Boston Spirit Day on Friday, 4/19/13: Show (and Wear) your Boston Pride!

Boston Spirit Day

Tomorrow is the actual Patriots Day where the first battles of the American Revolutionary War took place on April 19, 1775. This a great day to show your Boston pride and spirit with Boston Spirit Day!

Whip out those Red Sox hats, Boston t-shirts, Patriots sweatshirts, or any apparel that reminds you of Boston whether it is sport related, school related or just plain Boston.

Wear your Boston Spirit for Boston Spirit Day on Friday, 4/19/13 and show that you are Boston Strong and Boston Proud!

For more information about this great event, please check out the Facebook event page.

 

Free Rides to Boston Hospitals if you need one from Uber Boston

Uber posted this on their website here yesterday:

“We realize that getting around Boston is not easy right now – Uber will be providing up to two free rides on Uber Black, SUV, or UBERx for each user to and from the following hospitals through Wednesday, April 24th:

  • Boston Medical Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
  • Carney Hospital

There’s no need to enter a promo code – a discount of up to $40 will apply automatically. We hope this will make the commute easier for medical workers, ease travel plans for friends and family, and enable those that have lent their assistance the past couple of days to attend services around Boston”.

Hopefully you don’t and won’t need a ride to the hospital, but the service is there if you need one.

 

Reflections: Love, Loss, and Living Free at the Boston Conservatory

Boston Conservatory Reflections

This weekend performance of Reflections: Love, Loss, and Living is free from 4/18/13 to 4/20/13 at the Boston Conservatory. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at 617-912-9222.

“In response to the recent tragedy that has struck that Boson community, and in an attempt to help bring healing and consolation to our neighbors, this weekend’s performances of Reflections are now free and open to the public.” ~Boston Conservatory Website

More information about these free performances thanks to the Boston Conservatory can be found here.

 

Thoughts, Prayers, & Resources, Boston

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Today I will not be posting any budget-friendly posts and suspended the deal posts I had previously planned; they seem very irrelevant now.

I did want to share some resources and information on how to help and how to get help. However, there are much better articles and round-up of resources here and here.

Boston’s Tech community has started a site to raise funds, and donations can be made here. Moments like this can bring the best in people, but can also bring out the worst. Please make sure you avoid scams and fake charities as they have and will surface on social media sites and more.

The Park Plaza Castle is open as a resource and information center, and counseling is available. For more information, please visit here.

Many businesses are open, but many events have been cancelled and some restaurants are still closed. It may be best to call before heading out to ensure a place is open.

Fire and Ice and Tasty Burger are opening up their kitchens to provide free meals for first responders, law enforcement and emergency personnel. Chicken and Rice will also have free food at their truck for emergency personnel.

The ICA and MFA are also free today, if you feel like you need a peace of comfort and beautiful art.

If you have any resources that you would like to share in the comments, please do so.There are a lot of amazing resources out there, and I’m sure I missed many.

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Also, If you have any information or photos, please submit them as they could provide useful clues.

Many thoughts and prayers to those affected in this terrible tragedy. Much Love, Kate

 

Uber Boston Introduces Neighborhood Love (with Free & Discount Rides)

Uber Boston

Grab a ride with Uber Boston with just a few clicks from your smartphone! Better yet, Uber is having a promotion this April called Neighborhood Love! Neighborhood Love encourages Bostonians to discover new neighborhoods around the city! This month the Theatre district and Downtown Crossing is celebrated by Neighborhood Love.

New Uber users can enter the code BosAprilNL to score a free Uber Black or UberX ride to or from the Theatre district or Downtown Crossing in April. Existing Uber users can use code BosAprilNLExt to score 25% off their ride to or from the Theatre district or Downtown Crossing.

Also, check out Uber’s post to find even more savings at your favorite local restaurants. JM Curley’s is offering a free 16oz High Life Tallboy and Max & Dylan’s is taking 25% off your bill when you show your Uber receipt.

This promotion ends on April 28, 2013. For more information, please click here.

Also, if you’d rather, you can grab a free $10 credit by signing up with my referral link: uber.com/invite/uberBudget. You will need a credit card to sign up. You can use a pre-paid/gift card if you don’t  want to use a credit card. After sign up, click on the “promotions” on the top and enter promo code CUBS371145 to earn $30 more. The $30 credit expires on Sunday, 3/14/13 but the $10 credit will stay in your account.

