Weekend Happenings November 23rd, 24th & 25th in the Boston Area!

Happy (Black) Friday! Hope you have the day off and had a lovely Thanksgiving! Here are the best weekend events in and around Boston for November 24th & 25th, 2012. I included a Friday night event too, just in case you had the day off & were looking for some cheap fun today too!

Keith Lockhart and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus: Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 4:15 PM at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Enjoy the 300 plus volunteer chorus led by Boston Pops conductor, Keith Lockhart who will then hit the switch to turn on the nightly Blink! light show. Free.

Story Time with the Grinch: Saturday, November 24, 2012 from 10-11 AM at Quincy Market Upper Rotunda. Join the Citi Performing Arts Center for an interactive reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Recommended for ages 3-10, but family friendly. Free.

27th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert: Saturday, November 24, 2012 starting at 2 PM at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Come get into the holiday spirit and enjoy over 150 tuba players play your favorite Christmas songs. Free.

Twinkle at Twilight: Friday, November 23, 2012 starting at 5 PM at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. Come enjoy this second annual Tree Lighting with free hot cocoa, spiced cider and maybe even a visit from someone special from the North Pole. Free.

60th Annual Quincy Parade: Sunday, November 25, 2012 starting at 12:30pm in Quincy Center. Come enjoy this annual 3-mile parade with bands, entertainment, fun and more. Free.

Also, if you are nearby Quincy on Saturday, November 24, 2012 you may want to consider stopping by Pageant Field around 12:30pm to see Santa and his elves parachute from the North Pole! Fun!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and that you stay on budget with Christmas Shopping and scored some great deals if you went out!


Black Friday Store Openings in Massachusetts

Hehe, I love this!

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a chance to relax with family and friends over a delicious meal!

As you probably know, Massachusetts has blue laws that prohibit Massachusetts retail employees from opening and working on Thanksgiving. If you have seen ads for different stores advertising opening at 8 p.m. on Thursday night, those are national ads and do not apply to Massachusetts (but do apply to NH).

Here’s a quick list of some major retailers store opening times in Massachuetts for Black Friday, but it also doesn’t hurt to call your local store as well, as they may change from store to store, but here is what I found:

Walmart: 1:00 AM on Friday, November 23, 2012 (select stores 5AM)

Target Corp: 1:00 AM on Friday, November 23, 2012

Best Buy: 1:00 AM on Friday, November 23, 2012

Kmart: 5:00 AM on Friday, November 23, 2012

Kohls: 1:00 AM on Friday, November 23, 2012

Toys”R”Us: 1 AM for Dedham & I called Medford too and they said 8 AM… so you may want to call on this one, if your heading that way, just in case.

Wrenthem Village Outlets: 12:01 AM on Friday, November 23, 2012

Shops at Prudential Mal & Copley Placel: 9 AM on Friday, November 23, 2012 with a few exceptions (B&N and Saks opening at 8 AM)

CambrideSide Galleria: 12:00 AM on Friday, 11/23/12 for select stores like Best Buy, Bath & Body Works, Children’s Place, Express, H&M, Macy’s, and more. To see all store openings for the Galleria, click here.

Mall at Chestnut Hill: 9 AM on Friday, November 23, 2012

Square One Mall in Saugus: 12:30 AM on Friday, November 23, 2012

South Shore Plaza in Braintree: 12:30 AM on Friday, November 23, 2012

I called all the chains closest to Downtown Boston for the opening times, so if you are further out of the city, you may want to call your local store to doublecheck before arriving way too early or way to late!

Happy Shopping & Happy Holidays!! Best of Luck if you are participating in Black Friday this year!!


Free Tolls and Free Coffee for Massachusetts Thanksgiving Commuters!

If you are one of the millions of people traveling in Massachusetts (at least feels that way, right?) over the Thanksgiving holiday, you may be able to grab a few freebies!

Plymouth Rock Assurance will be sponsoring free tolls during peak time tomorrow November 21, 2012 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Allston Brighton interchange on I-90.

If you don’t want to travel during the heaviest time to save $1 in tolls, you can also grab free coffee! To promote safe driving, all 17 MassDOT service plazas will be giving free coffee starting at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving night (11/22/12) until 5 a.m. on Friday morning.

For more information about these offers as well as safe travel information, please visit the Mass.Gov’s transportation blog here.

Half Off Admission at Franklin Park Zoo on Friday, 11/23/12!

Are you look for something fun and cheap to do on Black Friday that does not involve over-crowded parking lots, long-lines, and early morning doorbusters, but are still looking for a bargain?!

