Free Admission to the Old Sturbridge Village in January 2013 for Kids!


December vacation may be over, but FREE Admission at the Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA is not. For the entire month of January, kids (17 and under, I believe) that are accompanied by a paid adult will receive free entry to the Old Sturbridge Village.

For more information and hours, please visit the Old Sturbridge Village website.

Free Pound of Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee When You Donate a Pint of Blood!


For the entire month of January, donate a pint of blood and get a voucher for a FREE pound of Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee! Start 2013 off right by donating blood, and get a little treat for yourself! Call 1-800-RED CROSS or make an appointment online to give blood this January!

Thanks, Money Saving Maine-aic!


$10 Classes at the Boston Center for Adult Education from January 2-4, 2013!


Is your New Year’s resolution to learn new activities while saving money? Well you’re in luck, because the Boston Center for Adult Education is offering classes for just ten bucks from Wednesday, January 2, 2013 to Friday, January 4, 2013. Enjoy some new and delicious recipes, learn to knit, dance the salsa, and much more- for just $10.

You can find out more information about these classes and more at the BCAE’s website here.


Free Appetizer on January 2, 2013 at Outback Steakhouse

On January 2, 2013 the Outback Steakhouse will be offering a FREE Appetizer with any purchase in honor of the Outback Bowl. On January 1, 2013 at 1pm, the Outback Bowl will air on ESPN and the free app will depend on the winner of the game. If SEC wins, a free bloomin’ onion will be given away and coconut shrimp will be given if the Big Ten win.

Just say “Outback Bowl” to the waitstaff to enjoy this freebie, valid with any purchase. Limit one free appetizer per table. For more information, please visit here.

(Definitely wrote 2012 originally, whoops! Have to get used to 2013 now!)

Cheers to 2012 & an even better 2013!



Happy New Year! Thanks for discovering and reading Boston on Budget for the second half of 2012! I started Boston on Budget in the summer of 2012 with the hopes of saving money on wicked fun things to do in Boston & Beyond, and hoping that I could share my finds and interests with other locals and travelers as well.

I think 2012 was a great year for me. I bought my first home in Massachusetts, earned my Masters a week or so ago, and, oh, started Boston on Budget after my dream trip to Italy for a belated honeymoon! I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring!

I will (hopefully) be a little less busy in 2013 since I will no longer have grad work (whew), so I’m hoping to post even more deals and savings to Boston on Budget! I am hoping to add ski deals in addition to updating the Boston college discounts and always cheap eats tab so look for that in January 2013.

I also am thinking of adding more daily deals, like a daily or weekly round-up of the best daily deals. I have been going back-and-forth with that addition for awhile. Daily deals can be a great way to save money, but at the same time, if you don’t redeem your voucher, it isn’t.

Let me know what you would like to see on Boston on Budget in 2013 by contacting me directly or leaving a comment below! Cheers to a wicked awesome 2013!!!



F*ck New Years Party at Bukowski Tavern! Get a buck cover!

Wait, is it New Year’s Eve tonight or something?! From First Night Boston, to free MBTA rides after 8pm with extended hours until 2pm, there is no doubt a lot happening in Boston to welcome 2013!

However, one of my favorite New Year’s Eve promotions is from Bukowski Tavern. At their Cambridge location, they describe their Fuck New Years event as “no hats, no noise-makers or any of that shit. No cover! In fact we do an “uncover” charge; we give you a buck just to come in! PBR Toast sometime around midnight, if the staff is sober enough to remember!”

Both the Cambridge and Dalton Street location will give you a buck for stopping in after 8pm. So if you would like to forget the celebration and day altogether, stop into Bukowski’s tonight.

Hat tip to Cheap Thrills Boston!


Free Advanced Screening of American Idol *Location Changed*


Update: I just received an e-mail (1/4/13) that the location has been moved to AMC Framingham instead. Ugh.

Calling all American Idol Fans! If your a fan of American Idol (or looking for something free to do in Boston Metrowest), check out this fun freebie! American Idol is hosting a free advanced screening of the world premiere of American Idol Season 12 in 11 cities and Boston Framingham is one of them! You can see the premiere of Season 12 one week in advance!

The FREE advanced screening party will happen on Wednesday, January 9th at 7pm (Time Change to 7:30pm too) at the AMC Boston Common Framingham. You do need to RSVP with this quick and free form at Although you do reserve your spot, you do need to bring your ID and get there early if you want to actually get a seat. Doors still open at 6pm and seating is first-come, first-serve.


Score Cheap Seats with ScoreBig Promo Code! *Possibly Free Tickets*


Okay, if you are a fan of discount ticket site, ScoreBig, you may want to jot this promo code down. ScoreBig is offering $20 off any ticket purchase with promo code SAVE20! I don’t know when this promo code expires, but it is currently working now.

I tried playing around with the promo code to see what I could get for free for an event in Boston I would actually go too. I wasn’t able to score free Celtics tickets (boo), but I could probably get them for cheap. ScoreBig works kind of like Priceline, and if you bid too low for tickets, you can’t try again for that date and ticket grade for another 24 hours.

The picture above is my computer screen checking out tickets for the Boston College Eagles Basketball team in January. I didn’t continue to see if my bid worked, but it looks like I had a good chace of scoring two free tickets to the game, if I wanted to go.

You do need to place your credit card down with every bid, even if your total says $0 after the promo code is entered. You will not be charged if your bid doesn’t go through.

Thanks, Free Stuff Times!