You can get in free to major museums across the U.S. on the first full weekend of the month if you show a photo ID and  credit or debit card issued by Bank of America or Merrill Lynch. Free weekends this summer: July 7-8 and August 4-5, 2012.

Here are some of the 150 museums, zoos and aquariums that will let you in free if you show a photo ID along with a qualifying credit card:

In Baltimore: American Visionary Art Museum

Within driving distance:

In Washington DC: National Museum of Women in the Arts • The Phillips Collection

In Philadelphia: African American Museum • National Constitution Center • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts • Philadelphia Museum of Art

Near Delaware: Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Museum of Natural Hisstory • Winterthur


Amazon deals on games, videos & ebooks

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!

Deals for first week of January

Get half off a series of fitness classes at Curves and Cage Fitness in Essex. Pay $25 for five classes (value $50) through Jan 5, 2012. Get the deal here.

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.

Half-off ice cream: a $10 Ben & Jerry’s Gift Card for $5

Half-off pizza: $17.50 for a $25 gift card to Pizzeria Uno

Dinner and a movie deal: for $24, get 2 Fandango movie tickets and a $10 Subway Gift Card

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 Baltimore, 8352 Honeygo Blvd., Baltimore, MD

IKEA College Park, 10100 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD

Deals on last-minute gifts


Free ZENONIA 4 action game. ZENONIA 4: Return of the Legend, a newly-released “extreme action” game, is being offered at the iTunes app store FREE. Here’s the deal.

Free Adventures of Sherlock audiobook if you sign up for a trial membership with Audible. (You can cancel later.) Here’s the deal.

Free Amazon Kindle Fire. Dealmac is giving away one a day from now until Dec. 1, 2011. Sign up here to win one.



Gloves for smartphones $5. Meritline is offering winter gloves you don’t have to remove to use your iPhone and other touchscreens. Free shipping (if you don’t mind getting them after the holidays). Here’s the deal.

Android 2.3 tablet for $149 (normally $339), expedited shipping included. Here’s the deal.

Chubby8 for $150 in black or red (normally $200). Here’s the deal.

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.

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.

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 probably get this after Christmas.  Here’s the deal.



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 from Baltimore to New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Hampton, Harrisburg, Richmond, Secaucus, and Toronto

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

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