Free fun for young sports fans

For young tennis fans:

U.S. Tennis Association is offering FREE 1-year junior memberships for kids 10 and under by using the code 10UJRFREE. Members can participate in USTA Junior Tournaments and USTA Junior Team Tennis. Sign ’em up here.

For young baseball fans:

Every year, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association hosts FREE baseball clinics in various locations across the country. Heavy hitters like Brooks Robinson and Phil Niekro have been known to show up. Two Legends for Youth baseball clinics will take place in the Northeast this summer:

June 16: Cooperstown Clinic. Doubleday Field, Cooperstown, New York

July 17: D.C. Clinic. Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.

The program is for boys and girls ages 6-15. If you’re interested, sign up soon because slots will fill fast. Expect a confirmation email within 48 hours. Sign ’em up here.

Looking for more ways to make your sports-loving kids happy? Check out my recent column on credit card rewards for sports fans.

Note: Save on Cities has no affiliation with these programs.

Amazon deals on games, cameras, videos and Kindle books

Here are the latest deals on everybody’s favorite online shopping portal:

Download video game pre-orders on Amazon for up to 30% Off.

Daily deals in Amazon’s camera/photo department include a Panasonic Lumix for $130.

Register an Amazon Instant Video-friendly device and get a free video credit.

Shop Kindle Books Monthly Deal

Listen to a bestseller for $7.49 at!


New hotel deals this month

Starting with the just-announced, these hotel deals from expire at the end of January 2012:

New: New Orleans hotels from $99/night

New: Orlando hotels from $63/night

New: Denver hotels from $55/night

New: San Francisco hotels starting at $55/night

New: Miami hotels starting at $65/night

New: Barcelona hotels starting at $59/night

Ongoing: Save up to 30% on New York hotels. Expires 1/16/12

New Year, New Deals - Save up to 30% at! Expires 1/30/12

Deals for first week of January 2012

$5 For A $10 Ben & Jerry’s Gift Card

$17.50 For A $25 Gift Card To Pizzeria Uno – Exclusively For You!

For only $24, receive 2 Fandango movie tickets and a $10 Subway Gift Card

Save 60% on lingerie from Lady-Mate. Pay $20 (value: $50) through Jan 7, 2012. Get the deal here.

Pay $5 for one month of unlimited guitar lessons from, through Jan. 5, 2012. Get the deal here.

Get $40 worth of beads from AH Beads for $19 through Jan. 4, 2012. Get the deal here.

Kids eat free at IKEA

Most of us are shopped out, but post-holiday is a great time to find deals and there are always deals at IKEA.What’s more, IKEA is offering free meals for the kids this week, one combo meal ($2.49) for a child 12 or under.

WHEN: Monday, December 26,2011 through Sunday, January 1, 2012.

WHERE (along northeast corridor):

IKEA Stoughton, 1 IKEA Way, Stoughton, MA

IKEA Long Island, 1100 Broadway Mall, Hicksville, NY

IKEA Brooklyn, 1 Beard Street, Brooklyn, NY

IKEA Paramus, 100 IKEA Dr., Paramus, NJ

IKEA Conshohocken, 400 Alan Wood Road, Conshohocken, PA

IKEA South Philadelphia, 2206 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

IKEA Baltimore, 8352 Honeygo Blvd., Baltimore, MD

IKEA College Park, 10100 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD
IKEA Woodbridge, 2901 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge, VA

Last-minute gifts: great cheap dates

Goldstar gift certificates – 20% off. Perfect gift for the couple that never gets out (or for a spouse who never takes you out). These are good from Dec. 25 2011 on. Choose from $25 (for $20), $50 (for $40), or $100 (for $80) gift certificates. Get them here.

AMC Theatre movie bundle – 37% off. One ticket package for $24 (worth $38) buys two movie passes, two drinks and some popcorn. Get them here.

Entertainment Books – 30% off.  Coupon books for 2012 are being offered for $10 off ($35 retail value for $25) with free shipping. They throw in a second coupon book for someone else on your list for another $15. Note: Free shipping means standard (10-14 days) so you’ll get this after Christmas. If you want it by Dec. 24 2011, you’ll have to pay $10 for rush shipping today (12/19) and $15 for overnight tomorrow (12/20). Here’s the deal:  Get $25 in discount dining dollars for FREE.

Free seats on MegaBus

MegaBus is giving away 20,000 free seats for travel in January and February. Here’s the deets:

WHERE: MegaBus travels to and from all five Save on Cities locations: Boston, NYC, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Baltimore

WHEN: Valid for travel between January 4 and March 1, 2012

DEAL: When you book your seats on MegaBus, use the promo code GOFREE

Holiday deals in NYC for the holidays

[UPDATE: December 8, 2011]

It’s not always easy to book a hotel in the Big Apple during the holiday crush, but here are a few nice stays that are actually offering discounts right now. Most are an easy walk from the holiday action – the big tree and ice skaters at Rockefeller Center, Broadway shows, window displays along 5th Avenue – but a few are a bit further downtown, where you can get away from the crowds when you’re ready and explore another, funkier side of the city.


Hampton Inn Manhattan – Soho, 54 Watts Street, near the galleries and shops of Soho, nicely-designed rooms with free wifi and coffeemakers, on-site bar/lounge, starting at $139/night on Quikbook.

Hilton Times Square, 234 W. 42 St., starting at $152/night on Priceline

Unnamed 4-star hotel on the west side of Times Square, starting at $159 on Quikbook.


Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, just on Central Park South near the theater district and 5th Avenue shopping district. Starting at $200/night on QuikBook.

Waldorf-Astoria, this landmark 4-star hotel in Midtown East at 301 Park Avenue is offering rooms starting at $229 on Priceline.

For more hotel deals, visit Save on New York City.

Gift entertainment coupon book for $15

Save $10 on all 2012 Entertainment Books with FREE SHIPPING! Time is running out to get yours for the holiday season.

Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall 31% off

What would the holidays be without a visit to NYC to see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall? The Rockettes have been high-kicking since 1933. This year’s show includes special effects, 3D technology and new routines as well as old favorites like Santa, “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “Living Nativity.”

WHEN: [UPDATE 12/8] Tickets still available for Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 – Mon., Jan. 2, 2012

DEAL: Tickets offered here for $40-$90, instead of the usual $45-110. Don’t wait long. Performances for this weekend are already selling out.