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How to Get Cheap Broadway Tickets

Looking for cheap Broadway tickets? In this post, I share some best tips and strategies for getting a discount on Broadway show tickets.

Interested in more ways to save in NYC? Read my post about our family’s trip to New York City. For more cheap vacation ideas, check out 4 Creative Ways to Fund Family Vacations, 9 Money-Saving Vacation Tips, and How to Save Money on Food While On Vacation.

Times square NYC

How to Find Cheap Broadway Show Tickets

If you have ever wondered if it’s possible to find cheap Broadway tickets, you don’t want to miss this post! I went with two of my sisters to New York City this past weekend and we were determined to have an amazing weekend on a really tight budget.

Since neither of my sisters had ever been to NYC, both of them really wanted to go to a Broadway show. But we didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it.

So I put on my researcher hat and began scouting the internet, asking around online, and digging up everything I could about how to find cheap Broadway tickets.

Y’all! I was shocked with my findings! And I’m going to let you in on all the secrets I discovered in this post — including how to get tickets for as low as $10!!

Downtown NYC

Don’t Order Tickets Ahead of Time!

If there is one thing I discovered in all my research, it is this: You will spend a LOT more money if you order your tickets ahead of time! If you are willing to risk it and wait until the day before or the day of the show, that’s when you’ll find the best deals on Broadway tickets.

Be Flexible With What Shows You Want to See

Yes, I get it. You probably have a show or two that you have your heart set on seeing. But I would encourage you to pick a list of shows you want to see and work from that when looking for tickets. You’ll have a lot better chance of finding a deal on one of them then if you are dead set on only seeing one particular show.

Times Square NYC

Enter the Ticket Lotteries

The very best deals I found were on the ticket lotteries. Many shows offer them and you can find crazy deals. For instance, one person told me they saw Hamilton for $10. Another person told me they saw The Lion King for $30!

While not all of the shows offer tickets for as low as $10 through the ticket lotteries, there are many that offer $20 tickets and $30 tickets.

Most of the lotteries work something like this (be sure to read the details really carefully):

  • You go to a special website starting at 7 p.m. the night before the performance until 8:30 a.m. the day of the performance. After the lottery closes, you will be notified within minutes if you won or not. (To find out which shows offer ticket lotteries, head over to
  • If you won, you’ll have 60 minutes to claim your seats and pay for your tickets online. You cannot choose your seats; they are assigned to you and may not be seats with a great view. There is usually a limit of two tickets at that price.
  • Once you’ve paid, you’ll need to use your ID to pick up the tickets between 30 to 90 minutes before show time.

Yes, it’s a little complicated and you don’t know for sure if you are going to get the deal, but for the price, you just about can’t beat that deal!

I think this option would work especially well if you have some flexibility in your schedule and are in NYC for more than one night (you could enter the ticket lottery the first night and, if you don’t win, enter again for the next night!)

A photo of My Fairy Lady brochure

Check Out Rush Options

Many theaters offer a Rush option. These are extra tickets that haven’t sold, typically for seats that aren’t the best.

Theaters typically offer these on a first-come, first-served basis and they are available as soon as the box office opens for the show that day. There is usually a limit of two tickets per person.

Some shows also offer Student Rush tickets which are available 30 minutes before the curtain time. These tickets are often half price and are only available to current students and you can only get one ticket per student ID.

This is an option that is kind of risky, but if you have wiggle room in your itinerary and you enjoy adventure, it might be an option for you.

To see which shows are offering Student Rush and General Rush tickets, check out

Times Square

Check a TKTS Booth

Many people recommended checking out the TKTS booths that are located around New York City. These booths offer discounted tickets for shows that are the same day.

We checked these out and this would be a good option if you were looking for more than two tickets (the Lotteries and Rush options have a limit of two tickets). The prices were around $60 to $80 for most tickets and they had quite a few to choose from. One downside is that you may have to wait in a long line and it’s very first-come, first-served.

Sign of Broadway Tickets

Order From

If you don’t want to stand in a line and you are willing to pay a little more, offers last-minute ticket options that are cheaper. You can order up to six tickets together and you can choose the area where you will sit.

To find the best deals, check the Bang for Your Buck section where they offer tickets for around $49 each. They offer a wide variety of shows and you can order up to a few weeks in advance.

Do note that you will pay an additional $12.50 processing fee in addition to the advertised price. You’ll pick up your tickets from a representative outside the theater 30 minutes before the show.

What are YOUR best tips for getting cheap Broadway tickets? Tell us in the comments!

