By Tiernan Cannon
March is a fine time to be Irish. St Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, meaning it’s time to prepare for the big day by getting the decorations ready, organising the day’s entertainment, and readying a few pints of the black stuff. If you’re on a budget, here’s a few suggestions for keeping the day’s spending under control.
A great way to show your pride for the Emerald Isle involves decorating your house in all manner and shades of green. You really needn’t break the bank with these, as Paddy’s Day decorations are inherently kitsch. Simply pop into your local Dealz or Mr Price, where you’ll find a whole host of wonderful green tack for very little.
Pints of the black stuff
What sort of Paddy’s Day would it be without a good old fashioned pint of Guinness? The only thing is that pints in pubs are expensive, so if you’re feeling like saving a few euro, throw a Paddy’s party at your home. Have everyone bring their own beverages and save a load – compared to going out for the day (and night).
Head into Tesco to check out their deals on beer and cider. Pick up 12 Guinness Draught cans for €19, or a selection of Irish craft beers at four for €10. Go raibh maith agat!
Do it Yourself
If you’re crafty, or you’re looking for a way to keep the kids occupied this weekend, why not make your own Paddy’s Day cards and crafts? There are hundreds of thousands of ideas and templates online – including these handy options from CountryLiving and ParentMap. All you need is a little imagination, and possibly some glue.
There’s an even cheaper alternative to drinking pints on Paddy’s day – not drinking pints on Paddy’s Day. The Irish are of course rather infamous for their drinking habits, but Paddy’s Day has much more to offer than copious alcohol consumption. Get out into the world and head to the nearest parade for a bit of Irish music, art and culture to give the ultimate hooray to the patron saint himself.
And don’t forget, everyone named Patrick, Paddy, Patricia, or some other variant of our patron saint can get free admission to the Guinness Storehouse this Paddy’s Day (ID required).