Amazon Prime $79 for One Day Only!

Today Only!! Score one-year of Amazon Prime for $79 (regularly priced at $99!)

This is a great deal for Amazon Prime if you are on the fence about it, but it only available for new members only.

I’ve mentioned it before on the blog, but I love being an Amazon Prime member and love the 2-day shipping and instant streaming of movies and TV shows. Also, if you do not need 2-day shipping, you can opt to receive a $1 credit to put towards movies, which can add up.

For more information or to purchase Amazon Prime, please head here.

Do you have an Amazon Prime account?

Faneuil Hall: Half Off at the Hall Promotion!

Faneuil Hall Food Deals

From now until March 31, 2015, stop into Faneuil Hall and receive Half Off at the Hall! Select restaurants and food vendors are offering half off select food items during the winter months at Faneuil Hall in Boston.

Below are the food deals from select vendors and restaurants:

Boston Chowda Co.: Bread bowl with your choice of ANY chowda or soup ($3.75+tax)

Boston Pretzel: Salt or Sesame Seed Pretzel ($2.30)

Carol Ann Bake Shop: One hot coffee and a choice of a muffin ($1.95)

Cheers: Half Price Appetizers Monday-Friday, 4-6 PM (side note: this deal is year round, AAA members can save 10% at Cheers too)

Dick’s Last Resort: Fish ‘n Chips (Lunch $6.40, Dinner $9.10) and ½ Rack of Ribs (Lunch $8, Dinner $8.55)

Durgin-Park Restaurant: All desserts 50% off with any purchase of an entrée.

Fisherman’s Net: Stuffed clam and crab cake dinner ($5)

Kilvert & Forbes Bakeshop: 50% off any three cookies ($4.50)

La Pastaria: Chicken, Broccoli and Ziti ($3.75+tax) and Chicken Carbonara ($3.75+tax)

McCormick and Schmick’s: Half Price Appetizers Monday-Friday, 4-6:30 PM (side note: this runs year round at the bar with a beverage purchase)

Mija Cantina & Tequila Bar: Duck Taquitos ($5.50+tax)

North End Bakery: Apple Pie ($2.14)

Philadelphia Steak & Hoagie: French Fries (Small $3.50, Large $6.00) and Free canned drink with any sandwich purchase

Quincy’s Place 50% off Any Combo Meal ($4.25)

Sprinkles Ice Cream: 50% off a large cup of yogurt with a topping ($3.75+tax) and 50% off a Smoothie or Frappe ($3.48+tax)

Wagamama: Half price Gyoza Steamed Dumplings for $3.75

Walrus & Carpenter: 6 clams on the half shell for $6

Zuma Tex Mex Grille: Half Price Appetizers Monday-Friday from 4-6 PM (side note: they also have $4 margaritas daily)

Note from Kate: Last winter when Faneuil Hall ran a similar promotion, I didn’t notice food vendors directly advertising the offers via signage or anything, so you may want to ask before you purchase just to make sure the deal will work.

For more information about Half Off at the Hall, please head here. For more food deals and specials in Boston, please head here.

Will you be heading to Faneuil Hall this winter for some half-off deals?


Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for January 24-25, 2015!

Cheap Weekend Events in Boston

There’s a lot of fun and cheap things to do in Boston this weekend and here’s a few ideas! As always, please leave a comment below if I missed any fun and free events this weekend!

Taste of Chocolate Festival Harvard Square: January 23-25, 2015 at Harvard Square. Enjoy free chocolate samples, discounts and deals, special events and more for this 5th Annual Event!

The Greater Boston Food Bank Brunch for a Cause: January 24-25, 2015 at participating Boston restaurants. Participating restaurants are donating their time and services to host brunch this weekend and proceeds will benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Fire Puncher Day: Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 4-7pm at Redbones in Somerville. Celebrate Fire Puncher Day with Fire Puncher Vodka and specialty cocktails. Arrive on the early side to receive free apps.

The Boston Home Show: January 24-25, 2015 in South Boston. Learn about the latest products and services for your home. Free admission.

MIT Museum: The last Sunday of every month September through June the MIT Museum is free!

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

Don’t forget you can get FREE TACOS this month and next on Saturdays and on Sundays you can get a FREE BRUNCH if you are willing to sing a little Sunday Karaoke!

Hope you have a great weekend whatever you decide to do!


Free Tickets to the Boston Globe Travel Show for 2015!

Boston Globe Travel Show 2015

Are you looking for discounted or free tickets to the 2015 Boston Globe Travel Show?

The 10th Anniversary of the Boston Globe Travel Show will take place at the Seaport World Center on February 6-8, 2015!

Tickets to the travel show are $10 and $15 onsite but there are few promo codes and discounts available.

Globe Insiders can receive free tickets with promo code BSN15 at checkout or you can try promo code ARUBG15 for free tickets!

I’m not sure how long these promo codes will last for and what the limit is for tickets. I know in the past I tried a promo code on the day of the event but it no longer worked.

There is also a Craft Beer Pavilion at the event and tickets are $25 online (+ $2.50 service charge per ticket) and $35 onsite. However, you can use promo code NEBSU5Z for Sunday or NEBSA5A for Saturday to save $5 on tickets! Travel show tickets are included in the beer pavilion tickets, so you do not need to buy a ticket for the travel show. Keep in the mind tickets to the Craft Beer Pavilion did sell out ahead of time last year.

For more information about the Boston Globe Travel Show or to purchase tickets, please head here.

Have you been to the travel show in Boston before? Have you won anything before?


