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Most Americans plan to celebrate with cookout, BBQ or picnic

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Jul 2, 2019 at 6:00 PM

People plan to celebrate their freedom in a variety of different ways — whether it’s at a parade or fireworks, spending time with family and friends at a cookout or doing some good old-fashioned shopping.

In a recent survey conducted by TopCashback.com, a cross-section of 1,828 adults, aged 18 and over were polled and found that 86 percent of Americans will be celebrating the Fourth of July holiday.

Here are some of the survey results:

Celebration plans (top three responses)

Cookout, BBQ or picnic (72 percent)

Fireworks/community event (59 percent)

Shopping Independence Day sales (26 percent)

Favorite Fourth of July foods

Hamburgers (30 percent)

BBQ (i.e. shish kabobs; 30 percent)

Hot dogs (10 percent)

Shopping

According to the survey, 86 percent of Americans plan to take advantage of Fourth of July sales and deals, with two-thirds shopping online and one-third going in-store.

Here’s how much Americans plan on spending for Fourth of July sales:

$51 to $100 (36 percent)

Less than $50 (29 percent)

$101 to $500 (29 percent)

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TIPS TO SAVE MONEY

Whether it’s shopping or planning a fun get-together, it’s important to maximize your savings or go as easy on the wallet as you can. These tips, provided by TopCashback.com shopping expert Rebecca Gramuglia, can help you save money this Fourth of July holiday:

BYOF (bring your own food). One of the most popular Fourth of July celebrations includes barbecuing with friends and family. However, staples like burgers, hot dogs, steak, shish kabobs, and having a variety of salads and snacks at your party can definitely add up. If you’re hosting, make a few staples and let guests know what you’re serving in advance. Tell your friends and family to bring their favorite sides or other festive items to make the cookout a little easier on the wallet.

Find free activities. Fourth of July weekend is known for fireworks, free concerts, fairs and more. Scout out your town’s festivities for the weekend and catch the fireworks for free. If you’re headed to the beach, make sure to bring activities for your friends and family such as beach balls, pales and shovels.

Save wherever you can. You can still enjoy peak season without having to pay holiday prices. Try doing your online shopping prior to the trip and booking a stay at a less popular hotel to save money.

Use cashback sites. Whether it’s holiday travel or festive outfits, you can save money by shopping through a cashback site like TopCashback.com to receive a percentage of your purchase back in cashback on qualifying purchases from Hotels.com, Old Navy, Macy’s and more.

Time your purchases. Usually, around any holiday, there will be some sort of sale. If you’re planning on buying summer clothes or outdoor accessories, wait it out until the week of Fourth of July to see if any items you’re eyeing will go on sale. Those items tend to get heavily discounted later on in the season, but if you need something ASAP, a holiday sale may be your best bet in saving.

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