Dine Out Boston Kicks Off March 1, 2015!

DOBDine Out Boston is back from Sunday, March 1, 2015 to March 6, 2015 as well as March 8-13, 2015. If you are not familiar with Dine Out Boston, it is an opportunity to visit Boston restaurants at special prices with special menus.

Every participating Boston restaurant selects one of three pricing options and may offer the special menu at lunch, dinner, or both. The prices points are $15, $20 and $25 per person for lunch and $28, $33, and $38 per person for dinner and does not include beverages, tax or gratuity.

No passes, tickets, or coupons are needed to take advantage of Dine Out Boston, but you may want to make a reservation at the restaurant beforehand as popular restaurants tend to fill up.

For a list of participating restaurants and/or to check out the special menus for restaurant week, please head here.

Will you be participating in Dine Out Boston this year? What restaurant are you most looking forward too? Do you think Boston Restaurant Week is a good deal?

 

Cheap Weekend in Boston for February 28 to March 1, 2015!

Cheap Weekend Events in Boston

Here’s some fun things to do this weekend in the Greater Boston area without breaking the bank! As always, please let me know if I missed any fun and free events in the comments below!

Chinese New Year Lion Dance Parade: Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Chinatown from 10am to 5pm. Celebrate Chinese New Year with lion dancers, food, music and more in Chinatown!

Quincy Lunar New Year Festival: Sunday, March 1, 2015 at North Quincy High School from 10:30am-4pm. Celebrate the year of the Goat with this Lunar New Year Celebration with over 300 performers. Free and free parking in the MBTA North Quincy lot.

Longfellow Birthday Celebration: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge at 10am. Celebrate the birthday of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with a short program, birthday cake, and more.

ICA: The ICA is free for families (with children under 12) the last Saturday of every month, except December.

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

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

Free Women’s Self Defense Class: Every Saturday from 10-11am in Charlestown. Krav Maga Yashir Boston provides free self-defense training to women living in Massachusetts on Saturday mornings.

Also, Dine Out Boston begins this Sunday, March 1, 2015 with many Boston restaurants participating with prix fixe menus and prices.

Also, don’t forget to search #DigOutDineOut for even more great food deals and specials in Boston to support local businesses! You can also play Boston Bingo to win Bruins tickets, date nights and more fun things to do in Boston!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Free Admission to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum!

 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum BostonThe Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is offering free admission on Thursday, February 26, 2015 starting at 11am to help beat those winter blues!

Free admission will be timed every 30 minute with the last entry at 8pm and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only a specific number of visitors will be admitted at a time due to capacity regulations.

For more information, please head here.

If you can’t make it for Free Admission on Thursday, head to my Boston Discount Attractions page to find out about all the discounts and offers offered by the museum regularly.  

H/T Adam at BHATI Blog!

 

Free Birthday Meals and Deals in Massachusetts & More!

Birthday Freebies Boston

There’s a lot of great birthday offers and freebies in Boston, Massachusetts and more for just being born!

Every February I receive a lot of wonderful e-mails that include free birthday meals, desserts, appetizers and other great offers for my birthday and I love rounding them up and seeing what I get!

The first three categories below are everything I received for my birthday this year (most to my e-mail inbox) from various restaurants and retailers for being a customer and/or joining their e-mail club.

(You can see the Birthday offers I received in 2014 and 2013, and I removed some offers off this list because I didn’t receive them this year or maybe I removed myself off their e-mail list).

The last two categories I haven’t personally taken advantage of necessarily because you either need to eat at the restaurant on your birthday or need to sign up in advance or have a special rewards card to receive the offer. However, the restaurant or company itself does promote the birthday offer so I feel good enough including it on the list although I didn’t receive an e-mail or take advantage of the deal personally.

Also, thank you to everyone who left a comment last year with Birthday deals I missed because I received a few new ones this year and have already enjoyed a few! :)

Please let me know in the comments below this year if there’s anything I may have missed, especially those free birthday dinners!

Here’s some great Free Birthday Stuff for 2015:

Free Birthday Meal Offers

You do need to sign up for e-mail clubs or their birthday programs to receive these offers, unless otherwise noted. They all came via my e-mail inbox with a printable coupon just for me!

