Avoiding 6 things will help you save money this St. Patrick's Day weekend

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Celebrations of St. Patrick's Day Around the World

St. Patrick's Day is the one day out of the year when it's everyone's rite of passage to embrace all things Irish.

It's a festive, fun holiday not centered around much else than being around friends and family and enjoying each other's company...often times with a lot of beer!

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Much like any holiday, it's easy to get carried away with spending--from festive outfits, to food, to nights out. What makes St. Patrick's day unique is that many people often make a weekend out of celebrating. This year, the holiday falls on a Thursday, meaning the three days following will be a 72-hour celebration of good old Ireland.

Getting into the spirit of a holiday can make even the most fiscally responsible person spend money that they don't budget for.

Take a look at people celebrating St. Patrick's Day all over the world:

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: A patron celebrates St Patrick's Day at the Mercantile Hotel Irish pub on March 17, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: Participants march in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, one of the largest and oldest in the world on March 17, 2016 in New York City. Now that a ban on openly gay groups has been dropped, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is attending the parade for the first time since he became mayor in 2014. The parade goes up Fifth Avenue ending at East 79th Street and will draw an estimated 2 million spectators along its 35-block stretch. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MARCH 17: Jason Gartner rocks a green goatee during the annual Kegs and Eggs St.Patrick's Day event, at LoDo's Bar & Grill, in downtown Denver, March 17, 2016. The event kicked off at 7 a.m. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Parade goers pose on 5th Avenue during the 255th New York City St Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2016. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, wearing green tinted glasses, warms up as he stands on deck in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla. The team wore green themed uniforms in observance of St. Patrick's Day. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
A Boston Red Sox fan dresses in St. Patrick's day wear as he watches play in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Revellers dressed as leprechauns pose for a photograph on O'Connell Street, as the largest St Patrick's day celebrations in Ireland makes its way through Dublin city centre on March 17, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITH (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)
A man dressed as Saint Patrick, works his way along the crowd on O'Connell Street during the St Patrick's day parade, as the largest St Patrick's day celebrations in Ireland makes its way through Dublin city centre on March 17, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITH (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A man wears a shamrock covered suit during St Patrick's Day at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. The four day annual jump racing event sees jockeys compete for a piece of the 4.1 million GBP of the prize money. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A man wears a Guinness hat during St Patrick's Day at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. The four day annual jump racing event sees jockeys compete for a piece of the 4.1 million GBP of the prize money. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Mercantile Hotel Irish pub on March 17, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: A patron celebrates St Patrick's Day at the Mercantile Hotel Irish pub on March 17, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Mercantile Hotel Irish pub on March 17, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Mercantile Hotel Irish pub on March 17, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - MARCH 15: Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators wears a green St. Patrick's Day warm up jersey during warmup prior to an NHL game against the Minnesota Wild at Canadian Tire Centre on March 15, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Ryan O'Reilly #90 and Rasmus Ristolainen #55 of the Buffalo Sabres head to the ice in St. Patrick's Day warmup jerseys before their game against the Montreal Canadiens during an NHL game on March 16, 2016 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny pose with a bowl shamrock during a St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 15, 2016. US President Barack Obama is hosting Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny two days before St. Patrick's Day due to Kenny's schedule. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 15: The fountain on the South Lawn of the White House is colored green on March 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. The fountain was dyed green in keeping with a tradition begun by the first family in 2009. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, ME - MARCH 13: Mona the dog is dressed for the St. Patrick's Day festivities as she marches in the parade in Portland. (Photo by Jill Brady/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
LONDON, March 13, 2016 -- Two women watch the parade as it travels along Piccadilly to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in London, Britain, on March 13, 2016. (Xinhua/Ray Tang via Getty Images)
LONDON, March 13, 2016-- People watch the parade along Piccadilly to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in London, Britain, on March 13, 2016. (Xinhua/Ray Tang via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Members of the Coppell High School Marching Band take part in the St Patrick's Day parade through central London on March 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Revellers take part in the St Patrick's Day parade through central London on March 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - MARCH 12: Chicagoans lined along Upper and Lower Wacker Drive and the Riverwalk, after members of Plumbers Local 130 U.A. poured environmentally safe orange powder along the Chicago River turning it green for St. Patrick's Day in Chicago, Illinois on March 12, 2016. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 12: (CHINA OUT) People join the Irish Feile Festival held by the Consulate General of Ireland in Shanghai on March 12, 2016 in Shanghai, China. Consulate General of Ireland in Shanghai held Feile Festival to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day which would be on March 17. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 12: General view of the atmosphere at 36th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival at Balboa Park on March 12, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MARCH 12: Members of the More Cowbell Band perform as the 2016 Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade makes its way down Blake Street in downtown Denver on Saturday, March 12, 2016. (Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MARCH 12: Marleen Puzak and Frech Bull Dog 'Beignet' watch as the 2016 Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade makes its way down Blake Street in downtown Denver on Saturday, March 12, 2016. (Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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That's where we come in. We've compiled 6 major things to avoid doing this holiday weekend to make sure you can keep your budget in check.

