St. Patrick’s Day On The Cheap

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So you’re Irish. Or at least, you pretend you are because on St. Patrick’s Day, EVERYONE is Irish for a day. Right? Right. You want to party it up — who doesn’t? It’s a day for everyone to drink green beers, dress up like a Leprechaun and kiss all the Irish people you know (and some you don’t!). But you want to do something special this year. You want to do St. Patty’s Day on the cheap. Is it even possible? How can YOU have the luck of the Irish without breaking your bank? Listen closely and find out.

First and foremost, the most important thing to do on St. Patrick’s Day is to AVOID ALL BARS. I know that sounds all Debbie Downer, but I promise you, between the ridiculous cover charges and obnoxious Irish (or decidedly UN-Irish folk) you won’t have a good time. If you do insist upon going out, find yourself a nice relaxed dive bar, away from ridiculous cover-charges, rowdy frat boys and dyed green beer.

If you really want to party on the cheap (and you do), have a party at home. There’s nothing wrong with inviting people to a St. Patrick’s Day potluck at your house. Make sure everyone knows to bring a dish (or beer) to pass, throw some green dye into your beer, bake a green cake and celebrate safely and on the cheap at home. You can even show off your mad cooking skills to your jealous friends by making authentic corned beef and cabbage! In addition to saving yourself boatloads of cash, you’re avoiding all of the rowdy party-goers and obnoxious college kids who will probably vomit on your feet before the night’s through. And, the Captain Safety in me has to say, it’s going to allow you to drink responsibly.

Then, and this is a temptation you’re going to have to resist — ignore all of the cheap green stuff for sale in the stores. Unless you’ve been saving some from last year or plan to reuse these items next year, don’t do it. These items are absurdly marked up and usually of shoddy quality. If you have a green shirt — wear it. If you don’t, pick one up AFTER St. Patrick’s Day.

Hope that these tips are going to help you stay safe while partying like you’re actually Irish.

Do you have any other suggestions for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on the cheap?

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  1. FromTracie

    2 years ago

    If you pinch everyone on St. Patrick’s Day, and not just the people who aren’t wearing green, less people will show up to your party. That means more cake for you!

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  2. kristinebrite

    2 years ago

    Good ideas. Also, I second Tracie’s idea above.

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  3. TiLaMiLa

    2 years ago

    Ugh. I wish I had read this BEFORE I agreed to go to the Downtown Dallas St. Patrick’s party and parade. But we are take our own beverages. So that’s something.

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  4. lucidlotus

    2 years ago

    I have SUCH a hard time resisting the cheap, shoddy Target Dollar Zone stuff, but you are so right. The price of green drops dramatically on March 18th.
    I got the idea from Pinterest tp put little green footprints on the toilet seat and green food coloring in the water. Cheap and fun for kids. Also, drunk people.

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  5. KarenMarrs

    2 years ago

    A few years ago, my husband told my oldest That St Patrick was the patron saint of room cleaning. It worked. And this is why my husband, Patrick, is the true saint of my heart. Or something. Meh. O don’t like green, beer, corned beef, or holidays that don’t involve 3.14 pieces of pie. Though I do enjoy argument free room cleaning. And you can’t celebrate the holiday any cheaper than that. Besides, I spent any and all “free” money on pie a few days ago. *shifty eyes*

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  6. mooivrouw

    2 years ago

    this is my third attempt at a comment. savings.com doesn’t always let you comment. i just wanted to say that the best time to get holiday stuffs is after the holiday. stock up for the next year. but I really like your do it at home idea. smarter, cheaper, and safer. thanks for the tip!

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