Brigette’s $72 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

My older sister, Brigette, shares her shopping trips and menu plans every week! You can go HERE to see all of her weekly menu plans and you can go HERE to read all about her family!

ALDI Grocery Shopping Trip


1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.31

1/2 gallon 1% Milk – $0.78

1/2 gallon Orange Juice – $1.69

1 16-oz carton Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.55

1 can Breadcrumbs – $0.89

1 can Condensed Tomato Soup – $0.89

3 5-lb bags All-Purpose Flour – $2.17

2 bozes Honey Nut Oats – $2.30

3boxes Frosted Shredded Wheat – $2.37

4 single-serving sized containers Yogurt – $2.36

1 16-oz bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $2.49

1 16-oz bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $2.15

1 16-oz pkg Butter Quarters – $2.29

3 dozen Eggs – $2.37

1 24-oz carton Cottage Cheese – $1.59

1 bag String Cheese – $1.95

1 3-lb bag Mandarins – $2.89

1 bag Fresh Green Beans – $1.49

1 Cabbage – $0.79

1 bag Romaine Hearts – $1.79

1 3-lb bag Jazz Apples – $3.79

1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $1.99

1 3-lb bag Pears – $2.99

1 bag Zucchini – $1.49

3 bags frozen Broccoli Florets – $3.27

1 pkg Strawberries – $1.59

1 bag Red Grapes ($0.79/lb) – $1.77

1 bunch Bananas ($0.35/lb) – $0.88

2 bags Riced Cauliflower – $3.78

2 bags Plain Rice Cakes – $2.30

1 bag Gluten Free Pretzels – $1.85

1 loaf Sandwich Bread – $0.65

1 bag Flour Tortillas – $0.65

Total: $62.22

Harris Teeter Grocery Shopping Trip

Harris Teeter

5 cans Green Beans – $1.85

1 pkg Turkey Bacon – $2.50, used $0.75/1 Butterball Turkey Bacon – 1-6-19 SS; Includes 12 oz Only (doubled), plus receive $0.75 rebate from Ibotta – $0.25 after coupon and rebate

5 boxes Barilla Pasta – $3.58, used 2 $0.55/2 Barilla Pasta – 02-10-19 RMN (exp. 04/07/19) (doubled) – $1.38/5 after coupons

1 pkg Chips Ahoy Thins – $1.97, used $0.75/1 Nabisco Chips Ahoy! Thins Cookies – 3-3-19 SS; Includes 7 oz or Larger Only (exp. 04/13/19) (doubled) – $0.47 after coupon

1 Think Thin Oatmeal Cup – $2.00, used $0.75/1 ThinkThin Oatmeal Cup or Box – 3-10-19 SS (exp. 04/30/19) (doubled) – $0.50 after coupon

5 boxes Quaker Granola Bars – $5.98, used 2 $1.00/2 Quaker Chewy Bars – 3-3-19 SS (exp. 04/21/19) – $3.98/5

1 bag Eight O’ Clock Coffee – $2.89, used $1.00/1 printable – $1.89 after coupon

Total after Coupons and Rebates : $10.22

Grocery Total for the Week: $72.44

Weekly Menu Plan


Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include:

Scrambled/Boiled/Fried Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Cereal, Oatmeal, Toast, Yogurt, Fruit


Cheese Quesadillas, Mini Peppers, Apples x 2

Pretzels, Cheese Sticks, Strawberries, Carrots

Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter, Pears, Cucumbers x 2

Leftovers x 2


Egg Roll in a Bowl (I’ll shred my own cabbage instead of using coleslaw mix), Rice, Stir-Fry Broccoli

Crustless Quiche, Biscuits, Tossed Salad, Grapes

German Oven Pancake, Scrambled Eggs, Turkey Bacon, Green Beans

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Mashed Potatoes, Tossed Salad

Dinner at a Friend’s House

Easy Chicken Parmesan, Green Beans, Homemade French Bread


How I Plan My Days Without Using a Planner

Want to know what kind of planner I use? Well, I actually don’t use a planner! In this post, I share what I do instead of using a planner and how it works for me.

I’ve recently gotten a number of questions about how I organize and plan my days, stay on task, and keep track of my yearly goals.

I know this will probably come as a shocker to many of you…but I actually don’t use a traditional planner.

Here’s the method I’ve been using for years that works really, really well for me…

1. I “brain dump” everything into Google Calendar.

Whenever anything comes up in my mind that I need to remember, I immediately add it to Google Calendar so I don’t forget about it.

