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Fourth of July brings picnics, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, concerts and much more. When I start planning for my Fourth of July festivities, no matter what I do or where I go, I think of the 5 F’s: Food, Fun, Family, Friends and Find&Save.

9313953-800The first F, Food. When going on a picnic or hosting a gathering at your house, food usually plays a central role. Take into account who is coming and the environment when planning the menu. Are you serving BBQ chicken, ribs or steaks? Try Lillie’s Q BBQ Sauces from Crate & Barrel.

Need a side dish and no time to make it? Then this prepackaged macaroni or potato salad at Smart & Final saves time and money. Now every party or picnic needs a beverage and this Real Sangria White found at Total Wine & Spirits is light and refreshing. Try serving it over ice and sliced fruit in this aqua sangria pitcher from Target.

7170990-800Now that you have food, your 2nd F, fun, should be the next priority. The Baden G202 Champions Series Volleyball/Badminton Set at Toys R Us will provide hours of competitive friendly fun. Volleyball or Badminton not your speed? Then try croquet. This croquet set by Trademark Games found at Sears and can be played by anyone.

This Kodak AZ-361 digital camera at Best Buy or Sony DSC-W620 from Sears are great cameras to capture candid moments of fun that your friends and family (your 3rd and 4th F) are having while playing the games or eating the food you have prepared.

So, in planning and preparing for your 4th of July picnic or the party at your house, let the fifth F, Find&Save help. With hundreds of retailers for you to browse when selecting the food and games for fun, let Find&Save help you save time and money. So you, your family and friends can enjoy the bonus F, Fireworks.