Where to Watch the AFC Championship Game on a Budget!

Football Deals in Boston

The day has come! And if you won’t be at Gillette Stadium tonight but are looking to head out and cheer on the Patriots in Boston without spending too much money, I’ve got you covered.

Below are a few bars in Boston (and greater Boston) that have cheap eats and drinks tonight before or during the game. Keep in mind that all info was received directly from each establishment’s website (minus An Tain who doesn’t have a site) but you may want to double check before you head there and/or order.

Please let me know in the comments below if I missed any of your favorite NFL Football deals in the city:

Pour House: Half price Dipper Menu from 4-10 PM on Sundays

The Living Room: .35 Jumbo Wings during the NFL season & $3 Coors Light daily

The Draft: .25 wings all day on Sundays with the NFL Package

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

Captain Fishbones (North Quincy): After 3pm on 1/18/15: Half price pizzas, .50 wings, and complimentary buffet at Patriots halftime!

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 every day

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

Whiskey’s Boston: .25 wings from 11:30am to 9pm with a beverage purchase

An Tain:$1 Coors 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. Also, check back later this week because this list will be updated!


Free Soup from Hale and Hearty Soups on January 21, 2015!

Hale and Hearty Boston

The NYC based lunch institution Hale and Hearty Soups is opening up a Boston location and are handing out free soup on Wednesday, January 21, 2015!

A limited selection of soups will be available for FREE on 1/21/14 from 12-2pm.

The Hale and Hearty Soups new location will be at 175 Franklin Street, Boston, MA.

For more information about Free Soup Day, please head here!

Will you be getting free soup for lunch on Wednesday?

Greater Boston Entertainment Book for $10 with Free Shipping!


Entertainment Book is having a secret sale with their entertainment books on sale for $10 with free shipping until Monday, January 19, 2015!

This is an awesome price, especially since the 2015 books just came out and the majority of coupons and offers do not expire until December of 2015! Additional books are $5.

If you are not familiar with Entertainment Book, it is a big book of coupons to local restaurants, attractions, retailers, and much more for a specific local area. There is a Greater Boston Entertainment Book with so many great discount and deals as well as many other big cities (perfect to get if you go on vacation).

I already have the 2015 Greater Boston Entertainment Book (and paid more than $10 for it, wahh). I added some of the more popular Boston attraction discounts (like $5 off LEGOLAND Admission) in the Entertainment Book to my Boston Discount Attractions page so you have a small idea of some discounts available.

There are so many discounts and deals inside that the book can pay for itself very quickly.

For more information or to purchase a book, please head here.

Are you purchased an Entertainment Book before?

*I am an affiliate partner of Entertainment Book but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy here.


Today is Guster Day with Free Music in Boston!

Apparently today is officially Guster Day in Boston and they are doing free pop-up sets across Boston today, 1/15/15. Check out their Facebook page to find out where they will be next!

Will you be enjoying some free music by Guster today?


Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for January 17-19, 2015!

Cheap Weekend Events in Boston

The Patriots AFC Championship Game at home AND a three day weekend… sign me up! If you are looking to be at the game and would like to win Patriots tickets, the Patriots are giving away a VIP Experience, but you need to enter to win by 1/15 at 1pm! Good Luck!

If you are looking for things to do in Boston this weekend, here’s the cheap weekend happenings with a lot of free things to do on Monday (with free parking on Monday too)!

Free Admission at MFA: Monday, January 19, 2015. The Museum of Fine Arts is free all day on Monday.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Celebration Tribute Concert: Monday, January 19, 2015 at 1pm at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Enjoy Boston Youth Symphony perform its celebration tribute concert on MLK day.

MLK Day of Service: Monday, January 19, 2015 from 10-3pm at the Franklin Park Clubhouse. Help clean up Franklin Park for a day of service! Please RSVP.

Cambridge MLK Day of Service: Monday, January 19, 2015 from 2-5pm. Head to Cambridge to lend a helping hand with hands on art projects.

Free National Park Day: Monday, January 19, 2015. All 401 National Parks have free admission on Monday.

