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An Irishman’s Guide to Adding Extra Green to this St. Patrick’s Day

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With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, and being InboxDollars’ resident Irishman, the responsibility was on me to share some tips and tricks with all of you on how to save some money this year as well as share a bit of Irish culture.

 

St. Patrick’s Day has come to be synonymous with everything Irish: anything green with gold trim, the shamrocks, leprechauns, good luck, and, for many, the drink. It is much more than that. The two weeks of March leading up to St. Patrick’s day is also Seachtain na Gaeilge, or Irish Language Week. This is a time to embrace and encourage the use of the Irish language and the Gaelic revival.

 

According to the National Retail Federation trade group, Americans will spend $5.6 billion celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year. That is down from a whopping $6 billion last year, but way up from the $3.3 billion that was spent only a decade ago.

 

During the first half of March and especially over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, many restaurants and retailers will be looking to get their piece of that spending, by offering discounts and specials that you can use to your advantage.

 

If you are wanting green or minty shakes you need to look no further than Arby’s, Culvers, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Mooyah, or Ruby’s Diner. Each of them has added a special mint or mint-Oreo shake/malt treat to their menu. Some at a very discounted price too!

Many retailers have marked down St. Patrick’s Day items during this build-up to the weekend. But, to be honest, for the best sales, wait until Monday, March 18th, when all of that green merchandise will be 60-90% off. Save now and stock up for 2020.

 

Here are some places where you can save:

 

1. Cafe Press

Promo code: SPD2019

Receive 20% off St. Patrick’s Day Merchandise

 

2. The Irish Store

Promo code: LC15

20% off your order

 

3. Bruegger’s Bagels

Green bagels for St. Patrick’s Day have been a staple there for the past couple of decades. This year, they will be available from March 15th to March 17th.  And lucky you, Bruegger’s is offering you $2 off a big bundle of green bagels.

 

4. California Pizza Kitchen

On March 17th, you can order a CPK Irish Mule (made with premium Jameson Whiskey) for only $5.

 

5. Mrs. Fields

Promo code: March

In March, Mrs. Field’s offers green tins of cookies and St. Paddy’s Day cookie cakes. Use the promo code to get 10% of all orders and 15% off orders of $30 or more for the entire month.

 

6. Spencer’s

Promo code: STPAT20

Save 20% off one item from their St. Patrick’s Day collection.

 

7. Lyft

Promo code: TOASTYWHEELS

Chances are someone in your St. Paddy’s Day crew is new to Lyft.  Right now, Lyft is offering all new riders $16 off of their first ride with the promo code TOASTYWHEELS. You can find the promo code on Groupon.

 

8. Tipsy Elves

Promo code: TIPSYELVES10

Hundred of St. Patrick’s Day apparel items. Save 10% off of your order with the promo code.

 

9. Joann Fabric

Save 40% to 60% off (or more) on all St. Patrick’s Day fabrics, napkins, plates, and home décor.

 

10. Claire’s

Promo code: LUCKYCHARM

Get 50% off of the St. Patrick’s Day collection.

 

11. Hobby Lobby

Promo Code: 22474

Save 40% off of the Patrick’s Day collection.

 

12. Sonic Drive-In

All milkshakes are half-price on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

13. Bar Louie

Most locations will offer $4 green beers and $5 Jameson whiskeys on March 17th and March 18th.

 

14. Dollar General

The Dollar General is offering $5 off of purchases of $25 or more on March 16th.  You can find the deal in their digital coupons.

 

15.  Jelly Belly

Save 15% off of all green Jelly Belly candy-no discount or promo code needed.

 

I plan on wearing a bit of green this year myself. And this year, as with most, I will start off St. Patrick’s day at my local pub watching the Gaelic Football and Hurling All-Ireland Club Finals from Croke Park in Dublin (aka “The Big Smoke”). These are two sports that are native to Ireland and have been popular for the last three millennia, at least.

 

After the matches and as the day wears on, what follows is good banter and some mighty craic, eventually evolving into a ballad session at some point. I stay connected with my roots back in Ireland through the music. St. Patrick’s Day is a good excuse to re-engage with the traditional songs of Ireland. Doesn’t matter if it ends up being The Fields of Athenry or Four Green Fields, Óró, Sé do Bheatha aBhaile or Mo Ghil Mear.

 

I ask you to please remember, don’t call it St. Patty’s Day; that’s on August 25. Patrick comes from Pádraig and, in the shortened form, it is “Paddy“. You don’t want to end up looking like a daft eejit and use the shortened form of Patricia.

 

Also, if you wear a shamrock, make sure it’s three-leafed, not the four-leafed variety. The shamrock, not the clover, has become the symbol of Ireland. Finally, please don’t be ordering Irish Car Bombs; it’s not a cute name for a drink. The same goes for Black-and-Tans.

 

Sláinte agus saol agat.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona dhuit.

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