4 Frugal Ways to Ring in the New Year With Your Kids

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Want to have a frugal New Year celebration with your kids? It doesn't have to be boring! Here are 4 fun ideas to get you started. Before you had kids, your New Year’s Eve might have involved celebrations with fancy dresses, over the top events, and a lot of alcohol.

New Year’s Eve can look a lot different when you have kids’ schedules to stick to or babies that need you.

Don’t let parenthood be synonymous with a boring New Year’s celebration. Here are 4 frugal ways to ring in the New Year with your kids!

1. Host a Fun Game Night

How many times have you had to tell your kids, “not tonight” when it comes to board games due to busy schedules?

Now is the night to fit a lot of fun in. I suggest doing it tournament style, making each game a certain number of points.

For example, winning Clue earns the winner four points, while winning Go Fish only earns two. Mix things up and reward points to players who come in last, too.

Prizes can be silly things like a week off of chores, a week of the winner’s favorite meals, a date with mom or dad, and so on.

2. Look for Free Community Events

Your city or local church or school might host fireworks or something fun to ring in the New Year. This is a great way to get out of the house and have some fun.

If you live near a popular sports stadium or theme park, you might be able to see their fireworks from a hill or street nearby.

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3. Host a Fun Scavenger Hunt

Make things interesting and memorable this year by hosting a scavenger hunt with other families.

Aim to invite four to seven families, and send each family around town photographing themselves doing funny and silly things, such as “Do the YMCA pose in front of Chick-Fil-A”.

Have everyone meet back at your house to throw confetti and enjoy dessert. You can have each family pay $10 to help offset the cost of this fun event.

4. Movie and Slumber Party

Have kids that can’t stay up until midnight? They can still feel like one of the grown-ups by having a slumber party in the living room.

If your kids do better with more sleep in them, be sure to limit the sugar and have a fun dance party before they settle into their sleeping bags/spots on the couch to watch a movie.

Whether you wake them up or not for the New Year is your choice, but if you do, a fun disco ball light and party blowers will make waking up at 12 am extra special.

Forget the pricey alcohol and have everyone enjoy a bottle of sparkling cider instead.

For some, take out is a must for the New Year, but even that can get expensive. Instead, try a build-your-own pizza or nachos dinner theme, which are both affordable and kid-friendly.

If you want to make the New Year’s celebration extra special for your family, then be sure to try out these 4 frugal ways to ring in the New Year.

How do you celebrate the New Year frugally with your kids? Share your ideas in the comments!