With just a few days left in 2011, it’s beyond time to make plans for the big night. I’m always coming at it last minute, too caught up in the Christmas season to plan ahead for the new year. Whether you’re partying at home or planning a night on the town, it’s not too late for a fun — and budget-friendly — New Year’s Eve.
Here are a few savings tips for the big night:
Accessorize: Instead of spending a lot of money on a fancy dress you’ll only wear once, go with something simple you’ll wear again or dress up one you already have. Just add a little sparkle to basic black — because what girl doesn’t love a little black dress. (Check out these sparkly hairstyles too!)
Dine on a Dime: Choosing something a little less, um, upscale, will ensure you don’t need to worry about missing reservations! Check for places with call ahead seating, scour for coupons, and learn a few budget dining tricks, like sharing a few appetizers instead of separate entrees, to keep it affordable.
You can also buy discount certificates at Restaurant.com, where you will receive a $50 dining coupon for only $2 with coupon code SALE through the 31st. Be sure to read the fine print to know how to use Restaurant.com to its full advantage.
Shop resale: If you really want a new outfit for the new year, consider thrifting. Coupons.com household savings expert, Jeanette Pavini, recommends visiting thrift stores & consignment shops in more affluent areas to find quality items at a deep discount.
Use what you have: Last minute holiday parties are super easy, if you keep a few basic party supplies on hand. Pull out the neutral colored linens, light plenty of candles for atmosphere, and use your favorite wine glasses. You’ll be set for a classy evening at home to ring in the new year.
Budget Wines: Not to be confused with Wine & Budget Night! Save the champagne splurge for midnight, while enjoying quality value wines or cocktails made from spirits you already have. Pavini suggests Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, as an inexpensive alternative to champagne. (Oh, and don’t forget to save the corks for these awesome wine cork crafts!)
Don’t drive: If you’re heading out for the night, check to see if public transportation systems in your area have extended hours on New Year’s Eve. Some may even offer free rides. Pavini says this is a great way to save on parking costs — not to mention keeping those who drink off the roads!
You may also have seen rumors of AAA’s Tipsy Tow service on Facebook & Twitter. This is not actually a nationwide program, but several autoclubs across the country do offer free towing & rides around the holidays. Check out this list of sober rides for options in your area.
However you plan to ring in 2012, please be safe. We want to see you back here, crafting in the new year!
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