 

 

Weekend Fun in Greater Boston for March 23-24, 2013

Happy First Weekend of SPRING! Here are a few weekend ideas of fun things to do on a budget this weekend:

Free Guitar Lessons at Guitar Center: Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 10:15am at your local Guitar Center. Every Saturday during the month of March, receive a free Guitar lesson at your nearest Guitar Center.

Harvard Art Museum: Saturday, March 23, 2013. From 10am-12pm on Saturdays, Massachusetts residents can explore the museum for free with proper Mass ID.

Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Sunday, March 24, 2013. Mass residents can visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology for free on Sundays from 9am-12pm with proof of residency.

Pilates Bootcamp with Jennifer Phelan: Saturday, March 23, 2013. Join Pilates instructor Jennifer Phelan for a 45-minutes Pilates class for free at the Quincy Market Upper Rotunda from 9:15am to 10am. Bring your own mat

Participate in an Egg Hunt: Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the DCR Pope John Paul II Park in Dorchester: Join the DCR and Phillips Candy House in the 21st annual Easter Egg Hunt. Free. (For more Easter Egg Hunts, please go here).

New England Home Show (Foxborough): March 22-24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium. Enjoy one of the longest and largest home show in the area. Tickets are $9 at the door, but buy online in advance to save $2.00. Children 17 and under are free.

Also, it is the second and final week of Restaurant Week… don’t forget to make a reservation if you haven’t already!

Hope you have a great weekend, and if I missed any great and inexpensive events, please let me know in the comment section!

 

Wicked Cheap Tip: Watch TV to Earn Rewards

Viggle

Roughly this time last year, I downloaded an app that allows you to earn gift cards and rewards for watching TV. My life has never been the same. I can now productive and lazy. At the same time. Amazing.

Okay, so if you are hearing the word Viggle for the first time, it is a downloadable app that allows you to check-in to your favorite shows to earn points. Points can be redeemed for gift cards, gifts, and more. Here’s a few basics:

  • Download the App on your Apple or Android smartphones. App only available on smartphones :(
  • Hit “check-in” and hold your phone or iPad up to your TV to start earning points!
  • You will receive 1 point for every minute of television watched
  • You will receive bonus points for watching certain shows, which are shown on the what’s on button (Usually primetime shows like American Idol, Bones, The Big Bang Theory, etc. have bonus points)
  • You will earn points after the show is over (even if you’ve left the room or have turned off your TV)
  • You can use Viggle for shows on your DVR, so they do not have to be live.

And now for a few Viggle tips:

  • Play trivia during your favorite show to earn additional points. It always helps to play trivia on a show you actually watch because you will earn more points for answering correctly.
  • Play MyGuy during a sports game for extra points. (MyGuy is like a fantasy game, and their is a strategy if you play often. For example, my mother-in-law played MyGuy Football and did really well for just playing the defense the entire game).
  • Watch advertisements on Viggle once you check into a show to earn bonus points. (There are certain times that offer the most video/points opportunities. My in-laws say it switches often, but usually either early morning (7am) or evening (around 7pm).
  • You can earn bonus points after watching a show for 10 minutes or longer; so, check into a bonus show, and then switch to another bonus show 10 minutes later if they are on at the same time.
  • Check into longer shows before you leave the house. (For example, I’ve checked into the Today show around 7am before work, and then received 250 points for later on that morning).
  • Special events like the Oscars, the Superbowl, Olympics, etc. are usually high in points for length, bonus check-in points, video opportunities, and trivia bonuses. These are amazing Viggle days, for real.
  • Rewards change often, so hold off if you don’t find a reward you like as they replenish and switch around. You can print out your eCard within minutes of redeeming your prize. (However, sometimes the point value change. For instance, a year ago a $15 Chili’s eGift Card was 21,000 points is now 30,000 points). So do not wait too long to cash in your prize.

Have you used Viggle before? Do you have any tips that I may have forgotten?

 

Free Tolls on March 15, 2013 from 5-6pm on the Mass Pike Thanks to Cumberland Farms!

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If you are commuting through the Allston/Brighton, Natick or Weston toll plazas on the Mass Pike on Friday, March 15, 2013 between 5-6pm, tolls will be free thanks to Cumberland Farms and its SmartPay Check-Link program!

Customers paying cash will still need to stop at the tolls like normal, and EZ-Pass customers will notice a credit on their account.

Cumberland Farms also has a SmartPay Check-Link program that allows users to save .10 per gallon at the pump.

For more information about SmartPay please click here and click here for more information about Free Tolls on Friday!