Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long!

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Kids can bowl free this summer at many bowling alleys across Massachusetts and the U.S.!

Registered children can bowl two free games each day for a value of $500 over the summer period. This program does not include the cost of shoe rentals.

There are also some program terms, but you can read them and find more info here. Over 20 bowling alleys in Massachusetts are participating too!

Sounds like a perfect activity for a rainy summer day!

Feature Friday: Blue Hills Reservation

Blue Hills Hike SM

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!

Blue Hills Reservation is a state park South of Boston which stretches across six towns! Blue Hills is a great spot for hiking and outdoor activities outside the city, but still close enough to catch great skyline views:

Boston Skyline from BH small

Typically when I’ve been to Blue Hills in the past, I usually head to the Blue Hill Observatory or closeby; However, I had never been near the entrance right off Exit 6 (South Shore Plaza Exit) on 93, and I wanted to check the Quincy end of Blue Hills out.

We ended up parking near a trail and hiked up with my dog and shot a few skyline pics along the way. We ended up on a few different trails and it was fun to see another side of the mountain I hadn’t been on.

Blue Hills is a great way to spend a few hours in a peaceful setting still very close to the city. (We didn’t come across many people during our late-morning Sunday hike.)

I would say the best and easiest way to get to Blue Hills is by car. However, you can take the MBTA bus or commuter rail (depending on schedules) if you do not have a car. If you need directions to get to the mountain, please head here(Entering Blue Hills from Quincy was really easy, but we did take a scenic drive through Blue Hills before we decided to park.)

For more information about Blue Hills, please head here or here.

Have you been to Blue Hills before? Do you have any tips to share?

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Cheap(er) Boston Hotels and Summer Travel: Hotels.com Promo Code!


Book your summer trip today and save $50 on a $300+ hotel booking with code MOREMONEY! Book by 6/1/14, Travel by 11/19/14

If you are looking to book a hotel room this summer, you may want to check out Hotels.com. They are one of the first sites I typically check when I’m dreaming of a future weekend getaway.

If you decide to spend $300 or more on a hotel booking, you can use promo code MOREMONEY (valid until 6/1/14) to save $50 on your next booking. You do need to travel before November 19th, 2014 to receive the $50 savings but works perfect for spring, summer and even some fall plans!

Keep in mind the $300 amount is for the entire hotel stay, so if you are staying for the weekend and find a rate for $159, you would be able to apply the discount. ($159 x 2 nights = over $300!)

I was a little curious to see what was available for the upcoming memorial day weekend, and I noticed a lot of the (Boston) listings showed the promo code underneath the hotel. This was a nice feature because I had an idea what hotels would accept the promo code and ones that probably wouldn’t (a lot of the Boston ones did in my quick search).

For more information or to book a hotel for a future getaway, please head here.

P.S. JetBlue currently has a summer sale for flights starting at $55 out of Boston. :)

Note: I am an affiliate partner of Hotels.com so I get a small thank you if you book through my affiliate link above. Please see my disclosure policy here

 

 

Boston Harbor Dinner Cruises: Discounts and Deals

Boston Harbor Dinner Cruises

If you want to dine on Boston Harbor, you may want to take a Boston Harbor cruise. The two biggest options are Odyssey Boston and Spirit of Boston.

I will say I haven’t been on a Boston Harbor cruise (not counting ferries) since college, where I did work aboard one of the ship’s for one summer in college. I also rode the boat as a guest (senior week, employee perks, etc.) but I never rode the other cruise ship for whatever reason.

I won’t go into the specifics of what cruise ship may or may not be better, since I have only been on one boat, and my opinion may differ as a former summer employee. (Also, it’s been awhile since I’ve actually rode the ship.)

I will say as someone who is frequently motion sick (roller coasters, airplanes, and anything really), I never got seasick aboard a dinner cruise, and I’ve been on quite a few.

I did want to share a few discounts if you do decide to go on a Boston Harbor Cruise. A cruise alongside the harbor can be something unique and fun, but can be expensive, especially on beautiful summer nights.


Restaurant.com: Both Odyssey and Spirit Cruises have vouchers available on Restaurant.com for $25, with a minimum spend of $37.50. $25 vouchers go for $10 at regular price, but promo codes are often available to lower costs. (Tip: Click the banner above and if there is a current promo code, you will see it right below the search box).

