St. Patrick’s Day is a time to let loose and enjoy camaraderie with others while celebrating Irish heritage and culture. Many cities and towns host parades and other events where shamrocks and green colored beverages are in high demand. It’s important to stay aware of how much your own pot of gold contains and not overdo the celebrating on this unique holiday.
How to Have a Responsible St. Patrick’s Day
Today is a day when everybody is at least a little Irish. Everyone wears green, we go watch parades, and traditionally, there’s even a feast! With all of this going on, it can be easy to get caught up in the craziness and lose track of sensible limits for eating, drinking, and spending. Here are some tips to ensure that you stay safe and lucky this St. Patrick’s Day!
- Green is Golden – Practically everybody knows that wearing green is a must on March 17th. This year, consider spending only green as well! In other words, leave the cards at home and stick to cash for all your purchases. Not only does this keep you on a budget, but it reduces the risk of credit problems, from accidentally losing a card to using it too much.
- Keep Your Wits (and belongings) About You – If you go to a parade or another crowded event, do what you can to avoid getting your pocket picked. Keep your wallet and other valuables in your front pockets, since they’re harder to pick unnoticed. If you carry items in a backpack, don’t leave cameras or phones in the outermost compartment. Use the deeper portion of the bag to make it difficult for thieves to get at the goods. This way you avoid dealing with credit card debt from replacing stolen items.
- Stay Hydrated – Just because there are green drinks available doesn’t mean that’s the only thing you need to drink. Wherever you go, bring a reusable water bottle to drink and refill. Bottled water is often expensive, but most establishments will let you fill up a bottle of your own for free. This is always smart if you’re trying to eliminate credit card debt, but it can be a lifesaver when celebrating St. Paddy’s Day!
We hope these tips help you have a lucky and enjoyable St. Partick’s Day!