For those that went way over budget this year on Christmas gifts, or anyone that finds themselves lacking cash this New Year’s Eve, we dug up 6 ways to celebrate that will go very easy on the pocketbook.
1) Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve at home on TV
Curl up at home with the remote control and watch Ryan Seacrest hosts this years celebration with Jenny McCarthy and Fergie. Skip the crowds and overpriced meals and enjoy the show with Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Charli XCX, Jason Derulo, Gavin Degraw, Florida Georgia Line, ELTON JOHN, Lady Antebellum, Meghan Trainor among others performing to ring in 2015.
They’re all part of the lineup for ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” (beginning 10 p.m. ET).
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 Cards Against Humanity (watch out).
3) Grab a Store-Bought Pizza and Cook It
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 local pie when it comes to feeding all the kids. Most grocery stores will also sell a pizza you can bake yourself.
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? Check out the list here.
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.
6) Midnight Fireworks
Just about every town or county across the U.S. displays fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Call the local Chamber of Commerce in your area and find out the details for this year’s fireworks celebration, then grab a few lawn chairs and cold ones for the festivities. Fireworks usually begin around 10 p.m. Just remember that on New Year’s Eve the police are on full alert for drunk drivers.