How to Save at Fenway Park: Cheap Parking on Game Days

Red Sox Game Day Parking

In honor of the Red Sox back for the season, my April Feature Friday posts will be Red Sox themed! If you missed my previous posts Where to Eat for Cheap Near Fenway and  How to Buy Cheap Red Sox Tickets, make sure to check them out!

So now you have red sox tickets and know where to eat beforehand, but how do you get to Fenway Park on a game day on a budget? There’s a lot of different options, and it will definitely vary depending on where you’re coming from.

Parking can be a very sensitive topic in Boston and one I rarely cover on the blog. However, I want to give you a few different options of how to get to Fenway Park without spending too much. There are other options than paying $50 right by the ballpark. I won’t get into very specifics in some areas (don’t steal my spot) but enough to hopefully help you out!

Here’s all your transportation options to a Red Sox game:

Walking– If you are close enough to walk, we will assume you know how to get there. If you are staying at a hotel nearby, ask the front desk for directions and travel recs. Walking is free, so it is the cheapest option!

MBTA– The MBTA is a great (but very crowded) option, especially if you live near a station and/or already have a monthly pass. The T is $2.50 per ride per person with a paper ticket and $2.00 per ride with the plastic Charlie Card. However, there may be a 5% fare increase starting in July, 2014.

MBTA Parking Garage rates and availability differ from station to station. However, parking ranges from $4-$7 depending on the garage.

Take the B, C or D Green Line to Kenmore (any except the E Line) and follow the signs to Fenway Park. If you are taking the commuter rail in from Metro West, the Framingham/Worcester Line stops at Yawkey Station. Commuter rail prices vary depending on location and distance.

MBTA Bus– There are multiple bus routes that have stops near Fenway Park and you can find them here. Fares are $1.50 with ticket or on board and $1.25 with Charlie Card.

Pedicab– Take a pedicab to a Red Sox game: A bicycle cab. Pedicab drivers work solely on tips, so make sure if you do take a Pedicab to the game, don’t save money by not tipping enough.

A Cab– This option will vary depending on where you are coming from. However, you can enter your estimated locations here to have an idea how much a cab will cost.

Lyft, Uber, Sidecar– Lyft, Sidecar and UberX are car sharing services that pride themselves with being cheaper than a taxi. However, they do have peak rates during high demand times, and can vary depending on demand, distance, etc. I like to have all three downloaded on my phone and then check availability. New users can get a free $25 Lyft Credit with my referral link or new users can sign up with Uber to get a free $20 credit with my referral link. ($20 credit for a limited time and then will switch to $10, fyi). This can be a budget-friendly option especially if you have some free credit to use!

Driving– The closer you are to Fenway Park, the more you will pay (and the more you may need to wait to get on the highway). If driving in is your best option, consider parking further away from the ballpark to save more money. Obviously, the cheapest option is finding a free street parking spot, but you definitely need a back-up plan unless you have a secret spot or tricks.

  • Meter Parking: This can be risky, but can be an inexpensive option, especially for night games. Parking further away from the ballpark may give you more options and make sure to read parking meter signs for restrictions and timing. For some specific ideas of where to looking for spots, check out this post here, however, I am assuming a lot of these spots fill up fast!
  • Prudential Center: $16 with Red Sox Ticket Stub during Night and Weekend Games; Approximately .75 miles from Fenway
  • MFA: MFA Members can receive discount parking at the MFA garage. $13 after 5:30pm for members only. Approx .9 miles from Fenway.
  • Garage at 100 Clarendon: Apparently the Official Parking Garage of the Boston Red Sox but it is also a hike. $10 parking after 3pm Monday-Fridays and enter after 7am on weekends with ticket stub. Approximately 1.3 miles from Fenway Park.
  • SpotHero App: An smartphone app that allows you to find available parking garages and pay directly through your phone! No cash needed! New users can get a free $5 credit with my referral link here. Available parking garages may vary.

There are also other smaller parking garages further away from Fenway Park that may be a good option. Leaving plenty of time and getting there early is a great way to find a free street spot or a cheap parking garage as the cheapest options tend to fill up first!

Also, ask friends and family if they have any recommendations of how to get to the game. My favorite parking spots and tips in the city are suggestions from friends and former co-workers. They are more likely to give you specifics than strangers on the internet that afraid you’ll get there before me and then steal my spot.

If you do have any parking suggestions near Fenway or other transport options that I forgot to mention, feel free to leave them in the comments if you do not have a fear of people stealing your spot.

Have fun at the Red Sox game if you do go! GO SOX!

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston April 19-21, 2014

Cheap Weekend Fun

There’s a lot happening this weekend: Good Friday, Easter, Patriot’s Day, The Boston Marathon, and then the start of April Vacation. There’s a good chance you may have more than just two days off this weekend. I did include Monday in this round-up, but if you are looking for additional ideas for April Vacation week, check out this post here.

118th Boston Marathon: Monday, April 21, 2014 from Hopkinton to Boston. Cheer on the runners of the 118th Annual Boston Marathon.

To Boston With Love: Free Community Day at the Museum of Fine Arts: Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10am to 4:45pm. Admission is free at the MFA all day on Saturday to enjoy a day of art.

Comfort Dogs Return: April 17-21, 2014 at the First Lutheran Church of Boston on Berkeley Street. Comfort dogs will offer a calming presence to anyone who wants to stop by the First Lutheran Church during certain time periods.