Get a “Lyft Me Up” with a Giveaway!

Lyft New Logo

Who doesn’t love giveaways?!?!

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for reading Boston on Budget whether it’s been for awhile or one day!

I am giving away $500 in Free Lyft Credit to new and EXISTING users! If you are not familiar with ridesharing app Lyft, please read this previous post here.

If you are a new user, you can receive a free $10 credit by downloading the app and entering promo code BOSBUDGET which can be found under the payment tab.

Both new and existing users can enter the giveaway below for even more Lyft credit and there’s a few different ways to win!

You can choose which category you want to enter in and you can enter in 1, 2, 3 or all 4 categories, but you can only enter once in each. (So you can’t comment multiples times on the blog, but you can certainly comment and follow me on Instagram, for example).

  • Leave a comment below with a money saving goal for the new year or something you’d like to do in Boston this year! 10 readers will receive 2) $10 credit in free rides!
  • Subscribe to Boston on Budget’s Daily Newsletter (if you are already subscribe, you are already entered!) Two subscribers will win 5) $10  credit in free rides! ($100)
  • Follow me on Instagram (I’m new and still figuring it out, so pardon the mess!) One subscriber will win 5) $10 credit in free rides! ($50)
  • Follow Boston on Budget on Twitter (if you don’t already) and use #BostonOnABudget and share a budget-friendly tip! Three people will win 5) $10 credit in free rides ($150) 

The giveaway ends on Wednesday, January 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the US only. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail with 48 hours. Winners will then have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Winners will be asked to supply their phone number linked to their Lyft account to receive the credit, but I will not sell or share your contact information.

All thoughts and opinions of Lyft are my own. I do get compensated if you are a new user and decide to sign up for an account through my referral link. However, purchase or sign-up is not necessary to enter this giveaway, but you will need to supply a Lyft account to receive the Lyft credit.

If you currently have the Lyft app, this is a great way to receive free credit during the cold winter months! Lyft is a great and affordable way to get around the city without taking public transportation and it is always nice to have credit in your account for rainy (or snowy!) days.

Have you used Lyft before?

Good luck!


Get Organized to Stay on Budget

How to Get Organized

In order to stay on Budget, you need to get organized and stay organized, but how do you organize a budget?

The way you organize your budget depends on your style and preferences and I don’t think there’s one correct method to getting and staying organized.

You may have already organized your budget when you learned how to make a budget, and it’s important to stay organized and adjust your style when/if needed.

I have a file cabinet and folders that I keep track of all the hard copies in to stay organized. It’s a lot easier to do folders than a binder for me personally, but there’s a lot of ways to stay organized.

There are a lot of perks of being organized and staying organized can help save you money. If you are organized you have a better feel for your budget, may find missing money, find tricks to save even more and much more benefits.

Also, if you are organized you hopefully won’t miss any payments and pay penalty fees or extra interest.

There’s so many benefits of staying organized and staying on budget.

How do you stay organized?


Where to Watch the AFC Championship Game on a Budget!

Football Deals in Boston

The day has come! And if you won’t be at Gillette Stadium tonight but are looking to head out and cheer on the Patriots in Boston without spending too much money, I’ve got you covered.

Below are a few bars in Boston (and greater Boston) that have cheap eats and drinks tonight before or during the game. Keep in mind that all info was received directly from each establishment’s website (minus An Tain who doesn’t have a site) but you may want to double check before you head there and/or order.

Please let me know in the comments below if I missed any of your favorite NFL Football deals in the city:

Pour House: Half price Dipper Menu from 4-10 PM on Sundays

The Living Room: .35 Jumbo Wings during the NFL season & $3 Coors Light daily

The Draft: .25 wings all day on Sundays with the NFL Package

SKYBOKX  109 (Natick): Half price pizza during all Patriots games

Captain Fishbones (North Quincy): After 3pm on 1/18/15: Half price pizzas, .50 wings, and complimentary buffet at Patriots halftime!

5 Napkin Burger: Slider Happy Hour with $2 sliders, $2 pork taquitos, $2 hand rolls, wings, and more from 4-7pm & 10pm-close at the bar every day

Grendel’s Den: Entire menu is half-price from 5-7:30pm & 9-11:30pm with $3 per person beverage purchase from when your order is placed (Sundays-Thursdays)

Cityside: $3 Bud Light and Coors Light everyday and happy hour menu from 4-7pm daily

Phoenix Landing: Half-priced appetizers from 5-7pm daily

Red Hat: .10 cent wings from 12-9pm on Sundays

Whiskey’s Boston: .25 wings from 11:30am to 9pm with a beverage purchase

An Tain:$1 Coors Light drafts daily

Clarke’s: $3 Beer Specials on Miller Lite Draft, PBR Draft, Rolling Rock Bottles

Midwest Grill; .10 wings at the bar with this coupon with a purchase of alcoholic beverage

Don’t forget to check out Boston on Budget’s Cheap Eats list to find even more great food and drink promotions and specials. Also, check back later this week because this list will be updated!


Free Soup from Hale and Hearty Soups on January 21, 2015!

Hale and Hearty Boston

The NYC based lunch institution Hale and Hearty Soups is opening up a Boston location and are handing out free soup on Wednesday, January 21, 2015!

A limited selection of soups will be available for FREE on 1/21/14 from 12-2pm.

The Hale and Hearty Soups new location will be at 175 Franklin Street, Boston, MA.

For more information about Free Soup Day, please head here!

Will you be getting free soup for lunch on Wednesday?