Get Half Off at the Halfway Cafe!

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The Halfway Café is celebrating a new menu and offering 50% off the entire menu on October 27-28, 2014!

The offer is valid for dine-in only and not valid with any daily specials or promotions. Tax and gratuity not included.

The Halfway Café has locations in Dedham, Watertown, Marlborough, Canton, Holbrook and Maynard. To find a location near you, please head here.

Have you been to the Halfway Café before?

Feature Friday: SoWa Open Market

SoWa Boston Market

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!

SoWa (South of Washington) Market takes place every Sunday in a three block area in Boston’s South End from May to October and continues inside during the colder months.

The last outdoor market of 2014 will take place this Sunday, October 26, 2014 with a Halloween theme: Carnival of Curiosities. There will be a Halloween costume contest as well to kick off the last outdoor market of the season!

SoWa Open Market includes a farmer’s market, arts and vintage market and food trucks from local people and businesses. The first time I went to SoWa I missed an entire area, so make sure you check out the map before you go so you don’t miss anything!

For more information about SoWa Open Market, please head here.

Have you been to SoWa before?

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Uber Offers Free Flu Shots in Boston Today, October 23, 2014!

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Uber is launching a one-day pilot program today called UberHEALTH. Uber has partnered with Vaccine Finder to bring flu prevention packs and flu shots to you with the touch of one button on your mobile app Uber.

If interested, you will receive a flu prevention pack and the option for a free flu shot from a registered nurse. Uber will also donate $5 to the Red Cross to support vaccination efforts for children.

UberHEALTH will be available from 10am to 3pm in Boston, New York, and DC. For more information about UberHealth, please head here.

If you can’t take advantage of UberHEALTH today but are interested in a free or low-cost flu shot in the greater Boston area, please head here.

Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for October 25-26, 2014!

Cheap Weekend Events in Boston

There is a lot of fun and inexpensive things to do this weekend in the Greater Boston area! There are also a lot of trick-or-treating and Halloween events at malls and more this weekend.

However, I decided to keep this week’s cheap weekend fun post Halloween free, but you can find all Halloween events in Boston in this post. Please let me know if I missed any of your favorite events this weekend in the comments below.

19th Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival: October 25-26, 2014 at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center. Enjoy educational exhibits, food samples, demos, and much more! Free and free parking.

Boston Book Festival: October 23-25, 2014 in Copley Square. Enjoy a festival that celebrates the culture of reading and ideas that enhance the city.

Free Cruise to Spectacle Island: Saturday, October 25, 2014 boarding at 9:30am. Enjoy a day at Spectacle Island. Free, but reservations are required.

Haunted Happenings in Salem: Fun events daily in Salem, MA. Salem has a lot of haunted happenings this October including a free movie night sponsored by Radio 92.9 every Saturday night. This week’s free movie night under the stars is Hocus Pocus.

Chocotoberfest at Taza Chocolate: Every Saturday in October from 1-4pm at Taza Chocolate in Somerville. Celebrate fall with a tasting of goodies! Free to attend.

Don’t forget you can also check out places to watch Patriots game and NFL games on a budget for ideas to cheer on the Pats this weekend if you won’t be at Gillette on Sunday.

Go Pats! Hope you have a great weekend!


Free Movie Screening of Ghostbusters at Fenway Park!


Update: Looks like all the free tickets to Ghostbusters have already been claimed, however, you can still attend the free community event at Fenway Park beforehand.

Hi-Chew is sponsoring a movie screening of Ghostbusters at Fenway Park on Thursday, October 30th, 2014. Gates open at 6pm and movie starts at 7:15pm. Tickets are free but you do need to request them here.

There is also a free community event beforehand from 3-6pm with trick-or-treating around the warning track.

For more information or to request free movie tickets at Fenway, please head here.

To find more Halloween Events in Boston, check out 31 Budget-Friendly Halloween Events in Boston!

