Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for April 26-27, 2014

Cheap Weekend Fun

Here are some fun things to do this weekend in the Greater Boston area without spending too much money! There’s no shortage of cheap things to do this weekend!

oneMIC: Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10-3pm at the Wang Theatre. Explore your talent and maybe even perform on the world-famous Citi Wang stage and much more. Free, registration recommended.

Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup: Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9am-12pm. Volunteer for the 15th Annual Earth Day cleanup and make a difference alongside the Charles River!

Free Sailing Open House: Saturday, April 26, 2014 & Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 1-5pm at Lewis Wharf. Boston Sailing Center is offering free sails on Boston Harbor this weekend.

Cambridge Open Studios: April 26-27, 2014 from 12-6pm each day. Explore and discover local art in Cambridge during this Open Studios.

Brookline Open Studios: April 26-27, 2014 from 12-6pm. Explore and discover local art from local artists in Brookline.

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

MIT Museum: Sunday, April 27, 2014. The MIT Museum is free the last Sunday of every month during the academic year.

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

Free Outdoor Bootcamp: Sunday, April 27, 2014 at City Sports in Porter Square at 10am. Enjoy a free outdoor bootcamp class for one hour, please RSVP in advance.

Free Boston CrossFit: Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 12-1pm. Every Saturday enjoy free (indoor) CrossFit class in the Back Bay.

Please let me know if I missed any fun and free things to do in Boston and beyond this weekend! Hope you have a great weekend!

 

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Late Night Cheap Eats in Boston

Late Night Cheap Eats

The MBTA has extended hours on the weekends now, and maybe you are out later too. Just because you are out past happy hour specials, doesn’t mean you cannot find late night food deals and drink specials in Boston.

Keep in mind that some specials mentioned below are “while supplies last” and your experience may vary depending on the night and crowd. Also, some bars on this list (like some of the Faneuil Hall bars for instance) may have cover charges on certain nights or starting at a certain time. If you have any questions regarding cover charges, it would be best to contact the bar directly.

If you are looking to have a fun weekend night out and have a tight budget, I’d recommend finding a few bars with great deals near each other, so you have a back-up bar just in case a deal doesn’t work or you can’t get into a certain bar. I always have a back-up plan if my ideal spot doesn’t work the way I wanted it too.

Here’s some suggestions on restaurants and bars in Boston that have great late night specials and food deals:

5 Napkin Burger; 105 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02199
Happy Hour specials from 4-7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close daily at the bar only with $2 sliders, $2 pork taquitos, and $2 for 4 wings

An Tain; 31 India Street, Boston, MA
$1 Coors Light Drafts, $2 Long Hammer IPA, $2 Bud and Bud Light Bottles every day

The Avenue; 1249 Commonwealth Ave, Allston, MA 02134
$2 Burgers anytime after 10pm daily (or any time on Monday) with drink purchase

Cactus Club; 939 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116
Two tacos for $5 from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. every night

Cafeteria Boston; 279 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
$5 Burgers daily at the bar only, open until 1 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

Clarke’s; 21 Merchant Row, Boston, MA
$3 Beer Specials on Miller Lite Draft, PBR Draft, Rolling Rock Bottles every day

Crazy Dough’s Pizza; 1124 Boylston Street, Boston, MA (Berklee College Location)
$5 PBR Pitchers with pizza purchase (p.s. there’s a $1 off coupon for a pizza slice on their website)

Coogan’s; 171 Milk Street, Boston, MA
$1 Bud and Bud Light Drafts daily

Grafton Street; 1230 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Dollar Oysters after 11 pm every night, open until 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday

Harry’s Bar and Grill; 1430 Commonwealth Ave, Brighton, MA
Harry’s Happy Hour from 11pm to 1am with $3 bar snacks and $6 select items like nachos, wings, 2 sliders, and more.
Crispy Chicken Sandwiches with fries or Chicken Finger Baskets with fries for $5 on Saturdays

Haru; 55 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
Happy Hour Menu from 3-7pm & 10-close daily at the bar

Hong Kong; 65 Chatham Street, Boston, MA
Midnight Appetizers 2-for-1 Sunday-Wednesday night ($1 sangrias and drafts *while supplies last)

Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant; 2 Center Plaza, Boston, MA 02108
Bar bites from 3-7pm and 10pm-12am daily at the bar

McCormick & Schmicks Park Plaza Location Only; 34 Columbus Ave
$2.95-$5.95 Social Hour Menu from 4pm-6:30pm and 9pm-11pm with $3.25 minimum bar purchase and 10pm to 12am on Saturdays

M.J. O’Connors; 27 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA
$6 Small Bites Menu from 4-7pm & 10pm-12am daily (at the bar)

Morton’s; Two Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210
Bar Bites Monday-Friday from 4:30-6:30pm & 9-Close for $6-$7 (Bar Only)

Pour House Boston; 907 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116
Burger Mania: Half Price Burgers from 6-10pm on Saturday nights and Half Price Mexican food from 6-10pm on Thursdays, and Half Price Chicken Sandwiches on Wednesdays from 6-10pm. (Excludes holidays & takeout, valid with drink purchase)

Sidebar (Downtown Crossing); 14 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108
$2 Bud and Bud Light Pints and $7 Pitchers daily + more drink specials daily

Whiskey’s Steakhouse Boston; 885 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116
$1.99 for 12″ cheese & pepperoni pizza from 11pm -1:30am and $8.95 for a 32oz of Miller Light + other specials

Yard House; 126 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Select half-off appetizers and pizza from 10pm-close Sunday to Thursday

Zumas Tex Max Café; 7 N Market Building, Boston, MA 02109
$4 Margaritas all day, served in a pint glass and $1 Tacos on Tuesdays from 5pm to close

If you are looking for even more cheap eats, you can find even more great food deals in Boston here.

