Saving on Saint Patrick’s Day

So you’re not Irish? It doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with great traditional sales at the grocery store. And if you want to celebrate it like the real Irish Catholics, go to Mass, enjoy the parade, and go home to a humble dinner and an evening with your loved ones. Leave the heavy partying to the 20 some things…well, maybe one beer…

Saint Patrick, photo from Intersection Victoria


It is worth noting that many of the St. Patrick’s day sales also coincide with Lent. Check my post and you’ll find many surprises!


  • Look for Corned Beef at a low of $1.89 to $1.99 a pound – if you like Corned Beef, it’s a great time to pick up several. They’ll last for weeks in the fridge and a good year in a freezer. That’s a great value budget protein!
  • It’s very likely you’ll find several sales on Salmon and other fish, perhaps some seafood on sale.
  • Depending on your area, Chuck Roast might be on sale and some cuts of lamb may be at a low price. Think “stews.”


  • Look for rock bottom prices on Cabbage, Onions, Carrots and Potatoes. Since all of these items last very well, think about picking up extra to use during the next few weeks.
  • Make Cabbage Rolls or Runzas with that budget priced Cabbage – serve Cole Slaw and Bomb Potato Wedges with a Hamburger; perhaps a little Apple Braised Green Cabbage? If you mix things up, you’ll be amazed at how much healthy cabbage you can sneak into meals in  the upcoming weeks.
  • Carrots, by the way, can be amazing, if treated right. Try my Glazed Carrots for a lovely side dish.
  • Lettuces are often at a great sales price.
  • Sauerkraut is also on sale, the lowest you’ll find it all year. It keeps forever, and even opened, can be stored in a jar in the fridge for a long, long time. Save the brine when straining and then use it as the storing liquid.


You’re very likely to see sales prices on pumpernickel, Rye and Marbled Breads. Soda Bread may be in the store as well – but keep in mind it is easily made for pennies.


It’s very likely that there will be multiple sales on any “Irish” Beer as well as many of the Irish Whiskeys, Baileys, etc. A smart shopper who enjoys these things (and has will power) will think not only of what they might drink now, but in the near future.

Left Overs

Don’t forget to set aside a bit of your Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner for left overs – Stretching the left overs on a big roast like Corned Beef allows you to average the cost over several meals. We love Reuben Sandwiches and my newest creation – Nested Corned Beef Hash Cups! I think I might not hesitate to stab a greedy family member in the hand with the serving fork, if they were attempting to eat the last bit of Corned Beef and deprived me of the Hash Cups!

Especially if I’ve had a beer or two…

Of course, nothing beats Traditional Corned Beef Hash…and by the way, Corned Beef Hash is perfect after a beer or two…when I was a young 20 something, sometimes we’d close down the bar (closing used to be a LOT earlier in those days) and we’d congregate over at my place where I’d make Corned Beef Hash…but, that’s another story.

Here’s a few of my Irish Themed Recipes! Follow the link “Irish” at the bottom of this post to see them!

Cyclic Changes in the Market – What I call Man Made – Holidays

So many Holidays have great sales – while it “seems” to make sense sometimes to budget a set amount of money per week for food, food doesn’t cost the same every week! The amount of savings can be much greater if you can identify when to expect great sales on items, and what those items are and budget a bit extra for those weeks.

Then beat the grocer at their own game! Instead of passively being drawn into a store to pick up one or two specials and then buy whatever else you need for the week, buy as much as possible of the specials for the Holiday week and weeks or months beyond. Make up the rest of your meal from low priced staples and such you have “banked” at home. Of course, only buy what you can store and use in a reasonable time period.

 Links for The Twelve Strategies: 

If you made it this far, what am I missing, guys? What bargains do you look for in this extended Holiday season?

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