Google Express Free Trial

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Google Express has now expanded to Boston. If you are unfamiliar with Google Shopping Express, it is a same-day delivery service on orders of $15 or more. It is comparable to Instacart, but with a lot more stores to choose from and prices on products seem to be cheaper.

Not all Boston neighborhoods are included in the launch (Dorchester, West Roxbury, etc.) but some neighborhoods outside Boston (Somerville, Malden, Arlington, etc.) are included.

Membership costs $95/year or $10/month or you can pay as you go at $4.99 per order. Also, according to Google, there are no hidden markups so you would pay what you would pay in-store. It may be a great option if you have limited time, lack of transportation options and/or hate shopping.

You can sign up for a free 3-month trial of Google Express if you are interested. Please make sure to read all terms to make sure it’s a good fit for you.

For more information about Google Express, please head here or to sign-up for a free trial, please head here.


Money Saving Monday: Switch to a Programmable Thermostat

Money Saving Tips

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

Sometimes the little changes can make a big impact on your budget. The cost of heat can add up this winter. If you have the opportunity to make changes to your living quarters, you may want to switch to a programmable thermostat if you haven’t already.

Programmable Thermostats regulate the temperature in your house base on the schedule you set, so if you are not home for several hours the temperature in the house will decrease.

The cost of a programmable thermostat ranges, but you can find programmable thermostats starting at $20 or so (amazon aff. link).

Switching to a programmable thermostat is a little change and a little investment at first but it can save you 10-20% on your energy bills.

Do you have a programmable thermostat in your home?

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

31 Budget-Friendly Halloween Events in the Greater Boston Area 2014

Halloween Events in Boston

Are you looking for some budget-friendly Halloween fun in the Boston area? Here are 31 suggestions of fun things to do to celebrate Halloween without breaking the bank!

1. 20th Anniversary of Pru Boo: October 26, 2014 from 11-1pm at the Prudential Center. Wear your cutest costume and trick or treat for charity. Face painting, kid concert, pumpkin decorating and more. $4 donation towards nonprofit partner.

2. Halloween Happenings at the Cambridgeside Galleria: October 30, 2014 from 4-6pm. Enjoy trick-or-treating and grabbing a bag of goodies at the Cambridgeside Galleria. Please bring a canned good.

3. 2nd Annual Halloween Event at Legacy Place: Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 11-1pm. Compete in a costume contest, enjoy trick-or-treating, partake in seasonal crafts and more at Legacy Place on Saturday! Free, but please bring a non-perishable good for the Greater Boston Food Bank.

4. Halloween Happenings at Chestnut Hill Square: Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 12-3pm. Head to Newton for Halloween arts & crafts, music, goodie bags, and more. Please bring a canned good.

5. Trick-Or-Treat At The Street: October 25, 2014 from 1-4pm at The Street in Chestnut Hill. Enjoy a fun afternoon for Halloween Festivities with trick-or-treating, crafts, music, free treats and more for everyone in the family!

6. South Shore Plaza Boo-Bash: October 25, 2013 from 12-3pm at Macy’s Center Court at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree. Enjoy Halloween inspired activities, swag bag giveaways and more!

7. Halloween Boo-Bash: Saturday, October 25, 2013 from 12-3pm at Square One Mall in Saugus. Enjoy special store offers and fun arts & crafts. $1 per child donation and must register at Guest Services.

8. Spook-tacular Halloween Party: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 4-7pm at Uno’s at Burlington Mall. Head to Uno’s at the Burlington mall in costume for pumpkin decorating, treats and more! Kids also eat free during the event.

9. Fun Fright Night at Patriots Place: Friday, October 24, 2014 starting at 3pm at the NRG Plaza. Enjoy hayrides, face painting and more. There will also be a free movie showing of Ghostbusters at sundown.

10. Trick or Treat at Patriots Place: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 12:30opm and 5:30pm at Patriots Place in Foxboro. Wear your costume and trick or treat around Patriots Place for goodies!

