Money Making Monday: Make Money Through Mall Shopping


*Money Making Money is a Boston on Budget ongoing series during the holiday season to give simple ways to make money online and more. None of the suggestions will make you rich but hopefully cover a holiday gift or two. All suggestions are personally used and recommended by me.

If you are heading to the mall or a shopping plaza with a smartphone, there are a few fun and easy ways to earn a little side money with apps!

Shopkick is an app that has been around for a few years, and is perfect for a frequent mall shopper! Simply check in to various stores, browse items, and more to earn points for rewards. You don’t need to spend money to use Shopkick, as you can earn points for just walking into a store!Shopkick usually does fun and extra promotions for Black Friday too, so make sure to checkout Shopkick on Friday, especially if you are out and about!

Another great app to earn a little extra money is Ibotta. Ibotta allows users to upload receipts of items purchased from participating stores like Target, Home Deport, Chili’s, and hundreds more. You can take polls, engage with Facebook, and more to save even more on items you use often. If you buy a participating item simply upload your receipt to get a rebate in your account. Some stores don’t require a receipt upload, as Ibotta technology is constantly advancing. You can link your PayPal to Ibotta to get paid as well. For more information or to sign-up for an account, please head here.

Okay–now what is your favorite app to make some extra money while you are out shopping for holiday gifts!?!

Previous Money Making Monday Posts

Week 3: Making Money Through Online Shopping {Ebates & Shop At Home}
Week 2: Making Money Through Freelance Gigs {Elance & Fiverr}
Week 1: Making Money Through Search Engines {Bing & Swagbucks}

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Boston Common Frog Pond Half-Price Ice Skating for College Students!


Boston Common Frog Pond is open for the season! What could be better than ice skating on frog pond this winter? How about discounted ice skating for college students? Every Tuesday night from 6-9pm (weather permitting) college students can ice skate for just $2 at Frog Pond with a valid college ID!


Cheap Weekend Fun for November 23-24, 2013 in Boston

Cheap Weekend Fun

Here’s a few fun and inexpensive things to do this weekend in the Greater Boston Area before the craziness of the holidays are upon us! I will diligently be painting my house (exciting I know), but hopefully you can have some fun for me:

Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Festival: Saturday, November 23, 2013. The tree lighting ceremony will live air at 7:30pm on Saturday but catch the excitement in person with special performances by Tanglewood Festival Chorus conducted by Keith Lockhart as well as performances by Paula Cole and The Sugarbabies Band. The lighting will include more than 30,000 lights and strobes on the 80-foot tree and 350,000 lights as part of Blink! which kicks off that evening too. Free.

JFK National Historic Site National Day of Mourning: November 23-24, 2013 at the JFK Historic Site in Brookline. The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site is recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 Day of Mourning. The Historic site will be open on Saturday and Sunday for free admission. Free ranger tours will be available on Saturday and self-guided tours are available on Sunday. A brief memorial will be held on Sunday, 11/24 at 2pm. Free.

Apotheker’s Chocolate Tasting: Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 12-4pm at Olives & Grace. Stop by Olives & Grace on Saturday for free chocolate samples of a new chocolate company! Free.

Enchanted Village: November 16, 2013-January 5, 2013 at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon. The Enchanted Village is up and running for the season and Santa is sticking around the Village starting on Saturday. Free.

MIT Museum: Sunday, November 24, 2013. The MIT Museum is free the last Sunday of every month during the academic year.

ICA: Saturday, November 23, 2013. The ICA is free for families the last Saturday of every month, except December, so stop by and enjoy contemporary art! ahead of myself— still one Saturday left in November! Sorry about that.

Hope you have a great weekend. And as always, leave a comment if I missed any fun and cheap weekend fun in Boston or beyond happening this weekend!

Cheap Weekend Fun for November 16-17, 2013

Cheap Weekend Fun

This Saturday is my Mom’s birthday, Happy Birthday Mom! If you aren’t celebrating a birthday and are looking for some fun things to do, here are some fun and inexpensive ideas!

