Frugal Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
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Frugal Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Enjoying St. Patrick's Day doesn't have to be expensive!  Here are some frugal ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive. There are plenty of family-friendly ways to enjoy the holiday and keep the costs low at the same time. You can have fun without running up a lot of debt. Try some of these frugal ideas for St. Patrick’s Day!

Frugal Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Don’t drive to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The parade itself will be free to attend. The parking fees, however, can be incredibly high! It will also be much more difficult to find a place to park than usual. Instead of driving, consider taking public transportation. If the parade is near where you live, walking might be an option.

Lock up before you leave.
Most people are in the habit of making sure they locked the doors of their home and vehicles. Go ahead and double check that before you head off to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Thieves are well aware that most of the city is going to be preoccupied with the parade, and they will take that opportunity to steal things from people’s homes and cars. Save yourself the stress by locking your doors.

Do you have a garage? One way to avoid having to pay for expensive car repairs the day after St. Patrick’s Day is to put your car inside your garage for the night. Doing so decreases the chance that someone will hit or damage your car while it is parked on the street or in your driveway.

Use up what you already have before buying more.
Where did you store the decorations you used for last year’s St. Patrick’s Day party? Unpack those and reuse them. Check to see if you have leftover green or white paper plates, plastic cups, and napkins that didn’t get used at Christmas. Consider reusing the green, plastic, tablecloth from your Christmas party.

Go through your closet and look for green clothing.
Participating in “the wearing of the green” doesn’t necessarily have to require a shopping trip. You may find a St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt that you wore last year and promptly forgot about. Many people will wear a holiday themed shirt on the holiday and then put it away. This means that last year’s t-shirt will still be in good shape this year.

This same technique – “dig through the closet” – can be used to find your children something festive to wear on St. Patrick’s Day. Kids can easily get away with wearing a solid green t-shirt, or a shirt that has green stripes or a green pattern. See if the green dress that your daughter wore at Christmas still fits.

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