A few things to know about Nemo and this Weekend in Boston & Beyond (Feb 9-10, 2013)

On Fridays I typically post the fun and cheap things to do for the upcoming weekend. However, due to the snow storm Nemo coming this weekend the weekend fun post will be a little different. Many of the weekend events and activities are also cancelled or rescheduled so please research your planned activity to ensure it is still happening. Also, as of right now The Boston Travel Show this weekend has adjusted hours, which you can find here.

In addition, please think about staying off the roads tomorrow and Saturday if possible. Also, the MBTA will be shutting down at 3:30pm on Friday, February 8, 2013. Flights from Logan on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning are also cancelled.

If you lose power or need to contact your local utility company, here is a great and quick resource of different utility contact information.

You can also find City of Boston snow updates here.

I hope you all get a chance to stay in, relax, and enjoy the snow while staying safe this weekend :)


Colonnade Hotel Frosty Fridays: Pay what the temperature is outside on Friday Night

There is no denying it is cold out. However, why not benefit a little bit from the freezing weather. As mentioned earlier in the week? Davio’s is giving away free spring rolls when the temperatures are below freezing. Now there is a great deal for those that need a hotel over a weekend this winter too.

The Colonnade Hotel is offering their Frosty Friday special, where guests pay what the temperature is on Friday night at 5pm, when they stay on Saturday night at a rate of $309. For instance, if it is 20 degrees out on Friday night, guests pay $20 on Friday and then $309 on Saturday, which makes the two-day weekend visit $164 per night. And f you stay during negative weather, you will receive a free credit at the restaurant for that evening!

This special promotion is valid until March 30, 2013, but the hotel recommends that you check the farmers almanac and reserve your room early as this promo is popular. So pack your bags, and pray for cold weather.

For more information about the Colonnade Frosty Fridays, please visit here.

Win Tickets to the Patriots AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium!

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The VIP Patriots Game Package is back for the AFC Championship game. Head over here for your chance to win the following:

  • 2 AFC Championship Tickets
  • 2 Pre-Game Field Passes
  • 1 VIP Parking Pass
  • 1-Night Stay at the Renaissance Hotel at Patriot Place
  • $100 Gift Card and reservation at CBS Scene restaurant
  • $100 Gift Card to the Patriots ProShop

You have until Thursday, January 17th at 5pm to enter this fantastic prize, valued at $1,700!


And to double your chances, order from the Patriots ProShop to be automatically entered to win tickets to the AFC Championship Game on January 20, 2013! For more information, please click here.

Good Luck!


Earn $5 Free by Downloading the Ibotta App (Offer Ends Today 1/11/13!)


Ibotta is a app for smartphones (iPhone & Android) that offers many money-saving opportunities for products you buy everyday. They have special offers for many common products, and you just upload your receipt to the app when you buy a product on the list.

Many stores like Target, CVS, Walmart, Rite-Aid, Walgreens and more participate, but no New England grocery store has been added to the list quite yet.


Once you earn $5 or more, you can transfer your savings to PayPal. Right now Ibotta is doing a special offer (Ends TODAY, Friday, 1/13/13 at NOON) for $5 FREE by just downloading the App through a friend‘s referral link.

Please note, that you will not receive the $5 if you download the app without going through a referral link from a friend, and you won’t see the $5 in your account until  you redeem your first offer by January 17, 2013.

Ibotta added Android recently, so I haven’t had too much time to play around with it yet, but I have heard all positive things about from Ibotta so far! Have you tried Ibotta yet, what do you think?

Where to Get Your Free Flu Shot in Boston (and Beyond)

If you haven’t received a flu shot, please consider getting one. As you may know, Mayor Menino declared a public health emergency due to the flu outbreak in Boston with 700 confirmed cases this year.

You do not have to spend a lot to stay healthy this year from the flu. The City of Boston is offering plenty of Free Flu Clinics this week in Boston, with the majority of free clinics on Saturday, 1/12/13.

For the complete schedule of upcoming free flu clinics, please click here and please click here for additional free flu clinic offerings located further out of the city.

Thanks, and please stay healthy! :)

Patriots Playoff Tickets Giveaway For A Chance To Be At Gillette Stadium on Sunday, January 13, 2013!


Patriots tickets can be hard to come by and playoff tickets can be even harder. (Patriots tickets do go on sale to the public at 10am on Monday, 1/5/13 FYI). But if you would rather win playoff tickets, here is a fabulous giveaway that the Patriots are hosting.

Head over here to enter the “Ultimate VIP Patriots Playoff Experience” and you could win:

  • 2 Patriots Playoff Tickets
  • 2 Pre-Game Field Passes
  • 1 VIP Parking Pass
  • 1-Night Stay at the Renaissance Hotel at Patriot Place
  • $100 Gift Card and reservation at CBS Scene restaurant
  • $100 Gift Card to the Patriots ProShop

This giveaway is valued at $1,600! Nice! You can only enter once from now until Thursday, January, 10, 2013.

