If you’re starting to make plans for the annual day of debauchery that is St. Patrick’s Day, you may want to think about ways to avoid unnecessary spending. Cabs, food, drinks, plus those extra rounds of shots, are all expenses bound to creep up during the course of the night.
This year, be kind to your wallet and still have a fabulous time. Below are four frugal ways to party on a budget this March 17th.
1. Make your own holiday party-wear – It’s essential for a good St. Patty’s party to dress in theme. The theme being: green! Don’t own anything green? That’s alright. Pick out a cheap green or white tee (now only $6 at Old Navy!). Decorate with marker, glue and sparkle paint. The more ridiculous looking the better. Accessorize with all the green garb you can find.
2. Keep cards at home – If you’re planning on bar hopping this holiday, a great frugal trick is to only bring a set dollar amount (decided upon before that first green beer). Keep the debit and credit cards at home. This way, you’ll avoid spending extra cash when you start to feel the ‘luck of the Irish’ take over.
3. Avoid cab costs – If possible, choose bars, pubs and clubs that are in walking distance or have easy access to public transportation. Assigning a designated driver for the night is a good option as well. Or, host your own potluck-type party where everyone brings drinks and food to share. A great cheap and easy drink to serve at parties? Green Jell-O shots.
4. Look for free events – Search your local newspaper or look online for St. Patrick’s Day events in your area. Often, you’ll find parades, fun runs and even outdoor music fests that won’t cost you a dime.
How are you planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year? Do you have any holiday money saving tips?
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