatoes and pat dry. Brush the potatoes with butter.
  3. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30-45 minutes, or until fork tender.
  4. Allow potatoes to cool. Slice in half, lengthwise. Scoop out 3/4 of the potato and set aside. I will use them for dinner the following night.
  5. Brush potatoes, inside and out, with butter. Add salt and pepper to inside.
  6. Place face down on baking sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes. Flip potatoes over and bake an additional 4-5 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle cheese and bacon bits and return to oven long enough to melt the cheese.
  8. Top with green onion, sour cream and any other topping you like.Enjoy!
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Do you have any tips, tricks or hacks to throw an awesome Big Game party? Please share in the comments below!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Save-A-Lot. The opinions and text are all mine.

Homemade Game Day Potato Skins Recipe

About Kelly

Kelly is a wife, mom of 5 (2 are furry), camera bug, tech lover, gadget grabber, travel enthusiast, music aficionado and TV junkie. Her goal is to share with you recipes, DIY ideas and crafts that are fun, easy to make and won’t break the bank.


  1.' Amy Deeter says:

    I would buy some chicken wings for game day

  2. I always try to make something like pulled pork, to build your own tacos that requires little to no work on game day itself and can stay in the crockpot during that game. That way people can eat when they feel like it and I’m not stuck in the kitchen all day!

  3.' Barbara Montag says:

    I would stock up on canned mushrooms and tomatoes with green chilis!

  4. These look like great ideas. I have a bunch of potatoes in the cellar so I am for sure doing some potato skins. Delicious.

  5.' Adrienne Gordon says:

    I’d get some chicken and some rice.

  6.' Julie Murphy says:

    I like to have variety so there is something for everyone.

  7.' Julie Murphy says:

    I like to have variety so there is something for everyone.

  8.' Thomas Gibson says:

    I would by pizza and wings!

  9.' shannon fowler says:

    My fiancé and I always try to find two new recipes to make together every week. I would use the money to help buy ingredients for that.

  10.' shelly peterson says:

    I would buy the ingredients to make a Mexican layer dip.

  11.' Janice Cooper says:

    I would buy some wings, fries and bbq sauce

  12. I would get chicken, soups and cheese.

  13.' Susan Christy says:

    America’s Choice Black Angus Beef Patties for some game day burgers!

  14.' vickie couturier says:

    Id buy pizza rolls and chilcken nuggets and fries for the grandkids

  15.' Jennifer Rote says:

    I would grab some chips and soda for game day.

  16.' Cynthia C says:

    I would buy chicken and beans to make some white chili for game day.

  17. I would buy some items for our family get together party.

  18.' Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    I would buy some cheesesticks. My family loves those for get togethers.

  19.' Audrey Stewart says:

    I would buy canned cat food.

  20. I would buy fruit.

  21.' Julia Barnes says:

    I would just buy normal groceries.

  22.' Janice Wright says:

    I would buy the makings for chili. Yum!

  23.' heather s says:

    I would buy ingredients to make chili

  24. My best tip for a game day party is take advantage of your crock pot. It is nice to have snacks ready to go all day 🙂

  25. My tip for a good party is to have it at someone else’s house. I love potlucks.
    Thanks for the contest.

  26. Never thrown a big game bash but I would start by buying meatballs, wings and condiments with the gift card.

  27. I love a good cheese dip

  28.' jeremy mclaughlin says:

    I would buy chicken.

  29.' Nancy Loring says:

    Kielbasa, BBQ sauce and grape jelly make a great appetizer for game day. Fry the kielbasa, add BBq sauce and a smaller amount of grape jelly more or less to taste. This appetizer is always the first to go when I make it. It also cost less than $7.00 at Save-A-Lot to make.

  30.' Bryan Vice says:

    i would buy some chips and others that i can make my homemade dip

  31.' Steve Weber says:

    I would get a variety of finger foods!

  32.' Tiffany S says:

    I would buy some chips and soda.

  33. I like to have variety so there is something for everyone

  34.' Brittney House says:

    I would like to buy some fresh fruits.

  35. I would stock up on beef! Thanks for the chance.

  36. I would buy snacks!

  37. I’d most likely use the card to get a couple toys for my two boys.

  38. I would buy some of those little smokies

  39.' Dan Dykstra says:

    I would buy a cheese tray and some sausage for the Packers game.

  40.' Cheryl B ( arress) says:

    I always make finger type foods for football games. Less mess and easy clean up.

  41. I would by snacks with my gift card.

  42.' mark thompson says:

    Buy chicken wings and other game day essentials at save-a-lot. you’ll save a lot of money

  43.' Dana Rodriguez says:

    I would buy ribs and wings.

  44.' beth shepherd says:

    I would buy some wings. Thank you

  45.' Sonya Allstun says:

    I would buy the ingredients to make a Mexican layer dip.

  46. I would buy some milk and bread.

  47.' kelly tupick says:

    I would buy the steak tips that they have on sale during their meat sale.

