Half Price Tickets from Me (and Goldstar) to You

Do you hear it? That faint jingling? Aw yeah. It’s the holidays. Time for mittens and peppermint mochas and MY BIRTHDAY and watching people fall while skating on Frog Pond. WHO’S EXCITED?

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Along with presents and baked goods and family time, something I always look forward to is holiday theater. Anything even vaguely Christmassy on stage gives me all the warm fuzzies. But it can be tough to fit in ticket prices with the gifting budget.

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That’s where Goldstar comes in. I’ve talked about Goldstar, the discounted ticket people, before, and I love their service. Which is why I was super excited when they contacted me to be an official Goldstar Affiliate. What’s that, you say? It means I have my very own Goldstar Wicked Cheap Tix portal on this very blog. (It lives permanently under the Guides To Boston menu at the top right.) Official Disclaimer: It also means that I get a little monetary snuggle when a new member signs up and buys tickets via my links. Which I will then most likely give right back to Goldstar to get tickets for myself. It’s the ciiiiircle of liiiiiife.

So what kind of tickets can you get? How about the Boston Pops Holiday Concert, Handel’s Messiah performed by Boston Baroque, Urban Nutcracker or even Craftboston Holiday. More performances and events will be added throughout the season.

Of course there’s non-holiday-related events like Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy, Back Bay Chocolate Tour, or Blue Man Group.

Want to check for tickets on the go? Traveling to another city and want to find tickets there? Goldstar has an app for that, of course.

Save some money, sing some carols, and have a cozy fun season!

GrubHub Free Delivery and a Giveaway

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It’s a weekday night. You come home from work, tired and hangry. You open the fridge and the tears well up. You wonder why you didn’t study something useful in college that would have led to a lucrative career and a private chef. You wonder why you didn’t marry that person before their start up took off and they became a millionaire. You wonder what that fuzzy stuff in the tupperware on the bottom shelf could be.

Pull yourself together, and click over to GrubHub.com.

“BUT MOLLY,” you cry, “ordering in isn’t cheap! There’s delivery fees! What do I look like, a successful entrepreneur who’s invention was funded on Shark Tank and now I have a swanky luxury condo and hang out with Tom and Giselle every night?”

I got you, boo. Actually – GrubHub’s got you.

Delivery is now FREE from more than 70 restaurants in the Boston area.

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And to sweeten the deal, I have a $50 gift code to give to one of you lucky Cheapos (can Wicked Cheap readers have an official title? Can it be Cheapos? Thanks)

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A random winner will be chosen next Friday!

Introducing Society of Grownups

I need to put this out there first: this sounds like a sponsored post. It’s not. In any way. I wasn’t asked, compensated, or even hugged for writing it. I just really, really love this concept. Carrying on…

If you’re a T-rider you’ve probably seen the stylish black and white advertisements – “You’re a grownup, don’t panic” – with concerned looking adults.  You may have thought the signs were for a new clothing company (I know I’m not the only one here), or even thought “my birth certificate may indicate I’m an adult, but YOU DON’T KNOW ME and I DON’T NEED YOU.” Take a breath, champ. This place might turn your life around.

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I stopped by the Society of Grownups shortly after they opened in October to see what was up. I was pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful space with friendly people and an intriguing concept that I hope catches on and goes national. This location (conveniently located in Brookline directly on the C line) is the first of it’s kind. I speak for all of us millennials when I say: we need this.

Society of Grownups offers classes, supper clubs, informal chats, special events and one-on-one counseling with financial advisors.  Your stomach dropped at that “f” word, didn’t it? Society of Grownups is based on the premise that having solid finances (or at least a plan for solidifying your maybe-kind-of-goopy-right-now finances) enables you to achieve your goals whatever they may be.  Planning to have a family? Want to save without giving up your lattes? Just want help finding that elusive work/life balance? Attending an event at the Society can get you on the right track for all of that.

Since I have a blog about cheap stuff you may think I have this whole “finances” thing covered but I can assure you of one thing: I have little to no idea what I’m doing. I’m great at not spending money mostly because that’s how I was raised.  But everything else kind of flies over my head. I have a 401k because I was automatically enrolled in one at my last job. “Investing” isn’t in my vocabulary.  Adam has been doing my taxes since we’ve been together. Not much of a grownup over here.

I think I’m like many of people my age in that if given the chance to sit down with a financial planner, I probably wouldn’t do it.  I would be intimidated, probably embarassed. That’s why I was so pleasantly surprised by Society of Grownups. There’s zero pretension, the class topics are all relevant and down-to-earth, and the people there just want to help.

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One of the class offerings immediately caught my eye.  I attended the Loans & Groans Student Loan Workshop a few weeks ago with about 10 other 20-somethings. I’ve racked up some student debt over my time at Simmons College and then going back to school for massage (none of which I regret). Over the 90 minute workshop I learned quite a few things.  Among them: I’m not alone and it’s gonna be ok. What I liked most about this workshop was that the teacher, a Certified Financial Planner, was right there in the trenches with us and shared how much student debt she has herself.  There’s no judgment here, seriously. I went home with clarity, action items, and a pretty dang good feeling that I took this itty bitty step for myself.

Bottom line: the classes aren’t free, but are definitely worth it. Chats are $10, classes are $30, and suppers are $40.  Your first 20 minute “check up” with a financial advisor is free and $20 after that.  A more in depth 90 minute appointment is $100.

Be sure to check out the full calendar of upcoming events or just stop by to chat.