Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for October 18-19, 2014!

Cheap Weekend Events in BostonThere’s a lot of fun and inexpensive things to do in Boston this weekend! Here’s a few ideas:

Head of the Charles Regatta: October 18-19, 2014 along the Charles River. Watch the world’s best crew teams at the banks of the Charles River for the ultimate two-day rowing competition for the 50th Anniversary.

A Cappella Competition: October 18-19, 2014 from 12-4pm at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Be part of the audience as 16 A Cappella groups across New England battle to be the best!

2nd Annual Mayor’s Pumpkin Fest at Frog Pond: Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 4:30-6:30pm. Enjoy the Mayor’s Pumpkin Fest with floating pumpkins, music, family fun activities and more!

Fort Point Open Studios: October 17-19, 2014. Celebrate 35 years of Open Studios in Fort Point with more than 150 artists opening their doors to visitors.

Revere Beach Fall Festival: Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 11-2pm at Revere Beach. Pick out a pumpkin with your family and decorate it! (Pumpkins are free thanks to generous donations!)

Meet and Greet With Tedy Bruschi: Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 1:30-2:30pm at the Woburn Mall. Meet Tedy Bruschi and enjoy pizza slices at Papa Gino’s for .54 and large cheese pizzas for $5.40!

Haunted Happenings in Salem: Fun events daily in Salem, MA. Salem has a lot of haunted happenings this October including a free movie night sponsored by Radio 92.9 every Saturday night.

Chocotoberfest at Taza Chocolate: Every Saturday in October from 1-4pm at Taza Chocolate in Somerville. Celebrate fall with a tasting of goodies! Free to attend.

Please let me know in the comments below if I missed any fun and budget-friendly things to do this weekend!

Where to Get Free and Low-Cost Flu Shots in Boston

Flu Season Ahead Sign

It is flu season and a great way to stay healthy (and save a lot of money on medicines) is to get your flu shot. Some employers and colleges will have flu clinics, but there are many places to receive a flu shot this season in and around the Greater Boston area.

Most insurances will cover flu shots or will reimburse you for the cost of the shot, so make sure to check with your insurance company first.

My favorite website to find free and low-cost flu shots is this one because they tell you up front if you will be turned away if your insurance does not cover the shot, and a lot of times you will be able to shot if insurance doesn’t cover.

Also, check out the Boston Public Health Commission Flu Finder to find a flu clinic in Boston.

You can also receive a flu shot at CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and more. Flu shots are typically around $32 at pharmacies, however, prices may vary. You may find flu shots a little cheaper (around $25) at Wal-Mart or Target if you live near one.

I know CVS is offering a 20% shopping pass to encourage you to receive your flu shot there, so it’s a nice little perk if you need to pick up something at CVS anyway.

Please let me know if you know of any free flu clinics in the Greater Boston area or have any flu shot tips in the comments below!


Free B&B Rooms for Vets for Veteran’s Day!

Free B&B Rooms For Vets

Veteran’s Day is coming up  next Month and select Bed & Breakfasts and Inns are giving servicemen and women a free night stay on or around Veteran’s Day. Please note that free rooms are filling up FAST, so you may want to book your reservation soon or tell a friend to do so!

Please head here more information or to find a participating B&B. Thank you for your service!

Money Saving Monday: Take Advantage of Free Fun

Money Saving Tips

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

Taking advantage of free fun is a great way to save money whether you are taking advantage of a free attractions in Boston, walking around a park, or enjoying a game at home.

There’s a lot of fun things to do for free or little to no cost. Sometimes hanging out with friends at home can be just as fun as going out to a bar, and a lot cheaper.

Also, there’s a lot of festivals, concerts and events in Boston that charge nothing. There’s really a lot of fun things to do in the city without spending a lot for entertainment.

Planning ahead is a great way to save money on entertainment but sometimes you can stumble upon great and free events too.

Taking advantage of free fun is a great way to save money while still having fun!

What are your favorite ways to find free fun?

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

Feature Friday: Staying and Eating In

Skinnytaste stuffed shells edited

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!

