Memorial Day expenses aren’t cheap. Millions of Americans each Memorial weekend either spend a lot of money on travel, or BBQ.
Memorial Day is a somber holiday when you think about it. It used to be divided into two holidays: Decoration Day versus Confederate Heroes Day. Then World War 1 happened, and things were put into perspective.
Now that we’ve resolved our differences over that Civil War stuff, there’s one tradition that continues to stand the test of time: eating. America stands united in their devotion to consuming hot dogs. In fact, we inhale 818 hot dogs per second between Memorial Day and Labor Day for a grand ‘ole total of 7 billion.
Hot Dogs and Wallet Hounds
That’s 1,472,400 frankfurters consumed during a Super Bowl halftime show alone.
Here’s a tip. Assuming you want to save money and aren’t interested in doing something weird, like make hot dog sushi – use leftover hot dogs to make corn dog muffins! Yes, this is a thing. And it’s a thing that saves money.
All you need is a good cornbread recipe (or a box of Jiffy corn muffin mix if you’re feeling lazy), some hot dogs, and a muffin tin. Fill regular-sized muffin tins 2/3 of the way with your batter, and stick 1-inch pieces of your favorite franks down in there, and bake at 425F for 10-12 minutes. Serve with ketchup and mustard and feel mildly smug about your choices because these are baked and not fried.
Want to boost the surface area of your hot dogs? Choose a spiral cut before grilling your franks. Not only do these things save money, but they fill the belly and lather the tastebuds.
Unfortunately hot dogs aren’t the only Memorial Day vices. We tend to travel on Memorial Day, which means we tend to spend on a lot on gas. However, there are useful ways to save on travel.
Passing Gas (Gouging)
For one, you can always rely on the internet for rescue.
GasBuddy lets you search for the lowest gas prices near you, and the best part is that it happens to be compatible with Google Maps.
Two, you can save gas on its own in a variety of ways. Don’t drive short distances if you can simply take your bike, or walk. A cold engine uses twice as much fuel. Also, as the Globe and Mail notes, keep your tires properly checked:
Under-inflated tires burn more fuel. If tires are 8 pounds under inflated, (not an uncommon condition), rolling resistance of the tires increases by 5 per cent.
Memorial Day isn’t cheap. Do your part to make sure that ‘cheap’ doesn’t take away from the charm.
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