Swan Boats Return: April 19, 2014 starting at 10am at Public Garden. The swan boats return for the season which means that spring (and summer?) is the air!

Hop into Spring Weekend at Faneuil Hall: April 19-20, 2014 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Between an Easter Egg Hunt, Free Concert, Sidewalk sale, and much more Faneuil Hall is busy this weekend with a lot of free fun!

Free Entrance Day at National Parks: April 19-20, 2014. It is opening week for National Parks across the country, and all national parks have free admission this weekend!

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 Boston CrossFit: Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 12-1pm. Every Saturday enjoy free (indoor) CrossFit class in the Back Bay.

If you are looking for Patriot’s Day Reenactments and events, there’s a great list here.

Meters are free on Monday due to Patriot’s Day; however, keep in mind that there will be parking and security restrictions for the Marathon.

I hope you have a great weekend and have an extra long weekend at that! If I missed any free or cheap events happening this weekend in or around Boston, feel free to leave them in the comments!

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Travelocity Promo Code: Get $50 off Hotel Bookings of $300 or more!

Boston Hotel Deals

Do you need to book a hotel soon for an upcoming vacation or for any reason? Travelocity has a current promotion where you can take $50 off stays of $300 or more when you enter promo code TAX50.

Keep in mind that the promo code works on hotels that are less than $300 a night, you just need to spend over $300 for your entire stay. For example, if you found a hotel for $110/night but was staying for 3 nights, you’d be over $300 and the promo code should work. (Some hotels may not participate but I tried a few different Boston hotels to test and everyone I tried did work.)

However, you may not want to subtract the $50 in your math, because their will be additional hotel fees and tax that you may realize until check out. However, you will be able to see the breakdown after the promo code is entered and before you enter your credit card info.

The $50 off promo code does expire today, April 16, 2014 so you do need to book today to receive the $50 off for hotel stays in the future. For more information or to book a hotel, please head here.

Boston Visitors: If you are looking to book a hotel in Boston and are not familiar with the area, Travelocity’s Neighborhood feature does include Boston Suburbs. One thing I noticed when I picked an area in Boston (like the Back Bay for instance) it also includes other hotels that are not in the Back Bay neighborhood but doesn’t include the suburbs. However, it will say the distance from the Back Bay instead of nothing, so you can tell the difference between Boston neighborhoods that way.

*I am an affiliate partner of Travelocity, so I do get thanked if you purchase through my affiliate link. Please see my disclosure policy here if you have any questions.

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Budget-Friendly April Vacation Ideas in Boston & Beyond

Boston Childrens Museum BOB

If you’ve been reading Boston on Budget for awhile, you may know that I don’t have kids (unless you count my adorable pup). However, I have rounded up a lot of fun ideas for parents, children, and teachers during April Vacation week! I hope you get a few good ideas if you are looking for something inexpensive to do next week!

If I missed any fun events or activities during April Vacation week, please let me know in the comments!

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Free Admission to Select Art Museums in Boston and More

MFA Boston Strong 2

Today, April 15, 2014 the Istitute of Contemporary Art will be opening the doors for free to reflect, inspire and heal on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The ICA is located at 100 Northern Ave and there website can be found here.

In addition to free admission at the ICA, the MFA will also be providing free admission on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10am to 4:45pm. To Boston With Love Community Day is free and for the people of Boston and beyond.

If you are looking for another day to enjoy an art museum in Boston for free or at a discounted rate, you can find all discounts and free museum days here.

Also, according to Boston Magazine, the Old South Meeting House, USS Constitution Museum, Gore Place and Historic Newton will also offer free admission Today, Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

The Boston Public Library (Central) is hosting free concerts in the courtyard every day this week (except April 15th) until Saturday at 12:30pm.

#BostonBetter

 

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Money Saving Monday: Delete Your Cookies

Money Saving Monday Image

*Every Monday throughout 2014 I will be sharing Money Savings Tips to help stick to and expand your budget!

Did you know that deleting your internet cookies could save you money when shopping online? Have you ever priced watched fares or something only to see prices increase?

Well, you may have missed a sale, or you may want to delete your internet cookies. Head to Tools->Internet Options->General->Browsing history and then delete cookies. It may be a slightly different method depending on what browser you use.

This trick may work for you because companies know what prices were quoted to you and what you expect to pay. Also, if the price increases, you may make a rush decision and buy now so the prices doesn’t increase more on you.

And, when my husband peeked over my shoulder and saw the title of this post, he said “You are going to need an article proving that.”

So here you go… head here, here or here if you are interested in learning more.

I try to make sure I delete my cookies before finalizing airfare especially, just in case. I’m not sure if I ever saw a drastic difference, but it really can’t hurt right?

Are you a believer in deleting your cookies to save money or do you think this is a money-saving myth?

To find more Money Saving Tips from Boston On Budget, please head here.

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Free HydroMassage from April 14-18th, 2014!

HydroMassage

HydroMassage is offering a FREE Massage for finishing those stressful taxes. Free massages will be given across the nation from Monday, April 14th to Friday, April 18th at participating locations with this printable coupon. You may want to call soon to check availability and some locations may limit a massage to 10-minutes.

For information about this massage freebie can be found here. Hope you are able to score a free massage next week!

 

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