You'll never be bored or totally broke in Boston with humor columnist Kris Frieswick's cagey travel guide, The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Boston: Secrets of Living the Good Life for Free!, in hand. A self-proclaimed, second-generation cheap bastard, she shows you how to fall in line with Boston's Puritan tradition of living on the smallest amount of money possible. Boston is an expensive city, Frieswick opines, but the deals and handouts are there if you know where to look (and she certainly does). Three wittily written sections cover Boston's entertainments (from music and theater to lectures, comedy and dance); the necessities of living (from free food to low-cost pet care); and how to explore Boston on the cheap. Though this manual contains no maps, it is a bona fide blueprint for a budget visit to Beantown.

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