4 Affordable Ways to Spend St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated and adored holidays in the world. But if you aren’t careful you could end up spending a lot more money on the festivities than you realize. If you’re on a budget, however, it doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. There are lots of affordable, fun options to consider.

Cook Some Traditional Irish Food

Going out on St. Patrick’s Day can be pricey, so instead consider making some classic Irish dishes at home. Irish soda bread, ham, potatoes, Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, Guinness cake and other traditional meals are easy to cook and offer a more authentic celebration. You can find an endless number of recipes online with a quick search. Invite a few friends over and make it a pot “luck!”

Make Your Own St. Patrick’s Day Outfit

There’s no need to buy a shiny new green outfit for St. Patrick’s Day. Decorate an old t-shirt with green paint or markers. Fashion some cheap, four-leaf clover jewelry from decorations you can get at a dollar store. Paint your nails green. Get crazy and bedazzle yourself with inexpensive green bows, headbands and other fun accessories.

Mix Your Own St. Patrick’s Day Drinks

You’ll save a lot of cash by staying in and making your own St. Paddy’s Day drinks instead of spending money at the bar. A quick online search will yield a variety of Irish cocktail recipes for a fraction of the cost. From a Grasshopper to an Irish Car Bomb to a Guinness milkshake, you have the opportunity to make beverages that will give the bartenders at O’Doul’s a run for their money. Whether you’re planning a St. Patrick’s Day Party or just plan on celebrating with your family, your homemade beverages will make the day even more special.

Settle in for an Irish Movie Marathon

You’ve got your drinks and you’re stuffed on cabbage. No need to hit the town. For an inexpensive evening stay home and watch Irish films starring Irish actors. Some recommendations: Brooklyn, In the Name of the Father, Waking Ned Divine, the Boxer, Hunger, The Field, The Secret of Roan Inish. Or anything starring Liam Neeson.


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