Today is Guster Day with Free Music in Boston!

Apparently today is officially Guster Day in Boston and they are doing free pop-up sets across Boston today, 1/15/15. Check out their Facebook page to find out where they will be next!

Will you be enjoying some free music by Guster today?


Free National Park Days for 2015!


IMG_20130414_105316_309Mark your calendars! On a few days a year all 401 of our National Parks have free admission! This is a great way to enjoy a national park without paying anything!

Here are the free admission days for 2015:

  • January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 14-16: Presidents Day weekend
  • April 18-19: Opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

For more information or to find a national park, please head here.

Have you taken advantage of free national park days before? What is your favorite national park?

Stone Zoo Special Offers This Winter!

zoo new england

Each week through February 8, 2015 Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA is offering a special offer to guests visiting the zoo! The special offer changes each week and you just need to print the coupon or show the offer on your mobile phone.

This week guests can receive zoo admission for half-price! For more information or to see the weekly offers, please head here.

Also, Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, MA has a special admission price of $10 for adults and $7 for children until January 31, 2015 with printable coupon if you are looking for a deal closer to home.

Will you be heading to the zoo this winter?


Red Sox Tickets: No Ticket Fees, Today Only!

Update: No Ticket Fees have been EXTENDED until Sunday, January 11th, 2015!!

Calling all Red Sox Fans! TODAY ONLY, The Boston Red Sox are waiving all ticket fees on Red Sox Tickets for the 2015 season!

Ticket and processing fees on tickets can add up and this is a great way to save on tickets, especially from the source!

Also, Red Sox tickets start at $10, which means you will pay $10 for a Red Sox ticket out of pocket with no fees to worry about. Even better, look for sox saver days on promotion days to get tickets at $10 with a promotion!

Last year, I bought tickets $10 seats (upper bleacher) on a no-fee day for a game when the Sox were handing out David Ortiz’s bobbleheads. Here’s my view from the cheap seats and my bobblehead for $10 total:

Ortiz Bobblehead

Taking advantage of no-fee days, sox saver games, and promotional days are a great way to save at Red Sox games, especially when you can combine the three!

No promo code is needed to waive the ticket fees, but you do need to purchase tickets on January 8, 2015 to take advantage of this offer. To view the Boston Red Sox schedule or to purchase sox tickets, please head here.

*Note: Not all Red Sox Tickets are on sale yet (just games in the beginning and end of season) and summer games will go on sale in a few weeks.

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2015 Pruferred Shopper Card Discounts

Pruferred Card 2015

The 2015 Pruferred Shopper Card is here and it is a great card to get if you dine or shop at the Prudential Center in Boston!

Below are the food discounts at the Prudential Center available with the Pruferred shopper card:

  • 5 Napkin Burger: 10% off lunch or dinner in the dining room for a party of 2 or more
  • Au Bon Pain: Free medium soda w/ purchase of featured lunch sandwich
  • Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off
  • Boston Chowda: Grilled cheese sandwich and a small cup of soup for $4.99
  • California Pizza Kitchen: Receive a free small plate menu item when you sign up for Pizza Dough Rewards
  • Cheeseboy: 10% off
  • Crazy Dough’s Pizza: 10% off
  • Flamers: 10% off
  • Haru: 10% off dine-in food purchases, takeout, and delivery orders
  • L’Espalier: 20% off lunch, dine-only for up to 6 guests
  • Panda Express: 10% off
  • Paradise Bakery: Buy 1 Cookie, Get 1 Free
  • P.F. Chang’s China Bistro: 10% off, excluding alcohol
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill: $1 regular sized drink with purchase of any entrée
  • Regina Pizzeria: 10% off
  • Sarku Japan: 10% off
  • Star Market: $1 off at the salad bar
  • Wagmama: 10% off

You can pick up the discount card at the Prudential Center customer service desk and it is free and easy to get! Once you have the Pruferred discount card, just show the card at any of the restaurants or retailers above (and more) to get a discount!

There’s also many discounts on retail stores, kiosks, and more that isn’t mentioned here. To find the complete list of participating stores and discounts, please head here.

Have you used the Pruferred Shopper Card before; what is your favorite discount?

Free Boston Parking: Holiday Meter Schedule

Boston Meter Parking Holidays

Are you looking for the City of Boston Parking Holiday Schedule for 2015?

