Cheap Weekend Fun for December 21 & 21, 2013 in Boston!

Cheap Weekend Fun

Happy last weekend before Christmas! Do you still have a lot to do before the Holidays?! If you are finished with your holiday shopping (jealous) and holiday parties and looking for a something inexpensive to do, here’s a few ideas!

Caroling in the Park: Sunday, December 22, 2013 from 3pm at Hayes Park in the South End. Join your neighbors for some caroling and holiday cheer!

The Boston Merry Christmas Caroling Mob: Sunday, December 22, 2013 a 4pm; Meet at the Stony Brook stop on the Orange Line. Join the 10h annual Caroling Mob and sing to the residents of JP! Free, but dress warm!

Downtown  Boston Holiday Market 2013: Starting, November 30, 2013 through December 28, 2013 at Summer Street Plaza. Enjoy the 5th Annual Holiday Market with artisan vendors and local entertainment.

Enchanted Village: November 16, 2013-January 5, 2013 at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon. The Enchanted Village is up and running for the season so come relive childhood memories! Free.

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

And if you just need a break from everything, Goldstar Boston has some great comedy events at great comedy venues like Laugh Boston and the Improv Asylum! Check them out at Goldstar Boston! (aff. link)

Hope you have a great and productive weekend if you need to get a lot done! I have two birthday gatherings, a xmas tree to finally get up and a Patriots game to watch this weekend! What about you; what are you up to this weekend?

 

Cheap Weekend Fun for December 14-15, 2013 in Boston

Cheap Weekend Fun

Here’s some great and budget-friendly things to do in the Greater Boston Area for the second full weekend in December!

Free Ice Skating at the Charles Hotel: Sunday, December 15, 2013 from 12-6pm. Enjoy an afternoon of free ice skating at the Charles Hotel for their opening of the rink this season! Free (and free rentals too).

Free Ice Skating at the Boston Harbor Hotel: Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 1-4pm at the Boston Harbor Hotel. The rink opens up for the first time this season, so stop by for some free ice skating.

SoWa Holiday Market: December 14 & 15, 2013 at the Benjamin Franklin Institute, 41 Berkeley Street. Find local and handmade gifts at the SoWa Holiday Market with an array of options and crafters! $5, children under 12 are free.

The Davis Flea Holiday Vintage Market: December 8 & 15, 2013 from 11am-6pm at the Arts at the Armory in Somerville. Find some unique and great events at the Davis Flea Holiday Market for two dates this holiday season.

Polar Express Story Hour and Kids Concert: Saturday, December 7 & 14, 2013 from 11am-2pm at the Prudential Center Food Court. Enjoy a story hour of the favorite holiday story The Polar Express followed by a kids concert!

Downtown  Boston Holiday Market 2013: Starting, November 30, 2013 through December 28, 2013 at Summer Street Plaza. Enjoy the 5th Annual Holiday Market with artisan vendors and local entertainment.

Enchanted Village: November 16, 2013-January 5, 2013 at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon. The Enchanted Village is up and running for the season so come relive childhood memories! Free.

Taza Chocolate Holiday Fiesta: December 14& 15, 2013 from 11-5pm at 561 Windsor Street in Somerville. Sample sweet and savory chocolates from various local vendors. Free– who doesn’t love free chocolate?

15th Annual Fort Point Holiday Sale: December 13-15, 2013.. Stop by the Fort Point Neighborhood to check out handmade gifts and more from local artists. Free.

3rd Annual Cookie Swap for a Cause: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 2pm in the South End. Swap and enjoy different cookies to help kids with cancer. Cost varies depending on how many cookies you bring.

Hope you have a great weekend in whatever you decide to do! (Just don’t spend too much holiday shopping!)

Cheap Weekend Fun for December 7-8, 2013 in Boston

 

Cheap Weekend Fun

There’s so many free and almost free events happening in and around Boston this weekend, it was hard to keep up with them all! Here’s a few fun things to check out this weekend:

Craftboston Holiday Show: December 6-8, 2013 at Hynes Convention Center. Over 200 exhibitors will be present to offer great presents this holiday season. General Admission is $15, but half-off tickets are available through Goldstar Boston (affiliate link).

Holiday Arts & Eats at Assembly Row: December 6-8, 2013 at Assembly Row in Somerville. Check out this local holiday market with food truck, Etsy designers, musicians, and more!  Adult tickets range from $5-$15, but enter to win two free VIP Tickets, giveaway ends on 12/5/13 at 3pm.