  • Not Your Average Joe’s: Join the Not Your Average Joe’s e-mail club for a complimentary birthday entrée AND dessert with roughly 2 weeks to redeem (This is my favorite birthday offer!)
  • Fire & Ice: Free Birthday Dinner for e-mail subscribers (given about two weeks to redeem)
  • IHOP: Free Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘n Fruity for e-mail club subscribers (or equal or lesser meal item) available (given about two weeks to redeem)
  • Earl of Sandwich: Free sandwich, salad or wrap in honor of your birthday for e-mail subscribers (given almost a month to redeem)
  • Haru: Join Haru Access program and receive a free $20 certificate valid Mondays-Thursdays, roughly one month to redeem (this is always the first birthday offer to hit my inbox usually)
  • Chateau (Multiple Locations in MA): Free complimentary entrée (with a purchase of an entrée so don’t dine alone) for dine-in only with ID for e-mail subscribers (given a little less than two weeks to redeem)
  • Captain Fishbones (Marina Bay, Quincy): Complimentary entrée (with the purchase of one equal or greater value) for dine-in only for e-mail subscribers (given about two weeks to redeem)
  • Johnny Rockets: One Free Entrée, up to $15 value for dine-in only for e-mail subscribers (This came in the mail this year two weeks beforehand with 2 months to redeem, but last year I received a Free Hamburger coupon in my e-mail which I also got again this year with a month to redeem)

Free Birthday Dessert Offers

  • Baskin-Robbins: Free 2.5oz ice cream cone (or 3oz soft serve) for your birthday for being a birthday club member (roughly a week to redeem)
  • Pinkberry: Free small yogurt with toppings added to pinkcard, received on birthday (valid for 30 days)
  • Ninety Nine: Free dessert for your birthday when you sign up for e-mail club (roughly two weeks to redeem)
  • Applebee’s: Free Dessert with purchase of an entrée (at specific favorite location) for email subscribers (roughly a month to redeem)
  • Bertucci’s: Free dessert for e-mail club subscribers (no expiration date given?)
  • Outback: Free Dessert with purchase of an adult entree for e-mail subscribers (given about three weeks to redeem)
  • Smokey Bones: Free Dessert for e-mail subscribers (less than one month to redeem)
  • Ben & Jerry’s: Free Single Scoop of Ice Cream and/or $3 off Ice Cream Cake Coupon for e-mail subscribers (roughly two weeks to redeem)

Misc. Free Birthday Offers

You do need to sign up for e-mail clubs or their birthday programs to receive these offers, unless otherwise noted. They all came via my e-mail inbox with a printable coupon just for me!

  • Restaurant.com: Free $10 Restaurant.com Gift Card (note: I’ve had an account for years and this was my first year receiving this because I went in and entered my birthday in account settings so make sure yours in there)
  • b.Good: Free beef, turkey or veggie burger or chicken sandwich on your Family ID for e-mail/club members (7 days to redeem, arrived on birthday)
  • Burtons Grill: Free Appetizer with purchase of two entrees for e-mail subscribers (given roughly six weeks to redeem)
  • Texas Roadhouse: Free sidekick or ribs or legendary appetizer with purchase of adult entrée for e-mail subscribers
  • Olive Garden: Free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of 2 adult entrees (given roughly 2 weeks to redeem)
  • Panera: Free Pastry loaded on Panera Card with a month or more to redeem
  • Bruegger’s Bagels: E-Club members receive a Free Bagel and Cream Cheese when you purchase a drink for your birthday (given about two weeks to redeem)
  • Ulta: Sign up for e-mail club to receive a free birthday gift (I received a coupon for a free Ulta Complete Eye Palette)
  • Kings: Choice of: Free 2 Games of Bowling & Shoe Rental or 1 Hour of Table Games or Up to $100 off a booked event for e-mail subscribers (Valid two days before and after birthday)
  • Kellogg’s: 100 Free Bonus Code for Kellogg’s Rewards, Free $20 credit to Shutterfly from Kellogg’s and .70/1 printable coupon for Kelloggs, Keebler or Sunshine Products

Free Birthday Dinner (Just Show Up)

As you probably noticed, you need to be a member of a birthday list or e-mail list to get many birthday offers, which may take a little planning. If you’d rather just show up on the day of your birth for a free perk, this section is for you. Just make sure you bring a friend to buy an entrée for themselves.

  • Bisuteki Tokyo, Cambridge: Free dinner entrée with photo ID on your (exact) birthday
  • Abington Ale House, Abington (South Shore): Free dinner entrée with photo ID on your (exact) birthday
  • Charlie Horse, West Bridgewater (South Shore): Free dinner entrée with photo ID on your (exact) birthday
  • D’Ann’s, Abington (South Shore): Get a free entree when you purchase one of equal or greater value on your birthday, up to $15 with ID
  • Vin & Eddies, Abington (South Shore): Eat free on your birthday with at least one other person
  • Main Street Grille, Weymouth (South Shore): Eat free on your birthday with a purchase of an entrée, ID required

Even More Free Birthday Stuff

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Enjoy FREE admission to the Gardner Museum and/or Third Thursdays evening events on your birthday, just show ID
  • Osaka (Brookline): Free Entrée for your birthday (for parties of 4 or more) with one week to redeem with ID.
  • Boloco: Grab a free birthday burrito with your Boloco card
  • Yogurtland: Free 3oz yogurt with the Real Rewards Program
  • JP Licks: Free Ice Cream with registered cow card (Small free sundae with close to a month to redeem, thanks Tyrone!)
  • Cheeseboy: Free sandwich for rewards card holders

I also received a lot of small rewards like 50 Swagbucks, $3 ECB’s from the CVS Beauty Club, and other random rewards on or before my birthday.

