Patriots Playoff Tickets Giveaway For A Chance To Be At Gillette Stadium on Sunday, January 13, 2013!


Patriots tickets can be hard to come by and playoff tickets can be even harder. (Patriots tickets do go on sale to the public at 10am on Monday, 1/5/13 FYI). But if you would rather win playoff tickets, here is a fabulous giveaway that the Patriots are hosting.

Head over here to enter the “Ultimate VIP Patriots Playoff Experience” and you could win:

  • 2 Patriots Playoff Tickets
  • 2 Pre-Game Field Passes
  • 1 VIP Parking Pass
  • 1-Night Stay at the Renaissance Hotel at Patriot Place
  • $100 Gift Card and reservation at CBS Scene restaurant
  • $100 Gift Card to the Patriots ProShop

This giveaway is valued at $1,600! Nice! You can only enter once from now until Thursday, January, 10, 2013.

And when I was googling this morning, I stumpled upon a sports bar in Nashua, NH doing a giveaway for two tickets to next Sunday’s game. For every pitcher ($9) or entree you order at the Arena Sportsbar this Sunday starting at 1pm, you will grab a raffle ticket for a chance to win.

So whether you are going big with the Patriots giveaway or winning tickets at a NH sports bar, good luck! If you know of any other local establishment giving away tickets, let us know in the comments below!

Maybe I will see you next Sunday at the game! 😉


Restaurant Deals and Weekly Promotions in & around Boston: Updated

Did you know that Boston on Budget has a page just for the everyday food and restaurant deals that occur regularly in the Boston area?! The tab Always Cheap Eats shares the best deals and discounts at various restaurants in the city that you can grab daily and/or weekly, without a coupon or secret code word!

The best part about the Always Cheap Eats page is that is has been updated for 2013 thus far. There are both additions and subtractions to the page from last summer, and hopefully it is a little easier to read. I also added the restuarant websites to the list and the direct link to the promotion from the sites, if applicable. The majority of the deals were listed directly on the restaurants website, but I needed to call to confirm a few. If a promo is no longer valid or incorrect, please let me know in the comment section under Always Cheap Eats so I can update it as soon as possible. Also, if I missed a great deal in Boston, let me know!

Don’t forget to call or check with the restaurant about the deal beforehand. Although the blog does its best to keep the list updated, promos and specials can end very quickly, so make sure you check before you get your check from the restaurant!

Here’s the list of restaurants offering wicked good cheap eats in 2013, and as always, you can find them here as well.

28 Degrees;; 1 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116 $1 Oysters daily from 5-8pm at the bar

5 Napkin Burger;; 105 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02199 Slider Happy Hour with $2 sliders, $2 pork taquitos, $2 hand rolls, wings, and more daily from 4-7pm & 9pm-close at the bar only.

6B Lounge;; 6B Beacon Street, Boston, MA .25 wings during Trivia on Monday nights starting at 8pm

Asgard;; 350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA, 02139 .25 wings every Monday starting at 5pm in the Bar

Cactus Club;; 939 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116 Happy Hour Half-Price Apps, Monday-Thursday 4-7pm (Bar Only); $5 for 2 Tacos, Every Night 10pm-12am

Crossroads Irish Pub;; Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 $3 for a personal pizza daily from 3-7pm in the bar, free pizza with pitcher purchase upstairs on Wednesdays and free basket of wings with pitcher purchase upstairs on Thursdays.

Dante;;40 Edwin H. Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02142 $1 oysters daily from 4-6pm in the bar and lounge and Grilled Cheese Tuesdays (varies each week) for $2 in the Bar & Lounge

Estragon;!__events; 700 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA $1 Tapas on Monday-Thursday from 5:00pm-7pm at the bar

Flann O’Brien’s;; 1619 Tremont St., Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120 Buy 1 Appetizer, Get 1 Free daily from 2pm-6pm

Game On;; 82 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA Half-Priced Apps from 5-7pm Monday-Friday in the bar

Grafton Street;; 1230 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 $1 Oysters after 11pm nightly

Hill Tavern;;228 Cambridge St., Boston, MA Half-Priced Appetizers, Mon-Friday 4-6pm (dine-in only)

Hong Kong at Faneuil Hall;; 65 Chatham Street, Boston, MA Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 5-8pm with appetizers ranging from $1 to $2.25 and $1 drafts and $3.50 drink specials, dine-in only

Kings Back Bay;; Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02115 $4 for 8? pizza Monday-Friday from 4-6pm & Sun-Thurs 10:30-close at the bar

Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant;; 2 Center Plaza, Boston, MA 02108 .25 Wings on Mondays after 5pm and free parking for customers after 5pm with some restrictions

La Verdad Taqueria;; 1 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215 $1 Taco Tuesdays after 5pm (not available on Red Sox Game Days and limit 5 tacos per customer)

Marliave;; 10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108 $1 Oysters and Clams daily from 4-6pm & 9-10pm

Masa Restaurant;; 439 Tremont St., Boston, MA .50 Tapas daily from 4-7pm and 10pm-close in the bar/lounge and extends all night long on Thursdays in the bar/lounge area.