Free Tea at Teavana: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Participating Teavana locations. Participate in a green tea tasting experiences and receive a free handcrafted Winterberry hot 16 oz or 22 oz iced tea beverage on Saturday!

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

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

Don’t forget you can get FREE TACOS this month and next on Saturdays and on Sundays you can get a FREE BRUNCH if you are willing to sing a little Sunday Karaoke!

Hope you have a great long weekend whatever you decide to do! GO PATS!!

Free National Park Days for 2015!


IMG_20130414_105316_309Mark your calendars! On a few days a year all 401 of our National Parks have free admission! This is a great way to enjoy a national park without paying anything!

Here are the free admission days for 2015:

  • January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 14-16: Presidents Day weekend
  • April 18-19: Opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

For more information or to find a national park, please head here.

Have you taken advantage of free national park days before? What is your favorite national park?

Stone Zoo Special Offers This Winter!

zoo new england

Each week through February 8, 2015 Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA is offering a special offer to guests visiting the zoo! The special offer changes each week and you just need to print the coupon or show the offer on your mobile phone.

This week guests can receive zoo admission for half-price! For more information or to see the weekly offers, please head here.

Also, Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, MA has a special admission price of $10 for adults and $7 for children until January 31, 2015 with printable coupon if you are looking for a deal closer to home.

Will you be heading to the zoo this winter?


How to Make a Budget

Setting a Budget

Setting up a budget can be intimidating and overwhelming at first; however, it doesn’t have to be. If you don’t know where to start, here are a few steps in making a budget:

1. Figure out your earnings: How much do you make (after taxes) each month? You need to figure out how much money you have and earn when creating a budget. However, depending on your occupation and salary, it may be harder said than done. If you receive irregular income, average out the last 6-12 months of income and find the average. I like to underestimate potential earnings than overestimate when creating a budget if earnings are unpredictable.

2. Calculate your expenses: How much is your rent? Electric? Heating? Cable? Student Loans? Car Expenses? Figure out all your monthly set expenses for the month. Also, figure out how much you spend on monthly living expenses like groceries, clothes, etc. Look at your debit card/credit card charges from the past to get a better idea. If you have a hard time keeping track, consider keeping a daily tally on the fridge to figure out how much you spend on living expenses. When I first started tracking with my husband, we would both throw every receipt by the fridge until we knew how much to budget in each category for our living expenses.

3. Determine your worth: After you know what you earn, and what your expenses are… where are you? Do you like that number? Are you spending more than you are earning? What is your bottom line?

4. Set goals: Was step #3 an eye opener? Or are you right where you thought you’d be budget-wise? Either way, create goals to figure out where you’d like to be in the future and how much money you would like to save each month. Do you have debt to pay off? Do you have a savings goal? Set some money-saving goals because it makes staying on track with your budget much easier when you have a goal.

6. Find your method: There are a lot of great budget resources out there and finding the best method is a personal preferences. You may prefer the old school ledger style, keeping an excel sheet on your computer, or using websites like Mint.com to help you keep track of your budget. Everyone is different when it comes to budget organization, so find something that works for you (and stick to it).

7. Make some cuts: I love budgets because you can see where you spend your money on clearly. It also helps you to see where you may be overspending and it can make cost cutting a little easier. Is your food budget way out of control because you spend $25 a week on coffee alone? Is it a better idea to buy a coffee pot and brew at home to save money? Your cost cutting may vary depending on your bottom line and what your saving goals are. Where can you shave the most money off? Cut cable? Cut your grocery store bill? Dine out less?

8. Make adjustments: Update and stay on track with your budget and don’t be afraid to make adjustments when needed. Gas prices change, your income may vary and so many other things may come up that you may need to adjust your bottom line. Don’t be afraid to make adjustments when needed to your budget to fit your current needs.

9. Update and be disciplined: Don’t forget about your budget after you make it. Update your budget often and pick a certain day of the week to update your budget. Stay on track with your budget and the best way to do so is to update your budget and stay disciplined to reach your goals!

I hope those 9 steps gave you an idea of how to start and make a budget. Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or have any tips to share.

Good luck and I hope you meet all your saving goals for 2015!