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Cheap Things to Do in Boston in August: How to Save $100 a Week

BY: Editors | Jul 31, 2017

If you're looking for cheap things to do in Boston this August, we're here to help. Below you'll find great deals on some of the city's best restaurants, as well as major Boston events like the arrival of a hit Broadway show.

To prove how easy it is to save money on Boston activities with Groupon, we've organized our guide into four sample weeks. Each week includes three suggestions: a fun weekend event, a weeknight outing, and an errand or appointment you might need to get done. Check out how quickly the savings add up when you make Groupon a regular habit.

Week 1: August 1-7

Weekend Idea: Sail on the Adirondack III

The Deal: $33.49 for a two-hour day sail for one ($47.25 value)
Amount Saved: $27.52 for two people
The Story: Sail Boston Harbor aboard an 80-foot all-wood schooner and spy landmarks like the Charleston Navy Yard and the Boston Fish Pier. Beer and wine are available for purchase onboard.

Weeknight Idea: Italian Dinner at Filippo Ristorante

The Deal: $21 for $35 worth of dinner for two or more
Amount Saved: $14
The Story: Dine on daily specials, such as pan-fried fillet of sole or lobster pappardelle, at a North End restaurant whose owners reside part-time in the Abruzzo region where their food originated.

Get It Done: Housecleaning from Sil and Viny Cleaning

The Deal: $59 for two man-hours of cleaning ($120 value)
Amount Saved: $61

Weekly Savings: $102.52

Week 2: August 8-14

Weekend Idea: Broadway in Boston Presents Finding Neverland

The Deal: $55.50 for one ticket ($79 value)
Amount Saved: $47 for two people
The Story: The hit musical about the life and inspirations of Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie comes to Boston in a production directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus.

Weeknight Idea: French-Moroccan Dinner at Tangierino

The Deal: $30 for $50 worth of food for two, valid Sunday–Thursday
Amount Saved: $20
The Story: Step into a French-Moroccan brasserie complete with velvet curtains and glowing lanterns to feast on delicacies like almond duck breast and braised lamb shank. On Thursday–Sunday, you can even catch belly-dancing.

Get It Done: Get Household Essentials Delivered from Google Express

The Deal: $15 for $40 worth of groceries and more from Google Express
Amount Saved: $25

Weekly Savings: $92

Week 3: August 15-22

Weekend Idea: Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare

The Deal: $15 for one general-admission ticket ($29.50 value)
Amount Saved: $29 for two people
The Story: See what happens when experienced professional actors perform famous Shakespeare plays (Romeo & Juliet in Somerville or Much Ado About Nothing in Boston) while getting completely, genuinely drunk.

Weeknight Idea: Dinner Crêpes at Paris Creperie

The Deal: $27 for a crêpe meal for two ($35 value)
Amount Saved: $8
The Story: Head to Coolidge Corner to grab savory crepes, such as bacon and goat cheese, ham and brie, or prosciutto and fontina. Finish with dessert crepes made with Nutella, cinnamon, or caramelized peaches.

Get It Done: Haircare at Aluna Salon & Spa

The Deal: $85 for a haircut, wash, style, and partial highlights ($150 value)
Amount Saved: $65

Weekly Savings: $102

Week 4: August 23-29

Weekend Idea: Distillery Tour at Deacon Giles Distillery

The Deal: $21 for a tour, tasting, and take-home rocks glasses for two ($38 value)
Amount Saved: $17
The Story: Tour the Salem distillery behind Liquid Damnation Rum and Original Gin, then enjoy samples and grab cocktails in the Speakeasy Lab.

Weeknight Idea: Homemade Meal Kit from BurgaBox

The Deal: $45 for a Deluxe Mac Attack or Deluxe Hot Mess burger meal kit ($106 value)
Amount Saved: $61
The Story: Get everything you need to make a big-time burger meal, including Boston Burger Company burgers, garlic-parmesan fries, mac 'n' cheese, pterodactyl wings, and other sides.

Get It Done: Oil Change at Valvoline Instant Oil Change

The Deal: $32 for a synthetic blend oil change ($64.99 value)
Amount Saved: $32.99

Weekly Savings: $110.99

Total Monthly Savings: $407.51