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What people can — and will pay — for New Year's Eve parties can be staggering. But keep in mind there's still plenty of fun to be had while keeping an eye on the budget. You can have quite a night out, sometimes even for free, in every state across the country. Fireworks displays are one good example of cheap fun. Here's a sampling of other cost-conscious ways to ring in 2018 from coast to coast. (Prices noted for ticketed events).