With July 4th just around the corner, you’re probably busy planning holiday festivities, arranging a neighborhood cookout, or trying to remember which one of your friends has a boat. Oh, and you’re probably starting to think about what kinds of fireworks to purchase. Will it be sparklers and Roman candles? Black Cats? Fountains? Those little snakes that leave nasty stains on your driveway?
Fortunately, I’m here to help you resolve some of those issues and make the firework-buying process nearly seamless. Through years of research, I have discovered a simple tip that can help you save a ton of cash on fireworks- as much as 100%. In fact, I wrote this post just so I could share my insane discovery with all of my readers. Don’t say I never gave you anything!!!
How to Save Money on Fireworks
The secret way to save money on fireworks is to……wait for it……
not buy fireworks.
I know what you’re thinking. “But……but…….but…… Fireworks are a fun way to relax. They’re entertainment. They’re a family tradition.”
Why You Don’t Need To Buy Fireworks
But that tradition comes at a huge cost to American families. According to some of the most recent stats, Americans spent approximately $645 million on consumer fireworks alone last year. And where does all of that money go?
It’s set on fire- literally- for just a few moments of selfish (and sometimes drunken) enjoyment. What a waste!
Not only that, but what do fireworks say about our intelligence as a species? The human response to fireworks actually reminds me of my dog’s response to laser lights. His eyes get big, and he runs after them as fast as he can. If he could talk, I’m sure he would say, “ohhhh…….ahhhhhhhh……” If he was coordinated enough, he would probably even clap.
What To Do Instead of Buying Fireworks
Still tempted to go out and buy fireworks? A few of these free and low-cost alternatives can be just as fun while accomplishing the same thing:
- Sit in front of a campfire and blink really fast
- Burn your thumb with a lighter then shred a $20 bill
- Let your kids run through your yard with flashlights while slapping wooden boards together loudly
- Grab your favorite adult beverage and watch a fireworks display on YouTube
On a more serious note, you might also check to see if there are any free fireworks displays in your area. Town governments often put on their own display for their residents, and all you have to do is show up. You can even pack a small cooler and some drinks in some cases, and have your own little shindig while you watch. Now, that is my kind of frugal fun.
Or you can do what I plan to do- watch some of your neighbor’s fireworks. Much to my chagrin, several of my neighbors have been setting off fireworks for several days now in an effort to turn the 4th of July into a weeklong event. I don’t mind that much, but I seriously hope that they are saving at least a handful of fireworks for the evening of the 4th.
Our plan is to have a small family cook out, set up some lawn chairs in the back yard, and enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labor.
And, in the spirit of the holiday, I can’t think of anything more American than that.
What are your plans for July 4th this year? Do you ever watch someone else’s fireworks to save money?