Travelocity Promo Code: Get $50 off Hotel Bookings of $300 or more!

Boston Hotel Deals

Do you need to book a hotel soon for an upcoming vacation or for any reason? Travelocity has a current promotion where you can take $50 off stays of $300 or more when you enter promo code TAX50.

Keep in mind that the promo code works on hotels that are less than $300 a night, you just need to spend over $300 for your entire stay. For example, if you found a hotel for $110/night but was staying for 3 nights, you’d be over $300 and the promo code should work. (Some hotels may not participate but I tried a few different Boston hotels to test and everyone I tried did work.)

However, you may not want to subtract the $50 in your math, because their will be additional hotel fees and tax that you may realize until check out. However, you will be able to see the breakdown after the promo code is entered and before you enter your credit card info.

The $50 off promo code does expire today, April 16, 2014 so you do need to book today to receive the $50 off for hotel stays in the future. For more information or to book a hotel, please head here.

Boston Visitors: If you are looking to book a hotel in Boston and are not familiar with the area, Travelocity’s Neighborhood feature does include Boston Suburbs. One thing I noticed when I picked an area in Boston (like the Back Bay for instance) it also includes other hotels that are not in the Back Bay neighborhood but doesn’t include the suburbs. However, it will say the distance from the Back Bay instead of nothing, so you can tell the difference between Boston neighborhoods that way.

*I am an affiliate partner of Travelocity, so I do get thanked if you purchase through my affiliate link. Please see my disclosure policy here if you have any questions.

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Budget-Friendly April Vacation Ideas in Boston & Beyond

Boston Childrens Museum BOB

If you’ve been reading Boston on Budget for awhile, you may know that I don’t have kids (unless you count my adorable pup). However, I have rounded up a lot of fun ideas for parents, children, and teachers during April Vacation week! I hope you get a few good ideas if you are looking for something inexpensive to do next week!

If I missed any fun events or activities during April Vacation week, please let me know in the comments!

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Free Admission to Select Art Museums in Boston and More

MFA Boston Strong 2

Today, April 15, 2014 the Istitute of Contemporary Art will be opening the doors for free to reflect, inspire and heal on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The ICA is located at 100 Northern Ave and there website can be found here.

In addition to free admission at the ICA, the MFA will also be providing free admission on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10am to 4:45pm. To Boston With Love Community Day is free and for the people of Boston and beyond.

If you are looking for another day to enjoy an art museum in Boston for free or at a discounted rate, you can find all discounts and free museum days here.

Also, according to Boston Magazine, the Old South Meeting House, USS Constitution Museum, Gore Place and Historic Newton will also offer free admission Today, Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

The Boston Public Library (Central) is hosting free concerts in the courtyard every day this week (except April 15th) until Saturday at 12:30pm.

#BostonBetter

 

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Money Saving Monday: Delete Your Cookies

Money Saving Monday Image

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

Did you know that deleting your internet cookies could save you money when shopping online? Have you ever priced watched fares or something only to see prices increase?

Well, you may have missed a sale, or you may want to delete your internet cookies. Head to Tools->Internet Options->General->Browsing history and then delete cookies. It may be a slightly different method depending on what browser you use.

This trick may work for you because companies know what prices were quoted to you and what you expect to pay. Also, if the price increases, you may make a rush decision and buy now so the prices doesn’t increase more on you.

And, when my husband peeked over my shoulder and saw the title of this post, he said “You are going to need an article proving that.”

So here you go… head here, here or here if you are interested in learning more.

I try to make sure I delete my cookies before finalizing airfare especially, just in case. I’m not sure if I ever saw a drastic difference, but it really can’t hurt right?

Are you a believer in deleting your cookies to save money or do you think this is a money-saving myth?

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

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Free HydroMassage from April 14-18th, 2014!

HydroMassage

HydroMassage is offering a FREE Massage for finishing those stressful taxes. Free massages will be given across the nation from Monday, April 14th to Friday, April 18th at participating locations with this printable coupon. You may want to call soon to check availability and some locations may limit a massage to 10-minutes.

For information about this massage freebie can be found here. Hope you are able to score a free massage next week!

 

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How to Save at Fenway Park: Food Deals Near Fenway

Cheap Eats Before Red Sox Game

In honor of the Red Sox back for the season, my April Feature Friday posts will be Red Sox themed! If you missed my post last week on How to Buy Cheap Red Sox Tickets, make sure to check it out!

Are you looking for restaurants near Fenway Park? How about places to eat before a Boston Red Sox game without going over budget?

Obviously eating at home or eating a homemade sandwich on the go is the cheapest option, but sometimes it’s a lot less fun. I’ve rounded up a few specials and food and drink deals near Fenway Park!

