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The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Boston: Secrets of Living the Good Life--For Free! Paperback – January 1, 2007


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  • Series: Cheap Bastard
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; 1st edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762742801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762742806
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,256,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

                                              Live Large For Less!

                    Think you have to earn big bucks to live big in Beantown?
 
                                                     Think again.

Boston is full of free and ridiculously cheap stuff—you just need to know where to look. Leave it to “The Cheap Bastard” to uncover all the ins and outs and exclusive bargains to be had, and to tell you the real deal with wit and humor.

The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Boston will show you:
• How to gain free entrance to plays, films, concerts, and museums
• Where to find free classes in anything from yoga to sailing
• Where to find half-price meals and free food, including clam chowder, beer, and
   burgers
• How to get a free haircut, color treatment, manicure, or low-cost massage
• When and where to find great furnishings in other people’s trash

With The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Boston, anyone can enjoy the good life!

About the Author

Kris Frieswick is a humor, business and lifestyle writer, an award-winning humor columnist, and a stand-up comedian. Her work has been in demand at such magazines as The Economist, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Redbook, and USA Today, and she has been anthologized in two humor books, Mirth of a Nation (Harper Perennial) and 101 Damnations (St. Martin's). The Independent Media Institute called her a "smart, funny voice" to watch in American media. She lives in Boston's South End.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Ashia on March 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Boston includes every free or very cheap thing to do in the Boston/Cambridge area that I've ever heard of, plus more. The author included almost anything you'd want to do in the city, including places to find live music, dance, and comedy for free. She also details non-shady methods to get in free to see films and live theatre. Other topics include book readings, wine tasting, free/cheap lunch, beauty services, housing, clothing, fitness, newspapers, pets, travel, museums and art galleries, and activities for kids. The book was extremely well researched and easy to use. Each venue has contact information, addresses, websites(if any), a short description of the activity, and details on when and under what circumstances you can get things for free, including any catches such as one-drink minimums and volunteer requirements (which are rare).
The author also includes items that are extremely cheap (in the $1 to $5 range) and she keeps her promise on limiting these items to activities that are well worth a small amount of cash.
This book is definitely something you'll want on-hand if you are visiting the city. There are so many entries, I'd suggest purchasing the book even if you are thrifty. It's more than worth the purchase price. As a dedicated cheapskate, I got this book from the library and will be purchasing it after reading it cover-to-cover.
The only way this book could be better is if it encompassed areas outside the Boston/Cambridge area.
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I was very interested in this book having just moved to the Boston area. Now, after reading it, I'm somewhat disappointed. It does point out some good tips and activities but not nearly as many great deals as it would have you believe. Basically it's worth it if you can get it pretty cheap, but don't have very high expectations.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ItalianStallion on March 8, 2007
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Very informative, I recommend reading this book if you want to save some money.
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