It might be a doctor’s appointment, a blog post to write, a friend’s birthday I don’t want to forget, a note I need to write to someone, cupcakes I need to take to school for a child’s birthday, etc.

The key is that as soon as something like that pops in my head, I immediately add it to Google Calendar as an all-day task on the day I need to remember it by. (It might be the day-of if it’s an appointment, a week ahead of time if it’s a birthday card I need to buy, or a couple days ahead of time if it’s a post I need to draft.)

This gets the information overload out of my head and into an organized space where I know I can find it when I need it.

2. At the end of the day, I write out a time-blocked To Do list for the next day.

I used to do this each night before bed, but this year I’m actually trying to do it as the last work task before I turn off my computer each day.

{That’s because I’ve set a goal this year to put my phone and computer in the basement at night and not look at it until the next day.}

When I make my to-do list, I simply look at my all-day tasks on Google calendar for the following day and then make out a detailed time-blocked schedule.

A few hints about making a daily time-blocked schedule:

  • Make it as detailed as possible. This helps me prioritize well and stay on task, especially when it comes to my online work. I don’t want to waste time online and I have to make sure I stay on track, so having a really detailed plan helps me stay on task all day long.
  • Always put the most important things first. Focus on your top priority tasks first to ensure they get done. Life happens and schedules often get thrown off, so you want to make sure you’re prioritizing your most important tasks first.
  • Start and end the day with filling up your soul. I start my day with devotional and Bible reading. And I end my day with reading after spending time with my family.
  • Keep things compartmentalized. I always try to make sure I fully close out my work day so that business isn’t creeping into personal family time. I want to make sure I’m keeping work and personal separate and that I’m doing each thing well when I’m doing it. Wherever I am and whatever I’m focusing on, I want to be all there.

I recently read the book Deep Work, and it really inspired me to find focus in a hurried world and prioritize the compartmentalization of my work and family life. If you’re really good at creating a daily schedule but struggle to focus or get things done, or if you wish you could be more structured in your day, I’d definitely recommend it!

3. I use a weekly habit checklist for my personal and business daily habits.

This is a third tool I’ve added this year for 2019, and I’ve absolutely loved it so far!

You can see my daily checklist above, and my goal is that there are five checkmarks in every line every week. So I don’t aim for perfection, but I try to do the best I can do while giving myself grace. I also have a separate checklist for work-related habits each day.

I try to look at this checklist on a daily basis and track how I am doing. This helps me to have an overall view of how I’m doing in the areas that are a priority to me and helps me to know if I’m getting off track.

Having a daily habit checklist has been incredibly helpful and motivating to me. It might be weird or juvenile, but I just love getting to check off those boxes! 🙂

Want more in-depth details on my planning process?

While this post gives you a basic overview, I put together a resource a few years ago that goes more in-depth into how I use Google calendar and how I plan my days using Google calendar and a time-blocked to do list.

In this free download, I walk you through the nitty gritty details of how I plan out my days, plus I give you on advice on how to implement this system for yourself if you feel like it would be helpful to you!

Sign up for my Make Over Your Calendar download for FREE.

How to Get Kroger MyMagazine

Want to get the Kroger MyMagazine in the mail? This magazine has some fantastic coupons in it that are customized for the products you buy.

Looking for more ways to save at Kroger? I also blog about my Kroger shopping trips, how to get markdowns at Kroger, and my $70 grocery shopping trips.

After I posted last week about getting a free copy of Kroger MyMagazine in the mail, multiple people reached out to me and asked how to get this magazine. While I can’t tell you exactly how to get the magazine, I wanted to share more about this magazine and some possible ways you might be able to get it, too.

What is Kroger MyMagazine?

Kroger MyMagazine is a magazine with tips and recipes using Kroger products. The best part of the magazine is that in the center, there are some fantastic coupons — and they seem to be customized based upon what you have purchased and regularly purchase. You can often pair these coupons with great sales at Kroger to make even better deals!

Sign Up for Kroger MyMagazine Sharing Network

Kroger MyMagazine Sharing Network is free to sign up for and they sometimes offer you opportunities to try free products. They also let you know when Kroger is rolling out new initiatives.

If you love Kroger, you’ll definitely want to sign up. Plus, I don’t know if it’s related, but I started getting the Kroger MyMagazine after I signed up.

Make Sure Your Address is Correct In Your Account

Are you regularly getting mailers with Kroger coupons in them? If not, it might be because your address is not correct in your account.

I stopped getting the mailers of Kroger coupons in the mail after we moved from Kansas to Tennessee. I didn’t catch it at first, but when I noticed I was no longer getting them, I went to Kroger and asked at customer service if they could fix my address in my account.

