Weekend Happenings in Boston & Beyond for December 29, 2012 to Tuesday, January 1, 2013!

Hope everyone had a great holiday! As the year is winding down, so is the organized cheap weekend events and festivals in the city. Although there are not as many organized special events, there are still so many fun and cheap things to do this weekend in Boston and beyond. I decided to make this post a little less formal than other weekend happening posts in honor of less formal event ideas listed.

When I was younger, my family took this week to venture into the city from the ‘burbs. We were able to see the Christmas lights, holiday displays and the prepartions and ice sculptures for First Night. We had a lot of fun, and it was a great post-holiday treat. We wandered around Boson Common and took in the Holiday air and sights each year.

Here are a few suggestions of holiday events that are concluding soon, and other fun events and ideas to do this weekend and for New Year’s as well.

Check out Blink, a light and sound extravaganza, which runs nightly starting at 4:30pm through NYE at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Enjoy SparkleFest in Harvard Square, which is wrapping up on New Year’s Eve.


See those ZooLights at Stone Zoo in Stoneham now until December 31, 2012 for $7, and only $4 for members on Monday.

New Year’s Eve on Monday is First Night Boston with lots of fun events all day long topped off with Fireworks at the end of the night. Buttons are $18 per person, but J.P. Licks are giving away free first night buttons if you like them on Facebook before 4pm on Friday, December 28, 2012. You need to check back on their FB page later to see if you won.

Go Ice Skating in Boston. There is currently a Groupon for Ice Skating at Frog Pond, which isn’t a bad deal for a couple (or family) that needs ice skates on top of admission. However, if you own skates, adult admission is only $5, and if you are a college student, you can skate for $2 at Frog Pond on Tuesday nights with your college ID.

Head west to Sturbridge, Massachusetts where kids 17 and under can grab Free Admission to Old Sturbridge Village during December vacation week and all of January too, with at least one adult paid ticket.

On Goldstar, there are free tickets to the 10th Annual Global Gala New Year’s Eve Bash for Monday night, just pay $9 in service fees per ticket.

And on New Year’s Day, if you want go outside; take a hike at Blue Hills in Milton at 1pm for some exercise and some free soup.

If you have any other cheap fun suggestions that I may have missed, feel free to leave them in the comments! Happy Friday and Happy Weekend!

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Reminder: $10 off Printable Coupon for local restaurants in Boston!

I wanted to remind you of this $10 off coupon for many Boston local restaurants. This printable coupon expires January 1, 2013 and is not valid on New Year’s Eve.

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?!


Free RedBox Rental Codes (Expiring Soon)

Are you looking for something to do this week without spending any money? How about renting a free movie or game from RedBox, especially since the weather has been so dreary lately. These codes for a free movie rental have been around for awhile, but they are expected to expire at the end of the year.

  • DVDATWAG (code only available at Walgreens)

There is a spot to enter your promo code at checkout at the RedBox on the bottom left corner of the screen. You do need to swipe a credit card after so they can keep track of your rental, and I believe late charges would still apply if you returned it after 24 hours. However, if you have a few credit cards, you can use the same codes more than once. (For example, I have 5 credit cards, I can use DVDONME five times with the five different cards, and can score 15 free movie rentals total).

You can also text PANDORA to 727272 to receive a free rental. Some people have reported receivig a free movie rental, but I received a free game rental when I did it today around noon. This text code expires January 8, 2013.



New Printable Coupon for the Christmas Tree Shop + Holiday Clearance Event!!

If you are looking for after Christmas sales (decorations, wrapping paper, boxes, etc.) you may want to print this coupon out. The Christmas Tree Shop released a new printable coupon for $10 off when you spend $40 or more. The coupon expires on Friday, December 28, 2012 and you can’t use it on prior purchases or gift cards, but it doesn’t exclude clearance or sale items on the print.

The Christmas Tree Shops have also marked down a lot of holiday items too so this is a great time to stock up on items you will need for next year, if you have the space & time to do so. If you don’t have a Christmas Tree Shop, don’t worry almost every store will mark down some holiday items, so hopefully you’ll score an awesome deal!

What is your favorite after Christmas sale items to buy?!