Goldstar Boston: Goldstar Boston has discount tickets for both the Spirit of Boston and The Odyssey starting at $53, depending on cruise dates and more.

Odyssey Cruise Groupon: Groupon has a daily deal for a three-hour dinner cruise aboard The Odyssey for select cruises starting at $68. Make sure to read the terms and conditions first to make sure it’s a good fit.

Entertainment Book: Discounts for both the Spirit of Boston and Odyssey are in the 2014 Greater Boston Entertainment Book. (When I get my 2014 book in a few days, I will let you know the exact terms.)

Please let me know in the comments below if I missed any great deals or discounts for any Boston cruises. Have you been on a Boston Harbor Dinner Cruise before?

This post does contain a few affiliate links from third-party sites; please see my disclosure policy here.

 

 

Money Saving Monday: Borrow Books & More from the Library

Money Saving Monday

*Every Monday throughout 2014 I will be sharing Money Savings Tips to help stick to and expand your budget!

A great way to save money on entertainment is to visit your local library whether it be in person or online. The library is a great resource for free books, movies, music, audiobooks, and more.

If you have a kindle or a nook, you can borrow books from the  library onto your device without going to the library. Just head to the website of your local library or straight to OverDrive to find and download material for free. Keep in mind the online system works similar to the traditional library system. Popular books may be checked out and you may need to be on a waitlist with a certain period of time to read the book before it is automatically returned.

You can also rent movies from local libraries as well. If you don’t feel like heading to the library, you can head to Hoopla and enter your library card from a participating library like BPL, Brookline, Watertown and much more to stream movies online! You can borrow free music, videos, and audiobooks on your PC, tablet or phone.

Another way local libraries help with budget-friendly entertainment is with free museum passes and more. If you are looking for a way to explore the area this summer, request a museum or attraction pass in advance. For more information about Boston Public Library museum passes and more, you can head here.

You do not need to be a Boston resident to be a Boston Public Library cardholder, but you need to be a Massachusetts resident. Also, check your local library for free and discount museum passes and entertainment as well.

Do you have any tips for saving on entertainment at local libraries? Do you borrow books, movies, music and more from the library?

To find more Money Saving Tips from Boston On Budget, please head here.

Save The Date! Free Concert with Iggy Azalea, Austin Mahone, G.R.L. and Little Mix!

103.3 Birthday Bash

UPDATE 6/11/14: Please note that this event is now being held at Gillette Stadium. The only entrance into Gillette will be the uBid.com gate on the southwest side of the Stadium. No tickets are needed since it is a free event. Gates open at 1:30pm with music starting at 3pm.

Save the Date!! Amp Radio 103.3 is hosting a FREE concert at Patriot Place in Foxboro on Sunday, June 15th, 2014 to celebrate their Birthday!

The free concert includes Iggy Azalea, Austin Mahone, G.R.L., and Little Mix. MKTO will also be performing.

Vendors will open at noon on Sunday, 6/15/14 with music starting at 3 p.m. The exact schedule will be announced closer to the show’s date. The free concert is rain or shine so fingers crossed for a beautiful day!

Amp Radio’s Birthday Bash is free with free parking available at Gillette Stadium. No tailgating will be allowed before, during or after the event.

You can enter to win a four pack of Party Pit Passes and Backstage Passes to meet your favorite artist. The contest runs through the radio station and make sure you qualify before entering. Good Luck!

For more information, please head here and head here to get all your questions answered.

Are you headed to Foxboro this year for 103.3 Amp Radio’s Birthday Bash!?! Who are you most excited to see?

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Free Boston Calling Block Party Returns Starting on Thursday!

Boston Calling Block Party 2014

Downtown Crossing Block Parties are returning to Thursdays again this summer starting this Thursday on May 8, 2014. The big change to the free outdoor music series this year is the location.

Boston Calling Block Parties will be held at Dewey Square in the Rose Kennedy Greenway from 5-8pm every Thursday through September with free music, food and more. You can find more information on their Facebook page or through Boston Magazine’s article.

Have you been to a free Boston Calling Block party before?