What to Buy (and Avoid) in March

Did you know that there are certain months to buy certain items that are better than other times of year? Here are a few things to buy in March:

  1. Frozen Foods: March is Frozen Food month and is a great time to stock up on frozen foods for your freezer!
  2. Fish Products: March is a great time to find great prices on fish and similar items due to lent.
  3. Luggage: It is between travel season, so March is a great month to purchase luggage for upcoming trips!
  4. Winter Coats: You won’t need winter coats for much longer which means coats are much cheaper in March as well as other winter clothing
  5. Winter Sports Gear: Just like winter coats and apparel, winter sports gear is a great buy in March because hopefully we won’t use it for much longer.  
  6. Cleaning Supplies: Cleaning supplies tend to go on sale in March to help you get ready for Spring Cleaning!
  7. Chocolate: After Valentine’s Day is a great time to stock up on Chocolate, especially in March when discounts are at their highest, if you can find a great selection.

Here’s a few things to avoid buying in March:

  1. Spring Apparel: Cute, spring outfits is a great way to welcome spring (are you here yet!?!) but wait another month or so to get better deals since people tend to buy spring apparel this month. Winter clothing on the other hand…
  2. Gym Memberships: Wait a month or two to buy a gym membership since warmer weather will bring better deals because more people take advantage of working out outside for free
  3. Lingerie: You would think that lingerie would be on clearance since Valentine’s Day is over, but the best deals tend to be in the summer. Wait for Victoria’s Secret semi-annual sale in the summer if you can.

What do you think of this list? Do you agree with it?

 

Free Pancakes at IHOP on March 3, 2015!

IHOP National Pancake Day

Save the Date! Tuesday, March 3, 2015 is National Pancake Day and IHOP is once again offering a FREE stack of pancakes from 7am to 10pm.

Guests are encouraged to make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Guests who make a $5 donation or more will receive a $5 coupon off their next visit!

For more information about National Pancake Day and free pancakes, please head here and please head here to find your nearest IHOP location.

Are you playing Boston Bingo?

Boston Bingo

Are you playing Boston Bingo? I just wanted to mention Boston Bingo quickly just in case you were not familiar.

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development created Bingo cards to help support local businesses in Boston and generate some business. Every winning card submitted will be entered in to win a variety of prizes including Bruins tickets, date nights and much more.

There a few rules you do need to follow to have a successful entry card, so make sure you follow the rules to qualify. The deadline for submission is Sunday, March 15th, 2015 by midnight.

This is a great way to get out of the house, support your favorite local businesses and hopefully win some great prizes.

Please head here to download a Bingo Card or you can head here to find out more information about Boston Bingo.

Good luck! Will you be playing?

Dine Out Boston Kicks Off March 1, 2015!

DOBDine Out Boston is back from Sunday, March 1, 2015 to March 6, 2015 as well as March 8-13, 2015. If you are not familiar with Dine Out Boston, it is an opportunity to visit Boston restaurants at special prices with special menus.

Every participating Boston restaurant selects one of three pricing options and may offer the special menu at lunch, dinner, or both. The prices points are $15, $20 and $25 per person for lunch and $28, $33, and $38 per person for dinner and does not include beverages, tax or gratuity.

No passes, tickets, or coupons are needed to take advantage of Dine Out Boston, but you may want to make a reservation at the restaurant beforehand as popular restaurants tend to fill up.

For a list of participating restaurants and/or to check out the special menus for restaurant week, please head here.

Will you be participating in Dine Out Boston this year? What restaurant are you most looking forward too? Do you think Boston Restaurant Week is a good deal?

 

Cheap Weekend in Boston for February 28 to March 1, 2015!

Cheap Weekend Events in Boston

Here’s some fun things to do this weekend in the Greater Boston area without breaking the bank! As always, please let me know if I missed any fun and free events in the comments below!

Chinese New Year Lion Dance Parade: Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Chinatown from 10am to 5pm. Celebrate Chinese New Year with lion dancers, food, music and more in Chinatown!

Quincy Lunar New Year Festival: Sunday, March 1, 2015 at North Quincy High School from 10:30am-4pm. Celebrate the year of the Goat with this Lunar New Year Celebration with over 300 performers. Free and free parking in the MBTA North Quincy lot.

