Whether you are Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day is typically filled with celebrations involving corned beef, beer, shamrocks, beer and also beer. In preparation for our own St. Patrick’s Day celebration we decided to put together a survival guide that will not only protect your wallet, but  your liver as well.

Once upon a time, St. Patrick’s Day was a religious holiday named after Saint Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland. Nowadays, it’s an excuse to loosen the ole tie and kick back with some friends. The thing about St. Patrick’s Day is; it can become a very costly holiday if you are not careful. Luckily, if you follow our tips and celebrate correctly, you wont have to shell out too much this St. Patrick’s day.

1. Eat

Unlike a lot of holidays you don’t have to spend a lot of money to impress other people in your life. This especially rings true when following our first tip: EAT. The best thing about this necessity is the more fattening the food, the cheaper it is—not to mention more effective against making you ill later in the night. So ditch the diet for a day and eat like you’ve always wanted to.

After all, St. Patrick’s Day is the official feast day as of the early 17th century. We suggest you pack a big lunch or get a crew of people to order pizza before you head out on the town.

Fattening Pre-Celebration Meal: $3-$7

2. Take Advantage of the Drink Special

Note that we said SPECIAL not SPECIALS. Not only is mixing alcohol dangerous and unhealthy, but it is also expensive. Most bars will be offering specials on Green Beer, so stick to one special on the menu instead of ordering different drinks here and there.

Typical St. Patrick’s Day Special: $2-$4

Grab a friend and save some money pitchers usually go for about $10.

3. Go (even more) Green

If you are a true St. Patrick’s Day fan you will already be sporting the traditional greens in honor of the holiday. In this instance we are talking about another form of green: cold hard cash.

When you are going out to the bars on St. Patricks Day, or any day at that matter, starting a tab can be costly. When you leave your credit or debit card at a bar it’s harder to track your spending and you run the risk of forgetting your card at the bar. Calculate how much you typically drink and bring that amount of cash with you along with an ID and you should be set.

The National Retail Federation calculated that adults from the ages of 25-35 will spend around $41.30 this St. Patrick’s day, while Americans as a whole are expected to spend $4.14 billion this year. Keep these tips in mind and have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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