And when I was googling this morning, I stumpled upon a sports bar in Nashua, NH doing a giveaway for two tickets to next Sunday’s game. For every pitcher ($9) or entree you order at the Arena Sportsbar this Sunday starting at 1pm, you will grab a raffle ticket for a chance to win.

So whether you are going big with the Patriots giveaway or winning tickets at a NH sports bar, good luck! If you know of any other local establishment giving away tickets, let us know in the comments below!

Maybe I will see you next Sunday at the game! ;)


Restaurant Deals and Weekly Promotions in & around Boston: Updated

Did you know that Boston on Budget has a page just for the everyday food and restaurant deals that occur regularly in the Boston area?! The tab Always Cheap Eats shares the best deals and discounts at various restaurants in the city that you can grab daily and/or weekly, without a coupon or secret code word!

The best part about the Always Cheap Eats page is that is has been updated for 2013 thus far. There are both additions and subtractions to the page from last summer, and hopefully it is a little easier to read. I also added the restuarant websites to the list and the direct link to the promotion from the sites, if applicable. The majority of the deals were listed directly on the restaurants website, but I needed to call to confirm a few. If a promo is no longer valid or incorrect, please let me know in the comment section under Always Cheap Eats so I can update it as soon as possible. Also, if I missed a great deal in Boston, let me know!

Don’t forget to call or check with the restaurant about the deal beforehand. Although the blog does its best to keep the list updated, promos and specials can end very quickly, so make sure you check before you get your check from the restaurant!

Here’s the list of restaurants offering wicked good cheap eats in 2013, and as always, you can find them here as well.

28 Degrees; http://www.28degrees-boston.com; 1 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116 $1 Oysters daily from 5-8pm at the bar

5 Napkin Burger; http://5napkinburger.com/back-bay-boston; 105 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02199 Slider Happy Hour with $2 sliders, $2 pork taquitos, $2 hand rolls, wings, and more daily from 4-7pm & 9pm-close at the bar only.

6B Lounge; http://6bloungeandrestaurant.com/; 6B Beacon Street, Boston, MA .25 wings during Trivia on Monday nights starting at 8pm

Asgard; http://www.classicirish.com/asgard-home.php; 350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA, 02139 .25 wings every Monday starting at 5pm in the Bar

Cactus Club; http://bestmargaritas.com/index.php/events; 939 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116 Happy Hour Half-Price Apps, Monday-Thursday 4-7pm (Bar Only); $5 for 2 Tacos, Every Night 10pm-12am

Crossroads Irish Pub; http://crossroadsirishpubboston.com/events/; Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 $3 for a personal pizza daily from 3-7pm in the bar, free pizza with pitcher purchase upstairs on Wednesdays and free basket of wings with pitcher purchase upstairs on Thursdays.

Dante; http://www.restaurantdante.com;40 Edwin H. Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02142 $1 oysters daily from 4-6pm in the bar and lounge and Grilled Cheese Tuesdays (varies each week) for $2 in the Bar & Lounge

Estragon; http://www.estragontapas.com/food#!__events; 700 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA $1 Tapas on Monday-Thursday from 5:00pm-7pm at the bar

Flann O’Brien’s; http://flanns.com/; 1619 Tremont St., Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120 Buy 1 Appetizer, Get 1 Free daily from 2pm-6pm

Game On; http://gameonboston.com/promotions/; 82 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA Half-Priced Apps from 5-7pm Monday-Friday in the bar

Grafton Street; http://graftonstreetcambridge.com/events/; 1230 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 $1 Oysters after 11pm nightly

Hill Tavern; http://thehilltavern.com/;228 Cambridge St., Boston, MA Half-Priced Appetizers, Mon-Friday 4-6pm (dine-in only)

Hong Kong at Faneuil Hall; http://hongkongboston.com/happyhour.htm; 65 Chatham Street, Boston, MA Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 5-8pm with appetizers ranging from $1 to $2.25 and $1 drafts and $3.50 drink specials, dine-in only

Kings Back Bay; http://kingsbowlamerica.com/boston/; Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02115 $4 for 8? pizza Monday-Friday from 4-6pm & Sun-Thurs 10:30-close at the bar

Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant; http://www.classicirish.com/kinsale-home.php; 2 Center Plaza, Boston, MA 02108 .25 Wings on Mondays after 5pm and free parking for customers after 5pm with some restrictions

La Verdad Taqueria; http://www.laverdadtaqueria.com/; 1 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215 $1 Taco Tuesdays after 5pm (not available on Red Sox Game Days and limit 5 tacos per customer)

Marliave; http://www.marliave.com/news/; 10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108 $1 Oysters and Clams daily from 4-6pm & 9-10pm

Masa Restaurant; http://masarestaurant.com/boston/index.html; 439 Tremont St., Boston, MA .50 Tapas daily from 4-7pm and 10pm-close in the bar/lounge and extends all night long on Thursdays in the bar/lounge area.

