Free Museum Admission for Active Military

Blue Star Museums Boston

Are you or a loved one in the military? If so, don’t forget to take advantage of Blue Star Museums.

Blue Star Museums is a great initiative that provides free museum admission to active military personnel and their families starting on Memorial Day through Labor Day each year!

Over 75 museums in Massachusetts participate in this program including Museum of Fine Arts, ICA, JFK Library and Museum, Old Sturbridge Village, and more!

To find more information about this great program for active military personnel, please head here.

Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for May 23-25, 2015!

Cheap Weekend Events in Boston

Sorry for the delay in the Cheap Weekend Fun Roundup for this extra long weekend in Boston and sorry for the crappy post. I’ll blame it on maternity leave. The roundups should be better in the future and back to normal soon, I hope.

Please leave a comment below if I missed anything fun and cheap this weekend, which I’m sure I did. Thanks for understanding.

MFA Free Open House: Monday, May 25, 2015 at the MFA. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is free on Monday all day.

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Keep in mind that parking meters in Boston will be free on Monday so make sure to save those quarters.

The Red Sox are also playing at Fenway Park this weekend and here’s a few tips to do Red Sox Games on a Budget!

Hope you have a great weekend!

 

Free Weekend Shuttle to Columbia Point

Shuttle

From May 1, 2015 to November 1, 2015 hop onto the Free Trolley from Back Bay to Columbia Point on the weekends. Look for the free shuttle on the corner of Dartmouth Street and St. James Avenue in the Back Bay.

The shuttle leaves Copley Square at 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm and leaves Columbia Point at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 4:30pm.

This is a great chance to check out the Commonwealth Museum (always free), JFK Library and Museum, and Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate with the free shuttle opportunity.

For more information, please head here and then scroll to the bottom of the page for shuttle info.

 

Free Outdoor Bootcamp Series on Wednesday Nights!

Free Bootcamp in Boston

City Sports and Beantown Bootcamp are offering a FREE 6-week Bootcamp series from May 20th to June 24, 2015 at the North End Greenway.

The Bootcamp series is a great way to get a workout in for free on Wednesday nights this spring from 6-7pm.

The free fitness opportunity meets rain or shine but please RVSP beforehand. More information can be found here.

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How to Save Money Eating Out

save money eating out

Eating Out can definitely take a toll on a budget, but sometimes dining out can be the best option especially if you are traveling or need a break from the kitchen!

Before I kept track of my expenses, dining out definitely took out a very large chunk of the budget and it was the easiest (and hardest) to cut when I  started to save (more) money.

However, just because eating out can be expensive doesn’t mean it has to be. Here’s a few tips and tricks to save money while eating out without breaking the bank.

1. Enjoy Early Bird and “Happy Hour” Specials: Many restaurants will have various specials and deals, especially during off-peak times. Make sure to check out Boston on Budget’s Cheap Eats page to find restaurant specials every day of the week from $2 burgers, $1 tacos, and much more during off peak times and more!

2. Find deals through Daily Deal Sites: Daily Deal sites like Groupon, LivingSocial, and Amazon Local are great resources to find restaurants deals on your next visit. The offer will vary depending on the restaurant itself, but it’s a great way to save a little money at local gems. Make sure to read all the terms though because some dining deals may have some restrictions like no weekend dining, certain menu items, and more.

3. Check out Restaurant.com for local restaurant deals: Restaurant.com is a great source to find dining vouchers for $25 for $10, $15 for $6 or $10 for $4. Also look for Restaurant.com promo codes to save even more money on the vouchers! You usually need to spend a certain amount at a restaurant and there may be some restrictions but it depends on the restaurant itself. However, Restaurant.com is an easy to use site and you can always switch restaurant vouchers if the restaurant goes under or you change your mind. (Tip: Make sure your birthday info is on your account because you will receive a free $10 gift card for your birthday!)

