Summer is here and you’ve opted for a staycation this time around. Excellent choice – sticking around in the summer is great way to explore the city some more without throngs of regular folks milling around. Or, you and the family are taking a trip or two this summer and you want to have a great time without breaking the bank. We’ve got you covered either way. Below are some great deals to look into not only for the summer months, but also year-round.
MoviePass is a monthly subscription service that lets you watch an unlimited number of 2D movies per month at all major theaters and even some local ones. Sign up online and MoviePass sends a membership card within 5-7 business days. Next, download the easy-to-use app to your iPhone or Android, select the desired movie and time and check in when you’re within a 100-yard range from the theater. At the theater, swipe the MoviePass card – it functions just like a credit card – and you’re done. If the movie is sold out or you’ve changed your mind, no problem – just cancel and pick another one. Considering the price of a ticket these days, at $30 per month ($35 in select cities), MoviePass is a steal not worth missing out on. If you’re still unsure, there’s a two-week trial period; once it’s over, your card is billed automatically unless you cancel. Sign up here if you’re interested.
“A pocket guide of deals nearby”, Scoutmob is the equivalent of hanging with that local who knows the best places to eat and drink. Working closely with independent makers and locally-owned businesses, Scoutmob provides access to great, authentic deals – up to 50% off – online and through its app. A much cooler alternative to Groupon, Scoutmob doesn’t require advance purchase or a printed coupon.
Simply download the app (available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry), stroll around your favorite neighborhood and Scoutmob tells you what deals are available. Bonus: if you love to shop and support independent craftmakers, Scoutmob has a separate online “Shoppe” that provides carefully-selected, quality-made goods; users can buy either through the site or directly from the app. Piqued your interest? Check it out!
Attention concert lovers: Jukely is the music subscription service you’ve been waiting for. Members have access to over one thousand shows – per month – in more than 10 cities across the U.S., and the list for both concerts and cities are only growing from there. The number of concerts you can see with the Unlimited pass is only limited by how much energy you have as there are no restrictions or blackout dates.
How it works: each day at 11 am, Jukely adds new shows two days ahead of the show’s date. Pick a show you want to check out and Jukely sends your name over to the venue at 5 pm the day of the show to be added to its guest list; Jukely will also text you a confirmation once you’ve been added to the venue’s list. Once you arrive, check in with the mobile app (required and only available on iPhone at the moment) and you’re done. Memberships start at $25/month and you can sign up here.
Free to join, Goldstar is a one-stop site for discounted access to all things entertainment: live theater, concerts, museums, tours, comedy, wine tastings, sushi-making classes and even rodeos. Offering up to 50% off on events both popular and slightly obscure, Goldstar will make suggestions for you, highlight budget-friendly deals and tracks trending events and venues in your city.
It’s available in all major cities, and then some, across the contiguous United States. For a mere $4.16 per month, the company – which also has apps for both iPhone and Android – also offers a Red Velvet service that lets you place a 4-hour hold on tickets, cancel without penalty, priority seating and VIP treatment and advance notice for hot deals. Take a look.
American Alliance of Museums
With memberships available at Individual, Industry, Ally and Museum levels, the American Alliance of Museums lets related professionals (including students, current and retired professionals and businesses that provide services to museums) visit countless museums across the United States, and five internationally, for free or at discounted rates. No app is needed, either: once you sign up, AAM sends you a membership card; show the card to the museum and they’ll hand over a ticket. It’s really that simple. A full list of participating museums is available on their website.