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Sunday, December 27, 2015

LIST | 5 frugal or tipid tips to celebrate New Year in the Philippines

For most of us, 2015 has been one full, crazy, roller coaster ride! It was pretty tough yet fulfilling, especially for those who are essentially financially savvy and for those having difficulty making ends meet. Typhoons may have battered us. Droughts and flash floods may have put us to the test. Yet, here we are standing strong and fighting.

So, salute to you who's reading this post now! It's really amazing how we managed to survive all our battles and beat all our demons. 

This 365-day story of our lives is about to end, and a new chapter will unfold for us to continue writing our journey. Most of us would want to close the former chapter with a loud bang, from grand fireworks display and festive salubong buffets to noisy torotots, non-stop karaoke birits, and out-of-the-country escapades.

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If you're the type who aims to practice frugality up till this year's end and continue it in the next year, then that's a commendable job especially because you are more responsible and mature when it comes to your finances. While the temptation to spend is there, I'd like to share some tips on how to still end 2015 awesomely.

Here are five (5) frugal ways to celebrate the new year in the Philippines.

1. Attend a reunion or gathering.

Whatever that is -- a family gathering, a high school reunion, or a childhood friends meetup -- you can save a lot if you go to these events, especially when your intent is to see them and catch up. Getting served delectable dishes and cold boozes, while interacting with them, during the last hours of 2015 is a great way to stay true to your principle.

2. Host a potluck party.

Now, if you can't go out due to some circumstance, yet you want to save up on expenses, you may want to invite your family and friends to your place and tell them to bring food as well for everyone. This will surely be a good time to bring your loved ones together at a minimum expense.

3. Dine out in your favorite, cheap spot.

What if you don't have a place to crash on or your place isn't just where you want to be while about to meet the new year? Well, there are local dining areas or restaurants that you can go to. Look for those bars or food spots where there are New Year promos so that you'd get the most bang for the buck!

4. Be one with the crowd.

While there's always danger that comes with going in public places the eve before the New Year, you can not discount the fact that staying in a park is a cheap way to get by with the night, assuming that the weather is good. You may be opt  to be one with the crowd who gather in parks and other recreation areas where entrance is free and light shows are on offer. Who knows, you might just bump into one of your old friends and you'd get the treat of your life, right?

5. Take a trip uphill (or wherever cheap).

The last choice is dependent only if there are hills or mountains in your place. Just trek up and camp out. Bring water and some food, watch the fireworks display (if there are any), and wait there until sunrise. You'll definitely enjoy staying outside your comfort zone for a few hours.

BONUS: Just celebrate it simply and quietly at home.

Probably, the most frugal way to celebrate the coming of 2016 is to sleep it off. Right before you fall asleep, maybe getting into movie marathons and eating some popcorn and pizza together with your loved ones in bed is your style? Nothing beats a great rest in your comfy bed, with some dinner food and beverages on your bed as you watch your favorite movies and series, while everyone's lighting up their fireworks and firecrackers.

Regardless of how you want to celebrate the hours to the New Year, make sure it's what will make you happy and contented. 2016 will surely be one hell of a blast! Let's get it on!

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