Shaw’s also offers a free 7 inch birthday cake for 1st Birthdays if you have a little one in the house and you can receive details at the bakery about this offer.

Okay– so what did I miss? What is your favorite Birthday offer?

Boston Museums with Free Admission Every Day of the Week

Boston Museums Free Admission Days

Taking advantage of Museum Free Days is a great way to see and visit Boston on a budget!

I have a page on Boston on Budget that tries to list every discount and deal for every Boston attraction, but I know it can be a little overwhelming especially if you are just looking for a free museum to visit or are looking for plans for a specific day!

Below is all the museums in the Greater Boston area that has free (or practically free) museum entry on a specific day of the week or every day of the week. Enjoy!

Wednesdays:

The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is free on Wednesdays after 4pm (suggested donation of $25)
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Harvard Museum of Natural History offers Massachusetts residents free admission every Wednesday from 3-5pm from September to May each year with ID
26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology offers Massachusetts residents free admission every Wednesday from 3-5pm from September to May each year with ID
11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA is free the first Wednesday of every month for visitors (no large groups)
51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773

Thursdays:

The Institute of Contempory Art (ICA) has Free Admission on Thursday nights from 5-9pm
100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA is free on Thursdays from 5-9pm
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301

Fridays:

Boston Children’s Museum offers $1 admission (almost free!) from 5-9pm every Friday night thanks to Target!
308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

Saturdays:

Harvard Art Museum is free for Massachusetts residents from 10am to 12pm on Saturdays (Free daily for Cambridge residents!)
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Boston Fire Museum from 11-6pm on Saturdays admission is free but donations are appreciated
344 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, MA offers free admission on the first Saturday morning of each month (10am-12pm)
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609

Sundays:

Harvard Museum of Natural History offers Massachusetts residents free admission every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round, excluding commercial groups, with proof of residency
26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology offers Massachusetts residents free admission every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round, excluding commercial groups, with proof of residency
11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

Always Free Museums:

U.S.S. Constitution: The U.S.S. Constitution Museum is free (with suggested donation for $5-10 per adult) and guided tours of the boat are free.
Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown, MA 02129

Boston University Art Gallery is free daily (closed on Mondays).
855 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Commonwealth Museum is free during open hours (Monday-Friday 9-4:45pm).
220 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125

Otis House is free for Boston residents
141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114

Waterworks Museum is free during open hours which vary depending on season.
2450 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02467

Museum of Bad Art in Brookline is free 10am to 10pm from Monday-Thursday and until 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays at Brookline Access Television. The Somerville location is free with a movie ticket and the Dedham location is temporarily(?) closed.
46 Tappan Street, Top Floor, Brookline, MA 02445

The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA is always free when they are open (Wednesday-Sunday 1-4pm).
189 Alden Street, Duxbury, MA 02331

Also, Boston Library Cardholders can receive discount and free admission to some of Boston’s best museums. For example, BPL cardholders can receive free admission for up to four people for the Museum of Science and New England Aquarium. You do need to make reservations in advance (especially during vacation weeks and other popular days) but it’s very easy to receive free admission! Any Massachusetts resident can become a Boston Library Cardholder too.

Bank of America Cardholders can also receive free admission to many museums like the MFA and MIT Museum the first weekend of every month with Bank of America’s Museums On Us program.

Don’t forget to check out Boston Discount Attractions page for so many other great discounts on Boston Museums, Attractions, Fun, and more!

And please let me know in the comments below if I missed any free museum days in the Greater Boston Area! Thanks!

Use Social Media to Find Deals #DigOutDineOut

Money Saving Tips

Finding deals and discounts through Social Media is a great way to save money on top of other mediums. Following your favorite brands, retailers and restaurants on social media can help find specials just for you.

This winter it is easier to find deals and specials in Boston for the food industry. The snow and cold has definitely hurt the restaurant business, and they are encouraging diners to head out and support local businesses with enticing offers!

Use #DigOutDineOut to find great deals and offers for restaurant deals for that evening or future days this winter in Boston.

Here’s a sample of some great #DigOutDineOut Boston deals below but don’t forget to use the hashtag to find even more deals as more are being added as well as one day only offers!

Also, don’t forget to check out #DigOutArts or visit their website for discounts for the arts in Boston and more for fun things to do.