McCormick & Schmicks; http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com; (Faneuil Hall & Park Plaza) $2.95-5.95 Social Hour Menu Sunday-Friday from 3:30pm-6:30pm, Sunday-Thursday 9pm-12am and Friday & Saturday 10pm-12am at the bar only with $3.50 minimum bar purchase. $1 Oysters on Tuesdays from 4pm-11:30pm.

McGreevy’s Boston; http://www.mcgreevysboston.com/menu.asp; 911 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116 Half-priced Appetizers every Weekday 4-7pm, $1 cheeseburgers every Tuesday, and .25 wings all day Sunday and Mondays from 4-11pm.

Minibar; http://www.minibarboston.com/menu.php; 5 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116 $2 Grilled Beef Burgers Monday-Thursday 5pm-7pm (limits may apply, see server)

Myers & Chang; http://www.myersandchang.com/; 1145 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118 $1 Oysters Every Sunday 8pm ‘til they run out and Thursdays from 5:30pm-7:30pm (limit 12 per person)

Phoenix Landing; http://phoenixlandingbar.com/events.html; 512 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA Half-priced appetizers daily from 5-7pm

Pour House Boston; http://www.pourhouseboston.com/index.htm; 907 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116 Different Monthly Specials Each Month

Red Hat; http://redhatboston.com/about-us.html; 9 Bowdoin Street, Boston, MA .10 cent wings every Monday & Tuesday night 5-10pm & Sunday 12-9pm; 1/2 Price Apps Wednesday & Thursday night 5-11pm; Free Cheese Pizza with Sam Adams Pitcher Purchase on Wednesdays

Rattlesnake; http://www.rattlesnakebar.com/5-at-5.html; 384 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 $5 at $5pm: Choose from 5 different items for $5 after 5pm daily

Redbones BBQ; http://www.redbones.com/newsevents.html; 55 Chester St., Somerville, MA 02144 1/2 Price Apps, Mon-Friday 4-6pm at the upstairs bar and downstairs at the Underbones bar

Rialto Restaurant & Bar; http://www.rialto-restaurant.com; One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138 $1 Oysters on Mondays starting at 5:30pm ‘til they run out

Roggie’s Brew & Grille; http://roggies.com/events/index.aspx; 356 Chestnut Hill Ave, Brighton, MA 02135 .30 wings, Monday-Friday from 4-7pm

Sel De La Terre; http://www.seldelaterre.com/back-bay/events.php; 774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199 $4 bar bites every Monday-Friday from 5-7pm at the bar

Sidebar (Downtown Crossing) Boston; http://sidebarboston.com/index.html; 14 Bromfield St., Boston, MA 02108 .20 wings daily after 4pm and all day on Sundays with $7 pitchers daily

Soulfire; http://www.soulfirebbq.com/events.html; 182 Harvard Ave., Allston, MA $8.99 for all you can eat wings every Monday night from 5-11pm

Stadium Sports Bar; http://www.stadiumbars.com/index.htm; Three locations: Boston, Quincy & Waltham .40 wings on Mondays, 1/2 Pizza on Tuesdays, 1/2 Burgers on Wednesdays

The Draft; http://www.thedraftbarandgrille.com/events.htm; 34 Harvard Ave., Allston, MA 02134 Monday-Friday $4.99 Lunch Menu from 11am-6pm, .25 wings every Monday after 6pm, .25 wings all day on Sundays for NFL package, and $6 for beer, burger and fries on Tuesdays.

The Living Room; http://thelivingroomboston.com/promotions; 101 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA Half-Price Apps Monday-Friday 4-6pm (Main Lounge and Patio Only)

The West on Centre; http://www.westoncentreboston.com/events; 1732 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA Half Priced Pizzas every Wednesdays after 4pm (dine-in only) & Bring your own wine every Tuesday night

Tremont 647; http://tremont647.com/events.php; 647 Tremont St., Boston, MA $2 Taco Tuesdays from 5:30pm-10pm every Tuesday

Turner Fisheries; http://www.turnersboston.com/news/specials; 10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 50% off entrees for Neighbors (residents of Back Bay & South End Neighborhood) on Thursdays, east coast oysters for $1 (while supplies last) on Fridays, and kids eat free Tuesdays-Saturdays from 5-7pm with the purchase of an adult entree

Whiskey’s Steakhouse Boston; http://www.whiskeysboston.com/happenings.htm; 885 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116 $3 Bar Bites Monday-Friday 4-7pm (Bar Only), .99 for 12” cheese & pepperoni pizza daily from 11pm-1:30am and $2.99 for 12” cheese & pepperoni pizza Monday-Friday 11:30am-4pm in the bar, and .20 wings Sunday-Thursday 11:30am-11pm & Friday-Saturday 11:30am-4pm (Bar Only)

Zumas Tex Max Café; http://www.zumatexmexgrill.com; 7 N Market Building, Boston, MA 02109 $1 Tacos every Tuesday after 5pm-close in the bar

Updated 1/2/13