One Fund Boston Charity Scoop at Ben & Jerry’s on 8/15/13!

Stop by Ben & Jerry’s at 174 Newbury Street in Boston on Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 4-6pm for ice cream scooped by two New England Revolution Stars! The best part is that all the Tips Sene & Jerry receive at Ben & Jerry’s (get it!?) and 50% sales will go directly to the One Fund Boston. Stop by, enjoy some ice cream, meet some Revs players, and support the One Fund = win, win, and win.

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Printable Retail Coupons: Use for Tax-Free Weekend in Massachusetts!

This weekend is Tax-Free Weekend in Massachusetts, and I figured I would share a few printable coupons for those venturing out today or Sunday! Good Luck! also has a big guide to the tax-free holiday that you can read here. As I’ve said before, the tax-free holiday can be a great especially if you were buying something anyway or need something that never goes on sale; however, at the same time, it’s less than a 7% discount so it’s not that great since products often go on sale for more than 7% off! Good luck and happy shopping!
Thanks, Your Retail Helper!

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Tax-Free Weekend in Massachusetts August 10-11, 2013!

Tax-Free Weekend

This upcoming weekend, August 10 & 11, 2013, is tax-free weekend in Massachusetts. The tax-break is on retail items up to $2,500 on a single-priced item, with some exclusions such as vehicles, tobacco, boats, meals, and etc.

Some retailers like Jordan’s Furniture and Bernie and Phyl’s have already started with tax-free promotions, and will double the tax break on new purchases.

Although tax-free weekend can be a great time to save on big purchases, keep in mind that some items are better bought on sale with bigger store discounts or different times of the year, if you can wait. If an item is not on sale without a store promotion, you are saving less than 7% on the item which is not too great.

However, if you are buying a product anyway, need a product that never goes on sale, or a combining tax-free weekend with in-store promotions and discounts, it may be a good time to buy.

Are you doing any shopping this upcoming weekend?!

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Fair Foods Boston and $2 Produce Bags


Fair Foods Produce Bag

A typical $2 Produce Bag from Fair Foods

Is money really tight but you would like to still eat healthy? Check out this great Boston non-profit that has been providing healthy produce to low-income families in the Boston area for 22 years.

Fair Foods has a great program where you can grab large bags filled with mix produce for a suggested donation of $2 per bag. There isn’t a bag limit or ID check, but only take what you need, if you need it. For more information please go here or to find the schedule for your neighborhood please go here.

Are you familiar with this program whether you’ve purchased a bag or volunteered?


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Cheap Weekend Fun in Greater Boston for August 3-4, 2013

I can’t believe it’s already August! Here are some affordable weekend options for the very first weekend in August! Enjoy!

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Brooklyn Boulders: Now until Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville. Brooklyn Boulders is celebrating their grand opening in Somerville with free climbing, music and more!

Pet Palooza Featuring Dock Dogs: Saturday & Sunday, August 3-4, 2013 from 10am-5pm at Assembly Row in Somerville. Check out two days of pets and play with this fun event at Assembly Row! Free + whatever you purchase.

Kid Price Saturday at Franklin Zoo: Saturday, August 3, 2013. Pay and feel like a kid the first Saturday of every month at Franklin Park Zoo between 10 a.m. & noon for just $11. Head to Stoneham, MA to the Stone Zoo between 10am-12pm and pay $10 for admission. (Note: Franklin Park Zoo has free admission on 8/2/13 part of Free Fun Fridays)

Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival: Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Prudential Center South Garden at sunset. Enjoy a free showing of The Muppet Treasure Island on the South Garden at the Prudential Center at sunset.

Sunday Night Movie at Christopher Columbus Park: Sunday, August 4, 2013 at sunset on the lawn of Christopher Columbus Park. Enjoy a free outdoor screening of The Karate Kid (1984 Version) at Christopher Columbus Park


Bank of America’s Museum on Us Weekend: Saturday, August 3, 2013 & Sunday, August 4, 2013. Bank of America & Merrill Lynch cardholders can get into select museums the first weekend of every month for free by showing their bank card (per cardholder, not family). Museum of Fine Arts, MIT Museum and other museums across the state participate.

