Fenway Park Holiday Bash on Friday Night, November 30, 2012!

Stop by Fenway Park (Gate B) on Friday, November 30th from 5-8pm for the Fenway Park Holiday Bash to help kick-off the Holiday season! There will be so many fun and free events happening such as autographs from current Red Sox players, pictures with Wally and Santa, the enchanted village with kiddie train rides, a great Fenway Park Yard Sale, and the debut of the winter light show. The light show can be seen at 5:45pm, 6:45pm and 7:45pm on Friday night, 11/30.

Also, select Red Sox Tickets will go on sale starting on Saturday, December 1st at 10 AM! So head to Fenway park on Friday night for some free fun, and then grab tickets the next day if you want!

 

Boston Common Tree Lighting Tonight, November 29, 2012

Tonight is Boston’s 71st Annual Tree Lighting in Boston Common from 6-8pm. There will be so many holiday decorations to enjoy throughout Boston Common and Public Garden including the 45-foot white spruce Christmas Tree all the way from Nova Scotia that will be lit tonight for the first time this season!

Also, Elliott Yamin from American Idol and Wakefield native James Massone of the Voice will be performing live as well as the Nova Scotia Band, The Boston Arts Academy, and even the Grinch will make a visit tonight.

If you can’t make the tree lighting, you can also tune into WCVB (Channel 5) tonight starting at 7pm to watch the excitement!

This event is free and open to the public. If you get out of work or arrive a little earlier, you watch the Pre-Show Skating Spectacular starting at 5pm on frog pond which is also free! A great way to get into the holiday spirit!

Free Scoop of Ice Cream at Ben & Jerry’s with Gift Card Purchase!

Give a gift to someone for the holidays, and get a gift for yourself! Grab a free scoop of Ice Cream at Ben & Jerry’s when you spend $10 or more on Gift Cards at B&J’s Scoop Shop.  To find a local shop and/or for more information, please click here.

 

City of Boston Toys for Tickets starting November 29th, 2012!

Starting on November 29th, the City of Boston will once again trade parking ticket fees for toys. This promotion is available to drivers that are issued a non-safety issue ticket on Thursday, November 29th to Saturday, December 1st! Bring toys at an equal or greater value of the ticket to waive your ticket fine for those three days to three different locations in Boston. The ticket exchange is available until Saturday, December 8, 2012 but keep in mind that safety violations are excluded from this promotion.

This is a great way to pay your fine and give to needy children this holiday season. For more information, locations and violations included, please visit here.

Cyber Monday Travel Deals with Charles Hotel Flash Sale!

There was a great article by Melanie Nayer on Boston.com that shared a lot of great Cyber Monday Travel Deals! If you are interested, you can check out the article here, but here is my favorite Boston Hotel deal mentioned!

Charles Hotel Cyber Monday Flash Sale: Today from 11:30am to 12:30pm, the Charles Hotel will be offering all hotels at 50% off from December 1, 2012 to March 31, 2012 with promo code CYBER12 or CYBERFLASH12.

Oh, and if you are looking a little further than Boston, how about $29 a night at an All-Inclusive in Puerto Plata in the DR!?! Travel from April-October 2013 and stay a minimum of 4 nights to grab that great price!

Hope everyone is having a great Cyber Monday so far!

Cyber Monday Deals from Goldstar: 5 Free Events & Shows + More Great Deals!

Goldstar Boston is celebrating Cyber Monday with some low-price tickets on entertainment, shows and fun! They also have five free events today for Cyber Monday! Keep in mind these complimentary tickets will go fast since there are limited quantities. You do need to pay a service charge (typically $3-$7 per ticket) so keep that in mind if you are interested in any of these great deals.

FREE: The Boston Bridal Bash on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel

FREE: JBALL 2012 (Ages 20s & 30s): Boston’s Hottest Holiday Party on Monday, December 24th, 2012

FREE: JBALL 2012 (Ages 40+): Boston’s Hottest Holiday Party on Monday, December 24th, 2012

FREE: Crawling with Mrs. Claus: Boston Event Guide’s Pub Crawl on Saturday, December 8th, 2012

FREE: The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus: Tragedy Re-Set in the 60′s with various dates in January and February 2013

There are also low prices and great deals on other tickets as well, so be sure to check out all Goldstar Boston deals when you are checking out the freebies! Happy Cyber Monday!

