Weekly Roundup: Our Giveaway winner and New Year’s Eve

by Kristina Tahnyak on December 28, 2012 · 2 comments

Happy Friday Dinks.  I hope you all had a nice Christmas and now we are all getting ready for the New Year.

I would like to congratulate Pearl (comment #4) who is the winner of a signed copy of Todd Tresidder’s book How Much Money Do I Need to Retire? Pearl please send us an email so that we can put you in touch with Todd.

My boyfriend Nick and I don’t have any plans for December 31.  Actually our tradition over the past few years (since we moved from our 20s to our 30s) is to order in food, get comfy in our pyjamas and watch the ball drop in Times Square with Ryan Seacrest.

In 2004 (going into 2005) we were actually in New York City at Times Square for New Year’s and let me tell you it’s much better to watch it on television. I don’t regret my 13 hours in Times Square to watch the ball drop and I am glad that I did it because now I can check it off my bucket list but I would never do it again.

Have any of you ever done it? Let me tell you it’s not as glamourous as it appears to be on television.  There is nowhere to go because the whole area is barracated starting at 3 pm and if you leave you can’t come back into Times Square. People were peeing in empty bottles because stores and restaurants are shut down so there is really nothing to do and nowhere to go.  However Nick and I did meet some very nice people from all around the country and we will forever have the little pieces of confetti and goofy 2005 glasses from our chilly New Year’s evening in Times Square.

Enjoy these great posts from around the web:

– Financial Uproar – Want to make bad decisions? Just Add Vodka.

– Free From Broke – When are Credit Card Annual Fees Worth Paying?

– NZ Muse – Reflections on a year of no shopping

– Blonde and Balanced – It’s never too early to start family traditions

– Budgets are Sexy – Would a Salary of $161,000 Make You Happiest?


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1 Glen Craig December 28, 2012 at 9:17 am

I always feel for the people in Times Square freezing as I watch from home. And with how you are corralled now…I don’t know how people do it!

Thanks for the mention and happy New Year!

2 DC @ Young Adult Money December 29, 2012 at 11:36 am

We haven’t done anything too exciting for New Years the past few years. New Year’s is one of my least favorite holidays. Expectations for a good night are always high, and it always ends up being disappointed.

I would consider going to NYE in Time’s Square one day, but first I think I’d rather go to Vegas. For now, I won’t be traveling anywhere for NYE.

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