New Year’s Eve On A (Tight) Budget

New Year’s Eve On A (Tight) Budget


Tomorrow the world begins to welcome in the new year, celebrating like its 1999. Only its really 2009, the threat of a Y2K meltdown is but a distant memory, and the economy stinks. Lots of people are rethinking their New Year’s Eve plans, cutting back on lavish celebrations, and changing the way that they welcome in Twenty-Ten.

party favorsTo that end, Say Educate has culled through its many sources and come up with five money saving celebration tips for people who plan to cut back this year:

1. Host It – My wife and I hosted a party just before Christmas, with 17 people in attendance. We supplied the sandwich ring, coffee, chips, drinks, plates, and utensils, while everyone else contributed salads, dips, more chips, and the dessert. Our expense? Under $40 thanks to plates we picked up at Dollar Tree, a sandwich ring at BJ’s, and assorted stuff we already had on hand. Everyone was happy to bring something which is what your guests can do too. That kind of party can easily be replicated for New Year’s Eve or on New Year’s Day. (see for party ideas)

2. Town It – First Night celebrations offer a nonalcoholic and family friendly way to welcome in the new year. Towns and cities all across America participate, by creating a cultural and artistic celebration that often begins late in the afternoon (for the kids) and runs past midnight (for the revelers). The very first First Night celebration was started in Boston in 1976. Search online for a celebration in your area. (see First Night Boston)

3. Dine It – Celebrating at most restaurants can get expensive especially if you eat late and plan on being on hand as their string quartet, rock band, or other artist welcomes in 2010. But expect to find some deals too as certain popular spots don’t fill up as fast as they did in years past. Make some calls to find out if they still have room and at what price. You may not get a discount on your meal or entertainment, but if you’re planning on staying overnight, then you may be able to save on your hotel reservation. (see our sister site,, for hotel stay discounts)

4. Church It – My church will be having an event that begins at 8 pm and ends promptly at 12:01 a.m. Typically, church run events are rather tame – kid friendly and certainly nonalcoholic. But they’re also quite fun with a talent show, food, singing, and other fun stuff followed by prayer to welcome in 2010. A covered dish is usually the price of admission; some churches take up a “love offering” if an entertainer is brought in. (see your church’s bulletin for details or visit their website)

5. Skip It – I admit I haven’t rung in the new year in years. And why is that? Its past my bedtime. Yes, neither my wife or I will be awake when the clock strikes midnight, though we will celebrate the coming new year with an early evening party with our children. The best part of is that we’ll wake up at our normal time on New Year’s Day, with a clear head, and ready to celebrate the new year our way – dinner out late that afternoon. (see The Wall Street Journal: The Case Against the New Year)

Am I a party pooper and a cheapskate? You bet! And I’m certainly not alone. With drunk drivers, traffic stops, bad weather, and other assorted problems associated with the holiday, lots of people are rethinking how they welcome the new year this year.

Photo Credit:  BrookeB/SXU


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".