The Davis Flea Holiday Vintage Market: December 8 & 15, 2013 from 11am-6pm at the Arts at the Armory in Somerville. Find some unique and great events at the Davis Flea Holiday Market for two dates this holiday season.

Union Square Winter Craft Markets: Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 11am-4pm at Union Square Plaza in Somerville. Find some handmade holiday gifts for everyone on your holiday list!

Brooklyn Boulders Holiday Market: Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 11am-4pm in Somerville. Many artisans and craft vendors will be at Brooklyn Boulders on Somerville on Saturday, and kids can climb for free. Free, but just sign a waiver to get in (This is a rock climbing place).

Running Strong: Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 9:00am at 654 Beacon Street in Kenmore Square. Join Ultimate Bootcamp and Joint Ventures for a free running workshop and workout.

Velo-City Cycling Workout: Free classes until Sunday, December 8, 2013. Now until Sunday, check out Velo-City in the Back Bay for a free class!

Polar Express Story Hour and Kids Concert: Saturday, December 7 & 14, 2013 from 11am-2pm at the Prudential Center Food Court. Enjoy a story hour of the favorite holiday story The Polar Express followed by a kids concert!

2013 North End Christmas Parade: Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 1pm. See Santa Claus arrive by helicopter to the North End Park on Commercial Street.

Bank of America’s Museum on Us Weekend: Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8, 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.

Kid Price Saturday at Franklin Zoo: Saturday, December 7, 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

Downtown  Boston Holiday Market 2013: Starting, November 30, 2013 through December 28, 2013 at Summer Street Plaza. Enjoy the 5th Annual Holiday Market with artisan vendors and local entertainment.

Enchanted Village: November 16, 2013-January 5, 2013 at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon. The Enchanted Village is up and running for the season so come relive childhood memories! Free.

Also, don’t forget there’s free 2-hour meter parking in Boston every Saturday in December!

Feel free to leave a comment with any fun and free events that I may have missed! Hope you have a great weekend!

Cheap Weekend Fun for November 29-December 1, 2013 in Boston

Cheap Weekend Fun

Happy Thanksgiving! The Cheap Weekend Fun post is up a day early because I won’t be blogging or posting tomorrow and I hope you have a chance to plan your weekend a little early too!

If you are participating in Black Friday on 11/29/13, check out this post here for all the Black Friday hours just for Massachusetts. They are a little different than the rest of the nation due to blue laws.

Also, Meter Parking in Boston is actually free from Thursday, November 29, 2013 to Sunday, December 1, 2013 due to holiday parking and a city incentive, so please don’t pay any meters this weekend! Check back here on the blog Friday for more information!

Here’s some fun and affordable things to do for this extra long holiday weekend:

Half-Off Admission at Zoo New England: Friday, November 29, 2013 from 10am-4pm at Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo. Forget Black Friday and enjoy a day with the family at the Zoo with half-price admission.

BostonTweet’s Black Friday Scavenger Hunt: Friday, November 29, 2013 from 10am-5pm. BostonTweet will be hiding thirty $100 envelopes in the Back Bay compliments of Capital One 360 Cafes. Keep an eye out for these envelopes to win some cash for holiday shopping.

Downtown Macy’s 2013 Tree Lighting: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 4pm at Macy’s Downtown Crossing. Enjoy special performances by various musical acts as well as a special appearance by Santa Claus to help light the tree.

Downtown  Boston Holiday Market 2013: Starting, November 30, 2013 through December 28, 2013 at Summer Street Plaza. Enjoy the 5th Annual Holiday Market with artisan vendors and local entertainment.

Enchanted Village: November 16, 2013-January 5, 2013 at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon. The Enchanted Village is up and running for the season so come relive childhood memories! Free.

ICA: Saturday, November 30, 2013. The ICA is free for families the last Saturday of every month, except December.

Please let me know in the comments if I missed any fun and free events in the Greater Boston area. I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah!

 

Money Making Monday: Make Money Through Mall Shopping

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*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.

If you are heading to the mall or a shopping plaza with a smartphone, there are a few fun and easy ways to earn a little side money with apps!

Shopkick is an app that has been around for a few years, and is perfect for a frequent mall shopper! Simply check in to various stores, browse items, and more to earn points for rewards. You don’t need to spend money to use Shopkick, as you can earn points for just walking into a store!Shopkick usually does fun and extra promotions for Black Friday too, so make sure to checkout Shopkick on Friday, especially if you are out and about!

