Festive Affordably: How to Ring in the New Year

By April Lewis Parks

The final chapter of the holiday season — New Year’s – is just a few days away!

After spending bundles of money on gifts, charitable donations, parties and meals it is a good idea to have a fiscally conservative New Year plan, while still having a blast. Instead of going out to expensive clubs or dinning at a pricey restaurants, we have a list of fun and frugal substitutes to usher in 2013.

My personal favorite, have a potluck party at your home– Have friends and family bring their favorite drink or a bottle of sparkling wine and an appetizer or covered dish. When the clock is ready to strike midnight, have a group countdown and watch the ball drop on TV. This will cut the cost of throwing the party yourself and you will be with your friends and family as you ring in the New Year!

Parents, consider a midnight pizza slumber party – A fun and safe way to celebrate is to get your children’s friends together and have a slumber party! Ryan Seacrest hosts the biggest party of the year as Taylor Swift will be joined by Carly Rae Jepsen and the Neon Trees in New York City.  Order or make pizzas and let the kids have fun watching pop stars sing their hearts out and then watch the ball drop at the stroke of midnight.

See what your church has planned – Bring in the New Year with neighbors and friends at church! This is an economical option to bring in 2013 and it may give you a clear mind about what obstacles to tackle and reflect on how to make the most of the New Year.

Dinner and a show at home – Spend quality time with your significant other at home.  Rent a romantic movie and order-in dinner.  Many restaurants offer take-out New Year’s Eve specials that are affordable and yummy and this way no one gets stuck in the kitchen!

Take a New Year’s Cruise – Bring in the New Year with family and friends on a one-day cruise! If you live in a warm climate you may be able to find an affordable cruise for under $100 and ring in the New Year on the water!

Wishing you a happy, safe, fun and frugal New Year!