10 Things To Get You Ready For Football Season

You've been counting down the days until kickoffBring on the face paint, foam fingers and cow bells with these 10 must-have football season necessities. 

1. Food. And lots of it.

football cheese crackers

Pick up party food favorites such as hot dogs, nachos and beverages with a Walmart discount gift cardIf you don't have time to cook, grab already prepared foods such as chicken tenders, macaroni salad and sandwich essentials from their deli section. Granny tip: make sure to have extra food storage bags and containers on hand so leftover food doesn't go to waste. 

2. Team Gear

steelers bracelet

Want some new gear for the season? Get your stuff in time for kickoff with free 3-day shipping from NFL Shop with code 3DAY50. Promotion ends on 9/2/16 at 12:00 PM ET. Combine your order with an NFL Shop discount gift card for extra savings. 

3. Electronics


No need to wait until Black Friday rolls aroundCash in on the Labor Day sales and upgrade your television just in time for football season. Pay even less when you use discount gift cards for electronicsGranny tip: if guests will be outside, have the game playing over wireless speakers so they don't miss out on any of the action.

4. Coolers

yeti cooler 

No one likes a warm beverage. Be sure to have enough coolers on hand to keep drinks chilled. Granny tip: have at least one cooler dedicated to only ice.

5. Grill


char-broil stainless steel gas grill
ith stores making room for winter inventory, the end of summer is a great time to get a deal on a new grill. Check your local ads for the best savings near you. I came across this Char-Broil Stainless Steel Gas Grill
 for $259.99 from hhgreggIf you use an hhgregg discount gift card towards your purchase (currently worth 12% off)you'll save an extra $30. Granny tip: don't forget your grill accessories!  

6. Plasticware

plastic football cups

Make life easy and use plastic cups, utensils and paper plates for servingware. Not only will it cut down on cleanup time, but it will also avoid guests accidentally breaking your dishes. Granny tip: I can't get enough of these football-themed supplies...who would've thought there were paper lanterns shaped like a football?! Instead of running from store to store to find the perfect supplies, place your order online with an Amazon discount gift card.

7. Comfort Food Recipes 

bowl of spicy touchdown chili

Cooler weather = comfort food. Find easy-to-make dishes such as this spicy touchdown chili and buffalo chicken calzone with blue cheese dip to make throughout the season. Granny tip: use a crockpot for as many dishes as possible. You won't have to constantly watch the stove.  

8. Outdoor Furniture

outdoor patio furniture

Has your patio set seen better days? 
Similar to grills, prices for outdoor furniture drop at the end of summer. Instead of tossing your local circulators, keep your eyes open for end-of-season deals. Granny tip: do you have cushions on your patio furniture? Keep the cushions looking fresh for multiple seasons by vacuuming the dust and cleaning dirt with a sponge and mild detergent.

9. Canopy/Gazebo

outdoor gazebo

Canopies and gazebos not only shield from the sunlight but also protect your food (and guests) from a light rainstorm. Home Depot has a large selection of patio gazebos with ratings of four+ stars. Look for sales, coupons and a Home Depot discount gift card to cut the cost. Granny tip: while it may cost more, a canopy or gazebo with mosquito netting is a nice touch to help keep bugs out. 

10. Plenty of seating.

football chair 
I mean, every party needs a conversation piece. If this is the chair you need to complete your game room, don't forget to use a Sears discount gift card