Sunday Funday at Faneuil Hall Marketplace This September!

Faneuil Hall Events College Day

Every Sunday in September, Faneuil Hall Marketplace will host performances from entertainment groups from local colleges in the West End and South Market from 12pm to 4pm.

Students wearing college apparel or who show their student ID will receive a free Faneuil Hall Marketplace koozie.

For more information, please head here.

 

Feature Friday: Boston Public Library Free Museum Passes

BPL MOS Pass

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!

This tip been mentioned on the blog many times before, but I wanted to highlight my experience this week as a Feature Friday post!

The Boston Public Library offers free and discount museum passes to many local attractions in Boston and more with your Boston Library card. Any Massachusetts resident can become a BPL cardholder. I went to a local branch with my Massachusetts ID and received my BPL card in a matter of minutes.

Your Boston Library Card can give you free admission and discount admission to many different museums and attractions in the Boston area. For more details about the various discounts and more, please head here.

Once you have a BPL card and know what museum you want to visit, head over to the BPL website to reserve a museum pass. (You can also do this in person or over the phone as well.)

In order to request a museum pass online, you need to enter your library bar code which is the set of numbers on your BPL card. You also need to enter a pin number which is a personal pin number created by you. If you forgot your bar code, just hit the forgot pin number button that appears.

Once you enter your information for the pass you want, that’s it. You just need to head to the library that you picked to grab the pass.

I took advantage of free admission to the Museum of Science for up to 4 guests with my BPL card.

It took a few minutes to request the pass online and about 5-10 minutes extra to stop at the library before heading to the Museum of Science. If I didn’t request the library passes, I would have spent $92 at the Museum of Science for admission for myself and 3 guests. Pretty great deal.

I didn’t need to wait in line to exchange the pass for tickets and just needed to hand the usher my library pass at MOS. However, your experience may vary on museum and library pass.

As mentioned, any Massachusetts resident can take advantage of this offer, but you do need to be present to pick up the museum pass at a Boston library. However, your local library in your own town may also offer similar (or better) local discounts to your favorite attractions.

For more information and all terms, please head here.

Have you taken advantage of your BPL card for free museum passes before? How was your experience?

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for September 13-14, 2014!

Cheap Weekend Events in Boston

There’s no shortage of fun and free things to do this weekend in Boston! Here’s a few ideas of cheap weekend fun in the Greater Boston Area:

MixFest 104.1: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at DCR Memorial Hatch Shell. Enjoy a free concert sponsored by Mix 104.1 with Phillip Phillips, O.A.R., Christina Perri, and Magic!

RiverFest: Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 11am-8pm at Assembly Row. Enjoy a fun day of music, art, activities, fireworks and more.

CollegeFest: Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 11am-6pm at Fenway Park Gate C. College students, enjoy live music, free swag and much more.

South Street Diner Customer Appreciation Day: Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 2-6pm. Enjoy a fun day at South Street Diner with free hamburgers and hot dogs with fun and games too!

Boston Local Food Festival: Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 11am to 5pm on the Greenway. Enjoy a free outdoor festival that features farmers, local restaurants, food trucks and much more.

South Boston Street Festival: Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 11am-5pm. Enjoy live entertainment, local merchants, food and more in South Boston.

Somerville Dog Festival: Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Trum Field in Somerville. Enjoy an array of dog sports demos and more. Free but donations are appreciated.

Spirit of America: September 12-13, 2014 at TD Garden. One of the Army’s largest community outreach programs, Spirit of America, will have free performances but tickets are required beforehand through Ticketmaster.

American Field Pop-Up Market: September 13-14, 2014 from 10am-6pm at 21-25 Drydock Ave. Check out of the best of U.S. Made clothing, accessories, goods, and more.

Sunday Parkland Games: Every Sunday through September 28, 2014 from 3:30pm-6pm in Cambridge. Free Sunday games along the banks of the Charles River every Sunday in the summer.

If you are looking to go The Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival on Saturday, discount tickets are still available for $25-30 through Goldstar Boston (affiliate).

Also, if you are cheering on the Patriots at a local restaurant or bar, check out these NFL food specials and deals in Boston! Go Pats!

Did I miss any fun and cheap events this weekend in Boston?

 

NFL Football Food and Drink Deals in Boston and Massachusetts!

Football Food Deals 2014 in Boston

Are you looking for a place to watch Patriots games in Boston or other NFL football games without spending too much money on food and drinks? Here’s a list of all NFL food specials and drink deals in Boston, Massachusetts on Sunday and Monday nights!

Pour House: Half price Dipper Menu from 4-10 PM on Sundays, and free stuff at Halftime of the 4pm game!

The Living Room: .35 Jumbo Wings during the NFL season on Sunday and Monday nights

McGreevy’s Boston: .25 wings from 11am-11pm on Mondays, and $1 Build Your Own Pizza on Thursdays from 4-11pm. (Half-Price Apps from 4-7pm on weekdays too)

The Draft: .25 wings all day on Sundays and .25 wings on Monday nights after 6pm with the NFL Package

GEM Boston: $3 sliders, $3 drafts, and $6 sangria during NFL brunch party from 12pm to 7pm on Sundays

T’s Pub: .25 wings and $1 hot dogs during Monday Night Football

SKYBOKX  109 (Natick): Half price pizza during all Patriots games

And even more deals…

The Kinsale: .25 wings after 5pm on Mondays and bar bites daily from 3-7pm and 10pm-12am

5 Napkin Burger: Slider Happy Hour with $2 sliders, $2 pork taquitos, $2 hand rolls, wings, and more from 4-7pm & 10pm-close at the bar (daily deal)

Grendel’s Den: Entire menu is half-price from 5-7:30pm & 9-11:30pm with $3 per person beverage purchase from when your order is placed (Sundays-Thursdays)

Cityside: $3 Bud Light and Coors Light everyday and happy hour menu from 4-7pm (daily)

Phoenix Landing: Half-priced appetizers from 5-7pm (daily)

Red Hat: .10 cent wings from 12-9pm on Sundays and 5-10pm on Monday nights and half-price appetizers on Thursday 5-11pm

Sidebar Boston: $7 bud and bud light pitchers and $2 bud and bud light pints. Half price apps from 12pm-5pm on the weekend.