Updated Shaw’s Gift Card Catalina Deal + Last Minute Gift Card Offers

I went to Shaw’s last night for some last minute items, and I wanted to make sure their gift card promotion was over. I was pleasantly surprised to see that their is a new and better deal happening. Spend $100 worth in gift cards, and receive a $20 catalina (coupon for Shaw’s on your next purchase). This promo is happening now until January 3, 2013. The gift cards that were participating at my store were: Barnes & Noble, Facebook, PlayStation Network, Amazon, iTunes, and Nintendo. I really like the Amazon promo, especially since I’m constantly buying stuff online for myself and others!

Also, I wanted to remind everyone of these great gift card offers, especially if you are in need of any last minute gifts! Make sure you check when the last day is on each individual deal as well, as some may have ended or end soon.

Al Dente Ristorante in the North End: For every $25 purchased in gift cards, receive an additional $5 gift card

Applebee’s: Buy $50 worth in Applebee’s Digital Gift Cards online and receive a free $10 Digital Bonus Card.

The Aquitaine Group: Receive a complimentary $20 dining certificate valid after 1/1/13 for every $100 you spend on Aquitaine Group Gift Cards. The Aquitaine Group includes Aquitaine, Gaslight Brasserie, Metropolis Cafe, Union Bar and Grille, Cinquecento Trattoria, and Greenlight Cafe.

Ben & Jerry’s: Grab a free Scoop of Ice Cream when you spend $10 or more on Gift Cards at your local Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop.

Boston Market: Grab a free $5 Bonus Gift Card for every $25 Gift Card purchased and enter for a chance to win $1,000 when you order online

Bucca di Beppo: Get a free $10 Reward Card (valid 1/1/13 through 2/10/13) with every $50 Gift Card purchased

Buffalo Wild Wings: Buy $25+ in Gift Cards before 12/31/12 and get a blazin’ bonus that could be worth $5-$100 at Buffalo Wild Wings!

The Capital Grille: Buy $500 worth in Gift Cards and receive a free 4-piece steak knife gift plus bonus cards.

California Pizza Kitchen: Purchase $100 in Gift Cards and receive free a $20 rewards card that can be redeemed from 1/7/13 to 3/3/13

Cheesecake Factory: For every $25 purchased in Gift Cards now until 12/26/12, receive a free slice of cheesecake redeemable 12/16/12-3/31/13.

Chili’s: Now through 12/26/12, save 10% when you purchase $100 or more in Gift Cards.

Chipotle: Buy $30+ in Gift Cards at Chipotle before 12/31/12 then bring your receipt at your next visit for a free burrito, bowl or order of tacos.

CBS Scene at Patriots Place: Buy $100 in gift cards through 12/24/12 and receive a free $20 gift card!

Denny’s: Buy $25+ in Gift Cards, and receive a free $5 bonus card on orders of $10 or more, for a limited time.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: For every $100 in Gift Cards purchased before 12/31/12, receive a free $20 bonus card.

Jerry Remy’s: Buy 4) $25 gift cards for Jerry Remy’s and receive a $50 bonus card, for a limited time.

Longhorn Steakhouse: Buy a $25 Gift Card, and receive a $5 coupon off your next purchase when you buy 2 entrees.

Maggiano’s Little Italy: Buy $100 in Gift Cards through 12/31/12 and recieve a free bonus card of $20 off when you spend $50 from 1/1/13 to 2/28/13 AND a free 1-year subscription to Food and Wine Magazine ($12 value, or cancel the magazine offer and grab $12 free!)

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant: Now through 12/31/12, buy a $50 gift card, receive a $10 bonus card, and/or buy $100 worth in gift cards, receive a $25 bonus card!

McCormick & Schmick’s: Buy a $100 gift card through 12/25/12 and receive a $20 reward card on your next purchase from 1/2/13 to 12/12/13,

Morton’s Steakhouse: Purchase $250 in gift cards from now until 12/24/12 and receive a free $50 rewards card valid from 1/2/13 to 2/12/13!

Ninety Nine: For every $25 Classic Gift Card purchased (not valid on eGift Cards), receive a free $5 bonus card!

