It’s almost New Year’s-2014, and let’s face it: celebrating is great and everything, but some of us are broke. Since being broke sucks, but we still have to party, finding free and cheap things to do on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is essential to enjoying the holiday. Here are some tips and tricks to finding free and cheap things to do in every city on New Year’s.
Venture down to Chinatown
If you live in a major city, that means you have a Chinatown. Chinatown in most cities means fantastic cheap eats, especially if you can locate a good noodle or dim sum house. Many of these restaurants are also BYOB, so pop over to the liquor store and pick up a $4.99 bottle on sale, then head out to feast on noodles and dumplings. Pho is a good choice, too and often can be had for under $10 per person.
Scout out free fireworks
Many cities offer a free fireworks display on New Year’s Eve. Avoid the crowds and search for a place away from the chaos to set up a chair, or even sit on the hood of your car to enjoy the festivities. Bring hot soup and coffee in a thermos from home and maybe even a bottle of champagne to toast at midnight.
Don’t overlook the parade
Many major cities offer free parades on New Year’s Day. Philadelphia, for example, has the famous Mummer’s parade, which is completely free to enjoy. Cities across the nation set up all kinds of free gatherings, events, movies, parades and markets on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. A couple minutes of online research could reveal a ton of fun, all for free.
Party like a rock star
People often fall into the trap of thinking that going out on New Year’s Eve has to be very expensive, but what they may not know is that many bars, clubs and restaurants offer free New Year’s Eve parties with a free champagne toast at midnight. If your local pub is offering a free party and toast, have an inexpensive dinner there and stay for the freebies.
Head to the hotel
If you are the champagne-taste-beer-pocket type of individual who needs to be surrounded by luxury with just a couple of dollars in your wallet, head to a swanky hotel on New Year’s Eve and enjoy the lobby bar. Spring for a couple of glasses of champagne and toast at midnight with your honey. The surroundings are free and the hotel may even offer free nibbles, free live music, or even a full-fledged free party.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day do not have to be expensive. They can be enjoyed in style while going easy on your pocketbook. If you want to stay in, invite some friends over for a potluck. For maximum savings and serve Pabst Blue Ribbon. Did you know that in China, PBR costs $40 a bottle and is considered to be as much of a delicacy as champagne? It’s true! New Year’s free and cheap-it can be done in every city. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!
By: Rebecca Savastio