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

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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