Longfellow Birthday Celebration: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge at 10am. Celebrate the birthday of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with a short program, birthday cake, and more.

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

Free Women’s Self Defense Class: Every Saturday from 10-11am in Charlestown. Krav Maga Yashir Boston provides free self-defense training to women living in Massachusetts on Saturday mornings.

Also, Dine Out Boston begins this Sunday, March 1, 2015 with many Boston restaurants participating with prix fixe menus and prices.

Also, don’t forget to search #DigOutDineOut for even more great food deals and specials in Boston to support local businesses! You can also play Boston Bingo to win Bruins tickets, date nights and more fun things to do in Boston!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Free Admission to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum!

 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum BostonThe Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is offering free admission on Thursday, February 26, 2015 starting at 11am to help beat those winter blues!

Free admission will be timed every 30 minute with the last entry at 8pm and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only a specific number of visitors will be admitted at a time due to capacity regulations.

For more information, please head here.

If you can’t make it for Free Admission on Thursday, head to my Boston Discount Attractions page to find out about all the discounts and offers offered by the museum regularly.  

H/T Adam at BHATI Blog!

 

Free Birthday Meals and Deals in Massachusetts & More!

Birthday Freebies Boston

There’s a lot of great birthday offers and freebies in Boston, Massachusetts and more for just being born!

Every February I receive a lot of wonderful e-mails that include free birthday meals, desserts, appetizers and other great offers for my birthday and I love rounding them up and seeing what I get!

The first three categories below are everything I received for my birthday this year (most to my e-mail inbox) from various restaurants and retailers for being a customer and/or joining their e-mail club.

(You can see the Birthday offers I received in 2014 and 2013, and I removed some offers off this list because I didn’t receive them this year or maybe I removed myself off their e-mail list).

The last two categories I haven’t personally taken advantage of necessarily because you either need to eat at the restaurant on your birthday or need to sign up in advance or have a special rewards card to receive the offer. However, the restaurant or company itself does promote the birthday offer so I feel good enough including it on the list although I didn’t receive an e-mail or take advantage of the deal personally.

Also, thank you to everyone who left a comment last year with Birthday deals I missed because I received a few new ones this year and have already enjoyed a few! :)

Please let me know in the comments below this year if there’s anything I may have missed, especially those free birthday dinners!

Here’s some great Free Birthday Stuff for 2015:

Free Birthday Meal Offers

You do need to sign up for e-mail clubs or their birthday programs to receive these offers, unless otherwise noted. They all came via my e-mail inbox with a printable coupon just for me!

  • Not Your Average Joe’s: Join the Not Your Average Joe’s e-mail club for a complimentary birthday entrée AND dessert with roughly 2 weeks to redeem (This is my favorite birthday offer!)
  • Fire & Ice: Free Birthday Dinner for e-mail subscribers (given about two weeks to redeem)
  • IHOP: Free Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘n Fruity for e-mail club subscribers (or equal or lesser meal item) available (given about two weeks to redeem)
  • Earl of Sandwich: Free sandwich, salad or wrap in honor of your birthday for e-mail subscribers (given almost a month to redeem)
  • Haru: Join Haru Access program and receive a free $20 certificate valid Mondays-Thursdays, roughly one month to redeem (this is always the first birthday offer to hit my inbox usually)
  • Chateau (Multiple Locations in MA): Free complimentary entrée (with a purchase of an entrée so don’t dine alone) for dine-in only with ID for e-mail subscribers (given a little less than two weeks to redeem)
  • Captain Fishbones (Marina Bay, Quincy): Complimentary entrée (with the purchase of one equal or greater value) for dine-in only for e-mail subscribers (given about two weeks to redeem)
  • Johnny Rockets: One Free Entrée, up to $15 value for dine-in only for e-mail subscribers (This came in the mail this year two weeks beforehand with 2 months to redeem, but last year I received a Free Hamburger coupon in my e-mail which I also got again this year with a month to redeem)