Fenway Open Studios: November 16-17, 2013 from 11am-5pm. Check out local art on display during open studios at Fenway Studios! Free.

Grand Opening at Dirty Water Pizza Co: Satuday, November 16, 2013 from 12-6pm and Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 12-7pm at 222 Newbury Street. Free slices all day for their grand opening!! Yum!

Free Indoor Cross-Fit: Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 12-1pm in the Back Bay. Get a great workout in for free with City Sports and Reebok CrossFit Back Bay! Free, but RSVP required.

Boston Comedy Stand-Up Festival: November 8-16, 2013 at Davis Square Theatre. Last chance to catch the Boston Comedy Stand-Up Festival and laugh the night away! Ticket prices vary from $12-$25, but you can find discount tickets through Goldstar for $6 (plus service fee) for select days.

Boston Food Swap: Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 2-5pm at 40 Berkeley Street. Swap your favorite homemade items at this monthly food swap. Free.

Ski & Snowboard Expo: November 14-17, 2013 at the Seaport World Trade Center. Check out this annual Ski & Snowboard expo with vendors, demos, and more! Adult admission is $12, but print an online coupon beforehand.

Enchanted Village Begins: November 16, 2013-January 5, 2013 at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon: The Enchanted Village kicks off this Saturday through the holiday season. Free. *Note: Santa will be at the Enchanted Village starting on 11/23/13.

Please let me know in the comments below if I missed any great budget-friendly events for this weekend! Hope you have a great weekend, and don’t spend too much 🙂

Cheap Weekend Fun for November 9-11, 2013 in Greater Boston!

Cheap Weekend Fun

Hopefully you will have a 3-day weekend ahead of you! Here’s a few ideas of fun and inexpensive events and activities to do this extra long Veteran’s day weekend in and around Boston! If you are (or know someone who is) a veteran or active military personnel, please visit the blog on Friday for a post sharing the best free things for Veterans!

Oysterfest at Lansdowne Pub: Sunday, November 10, 2013 from 12-4pm at the Lansdowne Pub. Enjoy this annual Oysterfest with $1 Oysters, A Cappella music, and more!

Allston 27th Annual Open Studios: November 9-10, 2013 from 12-6pm. Stop by local artists studios in Allston as they open their doors for free to check out their work of art!

Community Chamber Concert: November 10, 2013 at 3pm at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury. Enjoy a free BSO concert on Sunday afternoon at Hibernian Hall. Must RSVP.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Strand Theatre: Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 2pm at Strand Theatre in Dorchester. Enjoy a free community concert featuring Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

27th Annual Boston Christmas Festival: November 8-10, 2013 at the Seaport World Trade Center. Check out this annual Christmas crafts festival and get some great holiday ideas and gifts! Tickets for Adults 15 and over are $12, but save $2 with this printable coupon.

Boston Comedy Stand-Up Festival: November 8-16, 2013 at Davis Square Theatre. 96 up and coming comedians will be performing throughout the week in Somerville starting on Friday night. Ticket prices vary from $12-$25, but you can find discount tickets through Goldstar for $6 (plus service fee) and $6 discount tickets through Groupon (affiliate links).

15th Annual WCRB Classical Cartoon Festival: November 9, 2013 at 10am at Symphony Hall. Kids of all ages can watch their favorite WB cartoons set to classical music along with live performances and more! Tickets are $15, but discount tickets are available through Goldstar Boston for $8.75 (aff. link) + service fee.

And to find more information about Veterans day parades, please head here. Hope you have a great weekend!

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Greater Boston for November 2-3, 2013!

Cheap Weekend Fun

If you are looking for inexpensive fun this coming weekend, here are a few ideas, including the added Red Sox Celebration this Saturday!

2013 World Series Champions Parade: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 10am. Show your love and support for the 2013 World Series Champions as they hit the duck boats… again!

South Boston Open Studios: November 2-3, 2013 at The Distillery from 12-6pm. Enjoy local art from local artists as they open up their doors in South Boston. Free.