Typically I share fun and inexpensive things to do around the city and highlight it on this series post weekly. However, I’m cheating this week because I’ve been under the weather for a few weeks and haven’t been able to do much fun stuff around the city. (Don’t worry I’m slowly starting to feel better, hopefully, and better content should arise soon).

There’s a lot of great cheap eats and things to do in Boston, but staying and cooking in can be fun. Sometimes making a meal at home can be fun and save you a lot of money.

I like to meal plan and figure out meals before the start of the week to save money (and I’m more likely to cook if I know what I’m making). Since I’ve been sick lately, I also like to make bigger portions when I feel like cooking and freeze them for days I don’t feel as well. This is a great way to save time and money as well as saves on take-out orders.

The image above is stuffed shells (I love this recipe) and it makes much more than my family of two can eat, so I usually have about two freezer meals and maybe even a lunch the next day.

Do you have a favorite meals to make that are budget-friendly when you feel like staying in?

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for October 11-13, 2014!

Cheap Weekend Events in BostonThere’s a lot of fun and affordable things to do this weekend in Boston for Columbus Day weekend. Here’s some ideas just in case you will be in the Boston area for the long weekend!

If you are taking the T on Saturday, the MBTA Red Line will have bus service between Park and Kendall/MIT all day, so something to keep in mind.

Opening Our Doors: Monday, October 13, 2014 from 10am-4pm: Enjoy a day of free cultural experiences with a lot of museums opening their doors for free like the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, MFA, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, and much more!

Harvard Square’s 36th Annual Oktoberfest: Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 12-6pm. Enjoy food from all over the world, crafts, vintage goods, music, dancing, and more!

Honk! Festival: October 10-12, 2014. Enjoy a festival of activist street bands with a lot of free music and fun!

Street Performer Fall Festival: October 11-13, 2014 from 11am to 7pm at Faneuil Hall. Enjoy street performers from all over at this fall street performer festival!

Boston Fitness Launch: October 11, 2014 from 10am-12pm at Boston Common. Enjoy a morning of free fitness, demos, giveaways and more! (Thanks Keriann!)

Columbus Day Parade: Sunday, October 12, 2014 in East Boston. Celebrate Columbus Day weekend with the Columbus Day parade!

Annual Christopher Columbus Day Celebration: Monday, October 13, 2014 at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston. Celebrate Christopher Columbus Day at Christopher Columbus Park with many free activities and fun!

Haunted Happenings in Salem: Fun events daily in Salem, MA. Salem has a lot of haunted happenings this October including a free movie night sponsored by Radio 92.9 every Saturday night. This week’s free movie night under the stars is Hocus Pocus.

Chocotoberfest at Taza Chocolate: Every Saturday in October from 1-4pm at Taza Chocolate in Somerville. Celebrate fall with a tasting of goodies! Free to attend.

Please let me know in the comments if I missed any fun and inexpensive things to do this long weekend! Hope you have a great weekend :)

Discount Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus!

Ringling Circus

The circus is coming to New England this fall with a few options for discount tickets! The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be at the TD Garden for select dates this October as well as the DCU Center in Providence.

Discount tickets for the circus at TD Garden can be found on Goldstar Boston with tickets starting at $14.50 (plus service fees). It is free to signup and use Goldstar, and you just need to give an e-mail address to register. (I get an e-mail about weekly or so, not nearly as much as some daily deal sites).

Discount tickets are also available at daily deal site with tickets starting at $17. Please make sure you read the terms beforehand to make sure it’s a good fit for you.

For more information about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, please head here.

If you know of any more circus deals or promo codes, please leave them in the comments below!

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Free Boston Symphony Orchestra Community Chamber Concerts!


The Boston Symphony Orchestra holds Community Chamber Concerts across the Greater Boston area to provide high-quality music with free community concerts lasting around one hour throughout the fall and winter months.

The free BSO Community Chamber Concerts kicks-off in Beverly on October 12, 2014, but there are many different dates and locations for the free concerts including a few Boston dates.

For more information or to RSVP, please visit here. If you are interested, you may want to request your free ticket on the early side as some locations may sell out beforehand.