Wicked Cheap Tip: Use your Charlie Card to Grab Local Discounts

Did you know that little plastic card stored safely in your wallet can also grab you some great local discounts in and around Boston?! From museums, entertainment, restaurants, the spa, the gym, retail locations, and much more, your Charlie Card can be saving you some cash. You can find all the Charlie Card discounts and savings here.

Some of my favorite discounts for 2012 are:

  • $2 off one adult admission at Franklin Park Zoo
  • $2 off one adult admission to the New England Aquarium (excludes IMAX and Whale Watching)
  • $2 off any regular adult admission at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum
  • $1 off at the Old South Meeting House and 10% off at the museum shop
  • Buy 1 adult admission, get 1 Free at the Old State House Museum and Boston Massacre Historic Site
  • 2-for-1 admission at the MIT Museum
  • 2-for-1 admission Sunday through Thursday and $5 off tickets on Friday and Saturday at Dick’s Beantown Comedy Vault
  • $199 off enrollment free and 1/3 off day passes at Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs
  • $25 off first individual sport enrollment at Boston Ski & Sports Club
  • Complimentary 3-day all access gym pass (new members only) at Fitcorp Fitness Center
  • Recieve $50 credit for new members at Zipcar with promo code MBTA12
  • Buy 1 Gourmet Pizza Slice & Get 1 Cheese Slice Free at Crazy Dough’s Pizza
  • Complimentary starter, soup, or salad with an adult entree purchase at the Elephant Walk
  • Free cup of chowder or dessert with a purchase of any entree at Dick’s Last Resort
  • Show your Charlie Card and get a free PRUferred Card with savings of more than 40 stores and restaurants at the Prudential Center

As you can see there are so many wicked awesome discounts by just showing your Charlie Card! There are also so, so many more in addition to what I mentioned.

If you don’t have a Charlie Card yet, what are you waiting for? You can grab one free at all MBTA ticket counters at Back Bay Station, Downtown Crossing, Harvard, North Station, and South Station, all rapid transit stations, select bus terminals, and even retail locations.

I will let you know when the 2013 discounts are in too, so check back soon 🙂

Free Coffee from Xtra Mart, Bruegger’s Bagels & Cumberland Farms!

Xtra Mart Convenience Stores is giving away free coffee TODAY, November 12, 2012 & Monday, November 26, 2012 by showing a printable facebook coupon. (Xtra Mart also offers Free Coffee the first of every month too!)

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, Bruegger’s Bagels is hosting a Free Coffee Day until 2pm! No coupon is needed, but guests are encouraged to donate a little something to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

And lastly, Cumberland Farms is giving away free Coffee every Friday for the month of November! But if you follow us on Twitter, you would already know that 🙂

Oh boy, it is going to be a highly caffeinated (and hopefully productive) week!


Weekend Happenings for November 10-11, 2012

I am going to apologize in advance: this is going to be a lousy and different from other Weekend Happening Posts. I’ve been super busy renovating my new house, which is getting entirely overwhelming, especially since we just found out our new furnace was delivered defective! Luckily, it appears to be a nice and warm fall weekend ahead! Hope you all can get out and enjoy the weekend for me!

Anyway, this weekend is Veterans Day and there are a lot of freebies and great events happening for our Veterans in Boston and Nationwide. There are also other great Veteran’s Day events happening in Boston like the Veterans Day Celebration at the State House on Sunday, November 11, 2012 starting at 10 a.m. open to the public.

If you are not a Veteran and are looking for some cheap fun, I highly recommend enjoying free entrance day at all National Parks from Saturday, November 10, 2012 to Monday, November 12, 2012 where admission is free to every 398 national park! So great especially since it is going to be in the sixties this weekend!

If you are looking for more fun this weekend in the Boston area, check out Boston Central’s list here for some ideas.



Veterans Day Discounts & Freebies for 2012

Thank you to all our Veterans and current military personnel for what you have done, continue to do, and will do in the future to keep our country safe and beautiful. Below is a little list of a few restaurants and companies that want to say thank you for offering free services and discounts to our military on and around November 11th, 2012 for Veteran’s Day.

Please make sure to call if you have any questions before heading out to a promotion, and note that some deals may have some restrictions or limits. Also, please make sure you also bring military identification with you.

Both National chains and local Boston companies are included in this list, which is organized by date so take advantage of multiple offers all weekend long!

Multiple Days:

Outback Steakhouse: Veterans and Active Military personnel can receive a free bloomin’ onion and coca-cola on November 11 & 12, 2012 and receive 10% discount from November 13, 2012 to December 31, 2012.

California Pizza Kitchen: Free Pizza and non-alcoholic beverage on Sunday, November 11, 2012 & Monday, November 12, 2012 for all active military and veterans.

Uno Chicago Grill: Buy 1 entrée, get 1 free offer for all active duty military and veterans on Sunday, November 11, 2012 & Monday, November 12, 2012.

Boston Duck Tours: Free Boston Duck Tour the week of Veterans Day for any veteran or active duty member of the armed forces.

The Hall at Patriots Place: Veterans and active military can receive free admission to the Hall at Patriots Place from November 10-12, 2012.

Sunday, November 11, 2012:

Free Lodging: Over 400 Inns & B&B’s are offering free lodging to active and retired military members on Sunday night. Many complimentary lodging options are full, but many are still available for reservations, but call soon.

Museum of Science Boston: Free Museum Entry for all veterans, active duty members and up to 3 guests. Advanced registration is highly recommended for Sunday.

Boston’s Best Cruises: Free Cruise around Boston Harbor for veterans and active military members and $5 for guests and children on Sunday.

