The GREENEST day of the year is right around the corner. We’re talking about St. Patrick’s Day of course! This month, why not implement the green theme all the way over to your budget?! Better money management and healthier financial activity could lead to a much happier loan life. Here’s 3 tips to help you get a green budget.

1.) Cook green

Serving more salad and veggie options not only fits the color theme for St. Patrick’s Day, but can also be friendly for your bottom line. Instead of stuffing your plate with expensive meats like prime rib and steak everyday – try going light. Having a few meatless green meals could be good for your body and your budget. Cook up some inexpensive pasta, then throw in spinach, zucchini, and broccoli for a colorful delight. Top off with a tasty Tzatziki sauce and boom, you’ve got a festive feast!

2.) Bring the party to you 

Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day – or just looking for a fun night with friends and family, trade in a few of those expensive nights out with a potluck themed get-together at home. Instead of carrying the burden and high cost of cooking for everyone, split up the dishes to get a little taste of the town.  Assign one person the green drinks, another a side dish, while you cover the main course. Regardless of the type of party you’re looking to throw, this tip can help save you a ton of time and money all year long. 

3.) Get crafty

Have a big family? Tickets to a St. Patrick’s Day event, a local aquarium, or dare we bring up the never ending expenses of a theme park – can add up fast if you’re not careful. This year, get crafty and bring the family fun to your house! Host a kid-friendly cooking decorating party to transform shamrock sweets into a work of art.  For non-holiday themed fun, make a castle or fort out of old boxes and cardboard.  Add some cute paint decor and see where imaginations can build and grow.

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