Patriots Training Camp: Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro with (free) open practice from 9am-11:30am. If you are looking for Pats merchandise, you may want to swing by the Pro Shop this weekend to take a look at their tent sale with hats, shirts & more starting at $5.

Gospelfest: Sunday, August 4, 2013 at City Hall Plaza from 5-8pm. Enjoy gospel music and more at this 13th annual event, featuring headliner Fred Hammond! Free and open to the public.

Let me know if I missed any fun and free events for this weekend! I hope you have a great weekend!


Free Self-Defense Classes in Boston

Ladies, are you looking to take a self-defense class in Boston? Here are a few budget-friendly options that are available:

The Ultimate Self-Defense & Performance Center (South Boston): Free self defense classes in August for South Boston Women. Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8pm at the dojo on 12 B Street, South Boston.

Women’s Self Defense Boston (Charlestown): Free self defense classes every Saturdays from 10-11am at the Krav Maga Yashir Martial Arts Center at 200 Terminal Street, Charlestown.

Boston Martial Arts Center (Allston): Free Introductory Self-Defense class and everyone is welcome with registration. Located at 161 Harvard Ave in Allston.

If I missed any, please let me know in the comments. Thanks!

Goldstar Boston Half-Price Tickets + $50 Giveaway!

This giveaway has closed and the winner has been contacted. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected at random. Thanks and Congratulations!

Are you familiar with Goldstar? Goldstar offers the world’s largest selection of half-price tickets and has one of the largest online sources for user reviews. More importantly, Goldstar offers many half-price tickets for theatre, comedy shows, concerts, and much more in Boston!

In addition to many discounted tickets, they also offer complimentary tickets to certain events and shows. I’ve seen free tickets for Boston Breakers, Bridal Shows, Musicals, and much more—you just need to pay a service fee (usually between $3-9 a ticket) depending on the event.

Right now, Goldstar Boston has some great discounted ticket offers such as:

  • The Wingman James Holeva; Comedy Show at West End Johnnies on July 26, 2013 (Regular Price: $25; Goldstar Price: $0.00 + service charge)
  • 90-Minute Sunset Cruise at Rowes Wharf for Various Dates This Summer (Regular Price: $20.20-24.20; Goldstar Price $9-$12 + service charge)
  • Boston Duck Tour Tickets for Various Dates and Times (Regular Price: $37.69; Goldstar Price: $21.43 + service charge)

This is just a very small example of discounted tickets Goldstar Boston offers, and they are constantly updating and adding different event and show tickets in Boston! Some tickets go really fast. The Musical Wicked sold out in just a few days, so act fast if there’s something you really want to see. Goldstar also operates in many other cities, so if you are traveling this summer, take a look to see if you can catch a discounted event or attraction in another city!

It is free to sign-up for Goldstar, and after you sign-up you can check out all the great offers in greater detail. Even better, Goldstar Boston is giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky Boston on Budget reader for Goldstar tickets, which will make for free event tickets depending on what you select! Perfect for a inexpensive date night or fun night out with friends!

To win a $50 gift card to Goldstar Boston, you can sign up for Boston on Budget’s new daily e-mail newsletter and/or sign-up for Goldstar Boston to enter! Both are completely free to subscribe! Please note if you do subscribe to both, it will not increase your chances of winning. Once you are subscribed, please fill out the entry form below and make sure you use the same e-mail address so we can confirm! And no comments on this post is needed this time to enter!

This giveaway will end in one week on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 3pm EST.

Thanks and good luck!!!

*Disclaimer: I am an affiliate partner of Goldstar Boston and this post contains affiliate links. Goldstar Boston also donated a $50 gift card for the giveaway. Please read my updated disclosure policy here.