Roslindale Open Studios: November 2-3, 2013 from 11am-5pm. Local artists from Roslindale are opening their studio doors to share their art with the community. Free.

Taza Chocolates Dia De Los Muertos: Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 1-6pm at the Taza Chocolate Factory Store. Enjoy free hot chocolate and treats, music, face painting, and more. Free.

Bank of America’s Museum on Us Weekend: Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3, 2013. 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: Saturday, November 2, 2013. Pay and feel like a kid the first Saturday of every month at Franklin Park Zoo between 10 a.m. & noon for just $11. Head to Stoneham, MA to the Stone Zoo between 10am-12pm and pay $10 for admission

New England Home Show: November 1-3, 2013 at the Seaport World Trade Center. Check out the New England Home Show, enjoy demos, and get inspiration for your home. Tickets are $7 but use promo code #123 online to get one ticket free when you buy one.


Cheap Weekend Fun in Greater Boston for October 26-27, 2013!

Cheap Weekend Fun

Happy last weekend of October! I decided to list the not-so-festive events first to the weekend fun post. Did you notice my very overwhelming 31 Halloween Events post yet? I took a few of my favorite Halloween events happening this weekend and added it to this list since there are so many holiday happenings this weekend!

Non-Halloween Weekend Fun

Boston Vegetarian Food Festival: October 26-27, 2013 at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center. Learn, explore and taste vegetarian food options and more! Free and free parking.

Boston Food Swap: Sunday October 27, 2013 from 2-5pm at 40 Berkeley Street. Bring some food to swap and pick up some yummy food too! Free.

MIT Museum: Sunday, October 27, 2013. The MIT Museum is free the last Sunday of every month during the academic year.

ICA: Saturday, October 26, 2013. The ICA is free for families the last Saturday of every month, except December, so stop by and enjoy contemporary art!

Festive (Halloween) Fun

Pru Boo: October 27, 2013 from 11-3pm at the Prudential Center. Wear your cutest costume and trick or treat for charity. Face painting, kid concert, pumpkin decorating and more as well. $4 donation to The Home for Little Wanderers.

New England Aquarium Free Admission for Costumed Kids: October 26-27, 2013 at the New England Aquarium. Kids in costume get in free this weekend with a paid adult ticket!

Halloween Party at Castle Island: October 26-27, 2013 from 12-4pm at Fort Independence. There will be a lot of fun on Castle Island with a haunted castle, storytellers, magicians, refreshments, and more! Free, but children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Mayor Menino’s Fall Pumpkin Festival: Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 4:30-6:30pm at Boston Common Frog Pond. This free family-friendly event will include a Halloween parade, puppet show, magic show, and more. Can donations for CANshare and a small (8-inch or smaller) carved pumpkin are encouraged.

SoWa Dia De Los Muertos: Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 10am-4pm at 460 Harrison Ave in the South End. Celebrate Halloween and the last open market outside for the season!

Faneuil Hall Pet Parade: Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 12-3pm at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Watch, enjoy, and possibly dress up your pet for this annual pet parade! Pumpkin Carving and other festive activities will also take place.

Also, if you have little ones, there’s a giveaway happening for a family pass to Josh and the Jamtones this Saturday in Wellesley! You can enter here.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Win Free Tickets to Josh and the Jamtones for This Saturday, 10/26/13!

Josh and the Jamtones Ticket Giveaway

Do your kids love Josh and the Jamtones?! Well this Saturday they are hosting a Halloween Costume Party and Dance-A-Thon and you can enter to win a free family pass to the show! Very exciting! The tickets are for Saturday, October 26th at 2pm in Wellesley, Massachusetts. You can learn more about the concert or buy tickets here.

Simply leave a comment below to enter to win a family pass to bring your whole family! This will be a quick 24 hour giveaway ending on 10/24/13 at 2:00PM EST and the winner will be announced and contacted by the end of the day tomorrow!

Good Luck and Have Fun! 🙂