Holiday Gift Card Promotions for 2014!

Today I wanted to feature Holiday Gift Card promotions as a great way to give holiday gifts and get a little something back for yourself!

If you do consider making a gift card deal purchase, please make sure to read the full terms. Many of the promotional perks mentioned have to be used by a certain date time frame (typically the first few months of 2015) and/or other terms.

Update: After posting I realized that Amazon is doing Gift Card deals as well part of 12 days of Christmas. It runs similar to lighting deals, so more gift card deals will be posted so keep an eye out on those!

Below is a list of local Boston restaurants and national restaurant chains that offer a little something extra this holiday season.

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 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.

Boston Market: Grab a free $5 Bonus Gift Card for every $25 Gift Card spent

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

California Pizza Kitchen: Spend $100 in gift cards, receive $20 bonus card

Cask ‘n Flagon: Get a $10 gift card for every $100 purchased in gift cards.

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

Chili’s: Buy $50 in gift cards, receive $10 Bonus Card

Earls Kitchen + Bar: Purchase a $50 gift cards and receive a $10 bonus card or purchase $500 or more in gift cards and get a bonus card back equal to 10% of the purchase.

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

Haru: Get a $10 promotional card for every $50 you spend through December 31, 2014.

Legal Sea Foods: For every $200 purchased in gift cards, get a “Lobster Dinner Reward” voucher redeemable between 1/2-3/31/15 for a 1-1.25lb steamed lobster with a choice of two sides.

Maggiano’s Little Italy: Buy $100 worth of Gift Cards purchased, receive a $20 off $50 promotional Bonus Coupon and a one year subscription to Food And Wine Magazine.

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

Morton’s Steakhouse: Purchase $250 in gift cards and receive $50 reward card

Not Your Average Joe’s: Receive a $10 bonus card for every $50 spent in gift cards

Olive Garden: Purchase $50 in Gift Cards and receive $10 offer for yourself

Outback Steakhouse: Receive a free $20 bonus card when you buy $100+ in gift cards

P.F.Changs: Receive a $20 bonus card when you buy $100 in P.F.Chang’s gift cards.

Regina Pizzeria: Buy $50 in gift cards and get $10 free!

Rock Bottom: Spend $25 in gift cards and get a $5 bonus card

Ruby Tuesday: Purchase $50 in Gift Cards and receive a $15 Bonus Coupon or buy $25 in gift cards and get a $5 Bonus Coupon

Smokey Bones: Buy $50 in Gift Cards and receive $10 for yourself.

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.

Yardhouse: For every $50, receive a $10 bonus card on future purchases.

Also, through 12/13/14, Groupon is offering 20% off local deals with promo code GIFT20. Brookstone Gift Cards, Apparel Gift Cards, Calvin Klein Gift Cards and and Spa Wish eGift Cards should work with the promo code to make these deals a little sweeeter! (Limit 3 with promo code).

Please let me know in the comments below if I missed any local or national gift card deals. Happy Holidays!

*This post does contain some affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy if you have any questions.

Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for December 13-14, 2014

Cheap Weekend Events in BostonThere’s a lot of fun and cheap things to do this weekend in the Greater Boston area, especially holiday and craft related! Here’s some ideas:

Free Pizza from a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Truck: Sunday, December 14, 2014. Look for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Truck for free pizza and donate unwrapped toys for the Boys and Girls Club in Harvard Square and Faneuil Hall.

SoWa Holiday Market: December 13-14, 2014 at the Benjamin Franklin Institute. Check out holiday gifts and more from New England crafters and designers! $5 admission, children under 12 free.

Holiday on Ice Celebration: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Community Ice Skating @Kendall in Cambridge from 11am-9pm! Enjoy free admission all day at the ice rink (regular rental rates do apply). There is also a free ice skating show at 2pm with former Olympians and international competitors!

Christmas Parade at Puopolo Park: Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Puopolo Park in the North End. Head to Commerical Street at 1pm to see Santa Claus arrive by helicopter! Weather permitting.

