breaking news

How could government shutdown affect Springfield residents?

9 totally enjoyable ways to ring in 2018 without breaking the bank


New Year's Eve is the party of the year. It's a night for cocktails, splendour and celebrating with people you love. But if you're trying to avoid the typical club party (and through-the-roof costs), you're going to have to get creative.

Here are nine affordable ways to ring in 2018 like a boss:

Binge watch movies

Want to avoid spending lots of money on a NYE outfit? Put on your pj's, crack open a bottle of wine (or two) and indulge in a low-key movie night. It's cheap, easy and you can invite whomever you want. If you want to stick to the NYE theme, you should watch “When Harry Met Sally”. “Ghostbusters II” is perfect if you want to laugh. And after the second bottle of wine, it's only appropriate to dance along to “Boogie Nights”.

Host a potluck party

Skip the fancy restaurant reservation and save some money with a potluck party. Have each guest pitch in and bring a dish and drink - that way you don't have to do all the cooking. If you want to go the extra mile, have everyone come in party clothes and set up a photo booth with fun props.

Throw a game night

Game night doesn't have to be boring, especially on NYE. Tell everyone to come over after they've had dinner for snacks and a night of laughs. You can go old-school with games like Parcheesi, charades, Monopoly and UNO. Or try some of the newest "adult" crazes like Exploding Kittens, Cards Against Humanity and Hedbanz for Adults. 

Find a house party

If you want to save money but still get of your house, make some calls and find out who's throwing a house party. Try to find that “10 Things I Hate About You” or “National Lampoon's Animal House” level party. You'll probably end up having more fun kicking back at someone's house than making small talk with strangers at an overcrowded club.

Cook dinner with your spouse

It's perfectly fine if you just feel like staying at home and low-keying it with bae; not all NYE plans have to include a big group of people. Get romantic and cook a small dinner together while sipping champagne. Then, set the mood with a nice soundtrack, light some candles and wait for the ball to drop from the comfort of your living room. Life sure is better when you have someone worth staying in for.

Go crazy at the dollar store

Live out your childhood fantasies and be dollar store rich. You can stock up on glow sticks, bubbles and all the other fun party favors without breaking the bank. Once you've acquired a stash of party goods, grab some friends and let loose in the neighborhood. Jump around and remember what it's like to feel like a kid again.

Catch a firework show

Fireworks are expensive - that's why you let other people buy them and just watch for free (hot chocolate in hand, of course). If you're lucky, someone in your neighborhood will be shooting them off. If not, there's bound to be a display somewhere nearby. Watching fireworks explode in the sky as you count down from 10 is a magical way to ring in the New Year.

Hit up a local dive bar

On NYE, most clubs and restaurants take advantage of the demand and hike up their prices. The drink specials go away and cover charges and pricey tickets take their place. But those pricey places aren't the only parties in town. Head over to a dive bar. They aren't overcharging customers and the friendly, relaxed atmosphere is a much better way to spend your New Years. Just drive safe (Lyft or Uber) and be sure to tip your bartender.

Spend time with family

Everybody has some sort of family. Whether you're lucky enough to be born into one, married into one or have an outstanding group of best friends, ringing in the New Year with family is a sure way to feel warm and cozy inside. And your parents are probably a lot more fun than you think.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Springfield Entertainment

Springfield Youth Ministries brings the laughs for second year
Springfield Youth Ministries brings the laughs for second year

Now that we’re past the holidays and potentially facing cold and snowy weather each day, a few laughs might be welcome. Springfield Christian Youth Ministries has your punch line. The second Laugh Out Loud Show will feature standup comedy from a top up-and-coming comedian, two local talents and a possible bonus guest when it returns at 7 p.m...
‘Grapes of Gratitude’ to bring competitive wine tasting to Springfield
‘Grapes of Gratitude’ to bring competitive wine tasting to Springfield

The American Association of University Women Springfield Branch is about to pop the cork on a new type of competition. AAUW’s first Grapes of Gratitude Fundraiser is a competitive wine tasting event that will combine wine and fun with competition when it debuts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Ohio Masonic Home clubhouse. Looking for something...
Ragtime orchestra scores with silent film presentation in Springfield
Ragtime orchestra scores with silent film presentation in Springfield

There was a time when movies came with their own built-in mute button. They were called silent films, and if you wanted music you needed a live band in the theater. In these days of state-of-the-art sound systems, it’s hard to imagine that part of the movie-going experience wasn’t always there. The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra shows how live...
Coming up: Here are the latest area oncert announcements
Coming up: Here are the latest area oncert announcements

Tickets are on sale at the individual venues and all Ticketmaster outlets, except where noted. Banker’s Life Fieldhouse 125 Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis www.bankerslifefieldhouse.com, 317-917-2727 Recently announced: Harry Styles, June 27 Belterra Casino Resort and Spa 777 Belterra Dr., Florence, Ind. www.belterracasino.com, 812-427-7777 Upcoming...
You can get $10 unlimited movies with MoviePass, but what's the catch?
You can get $10 unlimited movies with MoviePass, but what's the catch?

Movie theaters are losing millions of customers to Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services. So they're fighting back with monthly subscription plans like MoviePass, a sort of Netflix in the theater. But is MoviePass worth considering? For just $9.95 a month, you can see a first run movie every day, even movies like the Star Wars' The Last...
More Stories