Because I had Dillon’s card instead of a Kroger card (we had a Kroger affiliate called Dillon’s in Kansas), they had me re-sign up for a new card. Within a few months, I was regularly getting coupons mailed to me again.

Photo of Kroger coupons

Swipe Your Card Every Time You Shop

Reader, Andrea, reached out to Kroger about how to get Kroger MyMagazine in the mail and here’s what their customer service said:

There really is no way to subscribe to Korger MyMagazine. They aren’t mailed out on a weekly or monthly basis like most magazines. No customer receives every issue. In fact, one issue may be mailed to a completely different set of homes than the previous issue.

Each issue is based on a theme – for instance, “Super Bowl Parties” – or a special interest such as pet ownership. Therefore, it would depend on a person’s shopping history. We would encourage you to swipe your card every time you shop, so a shopping history can be built.

Also, we mail a Kroger MyMagazine issue to the customers who best match up with that particular theme or interest, and who typically buy a lot of the products featured in the magazine. Because the products and the themes are always changing, so is the mailing list for each issue.

So you can’t subscribe, but if you continue shopping at our stores, you may receive Kroger MyMagazine when it matches up with your interests and the products you buy.

I hope this information proves helpful. If you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 800.576.4377. Thank you for your patronage and have a great day.

Thank you for shopping with us and have a great day.


Cynthia from Kroger Customer Connect

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Gretchen’s $79 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan


2 pkg Turkey/Ham Kroger Sandwich Meat – $2.50 each, used 2 $0.50/1 e-coupon – $2 each after coupon

1 bag Kroger Tortilla Chips – $1.49

2 bags Kroger Shredded Cheese (16 oz each) – $3.49 each, used 2 $1/1 e-coupon – $2.99 each after coupon

5 pkg Kroger Applesauce Cups – $1.29 each used 5 $0.40/1 e-coupon – $0.89 each after coupons

3 Kroger Peanut Butter – $1.49 each, used 3 $0.50/1 e-coupon – $0.99 each after coupon

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.69

1 loaf Honey Wheat Bread – $2.49, used $1/1 e-coupon – $1.49 after coupon

1 Ground Black Pepper – $1.25

1 can Chopped Olives – $1.39

1.18 lbs Roma Tomatoes – $1.17

1 pkg String Cheese – $3.49, used $1/1 e-coupon – $2.49 after coupon

1 pkg Cookies – Marked down to $1.79

5.31 lbs Bananas – $2.60

1 pkg Mission Tortillas – $2.59

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $1.99, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $1.49 after coupon

1 Reese Pieces Bar – $1, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Kroger Half & Half – $1.79

Total after coupons: $38.63


2 pkg Frozen Peas – $0.79 each

1 pkg Cheese Crackers – $1.49

1 pkg Frozen Chicken Nuggets – $3.79

1 pkg Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.99

1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup – $0.49

1 Half & Half – $1.59

2 Cucumbers – $0.59 each

1 6-pack Raisins – $1.19

1 dozen Eggs – $0.58

1 bag Mandarin Oranges – $2.39

1 canister Peanuts – $2.19

1 pkg Green Grapes – $2.64

1 MooTubes Yogurt – $1.55

1 pkg Frozen Strawberries – $1.95

1 pkg Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.39

2 pkg Strawberries – $1.49 each

1 pkg Chewy Granola Bars – $1.59

1 pkg Snack Crackers – $1.49

1 gallon Milk – $1.49

1 lb Butter – $2.88

Total: $40.42

Total for both stores: $79.05

Menu Plan for This Week

I’m planning to be out of town several days this week so I bought lots of snacks and easy to prepare foods so my husband doesn’t have to make food for the family/eat out for every meal. 😉


Cereal, Toast, Eggs, Fruit, Smoothies


Mac & Cheese, Chicken Nuggets, Crackers/Cheese/Applesauce, Yogurt & Banana Muffins, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Turkey Sandwiches, Leftovers


Soft Tacos, Chips & Salsa, Cookies (We are having friends for dinner and they are bringing rice.)

Spaghetti, Butterhorn Rolls, Steamed Peas

Grilled Steak (from the freezer), Steamed Corn, Strawberries

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Fruit Salad

Grilled Hamburgers (meat and buns from our freezer), Steamed Peas

Chicken & Gravy over Noodles, Biscuits, Tossed Salad

Waffles, Eggs, Fruit

16 Ways to Save More At Restaurants

Want to learn how to save at restaurants? Here are 16 ideas for saving money on eating out:

Guest post from Sarah who blogs at Sidetracked Sarah:

Does your family eat out a lot?

