Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for January 31 and February 1, 2015!

Cheap Weekend Events in Boston

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL!?! Here’s the cheap weekend round up for Super Bowl Weekend in Boston!

I’ll be posting a round up tomorrow of cheap places to watch the game and other Super Bowl deals so make sure to keep an eye out for that!

Also, Papagayo in Charlestown has an amazing Super Bowl promotion where you can eat for free if the Patriots win, which will hopefully be the case :)

Some Like it Hot Chili Cook-off: Saturday, January 31, 2015 1-2:30pm in Harvard Square. Enjoy this free outdoor winter festival with chili samples from local restaurants and more!

Berklee High School Jazz Festival: January 31, 2015 at the Hynes Convention Center. Enjoy this annual event that is open and free to the public with local bands, combos, and vocal jazz ensembles performing and competing throughout the day.

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

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!

Also, if you are looking for some skiing or snowboarding soon in New England, don’t forget to check out discount lift ticket site Liftopia. They also have a great sale going for Super Bowl Sunday if you’d rather be on the slopes on Sunday! You can also score Lift Tickets for as low as $40 for Gunstock Mountain through Groupon.

Hope you have a great weekend and please let me know in the comments below if I missed any fun and cheap things to do this weekend in Boston!

Go Pats!!

Celebrate Pinkberry’s 10th Birthday with a .10 Deal!

Pinkberry 10th Anniversay 2015

Pinkberry is celebrating their 10th Birthday with a delicious deal!

Stop into a participating Pinkberry location on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 7pm to close for a small yogurt with toppings for 10 cents!

*Note you may be asked to LIKE your local Pinkberry on Facebook.

For more information about Pinkberry’s .10 cent yogurt deal, please head here!

Will you be celebrating Pinkberry’s 10th Birthday on Friday with some cheap froyo!?

Discount Lift Tickets from Gunstock Mountain!

Gunstock Mountain Resort

One or Two All-Day Lift Tickets at Gunstock Mountain Resort (Up to $57 Off)

 

If you are looking to enjoy all that snow soon with a little skiing or snowboarding, you may be interested in this Gunstock Groupon Deal! You can choose from two offers:

  • $53 for one PrimeTime lift ticket (up to $78 value)
  • $99 for two PrimeTime lift tickets (up to $156 value)

Even better, use promo code TRIPLE to save up to 20% on this local deal which drops the lift ticket down to $42.40 and $79.20 so as low as $39.60 a person! Promo code ends 1/29/15.

PrimeTime tickets are good for a full day of access to the slopes. Click to check the hours and snow conditions.

Gunstock Mountain is less than two hours from Boston in Gilford, New Hampshire off 93.

Keep in mind there are a few terms and conditions to the Gunstock Groupon deal and the discount tickets do not include February Vacation week and the promotional value expires by March 22, 2015.

For more information or to read all the fine print, please head here. Don’t forget to check out via Ebates or Shop At Home to save an additional 6% in cashback from Groupon!

Also, Liftopia sells lift tickets from ski resorts across the country at a discounted rate including discount lift tickets from New England Mountains! You may want to check out Liftopia to see if you can find a good deal that is right for you if you are not interested in Gunstock!

Will you be taking advantage of all this fresh snow and hitting the slopes soon?!

*This post contains affiliate links, please read my disclosure policy if you have any questions.

How to Eat for Free During the Super Bowl in Boston!

Papagayo Boston

If the Patriots win the Super Bowl while you are dining/drinking/cheering on the Pats at any Papagayo location, all your food will be free!

Yup, you read that correctly. So if you and 5 of your closest friends all order appetizers, entrees, dessert and the Pats win the Super Bowl, your bill will be super.

What’s the catch you ask? Here’s what you should know:

  • Offer is valid with a purchase of a beverage {alcohol not included in promotion}
  • You must be present at kick-off (6:30pm) for the Super Bowl on February 1, 2015
  • You must make a reservation at any Papagayo location beforehand
  • Please tip your server as gratuity is not included

If the Patriots do not win, the meal will be half-off so you will still win a little. For more information or to make a reservation, please head here.

Papagayo has locations in South Boston, Downtown Crossing, Charlestown, and Assembly Row in Somerville.

Will you be eating for free at Papagayo during the Super Bowl?!

Go Pats!!!

How to Negotiate a Better Rate for Services

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Towards the beginning of last year I shared tips on how to negotiate for a better rate after being inspired by a Facebook friend tallied her friends to see how much they paid for internet and if she was paying too much. Long story short: she was. Her comment inspired a post last year and it was also popular on the blog, so I figured I would share the same tips for 2015.

It is always good to look at and adjust your budget accordingly and to make sure you aren’t overpaying for services. Sometimes you may sign on to a great deal but when the contract expires, the price can go way up. It’s important to make sure you stay on top of your expenses and negotiate for a better rate when you can.

Cable, internet, phone, insurances, and more can be negotiated and can save you a lot of money over the course of a year.

So how do you actually negotiate a lower price? Here’s a few times that have worked for me and my tiny family:

  1. Call your current provider: Tell them you’d like to stay with your current provider but the price is too high and ask if there is anything they can do to help. They may be able to switch you to a current/better promotion, give some suggestions on how to lower the rate, or tell you there’s nothing they can do. Be nice and be positive, but let the know the price is above your means and ask what they can do.
  2. Speak with the right person: If the first person you spoke to couldn’t help, politely ask to speak to a supervisor or someone better fitted to help. Sometimes the first customer service person can’t do as much as a supervisor or a retention employee. Speaking with more than one person can sometimes help land a better rate.
  3. Call your current provider’s competition: If your current provider can’t help or want to get the lowest rate possible, call different providers for their current rates. Take in account different promotions and terms to find the best fit. (For example, when I was switching internet providers, Comcast actually had a lower rate for the first 6 months, but RCN was just a little more and the rate was locked in for a longer period of time, plus better speed).
  4. Threaten to leave/leave your current provider: If you find a better rate and service with another company, it may be best to move on. However, if you are happy with your current provider, minus the high rate, threaten to leave or cancel the bill. You may be switched over to a retention department or a manager who will have more moving power before or when you cancel. However, it may be best to switch providers to get a lower rate.
  5. Change/Adjust your plan: Another way to reduce the cost of your bill is to reduce services. Do you need HBO, DVR, unlimited data, special insurance, or more. Cut services that are not worth the money.

Also, make sure to watch your monthly bill to make sure the price has not risen. If you are automatically paying your bills, you may not even notice an increase. Pay attention and call when you notice the price has gone up.

Do you have any tips for negotiating better rates? Do you call and negotiate rates regularly?

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!