New Year's Eve on a Budget

New Year's Eve on a Budget

by Spencer R. Manley
08.25.2010

For those of us whose New Year’s resolution was to become more financially prosperous in 2011, it’s apparent that none of us have any lavish plans, or ideas, to bring in the New Year. Money, or lack thereof, shall not result in a crappy New Year’s (::pumps fist::). As you perfect your rally cry, here are a few ideas for those with featherweight wallets:

The Movies
In the anticipation for the New Year to break, why not check out a movie to kill a couple of hours? There are bound to be quite a few of corny, holiday movies to keep the popcorn stock high. So if there’s someone you’ve been wanting to get a little closer to, use some on-screen romance as the launching pad for the fireworks to begin. Or, perhaps a horror movie good enough to make her not want to be alone for the rest of the year. Surely there will be some 3D options to make the movie suck a little less for an extra three bucks.

Fireworks
All you have to pay for is gas on this one, and maybe a couple of items off of the dollar menu to suppress hunger. The beach is a great place to hang out and enjoy the New Year’s Eve light show shooting from the pier. If there’s no sand in your area, laying in the grass at your local park is just as good. Here’s a cost-free activity on New Year’s that you can enjoy with a date, family, or just a few friends. It’s even suggested that you start off any music playlist with “Fireworks,” by Drake if your desire is to be as corny as possible in light of the New Year’s festivities.

Jello Shots
The cheapest, and sweetest, way to get your friends drunk has made its way into the holidays. Potentially the most fun of the three options, a cheap bottle of vodka and two boxes of jello (ideally any flavors colored red or green) should total to no more than $20. From here, the night can go anywhere. You and your select group of friends can watch the ball drop in Times Square, but who wants to be stationary while intoxicated. Turn your gathering into a party, blasting music for everyone to dance to, being that the most fun part of New Years is only 10 seconds long. Alcohol, especially coupled with jello, often results in adults acting a tad less mature than they do during periods of sobriety. Take advantage of this by suggesting a fun, childish activity like, dare I say, Nintendo Wii. This console was made for a good time, and being intoxicated only adds to the potential for your New Years experience.


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