If you love spending time with your friends and celebrating milestones, things can get expensive. After all, buying drinks, getting decorations, and ordering cakes can really add up. But, if you’re looking for low-cost ways to celebrate with friends, look no further than the ideas below.

Host a Potluck At Your Home

When you celebrate with friends by going out, you have to consider the costs below.

  • Food
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Childcare if you have kids and plan on going out

All of these expenses can really add up. However, if you don’t want to go out and deal with all the hassle of transportation, traffic, and pricey dinners, you can host your own party in your home and invite your friends over.

To save money on food, you can ask everyone to bring a dish and a bottle of wine to try. You can play games or watch movies. You can even invite your friends’ kids over and have special entertainment planned just for them.

At the end of the night, all you’ll have to worry about is cleaning up and going to bed. Choose a fun theme for the party to get everyone involved.

Go Wine Tasting

If you have a winery near you, get your friends together by asking them to meet you there for a wine tasting. There are often many different Groupons available for wineries. You can also look for other coupons, especially if you go with a large group.

If each person or each couple pays for their own wine tasting, it can be an easy way to spend time with friends without having to pay for everyone’s way.

Host a Game Night

Games make every party fun. Pull out your favorite board games and card games for everyone to play. Consider playing fun strategy games or team games that will allow everyone to contribute in some way. You can even play more interactive games like charades or Pictionary.

Another option is to have your friends bring their favorite games and then have them explain it to the group. Have everyone vote on the game that sounds the most interesting and play the one that wins.

Throw a Costume Party

People like to dress up even if it’s not Halloween, so you might as well throw a costume party. Ask people to dress up as their favorite characters from a particular movie or genre. You can even theme your party based on the ’80s, ’90s, or 2000s. Look for cheap decorations online to bring everything together.

Set up a backdrop for photo ops and you can grab a few props from around your house as well. Play trivia games, enjoy some good food, and have fun.

Attend a Free Festival

Most cities have free festivals with live music and other entertainment to enjoy. Instead of paying to get into an event, search online to see what public celebrations are going on in cities near you.

You will most likely have to pay for drinks and food, but you can bring a few friends and take public transportation or Uber to minimize transportation costs.

The closer you are to your home, the easier it will be to make it back home at the end of the night and avoid staying in a hotel.

Go Skating or Ice Skating

If you live in a cold climate and are looking for a family-orientated outing you can take your family out ice skating for the day. Otherwise, you can take them roller skating. Usually, all you need to pay for is an entrance fee and skates. Again, look for coupons or specific deals offered on certain days of the week.

Watch Fireworks

This is another one of my favorite low-cost ways to celebrate with friends. If it’s New Year’s Eve or the 4th of July, check out a local fireworks show in town.


Celebrating different milestones and holidays with friends doesn’t have to break the bank. You can spend time with your friends without going over budget by hosting your own frugal party or attending an affordable or free event.

When you’re trying to save money, it’s important to surround yourself with friends who also value being financially savvy. If your friends are always trying to get you to attend expensive outings and making reservations at nice restaurants, it can be hard to save. However, if you establish a pattern of staying in, having game night, and going to free festivals, you can not only save money yourself, but you can encourage your friends to save too.

How do you enjoy celebrating with friends?


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