Boston Parking Meters are free on Sundays and Holidays and below is the holiday schedule in Boston when you shouldn’t feed those meters:

New Years’ DayThursday, January 1, 2015
M.L. King Jr.’s BirthdayMonday, January 19, 2015
President’s DayMonday, February 16, 2015
Patriot’s DayMonday, April 20, 2015
Memorial DayMonday, May 25, 2015
Independence DaySaturday, July 4, 2015
Labor DayMonday, September 7, 2015
Columbus DayMonday, October 12, 2015
Veteran’s DayWednesday, November 11, 2015
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 26, 2015
Christmas DayFriday, December 25, 2015

Also, in the past Evacuation Day in March (March 17th) and Bunker Hill Day in June (June 17th) were free meter parking days but were not included on the holiday schedule. I will write a separate blog post and/or tweet about it if there’s any other additional free parking days in Boston!

For more information about the City of Boston Parking Meters, please head here.

5 Budget-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Boston

New Year's Eve 2015 on a budget

2014 is almost over and it is almost time to ring in 2015. If you are looking for fun plans for NYE events that won’t break the bank, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a few ideas of fun things to do in Boston for New Year’s Eve that are free or practically free. I can’t promise you that some of these won’t be busy though:

1. First Night 2015: Enjoy so many fun events including Fireworks on Boston Harbor at midnight and a family-friendly firework display at 7pm on Boston Common! All outdoor events are free but indoor events require a button which is $10!

2. Figment First Night 2015: A free celebration of participatory art and culture where everything is possible is happening for the second year on Boston Common during First Night.

3. Allston Pudding Presents New Year’s Eve at Pizzeria Regina’s in Allston: Head to Pizzeria Regina’s in Allston for $2 pizza slices and cheap tallboys and music. No cover, no age restriction.

4. Comedy at Laugh Boston: Comics Al Ducharme & Bernadette Pauley will be at Laugh Boston on NYE with two shows. Even better, complimentary tickets are available on Goldstar Boston (just pay service fee) which makes for a cheap and fun night out!

5. F%ck New Year’s Party: If you are not in the New Year’s Party mood, head to Bukowski Tavern in the Back Bay where they will pay you a buck for coming instead of a high cover. No hats, horns, confetti, etc.

Also, Goldstar Boston has a few events, discount covers and other fun NYE ideas with half off or discount admission so it’s worth checking out Goldstar Boston for a few ideas if you are looking to go out.

The MBTA will be free after 8pm on New Year’s Eve with extended service. If you are looking for a T alternative, consider using your smartphone to find a cheap ride or parking garage.

New Lyft users can use promo code BOSHOLIDAY for a free $10 Lyft Credit, New Uber users can use promo code UberBostonBudget for a free $10 Uber Credit, and new Sidecar users can use promo code KATE173 for a free $20 in Sidecar credit!

Keep in mind these transportation apps tend to work by demand, so depending on demand you may end up paying just as much (or not more) than you would for a taxi on NYE. Also, consider checking out Parking Panda and mixing a free credit and promo code for $15 off a parking spot if you do need to find a spot for a car.

What are your New Year’s Eve plans? Are you keeping it budget-friendly or are you splurging this year?

HAPPY 2015!!

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Skate with Disney On Ice + Free Tickets for Kids!

Disney On Ice World of Fantasy Boston

Update II: If you are looking for discount tickets to Disney on Ice World of Fantasy Tickets, Groupon has tickets starting at $17 plus use promo code HURRY20 through 12/23 to save an extra 20% off!

Update: It might just be kids in Disney Costumes instead of Disney Characters on the Rink. Thanks for the heads up Sarah!

On Monday, December 22, 2014 starting at 5pm, Boston Harbor Hotel’s Ice Skating rink is getting some fun ice skaters! Boston Harbor Hotel and Mix 104.1 are hosting a  Disney on Ice Presents: Worlds of Fantasy Winter Mixer where you can ice skate with Disney on Ice!

Even better, the first 100 kids to ice skate in costume will receive a pair of tickets vouchers to Worlds of Fantasy at the Agganis Arena at Boston University.

Admission to the ice skating rink at the Boston Harbor Hotel is $5 for kids and $10 for adults and rentals are $8 for kids and $10 for adults.

Thanks, Boston Magazine!