Not Your Average Joe’s: Buy $50 worth of Gift Cards through 12/31/12 and receive a free $10 appreciation card that is valid for 90 days from gift card purchase.

Olive Garden: Purchase $25 in Gift Cards in a single transaction through 12/31/12 and receive free $5 off when you purchase two adult entrees, valid 1/1/13-2/13/13

Outback Steakhouse: Receive a free $20 bonus card (valid 1/10/13-2/10/13) when you buy $100+ in gift cards by 12/31/12. Limit of 10.

Pinkberry: Buy a $25 e-gift card, and receive a free $5 e-gift card, for a limited time

Panda Express: Free 2-entree plate on your next purchase with any qualifying gift card purchase (card amount varies by location)

P.F.Changs: Receive a $20 bonus card valid from 1/1/13-3/31/13 when you buy $100 in P.F.Chang’s gift cards.

Qdoba Mexican Grill: For every $25 you load on a single Q-Cash Card by 12/31/12, you’ll get a $5 voucher to spend on a entree in January or February of 2013.

Red Mango: For a limited time, receive a free $5 “Share the Love” card when you buy $25 or more in Red Mango Gift Cards

Ruby Tuesday: Purchase $50 in Gift Cards through 12/31/12 and receive a $15 Bonus Coupon through e-mail valid from 1/2/13 to 2/28/13.

Smokey Bones: Buy $50 in Gift Cards through 12/24/12, and receive $10 for yourself.

Taco Bell: Buy $20 in Gifts Cards, and receive any item free (one free item per minimum gift card purchase and maximum of $5 in value)

Texas Roadhouse: Receive a free $5 eGift Card on a future visit when you buy $30 or more in gift cards online.

T.G.I. Friday’s: Get a free $5 Bonus Bites Card for every $25 you spend on Gift Cards.

Uno Chicago Grille: For every $25 spent in Gift Cards, receive $5 bonus card for a limited time.

Yardhouse: For every $50 spent through 12/31/12, receive a $10 bonus card on future purchases.



Free Sparkling Water and Coffee Printable Coupon at Xtra Mart!

If you are traveling over the holidays, you may want to considering printing out this coupon for Xtra Mart! Head over to Xtra Mart’s Facebook page for a printable coupon for a FREE Poland Spring Sparking Water valid 12/23/12 to 1/5/13.

There is also a printable coupon on their FB for a FREE Cup of Coffee at Xtra Mart on Christmas Eve, 12/24/12. Limit one per customer.

Xtra Mart Convenience Stores has over 27 stores in Massachusetts (none directly in Boston, however) as well as all over New England. To find a location near you, please click here.

And safe travels if you are traveling!

Thanks, Money Saving Maine-iac!


Hot! FREE $25.00 eGift Card from Restaurant.com!

Wow! Text JOY to 78166 to receive a FREE $25.00 eGift Card to Restaurant.com! You will receive a code that you can enter on their website (link will be included in the text) to redeem the credit. You should see the credit in your account, and then you can instantly choose the restaurant you’d like or you can wait if your not sure what restaurant you want quite yet.

Please make sure you read the terms of each restaurant, as each restaurant has different terms and conditions. For instance, you may need to spend $45 at least, dine-in, and only spend it on food. Each restaurant is a little different, and their are so many restaurants in the Boston area to choose from! I love using Restaurant.com for special occasions or with big group outings!

(Standard Text messages do apply, and you will be subscribed to their text services, but you can text STOP after you receive the code).

Thanks, Hip2Save!

No Fees on Sox Pax Purchases, Today 12/21/12 Only!

If you were thinking about purchasing a Sox Pax for the 2013 Red Sox Season, Today only there are no fees associated with a Sox Pax! This is a savings of up to $47.00, which is not a bad deal if you were going to buy a Sox Pax anyways for yourself or as a gift.

A Sox Pax consists of four different Red Sox game tickets, and you can choose from 12 different ticket options! There is one ticket in each pax, and you can purchase up to four tickets in a pack, with a limited of two different packs.

Each Sox Pax has a theme associated with the four games included, to help you make your sox pax decision easier. And hopefully, your future husband won’t pick the only Sox Pax that includes your wedding date like mine previously did :)