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3 Saint Patrick's Day Secrets to Save More Green

Unlike a lot of other holidays, Saint Patty's is a celebration that's specifically built around the premise of partying. Whether it's the parades during the day or clubs and bars by night, it's a holiday about cutting loose, living a little, putting off your responsibilities and just letting go for a night.

Unfortunately, that kind of abandon just isn't possible for everyone. A lot of us have financial concerns that can't simply be put on hold for a night, even if it's just one day a year, or we'll have to dip into our credit cards or turn to title loans for the extra financial help we need.

Does that mean you can't have any fun on Saint Patty's if you're a little light in the wallet? Not at all. It does mean that you will need to be a little smarter with your money. Today we've gathered 3 of our favorite tips for saving cash on our nation's greenest of holidays.

Cut Back on the Booze

While getting drunk or even just tipsy is practically synonymous with Saint Patrick's Day, the truth is that buying alcohol is probably going to be the most expensive part of your holiday. Along with cigarettes, alcohol is one of the most expensive legal vices out there, and the best way to save on Saint Patty's is to radically ratchet back how much you're consuming.

Now, this doesn't mean you have to go completely sober if you don't want to. There's cheaper ways of consuming alcohol, such as simply starting drinking later in the day to cut down on the total amount you imbibe. Another option is drinking at home or at a friend's party, which is always going to be cheaper than at a bar. And speaking of parties…

Crash Someone Else's Party

While it can be fun to throw a party of your own for Saint Patrick's Day, if you're trying to save money then you should avoid the temptation to host at all costs. The nature of partying on Saint Patty's is that a get together inevitably starts out as a gathering of friends and family and quickly spirals out of control. On top of that, when you throw a party you're responsible for the food, booze, and decorations, which can all add up quickly.

This year instead of trying to wrangle a party together at your house, why not take the year off and just be a guest at someone else's? Let them worry about the food and booze, and just enjoy yourself. You deserve it.

Don't Buy Green Clothes New

This is a minor tip, but considering how irritating it can be to be pinched by friends and strangers alike all day for not wearing green, an important one. If you don't have anything green in your closet already, without thinking about it you may go to the store and get a green shirt or jacket to wear on Saint Patty's. But this year, why not save yourself a few bucks and instead of buying new, go to your local thrift store and pick something up for a fraction of the price.