Regal Cinemas Summer $1 Movie Express 2014 – starts TODAY!

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Regal-Cinemas-Summer-Movie-ExpressThe Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express 2014

The Regal Cinemas are again hosting the Summer Movie Express with $1 movies on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10 am with a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

Each region may have a different starting date, but follow the same weekly schedule so call your theater to confirm.

My Massachusetts Regal Cinemas started TODAY 6/17/14

Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express 2014 Schedule

  • Week 1 – Hotel Transylvania and The Smurfs 2 (6/17 – 6/18)
  • Week 2 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and The Pirates: Band of Misfits (6/24 – 6/25)
  • Week 3 – Arthur Christmas and Despicable Me 2 (7/1 – 7/2)
  • Week 4 – The Lego Movie and Free Birds (7/8 – 7/9)
  • Week 5 – The Adventures of Tintin and Rise of the Guardians (7/15 – 7/16)
  • Week 6 – Kung Fu Panda 2 and Madagascar 3 (7/22 – 7/23)
  • Week 7 – The Croods and Epic (7/29 – 7/30)
  • Week 8 – Turbo and Walking with Dinosaurs (8/5 – 8/6)
  • Week 9 – Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Rio 2 (8/12 – 8/13)

REMEMBER to call ahead and verify, but this is a GREAT DEAL!  Perfect supplement to your Staycation Plans.

Staycation on a Budget 2014: Over 60 Cities!

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Staycation on a Budget

If you want to plan a staycation or frugal vacation somewhere in the US, go no further.  Yesterday we talked about STAYCATION Massachusetts 2014: Frugal Fun in Boston & Beyond and how you need to make sure you UNPLUG, PLAN and be CREATIVE!  Lucky for us over 60+ other bloggers who did the same for their part of the country and here they are.  What a fantastic resource!

Be sure to come back and let me know what great staycation ideas you have for YOUR home state.

A – D

Phoenix-Metro, Arizona ~ Mom Endeavors
Scottsdale, Arizona ~ Saving For Someday
Tucson, Arizona ~ Desert Chica Ramblings
Bentonville, Arkansas ~ This Sweet Life
Fullerton, California ~ More with Less Today
San Diego, California ~ Southern Cali
Denver, Colorado ~ Bargain Blessings
Washington, District of Columbia ~ Kidventurous

F – I

Jacksonville, Florida ~ Saving The Family Money
Orlando, Florida ~ The Educators’ Spin On It
Tallahassee, Florida ~ SwagGrabber
Tampa, Florida ~ Not Consumed
Chicago (and suburbs), Illinois ~ A Savings WOW!
Chicago, Illinois ~ Entertaining Chicago
Fort Wayne, Indiana ~ Simplified Saving
Indianapolis, Indiana ~ Chaos Is Bliss
Des Moines, Iowa ~ Eat, Play, Love Des Moines

K – P

Louisville, Kentucky – The Kennedy Adventures
Northern Kentucky (Boone, Kenton, Campbell Co) ~ Simply Sherryl
Annapolis, Maryland ~ The Happy Housewife
Boston, Massachusetts ~ Maven of Savin
Grand Rapids, Michigan ~ Give Me Neither
Metro Detroit, Michigan ~ Saving Dollars and Sense
Oakland County, Michigan ~ Everyday Savvy
South Haven, Michigan ~ Bargain Briana
Twin Cities, Minnesota ~ Creative Couponing
Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas ~ Kosher on a Budget
Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas ~ Kansas City Mamas
Southern Missouri ~ Getting Freedom
Omaha, Nebraska ~ Family Fun in Omaha
Reno (& Northern), Nevada ~ Premeditated Leftovers
Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York ~ Anns’ Entitled Life
Syracuse, New York ~ I am THAt Lady
Cincinnati, Ohio ~ Adventure mom
Columbus, Ohio ~ Cleverly Simple
Dayton, Ohio ~ Savings Lifestyle
Northeast Ohio ~ Raising Lifelong Learners
Northeast Ohio (Canton, Akron, Cleveland) ~ Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
North Central Oklahoma ~ From this Kitchen Table
Portland, Oregon ~ Frugal Living NW
Erie, Pennsylvania ~ Growing Kids Ministry
Harrisburg/Central, Pennsylvania ~ Family Balance Sheet
Lancaster, Pennsylvania ~ Pandora’s Deals
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ~ The Coupon High
Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) ~ Bucktown Bargains

R – W

Providence, Rhode Island ~ Everyday Family Living
Beaufort, South Carolina ~ Kathys Cluttered Mind
Chattanooga, Tennessee ~ Living Chic on the Cheap
Nashville, Tennessee ~ The Hands-On Homeschooler
Arlington, Texas ~ Baby Boomer Rants
Bryan/College Station, Texas ~ How to Homeschool My Child
Dallas, Texas ~ Surviving The Stores
Fort Worth, Texas ~ Coupons and Freebies Mom
Houston, Texas ~ Melissa’s Bargains
Katy, Texas ~ Moms Confession
Rio Grande Valley (McAllen), Texas ~ iLoveMy5Kids
Salt Lake City, Utah ~ Teach Beside Me
Charlottesville, Virginia ~ How to Have it All
Richmond, Virginia ~ Vacation Maybe
Williamsburg, Virginia ~ The Talking Suitcase
Seattle, Washington ~ Thrifty NW Mom
Spokane, Washington – Susan’s Homeschool Blog
Oshkosh, Wisconsin ~ A Little Bit of This and That

What are your favorite STAYCATION ideas?

