Money Saving Monday: Plan Ahead & Look for Travel Deals

Money Saving Tips in Boston and Beyond

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

Last Monday I mentioned that planning ahead is a great way to save money. Planning ahead for big purchases (like travel) can help save a lot of money.

Looking for travel deals far in advance and bringing deals to you is a great way to save money and time. However, personally I like to keep an open mind and send travel deals my way.

One thing I did a few years ago was sign up for the Travelzoo Newsletter to get the top 20 travel deals to my inbox weekly. This is a great way to get travel deals right to my inbox whether they are far ahead or last minute deals. Even if you do not book anything, it is great to get an idea of what travel deals are out there and ideas for future destinations.

Sending deals right to your inbox and keeping an open mind is a great way to save money, especially on big ticket items like travel.

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Free Workout on Tuesday Nights This Summer!

Fitness Pic

Boston Sports Club has teamed up with the City of Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department and Boston Public Health Commission to bring a free workout every Tuesday night this summer!

Stop by the Clemente Field at the Back Bay Fens for a free workout from 5:30-6:30pm every Tuesday until August 26, 2014! All you need to do is bring a yoga mat or towel!

To find more fitness classes in the Greater Boston Area, please head here.


Feature Friday: Free Admission at the ICA on Thursday Nights!

ICA Free Thursday Nights

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!

Every Thursday night the Institute of Contemporary Art is free from 5-9pm.

I went a few Thursday nights ago and it was really fun and easy to take advantage of. I did need to check in at the ticket desk; however, there was no line and you just receive a pin thing for your shirt. Unlike the MFA on Wednesday nights, you won’t be asked if you would like to make a donation, or at least I wasn’t asked.

It was definitely a fun and different experience exploring the ICA. It also helped that it was entirely free!

Also, on Thursday nights in the summer at the ICA is Harborwalk Sounds. This is a great way to enjoy free music and free art at the same time!

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for July 26-27, 2014!

Cheap and Free Weekend Events in Boston

I can’t believe it is the last weekend of July! Here are some fun and inexpensive things to do in Boston this weekend!

If you are looking for fun things to do this Friday 7/25/14, don’t forget to check out these Fun and Free Friday Events!

Walhburgers on Wheels Free Food Truck: Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 11am to 7pm at Faneuil Hall. Look for the Walhburgers on Wheels Food Truck parked at Faneuil Hall on Saturday for a free burger and tator tots!

Summer Arts Weekend: July 26-27, 2014 at Copley Square. Enjoy the weekend with great local and national acts in Copley Square. Free and open to the public.

Figment Boston: Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 11am to 11pm and Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 11am to 6pm in Dewey Square. Enjoy this annual celebration of art and culture. Free.

Cambridge Jazz Festival: Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 12-6pm at University Park Commons in Cambridge. Enjoy an afternoon of jazz from local and national musicians. Free.

Magic Family Film Festival: Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Prudential Center courtyard at dusk. Enjoy a free outdoor movie screening every Saturday night at dusk. This week’s free outdoor movie is Hoodwinked Too!

Free Movie Nights at Christopher Columbus Park: Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Christopher Columbus Park at dusk. Enjoy a free outdoor movie at Christopher Columbus Park in the north end at dusk. This week’s free outdoor movie is My Neighbor Totoro!

Out of the Park Event: Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 1:40pm at Boston Common. Cheer on the Red Sox on the big screen at Boston Common! Free.

Sunday Parkland Games: Every Sunday through September 28, 2014 from 3:30pm-6pm in Cambridge. Free Sunday games along the banks of the Charles River every Sunday in the summer.

ICA: Saturday, July 26, 2014. The ICA is free for families (with children under 12) the last Saturday of every month, except December.

Shakespeare on the Common: Performances daily through August 10, 2014. Head to Boston Common for Shakespeare on the Common with a free performance of Twelfth Night.

Patriots Training Camp: Through July 27, 2014 at 9:15am each day with additional dates being added. Head down to Gillette Stadium this weekend to check out the 2014-2015 New England Patriots! Free and free parking.

Also, don’t forget to check out Free Fitness Classes & Events in Boston and Discounts for Water Country for some fun summer savings as well as 27 Free Things to Do in Boston this Summer.

Please let me know in the comments if I missed any fun and free events for this weekend! Hope you have a great weekend!

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Free Friday Events in Boston for July 25, 2014!

Fun Free Fridays and Boston Events 2014

Every Friday this summer, there will be so many free and fun events happening in Boston and Massachusetts. Every Wednesday this summer I will do a roundup of events especially for Friday! Here are the free events for this upcoming Friday!

Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Friday Schedule

Free Fun Fridays take place every Friday with free admission to great attractions in Massachusetts thanks to the Highland Street Foundation.

Free Outdoor Movie Screening in Boston

More Friday Events in Boston and Beyond

Let me know if there are any great Friday events that I missed in the comments below!

Make sure to check out my 27 Free Things to Do in Boston, Free Fitness Events in Boston for Summer 2014, and The Complete Guide to Saving at Fenway Park if you are looking for more ways to save money this summer in Boston. Don’t forget to sign up for Boston on Budget’s nightly e-mail for suggestions right into your inbox!


Entertainment Books 2 for $10 with Free Shipping!

Now through July 27, 2014, you can grab two entertainment Books for $10 with free shipping. This was pretty much the price I paid a month ago for one book, so this is a really great price! You can even get a book for your own town and another city you may be visiting soon.

Entertainment Books are a great way to save on local restaurants, attractions, retail shops, travel and much more. There is such a range of great deals in the book as well as access to online coupons as well.

For example, I was stalking watching hotel prices for a particular hotel on a particular date at various search engines and through the hotel directly. There was a special promo code in the book for the hotel’s chain and it was about $25 less per night than the amount I paid with another discount.

The savings from that hotel discount alone paid for the cost of my entertainment book. Entertainment Books can be a great value if you do travel, eat out, shop, etc. often. There are a lot of fast food and retail options in the book, I’ll usually keep it in my car for on the go savings.

For more information or to purchase a book (or two), please head here.


Free Patriots Training Camp 2014 at Gillette Stadium!

Pats Free Training Camp 2014

Patriots Training Camp is a great way to cheer on the Patriots and watch football at Gillette Stadium this summer for free.

The first practice open to the public will be Thursday, July 24, 2014 starting at 9:15 AM.

A very popular attraction at training camp is the Patriots Fan Zone with inflatables, skilled competitions, face painting and more, which is perfect for kids!

Both the Pats training camp and Fan Zone are free and open to the public with free parking at Gillette Stadium too.

The first training camp schedule dates open to the public are 7/24/14 through 7/27/14 at 9:15 AM each day; however, more dates will be added through the summer. As more dates and times get added through the summer, they will be uploaded to the Patriots Training Camp website.

For more information about Patriots Training Camp 2014, please head here.

Have you been to Patriots Training Camp before? Go Pats!

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