11. Wilson Farm Spooky Hayrides: Almost daily at Wilson Farms in Lexington. Enjoy a family-friendly spooky hayride at Wilson Farms… or two!

12. Punkin’ Fest: Friday, October 24, 2014 from 4-10pm at the Lawn on the D. Pick a Punkin’ from the D Street Punkin patch and participate in fun Halloween activities!

13. Halloween Party at Castle Island: October 26-27, 2014 from 12-4pm at Fort Independence. There will be a lot of fun on Castle Island with a haunted castle, storytellers, magicians, refreshments, and more! Free, but children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Weather permitting.

14. Halloween Story Time and Parade: Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 10:30am at the Make Way for Ducklings store at Faneuil Hall. Enjoy stories and songs celebrating Halloween, for children of all ages.

15. Trick or Treat to the Beat: Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 5-6:30pm at the New School of Music in Cambridge. Enjoy family friendly musical activities for all ages!

16. Boston Public Library Halloween Events: Check out your local Boston Library for fun Halloween events crafts, Halloween story time, movies, and more.

17. Salem Haunted Happenings: Events daily in Salem, Massachusetts. Is there a better place to celebrate Halloween than Salem, MA? Check out some great Haunted Happenings all month.

18. Pumpkin Float: Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 5:30pm at DCR Pope John II Park in Dorchester. Bring a carved pumpkin (no bigger than 8 inches) and watch it float on Davenport Creek!

19. Halloween Night Hike: Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 7-9pm in Dorchester. No flashlights allowed through a spooky walk through the forest! (Costumes and Strollers not recommended).

20. Pumpkin Fest: October 19, 2014 from 4:30-6:30pm at Boston Common Frog Pond. Check out floating pumpkins, luminaries and fun family activities!

21. Carnival of Curiosities: Sunday, October 26, 2014 at SoWa in the South End. End the outdoor season of SoWa with a bang with a costume contest and much more! (First place receives $250!!)

22. Trick-or-Treat at the Market: Thursday, October 30th from 3-7pm in Watertown. Trick-or-treat in costume as well as enjoy other Halloween activities!

23. Halloween on the Harbor: Friday, October 31, 2014 from 7-10pm. Head to the Seaport District in costume to collect goodies and prizes at local establishments! $5 donation.

24. Paint, Drink and Be Scary: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 7-11pm at The Paint Bar on Newbury Street. Enjoy a fun Halloween party at the Paint Bar. Admission is $4 online or $5 at the door and $5 each for painting projects.

25. Halloween Weekend Pub Crawl: October 25, 30, 31st and November 1st at Boston bars. Let someone do the planning for you at this Halloween pub crawl. Complimentary tickets available at Goldstar Boston (affiliate).

26. Boorito at Chipotle: October 31, 2014 from 5pm-Close at local Chipotle restaurants. Stop by your local Chopotle on Halloween night dressed in costume and score a $3 boo-rito, bowl, salad, or tacos for $3.

27. Scary Face Pancakes at IHOP: October 31, 2014 from 7am-10pm. Kids can get free scary face pancakes at IHOP on Halloween!

28. Kids Eat for Free at Salvatore’s: October 27-November 1, 2014 at all Salvatore’s locations. Kids (12 and under) in costume eat for free at Salvatore’s during Halloween week!

29. Faneuil Hall Pet Parade: Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 12-3pm at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Watch, enjoy, and possibly dress up your pet for this annual pet parade!

30. Howl-O-Ween Pet Party: Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 11-1pm at the Seaport Hotel. Mix and mingle with other pet owners and pets and enter the pet costume party! Free and open to the public.

31. Bootiful Costume Party: Saturday, October 25, 2014 at your local Petco. Dress up your pet for a chance to win prizes!

Please me know in the comments below if I missed any fun and budget-friendly events in the Greater Boston area for Halloween!

There’s also a 20% printable coupon available at Spirit Halloween if you need any last minute Halloween items!

Happy Halloween!