Staycation Massachusetts 2014: Frugal Fun Boston & Beyond

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Staycation Massachusetts 2014: Boston & Beyond

Go HERE for Staycation ideas in other states!

Memorial Day approaches, HIGH gas prices remain and we are all looking for frugal summer fun.  More and more people will again be sticking close to home for STAYCATIONS, but this does not mean you need to settle for anything less than a spectacular.

When is the last time you just took a look around you?  Do you know how many people TRAVEL near where YOU LIVE for vacation each year?  There are so many resources and fun things to do that we overlook daily.

Staycation – UNPLUG, RELAX, it is a REAL VACATION

A staycation does not need to be a “what we did because we could not afford to go away”.  It can be an adventure and you should plan it with as much excitement and vigor as you do a vacation.  Whether you are taking a full week off or using your days as a series of long weekends, it is important that you “pretend” you are actually away and on vacation.

  • UNPLUG – though this is tough with today’s technology, if you were on a cruise in the Bahamas, would you be checking email and texting all day?  I say NO, so do not when on your staycation.  The purpose of a vacation is to regroup, re-energize and spend quality time with the ones you love.
  • PLAN ACTIVITIES – Once you pick your staycation dates, plan the week with activities as you would a real vacation.  Even if you choose to have a down day and just relax, do not fill it with chores – you are on vacation.  READ a BOOK.
  • BE CREATIVE – Think outside the box.  Camping in the backyard could be just as fun as going away.  Vacation is a mind-set and if you set your mind into having a fun, fulfilling week, you will.  Take pictures just as you would on a traditional vacation.  Eat ice cream, sleep in, stay up late and any other things you typically do on vacation.

Year of the Staycation 2014: Exploring Boston and Massachusetts

If you are looking for other cities in the US check out Staycation on a Budget 2104 – over 60 cities included.

I am lucky enough to live in Massachusetts where over 12 million tourist pay lots of money each year to visit.  So why is it that we feel we have to travel for vacation?  There is so much to do in this state in addition to all of the obvious Boston and historical attractions.  It is really easy to forget what is around you when you live here.  As you begin to plan, be sure to check out BostonCentral as well as some great daily deals on local attractions through Groupon, Eversave, LivingSocial, PlumDistrict and Amazon Local so keep an eye out for those as well.

Below are some fun activities and resources in Boston and Massachusetts to help you plan a wonderful staycation:

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DIY Monogram Burlap Plate – Simple Mother’s Day or Wedding Craft

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DIY Monogram Burlap Plate

A simple (this word is key) spring or Mother’s Day craft, this DIY monogram plate is perfect when you are looking for a budget savvy project that does not look budget.  Burlap is IN right now and these would be super cute for a wedding, house warming gifts and more.  This one is monogrammed, but you could use your imagination.

This is a great project for the craftily challenged person (is that a word?)!  Challenged is an understatement… I TOTALLY SUCK at crafts (excuse the language, but there really is no other appropriate word).

Before I even headed to the craft store for supplies I needed to find out what the heck a “charger plate” was.  I honestly was thinking “do we plug this thing in… does it light up??”  AND in my defense the people at the craft store had no idea what I was talking about either.  Finally I said ” those big plates people put under candles” and we walked to them and I said AHA… look at the sign – which all said Charger plates – LOL!


Charger plates or service plates are larger decorative plates used to dress up dinner tables at parties, weddings, and other special events.  ~ thanks Wikipedia

Michael’s and AC Moore did not have any burlap ones, so I picked up a black and silver because I had an AHA moment in the craft store – ME, the totally non-crafty one had an idea which I will be back with.

Since I really wanted the burlap, I was told that Hobby Lobby had them.  Now I had never been to a Hobby Lobby and had no idea there were any near me.  It was a 30 minute drive, but OH MY GOODNESS!!!  LOVE THAT STORE… and there was a 40% off coupon!

So here are the EASY PEASY instructions… though you will need to use a glue gun.  I know that can be a challenge, so be careful and do not burn yourself.  Even better, you can probably get away under $5 depending on what letters you choose.