Einstein Bros Bagels: Free Classic or Signature Bagel for Veterans and active duty members on Sunday, November 11, 2012.

Fire & Ice: Free meal for men and women of the armed forces, past and present on Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 11:30am-11pm.

Chili’s: Veterans and active duty members can select from a select complimentary menu on Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 11-5pm. Drinks and gratuity are not included.

McCormick & Schmick’s: Veterans can choose a free meal from three different meal options for lunch or dinner on Sunday. Reservations are recommended through their website as they fill up fast!

Applebees: Special complimentary menu for Veterans and active duty members of the armed forces on Sunday, November 11, 2012

Olive Garden: Veterans and active duty members can choose from 6 different free meal options on Sunday, November 11, 2012.

Bar Louie: Active Military Members and Veterans can grab a free meal (up to $10 value) for free on Sunday, November 11, 2012.

Long Horn Steakhouse: Free Texan Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage for all active duty members and veterans on Sunday, November 11, 2012

7 Eleven: Free Slurpee on Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for all current and past military personnel.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Denny’s: All past and present military personnel can receive free all-you-can-eat pancakes from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, November 12, 2012.

Friendly’s: Free Big Two Do breakfast and coffee to all veterans and active duty members on Monday, November 12, 2012 during breakfast hours.

Texas Roadhouse: All active military and veterans can choose from 10 complimentary entrees on Monday, November 12, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

T.G.I. Friday’s: Free lunch on Monday, November 12, 2012 for all active military in uniform (if permitted or proof of service) and veterans.

Red Robin: Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless steak fries for veterans and active military personnel on Monday, November 12, 2012

Also, everyone can celebrate Veteran’s Day this weekend for free at 398 different state parks.

Note: Durgin Park in Boston have offered free meals for vets and active military in the past, so I’m assuming it’s happening this year  again on Monday, November 12, 2012 evening, but I can’t say for sure. I also noticed that Vin & Eddies in Abington, MA advertised free meals for Veterans on Veteran’s day via billboard but I couldn’t find anything online to confirm.

If anyone knows any other local or national chains serving in the area, please let us know in the comments!


Boston Market: Buy 1 Market Bowl, Get 1 Free on 11/7/12 Only!

Boston Market had their own election yesterday. What market mowl is better: Turkey or Chicken? The votes are in, and America agreed with me! Chicken!

In honor of their market bowl election, Boston Market is offering a free market bowl with a market bowl and drink purchase. You do need to bring the printable coupon here on November 7, 2012 only to take advantage of this promotion.

Don’t worry, this offer is good for any market bowl, so turkey lovers can rejoice too. What Market Bowl is your favorite?

Election Day Freebies & Discounts in Boston & Beyond!

The votes are being collected and the commercials are almost over, so now it’s time to celebrate! There are a lot of election day freebies and deals happening around the country, and I couldn’t help but round up my favorites. All are today only!

Cafeteria Party: Celebrate at Cafeteria Boston on Newbury Street with sponsored SVEDKA Cocktails & light apps from 6-8pm. 21+.

Kings Boston: Starting at 8pm tonight stop by Kings in the Back Bay for half-price apps in the lounge while watching the live results. They are also giving a prize for the most patriotic so proudly show your red, white, & blue tonight!

Upper Crust Pizzeria: Show your “I voted” sticker to grab a slice free with a purchase of a slice all day long.

MFA Boston: Cast your vote to grab a ticket free with a purchase of one admission. (Facebook offer: Must claim and print coupon).

Faneuil Hall: Stop by Faneuil Hall after 7pm for CNN’s Election Night in America with an outside broadcast of the election.

China BlossomStop by China Blossom in Andover and show your “I voted” sticker to grab a free spring or egg roll!

Finagle a Bagel: Head to Finagle a Bagel today after 3pm for a free cookie with any purchase.

Ben & Jerry’s: Stop by the Newbury Store or Harvard Square store before 1pm today to grab a free Americone Dream.

And don’t forget that you can enjoy cheap or free transportation tonight from Uber, zipcar, & Hailo. More details here.

Happy Election Day Everyone!


No Car? No Problem! Three Ways to Polls in Boston on a Budget

You are probably well aware that tomorrow is Election Day all across the country. However, if you thinking about ditching the polls due to lack of transportation, you no longer have any legit excuses! Here are three ways to get to polls in Boston that does not require a car or a lot of money:

Zipcar: Grab 50% off your Election Day car reservation with Zipcar’s Zip to the Polls Event available from 5am to 9pm.

Hailo Taxi: Download the Hailo Taxi App on your smartphone, and use promo code VOTEHAILO on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to get $20.12 off your cab ride.

Uber: Download the Uber App on your smartphone and use promo code VOTEUBER to grab $20.12 off a black car service. (If you have used Uber in the past, I don’t believe you are eligible for this promo).

If you would like to know more about the Hailo and Uber deals, Steve Annear wrote a great article at Bostoninno here that you should check out.

Happy (Almost) Election Day! Who else is glad the political campaign and commercials are almost over with….

Free Aerosmith Concert on Monday, November 5th, 2012 at Noon!

Radio Station WAAF is joining forces with Aerosmith to bring a live concert to the streets of Boston for Free. The event is part of a pre-election party to rock the vote and to promote their latest album, “Music from another Dimension”.

Aerosmith will be playing starting at noon outside their old apartment building in Allston where they first got their start: 1325 Commonwealth Ave. Keep in mind their will be street closings on Monday because of this event, so plan early for your Monday commute.

If you would like to find out more information about this free concert, please visit here.