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Save your green with frugal St. Patrick's Day fun

Posted March 9, 2015

If you are hoping to keep your pot o' gold full this St. Patrick's Day, read on for some tips to a more frugal celebration.

Who doesn't love a parade?: Head to Downtown Raleigh on Saturday, March 14 at 10 for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival. It's free! Here are the details:

Raleigh St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

  • Downtown Raleigh on March 14
  • Parade at 10:00 am
  • Festival after the parade on City Plaza

See more details and parade map at http://raleighstpats.org.

Decorations and attire: Head to stores like Dollar Tree for $1 St. Patrick's Day themed decorations and attire including hats, necklaces, socks, napkins, scarves, window clings and more.

Dinner: Dining at home is usually a much more cost-effective way to enjoy your corned beef and cabbage than heading out to dinner. Pick up the best deals at the grocery store during the week of St. Patrick's Day on various traditional holiday meal items. Look for corned beef at around $4.00/lb and cabbage for .50/lb or less. Check the Smart Shopper blog for all the best buys for your St. Patrick's Day dinner.

Drinks: The #1 way to save on adult beverages: drink at home! You'll spend significantly less if you buy your Guinness at the grocer than at the bar. Look for sales on Irish beers during the week leading up to St. Patrick's Day for even greater savings.

Green beer: Put 3 drops of green food coloring at the bottom of a glass. Then add a bottle of light colored beer for a little green holiday cheer.

Kid-friendly shamrock shake: Blend mint chocolate chip ice cream and milk for a tasty green treat for the kiddos and the adults!

Crafts for the kids: Have some crafty fun with the kids using the many ideas at www.dltk-holidays.com.

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