Semi-Boston-centric Money-Saving Tips

Tip #1: More Ice Cream For Less $

I get ice cream several times a month at local chain JP Licks. This week I accidentally discovered how to get a lot more ice cream for less: order a Chipwich, which is a serving of ice cream between two chocolate chip (or other type) cookies.

While exact quantity probably depends on the server, I discovered:

– The single Chipwich is prepared when you order, so you may request any ice cream flavor (not just vanilla).

– The amount of ice cream is at least equal to their “small scoop” which in a cup or cone costs $3.99, and is much more than their “kiddie scoop” costing $3.09

– A Chipwich = a “small scoop” + 2 three-inch-diameter cookies, all for $3.29!

Bonus JP Licks tip: Join their Cow Card loyalty program and get points for every purchase (either by swiping the keytag or using the iPhone or Android app code). 50 points gets you a $5 credit for free food!

Tip #2: Get Free Tickets To Shows

FILLASEAT is a members-only organization which makes available free tickets to performances in the geographic area served by a specific chapter (in one of 21 US cities). They do this by working with venues who don’t want to look like some of their shows aren’t selling out (and who hope if you come to one you will later buy tickets for some other show they present).

FILLASEAT Boston has just started (August 6, 2013) and to create a membership base quickly they are running a LivingSocial promotion offering their one year Duet Membership (one member can request 1 or 2 tickets per day to listed shows) for half-price: $40. You get 12 months plus this month free since they don’t yet have many offerings (I joined on Monday and so far there’s one event for this Friday listed).

The LivingSocial promotion ends in “4 days” so jump on it via this link (disclosure: I get credit) before Saturday 8/10 to make sure you are in time. NOTE: READ THE MEMBERSHIP RULES BEFORE JOINING! You must promise not to brag about getting free tickets when others are paying, and if you claim tickets but don’t use some or all of them your membership can be revoked without a refund.

If you are not in the Boston area, FILLASEAT also operates in LAS VEGASDALLASSAN DIEGODENVERPORTLANDPHOENIXSEATTLE,  AUSTINPHILADELPHIA,  ATLANTACHARLOTTELOS ANGELESORANGE COUNTY, CAHOUSTONSAN ANTONIOTAMPA BAYWASHINGTON, D.C.CLEVELANDNORFOLK-VIRGINIA BEACH, and NEW JERSEY 

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