Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate St. Patty’s Day

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Cheap Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Cheap Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day has largely devolved into a day that means little more than going out to bars and getting drunk as a mistaken way of celebrating “Irishness.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but unfortunately it can become prohibitively expensive. But what can one do to have fun on St. Patrick’s Day without breaking the bank?

Go to a parade.

Almost all large cities have a parade for St. Patrick’s Day, several of which – like the one in New York City – have become very famous. But even smaller cities and towns have them, and they can be a source of fun and entertainment for kids and adults. Best of all, they’re free!

Make festive clothes.

Whether you’re heading out to that parade or having a party at home, dressing up for the holiday can add a whole new level of fun. One way to do this without breaking the bank is to use some fabric paint or fabric markers on clothing you already have. A simple shamrock, pot o’ gold or Irish flag can turn that old undershirt into something festive and fun in no time flat. And if you have kids, this is a fun activity that can keep them busy for hours creating holiday designs and sayings.

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Cook real Irish food.

Going out to eat at O’Flaherty’s too expensive? Try making some authentic Irish food at home. Baked potatoes cost very little and with lots of interesting toppings, they can be a fun and tasty treat. If you want to be a little more experimental, you can find fairly easy and inexpensive recipes online for Irish soda bread, or an Irish breakfast of sausages, toast, eggs, roasted tomatoes and tea.

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Can’t imagine celebrating St. Patrick’s Day without some delicious Irish beer? Make your own instead of paying for expensive imports. The Internet is rife with recipes for Irish ales and stouts, and even with the start-up costs of buying a brewing bucket, bubbler and siphon hose, it’s still a few dollars cheaper per six-pack than most imports. Want to make it even less expensive? Invite friends over and ask them to chip in a few bucks for the novelty of drinking your home-brew. Remember, once you buy the materials for brewing, you own them forever, making each new batch even cheaper.

Make it green!

And if you’re still not feeling Irish enough, get out the green food coloring. A sure way to make everything feel like it’s part of St. Patrick’s Day, food coloring can be a fun way to celebrate the holiday. Green pancakes, green mashed potatoes, green Jell-O – you can even make your newly-fermented beer green to have some fun with the adults at the party!

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