McCormick & Schmicks;; (Faneuil Hall & Park Plaza) $2.95-5.95 Social Hour Menu Sunday-Friday from 3:30pm-6:30pm, Sunday-Thursday 9pm-12am and Friday & Saturday 10pm-12am at the bar only with $3.50 minimum bar purchase. $1 Oysters on Tuesdays from 4pm-11:30pm.

McGreevy’s Boston;; 911 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116 Half-priced Appetizers every Weekday 4-7pm, $1 cheeseburgers every Tuesday, and .25 wings all day Sunday and Mondays from 4-11pm.

Minibar;; 5 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116 $2 Grilled Beef Burgers Monday-Thursday 5pm-7pm (limits may apply, see server)

Myers & Chang;; 1145 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118 $1 Oysters Every Sunday 8pm ‘til they run out and Thursdays from 5:30pm-7:30pm (limit 12 per person)

Phoenix Landing;; 512 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA Half-priced appetizers daily from 5-7pm

Pour House Boston;; 907 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116 Different Monthly Specials Each Month

Red Hat;; 9 Bowdoin Street, Boston, MA .10 cent wings every Monday & Tuesday night 5-10pm & Sunday 12-9pm; 1/2 Price Apps Wednesday & Thursday night 5-11pm; Free Cheese Pizza with Sam Adams Pitcher Purchase on Wednesdays

Rattlesnake;; 384 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 $5 at $5pm: Choose from 5 different items for $5 after 5pm daily

Redbones BBQ;; 55 Chester St., Somerville, MA 02144 1/2 Price Apps, Mon-Friday 4-6pm at the upstairs bar and downstairs at the Underbones bar

Rialto Restaurant & Bar;; One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138 $1 Oysters on Mondays starting at 5:30pm ‘til they run out

Roggie’s Brew & Grille;; 356 Chestnut Hill Ave, Brighton, MA 02135 .30 wings, Monday-Friday from 4-7pm

Sel De La Terre;; 774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199 $4 bar bites every Monday-Friday from 5-7pm at the bar

Sidebar (Downtown Crossing) Boston;; 14 Bromfield St., Boston, MA 02108 .20 wings daily after 4pm and all day on Sundays with $7 pitchers daily

Soulfire;; 182 Harvard Ave., Allston, MA $8.99 for all you can eat wings every Monday night from 5-11pm

Stadium Sports Bar;; Three locations: Boston, Quincy & Waltham .40 wings on Mondays, 1/2 Pizza on Tuesdays, 1/2 Burgers on Wednesdays

The Draft;; 34 Harvard Ave., Allston, MA 02134 Monday-Friday $4.99 Lunch Menu from 11am-6pm, .25 wings every Monday after 6pm, .25 wings all day on Sundays for NFL package, and $6 for beer, burger and fries on Tuesdays.

The Living Room;; 101 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA Half-Price Apps Monday-Friday 4-6pm (Main Lounge and Patio Only)

The West on Centre;; 1732 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA Half Priced Pizzas every Wednesdays after 4pm (dine-in only) & Bring your own wine every Tuesday night

Tremont 647;; 647 Tremont St., Boston, MA $2 Taco Tuesdays from 5:30pm-10pm every Tuesday

Turner Fisheries;; 10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 50% off entrees for Neighbors (residents of Back Bay & South End Neighborhood) on Thursdays, east coast oysters for $1 (while supplies last) on Fridays, and kids eat free Tuesdays-Saturdays from 5-7pm with the purchase of an adult entree

Whiskey’s Steakhouse Boston;; 885 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116 $3 Bar Bites Monday-Friday 4-7pm (Bar Only), .99 for 12” cheese & pepperoni pizza daily from 11pm-1:30am and $2.99 for 12” cheese & pepperoni pizza Monday-Friday 11:30am-4pm in the bar, and .20 wings Sunday-Thursday 11:30am-11pm & Friday-Saturday 11:30am-4pm (Bar Only)

Zumas Tex Max Café;; 7 N Market Building, Boston, MA 02109 $1 Tacos every Tuesday after 5pm-close in the bar

Updated 1/2/13

Free Admission to the Old Sturbridge Village in January 2013 for Kids!