For even more #DigOutDineOut deals, don’t forget to search Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

What is your favorite #DigOutDineOut food special in Boston? Do you like finding deals and specials through social media?

Boston Police Foundation Operation Dine Out

Boston Police Foundation

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, Boston restaurants are teaming up to support the Boston Police Foundation with their first annual Operation Dine Out. Restaurants in the Greater Boston area are providing a percentage of their sales to the foundation that supports the Boston Police Departments.

If you are dining out on Tuesday night, you may want to consider eating at one of the participating restaurants:

  • Alma Nove: 22 Shipyard Drive – Hingham, MA
  • Carmenlina’s: North End, 307 Hanover St. – Boston, MA
  • Cask n Flagon: 62 Brookline Ave. – Boston, MA
  • Church Boston: 69 Kilmarnock St. – Boston, MA
  • El Pelon Taqueria: 92 Peterborough St. – Boston, MA
  • Longhorn Steakhouse: 401 Park Drive – Boston, MA
  • M.C. Spiedo: 606 Congress St. – Boston, MA
  • Michael’s Deli: 256 Harvard Street – Brookline, MA
  • Parish Café:361 Boylston Street – Boston, MA
  • P.F. Chang’s: 8 Park Plaza Space D-6 – Boston, MA
  • Shake Shack: 92 Winthrip St. – Cambridge, MA
  • Russell House Tavern: 14 JFK Street – Cambridge, MA
  • South Street Diner: 178 Kneeland St. – Boston, MA
  • Stella Boston: 1525 Washington St. – Boston, MA
  • TAMO Bistro & Bar: 1 Seaport Lane – Boston, MA
  • Vintage: 72 Broad Street – Boston, MA
  • Vito’s Tavern: 54 Salem Street – Boston, MA
  • Wahlburger’s: 19 Shipyard Drive – Hingham, MA
  • Warehouse Bar & Grille: 40 Broad Street – Boston, MA

For more information about Operation Dine Out, please head here.

Shaw’s Monopoly Game is Back (+ Rare Game Pieces for 2015!)

Shaws Monolopy 2015

The Monopoly Game is back at Shaw’s and Star Market for 2015! This year Shaw’s is giving away over $80,000,000 in prizes and money saving offers!

Every time you shop at Shaw’s or Star Market you can pick up a game ticket at checkout. Look for BONUS items to receive even more game tickets from your shopping trip.

The Monolopy game is from February 4, 2014 from May 19, 2015 or while supplies last. (In the past, my store usually ran out of game tickets a few days before). Deadline to submit winning game markers is June 9, 2015.

For more information, game rules, odds of winning and more, please head here.

Below is a list of (suspected) rare game pieces for the Monopoly board. The bolded numbers for the large prizes are thought to be the more uncommon numbers and more rare than the other piece also needed.

Keep in mind this is based on mine and others game boards and may not be 100% accurate but should give you a nice idea whether you have a popular game piece or not.

  • $1,000,000 Cash: 105A, 107A
  • $500,000 Vacation Home: 110B, 113B
  • $100,000 Cash or 2015 Tesla: 117C, 122C
  • $50,000 Home Makeover: 125D, 126D
  • $35,000 Vehicle of Your Choice: 131E, 134E
  • $20,000 College Tuition: 137F, 138F
  • $10,000 Jet Ski: 142G, 145G
  • $10,000 Family Vacation: 146H, 147H
  • $5,000 Cash: 153J
  • $2,500 BigJoe Grill & Groceries: 158K
  • $1,000 Cash: 160L
  • $1,000 Romantic Weekend Getaway: 165M
  • $550 Redbox Movies for a Year: 167N
  • $500 Apple iPad Air: 174O
  • $200 Grocery Gift Card: 177P
  • $200 Cash: 179Q
  • $100 Cash: 184R
  • $100 Grocery Gift Card: 188S
  • $50 Grocery Gift Card: 191U
  • $25 Grocery Gift Card: 197V
  • $25 Cash: 202W
  • $15 Grocery Gift Card: 204X
  • $10 Grocery Gift Card: 207Y
  • $5 Grocery Gift Card: 213Z

Please feel free to leave a comment if you think there are any errors or mistakes with the above suspected game pieces. Game pieces not mentioned above can be easy to come by so I feel your pain if you don’t have any numbers mentioned above.

If you do have a rare game piece, please do your due diligence to figure out value, if any. If you do have a rare game piece and are looking for a partner for another rare piece, you are welcome to leave a comment below but please use caution.

Please keep in mind this is a public website and it is not recommended to leave personal information like phone numbers, etc. if you do decide to comment below.

Are you playing the Shaw’s Monopoly game this year? Have you won anything in the past!?! Do you have any pieces mentioned on the list above?

Good luck!