Boston Bridal Bash: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Planning for your big day? Goldstar Boston (affiliate) has free tickets (just pay service fee) for the Boston Bridal Bash this weekend!
Maple Syrup Project Boil Down Festival: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 22 Vinal Ave in Somerville. Watch & learn as sap from local sugar maple trees is boiled down into pure maple syrup over a warm fire. Free.
Every Friday in March (7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th), the Museum of Science is hosting Free Film Fridays thanks to MathWorks!
Stop by the MoS box office on a Friday in March to grab free IMAX tickets to the Mugar Omni Theatre. Free tickets are on a first come, first serve basis. Museum members can reserve tickets the Monday before.
Please click here for more information about Free Film Fridays at the Museum of Science!
Shopping online is a great way to save money on large and small purchases. Although I don’t think every purchase is better bought online, there are also many purchases that are.
My husband and I bought a (major) fixer upper and are doing major repair on the house. Although we buy a lot of purchases in-store, there are also many purchases that are better bought online.
For example, we picked out flooring we liked in-store, waited for the floor to go on-sale, and then bought online.
Yes, the price was the exact same in-store. However, there was one major advantage of shopping online: more deals. Promo codes and cashback sites are discounts we can receive online and can’t receive in-store.
There were no online promo codes available for the store we wanted to go through; however, we logged into a cashback website before making our large flooring purchase.
As you can see from my cashback account history below I earned $77.27 back just for logging into my account before I made my purchase. That’s it. It may have taken me all of 60 seconds.
If you are not familiar with cashback websites like Ebates and Shop At Home, you basically create an account and sign in before you make an online purchase. Simply search for the store you want and see if they participate. Many stores do, but not every store does.
Cashback amounts can range (and change) but are usually around 3-5% cashback on purchases. You just need to click a link from the cashback site to your store of choice. Once you are redirected to the store, start shopping!
You should receive an e-mail after your purchase stating how much you received in your account. Every cashback site is a little different, but typically you can redeem your cashback quarterly either by check, paypal or another payment.
Shopping online and using cashback sites and promo codes can be a great way to save money! It’s also a very easy to do. I saved over $75 by buying the flooring I wanted at home and logging into my Shop At Home account first. Obviously this was such a large purchase, which was why my savings were so much. However, it definitely adds up over time for smaller purchases that you are going to buy anyway.
IHOP is once again hosting National Pancake Day with a free short stack of pancakes to customers on March 4, 2014. IHOP is asking customers to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network in exchange for the free short stack pancakes.
IHOP’s goal is to raise $3 million for charity. For more information about National Pancake Day or to find your nearest location, please head here.
Every Friday, I feature a fun and budget-friendly option in the Greater Boston area. The “Feature Friday” is typically mentioned on the Cheap Eats list, Free Things to Do in Boston, or Discount Attractions. However, there’s so much budget-friendly ideas on my pages, I thought it would be fun to feature something budget-friendly and different each week. Also, each Feature Friday is something I have personal experience with or took advantage of recently! Enjoy!
If you are looking for a cheap beverage option, stop by Crazy Dough’s Pizza on Boylston Street to grab a pitcher of PBR for $5. You do need to buy pizza to get the deal, and I spent around $19 on a large Hawaiian pizza, but you can always do a cheaper option. I like doing this deal on my way to Fenway Park because I like getting full on pizza and beer before heading into the ballpark. Can it be spring yet?
There’s also another beer on draft for a dollar or two more if you don’t want a PBR pitcher… still a great deal! This deal does not work at all Crazy Dough locations, but does work at the Boylston Street location. Also, if you are eating at the Prudential Center location, don’t forget to show your Pruferred Card for 10% off your pizza.
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Bank of America’s Museum on Us Weekend: Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2, 2014. Bank of America & Merrill Lynch cardholders can get into select museums the first weekend of every month for free by showing their bank card (per cardholder, not family). Museum of Fine Arts, MIT Museum and other museums across the state participate.