Franklin Park Zoo in Dorchester is offering half-off admission all day on Friday, November 23th! Adults are normally $17 so just $8.50 on Black Friday and kids ages 2-12 would be $5.50!

For more information about this offer, please click here.


Free 4-week Boston Globe Subscription Still Available from JetBlue!

My free Boston Globe that arrived on my doorstep today!

I retweeted this offer the other day when I first heard about it, but wanted to mention this again since it’s still available. Receive a free 4-week subscription to The Boston Globe Thursday-Sunday exclusively from JetBlue. You just need to fill out a quick form that doesn’t require a credit card or billing information!

I signed up on Thursday and already received my first newspaper yesterday, and then again today! This offer is only available for households that have not received the Globe in 90 days, which is us since we recently moved :) The only downside (for couponers) is that I didn’t receive the one smart source insert in the paper, but I did get most other sale circulars. However, it will be a nice bonus if I do receive them in the upcoming weeks!

Did you already grab your free 4-week Globe subscription and did you receive the coupon insert? Let me know!


Grab $10 at Local Restaurant Favorites this Holiday Season

From now until the end of the year (with a few date restrictions), you can snag $10 off your meal with this printable coupon at participating Boston local restuarants as part of the Mayor’s Holiday Special.

The restaurants that accept this $10 off coupon when you spend $40 are:

  • Amelia’s Trattoria
  • Antico Forno
  • Aragosta Bar and Bistro
  • Back Deck
  • Blu
  • Bokx 109
  • Brasserie JO
  • Club Cafe
  • DaVinci Ristorante
  • Davide
  • Dick’s Last Resort
  • Dot-2 Dot Cafe
  • Empire
  • Fajitas and Ritas
  • Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
  • Freeport Tavern
  • Gem
  • The Grille at Hobbs Brook
  • Maharaja’s
  • Maurizio’s
  • Osaka
  • Pho Hoa Restaurant
  • Red Lantern
  • Sea Breeze Mexican Grill
  • Sidney’s Grille
  • Terramia Ristorante
  • Tresca

You must spend at least $40 in food (excludes alcohol, grat & taxes) and you must show the coupon when ordering. Coupon cannot be used on November 22, December 24, 25 & 31. For more information and restrictions, please click here.

Mmm… Are you going to try something new or stick with an old favorite this holiday season?!


Weekend Happenings for November 17-18, 2012 in Boston & Beyond

Okay, here are the weekend events happening in Boston & more this Saturday & Sunday, November 17-18th. The good news is all weekend events listed are wicked cheap or free!

Blink! at Faneuil Hall: Saturday, November 17, 2012 and events start at 9:15am at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. A lot of holidays happenings this Saturday at Faneuil Hall including music from the holiday pops, a light and sound extravaganza, annual tree lighting and more. Free.

Pilates Bootcamp with Jennifer Phelan: Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 9:15-10am at Faneuil Hall. Join pilates instructor Jennifer Phelan for a 45-minutes pilates class. Free.

Ultimate Bootcamp & Breakfast: Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 10-11am at City Sports in Cambridge. Start your Sunday morning with free bootcamp in Porter Square and then enjoy breakfast afterwards! Pre-registration recommended. Free.

A Cappella Brunch at the Lansdowne Pub: Sunday, November 18, 2012 at the Lansdowne Pub from 12-3pm. Enjoy the Nor’easters and Jabberwocks for this first annual A Cappella Brunch! Free entry.

Boston Food Swap: Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 2-5pm at 281 Summer Street, Boston. Swap your favorite foods for different food items, Thanksgiving style. Free. 

9th Annual Beacon Hill Fine Art & Craft Sale: Saturday & Sunday, November 17-18th, 2012 at the Hill House at 127 Vernon Street, Boston from 10am-5pm. Shop local for upcoming holiday gifts with a variety of crafts and fine art to choose from. Free entry.

If we missed a cheap or free event happening this weekend or have a tip for the future, please feel free to let us know in the comments or contact us here.

Hope you all have a great weekend! :)


Free Lunch at Pret A Manger on Thursday & Friday, November 15th & 16th!

Twitter was going crazy yesterday with free lunch brags about United Kingdom based company, Pret A Manger who are just launching in Boston this week. So jealous of everyone that took advantage of this awesome deal yesterday! The good news is if you missed the freebie yesterday, you can still try for free lunch today and Friday!

The new Pret A Manger located at 185 Franklin Street in Boston will be handing out free lunches today, November 15, 2012 and the 507 Boylston Street location will be giving free lunches today and Friday, November 16th, 2012. Both lunch giveaways start at noon, but according to the Boston Herald, managers will be giving away lunch vouchers starting at 7:30am today at Franklin Street location.

Have you scored a free lunch yet from Pret?!