Ready to party like it's 2011? You can celebrate and still start the new year with your bank account intact. Here are five frugal ideas:
1. Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year's Eve at home on TV. Curl up at home with the remote control and your new plasma tv (hopefully Santa brought you this) and watch Ryan Seacrest, Dick Clark and guest host Fergie ring in the New Year. Enjoy a star studded guest list of Avril Lavigne, Mike Posner, Jennifer Hudson and more—all from your own living room. Watching tv at home is a wonderful option, especially if you live in New York, where they just got 20 inches of snow, don’t worry about braving the elements in Times Square!
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2. Board games with the friends. Invite the friends over and organize some of the classic games: Pictionary, Scrabble or Monopoly (this can go a bit long, so be careful!). You can always go the card game route, rummy, canasta or even a friendly game of low stakes poker can be enjoyable. There are also newer games such as: Settler of Catan (a real favorite in the tech community) and Cranium a great game that combines the elements of many older board games.
3. Grab a store-bought pizza and cook it yourself. Why go to an expensive restaurant for dinner when you can go get a store bought pizza for a fraction of the price? If you have a large family, it’s hard to beat the price of a Papa Murphy’s take and bake pizza when it comes to feeding all the kids. Most grocery stores will also sell a pizza you can bake yourself. DiGiorno is a popular one that is very affordable!
4. Cheap champagne—don’t bust the budget! Ring in the New Year in style with a glass of the bubbly, just don’t break the bank when you do it! There’s no reason to spend over $50 per bottle on a bottle of sparkling wine or champagne when you can get something high quality for between $8 and $15 a bottle. If you are a true champagne connoisseur you might notice a difference between, $15 and $50 per bottle, but the difference might not be much and why not save the money?
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5. Go out to dinner early for the specials. If you really are craving a dinner at that nice restaurant, skip the popular dinner times like 6:30 to 8:30 and try going early. If you go around 5pm you may even be able to take part in the happy hour specials where you can get deals on drinks and appetizers at many restaurants. You can eat for as much as half off when you go early to a restaurant and order off the specials.
These are just a few examples of things you can do to enjoy New Year’s Eve and not spend a ton of money. Combine any and all of these specials to make your New Year’s Eve an enjoyable, yet frugal experience!
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