Supplies needed:

Burlap charger plate (Hobby Lobby)
Wood letter of your choice
Paint (spray or roll on)
Hot glue, glue gun

All of these items can be found at your local craft store.


1.  Begin by removing all stickers from your wood letter.

2.  Apply two coats of paint (color and finish is up to you) allowing each coat to dry thoroughly.  I lucked in out finding black letters and another plaster letter in a bronzish color so I did not have to paint.  Which believe me is a good thing – LOL!  BUT you can use any color to match your decor.

3.  Once the letter is completely dry, apply a generous amount of glue to the back of your letter.  Keep the glue close to the center of the letter as you don’t want it to seep over the sides.

4. Press the letter to the center of the plate, holding it in place until it is secure.  I even placed a heavy book on it to be sure.  If you are OCD like me you might want to use a pencil and a tape measure BEFORE you glue to locate the exact center of the plate.

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Your monogram plate is now ready to be displayed. Of course you could choose to decorate it more and go nuts with the glue gun, but it looks fabulously simply as it is.  As you can see, the style of your letter can change the entire look of it.

Now you can prop it on a plate stand, use a wire holder, or prop it on a shelf as is.

What are your favorite SIMPLE crafts?


Baskin Robbins 3 Day Scoop Fest

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Swing into your local Baskin-Robbins for a 3 day Scoop Fest April 22 – 24th!  Get $1, $2, $3 scoops on all your favorite flavors!

Ice cream lovers are invited to visit a Baskin-Robbins shop during these three days to enjoy amazing scoop deals.

Baskin-Robbins invites guests to also help them kick off the summer movie season as well and try the new April Flavor of the Month, The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ ice cream.

Family Funway (Foxboro) tickets 50% off!

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Family Funway Tickets

LOCAL folks will want to grab this LivingSocial Deal for $18 ($37 value) for two 3-way junior/adult bracelets good for (3 attractions) at Family Funway in Foxboro, MA.

PLUS you can use code EXTRA10 to save an additional $2 making it only $16!

It is currently open weekends, and after June 17, open every day, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Conveniently located one mile north of Gillette Stadium.

Take a spin on the Bumper Boats (beginning in late May) or Go-Karts; test your luck on the Mini-Golf Course; or, bounce sky-high in the Moon Walk, Bungee Run Inflatable, or on the Bungee Trampolines.

Get your Family Funway Tickets NOW

“Growing Up Fisher” – premieres TONIGHT on NBC

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Growing Up Fisher on NBC

Now that the Olympics are concluding, a lot of the networks will be premiering new shows for the second half of the season.

Get ready for NBC’s premiere of a new hit comedy “Growing Up Fisher every Tuesday. The series begins tonight – Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 10:38 p.m. ET/PT following the Olympics closing ceremonies, and it’s guaranteed to be a new family favorite!  I have seen the commercials and it is on my WATCH LIST for sure.

This new television series is comedic, semi-real, and might resemble an autobiography about your own family. The story follows eleven-year-old, Henry Fisher (Eli Baker), and his atypical family, his parents’ divorce, and the arrival of his blind father’s guide dog, Elvis (Peyton). If a dog named after a musical legend isn’t enough to get you hooked, we have more about “Growing Up Fisher” HERE.

I have always liked JK Simmons from Law & Order back in the day and more recently as Chief Pope on The Closer and I look forward to his comedic portrayal of a blind dad.  The ex-wife is none other than Jenna Elfman – hello Darma & Greg from way back and recently 1600 Penn.  My guess is the son and the dog will do a lot of scene stealing.

Are you going to watch?


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Hope you all have a joyous day with your family and friends.  RELAX and take in the season’s pleasures.

Santa’s LIVE Reindeer Cam

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I almost forgot to tell you about Santa’s LIVE Reindeer Cam.  You can catch a glimpse Santa feeding them at 11am, 6pm and 9pm EST each day.

ENJOY and I hope you get a chance to see Santa!  I just did.

Check out Santa’s LIVE Reindeer CAM

FREE Boston Duck Tours

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FREE Boston Duck Tours

Looking for something to do tomorrow?

Thanks to Santander we can all ride the Boston Duck Tours for FREE on October 18th ONLY.  So if you missed this as part of your Boston Staycation, now is the time.

The entire Boston Duck Tour fleet has been reserved on this day in order to give free Duck Tours all day! Reservations for October 18th cannot be made in advance. Tickets may only be obtained the morning of Friday, October 18th in person at any Boston Duck Tour ticket booth location – the Museum of Science, Prudential Center or New England Aquarium.

They open at 8:30 and run every 1/2 hour until just before sunset. Space is limited, and tickets are available on a first-come, first serve basis. Maximum of 6 tickets per person.

If you have never done this it is super fun.  Even if you have grown up here all your life, you will learn something new.  Learn more HERE.

thanks BostonOnABudget