Vistaprint: $5 Off Orders for New Customers

Lexington-Based company Vistaprint is offering $5 off all orders for new customers! Enter promo code VPSAVE5 at checkout to grab $5 off your order!

Vistaprint has a large customizable selection to choose from such as t-shirts, mugs, calendars, banners, labels, and more! I ordered wedding postcards from Vistaprint before my big day and I really liked them. Vistaprint is definitely an affordable printing company too.

There are so many items to choose from. To check out Vistaprint or to use the promo code, please head here.

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Hotel Week Boston 2014 with Hotel Deals + More

Hotel Week Boston

The first Hotel Week Boston will take place during February School Vacation week from February 16-23, 2014 and celebrate great hotel deals and amazing hotel experiences.

Most Boston hotels are offering discounts of 30% or more and offering such perks as free parking and more. This is a great chance to visit Boston or have a staycation in the city for a great rate without going over budget! Cheap hotel rates and free parking in Boston? Doesn’t happen often!

If you do participate in Hotel Week Boston, you can also take advantage of partner discount attractions such as Disney on Ice tickets, ICA, Zoo New England, and more. To find all offers, please head here.

For more information or to find a participating hotel, please head here.

Free $25 Lyft Credit for New Users + Free Rides!

Lyft New Logo

Update 3/2015: The promo code now works for a free $20 Lyft credit for new users for a limited time (may drop back to $10 credit at anytime).

Car-Sharing App Lyft is offering a FREE $25 Credit for new users in Boston (and other cities as well). No promo codes needed, just follow the instructions from the link!

If you are not familiar with Lyft, feel free to read my past reviews here and here. Lyft is similar to UberX and Sidecar where you claim a driver through an android or iphone app and rates are typically cheaper than a taxi because the driver is using their personal car. If you have seen a pink mustache on a car in the city, that is Lyft!

Lyft also expanded their coverage in and around the Greater Boston Area and you can check out their coverage area and rates here.

Please note: Lyft also introduced Prime Time Rates which charges an additional percentage to give directly to the drivers to incentivize drivers to be on the roads during prime time hours. The percentage will vary depending on the demand, but Lyft will tell you the extra percentage (if any) before confirming your ride.

For a limited time, new users can sign up with Lyft and receive a $25 credit towards your first ride. Also, if you are a current Lyft user, you can refer a friend through your own referral credit code to receive up to $25 in credits. (I included my referral link in this post, but feel free to ask a friend for their referral link if you like them more than me).

Also, I read about a new program called Lyft Pioneers. Basically you give feedback after your Lyft ride and you will receive free rides (up to $25) for 2 weeks. To join, the program reads, “just download the Lyft app, create a free account, and you’ll automatically receive complimentary rides for two weeks!”

I am not sure if the Lyft Pioneer program applies to new users only, because I had a hard time figuring out how to join as an existing user. If you are or becoming a Lyft Pioneer or joined as an existing user, could you please leave your experience and how to join in the comments!? Thank you!

Also, competitor Uber has many services, but UberX is the cheapest option and is comparable to Lyft. New users can receive $20 credit from a friend and a friend can receive $20 for a referring a friend. After you sign up, enter promo code C2E2 for another $40 credit, for new users only, for a limited time!

You can be my friend and sign up here for a free $20 credit for Uber, if you’d rather join Uber over Lyft, or both. *Note, this was previously a $10 referral friend credit, so I am unsure how long the $20 credit will last for*

Do you use Lyft or UberX to travel around the city? Do you have any tips for new users? Are you a Lyft Pioneer?

As mentioned in the post, this post does contain my referral links to Lyft and Uber if you sign up through my friend link. You will receive the $25 or $20 free credit, and I will receive some credit too. Thank you!

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for January 18-20, 2014

Cheap Weekend Fun

Are you looking for inexpensive and free things to do in Boston for this weekend? Well, there are a lot of fun and free Boston events and happenings for this upcoming 3-day weekend!

MLK Day of Service: Monday, January 20, 2014 from 2-5pm in Central Square. Join in on a day of service to lend a helping hand in Cambridge.

Free Admission at Museum of Fine Arts: Monday, January 20, 2014. The MFA is free on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day all day to all visitors.

Free Entrance Day for National Parks: Monday, January 20, 2014. All national parks have fee free entry on Monday for MLK Day. To find a National Park in Massachusetts, please head here.