Whether you're celebrating tonight or throughout the weekend, you can thank the luck of the Irish for giving you a holiday where it's possible to spend minimally and not have to sacrifice any fun.

We can't promise you a pot of gold, but we can promise you your bank account will look more like one if you follow our tips.

Here are the 6 things you should avoid doing this holiday weekend:

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Don't buy clothes specific to the theme of the holiday
While blowing money on a full leprechaun costume may seem like a great idea in theory (fake beard included), it's an investment that will really only come in handy once a year.

It's easy to get carried away with wanting to get decked out, from face tattoos to themed cups to anything and everything with a clover on it.

If you don't own anything green or orange, buying a piece of clothing in that color will be something that you'll inevitably wear again, even if it's not your favorite color.

And if you own clothes or accessories in those colors, you don't even have to spend anything--throw on what you have and you'll looked decked out without trying too hard, a win-win!

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Don't indulge in drink or food specials
Yes, green beer would look great in your Instagram but let's be honest, it tastes just the same as a cheaper draft beer.

There's sure to be buckets and cocktail specials as well and in the spirit of the holiday, you'll want to be as festive as possible and indulge. Bar owners and managers will jack up the prices knowing that people will buy them.

They'll also more than likely be served with less alcohol in an attempt to get you to buy more and to save themselves money, too. Stick with your usual drink.

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Don't go to a tourist trap pub
If you want a real Irish experience, find a real Irish-owned pub in your city.

Don't be fooled by the celtic font and Dublin-style feel of the architecture of some pubs--a lot of them aren't owned by anyone Irish and capitalize off of holidays like St. Patrick's day.

Research somewhere authentic where they won't try to give you a run for your money and genuinely want to celebrate with you.

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Don’t use a car service that has surge capabilities
St. Patrick's Day is one of the most popular holidays to celebrate out and about. If you're in a city, the amount of people trying to get around will skyrocket, even during the day.

If you can avoid cabs and car services all together and opt for public transportation, you're better off (especially with traffic and closures for parades and other festivities.)

But if you can't, only ride in a metered vehicle and try to go somewhere close by if possible.

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Don't try to time everything to the last minute
Since road closures and traffic are imminent, getting to places at the time you're anticipating to is probably unlikely. Plan ahead and allow for delays.

Bar lines will probably be fairly long as the night goes on so keep in mind what time you're aiming to leave and get to your destination.

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Don't indulge in mini themed favors
Don't give in to buying samples and themed vendor items
Whether it's $1 green jello shots, mini green-themed sweets or man selling beads on the street, buying tiny items seems reasonable. But, like most things, they start to add up.

Chose one thing and enjoy it--whether it be a mini cupcake or a sparkly green hat. Just don't try to get one of everything you see, or you'll end up low on cash with four temporary leprechaun tattoos that you have no use for.

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