Having fun on the cheap

At Jerry Remy's, the game comes for free!

The credit card bills might well be piling in after the holiday spending, but that doesn’t mean hibernating with a bowl of gruel. We found top fun spots for bottom dollar — you won’t even need a coupon.

Dancing
Newton’s Balera School of Ballroom Dance opens its competition-sized dance floor for free lessons every Friday night. Proprietor John Nigro helps people get their moves on via the foxtrot, salsa, merengue, and tango (105 Rumford Ave., Newton, 617-969-2280, www.baleraballroom.com). If all you want to do is tap your toe, head to Porter Square hole-in-the-wall Toad for high-caliber live music every night with no cover. (1912 Mass Ave., Cambridge, 617-497-4950,  www.toadcambridge.com)

Dining
Lunch like a lord, pay like pauper: Stylish Bambara’s power lunch includes an appetizer, entree — there’s lots to choose from, including wild salmon and crab burgers and spicy buttermilk fried chicken wraps — and a baked item to go. Perfect for mid-afternoon snacking.  (25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge,  617-868-4444, www.bambara-cambridge.com)

For a free Anna’s Taqueria burrito, go to Anna’s Twitter page (@AnnasBoston) and answer a simple Trivia Tuesday question, or tweet a photo of yourself visiting an Anna’s on Foto Friday, or follow the eatery — Anna’s gives a burrito to one new follower each month. (www.annastaqueria.com)

Nearby, Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar’s daily specials include Tuesday’s cheap date night: Two entrees and an appetizer cost $20, and two desserts are the price of one. Of course, the game comes free. (265 Boylston St., Boston, 617-236-7369, www.jerryremys.com)

Five days remain in Dorchester-Milton Restaurant Week. Visit www.bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com for details.


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