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 could lead to a more financially fruitful celebration. Here are some ways to help keep your budget low and your wallet green.
Embrace Irish Culture
Whether or not your roots come from Ireland, everyone can get involved in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! Why not give Irish dancing a whirl? There are plenty of Irish playlists and tutorials online to help you get into the spirit. Maybe 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, you could even watch an Irish movie to put the green on screen.
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 every day – 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!
Due to COVID-19, the festivities may look a bit different this year. But depending on your state’s unique guidelines, there may still be some fun, socially distant, events happening in your area. Many cities around the U.S. hold Saint Patrick’s Day parades – and in Chicago, they even dye the river bright green! Even if your town’s events are virtual this year, it’s still a great way to safely celebrate with others.
If you’re still stuck inside, get crafty and bring the fun to your house. Try a kid-friendly cooking decorating bake-off to transform shamrock cookies into a work of art. Have a contest for the best dressed around the house or even digitally with your extended friends and family. The more creative the better! Which one of you will have the luck of the Irish?
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!