I am an affliate of Goldstar, please read my disclosure policy here.

 

Kate’s Six Cyber Monday Tips to Survive Cyber Monday 2012

Hello! I hope you all survived Black Friday and still have some cash left for the Holidays! I must say that I like Cyber Monday a lot better than Black Friday, and you can shop from the comfort of your own home! Anyways, I wanted to give you all a few tips about Cyber Monday and Christmas Shopping in general because I know it can be totally overwhelming! Last year was my first serious Cyber Monday experience and I was totally overwhelmed. So here are my (very un-Boston related) Cyber Monday Holiday Tips:

1. Have a rough idea of what people want. Write down everyone on your shopping list and jot down a few ideas that they may like & what your budget is for each person. When great deals pop-up, I sometimes forget who would be a great fit for what and may forget someone on my list momentarily. Also, I may have someone on my list that always wants something that never goes on sale (sound familiar?), so Cyber Monday is a great day to cross those people off your list. This is because many stores will offer free shipping and a percentage discount on everything. You will just need to search for what you want specifically without it popping up on a deal finder. If you stay organized and know what people want sooner than later you can avoid doing a last minute splurge and paying full-price for something.

2. Know (and use!) the right resources. There are so, so many different online deal & money-saving websites that have list so many great Cyber Monday deals and use a combination of websites to find your favorites and best deals. These deal finders and resources can spark some great gift-giving ideas at rock bottom prices! There are also some deal sites that are especially dedicated to Cyber Monday like BestCyberMonday.com & CyberMondayDeals.com that will share the very best Cyber Monday deals! Also Boston-based company, BeFrugal.com has a toolbar that you can download that will let you know when there are promo codes available at checkout if you don’t feel like Googling various promo codes constantly to ensure you grabbed the highest discount available.

3. Shop Early. Just like Black Friday some of the hottest deals will sell out quickly, so think about waking up a few minutes early to see if you can snag a great buy before work. I had a hard time sleeping last Cyber Monday, and there wasn’t anything losing sleep about at 3 AM so go back to bed but set your alarm a few minutes early, just in case.

4. Use Cashback Sites to save more. This is one of my favorite online shopping tips because you save even more money shopping online through Cashback sites. Ebates.com and Shopathome.com are two cashback sites that I use often. Before checking out at an online store, I log into my one of my cashback sites (usually I check both to see, which one is offering the higher cashback amount) and then click my desired store to be redirected through their link. I then receive a percentage back into my account and then they’ll cut me a check for buying something I was already going to buy! Don’t forget about credit card companies and air mile possibilities, because most credit card companies offer a percentage off to shop through their website too. So do a little research to figure out what cashback sites will get you the most money back and make the most sense for you.

5. Don’t buy it, if you won’t use it. It can be really easy to get caught up in a good deal, but if you or your gift-getter will not wear those deeply discounted Jets pajama pants for .79, then why are you even buying them? Know the return and shipping policies of each store before shopping, and take a second to breathe and think if it something you really will use or give to someone else to use.

6. Oh, and not everything is a great deal. Just like Black Friday, not everything on sale is a great deal. Do you research beforehand and know what is a great deal for a product you are interested in and what isn’t. For instance, typically the best time to buy jewelry is during the summer, the best time for toys is two weeks before Christmas and for TV’s is during the Super Bowl. However, just because those are typically the best times to buy those things doesn’t mean you still can’t find good deals, but be able to spot a good deal when you see. Also, just because a store offers free shipping and a percentage off may not make it a great deal, especially if the price is always cheaper at Walmart or Target who will holiday price match for example.

Do your research, know your audience, and don’t worry… deals always cycle back through if you get too overwhelmed, so if you missed something, it will most likely come back around again soon. Oh, feel free to brag in the comments below; I would love to hear what cheap finds you found! Best of luck!

(And I did include referral links to my two cashback sites so I would get a little something back if you did sign-up. Feel free to read my disclosure policy here if you want).