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

WinterFest at Lansdowne Pub: Sunday, January 19, 2014 from 12-4pm at 9 Lansdowne Street. Celebrate the winter season with live music, giveaways, and $1 oysters. No cover. This is actually next Sunday, January 26, 2014! Thanks Eric!

Kids Free Winter Weekends at Old Sturbridge Village: Every weekend through March, 2014, head west to visit the Old Sturbridge Village where kids get in free!

Also, don’t forget Zoo New England is offering their Buy 1, Get 1 Free Coupon until Sunday if you want to head to the zoo! And don’t forget to request your free passes to go Ice Skating on Frog Pond for future weekends!

Hope you have a great extra long weekend!


The Pruferred Shopper Card 2014 Discounts

Pruferred Card

If you eat or dine at the Prudential Center, you may want to consider getting a 2014 Pruferred Shopper Card. The card is free and can be found at the Customer Service Desk at Center Court. You just need to show the card at a local store or eatery to get a discount! The card expires on 12/31/14.

Since I especially love getting discounts on food in Boston, here are all the dining spots in (and around) the Pru that participate and the discount they offer:

  • 5 Napkin Burger: 10% off lunch or dinner in the dining room for a party of 2 or more
  • Au Bon Pain: Free medium soda w/ purchase of featured lunch sandwich
  • Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off
  • Boston Chowda: Grilled cheese sandwich and a small cup of soup for $4.99
  • California Pizza Kitchen: Receive a free small plate menu item w/ $20 minimum purchase
  • Crazy Dough’s Pizza: 10% off
  • Flamers: 10% off
  • Paradise Bakery: Buy 1 Cookie, Get 1 Free
  • P.F. Chang’s China Bistro: Free hot/iced tea or soft drink with an entrée purchase
  • Pinkberry: 10% off
  • Poulet Rotisserie: Free Caesar salad with a purchase of any platter or sandwich combo
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill: $1 regular sized drink with purchase of any signature entrée
  • Regina Pizzeria: 10% off
  • Sarku Japan: 10% off
  • Shaw’s: $1 off at the salad bar
  • Tossed: Free fountain soda with any entrée purchase
  • Truffles: 15% off 1/2lb of handmade chocolates

There’s also many discounts on retail stores, kiosks, and more. To find the complete list of participating stores and discounts, please head here.

Have you used the Pruferred Shopper Card before; what is your favorite discount?

Money Making Monday: Sell Your Stuff


*Money Making Money is a Boston on Budget ongoing series during the holiday season to give simple ways to make money online and more. None of the suggestions will make you rich but hopefully cover a holiday gift or two. All suggestions are personally used and recommended by me.

Thanks for reading the last Money Making Monday of the Holiday season! Hope you got a few great ideas of ways to expand your holiday budget!

My last suggestion is a very broad money making suggestion: sell your stuff. There’s so many ways you can tackle this suggestion and it really depends on what you have and what you are comfortable with. I personally haven’t sold too much stuff, just because I don’t have too much good stuff.

For me, I’ve had good luck selling back my grad school textbooks. My school bookstore didn’t take them (or value them high) so I decided to use the Amazon buyback program. I basically loaded the information on Amazon, printed out a free shipping label, and sent them in! I received an Amazon gift card in my account and put it towards Christmas presents. Easy peasy.

If you are a college student looking to sell back textbooks through Amazon, my big tip is to list your textbooks sooner than later. Textbooks lose value very quickly and Amazon prices reflect that. I missed my shipping deadline by one day and had to relist my textbooks, and lost roughly $30! List those textbooks TODAY!

Do you have any tips for selling textbooks or stuff online? Do you steer clear from posting on Craigslist?

Previous Money Making Monday Posts

Week 7: Making Money Through Claiming Money {Unclaimed Property}
Week 6: Making Money Through Simple Online Tasks {MTurk}
Week 5: Making Money Through Surveys {Pinecone Research}
Week 4: Making Money Through Mall Shopping {Shopkick & Ibotta}
Week 3: Making Money Through Online Shopping {Ebates & Shop At Home}
Week 2: Making Money Through Freelance Gigs {Elance & Fiverr}
Week 1: Making Money Through Search Engines {Bing & Swagbucks}