Tips for Celebrating Chinese New Year on a Budget

Posted on 01/17/2012

You may have ushered in 2012 weeks ago, but the Chinese New Year is still approaching. On January 23, much of the world will celebrate Chinese New Year. Welcome in the Year of the Dragon saying “Xin Nian Kuai Le!” (Happy New Year!) to friends and family with these budget-friendly ideas.

Head to Chinatown If your community has a Chinatown neighborhood, head there for supplies. You’ll be able to find them much cheaper because you’re going straight to the source. If you live in a smaller community, find out if a Chinese grocery store exists. Shopping there will help you locate items that may be considered specialty products at other stores.

Take in Free Events
There are plenty of parades and festivals happening to mark the Chinese New Year. San Francisco has one of the largest. The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade has been designated as one of the top ten parades in the world, plus it’s free.

Decorate from the Grocery Store
There’s no need to buy special decorations for your Chinese New Year celebration. Flowers, fruit and candy are a big part of Chinese New Year so simply head to your grocery store and pick up some fresh blooms, fruit or sweets.

Find Free Chinese New Year Printables
Score a free printable Chinese New Year “circle” that can be printed and used as gift tags, cupcake toppers or whatever you decide. Just head to to download and print. For only $1 you can buy the print pack which also includes an 8x10 print, 4x6 mini poster or card and four mini cards.

Mark Your Mail with Dragons
The USPS is expected to release a new stamp this month in honor of The Chinese New Year. Last year they launched the Year of the Rabbit stamp. But since this year is the Year of the Dragon, that’s what you can expect to see on the stamp. Pick up a book and every time you send mail you’ll be celebrating Chinese New Year.

By Alison Storm

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Ella Emmett

Posted on 01.20.12 at 4:22 PM

Thank you very much for posting about my Chinese New Year printables! I appreciate it!

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