December vacation may be over, but FREE Admission at the Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA is not. For the entire month of January, kids (17 and under, I believe) that are accompanied by a paid adult will receive free entry to the Old Sturbridge Village.

For more information and hours, please visit the Old Sturbridge Village website.

Free Pound of Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee When You Donate a Pint of Blood!


For the entire month of January, donate a pint of blood and get a voucher for a FREE pound of Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee! Start 2013 off right by donating blood, and get a little treat for yourself! Call 1-800-RED CROSS or make an appointment online to give blood this January!

Thanks, Money Saving Maine-aic!


Cheers to 2012 & an even better 2013!



Happy New Year! Thanks for discovering and reading Boston on Budget for the second half of 2012! I started Boston on Budget in the summer of 2012 with the hopes of saving money on wicked fun things to do in Boston & Beyond, and hoping that I could share my finds and interests with other locals and travelers as well.

I think 2012 was a great year for me. I bought my first home in Massachusetts, earned my Masters a week or so ago, and, oh, started Boston on Budget after my dream trip to Italy for a belated honeymoon! I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring!

I will (hopefully) be a little less busy in 2013 since I will no longer have grad work (whew), so I’m hoping to post even more deals and savings to Boston on Budget! I am hoping to add ski deals in addition to updating the Boston college discounts and always cheap eats tab so look for that in January 2013.

I also am thinking of adding more daily deals, like a daily or weekly round-up of the best daily deals. I have been going back-and-forth with that addition for awhile. Daily deals can be a great way to save money, but at the same time, if you don’t redeem your voucher, it isn’t.

Let me know what you would like to see on Boston on Budget in 2013 by contacting me directly or leaving a comment below! Cheers to a wicked awesome 2013!!!



New Printable Coupon for the Christmas Tree Shop + Holiday Clearance Event!!

If you are looking for after Christmas sales (decorations, wrapping paper, boxes, etc.) you may want to print this coupon out. The Christmas Tree Shop released a new printable coupon for $10 off when you spend $40 or more. The coupon expires on Friday, December 28, 2012 and you can’t use it on prior purchases or gift cards, but it doesn’t exclude clearance or sale items on the print.

The Christmas Tree Shops have also marked down a lot of holiday items too so this is a great time to stock up on items you will need for next year, if you have the space & time to do so. If you don’t have a Christmas Tree Shop, don’t worry almost every store will mark down some holiday items, so hopefully you’ll score an awesome deal!

What is your favorite after Christmas sale items to buy?!

LivingSocial 20% Promo Code + $25 Deal Bucks with V.Me Account

Are you a fan of the daily deal site!? If so, you may want to note that for a limited time you can use promo code PARENTS1 to save 20% site-wide!

There is also another deal available on LivingSocial, and I would say it’s one of those use at your own risk type of things, since there are a lot of restrictions and terms to follow. When you pay with your V.Me account at LivingSocial for the first time, you will receive $25 in LivingSocial deal bucks. V.Me is very similar to paypal, and although it is part of the Visa family, you can attach any credit card to your V.Me account. The LivingSocial/V.Me promo is been valid from 12/16/12 to 12/22/12, and people have had luck with it from what I’ve read, but I haven’t tried it personally yet.

The only reason why I’ve been hesitant is because their are a lot of blackouts (not valid on escapes, takeout, delivery, shops) and you receive the credit a few days after you make the purchase. Also, from what I’ve read and researched, it looks like you have 30 days or so to use your $25 deal bucks once it is your account. I personally do not use LivingSocial that much nor see too much intriguing daily deals at the moment. However, if you are going to make a purchase in the next few days anyways, why not give it a try? If I do decide to make a purchase, I will report back and let you know!

Please note that I am an affiliate with LivingSocial, if you have any questions, please read my disclosure policy here.

Try MegaBus For Free in January and February!


Are you traveling in January or February and looking for a great deal!? MegaBus is offering free bus trips starting January 9, 2013 to February 28, 2013 with promo code TRYMEGABUS.

Last time they offered a similar deal, the best dates and times went fast, so make sure you book today and this is limited to the first 200,000 people! I looked a few minutes ago for Boston to NYC for MLK weekend, and their were a lot of buses still available (with a lot of Friday times booking up fast)! Free transportation to NYC… not bad!

Happy Free Traveling!