Whiskey’s Boston: .25 wings from 11:30am to 11pm (Sunday-Thursday), with other great deals too

An Tain:$1 Coors Light drafts (daily)

Coogans: $1 Bud Light Drafts (daily)

Clarke’s: $3 Beer Specials on Miller Lite Draft, PBR Draft, Rolling Rock Bottles

Midwest Grill; .10 wings at the bar with this coupon with a purchase of alcoholic beverage

Don’t forget to check out Boston on Budget’s Cheap Eats list to find even more great food and drink promotions and specials.

Where is your favorite place to cheer on the Patriots? Did we miss your favorite local deal– leave it in the comments if you are willing to share :)

Back Bay Night Out on Wednesday, September 10, 2014!

Back Bay Night Out 2014 Boston

Stop by the Prudential Center on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 5-8pm for Back Bay Night Out! Back Bay Night Out is a celebration of Back Bay Businesses and many in-store sales, snacks, special events and more will take place at the Prudential Center and the Back Bay!

Also, there will be an outdoor free screening of Confessions of a Shopaholic at the Pru’s South Garden at sundown.

I went to this event last year and it was fun. I would necessarily go out of my way for it, but I wouldn’t not go to it either if I was around, if that makes sense. (Can you tell why I don’t review events often on my blog?)

For more information about Back Bay Night out, please head here.

Money Saving Monday: Master the Thirty Day Rule

Money Saving Tips

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

Are you familiar with the thirty day rule?

The Thirty Day Rule is when you decide to wait 30 days to make a purchase instead of making an impulse purchase on the spot.

The 30 day rule is helpful because you are preventing yourself from overspending on a product that you may not even need or use.

Instead of buying the item on the spot, delay your purchase for thirty days. After 30 days if you decide you still want that item, buy it. However, you may decide you no longer need or want that item.

In the 30 days, do some research about the product and do some price comparisons. Even if you do decide you still want the product after thirty days, you may find that you are spending less than you would had you bought it immediately.

Have you done the thirty day rule to help save money?

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Feature Friday: College Student Discounts and Savings!

college discounts

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!

I know I am no longer a college student, but I wanted college discounts and savings to be highlighted as a Feature Friday post this week.

One of my favorite ways to save money in college was to get involved and take advantage of so many free student activities. Free comedians, free coffeehouses with musicians, free game shows with awesome prizes, free food and much more are available constantly through your college. Make sure to follow your local Student Activities department on Twitter or Facebook to stay connected.

Free Entertainment is definitely a great college perk and you don’t have to go too far for it. Also, if you get involved in clubs and organizations, you may also receive free perks, swag, free food at meetings, etc. It’s also a great way to meet new people too.

If you are looking to get off campus, your college ID card is a great way to save money too. There are so many local restaurants, attractions, retailers and more that will give college students a discount with a valid college ID. Often times college discounts are not advertised so make sure to ask if they have any discounts for college students.

There are also many college discounts that are advertised and I compiled a list of them all in Boston as well as national deals too. All college discounts in Boston and beyond can be found here and make sure to leave a comment if I missed anything.

What is your favorite college discount?

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for September 6-7, 2014!

Cheap Weekend Events in Boston

Happy first weekend in September! Here’s some fun and cheap things to do in Boston and Massachusetts this weekend!

MFA Community Day: Sunday, September 7, 2014 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Celebrate twenty years of Malcolm Rogers as the MFA’s Ann and Graham Gund Director, with free admission and a day of fun and activities for the community.

The Italian Feast of the Healing Saints: September 6-7, 2014 in Cambridge and Somerville. Enjoy an Italian Festival this weekend with music, games, food vendors and much more!

Art in the Park: Saturday, September 6, 2014 at City Square Park in Charlestown. Check out the art of over 60 artists and artisans at Art in the Park.

22nd Annual Cambridge Carnival International: Sunday, September 7, 2014 in Cambridge. Celebrate Cambridge’s diversity with a parade, international foods, crafts and more!

2nd Annual Folk Music Festival: Saturday, September 6, 2014 in Harvard Square. Enjoy some free folk music from some up and coming folk musicians on Palmer Street.

JP Music Fest: Saturday, September 6, 2014 in Jamaica Plain from 12-7pm. Enjoy free music directly from JP residents!

Bank of America Weekend On Us: Saturday and Sunday, September 6-7, 2014. Bank of America & Merrill Lynch cardholders can get into select museums the first weekend of every month for free by showing their bank card (per cardholder, not family). Museum of Fine Arts, MIT Museum and other museums across the state participate.

Kid Price Saturday at Franklin Zoo: Pay and feel like a kid the first Saturday of every month at Franklin Park Zoo between 10 a.m. & noon for just $11.95. Head to Stoneham, MA to the Stone Zoo between 10am-12pm and pay $6.95 for admission.

Sunday Parkland Games: Every Sunday through September 28, 2014 from 3:30pm-6pm in Cambridge. Free Sunday games along the banks of the Charles River every Sunday in the summer.

What are you up to this weekend? Any fun plans to be had?