Frugal Appetizers

Frugal Appetizer Recipes - Cowboy Caviar

The holiday party season has ended, but we have a little while before football season is over. I have created a round up of frugal appetizers to help you save money on your Super Bowl Party.

Easy and Thrifty Party Food:

Fruit platters always disappear. If you want to make your fruit platter look a little more elegant, cut melons, apples or pears crosswise then use a metal cookie cutter to cut them into a unique shape. But seriously, cubed fruit disappears as fast as shaped fruit.

Vegetable Trays go together fast and are always popular. I always cut extra and keep them in the fridge so I can replenish the tray as necessary. I save money by buying vegetables in bulk at Costco.

Pizza flavored anything is always popular. You can make a square pizza, cut it into 2” x 2” squares and provide tooth picks. But you don’t have to go to that much work. You can top just about anything (mini bagels, French bread, broiled zucchini, etc.) with pizza sauce and cheese, bake at 350 degrees until the cheese melts and you will have a hit!

Popcorn is inexpensive and easy, but be prepared for requests for more!

Chips and Dips are a party stable at our house. I like to offer both traditional chips as well as some unexpected varieties like black bean chips or sweet potato chips. I also enjoy creating uniquely flavored dips. I always make my dips the day before so the flavors can blend, plus it is one less thing to worry about on the day of the party.

I often use beans in my appetizers. The addition of beans reduces the cost of any recipe, especially if you use dried beans cooked from scratch in your recipes.

Frugal Appetizers Using Beans:

Savory Hummus

Black Bean Cilantro

Cowgirl Caviar

Italian White Bean Dip

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Kelly’s Hummus

5 Hummus Recipes

White Bean Puree on Baguettes

Fast and Yummy Bean Dip

There are often great sales on chips at the grocery stores before the Super Bowl, I look for coupons to combine with the sales to save even more. Use the Favado app to find the best grocery deals at your local stores.

How do you save money on appetizers?

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Not only are these frugal but they are so healthy too. I’m pinning this, always looking for nibbles.

  2. I like the idea of adding beans – they’re healthy and filling. Personally, I can never resist fruit if someone else has done the preparation work.

  3. There’s some excellent ideas here – great post! I particularly like the Cowgirl Caviar with a bit of added sweetness :)

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