Save Green on St. Patrick’s Day — No Luck Required

Americans intend to spend $5.9 billion to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey.

Food, beverages, apparel, decorations and candy are the top items celebrants plan to purchase. And there are plenty of products to choose from.

“Before the advent of e-commerce, St. Patrick’s Day themed purchase options were limited to ‘Kiss me, I’m Irish’ T-shirts at Target,” Ken Cassar, principal analyst and vice president of analytics company Slice Intelligence, said in an email. “Today, consumers can get anything from shamrock socks to an entire Irish pub shipped to their doorsteps.”

If you’re planning to buy something green to avoid getting pinched this March 17, we have some tips that will save you green and spare your wallet from feeling a pinch, too.

1. Grab a deal on grub

Many with Irish roots — and even some without — will search for a meal of corned beef and cabbage to celebrate the Irish-inspired holiday.

But if you’d rather eat something a little less traditional, you’ll find plenty of holiday deals and coupons for food. Last year, Bruegger’s Bagels offered $2 off a Big Bagel Bundle in honor of the holiday, and California Tortilla offered free green chips and queso with a purchase. To keep on top of the deals, sign up for the mailing lists of your favorite restaurants or follow them on social media.

Apps can save you money, too. Flipp is a free download that provides circulars from over 800 local…

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