4. Use restaurant coupons on your bill: Many local and national restaurants will offer coupons and they can be found in the paper, the mail or online. For a huge list of printable coupons for restaurant chains, please head here.

5. Sign up for loyalty clubs: Signing up for loyalty clubs is a great way to find specials and offers from your favorite restaurants. Many restaurants offer a loyalty or e-mail club and they will e-mail specials and promotions right to your mailbox. Even better, some restaurants will thank you with a coupon and/or a birthday meal when you sign up. Bar Louie, Boston Beer Works, Solas, The Chateau, and Not Your Average Joes are just a few local places that have special offers for e-mail club and/or loyalty club.

6. Split the meal: If you are familiar with the portions at a restaurant and they are quite large, you may want to consider splitting a meal with a friend, if possible. Also, consider ordering a few appetizers instead of a full meal and splitting them between the table. Dine at establishments that offer half off appetizers and look for items like wings, sliders, and chicken fingers that can be just as filling and delicious as a full entrée.

7. Dine at the bar: Sometimes bars will have a different menu or specials at the bar and dining at the bar can be a great way to save money. Also, a lot of happy hour specials and deals mentioned on the Cheap Eats in Boston page need to happen at the bar, so grab a bar stool at a restaurant instead to find better deals.

8. Buy an Entertainment Book: The Greater Boston Entertainment Book has may coupons to restaurants, attractions, retailers and more and does come with a price tag ($10-$30 depending on the sale). However, there are a lot of coupons for restaurants, bars, fast food, and more that can help save money over the course of the year.

9. Take advantage of rewards: Takeout delivery app Foodler offers users to earn points to put towards future purchases as well as other sites and applications. Also, credit cards are also a great way to earn rewards by receiving cash back and bonuses on your restaurant purchases. It’s always great to get a little something back in the future for your food purchases!

These are just a few ways I try to save money eating out in the Greater Boston area and can be applied to anywhere– even on vacation!

When possible, I like to pick the restaurant because I can control what deal to take advantage of and the best way to save money. However, when dining out with friends for a birthday or another occasion it is not always possible.

To help save money, I like to go on the restaurant’s website beforehand and to see if there are any saving opportunities. If not, at the very least, I will look at the menu and try to figure out the cost and what I may order beforehand to get a rough idea of the experience.

Do you have any tips to save money while dining out?

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Discount Tickets for Provincetown Fast Ferry

Ptown Ferry Discount Tickets

Are you heading down to Provincetown from Boston this summer? If so, you may be interested in Provincetown Fast Ferry discounted tickets starting at $45.50 + service fees for a round-trip!

Discounted P-Town Fast Ferry Tickets are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 8th to August 30, 2015 through Goldstar Boston with a few blackout dates. Tours depart Boston at 9:00am and 2:00pm and Provincetown at 11:00am and 4:00pm.

Children under 3 are free aboard the Provincetown Ferry but will need a ticket.

This is a great way to get to the tip of Cape Cod in 90 minutes without any traffic or hassle!

For more information and terms regarding the Ferry to Provincetown and available discount tickets through Goldstar Boston, please head here.

If you’d rather, Groupon Boston has discount tickets to Provincetown from Plymouth for $25 roundtrip for a limited time. You can find more information about that Provincetown Fast Ferry deal here.

Have you been aboard the Provincetown Fast Ferry before?

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Free Admission to Harvard Art Museums on Monday

Harvard Art Museum

Harvard Art Museums are opening up their doors on Monday, May 18, 2015 with FREE Admission in celebration of International Museum Day and Art Museum Day.

If you can’t enjoy free admission at any Harvard Art Museum on Monday, Massachusetts residents can receive free admission on Saturdays from 10am to Noon with proof of residency and Cambridge residents are always free. Youth under 18 and Harvard Faculty, students, and staff are always free as well.

For more information, please head here.

The following Monday, May 25, 2015 the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will be free all day for Memorial Day.

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