Free admission to NYC museums for Bank of America cardholders

Did you know you can get in free to seven museums in New York City if you carry a credit or debit card issued by Bank of America or Merrill Lynch? But only on the first full weekend of the month. Next free weekends: December 1-2, 2012, January 5-6 and February 2-3, 2013.

Some 150 museums, zoos and aquariums across the U.S. will let you in free of charge if you show a photo ID along with a qualifying credit card, including these museums in New York City:

Metropolitan Museum of Art (save $25 on adult admission; $17 for age 65+)

Whitney Museum of American Art (save $18 on adult admission; $12 for ages 19-25 & 62+)

Brooklyn Children’s Museum (save $19 on adult admission; $15 for ages 2-17 & 62+)

New York Hall of Science (save $11 on adult admission; $8 for ages 2-17 & 62+)

New York Historical Society (save $15 on adult admission; $12 seniors)

Rubin Museum of Art (save $10 on adult admission; $5 for age 65+)

Staten Island Children’s Museum (save $6 on admission)

For a list of participating museums across the U.S. broken down by city, visit Save on Cities. For further details on the Museums on Us program or to set up an email or text alert when qualifying free weekends approach, visit Bank of America’s website.


Free fun for young baseball and tennis fans

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.


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

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 but they have my seal of approval.


Amazon deals on games, videos, e-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!

Best deals in NYC this week

Best deals we would find this week for cheap dates, limo lovers, beauty treatments, and shopping mavens.

Enjoy a Mexican brunch with unlimited mimosas for $20 at MaryAnn’s (value: $42). Get the deal here.

Receive 50% off limo service from M&V Limousines – $150 for three hours ($300 value). Get the deal here.

Get a voucher for a personalized firming treatment using infrared technology from Genesis Medical Wellness PC (15 Elizabeth St, Ste 510, NYC) for $149 ($400 value). Get the deal here.

Pay $22 for a pair of Australian-style boots from Shoe Scandal
through Jan 16, 2012.
Get the deal here.




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 (Tip: rooms at Park Central New York Hotel on 7th Ave.between 55th & 56th St. start at $117/night)

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

Deals for first week of January

Best deals we would find this week for post-holiday indulgences, cheap dates, crafters, and would-be musicians.

Save 53% at Cebado salon. Pay $35 for shampoo, cut & blow-dry or $99 for Brazilian Blowout Zero or Prevana Perfection Treatment. Get the deal here.

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

Get 61% off photography and fine art prints – plus free shipping – from Canvas Megastore. Pay $35 (value:$90) through Jan 5, 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.


IKEA Long Island, 1100 Broadway Mall, Hicksville, NY

IKEA Brooklyn, 1 Beard Street, Brooklyn, NY

IKEA Paramus, 100 IKEA Dr., Paramus, NJ


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.

Daily deals for December 20-25, 2011

Spend $15 get $10 credit on deals listed through KGB Deals. To get this deal, use code GIFTS2011 at!. Offer expires at midnight, December 25, 2011.

Save 50-90% on Spas, Restaurants, Events & More! Bliss out with a 60-minute massage at Jean Ferre for 64% off. KGB Price: $27 (retail value: $75).

$17.50 for a $25 iTunes Gift Card from Saveology. Choose from over 11 million songs, movies, and games. National Deals – Huge Daily Saving of 50-90% on Spas, Restaurants, Events & More! Two memory foam pillows for $29 (reg. $150).

Today is Free Shipping Day

More than 2,579 merchants are participating in the fourth annual Free Shipping Day today. Get free shipping with delivery by Christmas Eve from J. Crew, JC Penney, Sears, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Godiva, Crate & Barrel, Best Buy, Dell, Timberland, Nike, J.Jill, Victoria’s Secret, and many more.

DETAILS: Free Shipping Day