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March 25, 2007

Living on a Budget- Staying In

Hello Readers,

As I was getting ready to go to a friend's house for dinner the other night, I heard a DJ on the radio make the following comment: "Staying in is the new going out". Sounds a bit silly, I suppose, but it's worth thinking about. For many ESL teachers, salaries are low. While we all enjoy a good night out, spending money on food and drink in restaurants and bars is...

... an easy way to burn a hole through your pocket.

So, why not organize a regular party for your friends (and students?) to get yourself out by staying in?

Here are some ideas for some theme parties:

1. Mexican/Chinese/Italian/Japanese themed dinner parties
2. Slumber party (complete with party games)
3. Costume party
4. Dress like your friend party
5. Board game party
6. BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer) party
7. Around the world party (offer a variety of different drinks in different parts of your home- your guests can supply them- and when they down a certain type of drink, they can get a "stamp" in their "passport")
8. Who dunnit party
9. 80s Night
10. Pretty in Pink (everyone must wear pink)

So, if you're trying to save some money for a well-needed beach holiday, go out by staying in with your friends.

Do you have any other ideas for different theme parties? Feel free to add your suggestions below.

Have fun!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, and lived and worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at the Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!


Posted by crueckert at March 25, 2007 05:02 PM

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Don't forget about the "Wine Party", we did this in Japan a couple of times a year. Everyone brings 2 bottles of wine, one is of a moderate price and the other as cheap as possible. The labels are removed and a piece of masking tape with a number is the replacement. Once the bottle is emptied everyone gives their comments. Interesting to see how the label influences the drinker's taste. By the end of the party, all the wine is long gone and even the "crap" wine is sucked up and emptied.

Cheers, D.

Posted by: Dazza at March 25, 2007 09:10 PM

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