We all know December can be an expensive month. With Christmas just gone and New Year’s Eve looming, we’ve put together a few money saving ideas to help you pinch those pennies and still enjoy yourself!
Staying home is the obvious option for saving money but this doesn’t mean it has to be boring. If you still want to host a party why not make it a potluck party? This means each guest brings something to the table. When everyone gets together, there will be plenty of food for a buffet at home that you haven’t had to foot the bill for.
Don’t fancy a big party? If you’re a parent, your children are the perfect reason to skip the extravagant New Year’s Eve parties. By celebrating with family, you can have a quiet night with a film and a few favourite snacks.
Look For Alternatives
Skip the pubs/clubs and look for a different way to celebrate the New Year. Look for celebratory dinners, public firework displays, afternoon teas, pantomimes, circuses and family-friendly events. All can help you to save money on New Year’s Eve.
Skiddle is a useful resource for finding UK events. You can filter your results, to find New Year celebrations that don’t involve club nights and discos.
Closer To Home
Picking a pub or club that’s within walking distance means you won’t need to book a taxi for the start or end of the night. You’ll also have more time to have a few drinks at home before you join the busy crowds for just the last hour or two.
A lot of public transport options are free on New Year’s Eve, as the local authorities want to keep people safer and the roads clearer.
Check in advance, to see if these are available locally. You might be able to avoid expensive taxi fares completely!
Book In Advance
If you have to book a taxi, book it in advance. This gives you a chance to haggle and secure a better deal. Booking on New Year’s Eve means you are likely to pay more for the same trip.
Even if you aren’t driving doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the odd soft drink. Switching between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will significantly reduce the cost of your night out.
It also helps you to minimise the hangover that you might have the following morning – win-win.
Whatever you end up doing this New Year’s Eve the team here at Consumer Guardian hope you have a happy and prosperous 2018.