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 are 5 tips to keep your budget in the green.

1.) Embrace Irish culture

Whether or not your roots come from Ireland, everyone can get involved in St. Patricks Day celebrations! Give Irish dancing a whirl – there are plenty of Irish music playlists to choose from online. Try out a new recipe for traditional Irish dishes, such as corned beef and cabbage or beef stew. If you’re not in the party mood, why not watch an Irish movie? “P.S. I Love You” will make you feel like you are right there in the Emerald Isle!

2.) Cook up a green feast

If Irish food isn’t to your taste, try to have a ‘green’ food theme. 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!

3.) Free festive events

Check out if there are any free festive events happening in your area. Many cities around the U.S. hold Saint Patrick’s Day parades – in Chicago they even dye the river bright green! Gather up friends or family and enjoy the atmosphere.

4.) 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 cookies into a work of art. Have a contest for the best dressed, the more creative the better! Which one of you will have the luck of the Irish? 

5.) 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. Shamrock on! You can be “Irish for the day,” on a budget. If all else fails, look for a leprechaun with a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

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