Frugal Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve
Posted on Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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).
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.
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.