We don’t do it very much, because we have a large family and the cost can be outrageous if we’re not careful.

Throughout the years though, we’ve learned ways that we can still eat out as a family and not spend way too much.

Here are 16 different ways we save more at restaurants!

  1. Save any restaurant coupons you get in the mail or newspapers. I like to put them in the glove box of my car or in my purse so that I’ll have them when I want or need them.
  2. Order water to drink. Imagine my family all ordering drinks at $2 per person. We have 9 in the family, we’d be spending nearly $20 of our tab on drinks.  Not only is drinking water better for you, but it saves you dollars!
  3. Share meals. Some restaurants are notorious for providing extra large servings. If you find one that you always end up stuffed with and come home with leftovers, try sharing meals among your family. Instead of buying a kid’s meal for each kid, buy an adult meal for 2-3 kids and enjoy the savings.
  4. Sign up for text messages, birthday clubs, and any email clubs that your favorite restaurants offer. Any restaurants I frequent, I sign up to get their emails and texts because they love to let us know about the deals that they have each week.  And I love to use those deals when it’s a good time for our family.  They typically send us something free on our birthdays and anniversaries, too. (Check out these Birthday Freebies.)
  5. Look for Kids Eat Free Deals. We especially love to find the Kids Eat Free restaurants on vacation, but any time you can find a good restaurant that lets the kids eat for free, you’ll save quite a bit of money. Some only let one kid eat free, while others let two eat free per each paying adult.
  6. Utilize the dollar menu. When traveling, we will often buy everyone in the vehicle a one dollar item (like a sandwich or burger) and buy fresh fruit and/or chips to go with it for us to all share. It’s a great way to stretch out our dollars and keep our tummies happy at the same time.
  7. Adults, order kid’s meals. Not all restaurants will allow adults to order kids meals, but several do. A friend of ours always does this at Cracker Barrel. We do it sometimes at our favorite local Mexican restaurant, but they add a dollar to the price, which is typically still a great deal.
  8. Try ordering off of the lunch menu even at dinner. Some restaurants will let you order off of the lunch menu, with a small up-charge ($1 at our favorite restaurant). Not all will do this, but it’s worth asking about.
  9. Don’t order desserts or appetizers. Nothing increases the price of your meal at a restaurant more than ordering appetizers and desserts. Try going to restaurants that have free bread or chips and salsa if you’re really desiring an appetizer.
  10. Only eat out at lunch time. If you can help it, just go out to eat at lunch, when lunch menus are offered.  You’ll save several dollars per meal by doing this.
  11. Eat at buffets. Buffets tend to give children very discounted prices, but some buffets tend to hike the prices up for everyone. Be sure to watch for the economical buffets and see where you can save money.
  12. Watch for specials. Sometimes restaurants are slower on Mondays and Tuesdays and they may have a special for just those nights. Other times, there may be a happy hour during certain hours of the day. Often, restaurants will rotate their specials out. Watch for exterior signs and be sure to ask your server about any special you may not want to miss.
  13. Plan ahead. Just doing a little bit of research before you head out to eat, is a great way to save some money. Sometimes, I will check out the menu online to see if I can afford the food at a specific restaurant or I’ll search for any deals in the area.
  14. Order ala Carte. At one of my favorite restaurants, my favorite food is a lot cheaper when I order it as a single item, ala carte. When I think of ala carte, I often think of it as being a really small portion, but in most cases, it’s plenty for a meal.
  15. Sign up for Educational Rewards Programs. Many restaurants will offer kids rewards for reading books. We like to sign our kids up for Book It with Pizza Hut and Braum’s Book Buddies every year. Sometimes, libraries will also have reading incentive programs where kids can earn gift certificates for reading more and more books.
  16. Evaluate Why You’re Eating out. Lots of times, you’re eating out because you forgot to plan your food, or you just got too busy. Try spending some time planning and assembling some Crockpot Freezer Meals more often.

As you can see, there are many ways you and your family can save money when going to restaurants.

It takes a little bit of planning ahead, but if you’re trying to pay off bills, go debt free, or just save money, cutting corners is something we’re usually willing to do. It’s nice to know we don’t have to give up everything and can enjoy a meal out from time to time.

Sarah is a busy, work from home, homeschooling mom of 7 who blogs over at Sidetracked Sarah.  She loves helping families spend less time in the kitchen and more time with their families.  She loves using her Slow Cooker and Instant Pot on a daily basis to help her do just that.

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