Holiday Open House: December 13-14, 2014 at Taza Chocolates in Somerville from 10-6pm! Head to Taza Chocolates for holiday tours (by reservation), entertainment, samples, and more! Free.

Caroling in the Park: December 14, 2014 from 3-4pm at Hayes Park. Head to the South End for some caroling and cider to get into and spread the holiday spirit!

Free TRX Suspension Training class: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 333 Nahanton Street Newton, MA at 9am. Head to Boston JCC in Newton for a free TRX Suspension training class free and open to everyone!

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

Free Holiday Movies at Assembly Row: Every Saturday through December 20, 2014 at 9:30am at AMC Assembly Row. Enjoy a free holiday movie favorite on the big screen at AMC Assembly Row on Saturday mornings this holiday season. Tickets will be released at 9am, one per person, on a first come, first serve basis.

Free Holiday Movies at Showcase Cinemas: Every Saturday through December 20, 2014 at 10am at participating Showcase Cinemas. Head to Showcase Cinema with a canned good donation to see popular Christmas movies on the big screen for free.

Blink: November 22, 2014 to January 4, 2014 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Enjoy a light and sound extravaganza with music of the Holiday Pops.

Jordan’s Enchanted Village Begins: November 15, 2014 from January 5, 2015. The Enchanted Village is up and running for the season so come relive childhood memories! Free.

There’s also FREE PARKING this weekend in Boston during the holiday season on Saturdays; however, time limits are still enforced.

Also, don’t forget to check out Mayor’s Holiday to find many holiday events in Boston with discount event tickets too as well as Goldstar Boston’s discount holiday events (affiliate link).

A little reminder… select Red Sox tickets go on sale Saturday, December 13, 2014 (usually April, May, September games) if you are looking for a holiday gift for a sox fan (or yourself).

Hope you all have a great weekend with whatever you decide to do!

Save $100 off 2-Night Hotel Stays with Promo Code!

Darn, looks like it is now sold out! :(

Wow! If you are looking to stay at a hotel before June 30, 2014, you may want to check out this hot hotel deal from Orbitz and Visa Checkout!

Save $100 on select 2+ night hotel stays when you pay with Visa Checkout and use promo code VISACHECKOUT. (If you are not familiar with Visa Checkout, it is very similar to PayPal and you do not need to pay with a Visa credit card to use it).

The Terms:

Book a qualifying standalone, pre-paid $100 or more hotel stay for two or more nights with travel occurring between December 10, 2014 and June 30, 2015 via Orbitz using Visa Checkout as the payment method and promo code VISACHECKOUT, and receive $100 off your booking.  Most major chains are excluded; to find participating hotels look for the “PROMO CODE ELIGIBLE” message on hotel listings.

I went to Orbitz and selected a random weekend in February (my birthday weekend/during February vacation week actually) to see if any Boston hotels were participating in this deal! Yes!

Boston Hotels Deals

Look for the PROMO CODE ELGIBLE underneath the rate, which makes it easy to find a participating hotel! After the promo code, you would be spending less than $70/night (+ fees) in Boston which is a really good rate for hotels in Boston. (There were Boston Hotels cheaper too, especially depending on your dates).

If you live in Boston, you can definitely check out hotels in other locations through Orbitz.

Essentially you’d want to find hotels that are close to $50/a night, which may be easier in another city than Boston (like Las Vegas or most other cities). If so, you’d be paying pretty much nothing for a two-night stay, which would be awesome! :)

Keep in mind this is a while supplies last thing, so I’m not sure how long the promo code will be valid for. For more information or to book a hotel through Orbitz, please head here.

Let me know if you find anything really good! Happy (cheap) Traveling!

H/T, Dans Deals!

*This post does contain affiliate links, which means I do get a small percentage if you end up making a purchase through my link above. Thank you. Please see my disclosure policy if you have any questions.

More Holiday Events in Boston This Season!

Seaport Tree Lighting in Boston

Are you looking to get into the holiday spirit with special events this week in Boston!?! There’s a few fun events coming up this week that I wanted to let you know about:

First Annual Seaport Tree Lighting: Friday, December 12, 2014 at 4pm. Enjoy the first annual tree lighting in the Seaport District with free cookies, cider, holiday music and much more! Free and open to public and presents for toys for tots will be collected as well.

Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll: Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 6pm. Stroll along the streets of Beacon Hill and enjoy some shopping, music, holiday decorations and more!

Holiday Pops: Select dates at Boston Symphony Hall. More dates have been added to Goldstar Boston for discount tickets to the Boston Pops including dates this week!

Boston Ballet II is also doing excerpts today (12/10/14) at International Place in Boston including performances of The Nutcracker during lunchtime!

Also, don’t forget to check out Mayor’s Holiday to find many holiday events in Boston with discount event tickets too as well as Goldstar Boston’s discount holiday events (affiliate link). There’s a lot of discount tickets and holiday fun on both sites!

What are your favorite holiday events in Boston!?

Free Performance of The Nutcracker During Lunchtime!

Nutcracker Boston

On Wednesday, December 10th head to International Place during lunchtime for a free performance of excerpts of Boston Ballet’s renowned ballets, including highlights from The Nutcracker.

Free Performances from Boston Ballet II will be from 12-1pm and 1-2pm on Wednesday, 12/10/14 in the courtyard of International Place thanks to International Place and The Chiofaro Company.

International Place is located at 100 Oliver Street in Boston, MA. Will you be attending this fun holiday event?

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Free Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee When The Patriots Win!

Dunkin Donuts Free Coffee

Sorry, for the semi-late notice, but I am superstitious and didn’t want to share this until after the Patriots won!

For the rest of the Patriots season (including playoffs), the day after a Patriots win, you can score a free medium hot coffee from the Dunkin’ Donuts mobile app!

The offer is only valid for those in New England with the exclusion of Berkshire County in MA and Fairfield County in CT.

The coupon should appear in the “offers” tab of the mobile app and your location tracker needs to be turned on to receive the free medium coffee. The app is available for iPhones and Android phones.

For more information about the promotion or to download the app, please head here!

Just one more reason to root for the Patriots! Go Pats!

Related Post: Kids Eat Free at Friendly’s When The Patriots Win!

Money Saving Monday: DIY Holiday Gifts

Money Saving Tips *Every Monday throughout 2014 I will be sharing Money Savings Tips to help stick to and expand your budget!

Sometimes making a gift is a great and thoughtful gift… and can be budget-friendly too!

I created a Pinterest Board of some DIY Holiday Gift Ideas to help inspire you (and me!) to make some Holiday Gifts this year. I didn’t pin anything crazy complicated either!

Follow Kate @ Boston On Budget’s board DIY Holiday Gifts on Pinterest.

Also, if you do decide to make any holiday gifts this year with supplies from craft stores, please make sure you cut or print out a coupon beforehand! It’s one of my pet peeves because craft store coupons are ALWAYS available and it takes less than a minute to print them out and you can easily save 20%! This is a great site for craft store printable coupons or a quick google search will do the trick.

Do you have any favorite DIY Holiday gifts to either give or receive!?

Let me know in the comments below if you have any DIY Holiday Gift ideas too, I would love to pin them :)

To find more Money Saving Tips from Boston On Budget, please head here.

Feature Friday: .20 Wings at Penguin Pizza!

penguin pizza

Every Friday, I feature a fun and budget-friendly option in the Greater Boston area. The “Feature Friday” is typically mentioned on the Cheap Eats list, Free Things to Do in Boston, or Discount Attractions. However, there’s so much budget-friendly ideas on my pages, I thought it would be fun to feature something budget-friendly and different each week. Also, each Feature Friday is something I have personal experience with or took advantage of recently! Enjoy!

Every Monday night from 5pm to 12am, Penguin Pizza has wings for .20!

When we ordered our .20 wings (pictured above) we were told they come in increments of 10 so $2 total for 10 wings. According to my wing loving husband, they were delicious!

Penguin Pizza is located at 735 Huntington Ave in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit here.

Have you done the wing deal at Penguin Pizza before? What do you think the best wings in Boston are?

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