It’s not fair that the best party night of the year, New Year's Eve, comes just six days after Christmas.
Spending mucho dinero on the fam doesn’t leave someone with many options for New Year's. This is especially true if you live in a major city like New York. Luckily we’re here to help.
The folks on our staff are notorious for their penny pinching ways. Using our skills, we were able to come up with this list of six fun ways to bring in 2013 on the cheap.
Check it out below!
If you're in New York City, just do the Times Square thing.
There’s a reason why millions come to Times Square on New Year's Eve. It’s not because they love the claustrophobic feeling, either. It’s because it costs free 99 to attend the best party in the world.
You just have to know the tricks of the trade.
For an example: you need to be there early if you want prime seats. What sucks about this, obviously, is that you get hungry or thirsty or cold, so you end up spending $28 dollars on a shish kebab and a cup of hot chocolate.
Here’s how you get around that: remember when you were a kid and you went to the movies and you snuck in a couple of bags of UTZ chips and Top Pop soda? No different here. Before you head to Times Square, stop off at Wendy’s, get yourself some of them spicy chicken nuggets and a couple of them cheeseburgers and you’ll be straight.
We also recommend stopping by a Modell's or Footlocker and copping some of those five-dollar hand warmer things.
Throw your own party with a “bring your own bottle” policy.
This way all you need is a couple of bucks for a couple of frozen pizzas and cheese doodles. The key here is making sure you enforce this rule diligently. No empty hands allowed, bro.
Also, something like this works best when you have a diverse crowd coming through, bringing a diverse selection of liquors. You want a party made up of only Henny as much as one that's made up only of Jameson.
If you want to be nice, you could make your own punch with a bunch of cheap booze.
Strictly for the fellas: stress to your girlfriend that it’s cuffin' season.
We’ve kinda failed you with this one. By the time this post goes live it will be December 27th, just four days to New Years. That isn't an ample amount of time to stress cuddle season, which is just slang for staying inside with your significant other during the winter months.
But, honestly, if you stress cuffin’ season for weeks, it kind of just becomes cemented in your mate's brain. Then when the holiday season comes around, staying in, watching TV and ordering a pizza just becomes the norm.
Try to ninja your way into a party.
One of our writers broke this technique down lovely a couple of months ago during Fashion Week. Read that post for some great tips that can apply to anytime of the year, really.
Stand outside the hottest club in your area.
If you're a man, this is an underrated method for picking up women. There’s nothing that’s in the club that ain’t going to eventually go outside. Plus, there's always a funny moment or two or a fight that’s worth recording and sending to Worldstar.
Head to a late night diner.
Unless you have a flask on you, there's no heavy booze. That's cool, though. You and your pals can have a great ol' time eating $5.99 pancakes while watching the ball drop on the diner's 19 inch Zenith.