People love a good summer barbecue. That goes double in the south, quadruple in Louisiana. Having a few friends over for a 'cue can get pretty costly. Here are a few tips that can save you money, and wasted food. Wasted food is wasted money.

#1 find out how many people are really coming. This way you won't have tons of leftovers

#2 Set a budget & stick to it.

#3 You don't have to serve filet mignon. inexpensive cuts of meat can be a big hit with a little TLC. Get London broil, pork chops, chicken...and marinade!

#4 Serve sides like salad & fresh fruit, like cantaloupe & watermelon. They're inexpensive, and a big hit on a hot day.

#5 Make it BYOB. Your guests won't object to bringing their own libation, trust me.

Follow these steps & a barbecue at your place can happen more often. that's a good thing, right?