Free Birthday Dessert Offers

  • Baskin-Robbins: Free 2.5oz ice cream cone (or 3oz soft serve) for your birthday for being a birthday club member (roughly a week to redeem)
  • Pinkberry: Free small yogurt with toppings added to pinkcard, received on birthday (valid for 30 days)
  • Ninety Nine: Free dessert for your birthday when you sign up for e-mail club (roughly two weeks to redeem)
  • Applebee’s: Free Dessert with purchase of an entrée (at specific favorite location) for email subscribers (roughly a month to redeem)
  • Bertucci’s: Free dessert for e-mail club subscribers (no expiration date given?)
  • Outback: Free Dessert with purchase of an adult entree for e-mail subscribers (given about three weeks to redeem)
  • Smokey Bones: Free Dessert for e-mail subscribers (less than one month to redeem)
  • Ben & Jerry’s: Free Single Scoop of Ice Cream and/or $3 off Ice Cream Cake Coupon for e-mail subscribers (roughly two weeks to redeem)

Misc. Free Birthday Offers

You do need to sign up for e-mail clubs or their birthday programs to receive these offers, unless otherwise noted. They all came via my e-mail inbox with a printable coupon just for me!

  • Restaurant.com: Free $10 Restaurant.com Gift Card (note: I’ve had an account for years and this was my first year receiving this because I went in and entered my birthday in account settings so make sure yours in there)
  • b.Good: Free beef, turkey or veggie burger or chicken sandwich on your Family ID for e-mail/club members (7 days to redeem, arrived on birthday)
  • Burtons Grill: Free Appetizer with purchase of two entrees for e-mail subscribers (given roughly six weeks to redeem)
  • Texas Roadhouse: Free sidekick or ribs or legendary appetizer with purchase of adult entrée for e-mail subscribers
  • Olive Garden: Free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of 2 adult entrees (given roughly 2 weeks to redeem)
  • Panera: Free Pastry loaded on Panera Card with a month or more to redeem
  • Bruegger’s Bagels: E-Club members receive a Free Bagel and Cream Cheese when you purchase a drink for your birthday (given about two weeks to redeem)
  • Ulta: Sign up for e-mail club to receive a free birthday gift (I received a coupon for a free Ulta Complete Eye Palette)
  • Kings: Choice of: Free 2 Games of Bowling & Shoe Rental or 1 Hour of Table Games or Up to $100 off a booked event for e-mail subscribers (Valid two days before and after birthday)
  • Kellogg’s: 100 Free Bonus Code for Kellogg’s Rewards, Free $20 credit to Shutterfly from Kellogg’s and .70/1 printable coupon for Kelloggs, Keebler or Sunshine Products

Free Birthday Dinner (Just Show Up)

As you probably noticed, you need to be a member of a birthday list or e-mail list to get many birthday offers, which may take a little planning. If you’d rather just show up on the day of your birth for a free perk, this section is for you. Just make sure you bring a friend to buy an entrée for themselves.

  • Bisuteki Tokyo, Cambridge: Free dinner entrée with photo ID on your (exact) birthday
  • Abington Ale House, Abington (South Shore): Free dinner entrée with photo ID on your (exact) birthday
  • Charlie Horse, West Bridgewater (South Shore): Free dinner entrée with photo ID on your (exact) birthday
  • D’Ann’s, Abington (South Shore): Get a free entree when you purchase one of equal or greater value on your birthday, up to $15 with ID
  • Vin & Eddies, Abington (South Shore): Eat free on your birthday with at least one other person
  • Main Street Grille, Weymouth (South Shore): Eat free on your birthday with a purchase of an entrée, ID required

Even More Free Birthday Stuff

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Enjoy FREE admission to the Gardner Museum and/or Third Thursdays evening events on your birthday, just show ID
  • Osaka (Brookline): Free Entrée for your birthday (for parties of 4 or more) with one week to redeem with ID.
  • Boloco: Grab a free birthday burrito with your Boloco card
  • Yogurtland: Free 3oz yogurt with the Real Rewards Program
  • JP Licks: Free Ice Cream with registered cow card (Small free sundae with close to a month to redeem, thanks Tyrone!)
  • Cheeseboy: Free sandwich for rewards card holders

I also received a lot of small rewards like 50 Swagbucks, $3 ECB’s from the CVS Beauty Club, and other random rewards on or before my birthday.

Shaw’s also offers a free 7 inch birthday cake for 1st Birthdays if you have a little one in the house and you can receive details at the bakery about this offer.

Okay– so what did I miss? What is your favorite Birthday offer?