Fourth of July: How to save money this Independence Day and still have fun

Thanks to inflation, celebrating the Fourth of July can be an expensive affair this year.

Here are 5 ways to save money over the weekend without sacrificing the festivities or fun.

Plan your backyard barbecue menu ahead and budget well.

Pay attention to the price. Generic brands are usually much cheaper than premium ones.

Opt for a potluck, that way you can share food expenses with your guests.

When it comes to the rest of the items on your list, you can save more by buying in bulk.

Check out the dollar store for $1 decorations, paper plates, cups, flags and everything you need for the party.