Feature Friday: MFA on Wednesday Nights!

FF Museum of Fine Arts

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!

Admission to the Museum of Fine Arts is by voluntary contribution on Wednesday nights after 4pm. You do need to head to the ticket stand/cashier upon entering to receive a ticket, and you will be asked if you would like to contribute to the museum. However, you can contribute how much or little as you’d like.

The MFA also has a few free museum days each year with the next one on Memorial Day. The MFA Free Days can be found here. The MFA is also free to Bank of America cardholders (per cardholder- not family) the first weekend of every month when you show your BoA bank card.

Youths 17 and under can also receive free admission weekdays after 3pm, weekends, and Boston Public School Holidays!

Also, the Boston Loves Impressionism at the MFA kicks on Friday, February 14th. If you previously voted in the exhibition, check out this tweet:

 

To find more discount admission for the MFA and other Boston attractions, please head here.

Have you been to the MFA lately? What is your favorite exhibit or area to visit?

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Feature Friday: Happy Hour at the Melting Pot!

FF Melting PotEvery 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!

“This would make for a fun and inexpensive Valentine’s Day Date” my husband said a few months back while enjoying fondue at the Melting Pot’s Happy Hour.

The Melting Pot offers Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 5-7pm and features their bar menu at 50% off food items. The bar menu includes both fondue items and regular food items like sliders, flatbreads, and more.

Although our tab was more expensive than other happy hour specials since we did fondue and dinner like items, it was an unique dining experience that would be a great budget-friendly romantic option– perfect for Valentine’s Day!

But Kate (that’s me), I don’t want to eat at a bar on Valentine’s Day!

Yes, you would need to sit in the bar area to qualify for this deal, but there’s some comfy booths in the bar as well. Plus, there’s still time for a romantic walk in the Public Garden or Ice Skating at Frog Pond afterwards. Just sayin’

Also, don’t forget to check out the cheap eats page for even more great cheap eats and food deals in Boston!

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Feature Friday: 5 Napkin Burger Happy Hour

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!

FF 5 Napkin Burger Happy Hour

5 Napkin Burger in the Back Bay has a happy hour that occurs daily from 4-7pm and 9pm to close! The happy hour features $2 sliders (beef, veggie, turkey meatball), $2 pork taquitos, and .50 wings with a minimum order of 4.

Pictured above are five $2 beef sliders that my husband and I both enjoyed for dinner! We went right after work around 5-5:30pm, and found a seat at a high top in the bar. The five sliders filled us up and made for a nice and inexpensive dinner.

5 Napkin Burger is just one of the many cheap eats listed on the Boston on Budget Cheap Eats page. To find them all and sort by date, please head here.

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Feature Friday: Free Sam Adams Brewery Tour

 

Sam Adams Brewery Tours

Every Friday, I feature a fun and budget-friendly option in the Greater Boston area. The “Feature Friday” 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!

Samuel Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain offers Free Brewery Tours, with a suggested donation of $2. The brewery offers free tours Monday-Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 3pm, and tours lasting until 5:30pm on Friday.

It’s been a little while since I went to the Sam Adams Brewery in JP, but it definitely something fun, cheap, and different! I went on a Saturday in the summer, and the website recommends getting there early, especially on Saturdays because capacity fills around noon. We got there a little before noon, and we had to wait 45 minutes or so to get in. I’m sure every day is a little different, so if you want to get in, get there early to claim a ticket. No reservations can be made in advance.

I have been to a few Brewery Tours and the Sam Adams Tour is fun. However, the brewery is small so you do not move around much (especially compared to Harpoon Brewery Tours). The first half an hour is the tour and the second half is sitting and drinking in a beer tasting room. The staff gives out different beers to taste in pitchers for each table to drink from with individual and free Sam Adams tasting glasses.

If you want to drink as much free beer as possible, I’d recommend carefully picking your table and new table mates for the next half hour. ;)

The Sam Adams Brewery can be found in Jamaica Plain off the Orange Line Stony Brook stop. There is limited parking available, but the T is recommended.

If you are visiting Boston and would like to check out a brewery tour, The Harpoon Brewery in the Seaport District is another great option. It is a little easier to get too, more bars and restaurants in the area, and they are a little more generous with beer! Harpoon does charge $5 a ticket compared to $2 suggested donation at Sam Adams.

Do you have a favorite brewery tour in Boston? Have you been on the Sam Adams Brewery Tour before?

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Feature Friday: Cheap Pizza from Waterfront Cafe

Every Friday, I feature a fun and budget-friendly option in the Greater Boston area. The “Feature Friday” 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!

Feature Friday Waterfront CafeAs you may know, when possible, I like to check deals, discounts, and cheap eats to make sure the deal isn’t too good to be true and actually works for me and you. The deal I am featuring this Friday is a deal that inspired me to start the Feature Friday series because it wasn’t what I was expecting when I ordered it.

On Tuesday nights, the Waterfront Café has buy 1 large cheese pizza, get 1 free! If you’d rather to have toppings, you can add them for an additional charge.

I went with my husband, and I didn’t realize how large the two pizzas were! The picture above of one pizza doesn’t do it justice! I wish I went with a small group or at least another person. There was another couple next to us that did the same deal, and I think they were just as surprised as us!

So after my little (good) surprise, I figured I would highlight some great deals every Friday and share my experience. The good thing about this deal is we had plenty of leftovers for lunch and dinner! It would also be a cool deal to do when a Boston sports team is playing on a Tuesday night since it seems like a good place to watch a game with a lot of TV’s!

Also, don’t forget to check out the Cheap Eats page to find this and similar deals. I changed it up a little and made it in a table format. Do you find it easier or harder to read? Happy Friday!

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Feature Friday: Free MBTA Rides from Boston’s Logan Airport!

*I am adding two new weekly features to Boston On Budget for 2014! Every Friday I will be featuring a fun and budget-friendly option in the Greater Boston area. The “Feature Friday” typically mentioned on the Cheap Eats list, Free Things to Do in Boston, or Discount Attractions. However, sometimes my lists can include so many fun things that I thought I would 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!

Free Ride from Boston Logan AirportI am going to start the first Feature Friday post with a very cool freebie that I haven’t mentioned on Boston on Budget blog before but have used a few times now!

If you are arriving at Boston Logan International Airport, you do not have to pay a fare for MBTA Silver Line from the airport! Also, because the silver line connects underneath, you do have to pay for a transfer if you are looking to connect to other lines (unless of course you exit to the street first or switch to bus, etc.)

This is especially great for people who don’t have money on their Charlie Card, need a T pass, or would like to save on transportation costs. I was able to get all the way home from Logan Airport for free, which is really nice, especially since I forgot to load money on my Charlie Card! *Note, this does not work to the Airport, only from.

There are MBTA ticket machines at Logan Airport so you can get an online paper ticket there, however, you can always hold off until you need it. If you are visiting Boston, you can also grab a Charlie Card at South Station where you’ll most likely end up (depending on your destination) from the Silver Line, which will help you save more money. (You will typically save .50 per ride if you have a Charlie Card compared to a paper ticket from a Station’s machine). If you are visiting Boston for awhile or visit Boston often, it may be smart to get a (free) Charlie Card at a station. For more information about the Charlie Card or the MBTA, please head to the MTBA’s website.

Have you taken advantage of the free T rides from Logan Airport before? Are you traveling to Boston with any transportation questions? Feel free to leave thoughts and/or questions in the comments!