Another great app to earn a little extra money is Ibotta. Ibotta allows users to upload receipts of items purchased from participating stores like Target, Home Deport, Chili’s, and hundreds more. You can take polls, engage with Facebook, and more to save even more on items you use often. If you buy a participating item simply upload your receipt to get a rebate in your account. Some stores don’t require a receipt upload, as Ibotta technology is constantly advancing. You can link your PayPal to Ibotta to get paid as well. For more information or to sign-up for an account, please head here.

Okay–now what is your favorite app to make some extra money while you are out shopping for holiday gifts!?!

Previous Money Making Monday Posts

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}

*This post contains my referral links. Please see my disclosure policy here.

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Boston Common Frog Pond Half-Price Ice Skating for College Students!

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Boston Common Frog Pond is open for the season! What could be better than ice skating on frog pond this winter? How about discounted ice skating for college students? Every Tuesday night from 6-9pm (weather permitting) college students can ice skate for just $2 at Frog Pond with a valid college ID!

 

Cheap Weekend Fun for November 23-24, 2013 in Boston

Cheap Weekend Fun

Here’s a few fun and inexpensive things to do this weekend in the Greater Boston Area before the craziness of the holidays are upon us! I will diligently be painting my house (exciting I know), but hopefully you can have some fun for me:

Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Festival: Saturday, November 23, 2013. The tree lighting ceremony will live air at 7:30pm on Saturday but catch the excitement in person with special performances by Tanglewood Festival Chorus conducted by Keith Lockhart as well as performances by Paula Cole and The Sugarbabies Band. The lighting will include more than 30,000 lights and strobes on the 80-foot tree and 350,000 lights as part of Blink! which kicks off that evening too. Free.

JFK National Historic Site National Day of Mourning: November 23-24, 2013 at the JFK Historic Site in Brookline. The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site is recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 Day of Mourning. The Historic site will be open on Saturday and Sunday for free admission. Free ranger tours will be available on Saturday and self-guided tours are available on Sunday. A brief memorial will be held on Sunday, 11/24 at 2pm. Free.

Apotheker’s Chocolate Tasting: Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 12-4pm at Olives & Grace. Stop by Olives & Grace on Saturday for free chocolate samples of a new chocolate company! Free.

Enchanted Village: November 16, 2013-January 5, 2013 at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon. The Enchanted Village is up and running for the season and Santa is sticking around the Village starting on Saturday. Free.

MIT Museum: Sunday, November 24, 2013. The MIT Museum is free the last Sunday of every month during the academic year.

ICA: Saturday, November 23, 2013. The ICA is free for families the last Saturday of every month, except December, so stop by and enjoy contemporary art! ahead of myself— still one Saturday left in November! Sorry about that.

Hope you have a great weekend. And as always, leave a comment if I missed any fun and cheap weekend fun in Boston or beyond happening this weekend!

Cheap Weekend Fun for November 16-17, 2013

Cheap Weekend Fun

This Saturday is my Mom’s birthday, Happy Birthday Mom! If you aren’t celebrating a birthday and are looking for some fun things to do, here are some fun and inexpensive ideas!

Fenway Open Studios: November 16-17, 2013 from 11am-5pm. Check out local art on display during open studios at Fenway Studios! Free.

Grand Opening at Dirty Water Pizza Co: Satuday, November 16, 2013 from 12-6pm and Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 12-7pm at 222 Newbury Street. Free slices all day for their grand opening!! Yum!

Free Indoor Cross-Fit: Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 12-1pm in the Back Bay. Get a great workout in for free with City Sports and Reebok CrossFit Back Bay! Free, but RSVP required.

Boston Comedy Stand-Up Festival: November 8-16, 2013 at Davis Square Theatre. Last chance to catch the Boston Comedy Stand-Up Festival and laugh the night away! Ticket prices vary from $12-$25, but you can find discount tickets through Goldstar for $6 (plus service fee) for select days.

Boston Food Swap: Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 2-5pm at 40 Berkeley Street. Swap your favorite homemade items at this monthly food swap. Free.

Ski & Snowboard Expo: November 14-17, 2013 at the Seaport World Trade Center. Check out this annual Ski & Snowboard expo with vendors, demos, and more! Adult admission is $12, but print an online coupon beforehand.

Enchanted Village Begins: November 16, 2013-January 5, 2013 at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon: The Enchanted Village kicks off this Saturday through the holiday season. Free. *Note: Santa will be at the Enchanted Village starting on 11/23/13.

Please let me know in the comments below if I missed any great budget-friendly events for this weekend! Hope you have a great weekend, and don’t spend too much :)