  48.' Thoma Murphy says:

    I would buy chips and dip.

  49.' Mary Cloud says:

    I would use the gift card to pick up a New York Cheesecake

  50.' Jerry Marquardt says:

    As I get ready for the Super Bowl game night, I am looking fopr some new ideas. I appreciate your sharing this with us now.

  51. I would buy groceries. Maybe a roast, maybe something that I can make in the crockpot.

  52. We are not football fans, so ‘game day’ doesn’t mean anything to us, but the card would be nice to get a few staples–cereal, milk, etc.

  53. My tip to throw an awesome Big Game party is to have a potluck!

  54.' Jennifer H. says:

    I would buy salad and all the fixings!

  55. I would get pizzas and hot wings.

  56.' Elizabeth Brooks says:

    I would make the potatoes. Yum

  57.' Joanna Peck says:

    I like to prepare ahead of time, spend more time with the party!

  58.' Robin Abrams says:

    I would buy some pork roast to make my pulled pork sandwiches

  59.' Melissa T says:

    I would buy their mac and cheese with bacon. My son loves it!!

  60.' Christine Labelle says:

    I would make sure to go during the meat sale. I would get the ingredients to make Buffalo chicken and maybe some Buffalo chicken dip.

  61. Cheesesticks.

  62.' Dana Matthews says:

    My best tip is to organize the menu, guest list and shopping list days ahead. Do all that you can from that list to prepare for Game Day. Cleaning, shopping and ingredient chopping….make sure it’s all done the day before. Then Game Day…pull everything together!

  63. I would buy meatloaf supplies and chicken.

  64.' Cheryl Chervitz says:

    I would get some chicken wings and blue cheese dressing. Maybe some cokes too.

  65. I would stock up on pop and snacks! Or if I am in a healthy mood (lol) I will get some milk and fruit.

  66. My hacks are either to cook in the slow cooker or to have it catered and delivered. I do buy beer and wine though

  67.' Jessica Padilla says:

    I would buy some chicken wings and chips for this big weekend.

  68. I’d have to get ingredients for buffalo chicken dip!

  69.' elizabeth miller says:

    I would definitly get black beans to make their black bean salsa recipe. With that, I would need tortilla chips also.

  70.' Tim Deeter says:

    i would buy hot wings if i win

  71.' Tim Deeter says:

    i would buy hot wings if i win

  72.' susan smoaks says:

    i would like to get some artichokes and make a nice artichoke dip.

  73.' Dina Lindquist says:

    I’ll buy some Super Bowl goodies like guacamole ingredients, tortilla chips and bean dip!

  74.' Jennylyn Gross says:

    All the ingredients to make the potato skins!

  75. I would stock up on their pizza.

  76.' Richard Hicks says:

    I would buy lots of chips and dips

  77.' Vikki Billings says:

    I would grab the ingredients for my yummy chili for game day!!

  78. I’d buy avocados to make fresh guacamole

  79. I would buy meat. I love their meat!

  80.' Janice Gabriel says:

    To entertain, I would use lots of decorations in the two teams’ colors. I would buy something sweet and frivolous to celebrate.

  81. I would buy boneless skinless chicken thighs and all the ingredients to make my own bbq sauce!

  82.' Wanda Banks says:

    I prep the food in advance and voila. I will purchase meats and produce with the gift card.

  83. I make deviled eggs! They cost about 9cents each and its a great finger food!

  84.' Stephanie Larison says:

    I get my meat from Save-A-Lot! I would use it to buy beef so I could have a burger party for the family.

  85.' Sandy Klocinski says:

    Create a budget for your party. If you think funding the party on your own is too much to handle, include with your invitation a request that guests RSVP and bring food or drink to share.

  86.' Mary Gardner says:

    I would buy all the ingredients for homemade pizza for our Friday night family pizza night.

  87.' Sarah Mayer says:

    I would get various cheeses and a bottle of wine.

  88.' melissa Resnick says:

    pizza and wings

  89.' Annmarie W. says:

    I love making buffalo chicken dip in the crock pot! So easy to do, and more time to spend with guests!

  90. I would get a pizza and chips.

  91.' Trisha McKee says:

    My tip is to make some easy recipes that seem like hard work! I have plenty of recipes that i know i can make easily and at a moment’s notice to make it seem like i worked all day. I would use the gift card to buy ingredients for my Buffalo Chicken Dip.

  92.' Jennifer Bay says:

    I fix things that can go in the crock pot and cook all day while I am doing other things. Makes it much easier

  93.' donna porter says:

    I make a list so I have a big variety of items. I would purchase ingredients for dips and sauces.

  94. I would buy chicken wings.

  95.' Richard Hicks says:

    I would get lots of wings

  96. LADYFROG32@YAHOO.COM' stephanie scales campbell says:

    If i won i would be sure to get supplies to make the potato skins they look yummy and of course some wings!

  97.' Rajee Pandi says:

    Love to buy pizza

  98. Love this recipe! So easy to make and so good!

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