As a side note, I am looking to redesign my cheap eats page to make it more user-friendly since I know the tab idea isn’t working well on all screens, and it’s a lot more time consuming for me to edit changes. If you are tech and design savvy (or know someone who is) and can help redesign the cheap eats page, please send me an e-mail at Kate {at} BostonOnBudget.com. Thank you!

Do you know of any Late Night Cheap Eats or Drink Specials in Boston that I may have missed?

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Free Grilled Cheese at Cheeseboy on Friday, April 25, 2014!

Free Cheeseboy Grilled Cheese Day

Save the Date! Cheeseboy is giving away Free Classic Grilled Cheeses on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 11am to 6pm! No purchase or coupon is needed to get a Free Cheeseboy Grilled Cheese!

I did this awesome offer last year for lunch and it was pretty easy to get (and delicious to eat.) I simply walked up and asked for the free grilled cheese offer, and they handed me a rewards card and said if I signed up online I would receive another grilled cheese in the future. I got my classic grilled cheese (as pictured above) a few short minutes later!

Will you be getting a free grilled cheese sandwich this year?

To find your nearest location, please head here and please head here if you would like more information!

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Money Saving Monday: Take a Break

Money Saving Monday Image

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

When I started to think about what I might post as a Money Saving Tip on a holiday aka Patriot’s Day aka Marathon Monday, I wanted to take a break. I didn’t want to post anything and just wish everyone a happy and safe holiday.

However, then I decide that taking a break was the perfect money saving tip for today!

I think taking a break is such an important thing to do and it can help save money. It really doesn’t cost anything to veg, be lazy, chill, and stay in your pajamas all day. Just stay away from online shopping ;)

Last week I took a break from grocery shopping and just ate from the pantry. I did have to run out and buy one or two staple items but it was so nice to take a break from shopping and I saved so much money by using what I already had.

So take a break from the routine and maybe you’ll even save a few bucks! Hope you get a chance to relax either today or in the near future!

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

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Whale Watching Discounts in Boston & Massachusetts!

Whale Watching Boston Deals

Have you been on a Whale Watch in Boston, Cape Cod, or beyond before?

If you are looking for whale watching in Boston or Massachusetts, here’s a few coupons and daily deals to help you save some money!

Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch in Gloucester, MA: $28 for one adult ticket to a whale watching tour (via Amazon Local)

Plymouth Whale Watch in Plymouth, MA: $50 for a whale watching excursion for two for a 11am tour for select May, June, September and October dates. If you sign up through my referral link here, you will score $10 off your first purchase (via Zozi)

Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruise in Hyannis, MA: $49 for two whale watch tickets (make sure to check the calendar and blackout dates for availability) (via LivingSocial)

Also, Groupon has many different Whale Watching daily deals available; just make sure you read the individual terms on each one carefully.

If you want to receive a discount for Whale Watching but don’t want to use a daily deal, you can receive a free child admission when you buy two regular amount admission with your plastic Charlie Card.

Also, if you are visiting Boston and are considering the Go Boston Card, the New England Aquarium Whale Watch is a choice for the 3, 5, and 7 day cards.

Keep in mind that some of the daily deals may have certain restrictions, so read each deal carefully to make sure it is a good fit. Also, there is a chance you won’t see whales when you go out, so keep that in mind as well.

Have you gone on a whale watch before? Did I miss any great whale watching deals in the area?

*This post does contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy here.

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Free Boston Parking: Holiday Meter Schedule

Boston Meter Parking Holidays

As you may know, Meter Parking in Boston is free on Sundays and Holidays. However, sometimes it is hard to remember what holidays count to get free parking in Boston at meters. Here’s a list of the 11 holidays you shouldn’t pay the meter for in Boston:

New Years’ Day Wednesday, January 1, 2014
M.L. King Jr.’s Birthday Monday, January 20, 2014
President’s Day Monday, February 17, 2014
Patriot’s Day Monday, April 21, 2014
Memorial Day Monday, May 26, 2014
Independence Day Friday, July 4, 2014
Labor Day Monday, September 1, 2014
Columbus Day Monday, October 13, 2014
Veteran’s Day Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 27, 2014
Christmas Day Thursday, December 25, 2014

 

If there are other dates for free parking, I will write a separate blog post and/or tweet about it, like I did for Evacuation Day in March. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter or subscribe to an evening newsletter to not miss a blog post (or free parking!) update.

For more information about the City of Boston Parking Meters, please head here.

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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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