Please keep in mind that many of these Restaurants get packed before Red Sox games, so make sure to arrive plenty of time before a game to get a seat and to take advantage of these deals!

(As an example, I went to the Yard House on a Monday night and I got one the last good table at the bar at 5:15 p.m. & there was a wait for a regular seating).

Some of these deals are unadvertised during Red Sox games, but you should find that they do work– just make sure to ask first if you are not sure. If you do have a problem at a particular place on the list, please let me know in the comments below.

Yard House Happy Hour Chicken Fingers and Fries

Yard House: 126 Brookline Avenue; Select half-off appetizers and pizza from 3-6pm and 10pm-close (*Pictured above: Chicken Fingers and Fries on the Appetizer Menu for $5!)

Bar Louie: 121 Brookline Ave; Sign up for Louie’s Crew to get a free appetizer! Half Price off select apps and flatbreads from 4-7pm Monday-Friday

McDonalds: Okay, this isn’t very glamorous, but it’s cheap. Even better, download the McD App to get discounts and even free offers (like a free burger!)

Crazy Dough’s: 1124 Boylston St; $5 PBR Pitchers with pizza purchase. (Read my experience here if you want)

Little Steves Pizzeria Red Sox Beer Deal

Little Steve’s Pizzeria: 1114 Boylston St; $5 Pitchers of Cold Beer

Cactus Club: 939 Boylston St; Half Off Appetizers Monday-Thursday from 4-7pm and 2 tacos for $5 from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. every night

McGreevy’s Boston: 911 Boylston St; Half-priced Appetizers Monday-Friday from 4-7pm + $1 cheeseburgers on Tuesdays and $1 make your own pizzas on Thursdays from 4-11pm

Whiskey’s: 885 Boylston St; $3 Bar Bites Monday-Friday from 4pm-7pm at the bar only, .25 wings Sunday-Thursday 11:30am-11pm (and Friday and Saturday 11:30-4pm) at the bar only and even more deals on their website here.

5 Napkin Burger Happy Hour Sign

5 Napkin Burger: 105 Huntington Ave; Slider Happy Hour with $2 sliders, $2 pork taquitos, $2 for 4 wings, and more from 4-7pm and 9pm-close at the bar only

Haru: 55 Huntington Ave;  Happy Hour Menu from 3-7pm & 10-close daily (plus $20 certificate near/on your birthday for e-mail subscribers)

Some of the places mentioned are a little bit of a walk, but you may find cheaper prices (and less crowds) away from Fenway Park.

Please let me know in the comments below if I missed any great food and/or drink deals before (or after) a Red Sox game!

What is your favorite place to eat at before Fenway?


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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for April 12-13, 2014!

Cheap Weekend Fun

Happy second weekend of April! Here are a few fun and budget-friendly things to do this weekend in Boston and beyond!

Black Mass Open Casting Call: Saturday & Sunday, April 12-13, 2014 from 1-6pm at 180 Mount Vernon in Dorchester. Producers are looking for people of all ages and ethnicities to represent Boston in the 1970′s and 1980′s for an upcoming movie Black Mass that tells the James “Whitey” Bulger story, which stars Johnny Depp.

Sports Illustrated Cover Shoot: Saturday, Aril 12, 2014 at 7am near the Boston Marathon Finish Line. Show your Boston Pride and be part of the Sports Illustrated cover shoot on Saturday morning.

Boston National Poetry Month Festival: April 10-13, 2014 at the Boston Public Library, Copley. Enjoy this 14th Annual Festival with readings from emerging poets and more. Free.

Phillips Candy House Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 11-4pm at Pope John Paul II Park. Phillips Candy House is sponsoring the 22nd Annual Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Spring Egg Scramble with 10,000 toy-filled eggs. The Easter Bunny will make a guest appearance from 2-4pm. Free.

Guac Off: Sunday, April 13th from 3-5pm at the Painted Burro in Somerville. The deadline to submit your fabulous guac recipe has past but you can still cheer on the local participants!

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 Outdoor Bootcamp: Sunday, April 13, 2014 at City Sports in Porter Square at 10am. Enjoy a free outdoor bootcamp class for one hour, please RSVP in advance.

Free Boston CrossFit: Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 12-1pm. Every Saturday enjoy free (indoor) CrossFit class in the Back Bay.

Free Spinning Class at Handle Bar Fenway: April 12-13, 2014 from 8-5pm. New riders can enjoy free classes and 25% off at Handle Bar’s opening this weekend!

If you are looking for more things to do, check out the Half Price Event tickets tab for great discounts and free tickets to shows and more. Also, The Big Apple Circus is underway at City Hall and you can find a lot of different discounts to the circus.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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