Cheap appetizers for a party - The $10 Appetizer Spread. ALL this food (and more) for about $10. REPIN to save!

My friend Jill threw a fabulous wine tasting party this weekend. It was the perfect kick-off for fall, a gathering of friends, great food, and an impressive selection of wines.

Now I don’t know a lot about wine, but I do know a thing or two about preparing food on the cheap.

I wanted to challenge myself to do a super-cheap appetizer platter that tasted great – and cost less than $10.

What did I learn?

Appetizers and party food don’t have to cost a lot of money. It’s entirely possible to feed a group of people on a very limited budget.

If you’re throwing a party – or are asked to bring appetizers to a gathering – try putting together a platter of food using the suggestions below.

ULTRA cheap appetizers for a party. ALL for less than $10! Repin to save.

Cheap Appetizers For a Party: The Method

I had to shop around, visiting several grocery stores to score the best deals. ALDI, in my opinion, was the best store for finding cheap groceries:

  • Salami: A huge package of Genoa salami (perfect on an appetizer platter with crackers and crostini) was $2.79. I only used half, so I can use the rest to make sandwiches later in the week.
  • Cheese: I also got a super cheap and quite tasty package of spreadable cheese from ALDI. A package of six cheese wedges cost $1.29.

By far, the best deal on the cheap appetizer platter was the homemade crackers. I really can’t think of a better value for your money than this recipe. A huge batch of crackers costs about 50 cents to make. I even had money left over to buy some fancy olives from the grocery store olive bar!

The Cost

Here’s what I paid for each item:

  • Half a package of Genoa salami from ALDI – $1.40
  • Four spreadable cheese wedges (cut in half to make eight) from ALDI – $.88
  • About 2/3 package of pepper jack cheese from Walmart – $1.60
  • Wasabi peas, bought in bulk from the grocery store – $.75
  • Two olive baguettes from Rustica, toasted to make crostini – $1.50
  • One cup of spicy spiced almonds – $1.70
  • One huge batch of homemade crackers – $.50
  • Olives from the grocery store deli – $1.60

All for a grand total of $9.98!

Make your own homemade crackers and crostini for your next party. And feed a crowd for LESS THAN $10!! Repin to save.

For those who are interested, two of the favorite wines of the night were Apothetic Red 2010 and Risata Moscato d’Asti.

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ALL THIS FOOD - for less than $10. Believe it. Repin to save and use for your next party.

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