Frugal Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve
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Frugal Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Posted on Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Here are some simple ways to cut down on the cost of your New Year's Eve celebrations - and still have fun!How will you be celebrating New Year’s Eve? One option is to make it a family event. Doing so is a good choice for parents of small children who don’t want to bring their kids out into the crowds of revelers. Here are some tips to help you make your New Year’s Eve frugal and fun!

Watch the Ball Drop
You don’t have to be standing in Times Square in order to participate in the countdown to the brand new year. There will be TV stations that show the events leading up to the countdown, the ball dropping, and the fireworks that happen afterwards. This year, you can watch everything on your computer. Relax and watch the Official Times Square New Year’s Eve Live Webcast.

Sparkling Grape Juice
Welch’s makes an awesome non-alcoholic, kid friendly, fizzy drink fits perfectly into a New Year’s Eve celebration. Alcoholic beverages tend to get expensive (and are not appropriate for children). Welch’s has helpfully provided some recipes hat combines some of the juices they make (both the sparkling and the “regular” kind).

Board Games
What will you do to entertain the kids as they wait for the stroke of midnight? Board games are fun and can fill up a lot of time. You probably have some at home right now, that haven’t lost all their pieces yet. This entertainment won’t cost you a thing! Grab that deck of Uno cards or set up the checkerboard. Bond as a family as you interact and play games together.

Consider a Frozen Pizza
Ordering a pizza for delivery can be rather expensive. You will need to tip the driver, and that adds to the cost. Some places will be so busy on New Years Eve that you could end up waiting a very long time for your pizza to arrive.

Consider having a frozen pizza instead. It will be cheaper than delivery. Best of all, you can have it ready any time you want to. This makes it much easier to feed your kids before they start getting cranky.

Simple Snacks
Cut up some fresh veggies and arrange them on a large plate (or serving tray). Add some rolled pieces of lunchmeat and cheese that has been cut into cubes. Place a small bowl of ranch dressing in the center. Include some crackers on the side. Simple snacks, offered in an interesting way, can be fun. Use foods you already have at home, instead of paying for a deli tray of the exact same stuff.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.