Are you ready for the big game?

We're quickly approaching an unofficial holiday in the U.S. - the big game, which takes place Feb. 7 (Due to lawyer talk, we actually aren't allowed to use the formal name of the NFL championship game).

Before that date approaches, we have one question for you: Are you ready for the big game?

Here are some ways you you can prep for that day so you can have the best watch party:

1. Adjust your budget now

If you're going to be hosting guests this year, you first need to adjust your budget. As a party host, you're expected to provide some basic necessities, such as utensils, plates and at least some food.

Avoid overspending by adjusting your budget now. This way, you'll be able to have fun and watch the game without worrying about your finances.

Adjusting your budget will especially come in handy if you're looking to purchase a new television.

2. Find the right television

If you're in the market for a new high-definition flat screen, now's the perfect time to find a good deal.

Virtually every electronics store has an assortment of deals on TVs. PC Magazine compiled a list of deals on new 4K sets. If you're looking for the latest and greatest while saving money, you can't go wrong by buying a TV in the lead up to the championship.

It's worth noting that if you're looking for additional deals online, you'll have better luck using the phrase "big game TV," explained Yahoo Finance.

Once you have the TV situation set, it's time to move onto the next part.

People watching football on tv.Host the perfect party for the big game.

3. Plan the menu

You have two menu options if you'll be hosting a party: You can either provide all of the food and drinks, or you can have a potluck.

The most-budget friendly option is to host a potluck. Ask everyone to bring a different food item, from main courses to sides and drinks. Hosting a potluck can be ideal because you won't have to spend hundreds of dollars to feed your guests.

If you're trying to save money, don't buy expensive food or drink options. Inexpensive, generic snacks and drinks work perfectly for a large gathering because remember, you aren't hosting a wine dinner. Plus, your guests will be paying more attention to the game than if you have gourmet food.

4. Clean and organize your home

The day before the big game, spend a good amount of time cleaning and organizing your home. You need as much space as possible, so clear off tables of unnecessary clutter and look for unique ways to add extra seating near the TV so friends and family can comfortably watch the game. The Food Network recommended using pillows to add more comfortable seating options.

"The most-budget friendly option is to host a potluck."

Another option is to buy a few foldable chairs. Again though, you'll want to account for this purchase in your February budget by cutting back in other spending categories.

5. Don't go overboard

You want your party to be exciting, but you also need to temper expectations. If you get caught up in trying to host the best possible viewing party, you might spend more money on a TV and food than you originally wanted to.

U.S. News & World Report recommended that when you invite people over, don't give an inclination that it's going to be an extravagant gathering. You'll provide the space; your guests will bring the food. 

Hosting a party for the big game is a fun time, but you still need to adhere to your budget. Find a good deal on a new TV, ask guests to bring food and temper expectations so you can have fun and save money.

For more information about smart ways to manage your finances, contact Landmark Bank.

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