I’m still having trouble believing it’s already March, let alone that St Patty’s Day is just about a week away! If you’re big into green-themed parties and hitting the bars, then this holiday can get a little pricey! Check out what Simply Savers had to say about celebrating St Patrick’s Day on a budget:
Stay sober. –Bob
Not get drunk…seriously, look for deals at the bars and limit your alcohol intake and don’t drive drunk. Hopkins has a small parade that everyone can walk in. Free to everyone that participates. –Pete
Check for parades and other community events. -Pete
You don’t celebrate on a budget, you need to have fun every once in a while!! –Tara
Construction paper and food dye! Throw a little green food dye in the toilet for kids that the leprechauns wrecked havoc. The leprechauns invade the house overnight… turn over chairs, open cupboards, etc. Fun and free! Plus, it keeps kids searching for the leprechauns. Tim and I celebrate at home now. Watch a movie with a hot Irish guy in it for me. –Mariette
First and foremost, I would say, save all of your green stuff from previous years. It SOOO helps me. I save even plates and napkins from parties. ANYTHING. You usually do not have to buy much then. AND then for cheap stuff, buy food color and cook a dinner at home! My mom used to do that. The green milk used to freak me out though. Another great idea is to go to Michael’s and buy plain green shirts and paint or design your own shirts. I have also done that before. –Cara
Wal-Mart will most likely be selling cheap themed t-shirts, also the $1 store. -Lindsay
Whatever you end up doing, have fun and be safe!
Celebrating St Patty’s Day in Iraq with shots of Dr. Pepper.
What a week. I spent most of it dealing with a pesky kidney stone. I’m doing a lot better but am still not back to 100%…some of the side effects from all the medication I was on still have me feeling a bit out of it. But it is just so nice to have some semblance of my normal routine back and being able to eat and walk around again!
- Ok, so first of al is the whole hospital visit. The trip to the ER and the CT scan will likely bring me up to me health insurance deductible for the year. However the funds in my HRA should prevent me from paying anything out-of-pocket.
- Last Sunday I sold an old chair on Craigslist and made $35.
- I rounded my monthly car payment up from $348 to $500 this week.
- Last Sunday I ventured into an expensive hobby and purchased a gun. That hit my finances a little bit as I had to set myself up with the basics: ear and eye protection, range bag, cleaning kit etc. I did price shop and got a few free range passes with my purchase and am happy with my decision.
- I redeemed some Shopkick points for a $5 Starbucks gift card. Supporting my habit without touching my wallet.
- I got a letter from my bank talking about some holiday bonus rewards program. I wasn’t aware of this, but apparently I was earning extra credit card rewards points on certain purchases during the holidays. I guess those extra points will be applied to my account this month. Cool!
- During the whole kidney stone escapade I was in pretty bad pain and couldn’t drive. A friend ran to Target for me and filled two prescriptions. Pharmacy rewards were the last thing on my mind then, but once the pain went away I sort of wanted credit for my two prescriptions! When I was at Target yesterday I asked if there was any way to get credit after the fact and they gave a number I can call tomorrow, woohoo! (For those of you who may not know, for every 5 prescriptions you fill at Target they send you a coupon for 5% off your entire purchase, which can be combined with your REDcard savings as well. Read more here.)
- Speaking of Target, I had a pretty successful shopping trip yesterday! I had a bunch of coupons from various places that I stacked with Cartwheel, Target mobile coupons, and printed out coupons from Target’s website. I ended up saving over $40 on coupons alone…which doesn’t account for the fact that most of what I bought was on sale or clearance! I stocked up on a lot of basics and gifts and even earned a $5 gift card! My most exciting purchases were two super soft $25 blankets. They were on sale for $7.48, but I had a Cartwheel coupon for Threshold blankets, bringing them to about $6 each. The interesting thing is that the Cartwheel coupon said it excludes clearance items, but it’s always worth a try! The discount was still applied!
Despite spending most of the week in pain on the couch, it was a pretty good week! I hope you all have a great week and recover from your lost hour this weekend!
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